All Exercise Counts (Even If it’s Stupid)

R. James Miller
4 min readMar 7, 2019
Photo by Cristian Palmer on Unsplash

It has been about a little over three weeks since I decided to start trying to get my weight back under control. So far the results have been pretty good. I’m down 10 pounds. I have accomplished this with some very small (but mentally difficult) tweaks in my diet and exercise. By no means do I think my strategies would work for someone who is only slightly overweight trying to shed a quick 10. However, when you’re getting close to 120 lbs above the appropriate weight for your height these tricks will probably work.

Diet

Sugar is cut out. Well as out as you can cut sugar since nearly everything has some amount of sugar. The important thing is to lay off the heavy sugar items. Once I started really examining my diet, I noticed I was having at least one super sugary thing a day, and more likely multiple sugary treats. I have not had anything like that in nearly a month. Sugar withdrawal sucked, but I feel a lot better after I got past it.

I don’t count calories, but I make sure to stick to three meals a day. I’ve only broken down by snacking a few times during this time. When I do feel the urge to snack, I stick to things like nuts or beef jerky. These are not great things if you’re looking for a low sodium diet, but personally, sodium doesn’t scare me as much as sugar.

Exercise

In the past, I would have just started running right away when I wanted to lose weight. The results were usually pretty dramatic. If I had decided to pick up running again and stuck with it, I wouldn’t be shocked if my weight loss was double what has been. Eventually, I do expect to work running back into the mix. Right now, though, I just don’t have the mentality to set everything aside for 30 minutes to an hour while I go for a run.

I’ve had to be sneakier about “tricking” myself into exercising more. The easiest thing I’ve been doing is walking my dog further in the mornings. This doesn’t feel like exercise because it is something I do for him. He sits inside most of the day, so I feel obligated to let him spend a good deal of time outside during the morning walks. Walking is also great because it gives me time to think about writing topics I’d like to work on during the rest of the day.

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R. James Miller

Mental health, emotional wellness, opinion, & travel-focused writer. Writing about my weight struggles, personal growth, and wanderlust.