Having recently celebrated my
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.
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!