It’s been a good first week of better health habits, activity, and sleeping. I tried hard, walked on three of my five lunch hours at work. Went to water aerobics three times in the evenings. And today I was at church serving breakfast to 300 homeless at 8 a.m. then came home for an hour and then went back again to serve homeless families a taco feast and got home at 7:45pm. I put 8,000+ steps on my Fitbit today with all that activity. Ten thousand is the daily “goal” set by somebody but I’ve only done that once so far.
The only thing I wish right now is that my parents had a bathtub instead of a shower. Soaking would sure feel good right now.
Two of my co-workers came to help at the church this evening and I felt really blessed that they like me enough to do something like that.
Okay the only other thing I wanted to do was come home and watch part 2 of the premiere of the new season of Doctor Who, but my parents stopped it recording. IT’S THE ONLY DAMNED SHOW I WATCH, PEOPLE! Thank God it’s on again at 9 pm, but I will be too tired to enjoy it by then.
I was going to cook my beans for tonight here at my parent’s house, but my mom made it clear in her extremely passive aggressive way that she did not want me cooking beans in her kitchen. So I lugged it to church and got there at 2:30 instead of 4pm. She’s such a piece of work.
I had some crap news in the last two days about money and I was starting to let it get to me, but after preparing, serving, and cleaning up after the dinner tonight I drove home looking at the most beautiful full moon and I felt peace inside. It helps to utterly exhaust yourself.
I weighed yesterday and the scale said I lost four pounds. That’s probably not very accurate. At the doctor’s office I had on more clothes, so it’s probably closer to three, at best. But it’s a start.
The Fitbit does encourage me and also my doctor said I can come in for free weighing and blood pressure checks so I’m doing that in a month, which is motivating. I don’t know how often they’ll let me come in and do that, but it all helps with accountability.
Losing the kind of weight I need to lose is a long process, in fact it never ends because if you end it, you gain it back (well, I do). Even if I manage to lose two pounds a week for the next 12 weeks before Christmas, that’s only 24 pounds.
But that 24 pounds will allow me to wear a lot more clothes than I’m able to wear now, which will save me money. I may try to make my goal to be at least 25 lbs lighter by then, surely I’m overweight enough for that to be doable. It’s not as easy when you’re near your goal weight, naturally.
For many months when I was working out and lost the 70 pounds I kept doing all this research on how to keep it off and over and over and over again I kept reading that it’s almost impossible to do. Fat is really an intrepid thing! Once you have it, it always wants to creep back on. Therefore you have to fight it every day, and really increase physical activity.
I’m seriously thinking of buying a bike. Perhaps I’ll start researching and buy it for myself for Christmas. We’ll see. It’s another thing I’ve done quite a bit of in my life so I think I’d enjoy it.
I was worried the water aerobics would be too easy, but I get there early and I stay late, and I work hard in the water, so I’m sure it’s benefitting me. And as a former Southern California girl who spent so much time in the water, I find it very healing.
With only one week under my belt I feel better (and a bit sore) and I feel good emotionally. Exercise is good for you, pure and simple. And I am one to get bored, so between walking, water aerobics, and possibly bike rides, I’ve got a pretty good variety to start with.
They gave me a key to the church today and I felt so honored! I cleaned up the church’s kitchen twice today and I do it lovingly because the place has given me so much. I’m grateful that tomorrow I can go into the chapel and feel closer to God.