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Weights and Measures

Friday, November 22, 2013

I really wish I did measurements before I focused only on what the scale says.

According to the scale, I've gained a pound.

According to my new life-pattern, I've added in 30-60 minutes a day of regular exercise that wasn't there before August (and before that time, it was in 2006 when I was healthy).

In August, after thinking long and hard about how to get a therapy dog, and finding that it's a complicated process, my housemate and I went back to our original plan that we created soon after we moved here to this wonderful plot of land--nearly 3 acres with a beautiful view at the top of a hill at the back corner of the property: we talked about getting pets like goats, sheep...and someday, alpacas. We got three goats this past August.

I want my goats to be hiking companions, and ....after just a little training, they've been perfect with me both in the car but especially on trails.

Turns out THEY are my therapy pets, ...and... my personal trainers. Many days we sprint up that back hill, then down, then up....

So....I've GOT to be gaining muscle. I don't even think that my body has *fully* adjusted to the new level of exercise, even after these months (August was a bit slow as we adjusted together.....September I had Lyme disease and could hardly walk....).

There's no movement on the scale downward. I'm ....trying.... not to focus on that. I'm trying to KNOW that I'm healthier, and keep getting stronger.

Maybe the weight-loss journey will be a slower-paced one for me---I don't know. I do know that I am getting healthier day by day and I


lose the weight.

It's going to happen.

I'm doing the work.
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  • KAYWEB555
    It has been some time since I was walking with goats ! It was a wonderful energetic walk with them for they would take the harder routes usually ! Enjoy your time you are doing all the right things to find success at the end of the trail.
    Measurements are so exciting, they mean so much more than that stupid # on the scale. You will gain some as you work out for muscle has more weight than fat. That is why so many people can float on water that have extra fat on their person.

    Watch your clothes ! They tell you so much as your start to tighten up your body parts things will fit better or look so loose. Enjoy your journey !
    1567 days ago
  • EOSTAR_45
    I hear you. I too, dislike that feeling of not seeing the results of my efforts. We can only hope that we are making long term changes and our efforts will make a difference--sooner rather than later though:-)

    Goats? how awesome. We keep goats @ our home in Nairobi, but that is a novel idea of having them as trail companions. It is amazing how insightful and smart goats are.

    1575 days ago
    Wow! I didn't know you could "train" goats. What a perfect hiking companion. They are so energetic!

    As for the scales, focus on your measurements, your energy levels, your strength... Ignore that pesky scales!
    1576 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/23/2013 7:24:02 AM
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