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Too Heavy to Workout?

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013




I used to have so many doubts about myself and my abilities. When I first started trying to change my life (March 1, 2012) I thought I was too heavy, too old, too clumsy and too out of shape to exercise. Which is funny, considering that I'd belonged to a women's gym for about 5 years or so. But I would go to that gym and then go about doing the circuit in a wimpy sort of way. I didn't put much "umph" into the workouts, and I would skip several of the machines because they were too hard. I would say "Oh, I can't use that machine, its too hard on my knees." Or "I better skip that machine today, I might strain a muscle." And I would completely avoid anything that might possibly make me sweat or start to breathe hard!



But last year, I decided to make a change. I was so tired of being obese! It was ruining my life and my health. When you're so overweight that it hurts just to sit and watch TV, when you're so fat that you get out of breath by simply turning over in bed at night....well, you know you're in trouble, and that you're WAY past due for a change. Thats the shape I was in last year, and all the while I was paying monthly fees to a women's gym and not really getting any advantage from it. I had no one to blame but myself, though. No gym is going to help you lose weight if you don't push yourself with the workouts. And no gym is going to work if you stop off for a large milkshake on your way home from your "workout"!

So I decided to quit the women's gym, and to start working out at home. Problem was, I thought I was too fat to really exercise! But I knew, deep down inside, that I HAD to push myself. I knew that if I wanted results, I had to stop wimping out on my workouts. The first part of "workout" is WORK, after all!



Of course, at 286 lbs, I had to start off slowly. I was aware that if I pushed myself too hard at first, I would burn out quickly, and give up. So I allowed myself to be a baby! By that, I mean that I started out as a beginner, taking baby steps. My first at home workouts were with a video game for Wii, called My Fitness Coach. I liked it because in a lot of ways, it reminded me of the aerobics classes I used to take back in the 80's. (I can still remember how hot I thought I looked back then, in my leotard, leg warmers, high top pink Reeboks and headband, lol.) So it was familiar to me, and challenging too. When I started out, my goal was to workout for 15 minutes. Well...that was surprisingly hard for me! I was a bit shocked by the fact that I COULDN'T workout for 15 minutes! Even though I was modifying the moves and going at a slower pace, I still had to pause the workout every 5 minutes, and rest for a few moments before I could resume it. My first goal was to just get through 15 minutes without having to rest!




It was humbling and embarrassing to be so darned out of shape. I was ashamed of how I'd let myself go. But I knew that this was just my starting point, and if I stuck with it I'd get better. Eventually, I was able to workout for 15 minutes without pause, and then I increased my time and intensity. Little by little, I worked my way up to a 45 minute workout, and I was so proud of myself! I started to feel more positive, and I even dared to think that I could do other workouts. Yoga had always interested me, but I thought I was too fat and not flexible enough for it. But I decided to try it anyway. And yes, at first it was extremely difficult for me. But I didn't give up....I practiced yoga every day, and I got stronger. I got flexible. It was actually pretty darned amazing to me to realize how much I was improving.



Now, a little over a year after I first started, I still amaze myself sometimes. I used to spend my days sitting around, eating junk food, and wishing that I could "someday" get in shape. I was just wasting my time and wishing my life away. Wishing never got me anywhere, but getting up off of my butt sure did. I stopped waiting for my wish to come true, and I got up and made it come true. I've lost 71 lbs, and although I still have a lot more weight to lose, I am healthy and I am fit. I am strong. I do workouts now that are far from wimpy! I do cardio with the stability ball, I do DDP Yoga, I do beginners kettlebell workouts...and who knows what I'll be able to do in the future? I feel like just about anything I want to try is possible for me to do.



If you think you're too heavy to workout, you're wrong. Almost anyone can exercise in some form. There are even chair workouts, you know. And even if you can only workout for 5 minutes...or 2 minutes....then do it. You can build from there. But you have to start. Start where you are, and allow yourself the chance to improve and to amaze yourself.

There are a little over 220 days left in the year. The time is going to pass, regardless of what you do. So you can choose to do nothing, or you can choose to start improving.






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WACFIT 5/21/2013 7:21PM

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GBSLIM 5/21/2013 7:20PM

    Well if this ain't another kick in the pants..... Thanx Pixie! emoticon UR Amazing!

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BOOERDEM 5/21/2013 7:19PM

    Love the babysteps approach. We can apply it to so many areas of life!! Thanks for another great post, Pixie!!

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TIGTAZ325 5/21/2013 6:43PM

    Another great blog! Very appropriate topic! I tend to fall into that "all or nothing" approach at times but am learning to do what I can & every little bit counts.
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GLORYB2014 5/21/2013 6:41PM

    You're doing GREAT, Pixie! You never give up and that's he key to it all!
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CVRONEK 5/21/2013 6:07PM

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AJDOVER1 5/21/2013 5:52PM

    When anyone asks me about fitness, I just say, "Start where you are." It sounds so stupid, but that's all there is to it.



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_BABE_ 5/21/2013 5:44PM

    Your blogs are always very timely!

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LUVTOBOWL 5/21/2013 5:41PM

    You're always so encouraging and inspiring Pixie.

Keep it coming girl.

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HEYMOE012 5/21/2013 5:38PM

  Your experiences ring so true. Thanks for sharing the journey

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TERMITEMOM 5/21/2013 5:14PM

    Excekllent PIxie! You are so right - you need to start somewhere, and NOW, regardless of where you are on your journey.

