“25 Things I Wish I Knew Before Exercise – The Woman’s Perspective” by Shannon Vonkaenel

“25 Things I Wish I Knew Before Exercise – The Woman’s Perspective” by Shannon Vonkaenel

The journey that I have been on the past two years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  Not only did I do it the right way by losing 75 pounds over 2 years, but I feel as if I have FINALLY figured it out.  I’m not sure I would ever change any of the events that lead to my weight issues, but there are several things that would have been nice to know before I got fit.

1.  Fat doesn’t make you fat.

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Get rid of anything low fat, non-fat, etc.  Fat is not the enemy, in fact all of the garbage they put into foods to make them low fat or non-fat is the enemy.

2.  Yoga pants kick ass (pun intended).

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I used to look at people wearing yoga pants thinking “Put some real pants on!”  Now I live in them.  Yoga pants should be called squat pants.  I have lost a lot of weight in the past but I can tell you for fact that my ass never looked this good in yoga pants.  Not to mention my quads and my stomach.  Let’s face it, we are going to wear yoga pants no matter what but if you want to look amazing in them squat more.

3.  The scale is just a number and it doesn’t define you.

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4.  The more you move your body, the more you should, EAT!

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5.  Learn to cook!

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Making a healthy and delicious meal and knowing every single ingredient that went into it opens up SO many options when it comes to eating.

6.  You’re going to be sore for the rest of your life.  Embrace it.

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7.  Eat your damn vegetables!

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I grew up hating vegetables.  Up until I was about 35 years old, I rarely ate any type of vegetable.  Once I forced myself to start trying them, I realized, they aren’t so bad and they certainly help a whole lot with keeping your bodily functions in line.

8.  No matter how strong you get you’ll still have to ask your husband to open jars for you once in a while.

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9.  Don’t be afraid to be strong.

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10.  You can eat dinner for breakfast.

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I often eat my leftovers from dinner as breakfast the next day.  Who says breakfast needs to be oatmeal, eggs or bacon?  (Although bacon is always good!)

11.  Don’t let fear of failure keep you from trying something new.

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12.  Change what you don’t like.

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While events in your past may have affected how and why you eat, you are in charge of the choices you make.  Your weight problem is just that…yours.

13.  There is no magic pill.  I’ve tried them, they don’t work.

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14.  Find some type of exercise you love to do.

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If you don’t love what you are doing, you won’t stick to it.

15.  Nobody is perfect, so don’t get down if you have a bad day, week or month.  Just get back on track.

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16.When you start getting fit, be prepared for your boobs to shrink.

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I’ll take strong abs over big boobs any day.

17.  Eat For Joy!

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18.  Find at least one person that you can be completely honest with.

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About your weight, your feelings, your struggles, etc.  I found several thousand people to “confide” in through my blog, but finding just one person that you can be completely honest with can be completely freeing.

19.  Sex is way better (and more fun) when you feel good about your body.

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20.  Eating healthy and getting fit is a lifelong journey.

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There is no end to it, so keep going and challenging yourself.

21.  Be open to try things you never thought you’d enjoy.

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If you know me, running was the bane of my existence and I would do whatever I could to NOT do it.  I run now, and I kind of like it.  I’m not fast, but it provides me with some quiet, alone time that I rarely get.  It’s also a very efficient exercise so I don’t have to take 90 minutes out of my day for a workout. But when it’s strength day I don’t mess around.  Do everything but really own what you do best.

22.  Don’t do it alone.

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This was a big one for me, don’t do it alone, find your tribe (whatever it is you like to do) and just hunker in with those people willing to go to battle with you.  They’ll help you through some shit you never thought you could get through.

23.  Don’t worry about losing weight all the time.

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This one got me for a long time and I would be lying to you if I said it doesn’t come up occasionally but for me I had to stop focusing on weight and fat loss and I needed to focus on becoming more capable. Once I became more capable everything starting to fall into place for me.

24.  Record everything!

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I didn’t record everything from the beginning and I regret it in a big way.  Don’t let your ego get in the way, if this is going to be the time where you change your life fundamentally RECORD EVERYTHING! PRs, Fat Loss Goals, literally everything related to your journey.  Also don’t be so rigid when you don’t get there, life happens sometimes and you just need to put things off for a bit.

25.  Lastly celebrate everything!

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Lastly celebrate everything! In the past I was so rigid in the way that I ate that it didn’t allow me to do very much or frankly, eat very much.  Now that I am more capable I celebrate all of the time, every little thing matters.  Life is about the journey so focus more on the little outcomes rather than the bigger goals.

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