Tuesday, September 28, 2010
When it rains; it pours. (an appropriate adage for a day when the heavens are floodiing the earth here, after a summer of drought!)
I know this is my second blog entry in one day, but hey, I got stuff to say!
I was just doing some self assessment. I was looking for reasons to be encouraged on a day when I feel discouraged. But I also, honestly wanted to know, "HOW AM I DOING???"
I thought I'd share some of my conclusions with you.
My scale has been STUCK!!! I'm sure it has quit working and I really weigh 140 by now....but it has insisted that I weigh160 for at least a month now. So I need some other way of assuring myself that I'm doing the job right.
My inches changed a lot in the beginning of the month, but haven't noticeably changed for several weeks now. OK....so that source of comfort is also gone.
I tried on my "fat pants"...the size 18's I once wore until they too got too tight. And yeah, they are way too big to wear anywhere...but they are not the "clown big" I was hoping for. I wanted to fit another one of me inside them, and that would not have been possible. *sigh*
So next, I looked at my reports. First the calorie report. Well, the news here was mixed. This month I was over my calorie goals ten times out of 23 days. And I was within them 13 times. OKay...so more good than bad, but still LOTS of room for improvement. The only thing I could really console myself with here was the knowledge that even when I ate too much, I never ever ate any junk. I don't BUY junk. It really does not tempt me. I think the worst thing I had all month to eat was a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich. So okay, some cudos there.
Next, I looked at my fitness report. Here, I was really surprised to see that I only missed exercising 2 days out of the past month! And there was only 1 day out of the ones that I exercised where I exercised for only 20 minutes. Every other tme it was over 30. That is NOT TOO SHABBY, O one-who-is-intent-on-beating-h
erself-up! (that is my oriental name's translation). So, here, at last, is PROOF that I am not screwing this whole thing up big time.
And yeah. I did lose 50 pounds so far.
But I tend to really disregard that and look only at the fact that I still need to lose another 30.
Is there any other good consequence of my doing this whole Sparkin' thing??
Well, when I started, I could not climb a flight of stairs. NOT "couldn't climb them without shortness of breath" But really: "COULDN'T climb them!" Nor could I walk beyond my own driveway. And now I regularly walk 2 miles at one shot up and down really steep terrain... And, this may be the biggest thing: I have not ONCE been sick with a respiratory infection of any kind since last April. That may not sound like a big deal. But when you understand that for me, ANY respiratory infection will immediately result in hospitalization and months on steroids...you'll see it's a pretty amazing deal...especially when I don't think I've gone longer than two months without that happening in the past ten years!!! AND fall is my very worst season for my asthma and for getting sick. And so far: NADA.
I attribute this to, even more than eating healthy: the aerobic exercise. I believe it has expanded my lungs, restored areas of my lungs that were non-functional, and greatly increased my lung capacity. I did play around with the beginnings of two sinus infections...(they were still in the stages of thinking about coming on, but I've had enough experience to know that once they get THAT far, it's a done deal...reserve my hospital room!) And I was DETERMINED not to get sick. I did a sinus lavage...and I drank a lot of fluid...kept up the exercise...and THEY DEPARTED THE WAY THEY CAME!!! Yeah!!! For a person with almost no immune system, this is an amazing victory!
So, OKay. I've made some good changes. And not only that, but now my muscles are actually VISIBLE when I pick something up! and soon, they will be visible ALL the time. I'm going to make sure of that.
This is a woman whose pulmonologist told her last May, " You cannot now, or ever, do any exercise. Your lungs won't tolerate it." So what did I do?? I dropped and gave him ten!
And I'm sure he misses me. All lonely in his office. Probably wonders where I've been! My goal is to drop by and pay him a visit, weighing 130 pounds and looking lean and mean and see what he has to say then.
OKay, I did it. I motivated myself. I feel very much better now.