I have had a weight problem most of my life. I've always had to watch my diet and incorporate exercise.
My family and I made a big move 11 years ago. Six months after settling in (1998) , my mom was diagnosed with cancer that had metasticized from breast cancer in 1982. She subsequently had two more bouts of cancer. She declined treatment for the last bout.
I was able to fly out every other weekend to spend time with her -- especially that last 2 years when we knew she was not going to get better (my husband works for the airlines).
I did not take care of myself and gained a lot of weight. After my mom passed away in 2003, I slowly started to pay attention to me and realized how unfit I was. Oh, I could still walk long distances, keep up with the kids, skate, etc but I was unhealthy. I found out I was hypothyroid and started taking meds for that. I paid more attention to what I was eating and when you have hypothyroidism you need to work on keeping your metabolism up because your body is a bit "sluggish".
Today, I do kickboxing twice a week, walk/run (mostly walk) 2-3 miles 4-5x / wk and take an occasional jazzercise or zumba class. I LOVE IT. I especially enjoy KICKBOXING.
People say I look 10 years younger. Granted I'm 47 and still need to lose another 20 lbs but I feel so much better.
I love the fact I don't have to shop in the larger figure stores. As a matter of fact, I was at a well known plus size store (Catherines) the other day looking for earrings. A customer came up to me and said "You're surely not shopping for yourself -- you're too small to buy anything here." YIPPEE - that made my day!! -- better yet -- WEEK!!
There are days when I do not feel like exercising, but I tell myself to do it for 10 mins and if I want to stop I can. Most of the time, that 10 mins rejuvinates me and I WANT to continue.
I hope anyone who wants to start getting fit will take one step at a time. Walking is a great form of exercise. Once you start, you'll want to add more time and distance.
Good luck to all of you.