Thursday, June 28, 2018

Escaped, Again... and I Walked

It's like a flashback, in a way, to a different time. Can a scale be like a time machine? Can seeing a number you have not seen in years take you to another time in your life that was oh so different? For me, it can.

Imagine my surprise when, after a 187 pound weigh in on Sunday, I stepped on the scale Monday morning and saw 185 pounds. There was no real reason for a 2-pound overnight drop, but I knew that number. 185 pounds means I am no longer Obese, but with a BMI of 29.9, I am merely Overweight. I have, once again, escaped from obesity.

The last time I hit that milestone was in September of 2010... nearly 8 years ago. I remember posting about it... what it meant to me. And I remember thinking, I will never be Obese again. I am going to hang on to this forever.

Life was so different then. My daughter was in kindergarten and I walked her to school every day. My boys were teenagers, and I had my little mini-dog. I hadn't even gotten my 100-pounds-lost "reward puppy" yet! Now, my daughter is a teenager, I have only my youngest son left at home with her, and my other boys have finished school, gotten careers, one married, and two have bought their own homes.  The mini dog is long gone to the Rainbow Bridge and my reward puppy and her adopted sister are 7 and 8 years old, respectively. It is crazy how a number on the scale can accentuate the passing of time.

Every day since Monday I have seen 185 pounds on the scale. I know I may fluctuate up and down a couple of pounds in the future, but finally, I am okay with that. Escaping obesity is not *just* that number on the scale. It's about a much bigger change that has happened and continues to happen.

Yesterday I dropped my car off for an oil change in the morning. And then I did something I have NEVER done: I walked home from the mechanic. Yes, there was a ride available, but I just wanted to see if I could do it. It was 2.3 miles. Now, to some people that might not seem like a far walk at all! But it is a distance I had not in several years intentionally set out to walk, all at once, without stopping to rest or sit or take a break. When I walk my dogs we do about a mile. I might do a mile in the morning and a mile in the evening. But with my arthritis, I do have pain from walking. This time I just wanted to challenge myself and see how I'd do. And I did it. I walked the 2.3 miles without a break to rest or sit down. I was about a mile and a half in when I started feeling pretty uncomfortable... legs tired, hips and knees hurting a bit, wishing I hadn't done this. But I kept on and it was a great feeling when I made it home. Knowing I *can* walk home from the mechanic is an awesome feeling! I took some Advil and though I am still a little sore this morning, I am happy and will keep pushing myself to walk farther distances more regularly. But the bike is easier!

We are leaving on a short camping trip/mini vacation tomorrow morning and won't be back til Sunday night. I'm not bringing my scale to the woods, so I'll weigh tomorrow before we go and Monday morning to be sure I am staying on track. We're taking some of our own food and sharing meals with another couple of families who are camping with us, so I'll be able to eat well all weekend. I'm ready for some hiking and exploring! See you when I get back.


Janet said...

I'm so very happy for you, Lyn.

Enjoy your freedom from obesity as it is well-earned!


Leslie said...

I'm thrilled for you, Lyn. I was 184 this morning, so we're in the same ballpark! Wonderful about the walk - that is my main form of exercise these days. I've been plant based for 4 1/2 months, and it suits me so well. Sounds like you have found some peace in this journey, and a day at a time, there is nothing better.

Susan R said...

This is such a positive post. I am proud of you for never giving up even when things did not seem to be going so well.
Big congratulations Lyn! Enjoy your visit to the great outdoors!

MaryFran said...

Congrats on excising that beast called obesity!!!! You are doing great! Have a great trip!!

Natalie said...

That's great! I'm sitting just under the border into overweight too - although I've been plateauing here for around 10 weeks now. It feels much better than obese, or 'seriously obese'!

Carole Medley said...

Lyn, I wish you every happiness in this new body you have created. If anyone can do it, you can and did! I am so pleased for you.

Anonymous said...

My wish for you now that you've escaped obesity (congrats!) is that you can discover more forms of physical activity that are comfortable at a lighter weight. So I'm so happy you can walk without knee pain. I say this mostly because I've seen older relatives go into steep decline without exercise, not because physical activity is so beneficial for weight control (it super duper isn't).


TheAgonyOfBeingFat said...

Good job escaping obesity!!!

Cris said...

This is all so wonderful! I hope (and it sounds like it has) become a true ‘life style’ change for you. Even if you never lose another pound- you’ve changed your life for the better!

Well done! You deserve it.