Exercise for Lifelong Weight Control

The last of my suggested new year’s resolutions was to find an exercise you could enjoy for life.  I have a strong opinion about exercise—it mostly sucks.  I don’t like to get sweaty.  I don’t have time for an hour of anything five times a week.  I lack the attention span to stick to anything for very long.  I can think of no fewer than 1,400 reasons why I shouldn’t exercise at any given moment.  However, I can think of a couple more compelling reasons why I should.

Why I exercise (or, what’s wrong with my body)

My right thigh is larger than my left thigh.  I need to exercise to get them even.

I weighed 162 pounds on the scale at work this morning.  That number was smaller before Christmas.

My parents are fat so genetically things aren’t looking good for me.

I am getting older.  Old people who have exercised their whole lives are cooler than old people who have made excuses their whole lives.

I can gain weight much faster than I can lose it.

I have a disturbing jiggle on the top of my hips (what my sister calls “butt shoulders”).

My tight jeans might saw me in half if I wiggle too much.

What kind of exercise I do (or, how to get the most from the least) 

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not lazy or gross.  I want to exercise and be healthy and lose weight.  The truth of the matter is that I don’t want to yo-yo anymore.  I lost weight years ago by working out 2 hours a day.  Well, no duh.  Who wouldn’t? But I gained it all back, plus some.  I don’t have 2 hours to do that again and still be the mother and homemaker that I want to be.

This whole blog is about my jumping off the weight rollercoaster for good.  I don’t want to start something that I can’t continue for the rest of my life.  So, that means I had better be realistic and efficient.  Despite the previous paragraph where I listed all my physical shortcomings, I have seen progress since I’ve adopted this approach.  (Those butt shoulders use to barely fit into a size 14!)

Now, I’ve streamlined my workout to this:  30 minutes of cardio twice a week and Pilates twice a week.  I try to get some kind of activity in on the weekends, but that usually isn’t real exercise.  It’s yard work or house work or shopping or something kid-related.  I think that’s a schedule I can maintain for a long time.  It’s not too demanding of my time or energy.  If I pair that schedule with a healthy approach to healthy food, I should have the prescription for long-term weight management!

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sarah on January 11, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Oh how I can relate to a lot of your posts, including this one. I am loving your approach to exercising. It’s been a while since I’ve been inspired to get back into it, but when you put it like that! 🙂 I think it’s a doable schedule for me too.

    I really love your blog. And I wish you the best as you strive for you goals. Bravo!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by. I’m learning a lot from yours. You may notice some changes that look familiar in the next few weeks…Just remember, my imitation of you is my highest form of flattery.

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  3. Posted by Sarah on January 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    🙂 i look forward to seeing your changes! Though I do like the way it is now. There’s something about the green that makes me relax, what can I say?

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  4. Posted by Arsegoblin on January 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    interesting read. i liked reading your blog cuz it brightened my spirits up a wee bit

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  5. practical, and inspiring. i have a day planner for work where i jot in the margin how i was active that day–nothing to obsess about but keeps me mindful.

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