Another MAJOR breakthrough in my battle against morbid obesity: Yesterday I found out that I've regained enough control over my abdominal muscles to do....(drum roll) REGULAR SIT-UPS!!! :hatparty:
A small accomplishment, perhaps, to the millions of people who've never had a problem with sit-ups. But I haven't been able to do a single one in TWENTY YEARS---not since I had my first Cesarean. Granted, the majority of that time I didn't care whether I could do sit-ups or not, but on the few occasions when I tried, I couldn't.......I just didn't have enough muscular strength, and there was far too much abdominal fat in the way even if I had had the "oomph".
Now that I've been doing crunches for a couple of months, however, a miraculous transformation has occurred in the central area of my body, a zone which should actually have been condemned years ago: I can actually hold my stomach in
a little bit. Not only that, I'm developing what I think would ordinarily be called.......mmm, let me think.......oh yeah, a WAISTLINE!
Who'da thunk a little exercise could do this old, saggy carcass this much good? And better yet---what's it going to be like when I'm another 75-100# less than I am now? I have no idea what I weigh at this point, I've had no access to a scale in over a month, but with my clothes getting bigger and bigger and my co-workers telling me they're seeing less of me every week, I know it's going in the right direction. In fact, I think I'm well on track to drop the whole hundred pounds I'd vowed to get rid of by Christmas.
Of course, the fight won't be over then, either.......in fact, it'll be just shifting into another phase, because I still won't be thin, and given the number of years I've been seriously overweight I probably will never get there. But if I can get below the 200 mark and stay there, I'll be a whole lot better off than I am now, let alone where I was four months ago (or 15 months ago when I topped out at almost 340).
In the meantime, I'm just going to keep working at it, patiently, increasing my endurance and strength and yep, relishing the fact that I can do sit-ups......even if crunches are actually better for you (not to mention easier on your back!) Thanks, everyone, for your encouragement and kind words over these past few months......I couldn't have done any of what I've accomplished so far without you. :kiss