Wake up call in a photo?
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Yes, I've been gaining weight since retiring. I have known this, have seen the number on the scale, have kind of shrugged my shoulders and justified that "it's not that bad"... "it's what I originally set as a goal weight".
But then one day, a photo shows those extra pounds:
This shot, taken yesterday, post race at Cornfield Cornfield 10K? That gut on me really shows. I cropped it out of the version I put on the Spark Page, but I saw it. Yep, I have work to do. Especially if I want to "keep on keeping on". It is not about the number on the scale, it's really not. It's not even about the visible gut, BUT it is about the amount of stress one puts on the joints.
Want your knees to hurt less? Drop 5 pounds, and you are clearing off 10 - 20 pounds of stress from the knees. Want your ankles to not complain as much? Don't ask as much of them! Want your lower back to stop hurting post-effort? A new mattress could help, but really, taking that post-retirement weight gain back off will help more.
So, here we go again. Because I can see the effects, and Goal #1 is still about quality of life, and feeling good. It's about recovery.