Progress without a scale
Monday, April 09, 2012
Further to tonight's LIVE class, I had an additional thought on how I knew I was doing well or making progress without looking at a scale.
I recall shopping last fall in Penningtons and came across a young woman who I estimated to be in her early twenties. She talked about getting the Band for her stomach. She was tired of no energy and having knee problems and what not. She could barely walk.
I always feel shocked when I hear about other people, esp when that young, having those issues esp if they weigh less than me. I am 5'2" in the morning and I'm just over 260lbs. My highest was 271 which was actually not too long ago. Within the last 12 months. I don't have these issues. Not really. I can walk with ease (when my heel spur is behaving and 5 years ago I had plantar fasciitis). I can go up and down stairs with ease (although I go more slowly up to ensure I'm not gasping at the top). I do admit to having troubles going down stairs until I've warmed up. But generally after a week or 2 of walking, that prob is eliminated.
I can get down on the floor and back up (although I have to roll over to my knees and hang onto something for support most of the time). I can cross the street quickly. I don't get winded going up my driveway. And I can go to a Zumba class (well before my foot problem which was ironically caused by zumba) and do an hour of intense dansing and not gasp for air! I love to dance so I guess that's the key. I can stand at a concert for 4 hours and be fine. I can go to Universal Studios and walk around all day (ok before the heel spur haha)
All of this is ironic because I was born with a hip problem. My hips aren't formed correctly and my whole thigh bone on both legs turns in at approx 40 degrees including the knee cap.
But then maybe it was because I had an active childhood even if it pained my hips and legs. Maybe this girl at the store didn't have that active childhood. Maybe she's genetically pre-disposed to be that way with aches and pains. I don't know.
But even knowing people's stories, it still amazes me.
OK now I'm talking in circles. LOL