If you’ve ever taken the time to read weight loss message boards, you will be inundated with various opinions about the necessity of exercise when it comes to losing weight. While it isn’t absolutely necessary, exercise does help to speed up the process, and it does help to give your body a better overall shape.
I always think comparisons like this are interesting because I can personally relate. The first time I tried to lose weight in 2003-2004 I successfully got down to 202 pounds. I thought I looked great, and I was happy with my body. I felt amazing. All of the weight that I had lost at that point was due to portion control through Weight Watchers. I rarely exercised. At that point, I was a full Size 14.
This past endeavor included both portion control through calorie counting on My Fitness Pal and LOTS of exercise. This time when I reached 202 pounds I was in a comfortably loose Size 12/perfectly fitting Size 10. I wasn’t tiny by any means, but I was considerably smaller due the addition of exercise.
I remember the first time I saw this “motivational” picture on Facebook, and it made me laugh. Not that I’m looking to become a nudist, but I must admit that the addition of exercise gave me the confidence to wear a bikini for the first time this year. I also wore a BodyCon dress to chaperone Prom (with SPANX of course!!) this past year. These are two things that I NEVER would have considered in the past.
I still have trouble zones beyond a shadow of a doubt, but I’m working on them. I can tell that I’ve gained inches along with some pounds, but I know that I can work them off. I’m just excited to be back in a scheduled exercise program, and I feel better overall!
I have a confession to make; I am a highly accident prone person. I bump into things (including walls that jump out in front of me) constantly, and I usually have at least one bruise that I can’t explain. I say “Ow” at least 5 times a day, and that includes times when what happened didn’t even hurt.
However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t suffered from real injuries. I tore both of my ACLs when I was in HS, and in February 2013, I severely twisted my right knee during a workout. I couldn’t exercise for 4 days, and then I ended up having to wear my post-surgery athletic brace for over a month afterwards to keep my knee stable. It sucked, but I came back.
I love this saying! And now it is applicable to me. Have you ever broken a toe? Well, I’m almost certain that I did last week when I hit my foot with a door. Smooth, I know! Now, my right foot hurts when I’m wearing shoes, but I will not give up. I’ll tape my toes together and push through the pain. Don’t worry; I’m too much of a wuss to push too far. If it gets worse, I’ll lighten up my exercise a little or finally cave and go to the doctor. I’ll be sure to let you know.
However, I’m not letting an injury derail me. I will continue to exercise and to try to get better!