The training is paying off in more ways than one! In addition to extending number of miles I am able to walk, I’m getting lots of other wonderful benefits! For example, I hopped on the scale this morning, and was surprised to find that I have lost 28 pounds since I started training, and 33 pounds overall.
Better yet, today I am the exact weight I was in 2008 when I first decided that I would walk across America, before I started training in my trip in 2008. I lost weight and a number of clothing sizes during my trip and during the training, only to regain that plus a lot more because of the sudden stress of my husband’s medical problems. To put it mildly, I had a freak out when he went on dialysis. I didn’t handle the stress well at all. I gained 60 lbs. over the course of a year and a half. So, I’m back to where I started, oh so long ago. Only, when I was this weight then, I couldn’t walk 8 miles! So, that’s a happy thought for me.
I feel lighter than I have in ages, have more energy and stamina, and even though I know that I am still fat by any measure (BMI & body fat percentages, etc.), I don’t FEEL fat. I feel positively skinny!
Sometimes I think skinny is a mindset–that confidence, that energy, the way you carry yourself. I’m feeling the skinny, for sure. Or, maybe more accurately, I’m describing what it feels to be healthy. Maybe part of it is because I’m not in as much pain anymore, I’m getting better rest, which reflects on my mood and outlook–the benefits of shedding the weight when you are my size add up really quickly. Not to mention, jeans I hadn’t been able to wear for a long time I started wearing again and now they are getting loose, too!
So, yeah. I feel good!