… that I even had these….Gluteal muscles.
I had zero expectations going in but the end results after only two days of working the grave yard shift was simply mind-blowing in terms of exercise.
Since moving 10 miles south in December and starting a new job and moving into an apartment that didn’t provide me enough room to put my very nice treadmill in it or my recumbent bike … I will admit, my exercising HAD been lacking. Like a lot.
But still at my gig of four-months now, I do a ton of standing and walking around and bending but that has been about the extent of it. Cold temps and bad weather has made me not want to venture outdoors either.
My two nights on the grave yard changed things up a bit. Or a lot.
Since there is less than 10 folks on the clock with me, we ALL have to pitch in to clean majority of the joint. Together. So I volunteered to do the vacuuming and washing down counters/windows/whatever.
First night I did it… I was fine and felt very energized. I can do this. Yup. Next day I couldn’t figure out why my butt muscles ached a tad bit. Also the way top of the back of my thighs — area. I went in the next night, same thing. This past Friday and Saturday were my day off … and I could feel … strength (is that the right word??) in my upper thighs — front and back — and all over my butt area. I could also feel more development in my upper back and upper arms vicinity too. And weird as this may be… I’ve been cracking my knuckles a ton lately too. Everything feels like it’s all tightening up — in a good way — not in a sore way.
A couple of days ago, I ran into a friend in town who also had the lap band done many many years ago. And I told her about an article I recently read where it told me that although the pounds are not falling off like I have wanted them too, I can feel my entire body, head to toe, feel a thousand times better and that’s when she told me about “the more muscles you have, the more fat you burn, the slimmer you look.” And she’s right on the money for me. I found this image (in pink) right after reading the article and finally “got it.”
I will no longer be discouraged because the number on the doctor’s scale isn’t budging much. I will continue to be encouraged to listening to my body — aches and all … and continue to follow the lap band rules.
Today is March 1, 2014 — and for the first time in my lap band journey — I feel so so amazing. And blessed.