Tuesday, July 05, 2011
I am coming off the worst lupus flareup I have had in over 10 years. I have been out of commission for about a week. My body swelled up like one of those big balloons they have in the Thanksgiving parades. My hands hurt so much I couldn’t even hold a pencil or drive. I was so tired but couldn’t sleep at night. But I am coming out of it and feeling much better. What a difference a week makes.
Progress to June Monthly Goals
Count calories every day – Counted every morsel of food that went into my mouth even the bad stuff I allowed myself to eat. A+ for this goal – I am on the honor roll for this one!
Stay within calorie range and nutrient range – Only 3 days over my calorie range. A- for this goal.
Strength training for upper body 3 days per week – Done – I give myself an A+ for this one. Now if I could just see some change in the flappy upper arms as a reward for all my hard work.
Exercise Ball Routine 3 times per week – I did get the ball inflated but have not used it yet. Too much time swimming this month. I guess I have to get an Incomplete on this goal.
Walking 5 days per week – No but I walked 20 out of 30 days. Not bad for a month plagued with both a lupus flareup and a ganglion cyst on my foot. I am getting lots of pool time though. This goal should be rated as a failure but I give myself props for getting over 1,100 minutes of exercise this month so I am upping my score to a C.
Try one new recipe per week – Hubby and I are still experimenting with new recipes. This last week we made a lighter version of a caprese salad and roasted veggie salad. Both were great. I really like the idea of introducing new recipes to keep our meals interesting. I think both Hubby and I get a B+ for this goal.
Lose 2 pounds per week – No! Only lost 6 pounds this month. I gained this last week – I know that some was water retention because I was bloated and swollen. I increased my activity this month so it should have been a better month but I will take any loss I can get. I would give myself a C+ for this goal but I know I worked hard to get that.
I guess I didn’t make the Goal Honor Roll this month but I worked my A** off this month. Now if I can just the perfectionist in me to not get too discouraged by this month – I am not giving up because this is getting more difficult.
New July Goals
Stay within calorie 6 out of 7 days
Strength training for upper body 3 days per week (my flappy arms need to go away)
Strength training for lower body 3 days per week
Walking or swimming 5 days per week
Try one new recipe / new food per week
Lose 5 pounds in month (doctor lowered my thyroid medicine so I am giving my body some time readjust to the new med levels)
Three things I am grateful for:
1. A whole week off - I get to sleep in every day!!!!!!
2. When my hubby grills
3. Feeling much better this week
Three positive things about myself
1. I helped my hubby get healthy
2. I am a loving spouse
3. I don’t give up even when the going gets tougher