How will I ever get back to Sexy (or as Justin T. would say, bring the sexy back) if the God of Lame Excuses is out to get me?
Last night, I was hell-bent on running for an hour. But just a few minutes after I began my warm-up walk, I heard a flip-flapping sound beneath my feet. It was the lower sole of my running shoe hitting the pavement and my shoe heel: flip, flap, flip, flap. My left shoe was disintegrating right before my eyes. I couldn’t believe my luck. It actually occurred to me to just change into my slippers and continue running. But that would be silly. Defeated, I dragged myself back to my house. Now that my running shoes are out of commission, how the hell will I run?
Before I continue ranting about my ailing shoes, let me bring you back a few weeks. I started the Road to Sexy project 4 weeks ago. I was just feeling so… heavy. My muffin top was at its fluffiest and the extra weight was straining my back. So I dusted off my running gear and started running/walking again, twice a week for two weeks.
On Week 2, I had my annual physical exam. It was a relatively uneventful day. My BP was normal… my eyes were okay… I had my chest x-ray taken…
On Week 3, the results of the physical exam came back. The report said I was doing pretty well, except that I had severe dextroscoliosis and that my thoracic spine is deviated 31 degrees to the right. I knew I had scoliosis since I was a teenager. But it never posed a problem apart from the occasional back aches. So this didn’t sound good at all! Also, my BMI (Body Mass Index) was 23.8. I was 1 kg overweight for my height!
At the bottom of the report, the medical evaluator had this to say: 1.) Observe proper posture. Avoid lifting heavy objects. For orthopedic consultation. 2.) Decrease body weight. Advise low-calorie diet. Engage in moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. LIFESTYLE CHANGE.
There were two things that quickly struck me: one, that I needed to change my lifestyle; and the other, that I was overweight. That I’ve been able to manage both of these issues even before I got the results of the physical exam is proof that we really just need to listen to what our body is telling us. When I paid attention to my body’s various complaints, I unwittingly changed my lifestyle by forcing myself to run/walk and eat healthy. And by doing that, I already lost 2 kilos over the past four weeks!
Of course, my ideal weight is still many months away. The Road to Sexy is definitely not a walk in the park. And there will be many detours along the way (like disintegrating running shoes, for instance). But I am determined to take care of myself. So if I have to run wearing slippers, so be it. Or I can just get new shoes.
PS: I have yet to undergo physical therapy for my back so I’m doing low-impact cardio exercises and strength-training for now. Also, I do not run RUN so as not to strain my back. Just so you know.:) Any suggestions on how else I can lose the pounds?
Food for Thought:
A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.