Sunday, October 24, 2010
...so I think this flare up is coming to an end. I'm feeling much better than I did. I'm not taking the pain meds at all now.
I'm still having some issues with pain, but it's certainly more manageable than before. I'm gingerly exercising again and I'm still losing weight, which was my big fear with sidelining the hardcore workouts.
I'm still sugar-free, pasta/rice/alcohol/bread-free, as well. Got permission to have oatmeal with just a hint of stevia...had that for breakfast this morning and it was AMAZINGLY delicious. (I've been craving oatmeal for a couple of weeks now.) It was way more satisfying than plain oatmeal has ever been before. And stayed with me for a long time, too!
I know I don't have throngs of people reading this, but in case this blog happens to be read by anyone looking for a fitness coach...I feel the need to give a shout out to Echelle, my coach. She's amazing!!! She's so thorough and attentive and helpful and supportive. I've lost 55 pounds since June 1st and she's such an integral part of my success.
Working with someone, a professional, gave me the sense of taking ownership and being responsible in a way I've never done before, doing it on my own. Not to mention, she knows her stuff!!! Answers all my questions. Talks me out of binges. I've benefited greatly from her expertise. I'm learning to think differently. And that makes eating this way so much easier.
We set up 2 week phases. At the end of each phase, she analyzes my food/exercise journal and then offers up suggestions, changes, restrictions or new things to try. She tells me what kinds of exercises to be doing and at what level of intensity. She works with me through my knee pain and adapts the exercises accordingly.
Although she prefers to work face-to-face with her clients, which is ideal, she does work via internet/texting/phone. That's how I'm doing it. I send her body shots every so often, so she can see the progress. (Ugh...I'd rather she saw me in person!) It's working for me. I've never stayed this motivated for this long. I don't feel like I'm starving. I have newfound will power I didn't know I have. (Changing my thinking...it's not forever...it's just for right now...makes it so much easier to say "No, thank you.")
If you are interested in getting Echelle's contact information, send me a note. I'd love to help her out in any way I can!