Saturday, March 09, 2013
I want to blog today about all the signs that I`m getting healthier, happier and fitter that don't involve the scale.
One question that I had to think about was is my weight getting n the way of the things I want to accomplish in life. my first thought was NO, but upon closer examination the answer is really YES.
I would like to learn to surf and to play beach volleyball. I would like to be able to jog for 30 minutes without getting chest pains.
Sure, I can shop and cook and exercise at a certain level, but I want to do better.
So how will I know that I am getting better?
1. Cholesterol values will go down and be in he normal ranges (fish oil will help with this)
2. Blood sugar will be within a normal range (can`t eat too many fruits)
3. I will not be mindlessly eating between meals (it`s good to give the stomach a rest. TV viewing is entertaining enough without snacks).
4. My strength will improve so I can move mountains (at least hold a plank for 60 seconds and move the heavy furniture to clean behind it. But not only physical mountains. I will be able to move "metaphysical" mountains, plowing through emotional hindrances and overcoming limiting factors to living life to my potential).
5. My endurance will improve (not only will I be able to jog longer, I will also have more stamina in emotional confrontations and let logic prevail. Mind and body are both improving, as is my mind-body connection).
6. My skin rashes and itchiness will be gone. (I am experimenting with different foods and trying probiotics to find the right combination for my body. One recommended supplement that was supposed to IMPROVE microbe balance in the gut, actually made things worse. but I am still trying to find the right balance.
7. My BMI will be normal. My waist will be delicate and my legs will not rub when I walk. I will be able to wash all of my body independently without help and apply suntan lotion by myself.
8. I will feel light on my feet. I will be able to improve my dancing.
9. My husband can carry me around in his arms or piggy back. He won`t have to help me up stairs, hills, or push me on the bike.
10. My balance will improve. I will be able to gracefully execute a Romanian dead lift perfectly balanced--no wobbling or holding on to furniture.
11. My recovery times will improve (both physical recovery after physical effort and emotional recovery after failures, mistakes, or social disapproval).
12. My clothes will fit better. I will be able to have more fashion choices. Attractive choices. Who designs the puffy sleeve, big neckline, unattractive fashions for plump women, anyway? Who wants to buy something that makes them look like a stuffed baby?
13. I will have more free time, if I stop spending so much time eating, grazing, snacking (probably to procrastinate and put off doing things that I need to get done).
14. My house will be less cluttered, better organized, and I will be smarter because I will be putting all that new found free time to good use, cleaning, decluttering, and studying online courses that improve my knowledge.
When I look at all the signs that will mark my getting healthier, I realize that my weight is really holding me back from the kind of life that I wand and deserve! This realization of the heavy cost I am paying just to be able to "enjoy" mindless eating while procrastinating or filling time when I am bored is motivating. I see just how much I have to gain by losing the excess weight and bad habits. I will work hard to get the results I want!