By: Donna Tagliaferri
This blog is an excerpt originally posted on My Life from the Bleachers.
I am posting these pictures of things I couldn’t do 6 months ago because I am focusing on progress and not on images I have in my head of where I should be today with my fitness journey.
I have only lost 10 pounds, so if you are looking for a quick fix this won’t work for you. But my path is authentic. I have consistently exercised during this time and for that, I am stronger, my numbers (except for weight) are right where they should be: cholesterol, heart rate, blood pressure, blood work, and EKG. The endless squats have made walking and moving around in general, easier. My knee–the one with the torn meniscus 5 years ago–is not nearly as sore; I rarely think about it. And lifting things? Which in my business is every day and a lot, is a piece of cake. I wish I could tell you my memory is better, but the power of a kettlebell only goes so far.
My metabolism, always a glacier, since my surgery is slower because of the medication I take. And being constantly surrounded by food (and really good food) makes eating a challenge.
I did the calculations in my head and reasoned that I would be 93 before I reached “bikini ready”; a 93-year-old woman in a bikini is only appropriate for the Enquirer….so you can understand my discouragement.
I thought about quitting. I mean if my purpose is to look good (and who doesn’t want to look good?) then what is the point?
What is the point indeed…
I feel better and at the end of the day, that is the point. Two years ago I was at death’s door, surviving was the goal of each day, not a waistline. I didn’t even think about my core because I could barely walk to the end of the street. I am not exaggerating: walking was a chore and I always felt like I moving through the mud with each step being a challenge. If truth be told I did not think I would ever improve.
This picture is of me and 20lb dumbbells…I started with 5lbs…..that is true progress.
I am competing with myself, and that’s all I have to worry about. But I still remained so discouraged last week that I began looking for ways to quit. I wanted to, I really, really did but I knew I would regret it. I would be back to aching legs and knees, fatigue and even more weight gain. I would miss the flat out head-clearing-exhaustion exercise provides for me. But mostly I would know I gave up.
Being honest I have not lost the weight I wanted to but giving up is not something I am willing to do right now. My friends are not letting me give up…Gene, Lisa, Sarah, Anthony, and Josh just stared at me when I told them all I had considered giving up. They won’t stop so why should I? And don’t we want to take this as far as it will go?
For the record, I have not been hurt one time during this journey and I usually have experienced some kind of injury in the past that caused time off. Because of not being hurt or too sore I have been able to progress. I have enjoyed the therapeutic massages that actually work out the old kinks and knots and let me feel so much better, and I am relieved that someone takes my heart rate at least 4 times during the workout. After my surgery I felt like it could happen again…there wasn’t any warning before, why would there be now? Exercise seemed too risky…
I am going to keep going, I truly am blessed to have such a fine group behind me…they don’t think quit, they think next workout, next meal, get better…come back.
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