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My first year being truly healthy...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What a year this has been. 138 lbs lost. Cholesterol at a normal level. Blood pressure's great. My arthritis pain is manageable, enough so, I've not needed any epidurals in over a year! I've only been sick less than a week in the past year. I've gone from a tight size 32 or 4X to a loose 18 in pants and wear L and XL tops now. Rings fall off my fingers. I have room in the chairs I sit in now. I can walk more than 1/2 a mile without sitting down (heck, more than 5 minutes without sitting down... ) I can probably walk more than 6 miles now, actually. I can stand for more than 2 minutes without being in severe pain. My feet are so terribly swollen like they used to be that it hurts just to look at them. Necklaces no longer have to be more than 22", but can be just the standard 16" or 18" that they normally are and look long on me now.

This past year hasn't been one full of deprivation, either. Today, I celebrated with my husband and son at an Indian buffet for lunch (one of our favorite meals)... and realized that we've shared several of these throughout the year... not weekly, mind you... not even monthly, but enough of them throughout the year to feel as though we've enjoyed them and not deprived ourselves of them completely. I may be able to count how many times I've had pasta in the past year, BUT, I've HAD pasta in the past year... And hot wings. I just don't do it on a regular basis like I used to. I have basically changed my relationship with food and have adopted a clean food approach in my life... less process and more natural. However, there have been times I've indulged. I truly enjoy eating the way I do now... more vegetables, lean proteins, fruit and I enjoy my greek yogurt. I have always loved the simplicity of plain water... it's truly more satisfying to me than just about any other liquid out there.

I enjoy the exercising I do. I don't go crazy. I walk. I haven't gone to the gym, although I've been getting interested in newer forms of exercise and just recently purchased new dvd's on yoga, qigong and t'ai chi. I have enjoyed getting fit with friends, as well. Seeing them reach their goals has been fun for me. Being there for support is not only helpful to them, but very helpful to me as well. I'm so eager for this winter weather to move on and for the warmer weather to show up so I can get back out there and get active outside. Start sweating more, as I can see my goal in sight and want to reach it this year.

I know this will be the year I get to goal and that is super exciting to me. It's been a fun past year, and this next year will see me to goal and I'm very ready for it. Then, maintenance. I'm ready for the challenge of that! I've got this!
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