Some people can work really hard at losing weight. You see them at the gym, lifting heavy weights or running on the treadmill, and the sweat is just pouring off of them. Or perhaps you know people who attend the pool everyday and do dozens of laps. I often envy people like this. You see how fit they are, bodies are trim and have good muscular shape. I wonder if their minds and spirits are as healthy and fit as their bodies are?
Then I see people, like myself, and I applaud them. They are walking the treadmill, lifting light weights, riding the exercise bike, doing aquafit programs and so on. They are typically out of shape, and have high blood pressure and other medical issues that I, myself, have. But they ARE working at it. They may be moving more slowly, but they ARE moving!
I work out daily - I take Sundays off because it is a day of rest for me. I am also in Physiotherapy and learning what exercises I can safely do with my back and knee issues. I may only exercise for a half hour per day, but it is all I can do. I do chair exercises as well. I sit at my chair and follow my favourites here on Sparkpeople that I have gathered.
I eat healthy, following special diet restrictions. I personally see a dietician now and follow her suggestions and guidelines. I have changed not only WHAT I eat, but the portion sizes of what I eat as well. I used to eat potato chips a lot, now I barely eat them - I find them extremely salty on the tongue now. My portions are smaller. I follow the rules on these two pictures now:
I believe that so long as we are making positive changes we are succeeding. And there is more to being healthy than a weight on a scale in the bathroom or at the gym. My weight is caused by the medications I take. My family doctor has told me so, my dietician has said so and my physiotherapist and other medical specialists have all said this. I sometimes feel like I am fighting a losing battle. I need the medications to stay healthy, but they cause a huge weight gain. So all I can do is to exercise, eat right, and have a strong body and a healthy mind and spirit.
Even my dietician has said there is more to being healthy than a person's weight. That is good to hear. though since I started working at losing weight, I have lost over 50 pounds. If I can lose that much, I can lose more. I have faith in God to help me and I have faith in myself to do it. So long as I am moving, even if it is slowly, I am making progress. I just won't stop.
Have a great day.