Staying Fit: My failed fitness experiment


I have a confession to make.  I went three months without doing any real exercise.
From January to March of this year, other than just normal walking around (not fitness walking), I didn’t engage in fitness or exercise.  I wanted to see what would happen and how I would feel.  I was helped in this endeavor by the changes in Healthmiles and how they record steps and meet goals.  Once you reach your goal for the quarter, your steps don’t earn you more money—it’s like they don’t really count for much at all.
At any rate, I spent a lot of time getting caught up on all of the seasons of Burn Notice, Damages, and Breaking Bad.  This involved me sitting in a Lazy Boy using Netflix to its fullest.  I read a lot of books too.
I also noticed that my eating habits changed.  When I am exercising regularly, I tend to view food as fuel for what I’m doing, so I tend to eat more healthy.  When I was not exercising, I ate food I wanted to eat based on sweetness and availability.  So I ate more cinnamon rolls and sugary cereals.  I wolfed down the numerous snack foods and sweets that would happen to be in the staff break room.  A little chocolate chip muffin here, a handful of dark chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cups there, and I was getting lots of extra calories.   I ate more often after 7 at night.
So, what happened as a result of this little experiment?  I gained 6 pounds, which may not sound like a big deal but it all gathered on my belly button.  My pants got quite tight.  I felt more tired more often.  I didn’t get as good of sleep at night.  I just generally felt blah.   I also discovered that the longer I lived that way (not exercising, eating non-healthy food), the easier it got—toward the end of March, I actually was sort of enjoying this new lifestyle.
However, I’m cheap and did not want to go buy a whole new wardrobe of pants and slacks, so I ended the experiment.  On one hand it was a success in illustrating what happens when I did not exercise or eat properly.  On the other hand it was a failure because it affected my life and well-being in negative ways.
Please don’t try this at home, brothers and sisters.  If you have moved forward in fitness and exercise and healthy living, keep going!  Don’t try my experiment!
Let me hear from you about your own fitness living and healthy lifestyles!
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