Those of you that know my story, know that I followed my doctor's advice to the letter in every respect except one, I never followed the exercise plan. I had a million excuses; I didn't have time, I didn't really know what to do, I was losing just fine without the exercise, the list is endless. I really, really hated even the idea of exercise. Really, really hated it, from the bottom of my heart.
I lost of my weight quickly without the exercise and was able to maintain the weight loss. For those of you that don't want to exercise, this part must sound great. Here is the kicker, even though I was thin, I was still not healthy. My heart rate was too high, my aerobic conditioning was non-existent, and I had lost the tiny bit of muscle I used to have, through the losing weight part of the journey. I looked good, but thin. I had some skin hanging from my arms and my inner thigh, but really, visually, I was fine. Inside, health wise, not so much. My balance was off and I had very poor flexibility. I would get tired easily, not as easily as before the weight loss, but still too soon for my age and worst of all, I was losing bone density, and this would eventually lead to a huge problem.
I can't really tell you what finally kicked my butt into gear, I think it was mostly hearing my doctor preach this at me every single month, for the past three years. I think I finally got tired of putting my fingers in my ears, and going "la la la la la" whenever the subject of exercise was brought up. I don't know what the final straw was, but three months ego, I hired a personal trainer to work out with me twice a week.
In just the three months, I can see dramatic results. I have so much more strength, flexibility, endurance and power than I had before. My arms and thighs look much better, and I feel more energized, almost euphoric sometimes. I am seriously getting addicted. I do a full body workout with my trainer twice a week, and I do cardio on my own four times a week with one day off. The only down side so far is that I need to eat way more food to balance out my metabolism and I am still learning how to do this correctly. I don't want to lose any more weight, so this part is still a work in progress.
What I am trying to tell you, is that this is not as bad as I thought it would be, it is actually kind of, well...fun. You can do it and don't be like me and wait until you are a few years out, do it now, do it today.