Monday, March 27, 2017

Talk About It Tuesday

It is the last week in March 2017 and I am still fat. I didn't think the weight would just fall off. I was just hoping that I would be farther along in weight loss goals in the month of March. January seemed like yesterday. Did I say that I am still fat? I wish I could stop stating that I am still fat, but I am. I recognize that me being fat is all my fault. This gives me no comfort and yet it does. I take comfort in knowing that I can do something about me being fat.

I look at this picture and I like it. This picture shows me exactly what I have been eating for over two decades. I am the person on the left. I see my doughnuts that I get from Krispy Kreme, my fries from McDonalds, and my pizza from Dominos. I glance to the right and see the avocados, carrots and the kiwi fruit that my friend Garrett loves to eat. I can actually say that I want to eat what is on the left and at the same time I know that I need to eat what is on the right. The more I stare at the picture, the food on the right actually looks more appealing. It looks better to my eyes, but my mind remembers how an avocado tastes vs. a doughnut. I just want to take a pill and be lean. I really want to be able to do this and then I quickly come to my senses, no I really don't.

I know that food is not the only factor when it comes to weight loss or even just merely having a healthy body, but it is a very large factor. I don't like to talk genetics or exercising. I can admit that I come from a "big boned" family and not many of us have ever exercised purposely. This is very sad and it has to change. What is the reservation with changing eating habits? I know that x is better than y, health wise. So why don't I simply make the switch? I have actually thought about this and I have come up with many answers and of course they are mostly excuses. I will offer one of my excuses, time. Time meaning time frame. I have to loose over 200lbs and I actually want to know the time frame for this weight loss. This seems to be a realistic request and on the other hand, is it? I actually have not changed my eating habits because I don't really want to and I really want to know how long I have to stop eating Krispy Kreme. Yep, I know that there is something wrong.

I know that when you want to start something new that you have to have a good mind set about accomplishing the change. You have to believe that you can do it. I know that I can actually eat a baked potato with no butter or that I can eat yogurt instead of ice cream. The problem is that I just don't want to do it. I don't want to eat broccoli; I want to eat fries. I hear myself say what I want and what I want does not line up with what I need. I have been slowly but surely gaining weight for the past twenty years. It was not until recently that I actually saw that I only wanted the end result, to loose weight. I never really focused on what it actually took to lose weight and keep it off. I can honestly say that I never thought about being healthy, I only wanted to look good. I never thought about how exercising helps the body as we get older. I have known that sugar is not good for your teeth, but I never really thought about the damage that it does to my body when I inhale it in large excessive quantities and numerous forms. This is where I am today, giving myself a thoughtful consciousness about what I mean when I say that I want to loose weight.

I really wish that I had had a thoughtful consciousness 150lbs ago, oh well. I am here now and my mind is trying to decide how to embrace steamed broccoli over corn on the cob with butter or baked tilapia over fried catfish. This is where my mind is with food. I just wanted to say it out loud and talk about it. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Using Exercise to Avoid Excessive Sweating

If you suffer from excessive sweating, or hyperhydrosis, you probably try to avoid situations that will make you sweat even more. For example, exercise is notorious for making people sweat. But if you avoid exercise altogether, you could be missing out on benefits that will actually reduce your symptoms.

One instance where exercise can help reduce excessive sweating is when your condition is related to toxins in your body. Sweating is one way the body tries to eliminate these toxins and this is a natural process. However, this is probably little comfort if your body sweats out the toxins as you try to go about your daily life. So wouldn't it be better to give your body a little help in getting rid of its toxins during regular exercise sessions? This way, you take the pressure of your body to sweat them out during less appropriate times.

Another occasion when exercise can improve excessive sweating symptoms is when the condition is linked to your weight. There is a connection between being overweight and an increased level of sweating. It follows then, that as you get closer to your ideal weight, you will automatically reduce symptoms of being overweight (one of which is excessive sweating). If you're not sure if your symptoms are linked to you weight - and you are overweight - losing weight will be a healthy experiment which just might deliver the answer to your problem. (Plus you will get to enjoy all the other benefits that come with losing excess weight, such as more confidence, energy, fitness etc...)

Hyperhydrosis, or excessive sweating, occurs because of a malfunction somewhere in the body. Part of the problem can be knowing what triggers this malfunction. Whatever the cause, though, if you strive for a healthy and well-functioning body, there's a good chance that this will effect whatever is making you sweat excessively. So, by ensuring you get regular exercise, by keeping your body fit and active, you are helping it to work more efficiently. And the better you look after our body, the better it will be at looking after you (and the less likely it is to let you down). Exercise is a great way to show your body that you care.

Another benefit of a fit and healthy body is an efficient metabolism. This can be doubly effective for sufferers of excessive sweating. Firstly, your body will burn more calories, even when resting, thus helping you to lose excess weight. Secondly, excessive sweating can be a symptom of food intolerances or nutrition issues. So, if you strengthen your digestive system, your body is better able to cope with these intolerances and thus less likely to 'malfunction'.

Exercise is also a notorious stress-buster. So if your excessive sweating symptoms are stress-related, exercise can help to release your residual stress. This will be very beneficial for your health but also, when you deal with your stress in a positive way, you're better placed to cope with stressful situations in the future. This should reduce any tendencies to over-react and the subsequent symptoms that occur (i.e. sweating).

There's another great reason to make exercise part of your solution to excessive sweating - it makes you feel good! Exercise causes the brain to release endorphins into your body. These hormones make you feel happy. This is why some people get addicted to exercise - they love the endorphin rush. But also, endorphins, and being happy, are good for your health. So you get an overall boost to your well-being that has positive effects long after you finish exercising.

Finally, it is socially acceptable to get hot and sweaty during a workout. Exercise makes everyone sweat. In any gym you will see people sweating profusely - without worrying what others will think. There is even a theory that fit people sweat more than unfit people. So during exercise is one time you can stop worrying about how much you sweat. Then you can relax and know that you are improving your health, your happiness and there's a good chance you'll be reducing your excessive sweating problem too.