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I’m a Loser

In the last 11 days I have lost another 4.5 pounds.

On August 1st, I decided a change needed to be made and I set out to make myself half the person I used to be. So far I have lost 13 pounds altogether. Inches are coming off, too.

Of course the weight-loss is great and I definately plan to continue, but that is just a minor part of the benefit of exercising. The other day I backed my car out of the driveway and saw all the garbage cans lining the road. Trash day. I’d forgotten.

I stopped the car right there at the curb, hopped out, sprinted up the driveway and took the steps in a single bound —took the steps in single bound –. Those would be the same steps that somedays after work seemed much too steep to climb.

Speaking of which, when my work day comes to an end I now still have energy. I also seem to be in a better overall mood. Not to mention that I am resenting the three days per week I can’t go to the gym: Wednesdays (church), Saturdays (Sidewalk Sunday School), and Sundays (gym closed). I should have picked a gym with longer hours. Since I didn’t, I’m thinking of getting a stair-stepper or walking machine. I am truly liking this exercise thing.

Weird, huh?

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. You are absolutely right, Quilldancer. I remember very well when I was in better shape and about 40lbs lighter I felt a lot better. It’s just a matter of getting off your duff and doing it. Kudos to you for doing so well! You are almost inspiring me to make some more changes. That’s no small accomplishment. Last time I really made an effort… it took a drill sergeant to motivate me!

  2. oh sweetie you are doing awesome. congratulations. i’m so glad that you are happy but not only that, that you are seeing great benefits from it health wise. i’m proud of you. good job.

  3. Oh, good job. I think some kind of exercise machine would be a good idea, nothing too crazy or anything like that, just something that’ll keep you active on the days you don’t make it to the gym. Or, you can always just take a mile or so walk on the nice days.

  4. [applause]

    My experience with home exercise machines has been disappointing. Quality and durability are low, especially if you’ve had experience with the commercial gear. If time and circumstances permit, silverneurotic’s on the right track, I think.

  5. Thanks all — I’m feeling pretty gopod about me these days.

    The exercise machine would likely be bigger than any room I have to put it in, but, walking in this neighborhood is not a good idea. I could drive to the college and walk the outdoor track, but not in 30* weather — I’m a baby.

  6. Awesome! I too need to get off my duff. With our amazing lottery win, we purchased a Gazelle – I love it, no impact on my knees and yet 30 seconds on the thing and I’m sweating and out of breath. Congratulations on your steady progress Quilly, that’s the absolute key to keeping it off.

  7. Kat — I have a friend who just informed me I am not to buy an exercise machine — she has a Gazelle she will give me. Only thing is, I probably can’t have it until January because it is in a stoarge unit 650 miles away. I want it TODAY!

  8. So, from the last comment you wrote I see that impatience is also a trait we have in common, dear auntie. 🙂 Seriously, though, congratulations! You’re an inspiration to me.

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