Cardio Exercise Gym Healthy Habits Reflection

This Is What I’m Doing

I’ve said this many times before, but I’m going to say it again. Our bodies crave exercise! Our hearts love it, and endorphins are a powerful thing. Sometimes it’s tough to get started, but I have never completed a workout and regretted it. In fact, most days my workouts make me feel refreshed and proud of myself. If you’re not already doing it, start now (after checking with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to exercise, of course.) You’ll be glad you did!

My workouts suffered severely during my first week in Oklahoma because I was in overdrive trying to do fun things I knew I wouldn’t be able to do regularly, but the last two weeks have been pretty solid. I joined the YMCA for a month so I would have access to the cardio room, weight room and pool, and it has been an incredible experience for me.

When I started this journey in 2009 I struggled to last 30 seconds on the elliptical machine. It was killer! And I didn’t try again until a cold day last winter when the power was out at home. I knew it was important to workout, and the only machine that worked at the gym I was in was the elliptical so I did my best. My best was about 20 minutes which was good enough considering I was doing it in the dark.

Then a month or so later, in Aruba, I found myself in the gym around midnight most nights. The first night I did a treadmill 5k then decided to try the elliptical machine again. I completed 15 minutes or so which was more than enough after being on the treadmill for 50 minutes. I increased my time on the elliptical each day, and I lost weight on that trip.

Now it’s almost the end of summer, and I’m in Oklahoma. The cardio room at the YMCA has several treadmills, and I had planned to use them. But the elliptical machine called out to me the first night, and I’ve been hooked ever since. 🙂

Now I do at least 30 minutes (about 2 miles) which burns about 400 calories. Burning 400 calories in 30 minutes = awesome! Just saying. I used to be so afraid of the elliptical machine. As a heavier person I worried about it falling apart beneath me though that wasn’t a big issue since I couldn’t stand to do it for more than a few seconds. Now I embrace it. We were once enemies, but now we’re close friends.

I’m also a big fan of swimming laps right now. When I started swimming last week, I surprised myself (and my dad) by doing 10 laps. It may not sound like much, but I did it without stopping so I felt pretty awesome about it. The last several days I’ve done 16 laps, and my goal is to work up to 32 (one mile.) I think I might swim until I can’t swim anymore one day this week because I want to know how far I can push myself. What do you think Dad? Want to try it with me? 😉

Exercise is and has been an essential part of my weight-loss journey so far. It helps me lose weight, and it gives me confidence in myself. It makes me feel strong! Working out also makes me more conscious of what I’m eating and makes me crave water which is another important element of weight-loss. We all know that, right? 😉

I’m looking forward to hitting the gym later today, and I’m going to give it my all because I have some big goals, and reaching my goal is one of them. I’m worth the effort it takes to keep moving forward, and I’m worth the effort it takes to become the best version of myself.

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