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A note from the self professed laziest woman in the world

I have often felt and called myself the laziest woman in the world. Before 2005 my day consisted of go to work and sit at my desk job for basically 9 hours. Go home make dinner (the fastest and least healthy the better). Then sit my butt on the couch and watch whatever was best on TV. Possibly taking the time to sit and read my son a book, play a board game with him etc, until he went to bed. Then I could take a bubble bath while reading a book and go to bed. While this still doesn't sound like a bad day, day after day like this, well is it a wonder why I was overweight?

Then I had my daughter in March of 2005 and hit an all time non-pregnancy weight high that I just couldn't ignore and decided enough was enough and in February of 2006 started to force myself to eat better and add exercise.

Well my husband just got a new weight bench last week and I found myself telling a friend yesterday how much I love it. It's a great addition to my elliptical and... wait a second was that just the laziest woman in world saying she enjoys a weight bench and an elliptical??? This has to be the wrong person. I mean when I started this I was going to force myself to workout but I was NEVER EVER actually going to enjoy it. It was going to be something I was going to have to force myself to do a few times a week just like you have to set that alarm and go to work.

Now I find I'm so much calmer and relaxed when I get my normal exercise in, and if I don't get enough in I just feel so tense. Who would ever have thought a half hour on an elliptical is more relaxing than a half hour soaking in a bubble bath???

And guess what else, now when I play with my kids while I still enjoy reading to them and playing board games I've found this place called the park that is so much fun, there are these things called bikes that the kids just think are a blast, and the most fun game in the world involves when all three of us chase each other around the coach in the family room.

I still have some of that closet lazy woman in me, but from the self professed laziest woman in the world to all of you out there just starting I promise if you actually stick to it and get your body used to the exercise you will find energy you never imagined, you will enjoy your life more and you will find so many new fun activities that you never imagined.

Wed. Nov 1, 8:15am

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Yayyy! Congrats to you!

The best part is that you can continue to change over time, sometimes for a long time. Your journey isn't over yet!

I look at what I did and ate 15 years ago... Even 5 years ago... And I wonder if that was the same person. Yes, I have been making one little change at a time for THAT long (from 170 to 125) and the overall accumulated transformation is tremendous.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 9:46 AM

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I think you were happy to be lazy and you wore it with a badge of honor. If it had bothered you, you would have changed it long ago. I personally detest laziness.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 9:59 AM

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Oh, I dunno about "badge of honor." You know what they say, the first step to solving a problem is admitting that you HAVE a problem. I meet a lot of obese people who describe themselves as "average," and are very insulted by the thought that they might be overweight.

Kudos to those who identify what their problems are and take positive steps to address them!

Oh, and having a sense of humor counts as a positive step.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:42 PM

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Thank you for sharing your story-you have shown that exercise and eating healthily are not necessary evils in losing weight, they are the road to living a fuller and happier life. You are passing some great attitudes and habits onto your children as well-the biggest bonus of all. Congratualtions on breaking out of the rut , and thanks again for encouraging those who are just starting out on this journey.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:53 PM

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OP, thanks for your great post. It's a wonderful, inspiring story. Thanks for sharing it with us all. and also -- congratulations on the new you!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 2:57 PM

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