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Putting my pants on one leg at a time! And Trampolining!!!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

This morning, I'm putting on my jeans (which is brand new for me to even wear pants) and I realized that I was standing on one leg and pulling on the other pant leg!!! Some of you reading this blog will know what a huge deal this is--you've had the same experience of always having to be seated when putting on leggings, sweat pants, jeans. etc. When I started Spark I was too heavy and too physically weak to stand on one leg. Now, when I'm on the phone, I stand up and start doing leg raises to one side. Which has obviously paid off.

On Canada Day I tried out a friend's trampoline. Not very successfully-was too scared to bounce high because I didn't know the weight rating for the trampoline and, after all, I DO weight 284 pounds! But I did some jumps AND I had no problem climbing in and out. My husband pointed out that I might have been able to climb in preSpark, but I probably wouldn't have been able to stand up in it and I would have had a really hard time getting out.

Even getting into my friend's monster truck has become easy. I used to hate it when he'd come over in his Hummer, because climbing up into it was such a big production. And now I feel as if I hope into it.

It is kind of funny, because I know that most people are horrified at the notion of weighing 284 pounds, instead of finding it a joy! Bit by bit, I find new activities I can do, notice tiny milestones of health. Last night I noticed that my ankles are looking like, well, ankles! They used to look like puffy mushrooms.

The plateau of June taught me to accept that the scale won't always move, to accept that I will feel unmotivated or as if I am not doing enough, but also that constant repetition of the Spark changes (and recording my food, no matter what!) will show up in improved health. Eventually, the scale starts moving again, but it is only one part of the measurement of creating a healthy body.
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    You are so right ! Hey I can't wait until "I" wi at 284, I'm 10 lbs away from that goal, I'll make it, especially with your blogs and your accomplishments that I read. I really do appreciate you and what you have done it's all wonderful !

    Isn't it funny how we learn different things on the way "down" and don't even give it a think when we're larger ? I too never thought I'd be able to tie my own shoes standing up or bending over ! Now I'm doing that too ! I'm truly happy with the small feats of life and I know there will be much much more !

    My next goal is to get rid of 5 more inches, to start with, and then when I fly I won't need the extender. But this time because that's all I have to get rid of, instead of 18 inches that I needed to get rid of before, I didn't feel embarassed by asking for it or using it, I felt proud ! Image that ?! Small feats !! They so rock ! And so do we !!
    2301 days ago
    You're doing great! emoticon
    2301 days ago
  • TOADIE30
    It is always so great to read your blogs. I cant get over how great you are doing on your journey! Its so motivating.
    I, myself also got on our trampoline for the first time in like three years on the weekend and relized how much fun it actually is and how much of a workout it is.
    All the best to you with all your little victories! Celebrate them all!
    2302 days ago
    One of your finest qualities is your ability to take pleasure in ordinary things and to see how un-ordinary they really are. It is such a pleasure to read your posts, as it always helps me to shift my perspective too. Not that you always have to be positive (plateau angst)! Thanks for sharing.
    2302 days ago
    I too can often do things people don't expect you to be able to do at this weight and you just helped me to really count my blessings at all the things I CAN do. I don't think I would have been brave enough to try the trampoline, especially as when I was a little girl a girls mom stopped me using the trampoline in case I broke it because I was too heavy.. same with Space Hoppers but GO YOU.
    2302 days ago

    Oh my how I can relate to the standing while dressing experience. A combination of reduced flexibility and increased gravitational pull definitely made any one-legged activities a virtual impossibility. Just think what you will be able to do as you get even closer to your goals!! WTG !!!
    2303 days ago
  • 46SHADOW
    you're doing so well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2303 days ago
    You're doing great.
    I find it easier to tie my shoes...I don't need to sit down. I now can bend down.
    Awesome feelings for both of us.
    Keep working at it one bite at a time.
    Marie emoticon
    2303 days ago
    You rock!

    How wonderful to be able to document the little milestones. You will have to go back and read them again when you get to the end of your journey
    2303 days ago
    emoticon Its so great to see the benefits of SP that are not tied to the scale. You are doing AWESOME!
    emoticon Kathleen

    2304 days ago
  • NWFL59
    For me its seeing the little improvments that help keep me motivated to keep striving toward my goals. Great progress and more to come!
    2304 days ago
    Those little things are what make all this worth it to me.
    2304 days ago
    It's all a matter of perspective, eh?
    I'm really happy that you are reaping the benefits of your work!
    Well done!
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    2304 days ago
    How awesome! Way to go, girl!
    2304 days ago
    Congrats and once again, I know exactly what you mean. I know so many people in my support group who are sooo unhappy and horrified at 280 something, but I see it as another rung on the ladder down,and I am happy to be here too! You inspire me! Let's keep going! Can't wait to post some new pics of my own and see yours too!
    2304 days ago
  • KITT52
    I'm so happy for you.
    I can still remember the day I could get in DH truck with out his help or the step stool....It was one of my best days here on spark people....the best part he was with me and said hey look at you, jumping in the truck......
    my goal was to be able to keep up with him and now I walk and run circles around him....
    it won't happen over night but if you keep eating healthy and exercising you will reach your goal.....

    have a healthy week end.

    2304 days ago
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