It’s really working.
Just over a month ago, I finally buckled down and started working out regularly. Until that point, my exercise consisted of the occasional walk at the park with the dog and the girlfriend and maybe some leg lifts in the mornings… if I remembered. I felt exhausted a lot of the time, my back was always in pain, and I generally felt pretty lethargic. I watched a lot of TV and ate a lot of food (although I was still following the WW plan to the best of my abilities).
I went to a WW meeting where my leader challenged us to make our activity this week “fun”. I thought about what I could do to make it fun and nothing really struck me as “fun” until I was talking with another WW peep who had a Kinect. She raved about it all the time and talked about how much sweating she did while she was having fun. I’d never bought a gaming console before and I didn’t really grow up with them either. My parents called the TV a “boob tube” for goodness sake! Video games were not allowed… until my brothers begged for one. Then I mastered Mario Cart on N64, but that’s beside the point.
I splurged and bought the whole Kinect package and the Biggest Loser workout game (about $410 for an extra game and a 3 year warranty from Target). My girlfriend and I had a blast playing Kinect games! So we went out the next day and bought Kinect Sports. SO MUCH FUN!! Once I realized just how awesome this technology is and how fun it can be, I buckled down and started working out in the mornings. And I’ve never felt better.
I’ve learned a few things about myself in the past month and a half that I’ve been working out with the Kinect.
1. I enjoy working out in the comfort of my own home. Just me and the floor.
2. I only stick to a routine when I workout in the mornings. I’m too tired to do it after work, even if I tell myself I will, I won’t.
3. I am very strong. I have lots of muscles that have been waiting to be used again!
4. Yoga, Circuit Training and Box-Fit invigorate me.
5. My back feels soooo much better when I’ve exercised.
6. I AM someone who can be a runner, and I’m building the muscles to be able to do so.
All are great things, but the last one really excites me. You know what I did last weekend? I ran for over 2 minutes straight on my parents’ treadmill! (And then it died on me. I killed it. Twice.) For a woman that weighs twice as much as I should, that’s pretty freaking awesome. And I would have kept going if it hadn’t pooped out on me!
The running/walking has been so important in this weight-loss journey. I’m officially signed up for my first 5K with the girlfriend. We’ve been tracking our training and making sure to get at least one long walk in per week this month. Next month we’ll be doing 2-3 long walks a week. Then we’ll be all set! We’ve also decided to make it a goal to do at least a 5K (or more) in all 50 states! How awesome is that! If you have any suggestions of which ones to go to, please leave me a comment.
My girlfriend inspired me to join Weight Watchers and it was her idea to walk the 5K race of the Illinois Marathon. She’s been so instrumental in this life change that I can’t write this post without giving her a TON of credit. She’s gotten my bum out of bed for morning walks more times than I can count. Her own struggles have forced me to examine my own, even when I didn’t want to acknowledge that they were there. I try to be a good motivator for her now since she’s motivated me so many times before. This journey is one that I reluctantly started with her and I am a better person now because of it. I’m not even 20lbs lighter (yet) and my life is forever changed. Thank you, Bella. You are my love.
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