The Heavy on Exercise

So this is the thing with me and exercise. I love it, it makes me feel great, the endorphins rock–I would do it every day if it meant I could stay a size 2. But for some reason, it doesn’t. In order for me to be thin, I can’t really exercise.

This is sick and wrong.

When I was first doing the Salami Diet, I was exercising every single day and I didn’t have much success. After about two weeks, I decided to stop exercising and see if it would help the cause. That’s when the weight started to fall off.

In order to find a nice middle balance, I do pilates a few times a week. This is necessary for my broken back. But as soon as I throw in the cardio, my body says, Warning! Warning! We’re doing too much! We can’t take all of this calorie burning! Quick, stock pile the fat cells!

So, as far as exercise goes, if you’re trying to lose weight and diet and exercise aren’t working, try dropping the exercise for a few weeks. I know some people can’t lose without working out, but you might not be one of them. You just might have to skip that 5:30 Body Torture class you’ve been jumping out of bed for, sorry.

In the meantime, the best “exercise” you can be doing is getting in a few positive affirmations every day. I recommend choosing a word that you want to be. Do you want to be thin? Muscular? Willowy? Last year I chose “Skinny” as my image word (although I didn’t really think it was possible). Always use this word to describe yourself to yourself and to others. “I’m getting so toned/thin/skinny/hot, it’s great!” And if you don’t know what to say to yourself in the mirror, try this on for size (positive affirmations should be said in the mirror, BTW).

“I love weighing ___ pounds because I feel happy and healthy. Besides, I’m so hot! Look at how skinny I’m getting, I love being skinny!”

“Man, I can’t believe how good I feel when I eat ___ , it gives me so much energy. The pounds are just melting off me!”

“Whooo Doggie! Who is that hottie in the mirror? She has some killer abs/legs/arms! And look at how thin she’s getting. You go girl…”

You might feel foolish, you  might feel stupid. But in a few months, you will feel fantastic.


  1. No exercise? Must be nice!!!

    I’ve tried the no exercise diet for about 2 years, and gained 15 pounds. However, now that I have my new Snuggie to wear while exercising, I think that I will lose weight even faster.

  2. We may have to talk about this salami diet when we meet for the Biggest Loser finale.
    And as much as I’d love to not exercise, I don’t think that would be tremendously beneficial in my marathon training….
    Maybe after May 16th:)

  3. I had the same thing happen to me when I stopped exercising after having my 3 child. I was on the treadmill all time, trying to take down the final few pregnancy pounds. Wouldn’t budge. Then I stopped and it immediately came off. Such a weird thing!

  4. If I had a friend who constantly described herself as hot/thin/toned… the only thing she’d be losing is a friend. Thin maybe attractive but vanity…not so much. If you truly look hot/thin/toned…others notice it without being prompted to.

  5. You would do no good on the Biggest Loser!

    Do you wanna hear exciting news???!!

    We are getting Direct TV on the 31st so I don’t have to wait for the show to be put on the internet! Aren’t you sooo excited!?


    Okay you don’t have to be but I totally am.

  6. When I stop exercising I do lose weight, but I can’t help but think it is all that muscle tone I acquired while exercising turning into flappy fat!

  7. Me too!!!

    I thought I was a complete freak. I never told my friends about this because I thought they would never speak to me again.

    Lazy = Skinny

    Who knew?

  8. i enjoy exercise as well.
    but, i have found that it’s all about eating.
    so much more so than the workout when it comes to losing the pounds.

  9. Oh my goodness. You always have the most twisted insights into weight loss. I love it.

    I have a theory that you laugh the weight off. Just tickle it and tease it and poke it in the eye and it runs right away.

    How fun that you can lose weight without exercise and with a little salami!

  10. Yeah, I just bought an exercise bike and I haven’t lost a thing. Pregnancy might be hindering it a bit… but afterwards, work out, I must. It’s a sad truth. 🙂

  11. I seriously need to lose weight so I copied your suggestions added some of my own and printed them off. I am gonna put them on my mirror and read them everyday a lot. At this point I will do anything. Wish me luck!

  12. annie valentine says:

    ChineEye, I don’t recommend saying those things in public. The privacy of your bathroom mirror will do the trick.

  13. I’m going to take bright red lipstick and write on my mirror “You are SO HOT!”

    I was trying to tell my husband about positive affirmation the other day, but he wasn’t getting it. What a dumbhead. I will refer him to this post.

    Thanks for the tips, now that I’ve lost the baby weight, I need the excercise to firm things up. Hope that will do something for the hanging skin….

    haha! haha?

  14. Girl I wish I could lose weight without exercising. You are one lucky lady. I stop exercising one day and I gain 5 pounds.

  15. Not exercising does nothing for me, unfortunately. I wish it did. Not eating crap, now that’s something that works!
    I’ll try speaking to myself and see if that works.
    Thanks. 🙂

  16. You would think that living in New Zealand and being near a beach, I would lose weight. My problem is I get together with the American Missionaries and we talk about all the food and restaurants we miss. I think I gain more pounds just talking about it.

  17. FEEL FOOLISH –I would feel beyond foolish. I wouldn’t get past the first few words, Wendy, you are so (choking up) HOT (chuckle) no really you ARE, you are so toned (snort, snort) and your but is bootalishous… and by now I am laughing hysterically at myself. I get the idea behind the concept Annie, truly I do, I just can’t do it to myself……….wanna come over and tell me how amazing I am (snort, chuckle, choke)

  18. Camille Machen says:

    Annie you are one fuh-ine lookin’ lady. You put the HOT in HOT DAM! (notice the absence of N, so it’s totally legal)
    and I’m lookin’ in that same direction, I’ll be joining you soon!
    and I saw that last episode of Biggest Loser, I almost lost my biggest lunch…

  19. Maybe I also can’t exercise. That’s what I’m going to tell myself anyway.

    I think my word for this year is going to be busty. Do you think it’ll work?

  20. I hate hate hate hate Biggest Loser right now. Hate it. Of course, I’ll watch it next week. But I still hate it.

  21. Salami? Stop exercising? I’m reporting you to the diet police… that can’t be good advice.

    (Email me the program ok?)

  22. You are great. I was totally thinking the same thing. Over the holidays I fell off the band wagon of going to the gym on a regular basis. And so, I was so afraid to step on the scale. Went to the Dr.’s and they had to weight me and I wasn’t really happy or sad. But then went back ONE month later and I’m 3 pounds lighter. And I still have not made it back to the gym. That is good for me. The 7 pounds I lost by going to the gym took FOREVER! So, yah, I kinda agree. Our bodies do funny tricks on us sometimes. Oh, and I totally went salami shopping in honor of you today. Is it normally right next to the bologna? Bologna is gross.

  23. Sorry, that was a loooooooong comment. Maybe I should have emailed it to you. Oh well. 🙂

  24. AARRGGHHH!! I just want you to know that I’m screaming NO NONONONONO!!!! at the computer!
    Exercise is such a HUGE part of my life, and yeah, if I stopped, I might lose that last 5 pounds. But only because I’d be losing my muscle tone, and turn into a tub of goo. I’d rather weigh more, and have muscle tone.
    Besides, exercise works as my anti-depressant. And I think there is some form of exercise for EVERYBODY. Even size 2 skinny people like YOU!!!
    Ok, now I’m off my soap box.

  25. annie valentine says:

    Sherrie Sherrie Sherrie, I do exercise, it just doesn’t help me with weight loss. We’re talking that last 18 pounds here, not just five. And Pilates totally counts (thus avoiding the goo stage).

    I, too, would die without the good endorphins.