28-day Challenge Day 4

I’ve written a lot about my eating over the last few days, but I haven’t written much about the fitness part of this 28-day challenge.  I’ve been procrastinating about working out.  Why?  Well I’ll tell you, but you have to promise to keep it to yourself.

I hate to exercise.

I wish I was the type of person who enjoyed it, but I just don’t.  When you’re my size, exercising is HARD.  It’s sweaty, uncomfortable and exhausting.  And that’s just getting my gym clothes on and my shoes done up.  I watch exercise DVD’s and get inspired thinking, “I can do this!!”  Then I try and it’s miserable for me.  I can’t do half the exercises, which leads me to quit trying.  I ultimately came to the conclusion that I’m just never going to enjoy exercise.

On Day 4 I did my first strength training workout, but again I was a little frustrated.  There are four exercises in the workout program for week one provided by Prevention Magazine.  I was able to do three of the four.  One of them, the Pilates Roll-up with Forward Fold, was really difficult for me.  I carry most of my weight in my stomach and I have back issues, so anything on the floor where I have to sit up is really difficult for me.

So there I am, laying on the floor in the living room, feeling ridiculous, wondering how I’m going to get through this if I can’t even do these simple exercises.  Then it occurred to me: modification.  Why don’t I just modify the exercises I can’t do into exercises I can do!  So that’s what I did.  I searched some of my favourite workout videos for exercises that worked the same muscle groups (in this case my core muscles) but that I could do without worry about hurting myself.  Problem solved—I got through the workout and felt great after I was done.

On the food side of things, I got creative in the kitchen and put together a simple tomato sauce of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, garlic, basil and oregano with wilted spinach.  I made some Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Wholegrain Pasta to go along with it and topped it with a little ricotta cheese.  YUM!!!  It turned out fantastic!  If you haven’t tried the Ezekiel pasta, I recommend trying it.  I wasn’t sure at first if I would like it, but I really did.  Plus it has 9 grams of protein and 7 grams of fibre in a 2 oz serving.  So I can have my pasta and eat it too. 🙂

Happy Monday and I hope everyone has a great week!

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4 thoughts on “28-day Challenge Day 4

  1. I definitely feel ya… exercising is the worst! I hope as I slim down, I’ll enjoy it a bit more, but we’ll see.
    Great job on completing your first set, and modifying it to fit your needs instead of eliminating part of it! You rock, girl!

    Also, not sure if it helps, but in her video demo of the exercises she says that using a resistance band may make it easier to do the pilates roll up. I haven’t tried them yet, but just thought I’d share 🙂

    • Victoria says:

      I’m hoping the same thing!! I’m determined to makes things work for me this time rather than against me and giving up 🙂

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