Incorporating Exercise is my New Year Resolution. I am excited to share this with all of you here on OMG Goodies.
Incorporating Exercise is my New Year Resolution
My thoughts about exercise? This is truly a loaded question. Where do I start? Is it embarrassingly bad to admit I really do not like exercise? It’s ironic because my sister is an exercise queen. I don’t know if it’s the thought of being sore the next day, sweating and feeling gross, or the effort it takes. I know! It makes me really sound like a lazy, excuse-ridden sloth, huh?
A little over a year ago, my weight spiraled out of control. I gained 20 pounds over the course of the year, and by the end of summer, I was at my all-time heaviest. I decided I had to take charge of my destiny. Not only did it take a toll on my mental well-being, but being overweight put me in health risk brackets that were more than unsettling. I knew something had to give before it got any worse. With the blessing of my primary care physician, I started on a long, but worthwhile journey and joined the Atkins revolution. I don’t consider Atkins a diet, as diets are short lived, but more of a lifestyle change.
My primary care doctor has had me follow up with him every three months to track my health and progress. Every visit he asks me that dreaded question, ” How much exercise are you getting in?” I dread that question because my answer for the last 4 appointments has been the same. With dread and a level of embarrassment, I sheepishly respond. “I could be doing a lot more.” By a lot more, I literally mean, BEGIN a semi-daily exercise regimen. My primary care doctor reminds me every time that this is an essential component to maintaining my awesome results.
I recommend having your doctor help guide you through your weight loss goals.
I have lost almost thirty pounds and gone down over 4 pant sizes. This journey, I went from an extra large to a medium and on a few monumental occasions, a small shirt. He’s right, though, I really need to add regular exercise into my lifestyle change.
I’ve worked way too hard and come way too far, to slowly slip back into my lazy, careless ways. It’s not like I don’t know how to exercise. I’ve done it before, it’s been QUITE some time, over 3 years. I use to belong to a gym and would workout with my mother-in-law, who is a certified personal trainer. A few things I routinely participated in were a water aerobics class, jog around the block, and in general I was very active.
I really don’t know what happened. It started out with my husband getting the blessing of a lifetime and having my, at that time 6-year-old, stepson live with us primarily full-time, I think. I went into working-mom-mode; you know, balancing work and home life. Pretty soon, I didn’t have time for the extra gym time and found myself making excuses.
Going to my doctor has held me accountable to someone other than myself. He is there as my cheering section and my physical well-being coach. Better yet, he knows all of my health concerns and needs. Now, it’s time to get back to exercising, and I know I can do it!
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