A Little Exercise: Better than None

File_000 (31)I admit it: I have started to do a little exercise.

I wrote about me doing kettle bell swings. I had to stop when I hurt my back a few days after starting (completely unrelated to the swings, btw). This past week, however, my back finally felt good enough to allow me to start something. Anything. So I did.

After reading a Reddit article, I decided to start with doing a bunch of push-ups every day. It’s not a lot, and to most people who are gym rats, it’s laughable. But remember this: I haven’t done any serious exercise since leaving the Marines in 1997. I’m not going to jump in and hit the ground running and injure myself. I’m going to gradually get back into it and take it slowly.

As it stands, I still have daily soreness from just these few push-ups I do every day. I do the few that I do and I feel like I did when I was at my physical peak after I’d run a mile and a half. Yes, I’m horribly out of shape. I know that.

I will start increasing my number of push-ups later this week. I’ll also try to make some time to possibly get back to walking every day, or at least every other day. I’ll also re-start the kettle bell regimen. I want to strengthen and tone what’s under all my excess skin so that as the skin shrinks (which it has been doing so nicely, I might add), there will be something nice to see.

This is the hardest part of the entire journey: sweating for some results. I can’t say I enjoy it, nor do I like it, but I am tolerating it. I’ll be doing my best to keep it up. I just hope I don’t injure myself anytime soon.

I will say that this little bit of exercise for the past five days has helped with me kick-starting my weight loss again. This week alone, I’ve lost 2.8 lbs and I’m down to a new low of 182.1 lbs. Just 7.1 more to go and I’m within USMC regs! That means just 17.1 to go for my final goal!!!

I’m excited, and I’m feeling good. The soreness has started to go away a little, and I’m going to up the number of pushups soon. While I have no problem going all-in and being hard core on my eating habits, exercise is something different entirely.

In the past, I would hit the gym or the pavement with full-force. As a young Marine, my body had no problem with this. Now as a seasoned older gentleman, this is not the case, and I need to be more careful when I start a new exercise regimen so that I don’t hurt myself. There’s nothing worse than being hurt early in an exercise regimen.

I feel good. I am doing well on this. I’m not breaking any records nor am I planning on anything serious and hard core right now, but in the future, I might. Maybe. We’ll see.

Author: PaleoMarine

Former active duty Marine who went from 170 lbs to 328 lbs and decided that he had to change his life or die. He lost 130 lbs in 1 year through Whole30 and adopting the Paleo Diet without doing any exercise at all. Since starting running, he's lost an additional 20 lbs and is comfortably back in the 170 lbs range. He is a Warrant Officer in the Army National Guard and writes multiple blogs about topics he is passionate about.

8 thoughts on “A Little Exercise: Better than None”

  1. Very true! According to the app I use to track my weight, I hit 88% to my goal last week. Since I started the pushups, I made another 1%. lol. My guess is that I could make 88% to my goal without exercise and need to do some physical work for the last 12%. I’ll take it!

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  2. I started Pilates not for weight loss but for some strength training and to do *something* in terms of exercise. I know it is not helping me lose weight so I will eventually need to to add some cardio of some kind but hey, I am proud that I have been going to PIlates twice a week now 6 weeks straight now! Another side effect – I can’t stay at work as late as I used to so I am getting home at a decent time Tuesdays and Thursdays!

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    1. Sherry and I are super proud of both you and Kenny! Great job on the Pilates: I’m not sure I want to do that, but we each have our preferences when it comes to exercise. It’s important we find something we’re okay with and stick to it just as you have!


      1. Oh, I wasn’t suggesting Pilates for you. Like you said, it isn’t for everyone. I can’t imagine Kenny enjoying it either. But it’s great for me. It’s like exercise-light. I hate any and all exercise but the combination of a great instructor with a low impact routine coupled with the location and good class schedule makes it work for me.Going to a class makes me accountable (vs. trying to exercise at home on my own free-will).

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  3. Good for you! I am still dealing with a bad back as well and have been trying hard to keep up the exercise without hurting too much. Running has been replaced with biking. May have to get in the push ups and get some more muscle to help with the fat burning. Good read!

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