My past history with any form of movement is null and void. If it required moving, I passed and plastered my receptacle to the couch cushion. Going on a Sunday evening stroll… NEVER!!! That would require muscles to contract and it would require me to break out in a sweat and goodness be to all glory Hallelujah… it would require EXERCISE and CALORIE BURNING! Back in them days I was more into acquiring and keeping all of my calories. Had to stock up on my fat stores for the winter months. Kind of like a chipmunk, except with Twinkies. But seriously, carrying around 530 pounds was a chore in and of itself. You don’t just flit to the grocery store and walk out all smiles and rainbows. You gallump to the grocery store, stop to catch your breath every 10 steps, and then sit on a bench while the family finishes the rest of the shopping. That’s what you do when you weigh 530 pounds. Needless to say, I was never looking to move around any more than I had to when I was that big. Just too tiring.
How do I know my life is different now? Because I actually look to move extra… get in as many calorie burning opportunities as possible. It all adds up even if it isn’t a strenuous exercising session complete with 80s leg warmers and leotard (what up, Jane Fonda!) Any extra movement is good movement in the weight loss game. I don’t care how many people from MFP debate the cleaning isn’t exercise spiel. It is if you didn’t used to do it regular. At 530 pounds, ain’t no way you be bending over to clean a floor… it is impossible!!
Most Sundays, some of my favorite people come out to dinner (what up cuzzins Angie, Ryan, Makayla, and Corbin). After dinner, the little dudes, Makayla and Corbin and I set out to do some wabbit hunting (except with ducks) up and down the canal bank in the backyard. I can’t say I would have ever wanted to do that 5 years ago (unless someone volunteered to tow my butt in the wheelbarrow)… but now I think of it as an extra opportunity to get in some burning… and have fun in the process. We never caught our wabbits… but we fed some ducks moldy bread and made wishes with dandelion fluff. Thanks, lil’ dudes for keeping me moving!! (I did get permission to post pictures of our duck hunting adventures… thanks Ang!)
Question of the Day: What extra movement do you find yourself getting in now that you are a regular exerciser?