The scale is not my friend. Not only is mine fickle and somewhat inaccurate, but it also is not reflecting all of this hard work!
I have to admit that measurements at this point have been less than remarkable too. But there are other ways to see progress...
My husband and I went for a little walk the other evening.
We went up a hill that used to leave me breathless to the point of being a little panicky (at the 1/2 way point no less!). But this evening I was able to walk up the hill while holding a conversation...neat!
The next day, on my regular walk, I decided to try the hill again...just out of curiosity, and because I was feeling a little spunky.
Not only did I "walk" the hill...I basically CHARGED up it!
Now to be clear...I do NOT run, so I mean a fast energetic almost march. The rest of my walk was a bit slower and I was quite exhausted by the time I got home. But I felt accomplished.
Last night I decided that today I would add some distance to my usual walk and go all the way out to the road to get the morning paper (usual walk = 1.5 mi.,; to the road and back = 2 mi.) Unfortunately I was tied up with a few unplanned chores this morning so I didn't leave as early as I would have liked.
As I headed up the driveway I kept thinking to myself that I was too tired for this, it's too hot for this, I'm not going to make it the extra distance, I'm lucky if I make it through my usual walk....
Then I looked up and I was almost to my turning point!
I checked the time and, even though I thought I was slogging along, I was actually walking faster than usual
...so...onward and upward! I headed for the newspaper!!
Not only did I make it all the way out to the road, but on the way back I got a burst of (happy?) energy and started dancing to the music on my ipod. I rocked it all the way home for a total of 2.5 mi. in 50 min. A new record for me...and one I was not even planning for.
So, my scale and my tape measure may not be very encouraging right now, but my overall health and stamina are clearly MUCH IMPROVED.
In time the scale and the tape measure will catch on to the game plan and they will start to show positive changes too.
PS: Spreading the Spark...my oldest daughter has been doing her own thing...but she is actually doing it! She had to buy new pants for work because the ones she bought 3 months ago were/are too big...the new pants are 2 sizes smaller!!