Sharecare fitness expert Wendy Batts, my trainer, is trying to help me strengthen my core — something that, until recently, I didn’t even know I had. It’s ironic that it’s called a “core” because when I was heavy, I was definitely apple-shaped!
My overflowing belly has always been at the center of my weight problem (both literally and figuratively) — and, it turns out, is the last place on my body that I’m genetically programmed to lose weight. It figures.
Finally, though, after shedding about 40 pounds, I started to lose BOB, aka my Big Old Belly. I now call him my LOB (Little Old Belly), but I’ve begun to notice that he (along with the rest of my core) isn’t very strong. Wendy’s solution for this includes moves like planks, bridges, and ball crunches. This week, she had me doing push-ups on the floor.
These exercises are challenging for me on two levels. Physically, I’ve had 60-plus extra pounds in the way for so long that until recently, just tying my shoes was a workout. Bending over to pick something up required an assistant, and trying to stand after sitting in a too-soft chair was an embarrassment. It’s been hard to strengthen a body part that was so well insulated for so long! But I trust Wendy.
The other level is an emotional one. I’ll admit it: I’m nervous that I won’t be able to do everything Wendy asks me to do. My wife, Jody, is the one I turn to for help on this. She reminds me (often) that change is hard, but that I can do it. She also helps me remember how far I’ve come, pointing out all the things I can easily do now — tying my shoes, sure, but so much more — that I couldn’t before.
So how did I do with those push-ups? Check out my Week 3 workout below to see for yourself, then go ahead and try the whole routine!
Despite all the exercise I’ve been doing, my weekly weight loss was pretty modest (less than 1 pound). It may have had something to do with the many food-centered social obligations Jody and I had this week. Still, I didn’t gain, and that’s something!
How did you do? Let’s keep losing together!
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