I’ve been so active in the past seven days; I barely recognize myself.
I’ve been up by 5:40 every morning and spent the entire day cleaning, walking the neighborhood, swimming. I realize that’s probably what the rest of you do all the time, but I usually have a pretty sedentary lifestyle, especially during the summer months when I don’t have to run to/from the schools for drop off/pick up.
I’ll be honest with you… I’m exhausted.
Don’t I look exhausted? You know how you always hear that exercising gives you energy? Yeah well, I look forward to that part kicking in, because right now, I’m wiped out at the end of every day.
I’m still at the point where a 15 minute walk feels like it takes 45 minutes. I know I should be able to go for longer than that without a break. I want to go longer than that without a break. I have the drive, but my knees and ankles protest, and take a break I must.
I read online yesterday that every pound of weight you carry puts 4 pounds of pressure on your joints. I’m not going to tell you exactly how much pressure that is on my knees and ankles… but it’s a lot. It’s no damn wonder my knees are rebelling against me.
I’ve lost 3 pounds in the last seven days though, so that’s a start. I’m hoping to lose 10 by September 1st. I have about 150 to lose, give or take a few, but 10 is my baby step.
My oldest girl, Lakin, is proving to be an excellent exercise buddy. She’s a little overweight and wants to get in shape. The Nintendo 3DS she got for her birthday has a pedometer in it, and for every 1,000 steps she walks, she can unlock a new something-or-other, so she’s been pushing me to walk walk walk with her. Today, for example, I really didn’t want to do anything today, and it had rained this morning, so I was hoping to use that as an excuse to be lazy. She wouldn’t hear it though, and she pushed me until I laced up my shoes and got out the door.
I’m very grateful to have her to help me and motivate and inspire me. She’s an amazing kid.
My little sister is a great inspiration too. She’s in way better shape than me, and she reminds me that my (half-kidding) suggestion that I should make the last two boxes of cupcakes so I can eat them, so they won’t be a temptation anymore, might not be the best idea.
She tells me when I’m doing well, and when I’m only fooling myself. It’s good to have someone to keep you honest.
If you’re on a weight loss journey yourself and you’d like to friend me on MyFitnessPal.com, please feel free! I’m tracking my food and exercise religiously over there and it helps me tremendously with making healthier food choices.
I have a lot to lose, but everything to gain by losing it.
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