You're probably not going to be scared...more mind blown, surprised beyond belief.
Are you sitting down? This is important. Please make sure you're sitting down.
Now, remove all liquid objects away from your face. Don't read as your drinking a big gulp of coffee of water or whatever you might be drinking as you read this post.
What I am about to share with you may shock the entire life out of you. It will be such a blow to your system, that you might faint, and then you may not regain full consciousness for several minutes.
It may result in you reading what I'm about to tell you, and then you breaking in to a fit of hysterical laughter...that you can't control. Not because what I'm about to say is funny - it's just so unbelievable, that you may just laugh it off as a joke.
This is no joke.
It is true. It happened only yesterday. The details are still fresh in my mind.
I'm going to ease you in to it with a little back story.
Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about an interview I did with my kids. What? You didn't see it? Then, you MUST!! I called the post Peanut, Butter, Jelly Time. Cute, right?
Anywhoozle - one of the questions was asking the kids what they thought about me and trying to lose weight. Peanut, in her full honest glory, told me...and I quote:
"I can tell when you're starting to gain weight - you get stressed and angry more. When you was losing weight, you were more laid back....You were a lot happier when you was working hard to lose weight."I was shocked to hear this.. but when I really took a minute to think about it, I realized she was right.
I was happier when I was working hard to lose weight. I was happier when I was eating healthy, I was less stressed when I went out for a run. It all played hard on my mind.
Now, here comes the scary part. The unbelievable, knock your socks off, you may not be still sitting up right after you hear it news....
I went out for a jog yesterday.
Are you still there? Did you faint? Oh, I hope you're OK.
OK, so technically it was more of a wog. I walked/jogged. Mostly walked... but threw in some jogging here and there. There, is that better? I don't want this to be too much of a blow for your system. Are you ready for more?
I went out for a quick walk...and ended up doing 3.27 miles. I walked out my front door, and just started walking. I jogged here and there, when I felt the urge. Which was a lot more than I had expected. I went until I really felt a good burn, then turned around and came back.
Unbelievable, isn't it? But it's 100% true!!
The road I live on is nothing but hills. It reminds me of a roller-coaster driving over it - but walking it? Holy Moly.
The whole thing left me very surprised, sore, and damn proud of myself.
I am so surprised at how out of shape I am now. I mean, I know it's been several months since I've done any real exercise - but I'm literally back to square one. I had to jog in 60 second intervals with 90 second recovery because I just couldn't go much longer than that. It's crazy to think that back in April, I ran almost an entire 5K without batting an eyelid.
For several hours after, my legs felt like big tubs of goo. They were tingly and wobbly. I really expected waking up this morning and barely being able to walk. Luckily, that's not the case... but I'm definitely feeling it. More in my hips than anywhere else... but the burn is definitely present.
Proud of myself is an understatement. I went out with the intention of maybe walking to the end of my dirt road and back...not even a mile. But, once I got out there...I felt a little like Forrest Gump. I set a marker, then once I got to it...I just kept going. I walked until my legs were screaming at me...a little over a mile and a half - of all hills I might add, once again - and then realized I had to walk back.
I loved every minute of it.
And you know what? I was in a great mood for the rest of the day!!
It's amazing to me that I've been telling myself for months and months that I just need to get out there and do something. I've kept telling myself that - but never following through. Then, just a couple of sentences from my oldest daughter - and my whole world changed in a minute.
My kids have noticed the change that has been developing in me the past few months. After more discussion with both Peanut and Butter, they revealed to me that they were happier when I was so focused on my weight loss. They enjoyed the food that we ate - much more than they do with the current "quick, unplanned meals" we've been eating lately. They enjoyed me being more calm and relaxed. They enjoyed my celebrations of losing another few pounds, or fitting in to a new size, or just carrying myself differently.
Without hesitation, I sat down with Hubby and we planned out our meals for the week. Hubby went to the store and bought everything we needed for the week. The meals will be healthier, freshly cooked...OK, in the slow cooker, but still.
Could it be that the change I've been so desperately trying to instill is coming? Was yesterday's idea a sign? Did I need to listen to my children? Hear their concerns, their opinions, and their thoughts in order to really get it all in to my head?
I sure hope so.
Everyone have a safe and Happy Halloween!!
Till next time. ;)
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