I started working out a few weeks ago. At first, I did 20 minutes a day for two weeks. This week, I started 30 minutes a day and i’ll take that into next week as well. I am trying to work my way up to working out at least 45 minutes every day.
Exercise is starting to become addicting. I mean, exercise is awesome! When i’m not doing it, I think about doing it. I wonder how far I can push this body of mine. It wasn’t until I started talking to my physical therapist about my knee, that I realized, I could in fact heal myself. I realized that I have not screwed myself for life with past crappy lifestyle choices and that I can in fact change.
I was watching House of Cards last night with my hubby. There was a scene where Claire was using the rowing machine and she was killing it! She was sweaty and a bit out of breath and all I could think is how badly I wanted to do that too. I wanted to push myself into this exercise euphoria. Is that weird?
Anyway, right now, i’m just exercising at home. I dance in my living room with Dance Central Spotlight on the Xbox. I do some kick boxing and I’ve tried Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30. This morning, I started jogging in place (to music, of course).
This feels so liberating!
For the past couple of years, I have been dipping my toes in the water at best with weight loss and getting healthy. I’ve made small and slow changes here and there which added up to a 25lb loss. This past January with the pinched nerve incident, I started getting really serious about my health. Since the beginning of February, I made a solid commitment to myself and to good health.
The greatest part about being committed to exercising is that it makes my kids want to do it too. They all like to dance. My oldest is kick boxing for the first time.
I’m amazed at the shift in my mood and my overall motivation.
This morning, I came across an incredibly inspiring article written by a man named Brian. Brian was once 625lbs. He was an alcoholic and fast food addict. He struggled with depression. At his weight, while he could still move around, it was a difficult. He kept his pain silent.
During his lowest point, he met someone online who lived a half a world away — in London. They became great friends and as something more started to grow between them, she told him that she was mad at him for wasting his life. She told him that he has his whole life ahead of him and yet chooses to waste it while others, who want life… are struggling to hold onto theirs.
Brian listened and started turning his life around. He did some of the same things I am doing now — jogging in the living room. He pushed himself further than he thought possible. He used My Fitness Pal to track his calories. All of his efforts paid off and he lost 365lbs.
Brian’s story was so inspiring to me! I recommend that you check it out.
With all of that said, I realize that I’m not trapped in this body. I’m not stuck with this weight. I can move my body. I have all of this motion available to me and I am thankful for what my body can do today.
Exercise is awesome!!