Earn Your TV

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to start especially when it comes to changing your habits and lifestyle. I was very sedentary for a long time and just the thought of moving around – for fun – seemed crazy when I was struggling to move out of necessity. 

What do you do? Start where you are. For me, that was usually in front of the TV. I could watch hours of television a day and only making trips to the fridge or the bathroom. Even when I was working I was at a desk for most of the day. My resting heart rate was 115! 

The further I went in the weight loss surgery process it became apparent that I was going to be required to move my body. I’m no stranger to movement. I finished the Hyannis Half Marathon in 2008, weighing 330lbs. I was dead last and nearly dead but I did it. Fast forward 6 years and another 100 pounds with really challenging knees and I was at a loss for movement. 

I started to earn my tv watching. Normally, I watch everything on my DVR or on demand where I can eliminate most commercials. I decided to stop that and if I wanted to watch a program I had to stand up and step side to side while the show was on. When a commercial came on I could sit down and drink some water but as soon as the show returned I got back up and moved side to side. 

As time went in I added some arm circles and then graduated to increasing my pace. It didn’t take long for me to notice a difference. I could go longer with more ease. I started to take less breaks. I started to enjoy it. I liked that I didn’t have to leave the house or worry about people watching me or laughing at me. 

When the weather shifted I started walking in my backyard and finally graduated to walking around my neighborhood. We live close to the ocean so I started setting distance goals. Get to Green Hill Pond .25 miles, get to Town Beach .75 miles, get to the Breachway 1.5 miles. 

Then I started a Couch 2 5K Program and before I knew it I was jogging then running. It all started with earning my television and staying with it. 

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Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email navigatingweightloss@gmail.com. Thank you!

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