Monday, May 06, 2013
This is my fourth challenge, and they have all proven to be extremely helpful and motivating to me. I have met my goal in the previous three (although the last time, I just barely squeaked in under the wire, definitely have to up my game this round.) I have come to love my Cats Team generally and all its members specifically. I have no one in my real life to offer support and accountability, but I have my Cats in my virtual SparkLife--and who couldn't use some support and accountability?
I had two big wake-up calls:
(1) I discovered that I could not walk around the block without huffing. That means I had reached what I call "the Point of No Return" when you have gained too much weight to be able to do the exercise that it takes to lose the weight that keeps you from exercising. Fortunately, I exaggerate, since it is actually the Point of Painful, Slow, and Difficult Return" but that takes longer to type.
(2) I was present when a friend about my same size was injured in a slip and fall and I overheard bystanders commiserating over the poor EMT's who had to lift her onto the gurney. Now I'm at an age when it is inevitable that someone is going to have to lift me--either EMT's or pallbearers or both , and I figured I owed it to the sweet things to be a normal size.
Now, "what things will you be able to do with a slimmer, healthier body?"
I find my best motivator for exercise is to start training for the Zombie Apocalypse. You need to be slim, strong, and fit to run to the hills carrying the most ammo and food while the zombies are distracted catching the slower, punier ones.
Now, thanks to Sparkpeople and the 5% Challenges I regularly walk 3-4 miles without huffing, I now wouldn't be any harder to load into an ambulance than your average healthy young man, and I ain't 'fraid of no zombies.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.