A week into December, I am thinking back on November and all that has transpired.
It was a good month, and it helps to usher me into this final month of 2013 with some hope and new goals.
So, what transpired?
Late-October, early-November, my doctor put me on a small dosage of Zoloft, and I have to say that I am blessed because of it. Already, I can start to differentiate between the depression and things that are going on that are stressful. I can compartmentalize things a bit better, and I hope that improves as time goes on.
.:Weight Loss Goal Met:.
In the middle of November, I posted about meeting my first weight loss goal of 40 pounds by December 1. At the time, I was down 45 pounds. I finished the month down 48 pounds. Currently, I'm 49 down. My next goal is another 40 pounds by May 1, 2014. I'm anxious to see how well I will do this time.
.:Fighting the Diabetes Fight:.
I went to see my doctor this month to do a three-month blood test and was SO THRILLED to learn that my A1C has gone down to a 5.9. Back in June, it was about 8.8. In September, 6.9, so over the last six months, I have dropped big-time points! My doctor, who usually keeps her emotions reined in tight, was very happy and proud of me and the work I've been doing with working out and trying to eat right. Although I'm still working hard to stabilize the eating, I can honestly say that I LOVE movement and love how I feel when I do work out. The doctor mentioned that if I continue doing well, perhaps I might be able to get off the meds in the future. I'm praying super-hard for that.
I did my first 5k. In October, I did a 3k breast cancer walk. This month, the 5k was the Thanksgiving Day 5k Turkey Trot 2013 sponsored by Fit Geanie. It was a virtual 5k, and for all participants, the goal was to start your 5k at 9 a.m. your time and report in on your numbers. I got in my 5k in a little under 54 minutes, which made me quite happy!
This month, in addition to abs/arms challenges, I got in 105.83 miles of walking. I'm about 6 miles down from last month, but considering I was sick for about 10 days with a bad virus, I will gladly take that!
Now that I know SparkPeople LA has a fitness minute leaderboard, I'm a bit obsessed with it. LOL I tell ya, it does keep me motivated to see others' numbers and see them doing so well, so it pushes me to keep going, too. Out of 249 people on the Louisiana Individual Leaderboards for November, I ranked number 13, up three from last month, with 2,823 fitness minutes. This just makes me all the more geared-up for December.
And speaking of December, I DO have goals.
Walking will, of course, be a part of those goals. This time, I'm switching it up a bit. Instead of walking with the goal of hitting at least three miles a walk, I am walking for endurance. This past week, I did 45-minute walks. This week, I'm doing hour-long walks, and each week thereafter, I'm upping the walks by 15 minutes. I want to start preparing my body for going on longer walks to see how far I can really go. I did pretty good last week, and today, I did well with my first hour-long walk, so I'm psyched. In addition to the walking, I am also doing abs and arms and a little yoga just to get in some stretching. My back always feels so awesome after doing yoga, and I want to keep it warm and limber.
I pray all of you are doing well on your health journeys... we got this. One step, move at a time!