At one point this week I weighed in at exactly 10 pounds lighter than the weight I used to lie and say I was. Jed was shocked that I used to lie to the ski rental guy. “You could have been on the wrong ski calibration. You could have crashed.”
I would rather have crashed than told him what my real weight was.
I rationalise it this way: No way was I going to crash due to the skis, because my skiing isn’t that great anyway, so the likelihood that equipment failure would be to blame would have been tiny – plus I had made a note of what the cut off point was for weight to go to the next calibration, and I was within that anyway. Finally, I figure every woman probably lies when asked her weight, so it’s kind of expected. (I’m not listening to you tell me otherwise.)
And now I’m 10 pounds lighter than that. Without lying.
This week has been fantastic for hiking – the weather is sunny with a bit of Fall coolness in the breeze, making the trails so inviting. I’ve walked with friends and alone with the dog. For miles and miles. I now hike a favourite 4-mile trail most days, and really miss it when I don’t do it. I have my Nutrisystem breakfast before heading out, and then have my add-ins (yogurt and piece of fruit) when I get back.
It’s great to know I’m doing my body good – my mental health is benefitting as well as my fitness.
I’ve discovered that I’m not finding the walking uphill to be as tough as it used to be, and in fact have been picking up the pace. So much so that I’m even considering buying some more supportive underwear so that jogging might actually happen – at least dowhill. This is crazy, right? Whoever thought I’d be hiking at this kind of level, and even considering moving beyond a walking pace? Who thought I’d really miss it on the days I don’t get out there and do the 4 miles?
Who’d have thought that finally I have found a plan where it’s not a diet, but a lifestyle that I adore and have adopted happily. I’m not counting down to finishing, or on a final weight goal. I’m focused on being healthy, fit and happy. That’s what I wanted from the start back in March when Nutrisystem held my hand and said ‘let’s do this’, and I’m loving achieving that.
And another great part is that I feel beautifully, lusciously, fantastically tired at the end of the day. I used to feel mentally exhausted, but now my body has caught up and I am ready for deep sleep without needing to “wind down.” That means I think I’m finally moving a little beyond the habit of a glass of wine at the end of the day because I’m not missing it – and in fact don’t even feel like it at all most days. That’s really big.
Almost as big as the fact I might be telling the truth when I get my skis calibrated this year.
I lost another 1.3 pounds this week. My Nutrisystem journey has seen me lose a total so far of 23.5 pounds, and once again I’m between clothing sizes, making it difficult to find clothes that fit. I’m going to take a tip from another #NSNation blogger and visit Savers for a few pieces to tide me over. The other issue is finding that my bra doesn’t fit well at all any more, so I’m going to venture into that great unknown and frustrating area of bra buying. I love knowing that every day when I get on the scales the number is going to be the same or a little less 🙂