This morning I woke up and lay in bed for a few minutes, thinking about my day. I snuggled with the cat. (As much as anyone can snuggle with a Linus, that is. It's all about reading the warning signs.) I thought about the dreams I had. (One dream involved some girls I knew in college and some socks I'm not finished knitting, the girls had ruined the socks.) I lay there and thought about the day I was going to have. I thought about taking a walk. And then, people, and then I WENT FOR A WALK.
I know, I know. Feel free to take a few moments to yourself to compose. I understand. I'm a little shocked myself.
In the spirit of a Very Brave Friend, I thought I might post a Before Picture of myself. I am very not brave enough for a bikini shot or anything, but I did take some pictures (using the timer) of myself in my walking uniform. They're not pretty, but I hope that someday fairly soon, this shirt will cover my ginormous belly. I hope that someday my track pants won't be forced into high water pants from the stress of trying to cover my behind. It was a little embarassing being out there today, but like Lisa always said, "Wouldn't it be more embarassing to not do anything about it?"
You know what? She's right. Whenever I see an overweight person working out, I cheer them on in my mind. They're getting healthy. I want to get healthier, too. And let's face it. I could stand to lose a few pounds. For me.
Before you get too excited, I want to say that I'm not really expecting to look very different very soon. I mainly want to be able to walk around the block without getting out of breath. I want my joints to be happier. Exercise helps that.
Plus, who knows how long this'll last? Let's be honest.
I picked the side view because it looks the least like I'm a doughy ball of confusion. Apparently the timer had me a little distressed and unsure for the first three shots, and they all happened to be the head-on ones. Also, from the side you can see exactly where my problem is. Yeah, that giant belly? That would be the problem. No sucking it in today, folks.
Later: Ok, so I was uploading the pictures from my camera while I was typing that entry out - not unusual for me - and I hit a few strange buttons on the keyboard by accident, but nothing seemed to go wrong, so I thought "No Biggie" and kept on uploading. (Does anyone else ever do that, or am I just the clutziest/laziest person ever to live?) Anyway, explorer wasn't letting me load the pictures onto blogger, so I went to Firefox to do that thing I do and when I closed explorer,
...this was looking me straight in the eye. I about died. Apparently what I did when I "hit some buttons" was save one of the head-on pictures as my background. It took a few moments for me to realize that it had been stretched to fit this screen. And now, since I had to show you that one because it's just so damn funny, I need to show you the original as well, to prove that I'm not a dwarf.