There were a couple months at the beginning of my journey that I didnt really work out. Maybe somewhere around month 4 & 5. But ever since then, and for sure right after surgery...I have been doing SOMETHING that could be classified as a workout. In the beginning it was just walking, increasing the distance every week. Then it was bootcamp once or twice a week. Now, and for the last 2 years really, it has been a steady workout of resistance/weight training (circuit).
I was thinking last night about those of us "goalsters"...those of us who have reached our goals and are maintaining for the most part. I can't think of one bandster who has reached goal that has not adopted working out into their lives. Can you?
With other WLS, you may be able to reach goal without really working out too much...but I know that even with rapid weight loss, eventually you are going to have to start moving....at least to keep the weight off.
But more importantly, to make you body look good.
Even if you could reach your goal with the lapband without a day of exercise, I don't think it would be very pretty in the end. Think of rapid weight loss. We know that losing weight really fast means that most likely, it is taking some of our muscle mass with it. So you could end up skinny, but not fit. And our metabolisms are already so so jacked up. So if we lose muscle...that aint helping the situation. Why do have a different body composition or shape than others who might weigh the same or less than me (I get the:Wow, you don't look like you weigh 170 a lot). Its because my 170, or 178, or whatever...of course comes with some fat I could still stand to lose, but comes with a lot of muscle. I know that we are all different. Not everyone wants big ol' biceps, some people may enjoy the waif look. And that's cool. I dig. But if you want to get your extra off, keep your extra off, and have your remains work for you for the fullest...eventually, hopefully sooner than later...you are going to have to exercise on a regular basis.
And I can tell you, for me, it's never really fun. Like you will never hear me say "I LOVE WORKING OUT". But you will hear me say "I LOVE SEEING WHAT WORKING OUT HAS DONE FOR MY BODY".
And that's the hard part at first. When we have so much extra padding, sometimes it can take months...even close to a year...to see our hard work paying off. But once you get that taste, it pushes you. You just have to hold on through the "not seeing" part.
But if this girl can do it, you can do it.
Fighting the good fight. That's how we roll.