I have been faithfully dieting and exercising since January but have not lost much weight. Still I feel better, have so much more energy and got two thumbs up at my physical last month. The thing is I've always thought that I didn't let my weight hold me back from doing things, but that wasn't completely true.
My DH loves to kayak, and last summer for his birthday we got a tandem kayak. He's used it frequently, as time and the local weather will allow, and often takes our 5 yr old son with him, but I hadn't gone with them yet. It was never a "convenient" time.
Last weekend, he said "Why don't you get your bathing suit and shorts on"
and when I asked why, he said we where going out in the kayak. Well, I had this small sense of panic. all these thoughts ran through my head - will the boat support us both, will I look foolish, will other people watching think what is that chubby woman doing?
Well, I decided "Why NOT, what's the worst that can happen?", this is something I wanted to do, and deep down needed to do. So I went and I held my own, I let him manuver it, but I did my share of the paddling. I learned that I really enjoyed it, loved it actually, and it helped me to see some real payback from all my time logged with cardio classes and WATP tapes.
We've gone out a few times since, and I even went out the other day with just my son, while my husband stayed on the shore, so I could get use to manuvering. It would have been SOOOO easy to give into the old thought patterns, but I really would have missed out. Now this is something active that the three of us can enjoy.
I think that the community here really prompted me to give this a try and discard those old thinking patterns and for that I am very grateful. Thanks for letting me share