I lost 100 pounds. Exercise (mostly playing the Wii game Just Dance 2) was part of the process. But I viewed it primarily as a means of calorie burning, and I recognize now that exercise's potential is so much deeper. Now, I try to use exercise for its meditative, strengthening, confidence- and mental-health-boosting, and relaxing effects. While I try to share the positive perspective I've gained on exercise, lest you think I'm a perfect weight-loss-maintaining exercise-guru, please check out my real talk page to see that I continue to struggle and make sense of fitness and my weight journey. I also have some videos on this topic, with plenty more to come!
A close friend told me that running can be a form of therapy, so I've been trying that (in addition to talk therapy). It's amazing how quickly I felt better after hitting the pavement. I've also been trying to leave behind the idea that exercise is primarily a way to burn calories.
Since I consider my success and happiness to be deeply dependent on the support and companionship of my loved ones, I decided to deck myself out in items others had given me: my necklaces, hat, armband, socks, hair flower, engagement ring, wedding band, water bottle, and shoes <3
Earlier this year, I hurt my knees from squats with improper form. Now, I've learned proper form for squats and lunges. It's better to do a small amount well than a large amount poorly. So, I started with a 1 squat and 1 lunge on each side, and for the April fitness challenge, I increased by one each day. Even one of each properly done made me sore!
Here I began day one of my 30 day June's plank challenge! I timed myself as able to do 30 seconds on the first day (at which point my arms collapsed). Plan is to do daily planks: 30 seconds the first 3 days, then increase by 5 seconds every 3 days. Best part is that I have several friends who joined me in the challenge.
August is squats month but my form hasn't been quite right because of balance issues. So I'm practicing balancing in squats position daily and when the muscles are stronger, I'll be ready for full on squats again. Form is important to avoid injuries!