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What is easier to do 154 pounds lighter...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

This comes from Sparkcoach today...

So, what is easier for me to accomplish now that I have almost gotten to my goal weight? Well, just breathing is easier, which is very important as we all know. Moving is easier. Without dragging all that weight everywhere with me I can move faster and more gracefully, including getting down on the floor, and more importantly, back up again. Now I know this is TMI, but going to the bathroo0m is easier as well. My digestion is much happier now that I eat a high fiber, low junk diet. Sleep is easier (the last few nights have been an anomaly). Because I exercise so much, so consistently I sleep deeper and longer on a fairly regular basis. The two nights of insomnia I had this week really freaked me out because I usually get plenty of sleep. And I am not sure if this is due to my weight loss, but my emotions are steadier. I am much less likely to dissolve in a sodden mess if something challenging comes up... I just face it and push forward, do the best I can. I know I am not perfect and allow myself a little slack. This past week is a good example of that. Life happened and I procrastinated, and had to deal with that insomnia and I did not make it to the gym. So, I am taking it as a rest and recovery week, and will come back to my workouts with renewed vigor starting on Monday. Oh, and here is a handy things that is easier... the regular blood work I have to get done so freaking often is easier. I think it is a combination of drinking enough water and doing the ST that makes it easier for them to draw blood. It used to take them a minimum of four sticks to get enough blood, but now it normally takes one, with the occasional second one if I have had to go too often.

So, not a bad little list of improvements in my life, right? There are undoubtedly more that I am just not thinking of right now.

I had a good day today. Walked the dog first thing then headed out to my parents' house to make them lunch. We had tofu stir fry with sesame seeds and teriyaki sauce. Mom had stopped and picked up some very yummy XXX sharp cheddar, so I had a little taste of that and a small handful of super dark chocolate. Came home, walked the dog again, then made a big pot of chili. I was out of chili powder, but I had some dried chilies so I soaked those and added them. It turned out pretty tasty, despite not having everything I normally put in it. Now I have healthy, quick food for lunch tomorrow and dinner on Monday and Tuesday. After dinner, I took the dog out for his last walk of the day. Now I am just Sparking for a little bit, before going to finish my book. Tomorrow I have nothing solid on my schedule, so I might take the dog out for a nice long walk. He could use the exercise. We only walked 8.9 miles today, and less than that the previous two days. If I don't walk him enough he gets cranky... or at least antsy. My brother was talking today about getting the bikes ready for everybody in the next couple of weeks. We have quite a few that need work, or parts replaced, so he will cobble together at least four that will work for those of us who would like to get out and pedal. I have been using my SIL's bike, but she will need to use it fairly soon, so that will have to change. My other brother expressed an interest in signing up with SP. I am excited about that. He is a 'Big Boy', and could use the trackers to see what he is actually eating and exercising. He needs to get his blood pressure under control as well. With his job disappearing in the Spring, he is kind of stressed, and that isn't helping.

Anyway, it was a good day, and tomorrow should be too. Here's hoping...
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FARRAH511 3/18/2013 3:19PM

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MNABOY 3/17/2013 9:32PM

    Family takes care of family!

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KARIDIAN1 3/17/2013 8:52PM

    You are doing so well! Sounds like a nice day. Looking forward to getting my bike out in the spring.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/17/2013 6:04PM

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DOGLADY13 3/17/2013 5:30PM

    Maybe you just became more open as your moved along in your journey, but you seem much more open and comfortable in your own skin now than when you started.

I only got in one run this week. I went for an hour, so it was a good one. Nonetheless, I need to schedule my exercise or else it doesn't happen.

I've been waking up early these past few days. Mostly TOM stuff, but I hear you about wanting a full night's sleep. I woke up around 5 today and found myself tossing and turning. I gave up shortly after 6 and got out of bed.

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SHELLYBABE2 3/17/2013 3:23PM

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Good blog, we start to take for granted how much easier many things in life are once we've lost a decent amount of weight and don't focus on them for motivation/inspiration etc - thanks for the reminder!

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JMORRIS85 3/17/2013 11:30AM

    What a wonderful motivational post. This blog should inspire a lot of people. You have listed so many positives from your healthier lifestyle, and all of them are things that we all would love to achieve. Thank you!!! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 3/17/2013 10:06AM

    Funny you mentioned the sleep and emotions too. I find both easier to manage with regular exercise as well.

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ANGRITTER 3/17/2013 9:17AM

    I imagine Cooper is resting well at night! My dogs don't even follow me for the entire 4 miles anymore, but they come in and pass out like they are 50 pounds overweight... just like I used to. HAHA

Today is to be my rest day, but I have to go outside and walk... it keeps me sane. I can work with the dogs with no voice commands - because I can't hear over my iPhone headphones in my ears, I don't speak at all and only give hand signals. So far I can snap and wiggle my fingers by my sides and just like dolphins at Sea World, they will come up to each hand and put their wet noses in my hnds. That way I know where they are and they know where they are supposed to be. And now they will both sit when I tell them versus the running around the 2 acres like a crazy person when you say "Sit". Yep, they thought it meant "she's gonna capture us and put it in a crate!" (which I never did with either of these holligans, but I should have!).

Anyway, I am happy you and Cooper are both healthier and happier. I am hoping that my scale will start going back down after popping up 4 pounds in the past week!

Congratulations on making the changes to make your life much easier. And you are right on all those fronts... being heavier affects so much much of your life. And I have ALWAYS struggled, but am making it a lifestyle now (KFC in moderation!)

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PURESTILLWATER 3/17/2013 1:02AM

    EVERYTHING is easier. Having lost 160, gained 60 back I can't believe the difference. So glad to be back losing. 15 back down from the 60 gained..

you amaze me

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COCK-ROBIN 3/17/2013 12:56AM

    I'm glad for your good day.

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OLAFGLADANDBIG 3/16/2013 11:09PM

    Good for you, I'm so happy you've been able to improve your life like this. And what a good idea for a motivation exercise.

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LESLEE33 3/16/2013 10:52PM

    emoticon on all of your weight loss, and on all of the things you can now do easier and better!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 3/16/2013 10:20PM

    i saw a pic of myself that was taken only yesterday and for the first time i see what others have been telling me...i look good
im down 70 pounds and i feel better, sleep better, breath easier, all the things you named....but i still have so far to go...
you are doing amazing and thanks for the blog, i see how much better it can be....
its ironic, i lost 70 pounds and THEN injured myself
so exercise for me has been kinda slacking, but i will remember your blog when i am able to get back into it hardcore

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TRAVELGRRL 3/16/2013 10:09PM

    Good list; I'll bet you think of a zillion more things that are easier once you really think about it.

Great job!! If your brother joins Spark you'll have to let us know so we can give him a proper welcome!!

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SHANECODER 3/16/2013 10:00PM

    Great blog. As I read, I was thinking what isn't easier to do 154 lbs lighter?

Great job on getting healthier!

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KATRINAKRAUT 3/16/2013 9:52PM

    Awesome! You are rockin' it!

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