Going Slow…..Daily Prompt: Simmer

Getting my self to exercise has been simmering in the back of my head for a long time. Sometimes you may want to do sometime but put it on a back burner in your mind and it simmers. Well, it finally boiled over and I got off my arse and started doing something about it.

I’ve been exercising since August of this year. That may not sound like a long time but it works for me. It works for me because this time around I’m going slow. The last 500 times I started exercising, I jumped right in and tried to go from zero to sixty. I kept burning myself out even if I had shown progress. It started to feel like a huge chore that I couldn’t stand doing. So I switched things up.

What I did differently this time was not really set too much of a goal as to what I wanted. I know the fundamentals of what it takes to lose weight; eating healthier, exercising more, drinking more water, etc. But this time I’m focusing on one thing at a time. First I’m exercising more. I started off with ten minutes of some sort of exercise every other day. Then I gradually increased it. I finally admitted to myself what I would and would not do as far as exercising.

I used to really like walking. I don’t anymore. Maybe it’s the time of the year when my allergies are really bad. Or maybe there are too many bugs flying around. I don’t know. I just know, I don’t want to do it. And I realized that’s ok. Just because I liked doing something at one time doesn’t mean I’m going to like it forever. At this point in my life, I’m all about exercising at home.

I’ve been looking at YouTube videos to help me get the most out of my at home routines when it comes to exercise. As I posted before, I use my elliptical. But I need stretching in there too. And like I’ve said before, I’m also lazy……..hahahahahaha. So I do the chair exercises that involve eight or so minutes of stretching before hopping on the elliptical. Man, do I feel good after doing them.

I know I said my goal was to lose five pounds a month. I’m fine if I don’t because I can feel an improvement in my body. I used to feel so tired all the time. And I was having problems sleeping. My feet would hurt so bad just being on them. I also felt that wearing shoes was evil (shoes actually are evil….lol). Well, slowly things got better. It’s funny because it was gradual. I didn’t notice anything at first.

One day I was walking around at work and realized my feet didn’t hurt as much as they usually do. I also noticed that I wasn’t walking as slow and hunched up like before. I was actually feeling pretty good. I kind of wanted to jump around and make a lot of noise of happiness. But common sense prevailed because my body warned me it wasn’t at that point yet.

I’m not eating the greatest. Those king size Nestle Crunch bars still call me every time I go to Walmart. I don’t always answer the call but sometimes I do. But that’s ok. I take things one day at a time. I try to make sure I get something positive out of every day. Even if it’s something really little. The people at work think I’m a bit crazy because I smile and wave at people a lot more. I can’t help it. I’m just feeling so good now.

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