Jan. 1, 2015

I turn 50 in less than six months. It’s on!

Okay, Make that 167!

OMG. Seriously, who gains 17 pounds in two months?! What am I, prepping for a movie role? No, I am not. I just have NO moderation. That is the bad news. The good news is I went to the doctor and I am basically healthy!!! Yes, I have massive joint pain and I am exhausted BUT it is not due to anything that she can pinpoint-like RA or something equally awful. That means, that it’s pretty freaking likely that I can get rid of this through diet and lifestyle changes (less stress, more exercise, more sleep, supplements, etc.)

I celebrated by going to Chipotle. And ordered chips and lemonade to go with my salad. Don’t ask me why. Wtf? I have been given a second lease on life basically and I am not showing how incredibly grateful I am!

But I am. I said a prayer of thanks and I know I can change this. Let me repeat that: I KNOW I CAN CHANGE THIS. I KNOW I CAN FEEL ENERGETIC AND PAINFREE. I KNOW THIS! I know this. I know this. I know this..

What Happened Here?

Hi there. Remember me? Yeah, it’s been a long time. What have I been up to? Eating. You? Yes, sadly, I am back up to 164 pounds. I kid you not. I went to Mexico for a week and gained over five pounds there alone. It was an all-inclusive and the food was off-the-chain-amazing!!! I didn’t hold back (clearly). And sadly that got me derailed and it’s been all downhill since then. Boo.

Meanwhile, I feel awful. I went to the doctor last week and had a bunch of tests run. Tomorrow I go in for the results. Reumatoid arthritis? Diabetes? Lupus? Something autoimmune for sure because my muscles and joints are in PAIN and I am exhausted.

I am so fed up and so disappointed in myself. Hopefully tomorrow’s news won’t be too awful but just awful enough to scare me straight as it’s only 7 months left until I turn 50.

Weigh In and Measurements

Well, I am here to say I have LOST WEIGHT AND INCHES!!

Here are the results as of this morning:

Weight: 150!!!!  I am so stoked! I almost never use that word but for some reason it seems appropriate!! So, so excited. That means I have lost 14 pounds!!

Measurements:
Bust:  35.5″ (lost 1.5 inches)
Waist:  29″ (lost 1 inch)
Stomach 33.5″ (it was 30″ when I started so clearly I didn’t measure it properly the first time)
Right arm:  11.25 (lost .5″)
Left arm:  11.25 (lost .5″)
Neck: 12.5″ (didn’t measure it before)
Right calf: 13.75″ (didn’t measure calves before)
Left calf: 13.75
Right thigh: 28″ (didn’t measure thighs before?!)
Left thigh: 28″
Hips: 45″ (lost 2.5 inches!!!!!!!!!!)

So, total inches lost is 6 inches! Wow,  14 pounds and 6 inches?! Really! I am so proud of myself and totally motivated to keep on going.

I Have No Sugar Cravings

Now I must admit I did not see this coming. I love sugar/maple syrup/raw honey/fruit/desserts/juices, heck, sweets in general and I used to eat massive quantities of sugar each day. I used to have an enormous sweet tooth but I am here to say that it is gone! Though I still crave an occasional cookie, it’s not an overwhelming/ gotta have it NOW kind of craving and it passes if I don’t satisfy it and I can go on with my day. This is really, really odd and I have no explanation other than maybe I am eating cleaner and all foods are tasting better so sweets are no longer needed. No clue.

The other weird observation that has totally blown me away is that I have a much smaller appetite. Sometimes I can skip breakfast and lunch and so as to not screw up  my metabolism I have to force myself to eat dinner. It is the strangest thing! I haven’t been really hungry in days! So odd!

I have officially lost TEN POUNDS and I am thrilled. I look a lot better but I am going to keep it going until I get under 150. Right now I weight about 154.6 but to see the scale at 149.something will be SO AWESOME! I can’t wait! The other thing I am going to start to do is lift weights. I never did get into Bikram yoga and unfortunately after this week vacation will be almost done. Without child care at yoga studios I won’t be able to try it out. Someone should really open a studio with childcare. I’d be all over that but in the meantime I will continue to focus on my walking and doing stairs and squats. What I am doing is working so I plan to continue!

I’ve Lost Weight!

Weighed myself this morning and I am down to 156.2!!!  Yay!! So happy with myself! Let’s keep this going!

Finally! 10,000 Steps!

Well it only took two weeks but yesterday, for the first time, I was able to do 10,000 steps. Wow, that is no joke! Without thinking about it I tend to do closer to 5,000 so for me to do 10,000 I really have to put in a concerted effort. How was I able to do this? Well, for one I took a walk! I walked around the neighborhood for thirty minutes so that was a start. But I realized that I still had a pretty big chunk to do so I walked during activities when I normally wouldn’t like cooking, folding laundry and talking on the phone! Well, that did it! The good thing is it means I have to keep moving; take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away, walk upstairs if I forgot something instead of asking my daughter to do it, etc. It all adds up and now I know what I have to do. I also fasted yesterday (well I ate 600 calories) so it’s all back on track!

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