I just got back from my walk. My walk starts at the top of a steep hill. I walk down the hill and along a back road and the total distance there and back is about 4.3kms. The last part of my walk involves struggling back up the steep hill I start from. This hill is so steep you almost have to walk on all fours to climb it. One week ago when I started all of this I had to stop four or five times walking back up the hill because I'm carrying 40 excess kilos and am desperately unfit. It was painful and I couldn't breathe. Today I just went for it and tried not to think about it. I made sure I kept my breathing steady and spent the steep climb looking at the scenery around me and not focussing on what I was doing. I astounded myself and made it almost to the top. I would have made it all the way up but a lady came out of a house with her kid and startled me and I lost my mojo.
My point is that by keeping my mind on other things instead of focussing on the task at hand made getting up that hill so much easier. Tomorrow I'll see if I can make it all the way to the top in one go.
My other point is this. Consider the work out that you are doing to take your weight off, whether it be walking, aerobics, weights etc..... Then keep in mind how much excess weight you are carrying. Take a skinny and unfit person. Strap the amount of excess weight that you are carrying to their back and make them do the workout that you do. Do you think they could do it? I'm carrying 40 excess kilos and I'm trying to imagine a skinny person lugging 40 kilos of weights up that hill. No easy task for anyone.
To all of you out there who think you're a failure because you find it hard and painful to work out and excercise please STOP feeling that way. You're doing an amazing job. We're all weight lifting champions!