Sunday, February 07, 2010
Today is Sunday and usually if I do any exercise, it is just a short walk. But today I wanted to do some extra exercise for several reasons.
Number 1 was that today is Super Bowl Sunday No offense to all the fans out there but watching several hours of any Sport is not great fun to me. (I am Happy for the Saints!) So getting out of the house for a walk and going to the gym at the Community Center seemed like a good idea for this afternoon.
My Second reason was that one of my Curves Teams on SparkPeople was the #6 Team on Spark last month for the number of SparkPoints and Fitness Minutes we had earned. They challenged all of us members to do an extra 10--20 minutes of exercise each day to push our Team into the Top Five SparkPeople Teams. I am going to do my part.
This has nothing to do with why I went for a walk today, really, and it is kind of selfish, but I found out that my Curves is going to do another Biggest Loser Contest this year (I am not sure when, exactly) and I have decided that I am going to enter it and actually try to win even though I won last year. I am a little worried that it might be upsetting to some people if I win again, but it will be my LAST chance to win. By next year at this time I plan to be at my Goal Weight and there would be NO CHANCE that I would even want to enter the contest, much less lose enough weight to win.
I started playing on the Computer and didn't get to the Community Center before they closed. But I did go for my walk. I walked for 50 minutes at Target, then I went to Wal-Mart and walked for another 50 minutes, and bought an apple. I sat in the car and ate the apple and drank a bottle of water, then talked myself into going to Homeland and walking for another 32 minutes. The stores are all within 4 miles of my house and it was way too cold to walk outside. By breaking it up into three walks I didn't feel as conspicuous as I would have if I'd walked for over 2 hours in one store. I am glad I got in my 6 mile walk today, even though now my Legs are not speaking to me
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
JANUARY 2009, I would have told you that I was as Happy as I could be. I couldn't walk without pain, and I knew that I was Obese, but since I didn't see any hope of changing either of those things I figured I was as Happy as I could ever expect to be. As long as I had my Ibuprofen, Advil, and Tylenol, and my Son did the shopping for me, I was OK. Right? Lots of people were worse off than me. Who was I to want or wish for more?
Then I walked into Curves (after parking right next to the Handicapped space) I was hoping for the machines to work like Physical Therapy and relieve the pain that the pills would not touch. And it seemed that the range of motion in my knees was decreasing daily. Losing weight did not even enter my mind. I had tried and failed so many times that I had quit even hoping to lose anything.
I started eating more fruits and vegetables and I committed to going to Curves 5 times a week, whether I wanted to or not. And then the weird stuff started happening.
I started parking further away from the building when I went to Curves because my knees didn't hurt THAT bad. I lost some weight . (I wasn't even trying to lose weight! How did THAT happen!?!) I went to Wal-Mart and bought a few grocerys BY MYSELF and my knee was not killing me when I got back in the car. Then I found SparkPeople and started tracking my calories.
JANUARY 2010--I am walking EVERY DAY 3--5 miles, I have continued losing weight (still NOT dieting) and I am HAPPIER than I think I can ever remember being. And then yesterday, the weirdest thing of all happened!!!!
For the first time in DAYS it got to over 40 degrees outside. And what did I do? I headed straight to the Park and I walked for over an hour!!! 3.5 miles total!! It was as if I had been released from Prison and I just didn't want to stop walking.
All my life I have been an Indoor Person. I told my Mother once that "If God wanted me to be outside He would not have invented Houses." I read somewhere recently that your body replaces 98% of its atoms every year. Apparently between the weight that I have lost and that 98% change in atoms, I have become a completely different person.
I am just getting to know this new Jeannie, but I think I like her. Every time I look at her she is smiling--or walking somewhere. It will take some getting used to, but I hope she stays around and that I get to know her a lot better.
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