Monday, December 31, 2012
It has been recently pointed out to me that on Jan 2 I will celebrate 5 years with Spark. Where has the time gone? Where was I then and where am I now? I was 302 lbs and am now 297.6 Not much of a change there. I was able to walk 3 or 4 miles nearly every day and climb stairs from my basement apartment with no trouble. Now I work hard to walk for 15 minutes at a time and desperately struggle with stairs. Yes, I have gotten older but that is not the problem. Sitting on my butt has been the problem.
My solution to these issues is to start where I am. DO what I can and then try 1 more lap. Tomorrow I stop smoking. I have been wondering what I will do to get through the first while. A sweet friend told me that whenever she wanted a smoke, while she was quitting, she would go out and do a lap around the yard. Well, I have no yard and it is too snowy and cold for me right now, BUT I live in an apartment building with halls. My plan is to do 2 laps every time I need a smoke. 2 laps is about 5 minutes. I can do 5 minutes. As I do more and more laps, I will get stronger and faster. I think this is a winwin issue.
You might think I am crazy to be so excited about all this but it is like a switch has been flipped inside my head. I can't wait to get going. I've never been so confident and I have so many people here on SPark to thank for that. Learning to overcome procrastination is difficult for me as that is my First name, but with the help of members on my team, I am finding strategies for coping and for getting it going.
I wasn't too well this morning and went back to bed instead of walking but I let myself have 1 more day, especially when I am not feeling well, and wake tomorrow with my new freedom.
Tomorrow I will post my new pictures. The one of me isn't pretty but I need to remember where I used to be as I get smaller and smaller. New pics of the grandsons also from our Christmas holiday with them. Simon is 2 1/2 and baby Paul is 11 months. We will be going to Ottawa to visit at the end of January and will celebrate Paul's 1st birthday while there.
Enjoy tomorrow as we bring in the new year and be careful about too much celebrating. Now is the time to begin consistency and to start new good habits.