Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Wow, it was hot yesterday! Holy smoke I think I almost melted while walking home from work yesterday. It’s funny all the looks you get on days like that. People who are out can usually tell those who are out to work out so to speak. So, it was a good walk. I did need to take a break about the 3.5 mile mark. But I have finally started in the right direction again after a week of going off the reservation with my food intake. I kind of inhaled a lot of stuff I had been avoiding and finished it off with a trip to a buffet Sunday night. But, even that didn’t do the damage I thought it would and I am back to the 104 pounds gone mark.
I am getting ready for my next trip this weekend. Now, I know there will be some beer consumed on this camping trip. But there will be also swimming and hiking to counter balance it some. I can actually hike now and I am looking so forward to being able to do that in West Virginia. It is nice now that I am in much better shape and the legs feel good. I can be active again. And, I have the energy to be active again. One nice thing about this is I am continually amazed at how much better my body feels about everything. I do get pains in the knees when walking or riding, but most of that is just aging and probably some arthritis kicking in. They cleaned up the one knee when they repaired the meniscus but not the other one yet.
I read the article about how exercise can build your self esteem more than losing weight can. And I think that is sooo true. I mean, I am lucky that I have a nice combination going here. But a case in point is what happened Saturday night. When the prospective date basically called me fat. I wanted to laugh for several reasons. And the thing is, I am still fat. If you look at my stats on the BMI chart I am obese. Do I care? Yes, I do care a little. But what I have started caring about more is the ability to go on a hike with my youngest this weekend. Then go swim with her in the lake. I care about knowing that if she says, like follow this trail, I can follow it. I may be sore later, but not like I was. That is the stuff I care about now. Not what someone else sees when they look at me.
I care that I now feel healthy and able to participate.
I care that I can out walk my daughter again. Probably because her legs are half as long as mine, but she was impressed last week when we went on a walk.
I care that I can plan to carry a backpack along on the hike with water. I care that I plan to hike long enough to need to worry about carrying water and food.
I care that I can do these things again even though I may be sore later, it won’t be to the point where I can’t work out the soreness
I care that I can go to the amusement park and ride the rides I want to and not worry about fitting.
There are many other things I care about that aren’t related. And this list just scratches the surface even now. But it is a nice starting point.
As is normally the case, I start a blog thinking I am going in one direction and end up somewhere else. I may be weird, but I typically don’t re-read my blogs. This one I may reread!