Monday, February 4, 2008

Mama Got a New Pair O' Shoes!


I have been really diligent about keeping my goals so far this year. I have charted my progress and am really proud to say that I have done better this year than any other year in my life. Still with keeping my goals I wasn't seeing the weight loss that I wanted. I was doing the diet and really giving it my all---to no avail! So I took a que from the pampered princess and decided I was going to increase my activity level...

Last week I walked 3 miles every day---21 miles total. I have to say it was hard some of the days, but I knew that I wanted to obtain my reward so I just ignored the pain and went on. At one point, I got up from my desk slowly because my muscles were stiff and my co-worker asked if I was ok. I explained my goal and she was very supportive because she had also lost 100 lbs a couple of years ago and understood the sacrifice it took to do this.

I am happy to report that today I went to the store and bought my reward--a new pair of running shoes. That isn't even the best part of the story...I was going to get them on Saturday, before I had finished my goal, but decided I wanted to really earn it so I waited...Today after work, Eric and I went to Shoe Carnival. I had planned to buy him a new pair of shoes also so I knew it was going to cost me, but I had earned my shoes and didn't care about the cost.

When we got to the store, we started looking at the shoes. Over the PA system they announced an in store special...buy one pair, get one half price--even on the clearance shoes. This was something we had done there before, but today it wasn't advertised. It was just that store, at that moment. I found a pair of Nike runners that was regularly $65, on clearance for $54. Eric got a pair of New Balance (the only kind that he can wear because his foot is so wide--4E) for $59. My shoes were half price---$27. As we left the store, I exclaimed "Thank you Heavenly Father for another tithing blessing!"

Not only did I reach my goal and get my reward, but I also was blessed to get a great deal. I am thankful to report that I put on the new shoes right after I got home and walked 3 miles in them. WOW--what a difference a new pair of shoes makes! My next goal is to walk 3 miles every day for the next 2 weeks. I haven't decided on a reward, but it will be a good one. I am going to force my metabolism to respond!

I do have to admit that even though the weight loss isn't there, I can see my muscles toning up. I also know that muscle weighs more than fat so I am willing to go with it. Thanks for all your support. This is going to be a great year as I finally accomplish my goals.

9 comments:

Shayleen Lunt said...

You are my kind of gal! A BARGAIN SHOPPER! Way to go on your goal. Maybe that is what I need to do to motivate myself to get fit again.

cassie said...

Congrats. Keep up the good work, I know how hard it is when you don't see the number going down but give it a chance, it might be water weight, so keep hydrated. And thanks for inspiring me to get back on the ball again.

Papa D said...

This is inspiring. Keep it up, girlfriend.

Mama D said...

You go, girl! Keep up the good work. Love those tithing blessings!

Patty said...

Way to go Sylvia!! Your dedication and perseverance are inspiring!! And I can relate to the scale not budging... but keep hanging in there and they're sure to start heading south soon!! (And yes, converting fat to muscle can make it seem like you're not losing any weight when you are losing inches. Sometimes I prefer to measure rather than weigh... but not too often!!)

Louann and Bari said...

You are my hero. I've only walked (outside) a couple of times this week. I am trying to push myself to do more. Thanks for sharing your GREAT successes.

chelle said...

Doncha just LOOOOVE new shoes. They make you feel like a little kid again...."look how fast these shows make me go!!"
It will be so much more fun exercising with comfy feet!
Congrats on meeting your goals! Here's to the enxt goal you have set! ^5

carrie said...

that was a great reward! a good pair of shoes will make a huge difference in how your 3 miles feels and cut back on some of those aches and pains afterwards too!

i think your success is coming from your practice of goal setting and reward which has to be learned like anything else. you seemed to have mastered it. keep up the good work! you're inspiring us all!

Leslie said...

Can I have you as my personal trainer?? I need your optomism and perserverance, as well as your goal setting and goal achieving.
Oh well. I guess nobody can do it for me. Thanks for your example!