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Small Changes Lead To Progress

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

So, another month is down and I can say that I have made progress, but didn't meet my goal. I lost 6.2 lbs this month (not the 8 I was aiming for) and am happy to have lost 22.8 lbs since I started in the middle of May. It just goes to show that even if you don't meet your goals, those small accomplishments do add up to losing weight and feeling better:) I'm still going to aim for 8 lbs in August, and am going to push myself to meet that goal!!

My journey to being healthier seems a lot different this time than any other time that I have tried to lose weight. There is no "falling off the wagon" as I used to see it. Yes, there are days that are better than others, but the mindset of being healthy doesn't go away to start again on Monday of next week. I know the threat of kidney stones tends to keep me in check, but I'll take this lifestyle change any way I can:) I am starting to see myself feeling better, having more energy to keep up with my children, and finally having my clothes fit me better and are actually starting to get too big.

I have learned a few things along the way that have helped me with my progress:
1. Not drinking your calories really seems to help to keep me within my ranges.
2. Drinking lots of water makes me feel better and healthier.
3. Tracking sodium teaches you a lot about what you are putting in your body, along with tracking everything else. (Try it, you may be surprised at how sodium affects your weight loss).
4. You have to want it and be willing to make the changes in order to see the changes that you want to see!!

I seem to have the eating part of this on a positive track, so in August I am going to push myself to get more exercise in. I really want to try to do kettle bell, and am going to see if I can find one at Play It Again Sports (second hand exercise/sports equipment) that is cheaper than what I have found so far. I was surprised at how much they cost, the heavier they are the higher the price and being a farm girl I'm sure that I'll need a fairly heavy one to push myself to start out. Either way, I am going to buy one as a reward for losing 20 lbs.

I'm also still working with the Endocrinologist to figure out why my cortisol levels are out of whack. I go on Friday to have even more lab work done, so hopefully they will figure out something. It's a much more involved test that I have to go to a hospital 1.5 hrs away to have done. Sounds like lots of blood draws and injections to see how my body reacts. Hopefully it doesn't last too long, as that's when I want to see about a kettle bell:)

So, it's time to push myself to take the next steps in my journey to a healthy me...are you willing to make the changes too??

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SUNNSHYNE72 8/1/2012 2:30PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! Just a helpful fact, but when I was getting kidney stones every couple of months my endo had suggested that I give up Iced Tea! I did and now only drink it when we go to a restaurant! I have not had a kidney stone in almost 4 years!!

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WASCALLYWONE 8/1/2012 2:26PM

    You are doin' it! emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 8/1/2012 10:53AM

    Joy, you've turned a corner, and I couldn't be happier for you! You know what you need to do....and you are willing to make sacrifices in order to get it done. Woo Hoo!

About the Kettlebells, do you have Aldi's in your area? A while back some of the girls were going to Aldi's and getting them for pretty cheap. Not sure if they still have them though, or if they are heavy enough for you. But maybe worth a try?

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VLKSHA 8/1/2012 10:28AM

    You have to want it and be willing to make the changes in order to see the changes that you want to see!! - Love it!

Hope you find a cheaper kettle bell, have considered trying them to focus on my stomach ever since I read about them in a c-section recovery blog. I wouldn't get them too heavy, the range of motion and intensity looks pretty tough. Then again, if you move buckets of water/milk, feed bags, hay, etc... you are probably more than ready. Let us know how it goes.

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ANLYNNKO 8/1/2012 10:23AM

    Thanks for the idea of tracking sodium! Keep up the good work.

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MABELLE87 8/1/2012 9:57AM

    This month my goals are to incorporate more veggies in my supper and even my lunch. I clearly dont get enough. Also try to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Its hard especially when you dont like the taste of water, but i bought MIO and thats been helping. But since i have a game plan, im gonna try my best and I cant wait for my next dietician appointment to see if i lost this months goal of 5 lbs. Loved reading your blog keep on posting

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MICHELLE6468 8/1/2012 9:56AM

    You seem to be on the right track! Congratulations on your weight loss!

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