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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.
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  • LOVINGAFRICA
    Happy BirthdaY!
    Your knees are thanking you for every kg lost! And it will get easier as you get lighter!
    May you be amazed by the blessings in store for you in the next year!

    1811 days ago
  • CHANGINGHORSES
    Happy Birthday Scott! Congrats on your accomplishments. It is not easy but you are doing it. With every pound you drop, you add to the years of your life. Way to go!
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    1812 days ago
  • JULIAMOONCHILD
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    Happy Birthday!

    Celebrated one of those wretched things, myself, this past July. Anyway, sounds like you're moving forward and definitely not sticking around in the past. Good for you!!

    Congrats, too, on your 500 miles. Made me think of something - Have you ever considered doing a virtual walk of the Appalachian Trail? There are sites that can actually give you an exact location of where you would be right now with your 500 miles walked thus far ... Depending on whether you started from Georgia or from Maine, of course.

    Anyway, I always wanted to walk the trail, but life being what it is, especially for me at present, I have been considering the virtual walk walk instead. And the thing is - walking is walking ... You really have walked 500 miles (awesome) and since the Appalachian Trail is 2,180 miles in length, you have already walked just shy 45 miles of a fourth of it.

    OK, just something to think about.
    Hope you have a GREAT Birthday!!! emoticon

    1813 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/29/2013 2:04:18 PM
  • WHYNOTJ1
    Happy birthday and congratulations on making so many positive changes in your life!
    1813 days ago
  • PLMITCH
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    1813 days ago
  • MLH148
    Great story! Congrats to you!! (tho Im curious about the new contours) emoticon emoticon
    1813 days ago
  • BIGPAWSUP
    Absolutely wonderful! Congrat on everything!
    1813 days ago
  • PRUITT473
    today is my 51st birthday. At one time, I would loathe just the mention of "it's your birthday"! But, i'm going forward with a new attitude: embrace another day on this earth, focus more on me, and other things that i've neglected over the years.

    I'm not pleased with myself that my last year goal was to reach my goal weight. But, that's the past! I'm going to start a journal with lots of pictures and thoughts. I need to visualize my goals! Next year, I hope to come back saying that I made my goal.

    Happy birthday!!! emoticon
    1813 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/29/2013 11:12:51 AM
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