As far back as I can remember I have been overweight. I have attempted to lose weight many times in the past but have always failed.
I started going to the gym about a year ago, paid for a membership and even got a trainer to help me get in shape. I met with the trainer once a week for 6 months and didn’t lose any weight. I changed my diet and ate what I felt was right (as explained by my trainer). I lost no weight, in fact I kept gaining weight.
To be fair I wasn’t going to the gym as often as I should have, I needed to go several times a week and was only going for my training sessions. The diet I attempted never stuck, I would always start it Monday and give up by Wednesday and start eating the same old same old by Friday.
The email spoke about just doing one thing, add one healthy thing at a time till you are living a healthy life. Don’t try to change everything at once because you’ll go back to your old habits instead of making new ones.
At this point I had canceled my gym membership, because paying money for something your not using is crazy, and I knew that I needed to do cardio in order to get in shape.
Forgetting the diet for the time being I decided I was going to become a runner, something that I had tried in the past and hated every time. I went to google and typed in “I hate running how do I start” and found an article that was perfect for me. It laid out a 7 week program to go from running for 2 minutes at a time to 30 minutes at the end.
I started knowing that 7 weeks would not get me in shape but that this may be the first step I need to make. I knew the first week would be easy and didn’t think that I would actually be able to make it to week 7.
Week 3 was the most difficult for me, 4 minutes of running. I actually repeated it because I wasn’t able to finish it the first time without being out of breath.
As for my diet I wanted to be able to enjoy my food and life but at the same time not continue to gain weight. I still eat what I eat, just not when I want, or how much I used to eat. If I have pizza for instance I’ll have a few slices instead of a whole pizza to myself. After a few weeks of that I decided I would also cut out soda which wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.
So week after week I added one more thing, from starting to workout, to not eating past 6, not drinking soda, and then eating clean. Had I done all of this at once I know I would have failed but I took it one step at a time and succeeded.
The results? I have gone from the heaviest I have ever been in my life to only 10 pounds away from where I was when I got married (20 pounds lost so far). I have more energy than I did before, I’m able to get up earlier in the morning stay up later, and accomplish so much more during day. The thought of going back to not doing these things is detestable to me.
I fit in to clothes that I haven’t been able to in years, and the clothes I have been wearing are starting to be a little too loose and I may have to buy new ones soon.
This wasn’t easy, nor is it the end of the journey. My fitness goal is to get back to where I was at the best shape I was in (42 pounds left to go), and then see how I feel then. I may want to keep losing, or I may feel that I have lost enough. Regardless I don’t think I’ll ever stop staying in shape now.
In fact I now know that being fit is the number one thing you can do not only for your physical health, but also your financial.
How have you either stayed in shape or got in shape? How important is it for you to be healthy when thinking about finances?
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