Thursday, September 5, 2013
Weight Loss: Sometimes a Gain Is a Gain
I have cut my time from an hour to as little as 20 minutes for this distance. Walking doesn't hurt me nearly as much as it did at the beginning (at least, usually). I can swear I see a difference in my thighs and hips already. And my jeans are definitely looser in the front. So, to see the number go up so far in so little time was shocking to say the least!
However, I have decided that sometimes a gain IS a gain with weight loss. (1) I have proven to myself that when I put my mind to something, fibromyalgia can't stop me. There were some hard days...and I know there are going to be plenty more. Sometimes, I creep back a lot closer to needing an entire hour to walk a half of a mile. Sometimes, I'm tempted to give up. But I've decided that weight loss is an important step towards reclaiming my life. As long as I remember this, fibro may slow me down, but I CAN do this!
(2) My mobility has improved already since I started walking regularly again. Yes, I still get terrible leg pain and muscle spasms. No, I won't be running or skipping any time soon. Still, my balance and coordination are a little better, and I seem to be having less issues with my lower body. It would appear my legs and feet don't get painful and achy as quickly now.
(3) I may have gained 6 lbs.in almost 2 weeks, but I'm definitely seeing some change in my thighs and hips. I won't even pretend to understand what is going on with my body right now, but if I must gain a few pounds to start seeing some slimming, I'm all for it! Who am I to argue with progress, even if it is disguised as a defeat?