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Monday, March 02, 2015

It has been taking a lot of conscious thought, and more will-power than I dreamt possible, but for the most part I have been able to stick to the PSMF dietary restrictions for the last 3+ months. What I've been really awful about is exercise - I am doing some upper body weights and regularly climbing stairs at work, but not doing much in terms of aerobics.

Today, inspired by Aprilrussell3, I managed to drag my lazy saggy butt onto the treadmill. That in itself was an accomplishment for me. But I had a moment before I started sweating. I was in my shorts and tank, and decided to check myself out in the full-length mirror in my daughter's room. I have not looked at myself in anything revealing in at least 15 years, mostly to protect my fragile ego.

So today in the mirror I saw a middle-aged me who looked pretty average - which was such a relief - except that the skin on the upper half of my legs and knees look decidedly saggy. There is clearly too much skin there. And while on the treadmill, my upper legs were decidedly jiggly, and not in any attractive way.

Which is all to say that I now have graphic images of my legs to motivate me to exercise more. I need to reduce the jiggle and sag, and the only way to do that is to establish an exercise program with the same commitment as I have made to my diet. Not kidding you, this is going to be hard for me so I don't know how long my resolve will last. But I will remember how my legs look, and how Sparkers like April are training for things like marathons, which is so very inspiring, and I will try to drag myself onto the treadmill more often.
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  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Well, good for you, BEMUSED! How brave of you to take a good look in the mirror, and how good it is that for the most part you liked what you saw and that the part you didn't like will serve to motivate you to get moving.

    I am definitely still at the "can't look" stage, so you are way ahead of me, dear! I don't have a treadmill, but there's always the great outdoors and a mountain behind my house that I've used only about five times in the 16 years I've been in this neighborhood. I need to get up that mountain more often!

    Good luck on your fitness goals! You can do it!
    2241 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    have a nice week
    2241 days ago
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