The Idiosyncransies of Losing a lot of Weight and how to Overcome – Exercise

 
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Having a lot of weight to lose presents challenges that are not talked about everyday.  Challenges that you figure out only by experiencing yourself.  Lucky, you have me – your resident guinea pig – to tell you all about the loveliness you will experience – and also give you some tools to help you overcome those challenges.

Going through my own weight loss journey, one person who I have come to despise is Dr. Oz.  How could I, you ask?  He has been scrutinized as of late for using his celebrity to promote weight loss scams on his websites and on his show.   He says things like, eat whatever you want, take this pill – and you will still lose weight.

Sad right?

It’s sad because he preys on women (largely), who don’t want to do the work to lose the weight they need to lose.  Often, the products don’t work, and in extreme cases, eventually prove to be dangerous.  We as consumers must be smarter.  The only way to lose weight is to eat clean and exercise consistently.  That’s the formula and I don’t understand why he doesn’t say it except for the fact that it is hard to lose weight for people with a lot of weight to lose (like me) and he would turn his audience (people who firmly believes that there is a magic pill somewhere out there) away.

Today, I want to talk about healthy habits – like exercise – that really promote weight loss.  I want to talk about the unique challenges of exercise for overweight or obese persons, and a way to overcome them and be successful.

 

Losing a lot of Weight, Overcoming The Challenges of Exercising

  • Soreness – Soreness is a constant battle for someone with a lot to lose.  And yes, the soreness lasts for more than a week.  With more weight, comes more wear and tear on your body and your joints.  It’s hard to get up and exercise when everything hurts.  It’s like the soreness compounds.  Not only are you sore from yesterday’s workout – you are sore from the day before and today.
  • Energy –    Initially, you are going to come into a fantastic energy burst.  It’s fantastic.  You will feel like you are on top of the world!  As time goes on, that energy goes away and it becomes hard.  It becomes harder to exercise everyday and it becomes harder to push yourself.  It’s hard to push yourself when you don’t feel like you can even lift your arms.
  • Excuses – You will come up with thousands.  There will be so many, it will become overwhelming.  Reasons why you shouldn’t start, reasons why you shouldn’t continue, reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t commit, and reasons why you should just stand there through an exercise that in your mind, you cannot do.  There will be thousands of reasons.

 

Tools for Overcoming Exercise Challenges

Soreness

I would like to just say – suck it up and deal.  But that doesn’t work for everyone.  In all honesty, that’s how I cope and having been coping for several months.  If that doesn’t work for you, here are some other strategies

  1. Before you start you exercise program – make a list of why you are starting the program.  Maybe you can put the before picture in the same place.   Your list can be on a pad of paper or on the computer.  It doesn’t matter just so that you know where it is, can read it, and can go back and reference it 2 months, 6 months, a year or more down the road.  Don’t worry about spelling, don’t worry about grammar.  This list is only for you to come back and read when things get tough, and they will get tough.  This list is meant to motivate you – to reignite your inner fire and desire to succeed.  When you are sore, you go back to that list.  You revert back to that larger person with so much to gain – and you continue working.
  2. If you are spiritual, seek advice from the scriptures.  I had to do that just last Friday.  It sounds weird, right?  For me, it helped to know that work, struggle, pain is all part of the plan for our life here on earth.  If it weren’t for the struggle and the ability to overcome, we would never progress.
  3. Extra stretching.  After your program, do some extra stretching – above and beyond what’s on the video or in the class.  If you are taking a class, often times they will have a stretching chart on the wall.  Pick your spot and do a few extra stretches.  If you are at home, make your own stretching chart.  utilize the internet and find some good stretches for hamstrings, arms, quads, etc.    Just as a note, you never want to stretch cold.  If you do, there is a danger of injuring yourself.  You always want to be warm before you stretch.
  4. Hot showers or baths help to soothe achy muscles.  I don’t take baths, but a member of my challenge group swears by baths with Epsom salts.  You might need a few extra on certain days – and that’s okay.

 

Energy

This is a hard one for me as I’m pretty physically active – and tend to burn out early in the day.

    1. Nutrition – your nutrition should be well-balanced with carbs, proteins, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats.  Carbs are very important to maintain glycogen stores so that you have the energy to get through workouts.  Make sure you are taking care of the nutrition.  Don’t ruin the exercise in the kitchen.
    2. Shakeology – I have talked about Shakeology before – and all the benefits.  It really is beneficial – even if you do not have a lot to lose.  It gives me the energy I need for workouts.  Also, if you can’t work out – maybe you have knee or hip problems, or are disabled, Shakeology helps you to lose weight a help you remain regular (if you are wheelchair bound).  The Shakeology might give you the edge you need to jump-start an exercise program down the road.

 
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Excuses

Excuses get in our way, get us/keep us off track and prevent us from reaching our full potential.

I wrote about overcoming your excuses a few months ago here.  This is a hard one, because the excuses can be numerous and so convincing.  How I combat my excuses is with self-tough love.  I’m honest with myself and honest about my priorities.  If my weight loss is of utmost importance, than it should be prioritized above anything else (within reason).

