Today in the 2011 Weight Loss & Wellness Adventure, we’ll discuss that dreaded new beginning that we all keep going back to: exercise. I’ll share what’s going on in my own pathetic world of exercise lately…
My New Years Day Struggle
Ohhhh, how I didn’t want to get out there. Everything in me screamed out my most common excuses for not doing it: “You have way too much other stuff to get done today!” “It’s too cold!” (Substitute “hot” if it’s summer.) I thought it was supposed to stay warm in Michigan through the weekend, but apparently I was a little off, because it ended up being around 30* and was fuh-reezing. That almost kept me in. Also, I was embarrassed. I didn’t want to be “one of those” who heads out on New Years Day and people are thinking, “Oh, there’s a resolution runner…”
But who cares what people think anyway, they’re just jealous that they’re aren’t out there, too, so I did it! I made myself just GO and besides a little knee pain, I felt better after. (Until the next day when my muscles were reminding me, with every step, how long it had been since I ran last.)
Does it really make a difference for weight loss though?
Exercise really isn’t that important when it comes to weight loss, well, not for some people anyway. The first summer that I got into running and was being very consistent with it (three times a week, plus weight training, too), I didn’t lose a single stinkin’ pound. For many (most?), it really is much more about what’s going into our mouths. Now, granted, I only had a few pounds that I needed to lose anyway, and my body was definitely getting toned up, but still, it drove me crazy that I couldn’t see the scales move unless I really stayed away from my beloved grains and sweets, dang it.
For others it does made a difference for weight loss (mostly men I think…?), and for everyone it’s good for our bodies to be moving. Not just for our overall health, but for our mental health, too, and not to mention that it just feels good to look better. Who doesn’t love that?
My Exercise Goals:
So as I mentioned in the first Weight Loss & Wellness post, my goal is to exercise at least two times a week. I’ll switch it up between doing a walk/run, my Zumba class (I start later this week, hope I don’t look like a dork…), playing on the Wii with the kids, walks with friends, and maybe some treadmill walks so I can listen to my new audio book. This spring I can get back on my rollerblades, which is my favorite way to exercise.
Your turn! Will you comment below and answer any or all of the following questions?
- Does exercise help you lose weight, or is it more about what you’re eating?
- What is your favorite way to exercise?
- What is your favorite excuse NOT to exercise and how do you push past it?
- What is your best way to motivate yourself to DO IT?
- What do you listen to while your exercise? (If anything.)
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