Tuesday, February 3, 2009


No, I haven't fallen off the edge of the planet......just trying to fit more into my days.

I have an NSV to report.

Yesterday, as I went down the basement to put some laundry into the dryer, I was suprised and elated to discover that I was RUNNING DOWN the stairs!!!

I've been running UP the stairs for some months now, but going DOWN has been very slow. I had recently progressed from stopping on each stair to walking down very slowly and carefully.

Suddenly I can RUN down the stairs? Glory Be!

When I was almost 50 pounds heavier, I felt so unbalanced and top heavy that I always felt like I would fall if I didn't take one stair at a time. I was also very aware that if I did ever fall (even just from my feet to the ground) that my extra weight could/would cause extra injury.

Most of the time, I am alone - a half hour from any town. My nearest family member is my sister....they are only 3 miles away, when they are home....but they both work LONG hours so the only time they would be available in an emergency would be later in the evenings or possibly on a Sunday. Because of this fact, I am extra careful not to fall or otherwise cause myself injury. Could be why running down the stairs has been so long in coming.

The thing is, I didn't even think about it! I was half way down the stairs before I even realized what I was doing!

I was as excited about this feat as if I had lost 5 pounds in one week!


~TMcGee~ said...

Very wonderful NSV, Karyn! :-) I do hope you carry your cell in your pocket though, in case you should injure yourself while you are alone, that would worry me. Take care and I'm very excited for you!

bbubblyb said...

How exciting *smile*!!!! I sooo get this one for sure, I use to be a one foot at a time person on the stairs, I'm still not to running yet though so way to go.

new*me said...

super, super victory! Hey, you can add the stair as part of your exercise routine :)

Karyn said...

Faith....yes, I carry my cell phone in my pocket for that very reason. Also, at least my youngest calls or texts a couple times a day to make sure I am OK. some people laugh at us, but it makes me feel cared for.

MeltingLisa said...

Karen that is an awesome NSV!

arlene said...

I don't know what NSV stands for, but good for you! I am SO happy for you and your great leaps forward (literally) in getting healthier. I'm so proud and excited Karyn!
(plus you are inspiring me to get on the treadmill and get some core strength back. Spring is almost here so I can walk outside too!)

Karyn said...

Arlene...NSV is "non scale victory" The numbers on the scale don't tell the whole story, after all.

And when's our get together? No, I'm NOT waiting for birthdays!!! I miss you.....Don't know if Jim is working past tomorrow or not....I'll give you a call.

Pamela said...

Congratulations, Karyn! I'm so happy for you!!!