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Slow But Steady . . .

Thursday, February 16, 2017


I know this even though, up to this point, getting healthy again has been, still is, and will be HARD.

I know this even though I have been stiff and my muscles have ached every day.

I know this even though there have been times I said to myself, "Who are you kidding? You're not going to make it. This is too hard and you're too old."

I KNOW this even though I am exhausted.

How do I know?

For one, the scale says I've lost over 11 lbs. in three weeks.

My Fitbit tells me my resting heart rate is dropping.

I also know because when I first started walking, I could barely walk a mile and now I'm walking 3, five days a week. Yes, it still hurts and it takes me an hour, but I can do it.

I know because a couple of weeks ago, I put on my Leslie Sansone 4-Mile walk video and I tried to do it. There was no way I could keep up, but I did keep moving for the entire video. Tonight, I tried it again, and I was able to do a lot more.

So, even though I'm not where I need or want to be, I know I'm slowly and steadily moving in the right direction. Secure in that knowledge, I am able to continue. My new bit of wisdom for the day:

I have set a long-term goal for myself. I want to fit in an airplane seat comfortably. When I do, I'm planning 2 vacations.

The first will be a long weekend trip to Denver, CO. I have a cousin who lives there. He lost his mother last year and he was very supportive when my Mom died this past October. When he came to Pennsylvania for her funeral, I promised him I would come to visit soon and I intend to keep that promise.

The second vacation will be a longer one because it's all the way on the other coast. I have wanted to visit Sequim, Washington for a couple of years now, but never went because I didn't want to be uncomfortable on a plane for such a long trip. If I can lose enough weight, my dream vacation can become a reality before the end of this year.

Check out this video: wa-sequim.civicplus.com/

It looks like Sequim has everything I need for a perfect vacation: friendly people, great weather, wildlife galore, and natural beauty. Heck, if I like it, I may even decide to live there someday. But that's a dream for another day.

For now, my focus is getting myself healthy again and enjoying the process as much as I can, even when the trip down the scale doesn't go as quickly as I'd like and my muscles are screaming at me and begging me to stop. I am making progress and as long as I keep doing what I'm doing -- eating right, exercising, and focusing on the non-scale victories -- I know my dream vacation won't be too far in the future.

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    Fantastic you are making progress and can actually see it. I like that you are enjoying the journey. That is what will make it work.
    788 days ago
    11 pounds in 3 weeks - wow that's fantastic. And what a great goal to work toward.
    789 days ago
  • NHES220
    You are making fantastic progress and I'm so impressed. The weight loss is great. The fact that your resting heart rate is dropping is a great sign that your conditioning is improving - that is one thing I always like to see when I get in better shape too. My Fitbit is great for tracking that. You have a great goal. Fitting in airplane seat more comfortably is a great goal. I travel a lot for work and when I lost weight it was a lot easier to fit in the seat and tote my luggage around. You are on your way!
    790 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
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    790 days ago
    Before long you will feel the difference. See the difference. Others will notice the difference. Do this for yourself today and for the rest of your days. If not now, when? Yes it is hard, but not as hard as denying your dreams because of your weight. The changes you've made are making an impact. Stick with it! Before you know it you'll be on that plane - sitting comfortably and full of pride!
    790 days ago
    Sounds like you're making great progress!
    790 days ago
    You are already making great strides. You have a tremendous spirit... keep going and eventually you'll reach your goals. That is something I have to remind myself of every day. It is a process but we can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    791 days ago
  • JANET552
    Wow!! I can just see you getting on the plane for those trips. You have a great attitude!!
    791 days ago
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