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Starting Slow

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I have written on my blog that I had been a plateau for a while. In the exact sense, I reflect today, I have been sabotaging the effort of hard exercising. I am not exercising hard enough for the weight loss I have been scheming of for a while. Instead, I have just been doing 30 minutes walking (2 miles/hour) for 4 days a week, plus some, once-a- week-training such as Coach Nicoles DVD (10 minutes x 2) and Rodney Yees Gaiam YouTube Yoga. These exercises have been helping me to keep the weight off, at around 160 lbs, but it’s not enough for my dreaming 125 lbs.

To realize my goal weight, or just doing just more exercise to keep my weight off, I am going to do the exercise slowly and consistently, every day. I knew that I would achieve more if I had been exercising every day. In the fiscal year 2017 (the Japanese fiscal year starts in April every year), I am going to do and continue the slow exercises more often, I determine.

I listened to the Tao of Fitness audio book by Jerry Lynch which I purchased more than 15 year ago recently. I tried to listen to the book before, but it just did not catch my ear at that time. English was difficult, I guess. But this time, I was able to listen to and got his message clearly. Tao is about enjoyment of a moment and motion. Being an Asian, it is a familiar concept, but getting the message from the American sports psychologist (the author), the concept becomes clearer and more persuasive. At the end of the audio book, he advised us to start slowly if we want to achieve. Now I am following his message and I am doing workouts slowly but consistently.

SparkGuy also tells us to do 10 minutes workouts every day. It is the same concept. You cannot imagine at first if it will make an achievement you want, but it will, if you keep doing it. It will accumulate to the progress you want to make. Time does not matter. It may take 10 or more years to achieve my weight goal, but I think it is OK, if I enjoy the everyday exercise on the way, that is Tao, in the Lynchs sense. And it definitely will help my health. It is a healthy lifestyle, in the Chris Downeys sense . I have been doing it, even though my weight was not coming off, for past 10 years, first without assistance and then with SparkPeople, but which is already becoming an achievement and progress I made during that time.

So, I will add just a little more of aerobics and stretching, which I will do every day. My weight history of my past 15 years, in which I gained 140 lbs and lost 95 lbs, is a history of my hardships and efforts, and also at the same time it is one road of my life to the heaven where Jesus, my families and great spirits are waiting for me.
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