You know how People will come out with their “Weight Loss Issue”and show you jaw-dropping before and after pictures?
Well, I’m not gonna do that.
A) I never lost 30 plus pounds because that would only leave my torso
B) I will never show “before/after” photos of me at my skinniest vs me now. Besides the fact of triggering people, I also find it horribly embarrassing and slightly more attractive than horse poo.
C) This isn’t People magazine
Look, exercise is the “American” way. We are always told to get up and move. Gyms are everywhere, step counters are programmed into our phones, and anybody taking the elevator gets the stink eye for being “lazy”. Its not publicized much, but people die from overdoing marathons If not an acute sudden death, a slow one over time.
I often get emails from people wondering about my exercise these days verses what it was. So here’s my Before/After on my exercise habits:
Before (when I was way too thin, frail, with full on osteoporosis, resembling something that came out of a famine in Africa)
–Never a day “off” or if it was, I considered an hour and a half yoga class with an hour walk “my rest day”
-Exercising for X amount of hours (I dont want to give anybody any ideas, but trust me, a lot).
-Always doing the same exercise. My hips hurt so much from stress fractures that I couldn’t run, so I always power walked on the treadmill on an incline. And every now and then a spin class.
-Minimal weight training.
-Pull my hair out in frustration if I didnt exercise for a certain amount a day. It didn’t help that my hair was already so thin
-I hated exercise, despite the fact I spent so much of my day doing it. I flat out HATED it.
After (X pounds heavier, with somewhat normal hormone levels):
-For sure days off, sometimes a few in a row
-Workouts arre always different, everyday. Some days I’ll just walk. Some days I’ll climb stairs with Deb. Sometimes I’ll do yoga or my latest love, ViPR. And sometimes I’ll run on the treadmill (for under 30 min!) as long as Bradley Cooper is on the treadmill in front of me.
– Still feel like I want to pull my hair out if I dont exercise on days I planned too, but I get over it. At least there is more hair to pull…
-I still dont “love” exercise and I hate the fact that it keeps me somewhat sane.
I dont know about you, but I rather die by chocolate than die running.
Have a “before/after” moment to share? It doesn’t have to do with exercise. Were you once doing things one way, and now do it a little differently?
I for one used think boys had cooties. Now, I’m certain its the girls with the cooties.