I used to frequent the gym on a daily basis when I was at university. I had put on so much weight during my year abroad in Japan and people (even family members) were calling me names. I was determined to shed the extra weight just to prove that I could be slim and to show that exercising does help you lose weight. Losing weight is really simple – make sure your input is less than your output. Simple mathematics, really. But what’s difficult is to make it a lifestyle to keep the extra weight at bay.
Even though I lost a significant amount of weight I didn’t please everyone. I was then called “skinny” which isn’t a compliment. I was really confused. First I was “big arse” and then “skinny bones”. But the funny thing was I was never overweight or underweight. It definitely did shake my self-confidence.
You could say that back then I exercised to prove others wrong and to be accepted by others. Which girl doesn’t want to be pretty, right?
When I relocated to Europe I didn’t gym as often. Instead I tried different exercises to keep myself entertained. I did use the gym a bit in Oxford, attended boxing lessons with Daniel which was a nightmare (his punches were too strong for me and the instructor knew and refused to take his punches on my behalf), and some spinning classes and weights training. But back then I had a goal – I had to fit into my wedding dress on our Blessing Day!
With no important functions coming up, I find myself not exercising enough. Occasionally I engage in long distance walking in the city (just to burn the calories) and that worked brilliantly for me. I had a gym membership in Frankfurt briefly but i didn’t enjoy the atmosphere there.
As I wanted to do something more demanding and challenging, I’m back spinning, swimming and doing Barre 3 again. Yes, it’s hard work but hey, I wouldn’t go for liposuction even if I had the money!
I’ve come to the realisation that I need to exercise for my own health, to keep fit. Apart from keeping the extra weight at bay, I think exercising is a good way to build one’s determination. Very often we feel too tired to do it but in reality our bodies are well capable of coping with physical trainings. Of course, we should exercise at our own pace and target and not hurt ourselves in the process. There will be people who will say negative things that try to stop you from starting your new healthy lifestyle but I’ve learned to turn a deaf ear to them. Never judge a book by its cover, but in this case, one look at those that try to stop you from getting your health back and you’ll want to keep exercising to be fit. Ignore the haters!
Now, I try to make exercise a habit, a lifestyle. It really shouldn’t be a chore. My ex- manager in Oxford was an inspiration. She’s probably somewhere in her fifties with legs to die for! I found out she jazz dances twice a week and goes for walks in the evenings on a daily basis (rain, shine or snow) for at least an hour. It’s important that we start off slow and easy, maybe pick an activity you’d enjoy and do it twice a week. After a couple of weeks, you could aim for three times a week. It doesn’t need to be a crazy sport that drenches your t-shirt each time. Even a walk round the neighbourhood or nearby park would be a good start. The whole point of this is to get ourselves up from the couch and out of the house.
Ermm… Not entirely sure if I want a carrot’s figure but the orange seems to like it. Let’s all get moving a little this summer and make it part of our lifestyle!
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