Today is a good day! Even in spite of the not-so-stellar food choices that I made at the beginning of this past week, I still managed to drop another 2 lbs.! That means that I’m now just 3.8 lbs. away from hitting my 15% target, and I’m also just 6 lbs. away from the big 5-0 loss! I am ecstatic!
The 1,000 extra steps challenge has been such a tremendous help to me. I know that the exercise must have helped me this week. I really think that it worked to offset some of the lower quality foods I ate. Had my activity level still been fairly sedentary (as it was prior to starting the challenge), I don’t think I’d have seen such a good loss this week.
So thank you, sincerely, to those of you participating with me! You are holding me accountable and making me get up off my butt and MOVE! 🙂
Truly, I have been so conscientious of my movement these past two weeks! I’ve never been the sort of person who enjoys exercise — honestly, it’s something I’ve always dreaded. Even when I was a kid, I never enjoyed gym class or organized sports. It’s always been a struggle for me to get myself moving. This week, however, I experienced something really cool. For the first time in my whole life, I experienced that “high” that people always talk about getting after working out!
On Tuesday, my puppy and I went out on a trail and walked 1.2 miles. The air was really brisk, and, overall, it was just a good day for walking. By the time we arrived back home, I felt fantastic. My body didn’t hurt, my muscles didn’t ache, I wasn’t worn out or short of breath… Nothing! I felt really, really good. I knew that my endorphins had probably kicked in, and the whole thing just put me in such a good mood!
I’m really lucky in the sense that I started this journey before my obesity could start to really wreak havoc on my body. I have been so fortunate because I have never suffered from any diseases or any serious obesity-related physical aliments. I’ve always been able to walk, for the most part, without pain or too much discomfort. However, I can’t ever remember a time — even during my childhood — in which I didn’t get extremely winded from the most basic movement.
44 lbs. ago, there were very few things I could accomplish without having to stop multiple times to take a break and try to catch my breath. Thinking of that makes me so sad. Why should anyone in their early twenties have ever had to take multiple breaks in order to regain their breath when trying to do the most basic tasks?
Oh well — that’s a thing of the past now, and it’s not something to dwell on! I’m so, so, so happy to say that I am faring much better these days! My breaks are few and far between now, and I don’t get so winded quite as easily!
I feel great!
In my last blog, I mentioned wanting to talk to you guys about longterm goals and weight loss rewards, so let’s do that now.
From the very get-go, there were two major things I decided to work towards goal/reward-wise: 1) a gym membership, which I promised to reward myself with after losing 70 lbs. (which equates to hitting a weight of 248.2 lbs.) and 2) swing dancing lessons, which I promised to sign up for as a reward and celebration for losing 100 lbs. (which will mean hitting a weight of 218.2 lbs.).
Over the past week or so, I started to reevaluate my goals and rewards a bit, though. Do you know what I decided that I want even more than a gym membership?
I used to ride bikes all the time when I was a kid. One year for Christmas, my dad went to a bike shop and picked out a mountain bike for me and then had it custom painted. It was such a pretty bike, and I loved it. I gave it away about a year ago, though. It was too small for me, and I honestly never thought I’d ride again, so I gave it to my 14-year-old cousin. She wanted a bike to make her 1.5 mile trek to school a bit easier, so I thought maybe she’d show it the love that I’d stopped showing it years prior.
Now, though, I’d like to get another bike. I miss riding! I seriously do. I live about 3 miles away from a grocery store and tons of little shops. I could easily bike to and from there daily if I wanted to. I think it’d be such great exercise, and I truly think I’d enjoy it.
So I went to a bike shop and browsed a little bit, and I found one I liked. It’s a gorgeous townie bike, and it’s less than $500.
I’ve decided that I’m going to buy it once I reach my milestone of 70 lbs. lost. Honestly, I can join a gym whenever I feel the time is right, but losing 70 lbs. will be such an accomplishment, and I deserve to treat myself to something special that I really want, and that’s not a gym membership — it’s a bicycle! So that’s what I’m going to get myself!
The swing dancing lessons are definitely something I still want, though, so, as of now, that’s still on the table for the big 100 lbs. down reward.
Two smaller rewards that I’d like to purchase for myself as well (though I don’t know when!) are a new swim suit and a ticket to an amusement park! I stumbled upon the website Swimsuits for All, and I found this super cute suit. This is a purchase that I don’t think will have a particular number of pounds lost involved, though. I will buy this swim suit once I feel comfortable enough with my body to do so. It may not be this summer, but I will buy it sometime, even if that means also having to treat myself to a winter vacation so that I can wear it! 😉
As for the amusement park ticket… Well, I haven’t been to an amusement park since I was 14-years-old. For many years now, I’ve been too afraid to even try to go because I didn’t think I’d be able to fit in the seats, and that was an embarrassment I did not want to be publicly subjected to, so I just stopped going altogether. I think that I should definitely be able to fit in the seats about 40 lbs. from now, though (a weight of 234.2 lbs.)…
My hometown amusement park does a huge Halloween celebration every year, so if I’m down to that weight (or smaller!) by October 31st of this year, I’m going to go! I’m going to treat myself to a fun night of riding rides and doing all of the things I haven’t been able to do in 8 years! I’m going to go out and really, truly enjoy myself!
So that’s the plan, and that’s what’s going on.
What about you guys? What are you working towards? How are you celebrating your big milestones? Is there anything you feel that you’re being kept away from because of your weight that you desperately want to experience again (or even for the first time)?
I hope you all have an exceptionally lovely week.
Eat well. Be well.