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Signs that you're getting healthier, happier and fitter that don't involve the scale

Saturday, March 09, 2013

I want to blog today about all the signs that I`m getting healthier, happier and fitter that don't involve the scale.

One question that I had to think about was is my weight getting n the way of the things I want to accomplish in life. my first thought was NO, but upon closer examination the answer is really YES.

I would like to learn to surf and to play beach volleyball. I would like to be able to jog for 30 minutes without getting chest pains.

Sure, I can shop and cook and exercise at a certain level, but I want to do better.

So how will I know that I am getting better?
1. Cholesterol values will go down and be in he normal ranges (fish oil will help with this)
2. Blood sugar will be within a normal range (can`t eat too many fruits)
3. I will not be mindlessly eating between meals (it`s good to give the stomach a rest. TV viewing is entertaining enough without snacks).
4. My strength will improve so I can move mountains (at least hold a plank for 60 seconds and move the heavy furniture to clean behind it. But not only physical mountains. I will be able to move "metaphysical" mountains, plowing through emotional hindrances and overcoming limiting factors to living life to my potential).
5. My endurance will improve (not only will I be able to jog longer, I will also have more stamina in emotional confrontations and let logic prevail. Mind and body are both improving, as is my mind-body connection).
6. My skin rashes and itchiness will be gone. (I am experimenting with different foods and trying probiotics to find the right combination for my body. One recommended supplement that was supposed to IMPROVE microbe balance in the gut, actually made things worse. but I am still trying to find the right balance.
7. My BMI will be normal. My waist will be delicate and my legs will not rub when I walk. I will be able to wash all of my body independently without help and apply suntan lotion by myself.
8. I will feel light on my feet. I will be able to improve my dancing.
9. My husband can carry me around in his arms or piggy back. He won`t have to help me up stairs, hills, or push me on the bike.
10. My balance will improve. I will be able to gracefully execute a Romanian dead lift perfectly balanced--no wobbling or holding on to furniture.
11. My recovery times will improve (both physical recovery after physical effort and emotional recovery after failures, mistakes, or social disapproval).
12. My clothes will fit better. I will be able to have more fashion choices. Attractive choices. Who designs the puffy sleeve, big neckline, unattractive fashions for plump women, anyway? Who wants to buy something that makes them look like a stuffed baby?
13. I will have more free time, if I stop spending so much time eating, grazing, snacking (probably to procrastinate and put off doing things that I need to get done).
14. My house will be less cluttered, better organized, and I will be smarter because I will be putting all that new found free time to good use, cleaning, decluttering, and studying online courses that improve my knowledge.

When I look at all the signs that will mark my getting healthier, I realize that my weight is really holding me back from the kind of life that I wand and deserve! This realization of the heavy cost I am paying just to be able to "enjoy" mindless eating while procrastinating or filling time when I am bored is motivating. I see just how much I have to gain by losing the excess weight and bad habits. I will work hard to get the results I want!
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    1895 days ago
    love the list.... and the image of you dancing in to your husband's arms and then being swept up in to his arms and carried for the rest of the song!
    1902 days ago
    What a GREAT blog! I was browsing around Spark and came across your blog and it was really great to read. I needed a reminder of all the great things that are happening, besides the number on the scale. It really got me thinking .

    One benefit that I have noticed, is more money in my pocket. Some people say it's too expensive to eat healthy, but it really isn't. I don't go to fast food restaurants and I'm not always stopping at convenience stores for a soda or junk food, and I bring my lunch to work 99% of the time now. All that money I wasted on that junk, now goes to the healthy stuff, or just stays in my purse.

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    1903 days ago
    Love your list! So much more to life than a number on the scale!
    1903 days ago
    We all tend to get so scale obsessed from time to time. This is a nice, refreshing list of reminders of other ways to look for progress and pat ourselves on the back.
    1903 days ago
    Keep it up you're doing so well! emoticon
    1904 days ago
  • LOSN_W8
    This is a good idea. You have done a remarkable job! Keep it up and congrats! emoticon
    1904 days ago
    Look at the 14 steps that you can accomplish. My hat is off to you!
    1904 days ago
    This is a wonderful testament to your awareness of what you want, where you are heading, and how you will know when you arrive. Celebrations along the way as you reach those milestones will help keep them in mind. GREAT SUCCESS and HAPPINESS on your journey.
    1904 days ago
    This is a great blog! Im still far from where i want to be but still being overweight my bmi has improved, My blood pressure is now perfect as is my sugar and cholesterol so i try to quit beating my self up when i dont lose that week! Im a healthier me! My main problem is late night munchies! Im working on this! Thanks for sharing this! BONNIE

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