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March 2013 Update

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



Just a quick update on where I'm at.

I was really rocking my weight loss in September, but I ended up finding out I was pregnant right as we were horribly rocked by complications from Hurricane Sandy here in New Jersey. What followed were a few tragic months where we weren't sure if the pregnancy was going to be okay or not. Ultimately I ended up having a miscarriage, and found out I was carrying twins who only made it to six weeks or so. I was very disappointed, even though this was a surprise. My husband and I really want to have kiddos.

Anyway, I had to have surgery right around New Years 2013, and dealt with that all through Christmas holidays. Recovery was painful, but I started a quest to keep drinking green smoothies and juicing once a day to try and get my nutrients up with fresh produce. I drank lots of water and I've chosen to continue to take my prenatal vitamins because the goal is to get healthy in order to have a baby eventually, right?

In the past six months or so I have given up: drinking coffee/caffeine/sodas, all alcohol consumption, and most of my sugar intake. I am having a hard time completely kicking sugar, but I'm taking things slow and trying to be realistic about my goals. I am trying to eat salads instead of bread. That seems to be pretty easy to do most of the time. I'd love to stop eating processed food all together and just eat whole, natural foods, but convenience usually gets in the way of my growling tummy.

Anyway, I feel like I've done great so far. Since January I'm down about 20 pounds from the point where I had surgery for my miscarriage. Its been great to work out in order to deal with the stress and emotions, instead of turning to food.

Right now I'm trying to build the habit of working out almost every day. This is a struggle for me right now. I am not finding it fun and seem to have a few days on followed by a few days where I sulk and stomp my feet and talk myself out of it.

I have been really having painful knee incidents which turned out to be a misalignment in the patellas of both of my knees.

Here is my Xray, you can see the knee caps are sitting facing outward and sort of crooked. It is very painful because they slip out of joint and I end up having to nurse them for days afterward. I'm starting Physical Therapy next week and I'm hoping it forces me into even more of an exercise routine than I already have. That would be a mixed blessing, right?

Crooked Knees:




Anyway, here are the results I'm seeing:

1. I've successfully regulated my period, meaning it came twice in a more "normal" cycle than it has in the past-- that is so huge!!
2. I have a lot more energy, and don't miss drinking coffee. On days I don't drink a green smoothie, I want to eat all day long and crave sugar.
3. Consistency builds on top of consistency. It is easier to say I will do one thing every day for one week than to think, "Okay it is time to change ALL THE THINGS." I am trying not to get overwhelmed and give up because of all the possible things I could be doing. Just focus on one and then the next week either stay the course because it isn't easy yet, or add a new thing on top of the good thing you are now doing.
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