you know what people don’t talk about
I find Human Shrek incredibly hot. #trueconfession
This week I decided to tackle getting back to walking daily—I started last night. I managed a little over a mile. My pace was slow and boy was I sore by the time I went to bed. This afternoon, the kids and I took a few of our dogs on a walk. I made Gus walk the full two miles with me (he was ready to go in by the time i finally quit—his poor little butt was dragging.) Again, my pace wasn’t great, but I got out there and I walked for nearly an hour and I know I will improve.
To put my progress in perspective I dug out a picture of me from a year ago—just one day after starting Weight Watchers and committing to getting healthy in my 40s. One year later and 75 lbs lighter, I am a heck of a lot healthier and more active. It feels good to be able to move the way I can now. Last year, my feet hurt so bad. I was looking at a bad case of plantar fasciitis. I couldn’t even wear ladie’s athletic shoes because my feet were so wide and fat. Now? I’m wearing women’s and they don’t necessarily have to be wides! In jeans and dress sizes, I’m down from a tight size 28 to a comfortable size 18. My knees don’t hurt like they used to—they still do sometimes if I work them hard but not like they used to. I don’t have trouble catching my breath if I sprint up the stairs at work. I can keep up with my family when we travel and are out exploring and doing lots of walking.
I know I have a long ways to go. I need to lose another 75+ pounds BUT I finally know that I can and will stick with this. I truly cannot emphasize enough that I have NEVER stuck with a healthy lifestyle for more than six months—let alone a year. Not once in my life. It’s not as overwhelming as it once was and I’m okay with taking it slow and steady, because I will get there eventually. Someday I will finally know what it’s like to slip into a size 8.