The benefits of letting go of being fat (WRMC week 11)
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I wondered if I could really become "healthy" again. For a long time I had not exercised regularly, and ate like a fish in the fish tank: anything that floats by, open mouth & gulp. Over the years, I had broadened my definition of health to include: physical, mental, spiritual & social stability and well-being. As I considered those 4 categories I felt like I was doing pretty well with spiritual, mental and social. I had survived a brutal betrayal by a friend of 20+ years, and the soical isolation that came with it, and had found new friends and a new found freedom to pursue things I had always dreamed of but never had the time. My marriage was strong and happy and my children were struggling but doing well. The only area I wasn't happy with was my physical self. And reminders of the fact that I was "fat" came regularly from my extended family. I kept thinking to myself that me, being "fat" was something I could do something about. The new year seemed the perfect opportunity to become a "healthier" me. I liked Spark because it had an easy approach to meal planning, sensible menus and included an activity component. So I started January 2nd. Since then, I've lost 15 lbs and dropped a pants size. I'm not where I want to be but I'm going in the right direction. And I'm making healthy behavior changes every day as I increase my awareness.
I didn't realize the unintended benefits that could come from this type of consistent daily change. Among them:
INCREASED STAMINA in gardening, walking, biking and other activities.
CLEARER THINKING in conversations, and improved memory. I even took up more Scrabble Games and Word Searches.
INCREASED ENERGY: for social activities. And my confidence soared. I tried Bowling - and won - that's NEVER happened.
GLORIUS, WONDOROUS SLEEP: Within about 3-4 weeks, I began to sleep very soundly without waking: a good 7-8 hours. Bye-bye fitfull, restless nights!
I wish I could say that my BP has decreased but so far - no go. Maybe as I lose more weight or maybe never. What I do know is that I'm so happy with the New & Improved Me, it's barely a struggle to go workout. I even look forward to sweating.