Friday, March 20, 2009


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I am a mostly sedentary person, and that has affected both my weight and my risk for diseases.

Physical appearance is a strong motivator, of course. It's a common reason to start a physical improvement program. It's not my only motivator, though. Some days I can't stand the way I look, but other days I don't think I look that bad.

Feeling good is as important to me as looking good. I want to feel like I could be one of the action stars I love to watch, even if I never actually have to dodge speeding bullets or outrun an avalanche. In short, I want my body to function at peak capacity. Right now it hovers around 10% from the feel of it.

Reducing the risk of disease is important to me as well. I am terrified of cancer, and I recently found out that obesity is a major risk factor in cancer diseases. I had no idea. I knew it contributed to heart disease, strokes, hormonal issues, and other bad diseases, but cancer? I don't know why, but it surprised me.

So those are my current motivators. I wish I could exercise because I like to, but right now I just don't. I don't know if I ever will. This is part of the problem. I was in very good shape and physically active as a kid, but I never really enjoyed getting out there and moving. I developed asthma in my teenage years, and now exercise is always a painful chore.

My goal is to find some type of exercise that I can stick to either because I have to (housework) or I want to.


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