Sunday, September 18, 2011
I have had a rather full day today but thought I ought to share some woo hoo!!! moments from along the way. The agenda today was church, pheresis, a friend's birthday party, and yoga.
First things first, last night I successfully ran three miles non stop. It took 45.9 minutes...not the best time but an accomplishment nonetheless. I have gotten past that 20 minute mindset or whatever it was that was keeping me back. Now that I have done it once I know that I can do it again.
This morning at church they announced that a new Zumba class would be starting on October 2nd. I surprised myself by going out into the foyer and being the first person to sign up on the list. Now, the good thing is I signed up first so there was not a list of people there to compare myself to and to chicken out. I have very little understanding of what Zumba is, beyond a "latin dance fitness type thing". The decision to sign up is one of those NON SCALE VICTORIES that I try to stay in tune to.
When I was in 5th grade and the idea of aerobics was introduced during PE, I ended up being kept after school (on a day the teacher knew my mom was picking me up) because I refused to try to do the arms and leg movements for fear of looking foolish. The mindset took root at that point. In college, I took 2 weeks of Jazz dance. At the end of two weeks the only thing I had learned was that I "Did not walk right". When I asked the instructor if she thought I would pass the class (I had signed up for it pass/fail) she said, "I can't foresee giving you a decent grade in this class." I replied without an ounce of hesitation, "Then, I can't foresee enduring another moment of humiliation!" I proceeded to the registrar's office, dropped the class and registered for an ROTC leadership class! Fast forward to January of this year when I started working with the trainer...I agreed to give her carte blanche with exercise and fitness with the notable exception of bowling. I recognized that bowling required arm/leg/eye coordination and I was not even willing to try it. Then today I walked out and signed up for a Zumba class--no encouragement, no coercion, no second thoughts. I KNOW that God has been at work in and through me!!!!
After church I headed to the blood bank. For the last several months I have taken a multi-vitamin supplement. I finished the bottle of vitamins a week or more ago and have had no funds to replenish the supply. Add to that the fact that I have eaten a lot less live green food the last two weeks, and I was concerned that my iron level may not be high enough to donate. As a precaution I had them check my hemoglobin before I did all the paperwork. I was pleased to discover that my iron level was 14.6...prior to today the only time it has been that elevated is when I had taken iron religiously. Yeah!!! Giving blood is a tangible way for me to minister to people who are doing chemo and stuff or who are injured and require blood products. I consider it a privilege to donate. Today's donation put me at the 10.75 gallons mark.
The phlebotomist asked how much I weighed, and I realized that it had been almost a month since I last weighed myself and I had absolutely no idea what the scale would record. In fact, the last time I weighed myself was at the blood bank and I was disappointed at being 161 pounds. I was beginning to think I would not break through the 160# threshold. I went in to the scale and was happy to discover that I weighed 158.5#!!!! I punched through the threshold!!!!
I dropped by a friend's birthday party this afternoon. The theme was a Hawaiian luau. I did eat a small piece of cake and a scoop of ice cream, but I passed on the sweet tea and full strength Pepsi drinking water instead!
The second yoga class went well. I remembered not to lock my knees. There was only one time I felt imbalanced and that was when the instructor was introducing the tree poses. I could manage position one, attempt position two and just laugh at loud at position three. The cool thing was I felt safe, non threatened and non-ashamed. A major non-scale victory for someone who was the next-to-the-last one picked in gym ALLLL through school!
By the time I got back to the house...I left around 9:45a.m. and got home around 6p.m... I was exhausted. I laid down on the couch watching the news and listening to Aunt Edna go on about her day and woke up an hour later to her saying "You didn't hear what I said, did you?" OOOPPPSSS!!! I decided to head to my room and get some stuff done on FB and SP only to fall asleep on top of the keyboard!!!
I have enjoyed a full day and decided to blog this list of events just to remind myself how far I have come. i still have a ways to go, but I am definitely making progress!!!
Will check in again after I run the mile in the morning!