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Days 21 & 22: Education Day & Being Brave

Kitty says, “I know I need to exercise, but it’s much more fun looking up at you!” (Photo by me)

Day 21

Howdy, blogging friends!  I hope all of you had just as nice of a day as I did yesterday. 🙂  It was an education day at the bariatric center and I attended sessions on nutrition and exercise.  I got to meet some new people who are working hard to lose weight just like me.  One woman just finished the Optifast program in November and looks fantastic.  She’s still working with the behavior modification specialist, just like I will, and she’s finding it really helpful.  Speaking with her was very encouraging.

One thing that shocked me, was the number of women around my size who are taking these classes as a prerequisite to bariatric surgery. My BMI is in the obese range, but at 207 lbs., I feel like, for me, it’s still low enough to manage with diet and exercise.

Gastric bypass is major surgery, and frankly, surgery scares me.  Heck, I don’t even like getting a shot!  Bariatric surgery is also a permanent decision.  For the rest of your life you have to eat differently and I don’t know if I’d ever feel comfortable knowing that I couldn’t eat a normal-sized portion for forever.  It’s totally an individual decision, and I certainly don’t judge these very nice women–I don’t know their previous struggles.  I just know that for now, surgery isn’t an option for me.

Day 22

Today, I made the decision to email the hospital’s wellness center to find out about their aquatics and personal training programs.  I’m actually waiting for their call right now.  This is a really big step for me.  Though I appear to be very outgoing on the outside, I’m actually super shy.  I have to gear myself up to meet new people.  Luckily, once I get to know them, I’m usually totally comfortable.  The thought of not only being around new people, but being around new people in a bathing suit, while exercising, is similar to the feeling people must have before they jump out of an airplane to skydive!  However, I know this is something that I need to do in order to get the amount of exercise that I need.  I’ve even ordered water shoes in anticipation of beginning classes as soon as I get my doctor’s approval. I’m nervous just thinking about it, but I’ve gotta be brave!

What are your weight loss fears?  Do you take any exercise classes, or work with a trainer?  What’s your favorite type of exercise?

My chubby girl, Sophie, prefers killing toys as her form of exercise!  What do you like to do? (Photo by me)
My chubby girl, Sophie, prefers killing toys as her form of exercise! What do you like to do? (Photo by me)

6 thoughts on “Days 21 & 22: Education Day & Being Brave”

  1. I juice vegetables. I think there’s something about group exercise that makes everyone feel self conscious. Hope that the aqua was fun. Good music helps. Our class instructor plays music from the 80s! We are a lazy group though. Some people bring a flask of coffee to drink and others just chat about TV! 😀

    1. I haven’t started quite yet. I go in on Wednesday to register and thankfully I’m not as nervous! 🙂 You’re so right about good music making it better! I like just about every type, except country, to workout to. Thanks so much for visiting. 🙂 I’m going to explore your blog later today when I have more time to read and enjoy it. 🙂

  2. Exercise classes are the way for me to move. I need that appointment time and the group of people. Not plan is 8:30 AM Monday through Thursday, 2 days of Zumba, 1 day of Yoga, and 1 of Aerobic Dance/ with a touch of Turbo Kick. If I miss a class I admit I am not very good about replacing that exercise block. Always room for improvement.

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