Why is it that even when you’re working out regularly, the scale still goes up?
Only a few months away from my 40th birthday I know that as I get older, it will be harder and harder to build muscle and lose weight. I figure if I get healthy now, I’ll have a better chance of staying healthy as I age.
It’s been a nagging thought in the back of my head for years.
Last year my cholesterol had crept up, and my doctor gave me 3 months to bring it down on my own or he would recommend meds. I started walking on the treadmill every day. I cut out the fatty foods, increased my fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and dropped my cholesterol 60 points in 4 months.
My doctor was shocked. My clothes were fitting better, and I could see the changes in my body.
But the scale didn’t move. It went up! I was working hard, and I knew I was losing fat and gaining muscle. I could see it, but it was so disappointing.
I stayed pretty active but the scale wasn’t budging. Then I started some home improvement projects this winter. I started scraping popcorn ceilings in my house, patching walls, and painting. With the regular exercise, going up and down the ladder, scraping and painting, my body was toned, and I had built up some nice muscles. But the scale only went up.
Then the project ended. I went back to my sedentary lifestyle, and lost all the momentum. Again.
Until today. Today I decided that’s enough.
I need to get myself in shape. I’m going to get my but in gear and start exercising again.
I want to feel good, and have lots of energy. I want my clothes to fit well. When I look at myself in the mirror I don’t want to be disgusted with myself for letting myself go. I want to look at myself and be proud to say “This is 40!”
This time, I’m going to set a routine, and stick with it, no matter what’s going on in my life. If I’m doing lots of active things that day, I will still get my workout in. I am a creature of habit, and I know that I need to maintain a routine, no matter what, or I will not get back into it.
So I’m heading on this journey, and I want you to come along and I hope that sharing all of this on my blog will keep me accountable. I can’t skip out on a workout, because then I will be letting you all down. I hope that sharing my struggles with you, maybe you’ll be inspired to be the healthiest you too.
What’s your motivation to be the healthiest you?