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July Results: Spectacular Fail, Some NSVs

Friday, August 01, 2014

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.

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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
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    Hi Alison.
    I am glad that your financial security has increased, and it's also lovely that you have a beautiful piece of jewellery from your mother as a keepsake forever.
    Grief affects people in different ways and I agree that a grief counsellor would be the more appropriate person to seek out.
    Pain is another factor that makes it difficult to do things normally or as we would like to (I have multiple chronic pain conditions and several back issues), so I can understand how that has impacted on your ability to hike and do other things comfortably. You are amazing and a great inspiration for doing all those hikes in the past month, especially considering the hot weather you had.
    With all that, I think you have done very well with your successes during July, and I am sure you will get back on track with your proposed changes. Wishing you well with everything.
    Hugs, Nattacia

    1386 days ago
  • THIN133
    Even with the weight sounds like you had alot of accomplishments ! Yay! It's hard to keep up with normal activities when you're hurting.'ll be all healed up soon. Good job on still hiking though despite maybe not eating well..that did keep weight gain at bay ..have a nice weekend !
    1387 days ago
    I am always impressed with your insight and clear thinking, Alison. I like your plan for moving forward, especially the plan to weigh yourself once a week instead of once a month. When I don't weigh myself every Monday morning, I get off track very easily.

    Is there a grief therapy group available in your area, perhaps through one of the churches? I know several people who found them very useful after losing a loved one.

    You will lose the 7 lbs. Yes, it's a set back, but only a small one, and you will overcome it as you have overcome others before.

    I'm glad you are seeing the physiotherapist, that should help a lot. Glad too, about the financial security. That will make it easier for you to focus on looking after yourself.

    Hugs, Gail emoticon
    1388 days ago
    I had a spectacular July fail as well, only no valid reasons like injuries or deaths. I am starting over for August, with micro goals.

    So glad for increased financial stability!!

    I love No S. It's terrific.
    1389 days ago
  • DR1939
    You are doing exactly what you should be doing--making changes now before it gets too serious. I suspect the PT will help with weight loss also. Pain causes us to ease up on the strenuousness of our activities. emoticon

    Consider a grief counselor rather than one for depression. Although the symptoms are similar dealing with the two emotions are very different. You have had a long and arduous journey with your mother and you have really been helpful and concerned. However much you know that it was time, you have still lost your mom. You probably have been grieving the gradual loss of the person she was and the source of support she was for you. A grief counselor can help you work through these issues and help you sort the reasonable from the less reasonable responses. They can also help you devise strategies, other than eating, to cope with the feelings of loss. emoticon
    1389 days ago
  • JENNY888
    You are taking positive steps to reverse the decline. That is what it is all about. Please try to read my blog series that I am doing from a webinar by Dr. Furhman on overcoming food addiction that was a mind changer for me today when I watched it. I am going to do a series of blogs on it and my response to the webinar.

    Life handed you a lot of problems in the last month. Yes, you could have done better but that is all the past and not the future. What matters is what you do now and you seem to have some very positive plans for August. Let's do it together!
    1389 days ago
  • SUE5007
    Sounds like a great plan! emoticon
    1389 days ago
    What can I say - misery loves company!!! The title of your blog caught my eye since I, too, have been failing in even more spectacular fashion... I've regained over half of my own hard-fought 20-lb loss.

    Let me offer belated sympathy also on your loss of your mother - my elderly parents are also in decline, although I suspect we'll be saying goodbye to my father first (he's a little older & in worse health than my mom).

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    1389 days ago
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