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Back on track...again...!

Monday, July 22, 2013

I just read my last blog, written four months ago. I was just coming off a plateau and excited about getting out more when spring came. Unfortunately, I hit a big crash just after writing that.

First, I got sick, which is typical for me in the spring. I had chronic headaches and a feeling like I had a rock in my stomach. I resorted to eating whatever appealed to me, which was mainly bread and potatoes; the only thing that saved me from gaining weight was the fact that I couldn't eat much. I pretty much quit exercising and tracking my food.

Then, our son took a job on the East coast, which meant that our 3 grandkids would be moving 1400 miles away. They were living only about 70 miles from us and we were VERY close to them! Our other kids and grandkids live in the Southwestern US, so they are now really spread out across the country. I went into a real funk - maybe even depression - for awhile. Still wasn't feeling good physically, either, and still couldn't eat much. No exercise at all, and no tracking.

Finally, we had the longest winter I can remember! We had LOTS of snow in April, and the ice didn't go out of the lake until May 2nd. Even then, it stayed cold and windy and rainy until mid June. The weather did nothing but make my mood worse.

By this time I was eating again, but not tracking it. Bad move. I gained back 6 pounds of the 20 I had lost. But I did get back in the lake on June 21st, and have been swimming every chance I get. I am back to tracking and eating much better. Now the garden is starting to produce - just zucchini so far, but the farmer's market is exploding with fresh veggies, so that's a real treat.

I just read an article in National Geographic about sugar. I'd like to say that I've completely given it up, but I don't think I'm ready to completely deprived myself of any one food (even though some people would classify sugar as a drug rather than a food). But I am committing to cutting way back on sugar to see what a difference it makes.

Well, this is a long, boring blog, but I needed to write this for myself, so that I can remember where I've been. My goal is to be back at the 20 pound weight loss level by the end of the summer, and to feel GREAT! Please feel free to hold me accountable!
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    I am so glad you didn't gain all your weight back. That would have been easy to do. I am glad you are back on track. Enjoy those lake swims.
    1765 days ago
    This was not a boring blog! I can relate to what you're going through. I dealt with injuries and a closed pool for most of the winter. I am 58, and I cannot believe how quickly I lose my fitness level at this age, and how long it takes to get it back. I swam 1/4 mile at the end of last week and thought I was going to die. I used to do that for a warm up!

    The important thing is I am still trying, even though some days my effort is pretty wimpy.

    I am thinking about writing a ranting blog....all the things I am SO frustrated with in this lifestyle. It all boils down to - It should be easier!
    1765 days ago
    Sometimes just putting those thoughts down on paper is the beginning of change. While you stumbled at times there were other times you were sick...that has a lot do to with gaining at times. I was doing well here on SP and then developed pneumonia....between the inactivity and steroids I gained everything back and then some. But you just have to get back in the groove! A few days of tracking everything and beginning to exercise again and you too will start picking up momentum again and be well on your way to that healthy you that you so deserve! If ever you want to chat...please feel free to contact me! I know you AND I can do this once and for all!
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