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Things are a little bit different now ...

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Taking stock of how things have changed since I started this weight loss journey ...

For starters, my skinny friends are eating my lunch emoticon
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 emoticon

These days, I eat vegetables everyday ! emoticon emoticon
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 emoticon

I get on the scale every morning. emoticon
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. emoticon

I'm a morning person now ! emoticon
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 ! emoticon

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 ! emoticon
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 emoticon

Looking forward to the next milestone.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AMDODSON12 7/10/2013 10:39AM

    Great job! Glad you are feeling healthy!!

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    Wonderful! You inspire me.

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    emoticon Loved hearing your excitement in this blog! emoticon

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MRS.CARLY 7/4/2013 6:37PM

    Love this blog and the positivity that emits from it!

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AUNTB63 7/4/2013 6:35PM

    Just got your friend add (I will be doing the same aka adding you). Thought I'd pop by to see who you are and get acquainted. Started here with this incredible blog. You should be proud of yourself for all the accomplishments you have under your belt. You may have a ways to go, but from what I can see you have all the makings of a successful Sparker. Keep up the great job. We will continue this journey as friends cheering each other forward.

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NOWORNEVER1982 7/3/2013 10:56PM

    Love this blog! It's so great to see all the positive changes you've made. You should be proud of yourself-- you sound truly happy with the NEW you! emoticon

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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/3/2013 5:03PM

    Great blog , very motivating. thanks for commenting on my blog too. You sound so happy you make me smile. Keep it going and have a great 4rth. Pam emoticon

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UNSWEETMAMA 7/3/2013 4:39PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
SO MUCH good stuff!

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KNYAGENYA 7/3/2013 1:33PM

    That's great! Keep up the good work.

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    I am so very happy for you - you definitely have a lot to celebrate! I'm going a happy dance right no while reading! Way to go lady!

This is what it's all about - and I'm so glad and fortunate to be able to share it with you! You are definitely testament to the fact that it does make a difference!



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