I'm so sorry it's been so long since I've written a blog on here. I write in my Open Diary a few times a week, but I usually save my blogs on Spark for more meaningful entries. So for those of you that have been asking about me, I'm doing pretty well (thanks for asking!)
Just before Christmas, I reached a low weight of 128--just 2 pounds from my goal! I should have known it wasn't going to last, because my mouth was still wired shut from my broken jaw. On Jan 4th, I got all the wires removed and with the exception of some pain in my joints (just under my ears), I'm feeling pretty good. I'm able to eat solid foods again and the week after Christmas I gained 8 pounds!! However, I've been working really hard not to get into old habits, and I've maintained my weight between 134 and 139 for the entire month of January. That's where my weight was in November, before I fell and broke my jaw. So even though my weight is up from Christmastime, I still feel like I'm doing really well with all things considered.
DIET: I did get re-addicted (for lack of a better word) to sugar--which I had forgotten how hard was to overcome! After 16 months of losing weight and eating a pretty balanced diet, I started eating too much sugar around the holidays and it is SO HARD to cut back on it. I think if I could kick the sugar habit, I'd get my weight down to goal pretty easily--but I'm having a hard time getting through the first 4 days of sugar withdrawl.
As I type this, I am on Day 3 of counting WW Points again... which I REALLY hate to do. I was doing really well through December with intuitive eating, but that is what led to the sugar cravings again, so I know now that I MUST count calories or points or something in order to stay on track. I chose to count points because WW's came out with their re-vamped program and I thought it might be fun to do something "new" and learn a new program (in other words, I might actually enjoy it! haha)
WEIGHT: I was 137 today, so I'm 11 pounds from goal. I *should* be happy about it (it's in the "normal" range for my height and my size 4's all still fit), but knowing that I was 128 before the wires came off is messing with my head and makes me feel like I should be in the 120's. However, my jeans were starting to feel tight and a little uncomfortable, so I made the decision to start counting points again. Hopefully I'll get the last 11 pounds off soon--if it becomes TOO hard and I am miserable doing it, I might revise my goal weight to be around 132 (where I feel good, my clothes feel good and it's easier to maintain). I chose 126 simply because it'd be half of my starting weight, which is a stupid reason to choose a goal, but when I started losing I had no idea I'd actually make it this far! So I'm giving it a month to see how I feel and then I might revise my goal.
EXERCISE: I've still been running consistently. The roads have been icy and I'm terrified of falling and hurting my jaw, so I've been doing my runs on the dreadmill. Normally I like to run for distance rather than speed, but I cannot endure more than 3 miles at a time on the treadmill, so I've been running 5k every other day and working on increasing speed. Today I set a new PR of 25:50! I was THRILLED to get under 26 minutes. Maybe by fall I'll get under 25 minutes.
OTHER STUFF: I'm thinking about getting a tummy tuck in May. I spoke with the insurance company about it and it sounds like they might cover it--and if they do, I definitely want to get it done! Cosmetically, my stomach looks terrible! But it causes me non-cosmetic problems as well (particularly when I run) and I would love to get it out of the way.
I wasn't going to say anything about this until I knew anything for sure, but I was contacted by the producer of The Rachael Ray Show to possibly appear on a segment about weight loss in an upcoming show. That was last week and I haven't heard anything since, so I'm guessing that nothing will come of it. It was still exciting to be recognized for my hard work, though :)
So there you have it, in a nutshell. For more specifics, you can check out my entries on Open Diary. Here is the link for that: