Well, folks, my weight loss is at a standstill right now, but if the way I'm feeling nowadays is any indication of the way I'm going to feel another 50-100 pounds down the line, I know I'm making progress. I have been exercising regularly for the past eight weeks, and I literally feel like a new woman! EVERYTHING is better: my balance, my ease of movement, my stamina, my feeling of physical competence. (Unfortunately my appetite is also better, and I'm having a hard time holding the line on my caloric AND carb intake.......it's tough staying under 1800 cals and 60 grams/day when you're more physically active than you've been in over 25 years.)
While I'm in nowhere near the kind of shape I aspire to be, neither am I the lazy mouse potato I was until February. I finally got past the "I hate to sweat" mentality and FORCED myself to go beyond the soreness and the unhappy thought that I need to do this for the rest of my life. Now I'm doing at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity on most days of the week, varying my routines so I don't get bored, and I'm actually progressing........I can lift more weight, do more reps, and perform up to 40 crunches per floor exercise session, do 30 minutes on the stationary bike on alternate days, and play badminton with my kids for 1-2 hours some other days. In between I garden, and of course I'm running the floors at work 4 days a week in addition to my structured exercise.
It may not sound like a lot to those who are in good physical condition, but I'm 45, still morbidly obese and starting from NOTHING. I haven't worked at fitness for longer than a couple of weeks since I was in my teens........back then, I was very active and in terrific shape, but as soon as I was out of school my attitude was "Well, I don't have to go to gym any more", so I didn't. That's when my weight problems began, and as I'm sure you all know, I've been fighting it ever since.
I don't want to run a marathon. I don't want to be in the Olympics. All I want is to regain some of the physical freedom I used to have when I was younger and thinner........I want to be able to run if I feel like it, dance when I'm happy, play with my kids while they (and I) are still young enough to enjoy it.
I'm also proud to report that I'm already seeing some definition in my arms, legs, and belly, and my blood pressure is down from 180/120 in December to 156/70 without a single change in meds
I have energy to burn, and though I still spend a lot of time on the computer, my sessions are shorter and some days I don't get on at all......I'm too busy working in the garden, cleaning out closets, playing badminton, and doing other active things.
So even though I've hit a plateau according to the scale, my clothes are getting bigger and bigger, and I've even gotten rid of everything I wore at 300+, so I CAN'T afford to go back up! The thing is, my body actually has learned to crave activity........I don't feel right if I DON'T exercise now. I still have a way to go before it becomes second nature---you don't overcome something in 2 months when you've been a certain way for almost 30 years!---but I think I'm on my way.