So Wednesday marked the end of the 6 week Intervention phase on the Protein Power plan and the phrase that comes to mind is "IT'S WORKING!!". So far it's going wonderfully, I'm so pleased. I did my measurements this morning and I've lost 23 1/2 inches in 52 days. What!!! I know! I'm noticing even more changes like feeling my thighs are thinner when walking up stairs, noticing my arm looks thinner, and I had to make a smaller notch on my belt (and that notch is already a little big so I'll need to make another one soon- or get a new belt!) I was also able to fit in a pair of size 16 pants this week!! The waist was a little tight, but the legs and hips were perfect. Not too shabby seeing as 6 weeks ago my size 18 pants were snug. I was even able to wear a pair of jeans this week that I bought over a year ago and was only able to wear 3 times before they were too small. I'd been saving them on the off chance I'd actually be able to fit in them someday, and now I can wear them! I've also noticed I can pull up pants higher since my belly isn't as big and squashing them down anymore.
I got my official reward for completing the 6 week Intervention phase on Thursday- a beautiful deep red lipstick from Lime Crime called Velvetines. I got it in Red Velvet, and I swear, it's like the heavens answered all my prayers from the past 9 years for the perfect blue-based red lipstick. (And before anyone reading this gets weirded out that I'm so obsessed with a lipstick, keep in mind that I'm an aspiring makeup artist, haha) I'll try to take some pictures the next time I wear it so I can do a post/review. So far I'm completely in love! I also got a little bonus present for myself this week since my favorite band, Eisley, came out with their new album, Currents. Actually, it's not officially out until Tuesday, but somehow I got it in the mail this past Thursday, but no complaints here! It came with a free poster, and this is gonna sound so cheesy, but it's such an inspirational image. The girls in the band are all so beautiful in their dresses and fun shoes and pretty hair. It's what I aspire to be, happy and doing what I love. See, cheesy, right? But you can't help what inspires you, I guess. I'm bummed that I won't be able to see them on their upcoming tour since the shows will be at bigger venues without seats and that's just not do-able with CFIDS right now. I've seen them twice before and met them in 2004. I brought my Mom to see them in Savannah when they came last March, and it was amazing. I'm so stoked for their new album.
One sort of wrench in the otherwise smooth sailing has been being diagnosed with a hiatal hernia last week. I'd been having burning/sharp stomach and chest pains, mainly in my esophagus, for a few weeks, but thought it was just a pulled muscle or something. But last weekend the pain got pretty bad and I kept almost passing out (which I'm assuming was from too little Potassium, and not the hernia, but I could be wrong), so I went to the doctor on Monday. He gave me a few prescriptions to help with the symptoms and I'm supposed to go back in a month to see if I'll need another upper endoscopy which would determine if I need surgery to fix it. It's been almost a week and the medicines don't seem to be touching it, if anything the symptoms seem worse, but I called them yesterday and they said the meds wouldn't be fully working yet and to call back on Tuesday if it's not better. So I'm just trying to tough it out. It's frustrating, being someone who never asks for help or makes a fuss unless something is significantly wrong, and when I finally do reach out I'm sort of shut down. But maybe they're right and I'll start feeling better soon. I was advised to not do my normal (already very small) amount of working out except I could keep walking, so I plan to keep that up. I'm sort of nervous for next week's weigh-in between being sick and moving into the next phase of Protein Power. But I won't know until I see the numbers, so I guess I'll just keep doing my best and know I'll be able to buckle down a little more when I start feeling better.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. Remember to take a little time to do something fun for yourself.