Saturday, July 20, 2013
I have been a member of Spark People since June of 2009. I have alternated between being glued to the site and being slightly apathetic about it. My weight has reflected my commitment to the site and I have watched it fluctuate. Overall, my weight has moved in a downward trend, but at a very slow pace. I have read blog after blog from other members who have lost a great deal of weight and I have celebrated with them.
One thing that I have to say, to all of those people who talked about their journey and how they went from being a couch potato to LOVING to exercise and how everyone who follows a similar journey will find that love of exercise, YOU LIED!.
I hate exercise; I struggle every day to exercise. Each time I take my walk, or do strength training it is a CHORE. Iím not finding the joy in exercising, it is simply something on my To-do list that I complete. Recently at the urging of some of my Spark Friends I purchased a FitBit in April. That little device has helped me MOVE my behind. I found myself searching for ways to walk more during the day just to compete, if even only in my mind, with my fellow Spark Friends.
I started averaging about 5k steps a day and have moved up to averaging 12k steps a day. I started taking walks on Saturday and Sunday and slowly moved from a one mile walk to walking five miles on Saturdays and three miles on Sunday. I put my MP3 player in my pocket and cue up a good book on tape and away I go.
But for all of that, for all of my determination to walk on the weekend, I still HATE exercise. So I guess Iím just one of those folks who will never enjoy exercise, but continue to view it as a chore. For all of my fellow Sparkers who donít enjoy exercise, donít worry, and just add it to the TO-DO list and youíll do fine.