"If people knew how hard I work to gain my mastery; it would not seem so wonderful at all," Michelangelo
One must watch and measure and think about their food intake. However, food intake alone isn't what helps the weight come off, nor what keeps the weight off.
Exercise is a huge component to a healthy lifestyle. Not only for weight loss but for heart health, skin glow, endurance, attitude - it does so much for you!
My awesome boytoy not only got me a gym membership for our one year anniversary (more on that in a second) but picked me up a pedometer (he got himself one too) as well as a water bottle for my hot yoga classes. What a cutie, eh!
As for the gym membership, a new gym is opening near his place and since I spend the majority of my time with him, we both took advantage of the amazing low price that the new gym had to offer. The other night I was telling my mom that the membership was my gift from him and she replied with "why did he get you that? does he think you're fat?" Ugh. This from the woman who tried pushing me to join WW when I was 12 and NOT.EVEN.REMOTELY.OVERWEIGHT.
I replied as calmly as I could that in fact, we were doing it together and that he also thinks that I am perfect and beautiful just as I am. He tells me all the time. Part of why I love him so. I left it at that. She sees weight issues very differently than I do and it's a wonder why I don't have more body issues after growing up with such bad attitudes (don't get me wrong, I have issues but as I've mentioned before, my self-esteem is still quite intact).
So, along with tracking my food, weighing in at WW every week and increasing my water intake - exercise will become a priority and mainstay in my life.
How did you prioritize exercise? What motivates you to keep at it? Your tips are super appreciative!
P.S. I adore and love my mom to bits! She was just raised with a harsh body attitude and unfortunately, still thinks the way her parents did. I am less judgemental about people than most of my family. When she makes comments like the one above, I try to correct or educate her but in the end, it is up to her to draw her own conclusions.