The Vigorous Life

  1. 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'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.
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   dianah
    Woot! for you, you are an inspiration to us all! Thanks for sharing progress, and keep it up (the exercise AND the sharing!)

    Anyone else???
  4. by   jnette
    mjlrn... you deserve this. Here's to YOU. Wow. (((HUGS)))

  5. by   nekhismom
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOTT!!! :hatparty: You go, girl!!! WOW!! What an inspiration. Keep up the good work. And I'm sure you already know this, but I'm going to remind you anyway: muscle weighs more than fat, so since you are toning up and gaining muscle, you may not be losing pounds, but as you said, you are losing inches!! And that is what ROCKS!!!
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    Thanks, you guys (especially jnette---what a pretty card!!).......I do appreciate the encouragement and the kind words. I honestly don't feel as though I qualify yet for "inspiration" status, maybe in another year or two when I've kept it up all that time! But thanks anyway....allnurses ROCK!!
  7. by   suzanne4
    G :hatparty: R :hatparty: E :hatparty: A :hatparty: T

  8. by   Tweety
    Awesome. I am so proud of you!! Woot!
  9. by   Ahhphoey
    WOOOHOOOO!!! :hatparty: You may not feel like your on inspiration staus yet, but for those of us like me who have tried and have yet to succeed at staying motivated to exercise, you are a great inspiration. I, too, am obese and trying to lose 80 pounds using the Weight Watchers plan. About three years ago, I was at my heaviest and lost over 90 pounds in about 11 months doing structured exercise (fitness videos) and using Weight Watchers, however, I went off this plan because I'd reached my goal and figured the dieting and exercise was over. Unfortunately, this attitude led me to regain 70 pounds, that I'm now struggling to lose again. So, good luck to you, and again, you are an inspiration.
  10. by   jkaee
    :hatparty: :hatparty:

    Great job! You ARE an inspiration.....look at how far you've come.

    My husband and I were just talking tonight about buying a treadmill....we both need to tone up a little. After reading your post and hearing about how good working out makes you feel, I think I'll send him to Sears tomorrow night to go and get one. Thanks for giving me the nudge I need to get started!

    So happy for you!

  11. by   Shotzie
    I so badly need to get on board that same train you are're an inspiration. How about keeping us informed every two weeks or so?
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Well, I'll try.......don't know that I'll progress quickly enough for it to be terribly interesting, but I'll do my best.

    I'm actually amazed at the level of flexibility I've been able to maintain over the years of inactivity; I've always been able to kick higher than my head and bend over to touch my toes, no matter what I weighed. However, when I started working out, I'd sit on the floor with my legs straight out and be barely able to reach the tip of my great toe; now I can easily reach over and grab the entire top half of my foot. I started out with 3# hand weights and do each exercise 10 times; now I'm up to 5# and can do 3 sets of 12 reps for each exercise. I couldn't even do a crunch 2 months ago; today I did 42 of them (not all at the same time, of course---I do 10 at a time, and on my last set today I got 12 in). Can't do a whole sit-up though......still too much belly in the way. (I hear that they're too hard on one's back anyway, and since my back has NEVER been my strongest area I think I'll just stick with the crunches.)

    It's a far cry from the days when I could run two miles and not get winded, or dance for hours on end and never get tired. But hell, I'm not 18 anymore, and I never will be again........a basic level of physical competence and fitness is all I'm trying to accomplish here. And for somebody who only a few short months ago was always asking the kids to go get me something instead of dragging my sorry @$$ off the sofa and getting it myself, I think that's pretty good.
  13. by   H ynnoD
    Congratulations!!!!Progress may slow at times,but as long as you continue, you will progress.