me and my wide behind, doing the Shred
For me, exercise is the number one component for losing weight. My eating habits are good for the most part, so for now I feel its necessary to focus on implementing exercise in my life.
After losing 4 lbs simply by cutting back the coke (cola), I became very motivated to try and lose more weight.
In January, once my pup's foot was healed, we began walking again on a regular basis. We started very slowly, and just to the end of the block but we soon were walking further and we walked every day for nearly 3 weeks. Unfortunately, we hit another deep freeze and that put our walking to an end again. This was a real bummer for me, as I noticed that by walking more regularly, my own chronic pain was becoming a bit more tolerable.
Near the end of January, I found The Shred at Walmart for less than $7 and decided to buy it with a gift card I had gotten. I also bought an exercise mat and two 2lb. weights. I have been more or less doing the Shred a few times a week since I got it.
I have not done the Shred for two weeks though. But not because I've been slacking! My friend and I got ourselves a FREE two week membership at the Y. In the two weeks, I went several times and I became good friends with the treadmill. I also got to know the bike and weight machines, but my love was with the treadmill. (Remember this??)
For quite some time now, I have been feeling the need to run. Well, when you live in Canada and there's snow and ice on the ground from October - April, and not to mention the deep freezes, I was anxiously waiting for Spring to arrive to give it a try. I've been reading running blogs (such as this one) and reading up on Couch to 5k and being motivated by the Biggest Loser contestants who are heavier than I and yet, somehow manage a marathon... So, when I went to the Y, I got on the treadmill and the next thing you know, I was running. Yes, me! Me with the bummed knee and the fatty-fat. It felt great, though I do need some proper runners so my feet won't hurt. At my best, I managed to go 1.34 miles in 30 minutes (walk/run alternating in 1 minute spurts).
Sadly, the two week membership ended this past Wednesday. So now I must motivate myself to exercise at home again. My friend gave me a new exercise DVD which I tried out for the first time on Sunday.
My plan now is to alternate the dvd's and continue to walk when the weather is decent. I really hope to get some new shoes soon so I can try running outside, but that may have to wait until I get another job. Until then, I will keep doing what I'm doing, and hope the weight keeps coming off.
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