Sunday, November 04, 2012
Hey everyone! I just wrote a blog yesterday, but I figured I'd write again today. I've been putting off setting goals, cause I'm just not sure what kind of small goals I should set for myself. I've got my final weight loss goal, but still trying to figure out short term goals. Does anyone have any suggestions? I know I want to avoid fast food for as long as possible, but how do I put that in a short term goal form? What other short term goals should I have?
Feeling lots better today. Cough is still hanging on, but my energy and positive attitude are back. Had to work today (I'm a Special Care Aid, or Nurse's Aid) and it was a good day. Still waiting for the sun to come out - it's been hiding for a few days now. I usually suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) so not seeing the sun all day is depressing for me. I do take medication for depression/anxiety, and vitamin D helps the SAD, but I really really wanna see the sun!
I've been doing the Healthy Eating challenge, and really enjoying it. I think the biggest change I've made is planning our weekly menu. It's not only helped with the grocery bill and not having to throw out spoiled produce, but it's REALLY helping me to avoid fast food. Having something planned and ready to go takes away my excuse of "I don't know what to make, and nothing's thawed out, so we might as well get take-out." Can't do that when you already have a plan in place! It's working wonderfully. I DID have pizza the other day, cause my hubby was craving it, but I kept it reasonable. I don't think I've ever gone this long without McDonald's! At least not in several years! Go me!
One more week, and I'll be done with the Healthy Eating Challenge, and I'm gonna move on to the 28 day boot camp. YEAH BABY!!!
Take care everyone!
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Day 22 today, and still sticking to my plan. Except for the exercise portion. I've been battling a chest/head cold for the past week, and it's kicking my ass. I'm not sure if it's just the cold, or a combo of the cold and my thyroid. Either way, I have next to no energy. Can't wait to get over this thing!
Went for a second round of blood tests to confirm whether or not I have hypothyroidism. I see the doctor for the results next Friday. I'm excited to get some treatment for this so I can start to feel better. I also have an appointment with a gastroenterologist or whatever they're called. They're gonna check my esophagus for any damage. I have chronic hyperacidity. So we'll see if they find anything.
My mammogram went well. The technician took pity on me since it was my first time, and didn't squeeze too hard. Nothing abnormal on the xrays, so I'm good for 2 years.
It was weigh-in day today, and I'm down a bit more. I've lost 9 lbs so far, and it feels good. :)
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
It's Day 12 of my weight loss journey. Still doing great. Day 4 was the absolute hardest, and it's been not bad since getting over that hump.
Something clicked this time. I have started this weight loss journey countless times before. I usually don't last a week. This time, before starting to make changes, I did some self-reflection: WHY can't I stick to a weight-loss plan? I discovered two things. 1) I have an addiction to fast food, and 2) I do a lot of harmful self-talk. (ex. "If you don't have a piece of cake, you'll miss out." "Don't worry, it's Thanksgiving. Everyone over-eats." "You can start eating healthy tomorrow, go ahead and get that burger and fries.") Even just realizing that I do these things has helped me quit doing them.
I've known for years and years that I need to lose weight. But when my doctor told me so at my last physical appointment, I decided "yep, she's right. Enough of this crap." Something clicked, and I was more determined than ever.
I put some things in place to help ensure my success this time. I tend to cheat if I don't have to be accountable to anyone outside myself, so I joined a local chapter of TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly). I've been to two meetings so far, and the weigh-ins do help keep me on track. I've also subscribed to SparkCoach. I've only been using that for a few days, but it seems to be a really good motivational/accountability tool. My mom calls me every few days to make sure I'm on track and not struggling, and my daughter & husband are being very supportive. I've also told anyone who cares that I'm on this journey. If they come to me and ask how I'm doing, I'd feel bad telling them I failed, so failure isn't an option anymore.
I have to go back to my doctor on Friday to talk about my blood test results (apparently something's wrong with my thyroid - more on that next time), I'm excited to tell her I've already lost some weight.
Keep kicking fat's ass!
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