I took a walk at Blanchard Park this afternoon after work. I'm still working only half time since my heart attack and taking advantage of the extra available time to get fit. The first few walks were so difficult! I could only walk a few hundred feet and would wheeze all the way. Now I can easily walk for several kilometers and breathe evenly. My doctor is very encouraged by my progress. I'll be seeing the cardiologist on Thursday, and am anxious to hear what he has to say.
Here is a photo of the lovely path I was walking on.
The path winds by a river.
It has quaint steps across brooks.
Wish you could smell this flower. It's SO fragrant!!!
I don't know what kind of flower/bush it is. If you know, could you please tell me.
One of my goals was to start hiking again. I had NOT planned for a 14 km hike today! When I realized that we had taken the wrong trail (because we were so busy yapping away rather than paying attention!), I panicked. We didn't even know if we were heading toward the car or away from it. My sister was enjoying herself because she's a lot more fit and adventuresome than I am. And she was right, we did make it back after our little adventure. But 14 km of hilly terrain was a bit much for this fat, out-of-shape 'ole lady!
Here are a couple photos from our hike.
My partner in crime, chief motivator, and sweetest little sister anyone could ever have!
One of the trails
Because it's Spring, we heard and saw little brooks gurgling down the mountain throughout the hike.
I just read Marenamoo’s April 10th blog and it made me reflect on my own experience. I had lost over 50 lbs. about 3 years ago and then put 35 of them back on. I got discouraged when the scale stopped moving downward and developed a "what the heck" attitude without even realizing it. I think that seeing the number on the scale go down was a kind of "fix" (like a drug) I needed to continue my program. When the scale didn’t move anymore, I wasn’t getting my fix, so I quit.
The problem with that is that the “downward scale” fix doesn’t exist in maintenance. When the scale doesn't move, it’s a GOOD thing. I have to forever abandon the scale "fix" if I want to be able to maintain a healthy weight! Otherwise, I HAVE to put the weight back on in order to be able to lose it again and see the scale go down. (I don’t do this consciously, of course. It just happens.) My PAYOFF has to go from seeing the number on the scale move downward to being fit and healthy without the scale’s “downward” feedback.
I’m not sure exactly how to do that but I’m convinced that SP is part of the solution.