Thursday, November 22, 2012
Well, I didn't finish this BLC with any sort of a bang... but I finished. I saw it through to completion. Now it's time to gear up for another one. Even if I didn't get everything out of this challenge that I wanted, I did get a number of things, including:
- I'm almost 9 lbs lighter than I was 10 weeks ago, and I'm now 31 lbs down from my starting weight 6 months ago.
- Activity, although not a daily occurrence yet in my life, is so much more a COMMON occurrence than it has been in years.
- I take the stairs. Every day. Sure, I still cheat and take the elevator when I'm feeling lazy, tired, or rushed... but I make myself take SOME stairs every single day. One day soon, it will always be stairs and the elevator will be a thing of the past for me.
- I can jog. Sure, not for very long yet... but I jogged/fast walked around the block tonight. I was amazed at how painless it's become. Also, my husband remarked this morning about how much quicker my normal walking pace has become. Plus, even when depressed, I have more energy. I ran the shopping cart to and from the car today... not because I had to, but just because my legs wanted to. It felt good.
- My progress has my husband more interested in improving his health. He's not yet to the point where he's jumping in feet first, but baby steps are in motion. He's watching what he eats, he's taking vitamins, and he even volunteered to walk the dogs with me on Sunday (he NEVER does that!). He's a work in progress, just like I am.
So, overall, I still got a lot from this challenge even if I was less active toward the end. I had such awesome team mates, and I feel bad that I was physically and emotionally absent from them for several weeks. I was just struggling to hang on. I'm not better yet, but a month-long pact with a very dear friend (a shout out to HeatherHunter!) has me re-motivated to do some activity every.single.day. I'm 6/6 days with her so far. My life has been enriched by the friends I have met on Spark and during our challenge, so I look forward to the next one. Hopefully by then my depression will be better, I'll be like my old, positive self, and I'll be able to really get cracking. But, even if not... I'll be back, working at it, and making forward strides.
I'm doing this, one day, one pound, one breath at a time.