I am NOT a health nut! I hate exercise, and despise watching everything I eat. There I said it. But you know what I hate most?
The 50 or so pounds I have gained in the last year. I am only 5'3", so this shows up horribly. I have about 10 pairs of pants and many tops in storage that I cannot wear, thanks to that weight gain.
I can blame it on lots of things....stress, sitting for hours each day while my dad was going through cancer treatment, too much soda and Smarties, the bad shoulder, yada yada yada.....
Fact is, weight has been a constant struggle for me, just like most women. I had a belly pooch before I even gave birth to a single kid. Now, I will never run marathons, it's not anything I desire to do. But I do desire to feel better, and that, in simple terms, is what it's about.
I will never be a size 2, and I am not looking to be. As I have told people before....I am a 46 year old woman who has given birth to three kids, and had 3 surgeries in the belly area....I will always have that body. Unfortunately for me, when I gain weight, the belly is the first place it goes. And no amount of sit ups or other exercises will tighten that area up. But, it doesn't have to be as bad as it is. It's time to do something about it.
I already given up soda two weeks ago. I have replaced it with carbonated water. I love the water, and it is zero calories, as opposed to 240 for the soda. I still haven't given up the Smarties, which I nibble all day long, but have cut back and will give them up soon.
My biggest goal right now is to get out and walk. Every day. I hate it, but I need to.
I also will be begin doing yoga. I cannot do high intensity workouts due to the shoulder. Not an excuse, just a fact. I have a great friend on Facebook, who has been sharing some videos with me, knowing my issues with the shoulder. She is an inspiration for me, and while I may have to modify some moves, it will work my muscles, which I desperately need. These are the two that I am starting with:
This particular one is great for the muscle spasms I get due to the CRPS.
And then this one:
I will keep you updated on my progress, as I need accountability.