[A Splash Into The Pool]
There were days when I used to be so self-conscious that I don’t want to leave my home. I even pretend to be sick, though more often I was, just so that my mother will allow me to miss my class. I barely make friends. Usually, I would just sit on a bench and pretend that I was reading books, but the truth is, I was observing how good the cheerleaders were as they were practicing their stunts. Deep inside me, I was so jealous of them, and I was drowning in my own insecurities. How were they able to maintain those figures?
Richard Shuster, PsyD said “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.”
The Sweet Tooth In Me
Why is food my best friend? I often feel depressed because I’m alone. My chocolate bars keep me company as I walk home. Cupcakes topped with colorful sprinkles and Hershey’s chocolate syrup baked by my mom are sitting on our front porch table waiting for me with their sweet welcoming hello. The dinner served every evening fills my spirit with joy and before I lay down on my bed, a sweet goodnight from my cute little nibbles watching over me as they rest on my bedside table
Got To Make A Move
I used to want to be in the league of those cheerleaders. Now that my teenage days are gone, I need to do something with my excess weight not just to look good but to feel good. I can’t just watch and daydream that I am.
Jenny C. Yip, PsyD said “For starters, exercise releases endorphins, the body’s “feel-good hormones.”
Efforts Gone to Waste
I got up, put on my running shoes, and ran around the park, but it didn’t last because I got tired fast. I started to revamp my diet and said goodbye to my sweet best friends. I tried to welcome fruits and vegetables into my world. Days passed but nothing much has changed. I’m still my old me – the fat, ugly, and weakling old me.
Okay, so changing my diet is not enough. I signed up for an aerobics class and went to the gym two days a week – how tiring and boring. But yeah, I know I have to do it. Days, weeks – it’s been a month – but still, nothing has changed. Been thinking and asking and researching. What’s wrong with me?
Sal Raichbach, PsyD, LCSW said “I see mental health apps being very useful for people who cannot get to sessions as often as they would like, but I do not view them as a substitute for therapy.”
I enrolled in a swimming class. I discovered how I love to be in the pool. In just a matter of a week, my weight was down 10 pounds. Amazingly, as I continued to do it, it trimmed down my waistline size.
Not only did I feel more confident and happier losing off inches in my waist, but there are also more benefits I never thought enjoying the pool will bring to my life, especially when it comes to my health.
- My knee pains are gone.
- My sugar level has stabilized.
- My cravings for sweets are no longer there.
- My depression lingers no more.
According to studies, experimental testees who completed three 20-second microbursts of high-degree of intensive workout a few times a week reduced their blood sugar levels by 53%, increased their cardio fitness by 19%, and improved their ability to burn calories by 48%.
We Are Not Big Losers
It’s always a struggle, especially for women like me, to be a heavyweight. If you think you’ve tried everything and none have worked, try these microbursts of intense activities. It’s very timely to do this, especially in our schedule-packed days. Having no time should not be an excuse anymore.
You got to do it for yourself because no one else will!