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Learning to Love Sweat

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I was an Olympic Class COUCH POTATO before I found Sparkpeople. I medaled in all the top events:

Remote Control Relay
Television Marathon
Sofa Cushion Diving (for the lost remote)
Lift & Stand (to get off the sofa)
Crew (Honey can you bring me the chips?)

Boy have things changed! I just came in from mowing the lawn. ME! The same person that was 330 pounds and couldn't WALK. Not only did I mow - I even drug the weedeater out and edged and trimmed. Oh the sweat is flowing. I'm rehydrating now with my tall glass of water (used to be soda). Things have CHANGED around here!

I'm not done either! I will do both elliptical and recumbent bike yet as well as pop in a DVD or Wii game. I may even get on the treadmill. I don't mind the sweat. It means my body is BURNING fat! I've learned to embrace exercise.

If you are struggling to get fitness minutes let me tell you how I began. I started by walking around the kitchen island. Sounds ridiculous huh? I could hold onto the island so that I wouldn't fall and I was never more than a few steps from a chair. Soon I was not only walking around the island but I was making a circuit through my house on the first floor. I got a recumbent bicycle (keeps the weight load off the joints which is important with bi-lateral total knee replacement). I rode for 2 minutes the first time on level 1.

The key was I kept doing this day after day. Distance, time and intensity all increased with time.

Now I can ride my bike for 45 minutes on level 3. I can stay on the elliptical for 20 minutes straight. I can WALK two miles outside non-stop. If you are a marathoner this won't be impressive but for ME - it's another OLYMPIC MEDAL EVENT!

I am trying to give you hope. If you are a couch potato like I was - set a tiny goal and do it daily - even if it's just to walk around the kitchen. Try to build on it as it gets easier. It is essential for your overall health and wellness that you MOVE your body!

Let's get our SWEAT ON!

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