Taking stock of how things have changed since I started this weight loss journey ...
For starters, my skinny friends are eating my lunch
I used to eat out every day of the work week. Now I have a lunchbox, and every night I prepare a home-made lunch ! Me ! My idea of healthy living used to be microwaving 1, 2 or sometimes 3 boxes of lean cuisine.
Now my skinny friends ask if they can have some of my cucumbers, and we swap ideas on how to grill chicken so it stays tender
These days, I eat vegetables everyday !
We used to be at war. Veggies and me. Seriously. Yet this week, I eagerly cooked asparagus, and seasoned it and loved it. 'Nuff said
I get on the scale every morning.
Sometimes on the phone with my Dad, he'd ask about my weight, and I'd deflect with something like, "Oh, I don't know how much I weigh. The scale and I are not on speaking terms right now".
Now I use the scale as a tool to keep me on track. Some mornings, I'm like a kid on Christmas day, I can't wait to get on the scale so it can tell me how my efforts have paid off. It doesn't always go down, but it rarely goes up anymore. We may have a long way to go, but dang it, we've come a long way baby.
I'm a morning person now !
Getting out of bed at 9 am used to be a feat. Now I get up at 6 am, jump into my gym clothes and head off to my morning date with the StairMaster, aka, the Torture Chamber. It's hard work, but I get results !
My body has gotten used to moving.
I used to feel like crap all the time, especially in the morning. The doctors had a diagnosis for form of rheumatoid arthritis that rarely affects young women, but they still can't prove it, because I don't have the gene. Getting out of bed used to be a chore that sometimes took 20 minutes or more, because of stiffness or sharp pains, depending on the day. I'd started having problems of limited mobility, and my sedentary lifestyle didn't help at all.
Now I do cardio 5 times a week, and strength training 3 times a week. My body feels ... alive! I feel fluid, and getting up is now a breeze ! I no longer have difficulty doing certain things, like tying my shoelaces, looking over my shoulder or lifting my legs off the ground when I'm lying down.
Finally, I'm hooked on SparkPeople !
I can't get enough of your motivational stories, featured blogs, comments and messages. My day isn't complete without interacting with my SparkFriends. You guys inspire me everyday. Thank you
Looking forward to the next milestone.