Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The subject of which Mr. O is likely growing weary

So you know a substantial weight loss, especially after birthing five children, can result in some major body reshaping - not all of which is pleasant.

Various parts shrink and not necessarily in the order in which you would prefer, skin sags (boy howdy!), wrinkles appear, etc. But one of the best side effects of a major weight loss is that you feel as if you are no longer moving under water. It reminds me of when I was in drill team and we trained for our kicks with ski boots on so that our legs would feel that much lighter with them off and, in theory, our kicks would be higher.

It's amazing the difference 65 pounds makes. I went from not being able to do any push-ups (even girl ones) to now being able to eke out three sets of seven military push ups before finishing off with girl push ups. (Oh and I've gone from belly on the floor to 45 second planks - there's always room for improvement).

A year ago, I foolishly decided to show my daughters that I could still do a cartwheel. Did you know that the truth actually hurts? I landed very ungracefully and didn't quite make it all the way over. At least I provided some comic relief and gratefully, Mr. O was nowhere in sight when disaster struck.

Tonight I decided to see if perhaps I've still got it. Again, Mr. O was safely away and as I told my girls my intention their eyes got sort of large and roundish and they whispered, "Don't you remember what happened last time?"

I reassured them it would be okay, crossed my fingers and attempted a cartwheel. No big deal, right? Actually, HUGE deal. I did it and it was lovely. I decided to go for the gusto and finish off with a spectacular round-off. Wha-bang! I did that too.

Only thing is, when your body has done all that reshaping and you've decided to help nature out with a little extra "support," gravity can be a real downer (if you'll pardon the pun). I had to step out of sight into the hallway and do a little readjusting. Wouldn't that have been something if they'd fallen all the way out mid-round-off? Talk about your comic relief.

14 comments:

tiburon said...

Good for you on the weightloss! You are a rockstar :)

And the readjusting does suck...

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

65 pounds!? Huzzah!!! Being able to do cartwheels is a big deal. Glad you were able to show off with out getting "busted." :)

Kristina P. said...

I lost about 70 pounds, 7 years ago. I've probably put about 15 back on. I know exactly what you mean!

Kalli Ko said...

I think you and your floppy appendages are freaking awesome, 65 lbs is no joke.

Cafe Johnsonia said...

That. is. awesome.

My goal from beginning to end is somewhere between 80 and 100 lbs. (Although according to the instruments at the gym, that would me absolutely no body fat whatsoever.) That was my thinnest and I want to be there again!

I'll settle for 65. And the extra flab that goes with it.

(I finally broke the 20 lb. mark. My husband is tiring of this subject, too, therefore this long comment.)

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Mrs. Organic said...

Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my floppy appendages.

Cafe J - Woot! I love that feeling (although 0% body fat would have you looking a little too tiny).

Shawn said...

You go, girl!! I am proud of you and your weight loss and your flip flopping body pieces and your cartwheels!!! :)

I could never even do them well when I weighed 110 lbs. You DO inspire, my dear!!

Anonymous said...

Way to go. I wonder if I can still do a back handspring but hat just sounds scary to try. Kel

Mrs. Organic said...

Kel - I've seen you do them - a back tuck, too.

Loralee and the gang... said...

Good going! You look absolutely stunning now, but I bet you were beautiful even then. My hubby always said he didn't mind the little extra I've accumulated because that's how we got our kids (at least that's how he feels on a good day!)
Being fit would feel great. . .
:~D

Mrs. Organic said...

Loralee - I think I will always have at least a little extra hanging around - it is the badge of motherhood. Birthing 5 babies has taken a toll on my body and I'm happy to have paid the price.

Kim N said...

That is awesome! Good for you. I have quite a bit to lose and I have been completely stuck for the two years since I had my last baby. I need to get my butt in gear and follow your example.

Mrs. Organic said...

I think baby pounds are extra stubborn at vacating the premises. My best to you in shedding them.