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LAILATN 5/21/2013 5:05PM

    Wonderful blog - you're so right about the time passing one way or another - so why not pass the rest of the year moving towards your goals?
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SUSIEGKORN 5/21/2013 4:30PM

    Thanks, I needed that! I appreciate your openness and honesty! The time to start is now. No more excuses!

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JULBEL 5/21/2013 4:20PM

    Your blogs are tremendous! emoticon

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KATHYJO56 5/21/2013 4:11PM

    Great blog, Pixie. Nobody is too heavy to do something for themselves. I started learning to work out at 350 pounds. I hope somebody who needs to read this blog, does and takes it to heart. emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 5/21/2013 3:52PM

   

Pixie, Thanks for reminding me not to blow of trying to workout. Right now all I can do is the physio exercises I have for my back but I am moving and strtching. You keep letting me know it isn't all or nothing and begins at step 1.


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BETHGILLIGAN 5/21/2013 3:48PM

    I love this blog!! It's not condescending or too "rah rah". It's just strong support and truth. I have between 5 and 10 pounds I'd like to lose and I found inspiration from this to "step it up". It's also dangerous when you convince yourself "it's only 5 pounds; it will come off eventually". Yeah, I need to "step it up".

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WORLDSERIES11 5/21/2013 3:44PM

    All true!!! Thanks for the reminder!!
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KITT52 5/21/2013 3:38PM

    you have to take that first step, the others will follow..one day at a time

have a healthy day

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EMELEE82 5/21/2013 3:38PM

    Excellent and very motivational blog! Bravo on baby steps and losing 71 pounds!! That is awesome. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHANTODD420 5/21/2013 3:27PM

    Thanks for sharing very informational. I am restarting after i am finally diagnosed.

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SUNSETSMILE 5/21/2013 3:13PM

    You are so right!!!

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MARYBETH4884 5/21/2013 3:10PM

    So true and very inspiring!

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ASHLEYVRONEK 5/21/2013 3:00PM

    Awesome blog! emoticon

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LOTUSBURGER 5/21/2013 2:50PM

    220 days and I'm ggoing to use them wisely!!
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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/21/2013 2:45PM

    thanks love just what i need at the moment,my paralise seems to have got worse again theese last couple of weeks and instead of doing something/anything i have done nothing exercise wise and my eating has also been leaving a lot to be desired.time to get back to it i guess.keep on keeping on you are doing great love. emoticon

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SUGAR0814 5/21/2013 2:36PM

    So true Pixie! You just have to get started! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ISABELLE31 5/21/2013 2:32PM

    Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the images, as always!

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ROZOZ68 5/21/2013 2:25PM

    What a terrific blog!! You are an inspiration to us all! No matter what obsticales one has we can always start small and work our way up and achieve what we thought we couldn't if we really want it!. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 5/21/2013 2:15PM

    Thanks this was a great blog and (kick) in the pant's! emoticon emoticon And love the pictures emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEOWMEOWGIRL 5/21/2013 2:15PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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JANESLOSS 5/21/2013 2:15PM

    Pixie, You continue to encourage and motivate me as well as many others. Cheers to you and your wonderful attitude.

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STRONGCOURAGE 5/21/2013 2:07PM

    thanks for the encouragment!!! :) awesome achievements!!! :)

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AME4IT 5/21/2013 2:05PM

    Thanks for the very important reminder that baby steps are the key to success.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/21/2013 2:04PM

    I felt so much like you described back last summer. So I vowed to myself I would find something, anything to help me lose weight. Then I found Spark in September and it sure has changed me. I used to be barely in the healthy weight category in highschool, then I had kids and it changed things. I used to play softball, work 2 jobs and go to school, and not be wore out even if I didn't go to bed until midnight and wake up at 5 or 6 am everyday. I still miss all that honestly. But we all have to start somewhere. Last summer I couldn't carry around my toddler without getting out of breath. Now I can swing her around which she absolutely loves being tossed in there. I get the biggest giggles from her, and even though I helped my son with baseball and soccer I was often just standing around. Now I can run around with him, and it feels amazing. Keep up the good work, you inspire me everyday. I'm so proud of you for taking that first step last year, you look amazing.

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LEWILL1982 5/21/2013 2:03PM

    Beautiful! You are such a great writer, thanks for sharing and posting a great reminder!

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MANDELOVICH 5/21/2013 2:03PM

    Very true!

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REN3741 5/21/2013 2:02PM

    You are so awesome. Thank you. Very motivating emoticon

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CHIHUAHUAMOM2 5/21/2013 1:55PM

  I needed to read this today!! The Little Voice in My Head is always telling me "You're not working out hard enough or long enough" I am so out of shape, that all I can do is 10-15 minutes at a time. BUT it IS better than nothing!!!

Thanks for your inspiring blog today!!

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CRAFTINWIFE 5/21/2013 1:48PM

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OWL_20 5/21/2013 1:46PM

    I like the sentiment of this blog--everyone can do it, even a little bit at a time helps. Great message!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 5/21/2013 1:42PM

    Awesome blog, Pixie!!! Thank you for sharing!! You are such an inspiration!!!

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SIMONEKP 5/21/2013 1:35PM

    awesome as usual

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/21/2013 1:34PM

    emoticon I totally agree! I was 300 pounds when I started my journey and I started exercising day 1. We can do it!!

What a motivational blog!! Thanks, Pixie!

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BAMAJAM 5/21/2013 1:34PM

  Pixie---- This is SUPER! You help so many to stay on track, and so many are helped to "get back on track"-- A BIG THANK YOU !!

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STODD251 5/21/2013 1:31PM

    Awesome! We all do start somewhere and it takes pushing ourselves to make progress. Thanks for making me want to push myself a little further today.

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