I love, love, love food. I have always eaten well. I’ve never limited my sweet intake, and I adore chocolate. I eat in moderation, with a great variety of nutritious foods mostly every day.
Let me put this into perspective for you. When I travel, one of the most important things for me is the food. It is something I appreciate, and sometimes it`s something I remember the most.
But I never struggled with my weight. I know I’m lucky with this. There are times my weight has fluctuated but not to any big degree. And when I had my children, I gained a lot of weight and it gradually (mostly) came off after six months to a year. It didn’t bother me how long it took, and I didn’t try too hard to do anything differently to get down to my regular, normal weight. It just happened.
So when you look at me, you may think I`m healthy. I have normal, healthy weight for my height and age. For the most part, I am healthy. But in this new year, I need to make a change.
It started with my very first full blown health analysis. My husband thought I should get it done to put my mind at ease, since I was concerned for my health. Mainly I was concerned because of my parents passing so young. I wanted to know if there was anything I was up against, so I could take care of myself and be in good health for myself and my children.
So off I went for the full check up. I had to fast, I got a ton of blood work done, a major conversation with many detailed questions from a doctor, and then there was the treadmill.
The treadmill was the only thing I was worried about. My husband made it sound scary, explaining the different levels, and having to push yourself to keep going to reach your maximum cardio level.
All hooked up, I started, and I felt OK. “I got this” I thought, “Why did he make this sound so hard?”
The technician moved me up a level, and still I felt good. I wasn’t out of breath. I seriously thought I could go on for a while and then, “OK, we’re going to slow down”.
“What? Why?” I thought, but I didn’t ask out loud.
“OK, we’re going to go at a walk level.”
What was happening?
“OK we’re going to walk slower now.”
The slow down took way longer and I was so confused.
It turned out my heart rate shot up so fast and stayed up at a max level for a long while. I had reach my maximum cardio level by doing barely nothing.
I was concerned.
She explained that because I don’t exercise, once I start, I will notice a difference and the constant cardio workouts will help build up my capability.
That was months ago, but I have made the move and bought an elliptical for the home.
My journey has begun, friends.