Why Can’t I Stick With Exercising

Question: Dear Luise: I am having one heck of a time finding any kind of exercise I can stick to. I can maintain my weight with diet, but I can’t lose unless I exercise. I have tried every kind of video but I just get too bored. The same with a gym and with walking, I get lonely and tire of it. For a while, all goes well, and I am sure “this is it”, and then I just can’t force myself to keep it up. I’ve also had numerous partners, but that never lasts. Somehow, all of this looks like failure to me. Estelle W.

Answer: Dear Estelle: Put ‘er there, partner and let’s shake on it. Even though I’ve succeeded for months at a time, on a few occasions, I end up back on the couch, (again), putting away my size six clothes, (again).

Not at the moment, though, so if you want to know my latest, it’s going to Curves. A gym doesn’t work for me because long stints on those machines, puts me to sleep. (Yes, I know you have to be going pretty slow to go to sleep standing up. What can I say?)

The reason it is working at Curves is two-fold. First I am with others in a comfortable environment and it’s not a place that’s loaded with jocks, so I don’t feel like a senior-wannabe-wimp. And secondly, each set or stop is monitored for about 30 seconds, which matches my attention span, exactly.

In the last eight months, I have lost 27 of those dreaded 40 pounds that routinely crawl on and off and up and down my 5’ 2” frame. I’ve been keeping track and over the last 50 years, I have lost a total of 923.5 pounds, and I’m still overweight.

Why not look at it this way, isn’t it great that we haven’t given up on us, yet? That’s a win, not a failure, if you look at it in a more or less convoluted way. Blessings, Luise

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