I’ve been riding this weight-struggle merry-go-round for quite a while. After having my first child, I carried extra weight for about 2 years before I got serious about eating healthy, and then to actually lose the weight, about exercising. Then after having my second child (and 4 months of bed rest, among other fun and exciting pregnancy issues) I carried twice as much extra weight as before, again, for about 2 years before I got serious about eating healthy, and then to actually lose the weight, about exercising.
Then I started writing. In many ways, it’s easy to compare writing to having a child. The thrill of conceiving an idea. The months of gestation and careful care to nurture that idea to birth, and the well-touted pain of getting that book out into the world (aka, sell that baby). And in that vein, I was amused to realize that since I started, I’ve gained as much writing as I did with my pregnancies. But given that I’ve birthed over half a dozen books onto the shelves, I guess I can understand why. But it’s time to get serious, and... (are you seeing the pattern yet?) get eating healthy and to actually lose the weight, get my chair-sized-tushie exercising.
And while healthy eating, focusing on getting those fruits and veggies in each day, cutting fats and watching calories are a vital component to lose this weight... I know the true key is exercise. At least, it is for me. It doesn’t matter how I handle the food, if I don’t add in the workouts, I won’t see progress.
So I’m making it a public statement here, and figuring this will work as accountability, I’m pushing myself to get that exercise in.
Because, unlike my pregnancies, I don’t plan on being through writing books.
How about you? Do you find that exercise is necessary to your weight journey? What forms of exercise do you prefer?
Calorie intake: 1,590
Exercise: 40 minutes walking
Calorie intake: 1,490
Exercise: none other than running lots of errands, as reflected by the step number