Thursday, July 30, 2009
Today was a revelation to me. I recently returned from a two week vacation where I was certain that I had lost weight. My pants were loose and falling down making it a sure sign to me. I had been at the beach and walked each morning 2.8 miles to the nearest dock and then back again. Sometimes I did it more than once. I had three active grandchildren with me (ages 7,9,10) who were up with me at the crack of dawn and went to bed with me either 10, 11 or 12 at night (it was just the four of us alone). We were on the beach in the surf, playing, running, digging until mid afternoon when we took a break for lunch. Sometimes we went sightseeing (one was a lighthouse with 203 steps going up and then down again). We were always in motion. If we weren't sightseeing we'd be at the time share's pool for the late afternoon and evening (again always in motion). Not once did the tv come on or any other electronic device. I had planned my meals ahead of time for at the time share and for going out so there shouldn't have been too many surprises. Imagine my surprise when I got home and discovered I had gained a pound. This truly disturbed me. Then a coach of mine from the YMCA aerobics class spoke with me. Did you know that muscle weighs more than fat? Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! lol I had lost almost an entire inch off each thigh and my waist. I have to go shopping for new pants. Imagine that! lol I not only gained a pound, but precious bonds and memories with my grandchildren. I gained self confidence and I gained knowledge and wisdom along the way. Even part of new wardrobe was gained. I gained support and respect from my YMCA exercise groups and staff as well as my Spark people. I love this kind of gain! Life can be so good! Keep smiling Sunshine, and keep gaining!