Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I've been reading a number of blogs this morning and I'm amazed at what the accomplishments of my fellow Sparksters (and myself in some instances) have enabled us to do. While any amount of weight is a challenge to lose, when you have the large amounts many of us do, the loss many times enables us to do things we've never experienced before in our adult lives (sometimes not even as a child or teen).
Enjoying an amusement park - I can now walk without pain or getting winded after just a few minutes. I'm no longer over the maximum weight allowed on a ride. I can ride with my husband, child, or grandchild comfortably. I can look forward to the time and enjoy it.
Enjoying shopping - I can now find clothes that look and fit well. Again, I have the stamina to walk long distances.
Enjoying a plane ride - I don't have to use the extended seat belt. I don't need to keep the arm-rest up so it won't cut into my hips. I don't overflow into my fellow passengers' seats.
Enjoying time with my husband - We exercise together. I have more energy to be active together. He can really hold me close when he hugs me! (Really nice)
Enjoying me - I don't take my health for granted. I'm off medication with doctor's blessing. I'm enjoying running, walking, and biking..
Many of these things are "firsts" for me EVER! I wasn't sure how to deal with some of them because of this. SP has been a blessing with the articles, resources and most importantly, the other wonderful Sparksters that share, encourage, vent and listen to each other. No matter how much you have to lose, hang in there, know your goals are achievable, but it is work and sometimes it's not easy. But it is oh so worth it when you experience a new ability for the first time, scary sometimes - yes, but still so worth it!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
The following is a link to an article today concerning how weight appears to affect women's memory. Interesting reading!
Friday, July 09, 2010
I don't know about you, but for most of my life I was happy not to be noticed. I guess it came from the taunting because of my size from grade school on ..... Other than recognition for my achievement in my studies, I was happy being in the background. Even so, when I did receive a compliment, I'd discount it saying it wasn't any big deal. I guess I didn't think I was worthy of it.
However, I noticed the other day, my reaction is changing. First, I'm getting compliments on not only my weight loss, but also for the actual changes in my lifestyle that people are seeing. Where before I would discount it, I know smile and say thank you. Sometimes I'll tell them about SP. But in all cases I no longer shy away from the recognition. I am worthy and my hope is that what I've achieved will encourage someone else to make changes in their lives; whatever those changes are.
So my fellow Sparksters, when somebody compliments you on your achievements don't say "oh it's nothing", say thank you and tell them about SP!
Thursday, July 01, 2010
to run further than 10 or 12 feet without having to stop. I started and completed the C25K program before the bad heat and humidity hit....and stayed. So my running continuously has been for shorter periods of time lately. Given that, I've been going to the track and walking a lap, running a lap, and repeat. That's cool, but tonight I started walking the "curves" and running the length of the football field on both sides. During one of these times, I was overcome with my ability to run the length of a football field. Yeah, the lap is a 1/4 mile and more distance than the football field, but I can "see" the football field.
When you tell somebody you can run a 1/4 mile, a 5K, or whatever distance, they know you're doing alot. But, when you tell them you can run the distance of a football field, they have no trouble visualizing that and knowing somebody such as myself that couldn't get up a flight of stairs without problems six months ago, they are really WOWed by that.
Even more important I'm WOWed. Not only that, it helped me with my motivation to keep moving and working on my endurance. Yeah, I'm one of the chunky runners and I won't be winning any speed records (not yet anyway :)), but I'm experiencing success. So when I start to get down because the scale didn't move or I haven't met a goal as quickly as I'd hope, I'll remember I CAN RUN THE LENGTH OF A FOOTBALL FIELD!
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