Birthday reflection - 500 miles?!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I'm not normally one to spend a lot of time reflecting on the past. It's called the past for a reason. Still, sometimes it's good to see how far we've come and birthday's can be as good a reason to do that as any. Last year this time, I was a lumpy couch potato, unemployed and stress eating my unemployment away. Since then, I'm employed, I started a walking plan, walked my first ever 5k, took up bike riding and, according to Spark People, I have travelled over 500 miles in my various workouts.
I've also lost 32 pounds and finally, I hope, gotten off my latest plateau. I can't say I recognize my shape. I've lost fat in some odd places. I'm glad it's gone. It's just revealed some unusual contours.
I've taken on a second job and learned that I can stand on my sore knees for four hours with minimum difficulty, six hours with some undeniable discomfort and eight hours (minus a 30 minute lunch) with great difficulty. I am reminded how tired two jobs leave me and why I left retail. But I persevere. I considered cancelling my morning walks to get in an extra hours sleep (it's sorely needed), but I think I need the exercise and discipline more. I'll get the sleep somehow.
Well, there it is Sparkers. Another year in. I'm still breathing and I celebrate a morbid achievement. My dad had his first heart attack at 53, and I made it to 54 with a healthy ticker, a lower BMI (than I had previously, not lower than Dad's), and better prospects for a long life to irritate the kiddos.