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  1. I think we’ve talked about this before, but I hope your efforts are fruitful! If it helps any– I’ve been dealing with a great big bout of depression and anxiety lately, and I’ve missed some workouts (probably contributing more to the depression + anxiety) but I am encouraged to see when people really try. As someone who’s been overweight her whole life, and despite “being healthy,” will probably continue being overweight (thanks, health issues,) all I can say is, the best you can do is just move in some way every single day. Diet’s pretty important too– no fitness will ever help until you change diet habits, which is someone I didn’t really think about and sometimes ignored until recently. But hey, if you ever need someone to talk to about fitness and keeping one’s self accountable– I’m here! And I hope you gain enough confidence back to feel comfortable doing more than just biking. 🙂

    • So I tried going running last Sunday, as I’d been doing very, very well biking. I got about .4 of a mile into my run when my terrible shin splints decided to surface. Made it another .3 miles or so before I gave up on running for the day and went back to biking. I may try running again in a few weeks, but that was disheartening.

  2. I was the opposite. I was chronically 15-20 lbs overweight in high school. I was in every imaginable English-related academic club, and I worked starting at 14, and I graduated with a 4.13 GPA. Great for getting into a college I dropped out of, sure, but not great for staying in shape, plus I was trying to eat low carb-high protein-high fat like my mom was doing on her fad diet and WOWEE lots of meat and low fruit and grains did NOT work for me.

    In college I was forced to walk everywhere, to take PE, and my hormones started to balance. I lost the freshman 15 instead of gaining it. A couple years later I went vegetarian then vegan and promptly lost another 10. Suddenly working out didn’t seem like the worst idea in the whole world. I had more energy and once I broke past the working out Wall of Misery, I enjoyed exercise for the first time since I was a kid.

    I hurt my knee last summer when I fell backpacking and then hiked 6 miles out on a torn ligament, and it put me out of commission for 4 months. Getting back into the habit again after an injury is no joke. I think you’ll do great though, it sounds like you’ve been back at it long enough to have started to form a habit, you’ve been in the habit before which makes it a little easier, and you’re not pushing yourself too hard. I like your idea of starting with the bike machine until you feel more confident!

    They say that telling others your plans for something like this is more effective because even if they don’t “hold you accountable” you still sort of FEEL accountable.

    • I think for me it’s a matter of wanting to be able to do what I once could. I don’t need to be able to run a 19 minute 5k anymore. I’d just like to be able to run one at all.

  3. Laidig's Broadway

    Power to you 🙂 I hope you know people might want updates…

    I’ve recently started playing with weights. The strength in my legs outrun my arms a bazillion-fold (real statistic), and if I want to give aerial silks a real go, I need to balance it all out.

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