The Way It Makes Me Feel
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This blog originally started as a list to motivate myself to stay focused on exercise. Suffice it to say, it snowballed. Other than the obvious health benefits that I have blogged about before, here are some of the things I love about my transformation:
§ The tightness of my skin when my muscles are pumped.
§ Spaghetti legs when I finish intense cardio.
§ Wanting to do a double take when I walk by a mirror or checking myself out in the plate glass of a storefront.
§ Sweat dripping from my elbows, running down my knees and burning my eyes.
§ Understanding the difference between eating for fuel and mindless eating. I thoroughly enjoy focusing on feeding the machine.
§ Being willing (and able) to try things that I once was too self-conscious to try.
§ Being able to say I just finished a 22-mile bike ride.
§ I love that some consider me to be a role model, even though I am still working on viewing myself that way.
§ That my 16-year old is asking for my feedback on his food choices. He even asks me to run some of his meals through the nutrition tracker and analyze it for him…sometimes BEFORE he decides what to eat.
§ Being sore for two days after a good weight session.
§ Donating my ‘new’ Goodwill clothes before I have a chance to wear them because I’m still losing weight (and inches).
§ Getting more new clothes.
§ Squeezing out one more rep and feeling the pump in the target muscle.
§ Purposely doing exercises that I do not like because I can feel it working that body part.
§ When people I haven’t seen in a long time do not recognize me; or they know something’s different but they just can’t quite ‘put their finger on it!’
§ Knowing that I am in control of this process.
§ Controlling my progress.