It’s been about three years since I had my first heart episode and had all the tests that went with it ending up with a pacemaker. Before that, I was a walker. A few years ago I lost a lot of weight just walking. Didn’t change my diet or anything, just walked until I was walking five miles every day. And it was easy. I was skinnier than I was when I got married.
Then I hurt both legs, not at the same time which made walking painful. Then the heart…. Well, it just all went downhill from there. I’ve always been an active person, but this last year and with the Covid quarantine on top of it, I’ve been less active, let’s just say. I do manage to keep the house, play with the dogs, take care of the chickens, quilt and knit, but a lot of that is done sitting down as I tire very easily. I really try to walk, but just a few steps and I’m winded.
Sadly, just because I’m not walking as much does not mean I stopped eating and with the quarantine and David always being hungry, we eat all the time it seems to me. I could go all day, and I do, not eating a thing, but when David is home he wants to eat. And he is thin.
Anyway, I’m not one to stare in the mirror very often, but I caught a glimpse the other day and I did think to myself, “I’ve turned into Humpty Dumpty.” Regular sized howbeit, busty on top and round from the waist down. I told David I could be a Weeble Wobble. Remember those? Weebles Wobble and they don’t fall down. Well, the falling down I cannot guarantee, but I could wobble, I tell you. My clothes have not changed fit or else they’ve stretched A LOT, but I haven’t gone up a size, thank goodness but you can’t go up much when you are at the top of the sizes!
Well, something must be done. Summer is coming and I do want to go swimming and there’s a wedding coming up and I would like the bride not to be ashamed I’m her grandmother so I am going to try to trim down a bit. Don’t know how, yet, or if I will even be successful because when you tire out easily, exercising does not come easily.
I bought a new exercise thing that I saw on TV. It was advertised by the guy who use to host The Newly Wed Game back long ago. He’s old now, like me, and found that his balance was not very good so he, with his exercise guru, devised this platform that rocks and you have to stand on it and balance yourself. It has two poles that you hold onto while doing this. I noticed after I had the pacemaker installed that for some reason my balance was not as good. When the puppies would jump on me I’d practically fall down and that wasn’t good. So I got this THING and I’m trying to use it so I can gain my balance again. It also has rings attached I can lift to strengthen my arms and upper body strength which I have none. Right now I’m doing good to do twenty arm curls.
I’m not making any promises to myself or anyone else, but I’ve got it in my mind that I will exercise and maybe get back to walking a little each day and seeing if I can remove the Humpty from my Dumpty. David never says anything about my weight. Never has for which I am eternally grateful, because who needs a husband who tells you you are fat? It would be like me telling him he’s getting bald. Men don’t like to hear that, either. But David wouldn’t say anything anyway because he’s kind and loves me.
I wish I could say I will challenge myself and tell anyone reading this how I am doing, but I’m not going to do that. Nor am I going to have a before or after photo should I succeed. But if I do happen to lose a few pounds in the coming months, I will tell you. If all is quiet suffice it to say, I’m a complete failure at this.
I’ve bought so many exercise machines in the past. I still use my exercise bike and I have the Cardioglide which you stand upon and swing your legs forward and backward. I love that. I have had other things that have gone by the wayside. I even had that contraption you hung yourself upside down on, but it scared me and I sold it to a guy at a garage sale I had. Now I kind of wish I still had it. I need to stretch this body out a little longer.
If you are struggling to lose some weight, join the party. It’s a pretty big one from what I can tell when I go out in public. Not a whole lot of stringbeans out there. We are a rather rounded bunch of people, we Americans. McDonald’s has not been good to us! Not that I eat at McDonald’s that often. Maybe once in the past year. I find myself looking at people and thinking to myself, “Am I that fat?” I probably am or fatter, but I tell myself, “Naaah.”
I never thought I’d talk about my weight here where anyone can read it, but hey, what’s the secret. People can see me. I know I’m not in tiptop shape. Not even tip shape. But there is hope and hope springs eternal and it is Spring and Summer is coming….
Here’s to exercise and the strength to do it! Bye.