I read this book last week at a bookstore and I know I should start on a Monday but I couldn't wait. I had 2 weeks vacation and was determined to start a change. I wanted to transform back to who I was, not just a "smaller pear" shape.
When I looked at the Aerobics I thought - you're joking-right? That's not enough. As I'm trying it Bill's way, I can honestly say that if you push to level 9 and 10, you won't be able to go longer. I've been trained to believe in the 2-3 hour workout but to pace yourself. This is shorter for a reason. Its hard .
A few years ago my son (who is a great guy) wanted to teach me snowboarding. I tried to keep up with him but I fell and broke my wrist 2nd time downhill. He said " you ok Dad? - are you having fun? " " oh yeah I'm fine", I told him, not wanting to disappoint him. Each time I fell thereafter I fell on the other side because my hand hurt. Eventually I dislocated the other shoulder and told him I thought I'd had enough. It took a long time to recover.
The doctor told me, "listen to your body" . Each time I tried to exercise, My body would tell me to stop. I became like Porter described. Like I was stuck inside a body I didn't recognize and could use. When I started this program I have had several times, when my body said, "listen to me" and this time In answered it !
"NO - YOU LISTEN TO ME THIS TIME ! This is a transformation. You aren't broken, you are out of shape. I'm stressing you by design. It will hurt a bit but we are going to be better in every way for doing it ! So Quit complaining because I'm not stopping!
After 7 days I've found I had to tell my wife and kids something similar a few times. They had become accustomed to me doing what they want when they want. I had to tell friends at holiday parties that I really don't want the beer , steak or dinner you made because its not Sunday. No offense and I don't want to hurt your feelings, I just have this solid goal and nothings going to stop me. You have to answer everyone who wants you to stop for whatever reason with a firm NO !
I'm hopeful that everyone will understand after 13 weeks, but even if they don't I know my own body will saying thank you.
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