Sunday, September 2, 2012

My How Things Have Changed…

I was so excited about my numbers and progress today that I just wanted to come on and give a quick update. 

Life has changed so much over the last 6 months or so...seriously sometimes I honestly believe that some alien has taken over my body and replaced the girl that I used to be with this woman that is confident, happy, motivated, and working hard to get to where she wants to be.  I will say that I know that life isn't always perfect but today and lately so many of my days...have. been. so. GOOD!!!!

Official I have lost 19.1 pounds lost during month two.  While part of me is a little sad that the weight loss is slowing down I totally expected it to happen so it's not a surprise and in fact in some ways I think it makes want to work even harder to keep posting those types of numbers. It's really true, just like people on OH say, the most weight and the easiest time to lose weight is during the first few months and after that it drops off significantly. Since I know I have a LONG way to go and a lot to lose I am doing my best to stick with it and keep as motivated as I can be and NOT always focus so much on how MUCH I have lost but more on how good I feel and that I'm working to be the healthiest that I can because that's what's truly important. 

Yesterday I responded to one of the OH members about her post on moving your body and getting exercise and what I said was the following: (some portions removed to shorten post here...see original on OH here)
"...I am trying to learn not to view "activity" as exercise. I like swimming so I try to go to the indoor heated pool in my complex (going this evening as a matter of fact). As I sit here typing I am multi-tasking by couponing and getting ready to go to the grocery store and do so shopping and then come back and tomorrow making some good food for the week for me. 
Yesterday I cleaned, washed dishes, washed clothes, etc. and I notice now, more than ever, I have A LOT more energy to do those types of things where as in the past it would have taken me a whole MONTH to get around to them. Heck I even don't mind walking down and taking out the trash as opposed to toting it to the car and then driving down to dump it.  
I guess what I am saying is that, at least for me who started this journey at over 400 pounds, I am learning to love activity and exercise anyway that I can get it but I have to get the mindset out of "exercise" and just think of it as having fun in some way. Last weekend for the FIRST TIME EVER IN MY LIFE I went to a Belly Dance fitness class. I look forward to going again next weekend (they were closed this weekend due to the holiday coming up).  I just notice now that things are moving much easier for me in terms of flexibility, etc. and I love it. Sometimes I walk so fast I almost feel that I can't keep up with myself and I know it's because I am so much lighter on my own two feet. My feet and ankles don't swell anymore and I don't wake up feeling completely exhausted in the morning like I used to. 
...the thing long as I am moving. I may not be the fastest right now, or be able to endure the longest...but after 30 years of not moving my sure feels good to be able to do something with it other than lounge around watch TV (which...don't get me wrong...I still love to do haha)."
I am telling you this is SUCH a good change for me. I mean ALL SORTS of things are easier now...from the simple stuff to the not so simple. Heck today I even bent down while on the couch and painted my toenails. I can say it's been YEARS since I've been able to do that without having to sit up quickly or getting winded, etc. And when I left to go to the gym today it was about to as I got to the end of the entrance of my apartment building I decided to...


That's right! You heard me! ME! I! OF ALL PEOPLE! Actually let the word JOG be in the same sentence as my name! I cannot NOT friggin' believe it!!!!  And then to get to the gym and see 337.4 on the scale! I just cannot believe that 299 and the 200s is less than 40 pounds away! UNREAL I tell you! I want to slap myself! I'm so happy right now I could just cry.

Like I said earlier...I know life isn't always perfect but today...right is. GOOD.

I leave you with this quote and poem until next time...

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible."
~Arthur C. Clarke~