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Posted on Apr 5, 2011 in Weight Loss, Weight Loss 101, Working Out | 15 comments

Weight Loss 101: Get Movin’

Hello all! I hope you’re having a grand morning so far. In the first two posts of my Weight Loss 101 series, we discussed resources to help prepare you for embarking on your weight loss journey, and the steps you can take to really get your new, healthier life started!

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So at this point you’ve probably started to revamp your eating habits a little bit. Maybe you’re just looking at what you’re eating more conscientiously, maybe you’ve calculated your BMR and are seriously calorie counting – whatever level you’re at, you’re doing it right! Knowing is half the battle (thanks PBS!) so just being cognizant of your eating habits goes a really long way in terms of weight loss!

Today’s post really only has one theme, and I’ll admit that this is the part of my journey to health that I continue to struggle with the most: exercise.

1. Move.

That’s it. Just move. One bullet point. That’s my big message for today.

Don’t get me wrong, guys. I hate to exercise. Like, really, really don’t enjoy it. So I feel your pain, and I see your eyes rolling, and I see that finger just itchin’ to X out of this window because you’ve heard it so many times before. I really, truly get it. ‘Cause that was me! I mean, shoot, let’s me honest: that’s still me.

I don’t like being sweaty, I don’t like feeling out of breath, I don’t generally like the thought of being in pain… I’ve just always been this way. The last time I played a sport was in 8th grade. And only because when I was younger it was “strongly recommended” by my parents that I play a sport (read: I was forced.)

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Exercise has never come easy to me. But I do know that in order to live a truly healthy life, exercise has to be a part of it. So I’ve tried really hard to broaden my horizons and test out different things: Zumba, running, yoga, Bikram, and even a VERY misguided attempt at P90X.

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I still haven’t discovered exactly what it is that I LOVE doing, but I am enjoying being able to try out new things, be active, be social, and be healthy! I’ve been surprising myself lately by actually wanting to go out and do something more active than catch up on overflowing DVR some afternoons. And admittedly, it is pretty sweet to be able to say that I’ve completed not one, not two, but THREE 5Ks (something that I would have outright LAUGHED IN YO’ FACE if you had suggested it to me 9 months ago.)

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Nobody’s asking you to train for a marathon, or even to start running at all. Start walking. Or swimming. Or biking. Or dancing. Join a meet-up group that has kickball tourneys. Or an ultimate Frisbee team (as it continues to warm up, that’s my plan!) I’m still trying to find the things that I love to do while getting some exercise in, but I really do believe there’s something out there for everyone, and it just takes a little experimenting to find it! 🙂

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I know I say this a lot on my blog, but seriously. If I can do it, anyone can do it. It just takes a little determination, a little willpower, and a LOT of willingness to look silly. But it’s worth it when you can pick up a 50 pound weight and say:

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Holy crap on a stick! This amount of weight used to be ON me! And it is REALLY frackin’ heavy!

Or, you know, the same sentiment in a much classier way. 😉

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