A number of months ago I wrote that I made a commitment to improve my health.
Well, today I achieved another milestone. I can say that I’ve lost 50 lbs.!
I’m not sure where they went, but that’s okay! I don’t need to find them!
I decided to celebrate!
Many people may celebrate by splurging…but, nope, not me! There are many ways to celebrate that have nothing to do with food!
So what did I do?
First, I spent time with God, giving thanks for people who have helped me get here. More in a minute!
I ate a healthy breakfast. Then I went for a walk in my neighborhood!
The route is .8 miles one way, round trip 1.6 miles. I headed out, listening to my favorite workout tunes.
I also did something I’ve NEVER done before in the years I’ve done this route. For a *very small* portion of the way, I jogged!!!
In the past, given all the issues I’ve had with my legs I wouldn’t have thought it possible…but I did it!
I thought about what I’ve been learning about the way my feet and legs move, the way they should land.
Guess what?! I felt relaxed and peaceful. I enjoyed it! It may not seem like much but for me it’s another beginning.
Big milestones begin with small steps.
I returned dripping wet but feeling great.
So, I mentioned I gave thanks. I felt that was an important thing to do. Today I gave thanks to God for:
- Lieutenant B., the doctor who made the referrals so I could get started; and a team of people at Lackland AFB who help people make lifestyles changes to prevent or lessen the impacts of diabetes.
- Ron, the physical therapist who got me started with exercises for my hips so they could become more stable.
- Dan, the trainer who continues to challenge and motivate me.
My husband, Al, made a very astute observation that Dan is the person who helped me overcome my fear of working through re-occurring pain from my injuries. He was right! In the past I’d get to a certain point, then stop if I felt certain levels of pain because I didn’t know how to move past that. It was a frustrating roller coaster ride, not only physically but emotionally. Dan would, and still does track my progress, make adjustments, correct my form and help me to keep going! He’s seen me on days when I didn’t feel so terrific, but he’s kept me focused session after session. I figure one day Al will finally meet Dan, and when he does Al will shake his hand and thank him!
- Inga, the senior fitness manager who introduced me to Dan! Every time I see her at the gym she displays a wonderful smile of support!
- Jesse, the massage therapist, who’s done an amazing job of releasing the tension that my body has retained. Jesse has also seen me when I haven’t felt too terrific. He has a gentle but strong presence. I was fortunate to re-connect with him when I was searching for someone to work out all the crazy knots in my legs!
- Dr. Clark, the chiropractor who has seen me for years; he is keenly aware of the changes my body has experienced, both good and bad. He’s always encouraged me to keep exercising and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Can’t say enough good things about him!
- Al, my partner in crime, family cook, “team captain” and steadfast love. I could go on and on. He has kicked me out the door to get to the gym, and has held onto me when I’ve been frustrated. I have set these goals not just for me, but for him and our Mija, because I want to be healthy for ALL OF US.
So what’s next? PLENTY! There are more milestones to achieve! My blood work is approaching where it needs to be but it’s not quite there yet! I also have more goals to reach in terms general health and weight.
As I see my reflection and reflect on what’s been happening I know I can feel great about what I’ve accomplished. …and as I’ve just expressed, it’s taken a small village to get me here!
Thanks everyone – we still have more work to do so let’s keep it up!
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