A while back while reading “The Spark” something stood out as something I had never heard before, something that actually sounded pretty awesome.
I was reading about the “tipping point” in Chapter 3 which is essentially point in time when a person all of a sudden is able to do so much more than they were able to before because the payoff for exercise all of a sudden increases beyond the effort that's being expended.
Anyway, I’ve reached my first tipping point just the other day.
It was Friday actually, and I had the day off and I decided that I had a lot to do that day. I had to catch up on a workout that I had missed the day before and do that day’s workout too, not to mention I had to get the only real walking I get in for the week and I had housework to do – tons of it.
Wow. My plate was full!
But guess what? I discovered that working out for an hour and 15 minutes didn’t kill me and I walked faster than I have in years, and I got more house work done in one day than I think I have gotten done in the average week based on the level of work I have been doing over the past few years of being so weighing so much.
I have lost weight since and it’s been years since I have weighed 348 pounds. So it’s really like I have turned the clock back some.
What happens when a person gets as heavy as I did and so out of shape is that simple things are hard to do and they take a real long time. I hated housework. I hated it with a passion.
The simple reason for such hate is that I could never get on top of everything I had to do. Everything was out of control. I had to take breaks every few minutes. I’d break out in a sweat and get all out of breath. It was terrible.
Friday I planned breaks every half hour which had me working so much longer than I’m used to, but I discovered I could keep going after that half hour was up. Sometimes I did keep going for a little while. However, I still took the breaks because I have so much to do and I don’t always have the greatest attention span for such large projects, so breaking it up keeps me from throwing in the towel.
I hate to admit it, my home hasn’t looked all that great for years.
It still has a way to go, but I’m pumped now! I can do this! I can finally take care of myself and my home the way I’m supposed to!
I can’t begin to tell you how liberating that is! Never again will I let myself get to that point. I can’t. It wouldn’t be right.
I can’t believe I did that to myself.
As I was picking up some clothes Friday, I realized that every time I gained weight to the point that my clothes weren’t fitting right, instead of taking off the weight needed to stay in the size I was, I just kept buying new clothes to wear in a larger size.
So in essence, I was giving myself permission to get fatter. I did this over and over again. That way ten pounds becomes 20, 30, 40 50 and so on. That’s when it gets out of control.
I think that it’s best to see the warning signs early, rather than wait like I did. It’s so much easier to lose 10 or 20 pounds than it is 232 pounds, like I have to lose.
Well, actually, correct that, now I have 198 pounds to lose because I’ve already lost 34 pounds. I finally can say I have less than 200 pounds to lose, although it’s pretty close to that still.
From here on out, I’m going to stop taking the little things for granted, like the ability to stand for a half hour at a time or to be able to walk to the mailbox, or even go shopping without having to cut the trip short because I couldn’t stand being on my feet that long.
Yes, it was that bad. I could only buy a hand full of items at a time and if I shopped longer than 10 minutes or 15 minutes at most, I was in trouble. Now, if I make multiple shopping trips, it’s because I forgot something, not because I couldn’t handle being on my feet.
I don’t have to lean on the shopping cart anymore either. I used to hunch over it and let the cart carry some of my weight. I knew it looked horrible and I was embarrassed, but it was the only way I could do it.
I’m so thankful I’m getting my life back. This Thanksgiving, I’m going to be giving thanks for my mobility, for my ability to do dishes without breaking into a sweat, for being able to vacuum more than a few feet at a time without back pain. Heck, I think for the first time ever, I think I’ll be thankful for housework!!!
What on earth is this world coming to? Me thankful for housework? I would have never thought it true!
Me back in 2006, probably the last time I could do the things I'm just able to do now after a couple months of using Spark. Wow!