Monday, June 03, 2013
Yesterday was a lesson in seeing the benefits of my efforts - except, the benefits were the ones that have nothing to do with the scale. And sometimes, I am very unappreciative of those marks of progress. I just want to see the scale go down - and sometimes, I want it to go down Biggest Loser style!!!!!
Yesterday, my husband and I had to clear out the basement....they are coming this morning to begin the build out. And we had A LOT of stuff down there. So, I spent three hours hauling trash, tools, Christmas decorations, baby things, tubs of this and that, and who knows what else up thirteen stairs. Some of it went directly into the truck for disposale, some to donation and a whole lot of it had to be packed across our HUGE yard and restacked in the shed. So, back and forth, up and down. .......................AND I DIDN'T DIE.
I found that my stamina was 10 times what it was 5 months ago. There is NO WAY I could have carried 21 buckets of paint up the stairs four at a time and then packed them across the yard. I pulled the tile saw up the stairs and across the grass. I moved tubs of decorations and carried them, without stopping, up and out. And today, I am still walking!!! I didn't get up and get in my workout, yet, but I am not as sore as I expected to be. In fact, I feel pretty good!!
And I am PROUD........proud that I have been putting in the time. Proud that I have made gains that I don't necessarily appreciate until I need them. And PROUD that I am wearing a size smaller and people are starting to really notice what I am doing.
But more than all of those things, I am grateful that I have improved my health and motivated to do more.