I tore myself away from the two computer monitors and social media this afternoon and walked 2 miles. As I was walking down Blue House Road this afternoon I thought about my friend who recently walked 444 miles. I must say that the thought of doing that is intimidating. I mean, my feet hurt after 2 miles. Can you imagine what they would feel like if I walked 15 miles per day, 6 days per week?
Now that we live somewhere that has a free exercise room, I have no excuse for not getting exercise daily. I decided to go walking today instead of hitting the exercise room. I walked out of the apartment complex and headed down to the end of Blue House Road. That leg of the journey was .48 miles.
I then turned around and walked all the way down Blue House Road to US 78. Once I did that I walked all the way back home which totaled 2 miles or 22 minutes per mile.
Some of you might be thinking that this is no big deal. You might even wonder why I am only making a mile in 22 minutes. Let’s just say that I weigh in at over 300 lbs. I am not light on my feet and I have a club foot that hurts most days. I could very easily use those things as an excuse to not try. I realize that if anyone is going to lose weight and get healthier, it is going to have to be me that does it. As the Nike commercial says, “Just do it!” That is what I am attempting to do. Eat less, eat better and get exercise.
I know that I am not alone in this journey. If you are reading this and you are fighting the obesity monster or the battle of the bulge, then know you are not alone. All we can do is take one day at a time, and do the best we can with what we have. It all starts in our minds and our hearts. We have to get to the point where we say that we are tired of looking the way we look, and more importantly, feeling the way we feel.
I understand that one of the reasons that I do not like to be around a lot of people is because I do not like my self-image. I hate it when people take a picture of me and post it on social media. I look at that picture and think how horribly fat I am. It is hard to believe that I used to be bigger than I am. That means that I have had some small success at losing weight and inches off my waist.
My desire is to get better at this. You can’t eat an elephant all in one sitting but you can one bite at a time. In this case, I know that I did not get where I am today, overnight. I also realize that it is going to take some time to lose the weight and get healthier. My goal is to lose 1 or 2 lbs per week. I need to lose 65 lbs to get under 300. Hopefully I can realize that goal by this time next year.
Do you struggle with the same thing dear reader? What are you doing to fight the battle of the bulge? Do you have a work out partner or someone that goes walking with you or to the gym? Is your spouse supportive of your need to eat healthier and to get exercise or are you on your own?
I look forward to hearing from you and to help encourage you on this journey.