This evening I trekked the two blocks to get a few groceries. I am finding that I seem to go more often now, having to replenish mushrooms, radishes, grape tomatoes and romaine lettuce every three days or so. The great thing is, I have to replenish them, because I have eaten them all!! Oh yes, I used to buy these things when I went shopping, however, I often wound up throwing them out. My intentions were good but my eating habits another matter entirely. I am proud that I now have to replenish them so often. Since I am the only one that eats veggies, I get my brussell sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli frozen.
I no longer use a grocery cart to shop, I use one of the plastic carrying baskets they have placed by the cash register, and carry it around the store. I noticed by time I was finished shopping that it was quite heavy.
I have my own bags I purchased a while ago, because I really don't like having a ton of plastic bags around. I take them with me and bring them home full all the time.
Walking home was a bit of a chore. Although I had tried to make sure the weight in each bag was pretty even, I was feeling a pull on my rotator cuffs in my shoulders. I came up my apartment stairs one step at a time, placing the bags on the step above, then moving up with both feet, lifting the bags to the next step, until I made it to the top.
I brought them in the apartment and thought to myself, I wonder how much these bags actually weigh. I placed them on the bathroom scales. Much to my shock, the total weight of the two bags was 16 pounds. I don't think I have carried that much weight in my life with both arms hanging down straight. Yes I have carried a 20 pound turkey, but both hands were used and both arms were raised, holding it close to my chest.
I made sure to do some arm and shoulder stretches after putting my groceries away, because I felt that I had just done a workout and was feeling it.
This is where I see what my strength exercising has helped me to be able to do.
These are the moments I am glad that I make myself do them, because I am seeing results. The results are not in my arms looking better, they are in the little bit of strength I now have in my body. Five months ago, I would never have been able to carry them home and most certainly would not have gotten them up the stairs alone. I am very proud of myself right now. These little things are my motivation to keep going.