My July weigh in results were the WORST ever since I started on SP. I gained 7 pounds in one month. And – uh oh, my pants are feeling too tight.
Why the fail? Well, overeating, stress eating, and less exercise. Mom’s funeral was earlier this month, and I spent a lot of money traveling to see her during her final decline -- but overeating is not the answer to stress and difficult times. Getting fatter only makes me feel worse. So it is time to turn this around and make some changes.
I did have some pluses (non scale victories) over the month of July.
I kept hiking all month, every weekend, even when it was very hot.
I started physical therapy yesterday. I had a bad fall in March on ice in Glacier National Park. Although I have been able to keep hiking, I have a lot of pain, and I have not been able to do some more strenuous activities (like Zumba, and getting out of the kayak unassisted without falling in the water). I saw the doctor in April (he diagnosed a strained hamstring), and then saw the doctor again last week for the PT referral. When I finally saw the physical therapist, she discovered my pelvic joint and hip joint were locked and restricted. So that explains some of my problems. She was able to get the range of motion improved, and has given me some very simple exercises. I’m VERY optimistic about finally getting back to normal activity levels!
As of yesterday, I have improved financial security, because I received a check from mom’s life insurance policy. Plus I received a very lovely piece of jewelry from her estate.
I successfully did major organizing projects: garage, garden shed, and back bedroom closet shelves. I hired someone to take a full truckload of excess possessions and yard debris to the dump, and I took financial documents to a secure shredding service. Now on to the office!
I had reduced alcohol intake and reduced eating out. And I successfully cut down on the medication that I was taking to help me sleep (thank you, Charly, for suggesting melatonin as a natural sleep aid!)
My plan to turn things around in August:
Well, my basic program works. I just have to DO IT! No snacks, no sweets, no seconds – that’s No S in a nutshell. I will make the following changes:
1. I will add exercises recommended by the physical therapist
2. I will resume strength training and Zumba when cleared by the physical therapist
3. I will weigh in weekly instead of monthly. No more shockers at the end of the month!
4. I will get a FitBit or other activity tracker to improve my Monday-Friday activity level
5. I will consider counseling for depression, if that is the root of my overeating/occasional binge problem