Getting out of shape was a slow process. I didn’t put the weight on overnight. Five pounds one year and ten another. Do that for several years in a row and you’ve got yourself a big problem. One morning you wake up and you’re 40 pounds over weight. At least that is what happened to me.
I kept saying I was going to take care of it. I would start the process and then let something sidetrack me. I’d wait a month or a year and try again. Guess what? Same stinking thing happened. For years, I played with the same 15 pounds. I’d lose it, I’d gain it back. I’d lose it again and I’d gain back eight. It got really old.
I finally decided that I had to knock this off. I was definitely not getting any younger. Because I was getting older, everything was slowing down. How fast I’d lose weight, how much I could exercise and how hard I could exercise were just a few of my problems. My metabolism was just about nonexistant, it seemed.
I decided that I needed to realize that this was going to be a slow process. I needed to get that through my head. I decided that I needed to give myself some mantras. Some quotes and beliefs to get me through the hard days. It became my mission to seek these out. I love the feeling they give me when I read them. It gives me the shot in the arm that I’m looking for at the time. I have some posted in my computer room. I have a whole file of them on the computer. I even have them on some workout shirts. I call them my motivating inspirations.
Here’s a few of my favorites…….
1. Each day is a new chance to change your life.
2. Don’t give up, the beginning is always the hardest.
3. Remind yourself that it’s okay to not be perfect.
4. You don’t have to go fast, you just have to go.
5. Follow your heart.
6. If you’re lucky, practice makes perfect.
7. Happiness is a choice.
8. I did my best today and it was enough.
9. When you stumble, make it part of the dance.
10. Slow is the new fast.
Whether I like it or not, everything about getting older seems to be slower for me. I know it’s not like that for a lot of people who are my age or older. Probably because they never let themselves get out of shape in the first place. I’m hoping that if I keep reading my mantras and plugging along, I’ll get to a place where I’m not as slow as I am now. But for now, it’s okay to walk and not run. It’s okay to modify the exercises so they don’t hurt my knees. It’s okay to be the me I am right now.