I would like to blame COVID for my weight gain.
Being stuck at home didn’t help my fitness level.
It provided an excuse to sit around, do nothing, and eat unhealthy foods. If I am being honest, I wasn’t as active as I should have been even before COVID. I was not quite as sedentary but wasn’t focused on my fitness level. I came to the realization that I was hurting my chances of a happy and healthy future in a lot of different ways. I knew my health was only going to get worse as the years went by. I was already sleeping poorly. My weight had impacted my self esteem. I needed nutritional counseling to figure out some better eating habits. I needed to become a lot more active in my day to day life. I was intimidated by the thought of working out at a gym. I realized that there are a lot of things I can do that don’t require a gym. Taking a walk is a great way to burn a few calories without damaging impact. It gets me in motion. My goal was to gradually increase pace and distance. I eventually started running for just a short burst. I’d set a goal and force myself to run as far as the stop sign. Then I’d walk for a while before running again. I steadily lengthened the running stretches until I was running the entire time. Running on a regular basis has made a huge improvement in my stamina. I lost a tremendous amount of weight in a very short time. I am sure that accomplishment was helped by the changes in my diet. I got rid of all the snacks in my cupboards and shopped for more fruits and vegetables. I’ve also cut down on the size of the portions I eat. I feel and look so much better.