Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Yet Another Workout Story!

I've been meaning to write about this - it happened a couple of weeks ago, but I keep getting "exercise-induced amnesia" after my workouts and I forget about it. Does this happen to anybody else? I think it's my mind's way of protecting if I think about what I just did, it would be too much for my brain to wrap around. Anyway, I digress. So here's the story:

One thing I did on a Wednesday workout was to walk on the treadmill at an incline of 12 while wearing a 20-pound weighted vest, thanks to Will's evil scheming. I swear, he gets a glint in his eyes as he comes up with our torture exercise. Anyway, it was tough! And later, when I had time to think, I realized that I used to carry the equivalent of more than THREE of those 20-pound vests with me all the time. Now, I can't imagine wearing three-plus 20-pound weight vests, yet I used to do that ALL THE TIME. No wonder I was so sedentary! It's darn hard to get moving with that much extra weight.

I need to remember this, and also give myself a pat on the back for improving my life by losing weight. It's come off over such a relatively long period of time that I've forgotten how heavy I was. But just as an alcoholic should never forget their last drunk, I should never forget how big I was. Otherwise, I might let the weight creep back on. And that, my friends, is unacceptable to me.

Oh, and no measurements this week...apparently you should take them before you work out (as opposed to right after) because your muscles temporarily swell from the exercise. So we'll have to remember to do them next week. That's all right, though - my clothes are looser, so I know things are shrinking.


  1. so true!!! I occasionally will pick up the twins one in each arm....that's about 53 lbs and think I have lost this plus almost Gracie too (she 37)! 86lbs was hell to carry ...........I remember! It hurt and I felt OLD!

    Great workout girl!

  2. I loved the vest thing. What a great idea. Here's another pat on the back from me too. Your weight loss is awesome. It is amazing what our bodies can do and how much abuse they can take. I have pushed mine to the limit. I think about how much pressure my knee is under. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking! Your old enough to remember that commercial, right? Thanks for your comments, they always inspire me!

  3. You just gave me an idea for a workout! You are so right about always remembering where we came from so we don't go on that road again. It really is like being an alcoholic.

    Congrats on a great workout day!

  4. awesome workout day

    Ive never tried on one of those vests---Id love to join you and will for a session :)

    now to find a sugar mama to pay for everything :)

  5. Great post, Shelley! I would love to try that - it's so easy to forget just how far we have come in these journeys.

    And congratulations on the looser clothes - that is surely the best indication that things are moving in the right direction.

    You're doing great - hope you've come up with some fun ideas for a milestone reward!

  6. I've never seen those vest things - congrats!!


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