Total Weight Loss

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Never give up! Don't give up!

Last night I was really tired and just did not feel like exercising at all. I knew that I needed to and that if I am going to hit my goal again this week that I can not miss a night because it would be too hard to make up the minutes. So I decided to go ahead and get on the elliptical and do my 30 mins. I figured that I would skip the strength training part of my workout for just once and could make up 30 mins easier than missing an entire hour.

I got on the elliptical and man oh man was it tough. I was tired and by just 10 mins I was ready to quit. But I pushed on and on and on and made it for the entire 30 mins. I was really tired, pouring sweat, and my face was beet red. But I did feel better. I was so proud of myself for getting it done that I decided I would go ahead and finish up the workout with 30 mins of the strength training. I am glad that I did not give up. The old Lisa would have gotten off the elliptical at 10 mins. Wait that is a complete lie, the old Lisa would not have even done a workout at all.

I am very proud of myself and the weight that I have lost so far. But I am more proud of myself for keeping with the exercise. You just have no idea how much I have hated exercise my entire life. And I mean hate with a capital H. Sorry if I have been harping on exercise so much lately but I am just so shocked that I have kept with it now for the past 4 months. Back in January I did not want to say that losing weight or working out was my New Year's Resolution because I figured the odds of me doing it were slim to none. But in the back of my mind I was thinking that it was time. So, it was around the 2nd week or so of January that I started working out. I started very small but it was an effort none the less. I have been increasing what I do in small increments ever since. At some point during February I stopped working out for I think it was a week or maybe a week and a half. I do not remember why I stopped but I know in the past that would have been it for me. This time around I did not let it get me down, instead I did not wait for tomorrow, I got up and got right back on that horse, so to speak. I am so glad that I did.

I am proof of not letting a fall off the wagon keep you down. You have to let it go, get up and dust yourself off and move forward. If I had not started back in my exercise routine then I would be sitting here still at 254 lbs and the only change would have been that some months had flown by. It is true that the same months have flown by but 29 lbs have gone along with them!
So do not ever give up. You will stumble and you will fall and that is alright. It is part of life and it is part of the journey. Nobody is perfect and sometimes life does get in the way but you have to push it to the side for the sake of you.

I am going to leave you all for now with a picture of me post-workout from last night. Here I am in all my hot, sweaty, red-faced, glory!

P.S. After writing this post I have the Yo! Gabba Gabba! crew singing in my head "Never give up! Don't give up!". My nephews have warped me. :)


  1. That is so awesome!! Great job! Keep up that positive self talk. You can do this

  2. LOL... good for you! 29 pounds is awesome... keep it up!!

  3. I really appreciated this post. My entire life I have hated exercise with a capital H, too! LOL

    When you said, "I am proof of not letting a fall off the wagon keep you down. You have to let it go, get up and dust yourself off and move forward." it really hit home for me. That's a wonderful attitude. Don't dwell on the past, just get up and keep moving forward. Excellent advice!!

    Great job!

  4. thanks for the lovely comments. And we all have our uphill battles.. Fibro, is something that I prob do have but just refuse to commit to having... if I dont acknowledge it its not there... I know its not the best philosophy. But it has gotten me this far. I have about 95% of the subsequent related ailments that go with Fibro, and CFS is the biggest part of Fibro..

    Understanding and support is always the biggest part... But if you need me I will always be here for you.

  5. Your post hit the nail on the head for me. I have basically always Hated it and have to retrain my brain to not be so closed minded to it. Now when I do it I actually have fun. Now consistency will be the key for me.

  6. Woohoo....great job sticking with it and finishing it off. Keep going, and going, and going....

  7. I HATED exercise forever but at some point I turned a corner. Eventually it stopped making me feel my limitations and started to be about how hard I could challenge myself. It took a long time to reach that point I'm not going to kid you! But if you keep at it, after awhile you're going to make a sudden discovery and say to yourself, "Holy crap look where I am!!!"

  8. Yes don't give up!!!:-) you can do it!