It's a good time to lose weight.
Monday, January 25, 2021
Have you seen people losing weight since Covid-19 has happened?
There is a young woman across my street who had gained 40 pounds over the past 4 years.
In March, when everyone was told to stay home, she created her own workout routine right on the sidewalk in front of her house. She used nothing but her body weight as she jumped and ran in PLACE for over an hour a day. It was HOT. This is Texas, people! After a few months of eating right and running boringly in place (in my opinion), She lost over 20 pounds. She has a very young daughter who would stay outside with her. The young woman used sidewalk chalk to draw hop scotch squares and jump in them and wrote other things on the sidewalk as well, as her daughter played nearby all day under the tree, sometimes for 2 hours at a time. I took a walk one day and saw what she had written on the sidewalk. 25 jumping jacks, 25 sit ups, 25 squats, 25 lunges were written in those hop scotch squares. It was only a few months of doing that EVERYDAY that she started looking like her beautiful young self again. She used no excuse of not having a membership to the gym or even some hand weights, not even a mat. She just did it. She is not well to do, or even on her own right now, as she is living with her parents. She used no excuse and used what she had. I was inspired! This is when I first saw people losing weight.
During that same time, at the start of Covid, I would watch church online. The children's leader is a young woman who lost about 30-40 pounds in a few months and looks like a movie star now. She continues to change each week. Her hair is shorter and now platinum blond.
Later mid summer of 2020, a friend about 40 years of age posted a picture of her on facebook in her bikini in her backyard. She has a swimming pool and lots of money. She used no excuse and used what she had to lose 20 pounds and she looks great!
Just last month, a 60 year old violinist in my orchestra posted her before and after picture on facebook saying she lost weight too. I never really thought of her as even chunky, but she looks so good!
Last week, a bassoonist posted her before and after picture on Facebook. She lost 150 pounds over 2 years and Covid had helped her finish it off. She looks amazing.
I am sure you have heard of these stories during Covid.
My sister called me yesterday and mentioned just what I am telling you. She saw a girl at church she considered as large and can tell that she has lost weight. My sister said "She is still chunky but everything is "flatter" now." Then my sister declares... " I don't want to be left off of this "losing weight" train!" My sister is a 100 pounds overweight, and has struggled with eating right. She continually eats like a teenager. No veggies, not really fruit either. Right then, as I was speaking to her, she was getting a pizza with wings in a drive thru. I love my sister and told her about Spark years ago but after being pressed of why she does not join, she said she doesn't want to fail at something else, so refuses to join. She has tried a few other programs, but can't stick with them as she wants to eat what she wants to eat. Veggies are hard to eat for me as well when you have spoiled yourself for so long with food that tastes rich and salty. I understand her journey. This year, we both said what our New Year's Resolutions would be. I told her I was going to lose 50 pounds this year. She said she wanted to as well. She meant it. But if an action doesn't follow a pledge then it is just a wish. I was struggling in January for anything to come off and I needed more additional help, so I joined Jenny Craig. They help me with my weakest fault. Food prep and planning. It has only been a week and I have seen great results so far. My body is getting used to the routine and I am so glad as I feel like I am extending my life.
People are really quiet about their journey but love posting the AFTER picture. I hope to have my own good story to tell this year, God willing. Joining Spark is an action, logging your food is an action, exercising is an action. I hope everyone has an action filled day.