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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fight the Fat*

Yeah, so...I'm fat.

I've come to grips with it. And really, it isn't all that terrible. I don't get too cold in the winter because of all the added insulation. People usually avoid sitting right next to me on airplanes so I get extra elbow room. And our waiter never forgets to bring around the dessert tray. Being fat ain't all that bad.

But then again, I own a mirror.

I'm trying to be better. I have since dropped my addiction to Nutty Bars and switched to diet sodas (and usually only one a day). Even the Wii Fit and I are on speaking terms again. Progress with diet alone is s-l-o-w...so I gave in and started exercising.

I hate exercising.

I especially hate it when the kids are around and want to know why I'm breathing so loud, why I'm all sweaty, and whether or not what I'm doing is any fun.

No. No, it's not fun.

I have a few friends that are runners; even participating regularly in such insane endeavors as marathons. They rave about endorphins and sleek muscles, even about the thrill of the run. So I'd like to ask them: When does running become fun? At what point will I start looking forward to the pounding of pavement?

In my efforts at improved hawtness, I started the Couch-to-5k program. It boasts of taking a couch potato and turning them into a runner fit for a 5k. I would only have to work out three days a week and would be running the races in nine weeks. Easy enough. I even found a 5k that was close enough, supported a cause I believed in, and actually sounded like fun. Sweet.

At Week 3, I fizzled. It was just so hard. And not getting any easier. I dreaded getting on the treadmill. Dreaded it...almost to the point of crying.

So I stopped.

And I gained three pounds.

Now, I've started again. Back to Week 1.

Please tell how I can make it not suck this time around...I really don't want the Wii to yell at me...

* A direct quote from the Wii Fit. It totally hates me.


Kristina P. said...

I refuse to do things I don't like. If you hate running, DON'T DO IT. There is nothing that says you have to run.

I like doing kickboxing, the elliptical, etc. Find something you actually enjoy doing.

Popcorn House said...

Me too. I used to love running now I don't. I do however love the elliptical and I love spinning. I have been struggling with loosing my last 10 pounds for 2 years. So I joined Weight Watchers last week. I totally blew it last night, but oh well small steps. Good luck, I agree with Kristina try other methods of exercising. Or WALK. Walking is great and is the best for when you are starting out.

stewbert said...

i'm with kristina (big surprise!). i hate treadmills, but i lurve me some elliptical time.

Jessica said...

Find something you love to do (Easier said than done). I'm going to try a Zumba class because back in the day, I used to dance. Maybe I will like this better than the gym.

Stacy Q said...

Bless your heart, I could have written this myself. Except the part about running. I hate running, for many reasons not the least of which is running makes me wet myself. Immediately and repeatedly. Too Much Information! Sorry.
I hate that you can bust your butt (so to speak) and lose the weight, but IT COMES BACK!!! It doesn't stay lost.

Tipi said...

1) doing it with friends/others helps
2) find something you used to love as a kid and try it again... swimming! exercise pool classes...
3) Try a meeting of OA: Overeaters Anonymous. You may not be an overeeater but they are excellent for support and have good ideas.
4)Diets do not work, you need to change your lifestyle/habits.

Love you lots
and you still are the Beautiful Sister

Brooke said...

I love, love, love Zumba. It's been the only thing I've found that's lasted for more than 2 weeks. For me the key I think was it was fun, I like the music, my instructor was introducing new songs/dances and changing up the play list all the time so it was never the same old thing. For me I like new things and I guess I get board quickly. Also I need a specific time or class to go to--it'll never happen athomes I get distracted and unmotivated too easily. I never have liked running though. I was actually just about to give it another try because I was feeling cardio fit from Zumba when I found out I was expecting and my energy went to zero, next year I guess. I'd love to go with you if you want to give it a try.

Me (aka Danielle) said...

You can do this!

I'm with Kristina though, there is nothing that says you have to run. Find something you enjoy, it will make it so much easier. I personally like a stationary bike, rather than a treadmill.

P.S. I hear ya about the kids. They tend to put a damper on things, when you aren't feeling the love as it is!

Chris said...

It's harder for me to think about excersising then actually doing it. I have to work myself into it for years before I can step on a treadmill. Don't tell anyone I got on the treadmill this week & think I'm gonna do it again :!

nikki said...

good for you! just take it one day at a time. I much prefer the outdoors to the treadmill, but in the heat of the summer the treadmill can be a better option. I say, move the treadmill to a spot you can see the TV, put on your favorite show (the length you will need to exercise) then go to it! the time goes by much quicker and you still get the joy of watching your show.
Good luck and keep on moving! I may have to try that couch to 5K, is it online? a book? what?

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