I hate exercise. Well, maybe not completely.

This week we’re welcoming our eight brand-new bloggers over at Losing it in Ottawa (LIO). It’s an exciting time of growth for our little venture and the new group has generated an excitement and energy we haven’t felt since early on. I think we’ll all see some pretty fantastic things happen this year with the LIO crew. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello to our new bloggers - they really are a great bunch!

Since they’re all introducing themselves this week, the rest of us are on a blog break, though the Losing it is hopefully still going strong. But I wanted to share some things and since I’m not up to post again for two weeks, I thought I’d just say them here.

I’m excited right now about what I’m doing. When I say that the new group has re-energized us, I really mean it. It isn’t easy to share such a personal part of yourself every week. Weight issues are fraught with insecurities and apprehension. And when you’re trying to lose, you almost need ten successes for every slip.

My ratio has been flipped the other way around, but that’s primarily due to poor choices on my part. Lately, though, I feel the need to recommit and even take some extreme action. I’ve started my extreme action with my regular workouts. I’m spending the time I would normally spend on my elliptical, but taking the intensity up a few notches and then I’m doing several challenges - 200 Squats, 200 Situps and 100 Pushups. I’ve just started, but it’s going well.

I’ve finally narrowed down a major block for me when it comes to exercise. It’s the getting moving part. Whether it’s the morning just after I get out of bed or the evening after Brandon goes to bed, something in me just wants to go (back) to bed. And it’s very easy to convince myself that “I’ll just skip tonight and work out tomorrow instead” which is too often a lie. So lately I’m forcing myself to get moving. Just do it. Even if it means I’m not done with stretching until after 9:30pm, I’ve been getting my exercise in.

The best part is that I’m not focusing as much on how much I dislike exercise. My focus now is on how much I like the results of having exercised. Results like bouncing up a flight of difficult steps - the kind that make you feel like you’re wading through mud going uphill. Results like running full tilt to catch my bus - and not only making it but not wheezing to death in my seat. Results like picking up my son a knowing that it’s getting easier, even as his weight increases. And then there’s the opposite result that I’m noticing more and more - skip a workout and the bounce is gone and I can only run five feet. There’s no doubt about it - regular exercise just feels good.

I mentioned in my last post over at LIO that I was going to do a sugar fast. I haven’t started it yet, but life legitimately got in the way of my planning for this week. My goal is to be ready to go by the end of this weekend, cutting carbs and sugar for a few weeks to get my body off the sugar highs and lows it’s been experiencing for far too long.

Oh, and did I mention that I’m down 1.7lbs? And, yeah, that makes my total weight loss at an even 20LBS!!!! I was thrilled to hit that milestone and I can’t wait to make it to 25. And one day maybe I’ll finally figure out what I want to do for myself to commemorate the milestones I achieve.

I’m open to suggestions - anyone got any?

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PS - There’s lots of great introductory posts over on Losing it in Ottawa this week. I hope you’ll stop by and welcome our new bloggers.