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Year 2 Week 19: Operation Get Fit No Excuses

Welcome to Year 2 Week 19 of Operation Get Fit No Excuses! Lately, it has been about two weeks between my fitness updates.

First of all, thank you all for staying with me throughout my continued journey to live a healthier lifestyle. So many times I had wanted to quit, or lost my motivation, but one or more of you have kept me going.

After suffering from a bad epilepsy attack a few weeks back, I was not able to workout for about a week. I did some exercise about a day or two and then my back gave out for some reason. I was unable to exercise once again for several days because my tailbone and both sides of my glutes where in extreme pain. I have no idea if it was left over from being stationary so long after the epilepsy attack, or if I did something during one of my workouts in the previous days. Now I have rested and I’m trying to get back on track. Today marks the second day in a row I was able to return to exercising.

I know that life gets in the way of us trying to keep a healthy lifestyle, as does age, pain, and many other contributing factors. But we have to just go with the flow and get back to it once we are able. I’ve read a lot of people who try to exercise with injuries and just injured themselves more. That is not good. Never do that! If you need to take a rest, or a break, take that rest or that break, and get back to your daily workout when you can. It’s not worth doing long-term or even permanent damage to your body to keep going.

Now, for me, I’m very happy to get back to my exercise, because it is a stress reliever. I’ve been doing it for so long now it is become a habit that I like, as well as a tool in my arsenal of stress relief and seizure management. For you, what is your motivation? You always have to keep that in the front of your mind. Write it down as a reminder to pop up on your phone if you need to. Do whatever you need to keep yourself motivated and going so you don’t fall off that wagon and stay off the wagon.

I have given up peanut butter because I realized that I was eating way too much of it. For some reason, over the past three months, I’ve been really getting addicted to this one type of peanut butter I found in one of the Italian grocery stores here. It’s very pure and extremely good, but not something that is good for my weight management. The reason it’s not good for my health is I’m afraid that it is contributing to my recent 1 to 2 kg weight gain. Between that, and the lack of exercise, I’m afraid that I might start creeping back up instead of staying steady.

Thankfully, all my measurements are still the same and have not changed. I know there’s a lot more things in the world to be stressed about, but after being fat my entire life and working so hard to get where I am now, that is one of the things that frightens me the most.

Good news on the other hand, I had blood work done to test my cholesterol and my blood sugar and passed with flying colors! My cholesterol is at 196! But for the first time in my life, I’m considered healthy. I did it all naturally with my food choices as well as exercising. I’ve been lucky that I don’t have to take any type of cholesterol medicine to help me. If you need to take medicine to help you stay healthy, or get healthy, by all means do. But also take a really hard look at what you’re eating every day, because I guarantee you may see ways to improve that.

Well that’s all for this week. Thank you so much for your continued support in reading of my own journey. If you have any comments or questions, please write them below.

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