My War Against Weight – Episode 3: Let’s Get Physical!

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Last week I stressed how important diet was for one’s state of wellness, but I truly believe that physical activity is critical as well. I’ve seen many people who are thin who could not keep up with a heavyweight like myself on even an easy level hike nor even jog for 10 minutes, so what good is being thin besides being able to fit in petite sized clothing if you can’t even perform a minimal amount of physical activity?

gym1True wellness demands a balanced lifestyle and physical activity should definitely be a part of everyone’s schedule. Whether you’re just going for a 30-minute walk, playing a sport or training for a marathon, everyone should get their hearts pumping for at least a few hours each week. Naturally it helps if that activity is something you actually enjoy. For example, I hate running. I absolutely loathe it. But there was a time when I thought running was the best exercise for me, so I did it reluctantly a few days a week. Of course I found every excuse I could not to run – it’s too hot, it’s too dark, I’m too tired — so eventually I ended up just dropping it completely.

But now, I believe I’ve found a nice balance of physical activity that is sustainable as well as fun. Three times a week I go to the gym for an hour where I do cardio for 15 minutes (elliptical or treadmill), then some weightlifting, then a 10-minute steam. I also play volleyball for a few hours once or twice a week. Not only do I love playing the sport, but I also get to see my friends. It also earns me approximately 8,000 steps on my FitBit! Finally, once a week, usually on Sundays, I do an alternative physical activity. It can be anything from hiking, swimming, bowling or even just hitting a few golf balls at the driving range. Anything that will get me off my feet and out of the house. We live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Why not take advantage of the great opportunities presented to us everyday?

gym2We all face busy schedules so finding time for exercise can indeed be a challenge. But if you realize how important it is to take care of our bodies, I think you’ll find that you can spare that 1 hour of couch time to go out and get physical.

Goal: Lose 10 pounds in 5 weeks

Weight lost Week 3: Gained 0.5 pounds!!! (but muscle weighs more than fat, right?)

Total weight lost: 4.2 pounds

Challenges this week: It wasn’t a good week, obviously, and I think it all started with my indulgent dinner at Vintage Cave. I don’t regret dining there for a second as it was probably the best dining experience I’ve ever had, but somehow that evening just led to more indulgences and weaknesses during the week. I exercised as often as I usually do, but I just couldn’t keep my mouth from shoving in the bad foods it always desires so. Gotta get back on track this week!

Next week: The roadblocks to wellness

More Posts: My War Against Weight
My War Against Weight – Episode 0
My War Against Weight – Episode 1: Why?
My War Against Weight – Episode 2: Food = Fuel

8 comments
CathyTsaur
CathyTsaur

Myong I also don't like running but it feels like such an important part of being "in shape". It also feels like the most practical cardio because being able to out run zombies, asteroids falling from the sky, and other craziness motivates me...sometimes. :-)

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

MC:  Don't be weak and succumb to your mouth...chew gum a lot or kiss to keep your mouth busy.  Hard to eat when chewing gum or kissing!  BTW...chewing gum will make your jaws so tired, you won't be able to eat, only drink!  Yikes, that might be even worse.

Keopu Reelitz
Keopu Reelitz

Years ago when i was a smaller fitter version of myself with a lot more free time on my hands, I used to be a distance cyclist. I did some distance running on the side, but cycling was MY sport. Over the course of a month or two I noticed some strange things going on with my chest. My heart would flutter. I would have some pain here or there. It was worrisome. So I went to the E.R. one scary night and had a couple of episodes where my blood pressure and heart rate dropped dangerously low and they hooked me up to a ton of machines and took a bunch of really cool pictures of my heart. Turns out one of my medicines was causing some arrhythmia. When it came time to the stress test though, my doctor said I didn't need to take one. "What do you mean I don't need to take one of the most basic heart strength tests?" He told me that my 60 to 80 mile rides were weekly stress tests. One of the technicians told me I had a "beautiful" heart. 


After that episode, I finally started to see exercise not just as a way to lose weight but as a way to keep my heart healthy. During that time and even over the next two years, I became a better, faster cyclist even though I put on a little bit of weight. It was a total 180 to see that perhaps the goal shouldn't have been losing weight, it should've been finding something that keeps my organs happy - including my brain and mental health. Congrats on finding some things to help you be healthier, weight loss or not.

Myong
Myong

@CathyTsaur Haha, I guess running is useful after all! Thanks for reading and the comment. Next episode to come out tomorrow!

Myong
Myong

@Keopu Reelitz Wow, thanks so much for your comment and sharing your experience and insight. Yes, that is a great perspective to have - to exercise for health and not for weight loss. Thanks so much for your contribution and for your support!

Keopu Reelitz
Keopu Reelitz

@Myong @Keopu Reelitz I know, long story, but loved the post and wanted to share how important your sentiments are. Mahalo to you for your writing. I'd love to get to that smaller fitter version of myself and your journey is helpful inspiration!