I made good progress in January.
Weight loss - 5 pounds
Inches lost - 1 inch off chest and hips, now in the 30's for both. Goal is to lose 3 more in both areas, hoping to do this by the end of August. 1/2 inch off waist - with many more to go.
It's my stubborn area. 1/2 inch off my thighs.
Energy level greatly improved. Most days I wake up excited and ready to go.
Stress levels are generally very low, quite a change from my working years when I was in a high stress job. My doctor kept encouraging me to find a way to change that, and I was able to retire early a couple of years ago.
Blood sugar - typically in January below 115, with it being more and more at the 100 level during the latter part of the month. At my doctor's visit on 1/23. my A1C number had dropped almost 2 points. My doctor wants it down another .5 point. It's just a matter of time, but I think it will go lower than that.
Blood pressure - typically now below 120/80. This was what my doctor was most worried about as before SP I had a hard time getting below 160/100, even with meds.
Exercise - has become a part of my life. In January, I exercised 28 out of 31 days, with a couple of those being 15-20 minutes when I felt I needed a break. My average workout was 52 minutes, with the amount increasing during the month. I added in swimming to my routine this month. I am really enjoying exercising more than I have in a long time.
I joined the Low Glycemic Team this month and am about to read a couple of books on the subject. I think it will be my answer for the rest of my life.
I think the most important change is how good and happy I feel. My husband comments on it almost daily, and has actually made some important changes for himself. He started exercising with me this month, and he's more and more eating the way I do - meaning lots of chicken and fish, and lots of vegetables.
I was having a lot of trouble sleeping, lucky to get 5 hours a night, during most of January. That is starting to come around. If I can get that under control, it will make a major difference. Late at night is when I start getting into food I shouldn't, probably out of frustration. I have gotten better though.
February will be a fun month. My son, his wife, and her sister are coming to visit in 2 weeks, along with our "grandpuppy" (a very cute pug). Right after that, we are off for a 2+ week vacation. My hope is to continue to exercise and eat well during all this fun, but the emphasis will be on the fun.