Clearly, posting daily in May didn't quite work out like I had hoped. It's been a busy month and though I have been working out regularly, I haven't always been able to get the challenge workout in. We went camping for four days last weekend which left me without service and the ability to post. I've been playing catch up since we got back and just haven't managed to get a post in. So, I'll catch you up now and let myself off the hook because posting daily is just too much to manage when I'd rather be working out.
So...CAMPING! We had a blast. Shei, Blake, and I joined my friend's Kelly and Sean and some of their family and friends on Apache Lake. We boated, kayaked, swam, sunned, visited, and had a wonderful time. There were many NSVs while there. I think the one I appreciate most is being able to pull my body weight out of the water onto the boat without assistance. I couldn't quite pull myself vertically up the rope to cliff jump but...it's a great goal for next year. I do fit in a single sit-in kayak now and was able to kayak across the span of the lake from our site and back. It is definitely a good workout.
I went on the towable a few times and managed to hold on much longer than I would have been able to in the past. Blake, Johnathan and I (pictured above) had one heck of a ride that almost took me off multiple times but I was able to recover and pull myself back up. That is, until I took a good smack in the face with the towable and had to quit and let go.
It was so nice to be able to be so helpful. Feeling capable, functional, and physically ABLE is such a blessing. To be able to help pack, load, unload, help set up camp, help cook, tear down, etc. is just phenomenal. Alan wasn't able to go with us this last weekend and in the past that would not have worked for me because I usually count on him to do so much. Now, I can manage myself so much better than before. I don't need someone else to be my pack mule or to fetch things for me. MY BODY CAN MOVE.
After many days out of the gym it feels so good to be back. In just two more weeks it will be my one year HEALTHYversary. While my pound shedding progress is slowing down some, I am gaining strength and feeling better every single day. That's what matters to me more than a number on the scale. I currently weigh 287 and I've lost a total of 163 pounds so far. More importantly, I FEEL AMAZING!