I have quietly been going to the local pool and swimming. It started in February and quietly built up to my Birthday in March where I boldly decided to swim 100 lengths (2,500 yds) in-a-row, no stopping. This past Monday I swam 150 lengths (3,750 yds) no stopping. Thanks to consistency a mile use to be a dream, and now 2 miles is a reality. My next goal? 200 lengths (5,000 yds). To swimmers I'm not so sure this is big stuff but to me and my 61 yr old body this is like the PRIME of my life BIG STUFF!
Something happens in the water. I am left to my own thoughts. I think about and consider a few big swims and a very lofty goal. More on that later.) I dream...I dream BIGGER!
When I am hiking, I start to dream about conquering. So we went up Blood Mtn, I want to hop on the Appalachian Trail! A big deal for me. When I bike, I dreamed about a Century ride (100miles). Soon that is happening. I started training in the fall for that. Exercise is always about accomplish a distance of some sort...Something I've cooked up inside my own head!!!
I've always been a dreamer when it comes to exercise. I don't just want to exercise I want to conquer something! I've never been a gym rat, I want to GO...somewhere, always somewhere! I have always had a love affair with distance. Endurance is a passion. I like FAR not FAST.
Being on a ketogenic diet has allowed me to tap into an endless amount of energy I carry in my body, my fat stores! It's like going from Atlanta to California on ONE tank of gas and not having to stop and fill up all the time. I can't speed there, but I can get there on stored fats. To improve the quality of my rides I can eat a high fat diet and electrolytes. But I don't always. I'm starting to see how exercise can help me manage ketosis...
But it's in the water that I dream the most. It's in water that I can see the clearest! It's in water I have a mantra, "Start the day Keto, end the day Keto" keep that fat-burning metabolism BURNING!!!
4 yrs ago I was 230 plus pounds, totally inactive and almost house bound. I was obese, depressed, addicted to a carb cycle and hopeless. When I took the option of dieting with my cousin, I began to come out of that place, only to keep my end of the bargain. I went low carb, after four months of success I upped my game and went KETO...and NOTHING has been the same. I FOUND my food, MY life, and I am living....
I'm living, sharing, leading, helping, creating content, hosting groups, leading a team and dreaming! In between that, I slip into the water and stroke upon stroke dream BIGGER.
Exercise keeps me in ketosis. Exercise helps me maintain weight. Exercise is a tool for living better.