Exercise is Key

I’ve been trying to exercise as least five days a week. I know that while going through the prep for bariatric surgery, at all of the group sessions, the therapy sessions, the doctors appointments, and everything else, everyone said how exercise is key to success after surgery.

Pink Yoga mat, pink yoga block, pink hand weights, pink towel

Well, I concur.

When you lose weight rapidly, and you lose a lot of weight, I feel like you have a big chance of excess skin, and no one wants that. I’m self conscious enough as it is, since so many people comment on my weight loss, and how I look. I don’t want to make it worse for myself.

I actually had someone at work ask me if I had extra skin…A bit inappropriate, but I just gave her my rote answer: “I exercise so that I hopefully avoid the bingo flaps.” It gets a chuckle from them, and I don’t actually answer the question.

What am I doing?

I think I mentioned in one of my monthly updates (see here) that I’m a big fan of Beachbody.com. I started with the 21 Day Fix and I’ve finished 10 Rounds. For the last few weeks, I can honestly say that my body is in a constant state of good ache. My body is changing, I can feel it and I know it’s working. Last week, I started a new program, MBF. I was excited to start something new and I’ve heard great things about it. Unfortunately, I really don’t love it, at all. The workouts are pretty good, and I don’t mind the instructor (Meghan), but instead of having the other professional athletes there with her in the workout, she has normal people on Zoom. It’s a fun little change, but I like seeing the pros do the work, because they do it correctly. Whereas having regulars do the workouts highlights how their knees are extending over their toes in a squat, or how their butt is up in the air during a plank, or other things like that. But I am definitely going to finish the program, and I’ll see where it leads me.

I digress. Apologies.

The exercise is also an amazing stress relief. Work, family, the house, COVID. It’s a lot of stress. 30-40 minutes of exercise can go a long way! Even with my kids at my ankles, one of them trying to hug my legs while I’m doing squats and the other trying to use my resistance bands, I still feel really good and less stressed. Even more now since I actually set up a dedicated “workout area” in my basement. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than trying to work out in the playroom with a 3 and 4 year old playing with strength bands.

What’s best for you?

Only you can know. I am a member of a number of groups on Facebook that are centered around bariatric surgery. I have all of the groups hidden from my newsfeed and I check on them only when I want to. Why? Because I hate them. HAHA. Not really. OK, Really.

Honestly? I feel like a lot of the people in those groups ask questions because they want an easy answer. Half the time, I feel like they shouldn’t be asking the general public – they should be asking a doctor.

But really….The key to finding the right exercise for you? Whatever is going to get you moving and whatever you enjoy. Walking, running, swimming, aerobics, weight training? It’s all good and it all gets you moving. And that’s the key – get moving!

Tone your body, tone your mind. Exercise is key to staying happy.

As my good friend Elle Woods would say, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.” ~Legally Blonde

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I am not a doctor or a dietitian.  The information I provide is based on my personal experience.  Any recommendations I may make about nutrition, supplements, lifestyle, or fitness, or information provided to you on this website should be discussed between you and your doctor.  The information on this site does not take the place of professional medical advice.

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