Losing weight is a transforming experience. I fluctuated between 220-250 pounds for awhile and when I was that heavy I didn’t really KNOW I was that heavy. I still wore revealing clothes, tank tops, etc. I had no idea my arms were huge and probably shouldn’t be shown off.
I didn’t really get to know my body until I started to lose weight. Then the changes were noticeable.
I had a waist
I only had one chin
My thighs no longer rubbed together
The big changes for me, were being able to do activities I couldn’t do at 250. I suddenly had stamina. I could hike for hours without having to rest. I could bike 52 miles (like I did this weekend: http://wp.me/pRrTx-qE) and not be laid up in bed for two days. 🙂
Why do I exercise as much as I do? Because I like the way my body changed. I like having stamina to do fun things. I have fun doing things outside! I want to run, hike, play in the sunshine, and explore new things.
QUESTION: How has your body changed? And why do you exercise?
On another note….
I got out of work early today, drank half of my Atkins Chocolate Shake, and headed to the gym. I did 38 minutes on the stair-master machine. I took a picture during my warm up phase. The levels looked like this:
Since I’m feeling sore still from weeding yesterday, I took it easy and did level 6. I didn’t push myself too much. I wanted to do just enough exercise to stretch my legs out in hopes that I can run tomorrow. After the stair-master, I went upstairs and did some weights for about 10 minutes. It was really crowded and I was pretty done with the gym. So I did my arms and I did the ab machine and I headed home. Calories burned in under an hour: 350.
When I got home, drank the rest of my Atkins Shake and I did my Foam Roller for a bit. Note to self: using the Foam Roller on SORE HAMSTRINGS feels like TORTURE. I seriously wanted to whine and cry and scream! OUCH! But I know it will help my legs feel better. Reach the Beach is in 4 days. 4 days!