I don’t know where my mind would be if I didn’t have the outlet that working out provides.
I began to exercise simply to lose weight. Somewhat begrudgingly at first and with plenty else to be doing with my time.
But I was overweight, unhealthy, my knees hurt when I walked up the stairs and something had to be done sooner rather than later.
So far, I have lost somewhere in the region of 60lbs (that’s just over 4 stone) and, weight-wise, I do have a little more to go.
Working out did more for me than help me to lose weight.
It helped give my mind focus, it helped to burn stress away, it enabled my body to kick in natural feel-good endorphins.
It gave me a time and a place to cry if I needed to, and it kept me from cracking many times more than I care to admit.
For something I once never much cared for, working out has become my go-to stress buster of choice.
So what if I’m still not at my goal weight?
That’s not my sole reason for working out any more.
I do it because I enjoy it.
Normally after the workout is done, that is.
Some days I have to force myself to begin.
But once it’s over, I feel good.
My body aches in a good way, I feel more energetic, my mind is clearer and I feel happier even though anything else in my life that was causing me to stress hasn’t changed.
I feel more confident.
As with anything requiring effort, putting off working out is easy.
Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to do.
But try it.
In time, you’ll feel good too.