Wednesday, July 13, 2011
You Can Do ANYTHING if you Really Want to...
It was almost a year ago that went to a routine doctor's appointment and learned that I was "morbidly obese". At 4'-11" tall and 238lbs, I knew that I was over weight but hearing this paper thin woman tell me that I should consider weight loss surgery and not bother running because it would be too much weight on my knees pissed me the heck off. I had to do something. I immediately left her office and hopped on my elliptical that was being used as a coat rack for years and kept moving until I couldn't breathe. Five minutes after my "workout" started, I was done. and exhausted. I felt defeated and hopeless. There was no way I would ever come close to weighing the 123 pounds that she recommended. Or so I thought then...
But then I started watching Biggest Looser and saw the transformations of so many brave men and women that were in the same state as I was and then I knew that this could be done but it was going to take a lot of work, determination and patience on my part. Slowly my goals shifted from becoming thinner to becoming healthier and running a 5K. I still haven't done one yet but I definitely can and hope to run my first for colon cancer in memory of my grandmother and lung cancer for my step-father. They both lost their battles to these terrible diseases.
I began running on my treadmill. At first, I couldn't run 1 minute without coughing and nearly puking but I kept at it until I could run a mile comfortably without stopping. Then I moved on to HIIT and workout videos. I was always persistent in working out (once I got started) but refused to diet. Hence, I became a "fit fat girl". But I'm getting better at that now.
Moving forward to the present, I am now able to do Insanity. It's not easy and I do most of the DVDs half at a time. When your BMI is 45% (like mine) 20 minutes of intense max interval training is all you need (with a sensible food regimen).
I decided to post a small clip of me doing selected moves in hopes that it will inspire and encourage someone else that they too can do anything if they truly work hard at it.
Again, I'm no where near where I want to be but it feels good that my 12 year old daughter can't do 3 minutes of this workout with me or run a mile faster than me. The goal is to be her size again. ha ha ha
Enjoy - try not to laugh to hard but I look crazy so I don't mind if you laugh a little. LOL