Before I had my vertical sleeve gastrectomy, I tried several different ways to lose weight and get healthy, as most people who have WLS do. I did Weight Watchers, I tried exercising, no carbs, no meat, blah blah blah.
But the sticking point for me was always the exercising. I hated it. I tried to “become a runner” on so many occasions, but getting your body going when you are carrying around 100+ extra pounds is nearly impossible. I could run for maybe 2-3 minutes and then I would be exhausted and winded and think this is the worst possible thing ever.
So, after I decided to have WLS, and lost all the weight I never even considered that hey, running might be easier now. I exercise, but I do yoga and ballet and such. And to be honest, I don’t exercise nearly enough. I am comfortable with my weight but I have gained a bit while studying for the bar so I know I will always need to work to keep myself in check.
Well, yesterday was exhausting. It was my last day of my simulated bar (basically, taking an actual bar under timed conditions). I was told to take a break when I got home. Do anything but the Bar. Well, I got home and didn’t know what to do with myself. My head was spinning and I had to do something so I thought I will walk on the treadmill.
So I got on the treadmill and started walking and thought well this isn’t doing much…So I upped the pace and upped the pace and upped the pace until I was running. I ran for ten minutes without feeling tired.
It turns out, I can run. Who knew?! Now, I am not saying it was super fun. I am not saying I am going to “become a runner.” But it wasn’t bad. I could get used to this. I could do this.
And I accomplished my goal. I stopped thinking about the bar for a whole 37 minutes.