Monday, January 10, 2011
It's been a while since I sat down & reflected on ways other than the scale that my life has improved or changed.
*My BMI has decreased 16 points.
*I can run for 15 minutes straight (possibly more...my lap ended on WiiFit & I got distracted by unlocking a new balance game, but I didn't feel like I HAD to stop).
*I think my blood donation went more smoothly because they didn't have to snake though as much fat to get to a vein (absolutely NO medical info behind this statement, just an observation I had...maybe it was all mental, which is good enough for me!).
*I have "the gap" between my thighs!--ladies, you know what I'm talking about. It's small, but if I'm wearing yoga pants, it's there.
*I've got guns, clearly necessitating an entire rack. This makes both my husband & son giggle.
*My posture is MUCH better.
*My house is cleaner--I've got more energy & that has gone toward me making a chore chart for myself & all of a sudden I have a clean house. Yes, I am such a child that I have to have a chore chart. I stopped short of cutting out pictures from "Better Homes & Gardens" & making a poster with sticker chart. I figured that would be excessive.
*My husband & I have a new shared interest. As one friend put it, we're "fitness enthusiasts." Me?!? What?!?! I would have sooner said that Dave & I would start a local chapter of the Numismatist Association than sharing an interest in fitness. But it's true, we now enjoy this together.
*I'm just plain happier. This one is tricky. I don't want to say that skinnier=happier. What I will say is that the very act of dedicating the time & energy & money on myself has had a very unexpected & wonderful effect on my self esteem & self worth. I never would have said that I was a self loather, but in retrospect, I was. By focusing on my body & making it the strong, healthy machine that it wanted to be, I gave myself permission to view myself as strong & healthy. Now I just can't get over the miracle that is the human body & all that it can do...in particular my human body. I now think of my body, health & life as a gift & a resource--how can I not be happy with a perspective like that?