Friday, December 18, 2009
My plan for today was to go to Curves before breakfast, go to the Community Center before lunch to use the treadmill and elliptical, then go to the park to walk after I got off work at 6pm. It was a beautiful, warm day and I think it would be fantastic to walk through the park after dark with all the Christmas lights and displays on.
I did make it to Curves, but then Life happened, and brought stress, a foul mood and a BAD case of 'I don't Wanna Do Nothing! ' It was the spoiled, whiny 2-year old that lives in my head. She kept pouting and whining all day, and she did succeed in canceling my planned trip to the Community Center to walk on the treadmill and elliptical, and then she got me to turn the car around and come home instead of going to the park after work She thought that she had won the whole war, but after I got home and had a good talk with myself, I put in a Leslie Sansone video and did a 2 mile walk before supper.
That spoiled, whiny girl has lived in my head long enough. I am serving notice on her that she needs to vacate my head and make room for a responsible adult. I wonder if I have to give her 30 days notice like landlords do when renters are evicted?
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
I was having kind of a blah day today. I did go to Curves this morning, but finding the motivation to go for a walk was proving difficult. Plus, I kept thinking that it was so hard to believe where I am on this Journey. Who would really believe that Jeannie--of all people!--has lost 100 POUNDS?! I'm just a regular person, not some Movie Star (Valerie) or one of those people on the Biggest Loser with access to personal trainers and dieticians and Doctors to coach them and guide their work-outs. And I can't tell you how many times I have had people tell me 'You can't lose weight by walking at Wal-Mart' or "How can just working out at Curves make you lose anything? Its not like a a 'real' gym". I guess there is a part of me that thinks this all might be a dream. I'll wake up tomorrow and still have the weight, the pain, and the breathing difficulty. I might as well forget about the walk and just have cookies and corn dogs and cheeseburgers for a snack (I don't even LIKE Cheeseburgers, but I was thinking about going to Braums to get one!)
I FINALLY talked myself into going for my walk, but I promised myself that I would only walk for 30 minutes. After all it really didn't matter whether I walked or not, right? None of this is real anyway.
I had decided to go to Lowes to walk and I was on my way there when Maria--the Owner of "My" Curves--called.
She had just gotten off the phone with the local Newspaper. They are going to send a reporter out to Curves the week after Christmas to do a story about me and about Curves moving to their new location next month. He wants to talk to me and take pictures of me working out and print a "Before" picture!!!!! She said that the man she talked to was SHOCKED that a 50something year old WOMAN had lost that amount of weight. He said you just don't hear of that very often.
I was so happy after I talked to her that I walked for an hour and got in 3 miles.
This really DID happen!!! It is not a dream, and I will not wake up tomorrow with painful knees or having breathing issues when I walk across the room. And my husband won't be kept awake half the night by my snoring.
Who wants Braums for supper? I prefer Lean Cuisine, thank you very much.
Life is Good here in Sparkland.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
This afternoon I was watching a re-run of The Biggest Loser on Bravo (Military Wives vs. Navy Wives) and no one else was home so I decided to do a Leslie Sansone walking video while I watched. Well , about half way through the video I got the bright idea to try running during the next commercial break. After all, no one was here and if I looked ridiculous, no one would know except me.
Well, Girls and Boys I don't know how it looked, but I DID IT!!!! During the next 3 commercial breaks, I ran in place for 30 seconds I didn't know I even remembered HOW to run! AND, even more shocking, I was able to go right back to walking with the video without collapsing in a heap. In total, I walked 1.1 mile in 31 minutes, for a total of 3 miles so far today. (I plan to go for a walk after work this afternoon, so we will see.)
I don't even have the words to tell you how happy I am. I would not have ever believed that I could RUN--even for 30 seconds. I know I am not fast compared to most people, but for me this is HUGE!! If I can do this, what else is possible?
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
For the last several months things have been 'weird' around here. Some woman has somehow invaded my space and is using my body. I don't know what she looks like because she is hiding inside of me. That is the only logical explanation I can think of.
I know she is here because she is making me do things that I would NEVER do on my own. Things like walking 3 miles OUTSIDE when I have NEVER in my life enjoyed being outdoors. I told my mother once that "If God wanted me to play outdoors, He would not have invented houses."
Another thing is something that happens almost every time I go to Wal-Mart or any store, really. I prefer driving up and down the aisles in the parking lot waiting to get a spot as close to the door as possible. But do you think SHE lets me do that? NOOOO, not on your life! As soon as I pull into the parking lot, she pulls the car into the FIRST space SHE sees. I tried to tell her that I was in a hurry and that I NEEDED to park closer. SHE pointed out that it only takes 3 minutes to walk across the whole parking lot and was I really in that big a hurry?
I think I caught a glimpse of her in the mirror the other day. At first I thought that I was looking at my own reflection, but then I realized that it COULDN'T be me. SHE did not have a double chin, and the blouse she had on was a LARGE. I don't remember the last time I could wear a Large.
Even though Wal-Mart is open 24/7 and the Park has been closed for weeks because of the Citys Christmas display, SHE made me park almost a mile from the park and walk all the way through the park and then down a whole neighborhood access road to get back to my car.
SHE even came to Thanksgiving Dinner with my family last week. SHE put Cranberry Sauce on my plate because Cranberrys are "Good For You". I can't stand Cranberrys. I tried to enjoy myself in spite of her interference, and I got a slice of Pecan Pie and a piece of red velvet cake for desert. I only ate half of the Pecan Pie before SHE got ahold of it and gave it to my husband. I tried eating the cake then, but after I ate half of it, SHE grabbed it and dumped Cranberry salad all over it.
This morning I even caught HER on my computer checking the local weather to see if she could make me go for a walk in the park after lunch.
This is my question for you, my SparkFriends. Have any of you ever experienced anything like this? I am thinking about calling an exorcist, but then I really got to thinking about it. Since she has been hanging around I feel better, I have less pain when I walk (which SHE makes sure I do regularly), my clothes fit looser, and I've been told that I look younger. My husband has even offered to send me on a shopping spree to get new clothes because so many of mine have gotten too big.
So, my Friends and Family what should I do? Call an Exorcist, or try to learn to co-exist with this strange woman?
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