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Too fat to exercise?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I'm just too fat to exercise! I have been deluding myself for over a year with this phrase! More likely, my whole life I've been using this as an excuse. I have many times promised myself that once I get under 200 lbs that I'm going to start! Is it that I'm just too darn lazy to get up and move? I should be thankful that I am not physically limited in any way, but I seem to overlook this on a daily basis.
Is it fear? Fear of sweating or making my muscles ache? Fear of not being lazy?
As far as nutrition goes, I can do that. I have a ton of willpower and motivation in that category.
Here on spark people I have witnessed many people, larger than I am, getting up and committing to exercise. My excuse is no longer holding up.
Anyone have any tips and motivators to get me going in the right direction? What first kind of exercises did you start with?
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    Thank you all for the motivational words! I have to say I'm beginning to think I can do this! emoticon
    1903 days ago
    Check out this SP article series called

    Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? - Part 1
    Getting Off To a Good Start
    -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert
    Dean is a GREAT writer. His story of weight loss is amazing!!

    Kim, I started at 366 pounds 5 years ago. As a cancer survivor and type 2 diabetic, I had every excuse to take it easy with exercise. I was mostly afraid of what other people thought of me and what I'd look like working out. My sister encouraged me to get moving toward becoming the athlete again. I started with walking, Wii fitness, DVD's at home (palates, yoga, Zumba, The Firm). Once I was under 300, I bought a treadmill and a Gazelle, started bicycling outside and joined Zumba live classes. I now work out 6 days a week for at least an hour and meet with a personal strength trainer 2 times a week for an hour. Yes, I was and am very sore after some workouts but know that it will fade in a couple of days. I am MUCH stronger, smaller, flexible, have great balance, energy, and am happier. SP teams say that the program is 80% food (true) but the benefits that come from a consistent challenging workout lifestyle can not be had from controlling only the food. Check out my Sparkpage and blogs for more information. I'd be happy to be a SP buddy with you so that we can encourage each other along the journey.

    You CAN do it. Become all that you want to be.
    1903 days ago
    I am like you and have always used the "I'm too fat" excuse. Its hard, even though I know I can do it as well... I am so darn lazy that I don't want to get off my rear and get it in gear. I know there are so many people who wish they could do what I could do if I put my mind to it, but they are limited. I have been trying hard to get the motivation as well, and reading your blog actually helped me some. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1903 days ago
    You can exercise! There are always ways to get around things; for example, a lot of majorly overweight people can still do water activities like swimming or aqua aerobics to exercise without doing major damage to joints.
    I was probably the same as you in terms of BMI when you account for how short I am, and I started with walking and doing basic home cardio videos. Lots of people love the free Spark videos as well. You can go at your own pace, and make things more challenging as they become easy.
    A good idea would be to chat with your doctor if you have any issues like blood pressure or joint problems. They can likely give you invaluable insight, and can give you solid information on how to ease into exercise without injury.

    As far as motivation, I give myself treats and rewards for working out. If I am successful at sticking to my workout plan for three weeks in a row, I have earned a new book or whatever. Play around with different strategies until you find something that works for you.

    Good luck, you can do it!
    1903 days ago
    When I started SP, I tried the 10 min. of exercise challenge and I couldn't hardly do 10 min. at a time. Barely was able to get up to 5 min. on my recumbent bike. My husband reminds me of those days. So I would walk around our house, we have a driveway on each side, and sometimes it'd only be 5 min. or so but I was doing it and gradually I could get it up to 6, 8, and even 10 min.?! Ya! And with working at the recumbent bike, I'd get it eventually up to (2) 5 min. chunks and then even one time of 10 a time! Wow! I could hardly believe it. Music helped and reading something or watching something online helped too. Now with it being a year and a half later, I'm doing 20 min. at a time on the bike with another 15 later on and then possibly another 10 or 15 to get up to my goal of at least 35 min./day. With having RA, I can't do a whole lot of walking, so this bike is heavenly to me! Just ask anyone who has a recumbent bike and especially with a painful arthritis! It's virtually painless for me and about the only way I can get exercise I'm painting or working in the yard or shopping with the cart and walking alot that way. I count it all because it does count! And every minute helps! I'm hoping that once this new med. for my RA kicks in, I'll be able to do a whole lot more. It can feel so good once you get going awhile. Oh my, I still can hardly believe that I love to exercise! Some days I don't do much at all in that form, because of pain, but with trying to exercise every day, I'm at least doing it 5x/week and I'd say that's pretty good for a gal with RA. So you can do it too. My biggest struggle is the eating dept. and if I could sync them together, I'd really be going down in weight. Thank goodness for my SP friends, that help me with all my troubles! You can do it! Start with 10 min./day and even join the challenge! It can be a blast in the meantime!!

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    1903 days ago
    If you're not used to exercise you could just start with walking. Or take a look at some of the videos on Spark - I use them and I love them!
    1903 days ago
    we should swap strengths lol

    once I actual get going on working out I can do that...and stay pretty motivated but he cooking is my down fall I have 4 kids and just used to cooking and buying what I have always done...

    You look pretty amazing to me. I know it is not easy getting started. That starts in your mind first. Then it is just the day to day committing to continue.

    I love workout vids. but it has to be the right ones. some make me want to boring but honestly I love The Biggest loser vids bc I already respect them and they have customizable workouts and they show you how to modify for any workout level.

    Believe me I have been stronger. I started up working out again just 3 wks ago. and I literally cried after my first WARM UP. and I honestly feel it was my body saying Thank you...for finally giving me this release of energy. weird I know...but that was where I was. I have a 5yr old special needs daughter. Who for the last 4 1/2 yrs we have been holding her almost 24/7 and yea it was not easy going from couch potato to work out Diva...hahah I am so not there yet but in just 3 short weeks. I feel like I can do this. I talk to a few choice ppl in my life who will keep me motivated and committed this time.

    Idk if I helped but add me and maybe we can talk this out some more.

    1903 days ago
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