We all have our reasons for losing weight and getting back in shape. I'm sure everyone has a story out there of the moment the light bulb went off in their heads and they decided, then and there, to make a change in their lifestyle. I am no different, although mine wasn't so much a light bulb as a small atomic bomb exploding in my face.
I'll admit that one of the reasons to lose weight is to look better. I am only 5'2" tall...there should not be that much weight on this short, little body!
But, it's not just the number on the scale and the reflection in the mirror. It's knowing what being overweight does to the body. The physical drain on the muscles, bones, ligaments, etc. having to carry around all that extra weight. Not to mention the extra work the heart and other organs have to exert to make up for the extra pounds that have been added on over the years. I have been exercising steadily for about 7 months now and I just feel better, inside and out. My cholesterol has gone down drastically; my lower back rarely hurts anymore; my joints don't ache like they did this time last year.
Yes, diet and exercise take up much more of my time than they used to but I feel that is time well spent. By making myself feel better, I have strengthened my friendships and have met new people because of my increased activity. I have always been the type of person who wants to better myself in all areas of my life. For awhile, exercise/diet took a backseat to school, new jobs, family...the list goes on. It's good to have this area back in the daily routine and it is great to be reaching my goals again.
Good luck to all fellow bloggers who are out there every day working hard to achieve their goals. Kick ass!
My exercise tonight was a miscellanous pile of stuff: hula hoop (15 minutes), jump rope (20 minutes-my calves hurt!), sit-ups/crunches, push-ups and I took Wilson for a 30 minute walk. Now I'm ready for some R&R. Got to rest up for bowling tomorrow.