**Hit the Deck**!

I’m the primary lawn care person at our home, mostly because I’m OCD about keeping the property “manicured”. We have a really nice Troy Built garden tractor that I’ve named “Vengeance”. And because I like my grass shorter than most, we (meaning Al) ends up having to clean under the deck every time the mower is used… it just gets packed up with grass and dirt. Well, yesterday, for the first time, I cleaned Vengeance’s deck! It requires putting the front of the mower up on ramps, then crawling underneath and scraping and digging all that debris out from under. This is significant because, as early as last year, I was unable to walk from our house to our garage without being winded and having to sit down! Now I’m actually able to get DOWN ON THE GROUND AND get back up without much difficulty! Unless you’ve actually been obese and unhealthy, you just won’t get it. I have more mobility this year than I’ve had in two decades. It’s freeing. This is what we (in bariatric circles) call an “NSV” – non-scale victory!

**Okay so I’ve been honest about sharing my bariatric journey so I’ll share this too, even if a little embarrassing**
I went swimming for the first time yesterday (in my own pool) and was taken aback! First, I loved my cheap swimsuit from WalMart, even if my butt didn’t quite fill it out. But I was surprised by the way my loose skin floated and “undulated” in the water! It was so weird! Also weird was not being able to float so well ~ I’ve ALWAYS been able to float with ease! Lastly, while in the water, I was running my hands over my newly deflated body and felt something very strange in my low, low back just above my butt! Holy cow it was my tail bone! I didn’t actually know I HAD one, let alone being able to FEEL it! LOL! No wonder my behind hurts so much when I sit! There’s no padding around that tail bone at all anymore! Learning new things every day!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my journey with me.

Many blessings ~ Tamara

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