I learned something very encouraging about my physical condition at the quilt show, something I hadn’t actually expected. I noticed it first on the first day I walked from my hotel to the show venue.
Other years, I have had to pause part way from the hotel to the show because my back hurt. Not this time. I didn’t get out of breath either. And my back never made me sit down during all of my days at the show. (My ankle did, but that is another story altogether.) I found this extremely encouraging.
I don’t talk about this much here on the blog, but last September I decided it really was time to do something about my weight. I started counting my calories using the My Fitness Pal app on my phone and I started to very gradually work up to more steps per day as counted by my FitBit. (I’m currently up to a target of only 7500 steps per day, so this one is going very slowly.) My goal was to lose a pound a week, which went pretty well for the first 20 weeks or so. Then I sort of slacked off a bit and the total to date is only 33 pounds in about 49 weeks. (And if I’m being honest here, I probably have 80 to 100 more to go, depending on how old and wrinkled I want to look.)
No one actually noticed (because I wasn’t talking about it much) that I had lost weight until I was 20 pounds in, which was to be expected since I had so very much to lose. Because most of my clothes were old and stretched out, even 33 pounds in I’m wearing the same size of clothing. It is only now that some of the newer things are starting to feel loser.
And since I didn’t really start a rigorous exercise program, I didn’t really expect to feel dramatically better. I certainly haven’t done much exercising specific muscles, which was why I was surprised and pleased that my back didn’t hurt. (I can only attribute that to the conscious effort I make several times a day to walk with my stomach pulled in and my back straight. I certainly haven’t been doing any core exercises!)
This is why I was so thrilled to realize that moving was so much better for me! It was very encouraging. I know that losing this weight at this age will not make me look better (wrinkles everywhere here I come!) but I’m excited to know that it has made some difference in my stamina and energy, even if I don’t notice it every day.
Okay, now back to our regularly scheduled quilting blog!