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DON'T LOOK DOWN!

Monday, April 22, 2013

My close friends might think I am making reference to my fear of heights but this post is not about that.

My post today has more to do with an old joke that I love..............

If the dust and clutter bother you..............take off your glasses!

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A few days ago, while taking a shower, I looked down at my legs...............

OMG! I'm 61 years old and I spent over 55 years of that life with a bit too much meat stuffed into my lower body. Now as I look down at my legs, at least 4 sizes smaller, I am reminded of a melted candle. emoticon

You see, the thighs now smaller, don't have nearly as much sausage keeping the casings tight and that skin seems to be melting down toward my knees. emoticon YIKES!

Ok, it's not bad enough to go screaming to the plastic surgeon's office, but it's one of those moments when I have to ask myself.....Why did you spend so many years over-stuffing those sausage thighs?

Well, I want you to know I didn't waste any time berating myself. It is what it is....there are plenty of other things that have left me with indications of my age and a life well spent and um....misspent.

Once out of that shower, I got a look at my shoulders and arms while I towel dried my hair. Nice. Sculpted. Not bad for an old broad! LOL

Don't look down! LOL

The other day, I got some great sale items. A pair of shoes, (for once dress shoes instead of runners) some turtlenecks for this endless wintry weather we've been having, and some bright and supportive, running tops and a pair of running leggings.

When I tried on my new purchases, my view in the full length mirror made me happy....remember, don't look down....look from the right perspective! LOL What I saw in the mirror was a lean athletic body. This is the me I have become. This is the me I like to see.

Putting these things away, I started to laugh at myself. When I first ventured to add running to my walks, I did so in the same walking shorts and oversize t-shirts. It didn't matter much, I couldn't run very far without having to walk again, but soon it became obvious that damp, perspiration soaked cotton is not exactly comfortable. As I ran more and more, I dug through my drawers and closets to find more appropriate wear. I rewarded myself with workout clothing and I felt good when I wore things that fit well and looked like the runner I was becoming. Now, the storage box under the bed with my various jog bras and running tops and tech t's is overstuffed. I know I have mentioned in the past how my husband teases me about all my running and walking shoes. And there is a drawer filled ( again to over-flowing) with running shorts and skorts. In the closet, I have a drawer with leggings, tights and wind pants, all dedicated gear for runs. Oh, and then the office closet is the location for some jackets, fleece vests and other gear.

I've created a monster! LOL

What's the point of this blog?

It's all about change.

Change takes time.

Change looks different from different angles or perspectives.

In order to see change in ourselves, we have to start, we have to work at it, we need to keep moving along even when it seems like nothing is happening. And we need to look at things from many different angles!

Don't look down!

Oh. One final thought in this ramble.

The scale generally requires looking down. Huh....I wouldn't say don't look at the scale, but I will say, it's not the only thing we need to look at. emoticon
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DEBBIECK 4/24/2013 12:22PM

    Good giggle, Donna! I agree about the legs, but my big thing is the face in the mirror! I tell my husband now to back up a little with that camera! With low light and a little distance - I'm great! LOL

Love the buff upper body! Great work!

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CATANTIGO 4/24/2013 5:46AM

    Well said, Donna. But what, no saggy boobs? LOL

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JLITT62 4/23/2013 7:59AM

    Nothing wrong with spending on what you love & I love that it's so healthy for you!

Yeah, looking down at my lumpy, bumpy legs can be downright scary at times.

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SCHECK5 4/23/2013 5:39AM

    Thanks Donna...maked me take a relook at myself.


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KRICKET57 4/22/2013 2:16PM

    Love your sense of humour. It is nice to see things from your prespective. Keep up the good work!

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GINIEMIE 4/22/2013 12:52PM

    Thanks for the chuckles Donna, don't look down is a good idea. I looked down the other day and saw I needed to trim my nails. I also see lint from sewing on the floor after passing the swiffer. I hate looking down, and especially at my lower half! I'm signed up for Jazzercise now, I' hope to go to my first session today or tomorrow-depends on Erik.
Maybe then I will not be so not wanting to look down-at me anyway.
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ONMYMEDS 4/22/2013 11:03AM

    I liked this blog.

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MNTWINSGAL 4/22/2013 10:59AM

    Laughing and nodding my head...believe me, the point of this blog was not missed by me....but I keep going back to the first sentences. I too am experiencing a bit of the meltdown effect in my upper thighs. But I take it as a badge of war, earned in the trenches. My legs were always my best feature....long and surprisingly shapely for someone as overweight as I am. But now, they leave something to be desired.....so I just "don't look down!" And in pants, they look pretty good! Now.....to get to the rest of the package.....

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JANET552 4/22/2013 10:20AM

    So very true!! I had a glimpse into my future when I had my leg cast taken off after six weeks. There's a very good reason to keep up the muscle. OMG!! I can't believe what you can lose in no time at all.

Don't look down. Words to live by!

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TUFFYBIRD 4/22/2013 9:20AM

    True. true and true. emoticon

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MYUTMOST4HIM 4/22/2013 9:04AM

    I have edema in my legs so unfortunately - no ,atter how much weight I lose my calves stay the same - UGH

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/22/2013 8:55AM

    Bodily changes are impressive and they just keep on coming.

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AKATHLEEN54 4/22/2013 8:50AM

    Wonderful blog..... humorous but point well taken. I think too many of us want instant results and it the scale doesn't move we feel discouraged and too many people want to quit too easily. I for one keep telling myself, you didn't get this way overnight. This is not an easy fix, it is hard work and it takes time, dedication and motivation and most of all patience. I have learned to be patient with myself and to "not look down" (for me it's the scale) too often because that is not always a true indication of how I am doing. I bought myself my very first pair of yoga pants a couple of weeks ago. Prior to that I was walking in jeans and oversized sweat pants. I have to say that in itself makes you feel more fit and athletic and I was also proud that they didn't look to back either. LOL! Hopefully we'll also be able to overstuff our drawers and closets with "real" clothes that we like to wear because now we do look good in them and no longer need to hide behind all of those baggy clothes. Congratulations to you !! I am a work in progress and know I always will be, but you were one of my first sources of inspiration and still are. Thanks for that!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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