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Remembering why I am here

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Having recently celebrated my emoticon I realise the effect may be more profound than I had bargained for.

When I started the journey, I was in it for the weight loss, and had almost managed to accept that it would take a long while. But I started measuring my food portions and decided to get 30 min of Wii fit steps every single day. Apart from becoming food aware and having to fight the procrastination demons, it was not that big a change really.

But a few days in I had more energy and the scales showed some appreciation of my budding efforts.

Some weeks later, and I find myself sorting out my entire wardrobe, that has so far been stuffed full with clothes that fit/don't fit. We bought some large second hand travel chest, and I began the systematic piling : fits/almost fits/not for another year. Turns out, I have little to wear at the moment, but I am not that far from the 'almost' chest.

Let's be clear here, I am not a tidy person...I can think of dozens of things to do rather than tidy...and there I was, proudly looking at my organised wardrobe, looking forward to getting my shoes out of the box they have been living in for a year.

Yesterday I tried out Zumba (thank you, you tube) and OMG, it is love. I was sweating, sorry, GLOWING like a small pig, but I felt energised. I started the C25K on Monday and despite the uncertain weather I did get my 3 sessions in this week.

The food has been a challenge this week, but it has been a CONSCIOUS challenge. And although I went over my recommended calories for weight loss I never once went over my BMR+exercise...so I have kept on eating less my energy expenditure.

Oh, it is not plain sailing...I do want to eat chocolate (for lunch, dinner, breakfast...and I do mean IN LIEU of meals!) and I ache from the exercise, and I know that in a couple of days my body will be plain rebelling against the concept of getting up, let alone exercise. But I'll stick with the plan.

Why?

Because I have already done over 10% of the weight journey.
Because I love my closet tidy (but looking forward to trading for the 'soon' box).
Because I feel so strong and walk so tall after exercising.

and because yesterday, in the mirror, I SWEAR I could see cheekbones!

Skyinstrasbourg wrote a post about being a wimp, and I spent the day wondering if I have turned into one too. I was the crazy 20-something who would jump out of air planes for fun (ok, twice) and scuba, and try every heart-racing activity she could, so I feel I have a lot to live up to when it comes to the old me. But having thought about it, I have plenty of time to get back into those shoes. And even if they are just a pair of heels and a skirt...I'll be looking forward to walking down to the shops without my thighs rubbing ;-)

So my dear SP friends, I hope we can keep each other company for the rest of the journey, because it is going to take a while...and it is a LOT more fun with people to chat to on the way!

Happy sunny Sunday!
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  • JUNIAAGAIN
    Great stuff here! Need to take you as an example. Tomorrow though - today is not a good day.
    4044 days ago
  • MAMAGIZI
    What a great blog. Very inspiring. Thanx for sharing!
    4045 days ago
  • NZGIRL4
    Great post!! keep up the good work fellow sparker!! Today you inspired me :)
    4045 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Great post!

    I'm trying Zumba for the first time this week too... can't wait! Congratulations on all your success, and we're all in this together!
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    4045 days ago
  • SAM60SUMTHINK
    You are making good progress; I love the way you blog straight from the heart! Keep up the good work! And yes, we're all here for one another when needed!
    /Sam
    4045 days ago
  • DIET_NO_MORE
    Wii...Zumba - you're a highly creative exerciser who likes to pack some fun into her workouts! And congratulations on organizing your closet, too! Not only does it look great and will save you plenty of time when you pick out your outfits, but it prevents backsliding (there IS nothing in those larger sizes!). You've learned so much in the month since you joined SP! Thanks for visiting my blog, and I look forward to reading more about your journey! - Susan
    4045 days ago
  • THREADBENDER
    What a great attitude post! As a knitter, you must know of Elizabeth Zimmerman? In her famous word: ONWARD!!
    4045 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2260868
    see how much we all missed your blogs?! heheheh
    i like the idea of the closet tidy- such motivation!
    have a great week!
    michelle
    4045 days ago
  • GIRLHALFFULL
    :) Cheekbones are wonderful aren't they? In fact I think I'm starting to see a hint of collarbone on this end!

    Happy to hear about the "soon" box. Kudo's on your hard work so far and curious about Zumba... so keep us posted.

    Smiles your way!
    4045 days ago
  • CODEMAULER
    What a terrific post! You've done a great job of reminding all of us that we're sharing a great journey. Congratulations and thank you for the fabulous words of experience. ~ Trish
    4045 days ago
  • SKYINSTRASBOURG
    I love the" slowly but surely" approach to life...Really, what is the rush if the scenery is so lovely?

    You are inspiring me to clean out my closet, too...Just one of the many inspirations you have given me!


    4045 days ago
  • 46A39P
    Thank you for your blog!~
    4046 days ago
  • DROXINE
    You're doing a wonderful job, and have a great attitude! Yes, aren't cheekbones lovely to see? emoticon

    Droxine
    4046 days ago
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