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!