Friday, May 15, 2009

Working it out

One thing that I must do in order to be successful with weight loss is exercise. For me, that is one of my keys to success. When I first started exercising, faithfully, about 6 years ago I thought that I could eat what I wanted since I was exercising.

Here's was my thinking:
  • I did 15 min. of cardio so those 2 glasses of wine won't matter
  • I walked 1 mile on the track so that will cancel out those 6 oreo cookies
  • I strength-trained for 30 min. so that will cancel out that cinnamon roll
Yeah, that didn't work. I was extremely frustrated and couldn't understand why I wasn't seeing any change on the scale. I would see inches go down only to come back again. I ws doing just enough to maintain. Maintaining an unhealthy weight.

To lose weight, I mean really lose weight, I have to include exercise. Otherwise, I lose a pound or two here and there, a few inches, and that's about it. I won't have significant weight loss. I'm aware that some people can lose weight without exercise, but not me. I don't know how they do it, but they do.

For me, exercise has become apart of my identity. I have to do it. It helps to get me going, and in the long run it will be beneficial to me.


Fat[free]Me said...

Yeah, if I don't exercise, then I lose weight at such a rate that I end up getting fed up and stopping.

Plus, I have goals that include being able to run and hike and being fit enough to do that is a major thing for me.

I love what you say about it being part of your identity - that is a GREAT identity!

ernise said...

I'm totally with you on having exercise related goals. I think that is great motivation!

Hmmmmm...I should do a post an how identify myself...

Have2LoozIt said...

I have noticed this as well. I am dedicating myself to getting as much exercise in this week as I can. I will take it one day at a time.

You are definitely inspiring. Thanks : )