So, yesterday was my weigh-in day. I am moving forward, and this is happy-making for me. Not only is the scale going down, but I can also walk further.
Friday, I was walking the long walk. I felt good, and I didn’t have to get ready for work, so I decided to tack on the park. It adds on about a mile. So, I wound up walking about 9,000 steps.
Saturday, a friend decided to walk with me. This is the distance walk. I always planned to add the short walk to what I was walking. And I did it, without any problems. And that walk is about 10,000 steps. It took me five months to be in the condition to increase my workout. Now, the Friday walk won’t happen again until I have another Monday, Wednesday, or Friday off from work.
Why is this important? I am looking forward to hiking when the temperatures cool here. I am planning my first hike through the Lake Mead Tunnel to the Hoover Dam and back. It is a beautiful hike, and I did it before a couple of times. I am really looking forward to it. It is about a 7.5-mile hike. While it will be a push, I feel I can complete the hike safely. Come on September/October!!
I also completed my measurements yesterday. OMG! I have reduced a total of 19.5 inches. WOW!! This includes three inches from my waist and 2.5 inches from my hips. What actually makes me happiest is the two inches from my upper arms.
I took a hard look at myself this morning in the mirror when I got out of the shower. I can really notice changes in my face. I see who I used to be coming through–older and more tired, but still me. I noticed that my stomach is no longer stretched smooth. I see the wrinkles of the excess skin. I can see the wrinkles on my upper arms, as well. I am absorbing these changes. I knew they would be coming, but it is very different when I see them. I chose to view these as badges of success–as a positive.
I love my body. It has carried two people for quite a while when it is only built for one. I am trying to make amends for the abuse and neglect that I have put it through. I am making choices to be healthier (exercise and eating well) because I love my body.
I am working to heal my mind and soul, as well. Trauma lives in the body. Without resolving issues from my past, I will not be able to move forward. One day, I hope to view myself not as mind, body, and soul, but as one.
Wishing you peace and good health!
LLC & Hazel