Here is a short story…

I was saving money to buy an iPad.  I had so many reasons why I needed one, most of them being related to this blog.   However,  I was presented with an opportunity to better myself, to feel better about myself and to be healthier.  I was given a choice: continue to save for the iPad – and have a more convenient way to blog or invest in my health.

I chose my health and don’t regret it.

See, the thing is, iPad’s are a dime a dozen.  They come and go.  They don’t really impact my life positively.  If anything, they probably promote withdrawal from family and electronic addiction.  So, I was willing to let the iPad go.  There was no contest.  If presented with the same choices, I would choose the same way.

I was honest with myself.  I said to myself, is my life worth it?  In the end, that’s what it comes down to.  My answer was a resounding yes.

 

 

What are some ways you can think of for overcoming the odds (and sometimes the pain) to continue moving forward to your goals?
 

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  1. You are doing great! You keep it up! You are inspiring lots of people out there! I also recommend an excercise buddy or two. Meeting friends to exercise is motivating for me.
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  2. Michelle T says:

    Take photos with dates! Looking back and seeing your real changes helps! And saunas. OMG there is a reason most gyms have them. It helps for immediate soreness after a workout and for one soreness. I always felt like jello after a full workout + 15 mins in a sauna 😀

    • Haha! Thanks for the suggestion. You know, I have never really tried a sauna. I’m hot phobic and everytime I walk into one, I walk straight out!

      Thanks so much for the suggestion.

      Pictures are key – and as you know – I’m not too good with that. I can’t even look at myself in a mirror. In a photo, it’s just too much reality.
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  3. For me accountability is key. Right now I’m training for a half marathon with my mom and my sister. We check in with each other if we’re not together to train, just to make sure we’re putting in the mileage. Mom and I also just completed Focus T25 Alpha Phase! #mommymonday
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  4. I’m so glad that you’ve stuck with your weight loss plan. I’ve lost two friends due to complications from obesity. It’s a struggle to lose the weight, but it’s really worth the struggle.
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    • You are right, Heidi. I have lost too many family members. The thing is that the others chose to live in la la land and not admit to what is happening. It’s a direct result of living a unhealthy lifestyle and not going to the doctor. I mean, come on. My uncle had a massive heart attack at 48. 48 years old. He was diabetes ridden and practically blind. His blood pressure. His kidneys had shut down. I mean, come on. How many more have to be sacrificed until things change? It’s sad.
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  5. you are doing it babe, I don’t care what you say I still think you look great. You lost weight and are getting in shape…that is amazing…WOOOHOOO
    For me it’s tons of water and protein…I would die if I didn’t have my protein before and after including a post apple workout…
    I like feeling sore, I like knowing I am building more muscles.
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    • Yeah, I agree. Feeling sore means that something is happening. It just starts to get old after a while, you know? Always have the “swagger”

      Honestly, Karen – I have come to really enjoy the way I eat. I really do enjoy the Shakeo and how it makes me feel – and I really do enjoy the workouts. I have fun with them – even when I don’t want to do them. I enjoy them because of the way they make me feel. I can see myself getting stronger – maybe not every week, but overall. Thinking when I first started in February, and I could hardly get through the jumping jacks (during the war-up). Haha! I was huffing and puffing. Now, they are nothing. I also love the way it has impacted my tennis. People are always quiet impressed and surprised on how strong I am. I have more endurance on the court.
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  6. I hear you! I’ve had polymyalgia for the past 3 years and have gained 50 lbs from taking prednisone and from lack of exercise. I’m finally of the medication but have pain in my joints and muscles which make a really great excuse to not exercise! I’m learning that accepting pain as a part of life is my new lesson too. I try to go for a walk even if it is one block. Following the Paleo diet with my son, so I hope I’ll lose weight now. Thanks for sharing! It helps to know I’m not the only one learning to press on.
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    • Hey Teresa,

      It is never easy, is it? I guess we weren’t promised easy. Good for you for going out and taking walks – even just for one block. It’s better than nothing and as you get stronger, your walks will get longer!

      Happy weight loss journey to you!
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  7. One way I help myself move forward with my goals is by taking a few minutes to recharge with a positive influence like yourself! I am so interested in the Shakeology now…I had heard of it before, but didn’t know they had vegan options! I can’t have soy or lactose/whey 🙂 And I love your tips for soreness, because that is usually my #1 deal breaker. Thanks Lisa!
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    • Hey there,

      Thank you for your compliment. I appreciate it! I understand about the soreness. It’s a dealbreaker for many people – and one reason why Shakeology is so valuable. It’s a all natural and nutritious. Everything comes from whole food sources, there is nothing artificial. The vegan formula has been improved within the past few months and while i don’t get the vegan option, people have said they love it! I believe in Shakeo whole with my whole being. It has helped me to feel so much better – just about myself. Plus, it helps give me energy for the workouts – which is really important to me. Would you like the opportunity to improve your health with Shakeology?
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