Five years ago my wife and I were more than 100lbs overweight...we had tried many things to lose weight but none ever "stuck".
Five years ago, however, we decided that it if it took us the rest of our lives, we would change our lifestyles and if we lost only 1 lb a year, so be it.
We stopped eating out more than once a week and started walking. We started counting calories, without being too rigid on ourselves, allowing us a "cheat" meal every two weeks.
The walking led to longer walks. The longer walks led to an "addiction" to exercise. Next thing we were jogging one block. Then two. Reaching the one mile run mark was the biggest thrill of our lives. But even that took us nearly two years to reach
On Thanksgiving day my wife and I ran in our first 10K "Turkey Trot" and placed toward the top. I am training for my first marathon in the spring next year. We are currently running over 20 miles/week.
It's been a log hard road with some discouraging setbacks, but being obese to being a runner is not only possible, but nearly guranteed if the work is put in. It's all consuming, watching what you eat and taking the time to exercise. It literally dominates our lives...in a good way though.
The main thing is not to set too lofty of a goal in the beginning. In other words, don't set a goal so high that if you fail to reach it, you give up. Make healthy eating and exercise a lifestyle, rather than a short term goal. It's taken us over 5 years and still counting.
It will work out...just keep moving forward slowly and don't give up.
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