I HATE walking....(well sort of....I hate NOT being able to amble on down the road due to being so damn fat more...but this walking for exercise and health bites the big one!) but I do it. I struggle also...my knees scream in pain..(and you thought you were hearing the wind howl), and I grunt, and I sweat, and I just am plain ol' not pretty when I do it.....and I walk alone [now]
Most days I peer at the pedometer with such disdain it is a wonder it just doesn't implode. It is hard for me. I have to really push myself. I have cried while walking,...
But, I persevere with the tenacity (Gramma's word) of a bull moose. When I post my steps in my journal I do not tell of the the struggles I have had with each one of those steps...but believe me....I really really struggle and ask myself "How come noone else on this planet has as much trouble getting moving as me?"
So, you are not alone in this walking thing.....and the next time you think you hear the wind howl, just remember it is my joints screaming in pain......LOL!
Exercise, esp for those in our wgt caliber, is plain hard, hard, hard, hard work. The thought hit me square between the eyes yesterday that, Kathy, you're trying to undo 40+ yrs of very unhealthy living in 2, no wonder you see this as so hard. If we could truly look at this SB living as a real 'way of life' and not put pressure on ourselves to be at this wgt at this certain time, I think we'd all do better but we're so ingrained with the idea of 'this many lbs off by this date or that' that it leaves us so pressurized and at the least stall or God-forbid, gain, we freak out, we think SB isn't working for us or that we've messed it all up when we haven't. We're still committed to our original plan to get healthy. Can't we let that be enough? Now, this is me talking to me, here, my thoughts that hit me the other day. I share this in hopes that we as a group can internalize that, 'hey, we're doing ok today; this isn't a race/sprint against ourself, it's a marathon to health. It's ok to pace ourselves, we don't need to use up all our SB energy in the first leg of the marathon. ' Maybe this will help me as I tend to really get down on myself the minute I don't get in what I thought I should daily in exercise or veggie eating. I do know this---I am healthier today than I've been in at least 25 yrs and for that I say, thank you SB, thank you girls here on the forums and thank God for leading me onto the beach. You all be encouraged that even though we GOTTA exercise, we don't have to beat ourselves up if we just don't make the grade a day or two or three. That's the beauty of the beach!