Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Feeling Better!

This might not be the most exciting weight loss post you ever read, but hey, this is life! If you take one thing from this post, take this: ya gotta start somewhere, and a good effort is something to be proud of!

I accomplished many of my goals today. I made my green tea, went to ballet with my daughter, and cleaned the kitchen. I did a couple loads of laundry, fed the animals (and gave the dog a bath), and got rid of all the junk that was left. I sorted the produce and cut up the watermelon. And although I did not get on the bike today, I took my child for a nice walk to the park and around the block in the sunshine. I was REALLY tired today and still feeling kinda sicky, so I am pretty happy with all I got done!

My eating, well, it was better than it has been. Still not 100%. I will aim for 100% tomorrow. I bet the scale is moving down anyway, though.

Tomorrow's goals:
EAT the green beans, beets, and salad.
EAT some watermelon, blueberries, and pears.
Drink that tea!
Bike at least 20 minutes, lift weights, and take a walk after dinner.
Do some shopping and take son to speech therapy.
Finish the laundry, clean 2 bathrooms, vacuum, and deal with bills.

Yeah? I can do it! Sometimes when I am lacking energy I turn to nutrition to give me a boost. I think that's a better habit than my old one of turning to coffee and sugar! I like to drink a packet of Emergen-C once in awhile... especially when I am recovering from a cold. And my regular multivitamin gives me a boost, too. So does green tea. And I always feel more energetic when I am eating lots of veggies and fruit.

Here's a little something I wanted to share.

For many years, I wanted a porch swing. Nevermind that I don't have a porch (not one big enough for a swing, anyway), I just always loved porch swings when I was a kid. I would go over to people's houses and sit on their porch swings and just sit there and watch the world go by, relaxing, swinging, enjoying the breeze and birdsongs and sunshine. But when I got older, and could afford a porch swing for my yard, I was fat. I was so fat that even when I went to friend's houses, I would not DARE to sit on their porch swing for fear it would pull out of the porch ceiling or its metal frame and send me crashing to the ground in a heap. I did NOT want to break someone's swing. So I stayed off. And I didn't swing, at all, for years. Well, last month I was at a store and I saw the swings were on clearance. There was this really nice swing with 3 cushions and a canopy, on a metal frame, for $99! I wanted it. But I was scared I would break it. Then I realised that this thing was made to hold 2 (or maybe 3) people. And I no longer weigh as much as 2 people!! So I sat on it. I tentatively swung back and forth just a little bit. It held! My daughter climbed on with me. It was fine! I bought it :)

It has brought me great joy to have this "porch swing" in my back yard under a big maple tree, where I can sit and enjoy the outdoors, swinging a bit with my kids or while my daughter plays in her sandbox. I just love my swing. Just one more thing that I never would have had to enjoy if I had not lost this weight. Because there is NO WAY I would have even considered buying one a year ago. We miss more of life's pleasures than we realise by NOT losing weight.

Next stop: a nice big hammock for the yard!


Ranaesheart said...

yes,it's ture. These simple pleasures in life are worth working for. When I was overweight there were so many things in life i want ed to do.But my weight has always prevented me from doing them.

Finally after losing a 150 lbs I feel like a whole new person and able to enjoy life so much.Thanks for reminder!

Charlie Hills said...

I don't know why, but you buying that porch swing just made me smile. What a great little story.

It's the simple things in life, ain't it?

Ceres said...

Ha ha ha, not a boring post at all, Lyn, it made for a very enjoyable read! Glad you got all these things done, and the swing does sound like fun :-) Who knows what else of life's pleasures we'll (re)discover as we lose even more of the extra pounds we carry!

BikiniMe said...

yay!!!! I love the joy in this post. :)

new*me said...

good for you on getting so much done today! I have 2 bathrooms to clean tomorrow......trying to get them out of the way first thing :)

I have a swing like you described...it is in the back near the swingset. I love, love, to swing. We have rocking chairs on our front porch....love to rock too!

To swing and relax outdoors....does it get any better!?

Anonymous said...

Not only was this a positive post but I also love the comments you have received, they are all so RIGHT. Don't make you daily list so long that you can't achieve it (I always do!) try just doing one bathroom in a day and the second one the next day, much more achievable. Keep going the way your are as you are motivating so many. Carol

MizFit said...

here's hoping you feel WELL ENOUGH today to hit that bike and weights.

take care of yourself (& Im always game to be invited over for some porchswing time. that plus a good book or some good conversation? heavenly)


elife said...

Dr. Oz says, when people get off track in their eating (for whatever reason - travel, sickness or just slipping up) to do what the GPS system says: at the next safe opportunity, make a U turn.

And that reminds me of you, always getting back on track. Just like slim people do :)

Olivia said...

This is such a lovely post. I too love porch swings but am currently afraid to sit on them because of my weight. I now have another goal that I didn't know about to help me get to the finish line.

Thank you!! :)

Fat Lazy Guy said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Now I want a porch swing! :D It sounds fabulous.

spunkysuzi said...

Here's to a great day today ;) And sometimes just being able to cross a couple of things off your list is enough!!

ryry the adventurous said...

Omg, I want a porch swing.

First, I need a porch.

Before that, I need a house.

Even before that, I need more money.

If you give a mouse a cookie.... sigh.

Anyway, so glad you are feeling better. It's all about the little victories!!

~Crystal said...

Isn't if funny how something as simple as sitting on a swing can be such an accomplishment. I'm happy for you and your porch swing!! :0) Email me privately, I have an offer for you...don't be afraid...it's a good thing. LOL crystaldyck@gmail.com

Alexia@theonelastthing.com said...

Ooh, I'd love a porch swing. And I totally get being afraid to sit on one!

Now, I do love my hammock. Oh, sitting and swinging in a breeze and reading or taking a little nap. Ahhh. Life's little pleasures! (Of course, I haven't done that since BC -- before children. Maybe in a few years they won't need constant supervision/attention!)

Deb said...

There sure are a lot of little pleasures in life that we miss out on when we are obese. I am glad you are finding your way back to those things.

Karyn said...

What a wonderful reward for yourself!

It is not all about the scale, is it?