Getting My Groove Back
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
This summer I have been very inactive. Not only has it been extremely hot, but I've not had any indoor AC for a large part of the summer. That part is taken care of. I have a window AC now for my bedroom and the faulty central AC seems to be running better now. It just doesn't seem to keep up with heat when it's really hot. To say, we've been miserable at times this summer, has been an understatement. We have still been having hot days but somewhat less intense.
I've walked my dog two days out of 4 so far. That's a pretty good start considering I was doing no exercise. I didn't even have a cool home to do it in. I thought I was just becoming very lazy and sedentary again, but now, I have hope that it's just been heat-related. I always enjoy the feeling of having completed some exercise. It's the satisfaction of doing something that's hard to make myself do that really makes me happy. Also, doing something good for my health is the biggest bonus.
I am considered "overly obese." I refuse to use the word "morbidly," because there isn't a dang thing morbid about me...OK, maybe my humor sometimes. :) Anyway, I decided quite some time back that I can be fit and still not look it. I know of many plus size fitness trainers. For me, taking care of myself is no longer an issue of weight, but of health. I know that we are usually going to lose some weight as we get healthier, but to focus on weight is futile for me. I do not want to get hooked on standing on the scale each day. i have done that and have fluctuated between the same 10-15 lbs for over a year now. I want to focus on improving the numbers related to some health issues. I want to know that I'm increasing how far I can walk or exercise. If I focus on my weight I become unhappy with my body. I don't like to focus on my weight because that gets me depressed and then I'm not going to do anything. Focusing on how much better I feel is smarter for me. We don't all respond the same to the same ways, so I'm not saying it will work for you. It's what is helping me accept and love myself more so that I will do more.
One setback I will mention again is when my fitbit stopped working and I've not been able to afford a new one. That really was exasperating and believe it or not, I had many friends that apparently only felt like they really connected with me as another person who uses a fitbit, because they stopped staying in touch. That's OK though. I do not need a fitbit to track my steps to prove to others how well I'm doing. If I get one again, I may use a private profile so I'm not comparing myself to other people who are doing better than me. I want to beat my own numbers. I still know whether I'm exercising or not without using a fitbit, so it doesn't matter that much. Also, many forms of exercise that I enjoy doesn't show up on a fitbit, like yoga.
Please let me know what works best to motivate you to stay active, even if it's just a little bit each day. I'm interested to hear your story.