|Jeanette and Me after cleaning all day!|
Oh, yeah, and I weighed before I went. I can't even tell you how shocked I was to see 186.5 on the scale.
Yeah, you read it. 186.5! That's 4 lbs lost last week!
WW gave me the warning that I was losing too fast. After only a .5 loss the previous week, I think some things with my body were just balancing out. I used my points, I used flex points, and I wasn't in any physical shape to work out. Please know that I am working the program. I am counting points and doing what I need to do to make sure I am healthy.
I sang at church on Sunday - I even got to lead a song, which was amazing. I cannot tell you how my heart swells when I stand up there as a "lead worshiper" not a worship leader, and see the congregation pouring their hearts out to their Lord. It is amazing. I know I keep using that word, but there really aren't words to describe how full my heart feels. Unfortunately, my body was not feeling as whole as my spirit. I was in a lot of pain on Sunday. Our trumpeter in the band had to help me off the stage between services. My hips and legs were not cooperating at all. It is so alarming for the people around me who don't see that side of me. You can't tell by looking at me that my body is ill. That's been something that only in the past year with the help of my rheumatologist that I have had to confront myself. Sometimes I can't do the 5 mile hike I want to do. I can't. When he told me that, it crushed me, but it also validated the pain that I do feel physically.
Okay, let's move on to some happy just for a few minutes.
1) I went to Charming Charlie to reward myself for working so hard. I'm 40% of the way to my goal as of Tuesday. WOW! Okay, so I was going to spend $40 on myself. I did end up rewarding myself by the end of the day, but I got out of CC only spending $25. With that I ended up with 3 necklaces, 2 pairs of earrings, and 2 sets of necklace & earrings. Clearance was $5 for 5 items! WHAAA?
I also picked up a graphic tee at Old Navy and a super sweet dress in --- wait for it --- a size M!
2) I picked up a size 10 pair of pants off the rack at the exchange on Valentine's day and bought them without trying them on. They fit. Awesomeness!
3) I went to Target with Coley last night. I picked up a super adorable dress on clearance for $15 - another M! It's a beautiful aubergine color. I can't wait to wear it. It is just lovely. I also got a pair of jeans that I'd seen a few weeks ago. I had pointed them out to my husband, who had a horrible case of foot-in-mouth that day and said, "oh, you'll get there." Yeah, well I AM there!
I put the jeans on this morning and my older son said I looked like a model. He said, "Mom, how did you get the perfect shape? For your body?" It's nice when the kids are noticing that my body looks different!
Okay, so here's my weighing on my mind thing: I'm doing Weight Watchers, and I weigh in each week, but I work toward making sure my focus is not the number. Seeing my body look different in my clothes - not being able to wear lots of my clothes - all the NSV's that I experience are more important than what the numbers are on the scale. I'm also not going to discredit the scale's impact on my overall health. It is important to know where I stand. I am still technically obese based on my BMI. I'm very close to the overweight/obese line, and I am excited to break that barrier soon. I am happy to be taking steps toward my overall health. It is SO much more than the number.
I am so much more than the number. So much more.
I am a child of God. I am blessed with 2 handsome, lively boys who get to experience what love is in our home. I am blessed with a husband who I have known since I was 12 years old. (I remember writing I <3 Stewart in notebooks in Jr. High when he didn't even know I existed - and I didn't know how to spell his name. LOL) I am blessed with a journey that has taken me through all kinds of peaks and valleys. As I was reminded this morning, those valleys, those avalanche-like tumbles from peaks to a valley that seemed like it wouldn't end, are places that God has taken me to become the person I am today.
I won't lie. I'm struggling to embrace the happiness. I am struggling to be okay with letting myself be proud of myself. I am waiting for the shoe to drop and crush me to a million pieces. I'm afraid.
Instead of embracing the fear, I am going to embrace who I am.
I am a daughter, sister, niece, cousin, granddaughter, aunt, mother, friend, wife, vocalist, desk clerk/manager, volunteer, blogger, amateur web designer, marketing director, WORK IN PROGRESS.
I am a child of God. I am loved. I am protected.
I am on a journey.