Out of Shape

Sometime last year, I realised I am very out of shape.

My clothes are tight and cling to my body in the most unflattering way. I don’t feel good about myself.

I’m not only talking about weight. I am overweight, yes, mainly because I love food and stress makes me overeat even more, but most people will still say I look fine. I know I don’t.

I struggle with my schedule and I hate gyms. Not a great combination. I hate repetition so lifting weights really does my head in. I can easily walk a few miles but find treadmills loathsome. I enjoy some Body Systems lessons but I find their schedule does not suit me.

Yesterday, I saw light at the end of the tunnel.

Mom is here (she arrived Saturday) and as I watched her get ready to go for a jog with Raven, I felt humiliated. She’s almost 68 and has all sorts of physical problems (including a bad knee and ankle that need constant monitoring) on top of her mental health issues. She was stretching excitedly when I decided to join them.

I struggled. There’s no point in denying. I didn’t push the pace or distance. I was left behind a few times. We covered 1.5 miles, alternating between running and walking.

I was drained for the rest of the day and my muscles are sore today, however, I realised I liked it and it’s something I can do. It doesn’t take up much time and I don’t have to drive anywhere at a specific time to try to get into a lesson.

I promised myself to do it every day from now on. I need it and I can do it.

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  1. Good for you! This is important I think. I am on a mission to change too and I think as long as we make progress, then we are doing well!

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    1. DFMGhost says:

      I used to be very active so my love of food didn’t affect me that much. Now that I hardly do anything, it shows.
      We need to find what works best for us and put in the effort. I do for everything else and my health should be a priority. I hope you find your way too. ❤️

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  2. I should start exercising as well and it’s so important you have found the reason to do it.
    Motivation will help you achieve your goals! So happy for you!

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    1. DFMGhost says:

      I’m trying my best. I need to build on it because I prefer to be outdoors. I’ll get daughter to kick my butt! 😉

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  3. bone&silver says:

    YES! The hardest step is often the first one, so well done. A great way to build up cardio fitness and stamina, plus stimulate the metabolism, is to do ‘1 min on, 1 min off’: walk for a minute, jog for a minute, repeat. Just count to 60 as you do either. You can start with 2 mins walk, 1 min jog, and aim to do for 10 or 15 or 20 mins- build up slowly. And make sure you have good supportive shoes. “Signed G, fitness and Pilates instructor in Australia”, xx

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    1. DFMGhost says:

      Thanks, G! I could do with Pilates lessons actually 😉 I’m not counting but I think it’s close enough. I went for another run yesterday and my legs are killing me but I want to go again today. 😊🤗

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      1. bone&silver says:

        Go girl!! Creating a new habit is the key to long term fitness, and don’t stop after a month- weight loss takes time, as does increasing cardio fitness. And yes, I would be a fab Pilates teacher for you, but you can find good stuff on YouTube- look up Tracy Anderson- her basic stuff is a great place to start, but her harder stuff is really hard!

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      2. DFMGhost says:

        Thanks again! I’m not ready for really hard. Not even close! I’ll check her out and I hope to keep this up.

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  4. mr. f. grey says:

    You’ve got this, keep it up! Your motivation lead me to do some searching about writing and exercise and I came across this, https://thewritepractice.com/run-writer-run/. “Move into creativity.” I love this concept! Sitting around waiting for it to happen doesn’t work for me and the runs that I take do foster amazing ideas and occasionally, naughty thoughts. I need to be careful though, too many naughty make keeping a steady pace difficult. 😉

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    1. DFMGhost says:

      😂😂😂 I believe you! Two weeks of running have resulted in my most inspired week ever! I pumped out seven chapters like it was nothing! I’ll carry on!

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      1. mr. f. grey says:

        That is fantastic! I cannot wait to read the post running chapters.

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      2. DFMGhost says:

        They are PG. Hehehe! Currently available on Wattpad. 😋

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  5. BoxerDog1973 says:

    Finding time to be consistent…….totally get it. Constant issue here too.

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    1. DFMGhost says:

      It’s tough. My ankle is playing up big time now. I can’t run at the moment but I’m still walking. I have to push through. 🙂

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  6. namcoicoder says:

    You can take that if you have a treadmill in your house. It’s so convenient for your exercises.
    For more informations access this website: https://www.johnsonfitness.com.vn/en/danh-sach-san-pham/may-chay-bo.html

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