I went back to the gym this morning for the first time since the October hospital stay. It was amazing to be back and to be putting my body through it’s paces. I really noticed (visually) the weight loss for the first time, as I stared at myself in the full length wall to wall mirrors. The last time I was staring at myself, I was 25 pounds heavier, had a shaved head, and was pumping up to fly to Portland. It was weird to not totally recognize the person staring back at me in a mirror and to grasp how long it had been since I had worked out and why. There was some brief teary-eyed emotion, but I composed myself and got on with the business at hand. I did not do the weight I had left off at, but I made it through most of my arm routine at lighter weights with more reps. I forgot to do one station, but I also added one station, so it all evened out. I did try out different types of exercise bikes and I ended with 35 minutes on the treadmill as fast as I could walk without jogging (4.5 miles an hour.) I have been told I can’t run until we have confirmation that the blood clot in my leg is gone. It was hard not to break into a sprint because I really wanted to, but I’m a good patient and follow orders to a tee. Besides, if I have to go without cosmos for the duration, I should get to go without running, too, right?
In celebration, I headed to Target, tried on and bought myself some size 32 jeans. I was stunned they fit. I was going to avoid buying 32s for fear I would quickly gain some weight and outgrow them, but that seems like a back-assward approach. Instead, I bought the jeans as an incentive to keep at this weight. I am happy being thinner and I want to really make the effort to stay this way. Returning to the gym will be a huge asset and maybe with less fat to burn off and through, I may just show some definition before too long.
One sad note: I got my Wonder Twin tees in the mail yesterday and was so excited to show them off until I realized they sent me 2 larges instead of 2 mediums. I have an e-mail in to them asking if I can return and exchange them. (If not, anyone interested in 2 large Wonder Twin Tees?) FYI: I ordered the women’s Jayna tee Large because I found a size chart that said if you are wearing women’s clothes, buy a size larger than what you wear in men’s size. However, the tees were identical, unisex tees, so I will buy 2 mediums when I reorder or exchange them.
Now I have to go make Weight Watcher’s one point chocolate almond truffles for tonight for our favorite gal pal at gay bowling, Donna the wonder waitress. They’re super easy to make and taste delicious. Let me know if I should post the recipe and directions.