I've harped on this before...sorry. But it's so important.
I cleaned out some old boxes in my basement today and came across an old photo album I'd forgotten I had. It has pictures from work events I went to in 2002.
Several of the pictures were from a conference I presented at on St. Patrick's Day, 2002. I happen to know precisely what I weighed then, because I was dieting at the time and kept a diet journal, which I started using again when I restarted this journey last August (2008). So I went and looked up my weight, just to be sure.
It was 202 lbs, 30 lbs less than I weighed in at today.
The last time I lost 100+ lbs, I was completely lazy and did not exercise at all. No aerobics, no weightlifting, no walking, nada. Nuthin. Lost weight like crazy though, so I didn't worry about it.
This time, I have exercised aerobically irregularly, but some. More importantly, I lifted weights. Also irreguarly, but when I lifted, I lifted heavy. Very heavy. I can use the 25# and the 30# hand weights. I also can set the machines very high--for example, yesterday I did 115# bicep curls on the machines. (Sometimes the men frown at me because they have to lower the weight on the machines before they use them, LOL. [No offense to any men here of course!])
So here I am, exactly 30 lbs heavier than in those pictures. But. I am a FULL SIZE SMALLER at the higher weight. I know I'm a size smaller, because I just gave away two of the outfits in those pictures because they are too big (and quite unflattering, to be honest--what was I thinking LOL).
Not only that, but I have a figure. I don't need to hide in baggy clothes. I don't prance around in tight clothes of course, but my clothes fit, to show off my figure. Why? LIFTING WEIGHTS.
There are zillions of other benefits of course...the more muscle you carry, the more calories you burn. Building muscle helps your bones so you don't have as high a risk of osteoporosis later in life. And other good stuff. But, if you're vain, like me...lifting weights makes you LOOK BETTER. A LOT better.
That is all. Now back to your regularly scheduled 3FC programming.