Day 32: First Month in Review
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Well, I just took my measurements and in one month I've lost one inch off my upper arms, 2 off my chest, 1 off my waist and 3 off my hips. My thighs stayed the same for a total of 8 inches lost.
My garden and landscaping have been neglected the past few years, so tackling that has become my primary source of exercise as I'm eager to plant organic veggies this year and to get the property looking prettier. I'm out there every other weekday and part of the weekend (the days I'm not not caring for my baby granddaughter), generally for 4-8 hours at a time. There were also a few 10-12 hour days.
I think much of the inches lost has to do with this as there's a lot of bending, squatting, lifting heavy bags of mulch and garden soil, raking, digging, dragging, etc. There is so much yet to do that I believe I can continue to work like this until around mother's day.
I won't be weighed again until I return to my PA in May but I am happy with the inches lost and the way I've stuck to my food plan. I don't come online and post as often as I should but that is primarily from tiredness!
I haven't "cheated" on my food plan, nor binged in any way. Food cravings don't come as often as they used to and I am able to deal with them when they do happen.
When I first started, I was extremely tired all the time, felt kinda "blah" most days, was very easily winded, had achy joints, and just plain didn't feel good. I feel a lot more energetic these days and a lot less achy. Moving my body, stooping, bending, lifting-- has become easier. I can work for longer and longer periods in the garden without taking a break.
I'm hoping that the sun I'm getting will help the vitamin D deficiency and I look forward to seeing how many inches I lose this month . I've been cooped up the past few years so the sun and fresh air feel good.
I still have a long way to go but what I have accomplished in one month is already life-changing in terms of what I can do and how I feel. My blood pressure has been trending lower but has not dropped as significantly as I would have liked. Let's see what the next month brings.