Friday, May 16, 2014
One of my co-workers told me, very matter of factually, that he knows I can lose weight. After all, I did it before... It hit me that I doubted him when he said that. I also found myself couching my goals - saying that I'd try to lose 1 pound a week instead of pushing myself to lose 2.
So I'm going to do a little exercise here in visualizing my potential. Yes, I did it before. I didn't lose 2 pounds every week. I had a tendency to lose 1, then 1.5, then 1 and then (Bam!) 4 pounds. That is still almost a 2 pound average.
This was me at my heaviest, about 220 pounds. This was my Before picture the last time I had had "enough".
This is me now. Yes, it's a fuzzy shot - because I don't pose well at this point. I'm 217 now.
I felt horribly fat at 185, but it's now my end of Summer goal. It might be more realistic to say Mid Autumn for reaching the goal - but I don't want to sell myself short.
I was 155 on my 40th Birthday. I would Love to be 155 again. I hope to be that weight by the start of 2015.
I was about 140 pounds on my birthday in 2007. I would love to be that weight by my next birthday, February 23 in 2015.
That works out to 40 weeks to lose 77 pounds. I know that might not be possible. But I bet I could be at least to the 40th birthday picture of 155 pounds.
And THAT would be wonderful.
Friday, November 15, 2013
It's been a long time coming. I had so much pain. It just kept getting worse and worse. First they said I had arthritis in my spine, which I do. But the PT made it worse. I finally insisted on an MRI. Turns out a lot more was wrong - including a little itty bitty cyst on my spine.
I resisted surgery - tried a chiropractor to open up the spine and help with the 4 bulging disks. It helped at first... But then that darn cyst just wouldn't give me a break. I was in agony, on pain medicine, trying to take care of my husband; all of his medical and legal issues, my full time job and all of my pets and the household. I was near collapse.
I said to myself - I don't have time for surgery! And then I finally made myself see a surgeon and find out what was REALLY involved.
Turns out the worst of it would be 2 weeks of recovery at home. No lifting, carrying, bending, sitting or much of anything. I realized that I had to give myself this relief. I didn't have time NOT to have surgery.
The cyst had grown. It was much bigger by the time he cut it out. But now I know I wasn't crazy and imagining all the pain. I had stocked up on food and had friends helping with meals. We let the house get a little messy - my husband pitched in where he could.
I'm back to work now. I'm on light duty; lifting no more than 5 pounds, still no bending and I can only sit for 20 minutes at a time. I'm walking too. I'm up to 13 minutes before it begins to hurt. I tire pretty easily. My husband found out that he feels better when he pitches in.
The best part? That horrible stabbing pain in my back is GONE. GONE!!!! Halleluiah and God Bless. Every day feels like a new beginning. A chance to make something wonderful happen.
I wish for anyone reading this that same opportunity to take a chance, take care of yourself and have a wonderful new day, each day.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
I have been blessed today. Yes, I still woke up with pain. Yes, the dogs had made an awful mess during the night. Yes, I still have a butt-load of work to do around the house.
But the sun is shining. I walked to church and it was a lovely sermon. I walked to my husband's pharmacy to pick up some meds for him before they closed. I bought myself a skinny iced caramel latte from Dunkin and took a break at Peace Blossom Park on my way home.
There were lovely and delicious smelling flowers throughout my walk home. 3 plus miles of walking and I felt wonderful. For a brief bit I didn't even feel my pain.
I made a nice lunch (using lots of that fresh produce), did dishes and now am enjoying a guilt free moment of rest with my husband. I hope all of my friends feel as content as I do right now!
Friday, June 07, 2013
Wowzers - It's been tough lately. But I've jumped over one hurdle: Today is payday! Yayyyy! I can go food shopping. Last night was rice, onions and mushrooms for dinner. I could have added some frozen fish - but really I was full. I'm dreaming of the fresh fruits and vegetables I can buy - LOL. I really do miss them now when I run out. Looking forward to spinach, cucumbers, red peppers, tangelos, maybe a mango?
I made it to the gym this morning. The treadmill does hurt my back but if I concentrate on leaning a little forward it doesn't hurt as much. I need to give myself a break and be ok with just 150 calories burned... It's way more than I burn sitting on the recliner at home! This weekend I plan on spending some more time there each day - maybe trying the elliptical to see if that hurts. Maybe spending some time in the massage chair - aaaaaah.
I hope my friends are having a wonderful day~
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I've been bored with my standard apple/banana rotation. I even turned to canned fruit in juice to break up the boredom. Then I found these beauties.
They must be in season, as they were the same price as regular pears. They were called White Pears, but I understand they are also called Asian Pears.
More fiber, less sugar and so crisp and juicy! They reminded me a little of an apple, especially due to the crispness. Yum - a real treat.
Just wanted to share
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