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Sunday, May 3, 2009

day 123 (day 4 / week 18)

When I think about it, I can't believe that I have exercised for 123 days IN A ROW! That blows my mind, but only because I take baby steps, and take one day at at time (I don't think about it as a bigger picture). A lot of littles, turned into one big HUGE number! I can't thank you guys enough for your encouraging words and support. You really don't know how much you lift me up!

Today I did Turbo Jam's Punch, Kick and Jam. I am really tired. I didn't get much sleep and was up 4-5 times throughout the night. While doing my workout today, I was trying to break in my new shoes. I returned the shoes I mentioned yesterday (my feet felt like they were trying to curl in!) and exchanged them for a pair of Nike's. My feet feel much better today, but I definitely have some breaking in to do with these (they are stiff!). My feet hurt a little, but what do you expect? I haven't worn actual real tennis shoes for like 3 years! lol. I only did 36 minutes today, out of the 48 minutes today.

For 3 years I have struggled with shoes (and clothes and a lot of other things because of my weight). At my largest, 240 lbs, and up until recently, my feet were so wide I needed to wear an 8.5-9 despite how stubby they are (I am wearing a 7.5 this very second) because my feet were so wide. Losing the weight and inches that I have, during this year, made it possible for me to wear shoes again--not flip flops, Ugs or Crocks--real shoes! Tennis shoes! With shoe laces! And not from a specialty store. This to me is a huge, huge blessing and proof that perseverance pays off with exercise. That's not to say that this is easy yet, and I don't still struggle, but I have faith! I'm so excited for the future!

I hope everyone has a great and blessed Sunday. Make today count. Your future self will be so happy that you did!

I can do this. I am a star.

5 comments:

Ellie said...

I was really surprised that my shoe size changed when I lost weight - mostly because I was already a 9N, so I didn't really think there was anywhere for them to go, but they're down to an 8.5.
Congratulations on being able to wear real shoes again! And 7.5 is a good size - I always see 7.5s on the sale rack....8.5s always get snapped up!!!!
Yay Day 123!!!

Dani Joy said...

That´s so great that you have been doing so well with the exercise! God gives us strength when we don´t feel like we can keep on. You must be feeling so much healthier.
I have lost 17 lbs since January and want to lose another 15 - 20 more. This has been a journey for me as I didn´t really think I could stick to it. When I saw the weight start falling off and I started to feel better I had to keep at it.
You look great and I am sure it´s going to be worth it all! Keep up the hard work! I have a few fitness blog links on my blog if you would like to check them out. I post a fitness post every Friday too.

Erin said...

Yay, Melissa...I told you! 1/3 of a year is already done! YOu so rock! You are so a star! (and your feet are way smaller than mine! LOL!) Congratulations on starting to feel "normal" again. I'm just so proud of you.

MissEllen said...

Hello Melissa, long time- no hear. :) Your current stats are dazzling. 123 days in a row of exercising. That is such and accomplishment. I don't think I've done anything that consistently except eat too much. LOL
Aside from that, how do you feel? Do you have more energy? Does your body feel stronger?
I'm so proud of you, keep up the good work.
hugs,
Ellen

Melissa Henning said...

Thanks Ellie :). From everything I have heard with pregnancy and your feet growing, I'm 100% surprised to be wearing a 7.5! You are so right about the sales racks! I never fully appreciated it until now! lol.

Hi Dani Joy! Congrats on your weight loss and I wish you well in your journey. One of my favorite scriptures is Phil 4:4-7;13, and totally believe it when it says that we can do all things in Christ who strengthens us. Amen for that! I definitely wouldn't be where I am right now w/out His help! I'll be sure to follow your progress! Thanks for stopping by! :)

I hope your household is feeling better Erin :). Thank you so much for your constant support! I hope you know how much I appreciate your bloggy friendship! :) I am going to attempt to modify some of the yummy recipes on your blog--if it works out, I'll definitely let you know! :)

Hi Miss Ellen! How's the gardening going? I need to stop by to see how your garden is and everything. I feel out of touch! I feel okay. I thought I would have much more energy by now. I feel like if I don't have some sort of caffeine multiple times a day, I am going to fall asleep (even after I've exercised--but like hours after). My body DEFINITELY feels stronger--and much more flexible! It's so great! Hope all is well :)! :)