I am feeling amazingly well. I find myself surprised, sometimes, at how good I feel. I haven't felt like this in over a year. I have more energy, I am sleeping more soundly and I am motivated on most days to stay active. My activity level has skyrocketed, and while it is not the kind of "workout" people usually think of when they imagine exercising, it *is* plenty of movement and I can feel the benefits already. For example, yesterday I walked my dogs a couple of times, walked with my daughter, and was on my feet almost constantly from 6 am to 8 pm. In fact, I was a little worried because my feet were quite sore by evening, but it was a more normal kind of sore... not a plantar fasciitis kind of sore... so I just iced them and elevated my legs and this morning they feel fine. I think, for me, being active in the form of putting in a lot of walking steps for many hours each day is better at this point than doing something like aerobics or another vigorous workout for half an hour a day. I am not discounting that kind of workout, but this lifestyle is doing me a lot better, is not hard on my joints, and puts me in an excellent, positive state of mind. I will probably add more strength training (which has gone by the wayside lately) and more indoor biking (which is more aerobic) when the days begin to shorten and the weather gets cooler.
I've read a lot of weight loss stories over the years... hundreds, probably. I often wonder about the afterstory on all of those people. I'm not talking about just bloggers, but also those folks who tell their stories in magazines or on TV. They usually appear right at the finish line of 'successful weight loss', when they reach their goal weight and look really good and pretty normal. But then, 90% of the time we never hear from them again. We can follow up on some stories, like those who've gone on the Biggest Loser TV show, and see that there are a lot of people who gain the weight back while some work hard to keep it off. But most of the time, we see the excited, celebratory before-and-afters but never see an after-after. I think that is part of the value of long-term weight loss blogging... we get to see what happens after the after. There are those who blog their successful maintenance and fewer who blog through their regains and struggles, and both types are truly invaluable to those seeking to change for good. Everyone can learn from others' successes and struggles. I hope more people who blog will continue writing after the after. That is my favorite type of blog, because we can learn so much about the 'hard part' of weight loss by reading what others have done.
Today will be a rest day for me: reading, painting my nails, enjoying the backyard, watching a movie or two while throwing in a load of laundry once in awhile and taking a mile walk with a dog or a child on a scooter here and there. I had a nice big mug of decaf coffee and a Medifast pancake dotted with fresh blueberries this morning for breakfast. We're going for Indian food for dinner and I am looking forward to Tandoori chicken and curried vegetables tonight.
Have a GREAT Sunday!
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