And I am pretty excited about it
I feel like I have been sputtering along for quite some time. I had regained a big chunk of the weight I lost last year, though I am grateful that I came to my senses this past summer and started turning the freight train around. While that was a good first step, I was stuck there for a few months, basically maintaining, but not making more progress toward better health.
Then I had my bloodwork done last week for my checkup with the doctor (which was today). Again, not as bad as it had been prior to starting with SP last year, but definitely an uptick.
I think a little explosion went off in my head as I read the results. "Seriously? Seriously! What did I think would happen? How could I *not* expect this?"
This first feeling of anger quickly gave way to determination: "Enough of what I have been doing these past few months." Time to do what I need to do to make this work:
1. Pray. I know this may not be a part of the plan for some of you, but it is something that has been a big benefit to me. This past week, when I have felt the cravings or the triggers that lead to overeating, I have prayed for the strength to overcome it. And it has worked.
2. Tracking my food. I have not been this good about tracking my food in a very long time. Why I let myself get lax about it is beyond me, but I have been tracking every bite I eat and staying within the calorie range I have set for myself over the past several days. Not surprisingly, I've been getting good results on the scale, too.
3. Meal planning. This also allows me to plan my grocery shopping, which makes junk food less likely to make its way into the house.
Feels so good to be well rested!
5. Exercise. That has been more hit and miss because of the fact that the ankle that I sprained over the Labor Day weekend is still giving me grief. I rest it and ice it, it gets to feeling better so I resume walking for exercise again, but within a week it is hurting (usually after I have walked outside).
At my appointment, my doctor was concerned that it is not healing as fast as he would like it to be, so he had it x-rayed to make sure that I didn't have a stress fracture in there. He didn't think it was likely, but good to be on the safe side. I didn't get a call from the doctor's office this afternoon, so I'm hoping it's OK.
He does want me to continue icing and resting it, and is restricting my exercise to about 10 minutes of walking every other day for the next 2-3 weeks. I am bummed about this because that means I will not get to participate in the 3K that I was planning to do on the 26th.
But, knowing that this is my situation, I need to find other ways to get a workout in. I know SP has a lot of videos so I just need to find something that will work for what I can do right now.
Hoping this month is shaping up to be a good one for you, too!