faceplantWhether it be online or in conversation – I see & hear this statement a lot: “I’ve fallen off the wagon and I can’t get back up to work out…what do I do?” Well, my first answer is (and always will be) – get thy ass offeth thy couch.

My top weight was well over 360 pounds. One year my adorable little doctor with the starch-pressed tie told me I had gained 50lbs in five months. My orthopedist offered to write me a letter for weight loss surgery. I was so offended with both men that when I got home I parked myself on the couch with half a gallon of Moose Tracks ice cream (followed up with an entire tray of Stouffers Mac & Cheese – the family sized box). Showed them, I did.

Fact was, they were right and I was obstinate. Even for a good three months after weight loss surgery I was obstinate. I fully expected to do…nothing…and one day I’d just wake up skinny (say it with gay flare). My trigger to get up and move was pulled by my weight loss doctor, who would not stop nagging pestering me about exercise and what the benefits were. Since I was already a know-it-all about multiple addictions, technology, and of course being fat, I immediately considered myself the know-it-all about exercise, too (well, now I am!).

My very first session with my trainer ended with two very rug burned arms from holding a plank (I think it was 10 seconds), and utter humiliation. My stomach touched the floor when I did push-ups…in front of a bunch of bulged bicep-ed hot guys. There I was, on the floor like a fat piglet. I didn’t want to return. Ever. But…I had paid him, and I couldn’t go back to another follow-up appointment with “Well, I did…then I stopped…and I couldn’t get going because [insert all the excuses of the world here].”

It is very easy to fall into old patterns after a period of weight loss. A “break” turns into a “vacation” which turns into a “season” which turns into “what the heck just happened” which triggers a whole mess of other stuff that jumbles the brain. Ultimately, you sit on the couch and list out all the excuses reasons why you haven’t been motivated. Flip the TV on. Grab a snack. Maybe tomorrow. Tomorrow turns into a “vacation”…

I’m going to say this again because it needs to be said: Get up and move! All the whining in the world will not change the situation, neither will a continuation of stagnation. I’ve done it, it’s hard (and my face is plastered four times on two sides of someone’s car advertisement), the cost is pretty high. From RCW (remote control withdrawal), to OMGWHIDTM (oh my gawsh what have I done to myself!), to BMSIO (but my show is on).

Get up off the sidewalk from a proverbial weight loss face flop. It doesn’t require two hours a day in the gym. Just requires an active participant. Get up and GO! It really is that easy.

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