I received an email over the weekend asking me how I am going to get more exercise without doing things I don't want to do. In the course of the conversation via email, I was asked about going to the gym, swimming, using a FitBit, lifting weights, biking, or forcing myself to walk long distances. I replied that no, I am not planning to do *any* of these things right now. So how am I going to be more active, without any of this? And why?
I have spent a lot of years making myself do exercise I didn't want to do. Some things I forced myself into that I hated:
going to the gym and doing circuits on the machines
walking on an indoor track, round and round and round
going to exercise classes at various gyms
water aerobics at the gym
walking outside in the cold or rain
doing aerobics videos at home
Things I have made myself do that I sort of liked:
Taking aerobics classes with a group of friends
Lifting weights at home, short sessions 2-3 times a week
Riding my recumbent exercise bike while watching tv
Things I really enjoyed and would do even if it wasn't part of a fitness/health/weight loss goal:
Walking a couple miles in nice weather
Yard work like pulling weeds, planting, cleaning up the yard, pruning trees
Cleaning the house (yes, this can really get your heart rate up if you get into it)
Playing with the kids
Playing with the dogs
Roller skating (I need to get a good 40 pounds off before I would feel safe doing this again.... knee issues)
Hiking in the woods
So what I mean by not doing things I hate, is not doing the stuff on that top list anymore. Oh, maybe if there was a new class at a new gym or something I might try it, but only would go back if I really enjoyed it. I am totally open to trying new things, but I won't force myself. It's just not sustainable. I may do some things on the "sort of liked" list at times. But the majority of my movement is going to come from doing things I really enjoy, on the bottom list. It's not traditional "exercise," but it is movement that I can keep doing for the rest of my life. It's stuff I can increase as I am able (right now I need a break after vacuuming the house. Eventually I will be able to vacuum and then mop all at once... and add more and more activity over time).
Do I think that yard and housework, a couple miles walk, and playing with kids and dogs will be enough activity for me when I weigh 50 pounds less? No, probably not. By that point some of the middle-list items will be more appealing and I can add them more frequently (I really loved biking and lifting at certain points in my life, when I was lighter and more fit). I'll tackle that when I get to it.
On the eating front, today I don't feel so well. Kind of have an uneasy stomach and a headache going on (probably PMS related) so I had a Greek yogurt for breakfast, tomato soup for a snack, and lunch was a little cheesy broccoli rice and some leftover steak stroganoff (with vegetables instead of pasta). I'm having some coffee now. I've been drinking several cups of (decaf) a day since one of my kids got me a Keurig for Christmas. Love it!
That's about all I have to share for now. Hope this clarifies my plan a bit!
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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