Thankful: 6 Months / 183 Days / 36 Pounds
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Today is my 6-month Spark anniversary. I've lost 35 pounds, found a new perspective on life, and - after years of feeling powerless - gained confidence in my ability to change my body.
Day 183 was a rough day physically; that TOM hit with aches, nausea, and the desire to crawl into bed with Ben & Jerry. My sore joints and wobbly legs convinced me to skip Yoga in favor of going home early and giving in to being miserable. As I walked to the car I realized it was quite overcast and . . . not blisteringly hot.
Before I could go home, I had to stop at the Farmers Market to load up on locally-grown produce for the week. My favorite family had a table today, and I bought a new type of little tomato, mini squash, new red potatoes, and a mellon. Across the aisle I bought goat cheese, banana peppers and fresh figs (I still have a few plums and zucchini from last week). I am so thankful for the opportunity to meet the people who grow my food; I feel connected to my community in a way that I haven't felt in a long time.
By the time I got home, I started thinking that I could probably walk in this (slightly cooler) weather! I chopped up some of my new produce for tomorrow’s lunch, fixed 2 salmon fillets for dinner (and lunch), and did a few dishes before making the decision about how to spend my evening.
Instead of putting on my jammies and settling into bed with a good book and a cup of hot tea, I laced up my tennies and grabbed my iPod. I walked a mere 2 miles, but I walked. Then I hit the pool to cool my body temperature (and hopefully stave off the inevitable heat-induced headache) and ended up doing some deep water running – maybe it will ease the aches.
Yup, I've been Sparked.
In the last week, I've done a variety of exercise: elliptical runner, walking, water running, strength training, and classes in yoga and Pilates. I stayed within my calorie range (when my total calories are averaged for the week), and I routinely eat 3 servings of fresh fruit and 3 servings of fresh veggies a day (some days I hit a total of 10!).
I am thankful for every little change that I made over these last 6 months, because I am living a different life now. I still suffer from the sinus infections of mysterious origin, the random asthma problems, and the migraines that strike without cause. But I weigh 36 pounds less and have some hope that my future can be even better – I can be thinner, stronger, and more energetic. I have the power to change my life for the better.
When I finish this blog I will treat myself to a single Haagen Dazs Pomegranate Dark Chocolate ice cream bar -- because it is what I am hungry for and because it fits within my nutrition plan for the day. Then I'm going to take several of ibuprofen (because I still feel like a truck hit me) and go to bed.
Day 183 has been a good day. And I am thankful for everything that led me here.