It’s hard to believe that so early in my journey with SparkPeople that I’d see so many wonderful changes!
Sure I originally signed up in February of 2010, but when I did, I didn’t take the time to get to know SparkPeople the way I did this September when I finally became an active member.
Me in 2010, blissfully, or not so blissfully ignorant of what I was missing out on.
Boy, I wish I knew back in 2010 what I was missing out by not using this wonderful tool I had discovered. It essentially sat on my figurative shelf getting dusty for a little over a couple years before I realized what value I had found!
Wow! Today I learned that I can finally get dressed standing up! I’ve been doing the whole “I’m too fat to stand up and get dressed, so I’ll sit down and do it” routine for the past few years at least. I forget when I became so lazy that I succumbed to a slow-mo, very-little-energy-expended dressing routine.
Well now that I know that I can dress while standing up, I guarantee that I’m going to want to keep doing it in the future.
I’m sure there was a time in my life when I took such things for granted, like back when I could hardly ever find myself unable to put on a sock without breaking into a sweat!
Now I think I might put on socks just because I can! I’ve given up on them a long time ago!
I tried on a few blouses today that I haven’t worn in a while. Guess what? They fit! I would have worn one of them today if I had some time to iron. I was too busy cooking.
Speaking of which, that’s another thing. I haven’t cooked very often until lately and I can tell I’m putting more effort into it than I have in a long time. I used to keep my cooking routine to microwavable items and eggs, either fried or soft or hard boiled. Oh, yes, I did occasionally make some spaghetti, but I hated to do that because it took too much effort to dig out the strainer. Today I actually cut an onion. (Wow it was powerful too!)
Now I think, “what on earth was I thinking?” Seriously. I wasn’t living. I was existing, but that’s about it. I ate more take out food than any one person should in a single lifetime. Now if I believed in reincarnation, then I think I would have used my fast-food quota up for all of my lifetimes in just this one alone!
Now my skin is getting loose. I can tell because even though it is still early in my journey, I’m not puffy anymore and my skin has some extra wrinkles in it and there are spots that were smooth that are rough because of the extra skin. Wow! I didn’t expect to notice that change until a year or so in!
I can do more things with my time now because I move faster. I’m not fast yet, nor am I graceful, especially after sitting in my office chair for 8 hours or more, but I’m getting there! At least I’m a whole lot less stiff now when I get out of that chair, even though I still probably look like Quasimodo at the end of the shift!
Oh, I can’t forget my feet! They fit in my shoes so much better. They are no longer swollen like water balloons! It’s nice not to have lacerations after wearing shoes that are too tight. It’s hard to buy shoes for feet that are round and not shaped much like a foot. I imagine a little bit more time yet and buying shoes should be a breeze compared to what it has been!
I can sleep on my stomach again. I haven’t done that much in a while. I have to watch that my CPAP exhaust isn’t blocked by my pillow, but otherwise, I can sleep the way I used to most of my life. I’ve been sleeping on my side for the past couple years or so and it’s been hard on my back. It’s a relief to not have to worry about that as much – at least in association with the way I sleep.
I’m truly happy about the changes that have been happening. It makes me want to see more changes even yet!