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Sunday, January 31, 2016

This is the best month I've had in a long time. I wasn't perfect, but life isn't perfect. I'm not trying to be perfect every day. That's way too hard and too much pressure. But overall, I've done well, saw some progress and have not undermined myself.

That's not to say there haven't been challenges. That's OK. Throw them at me. I'm not quite ready to curl up in a ball and give up yet. I lost 2 pounds my first week. Woo Hoo! for me! The second week, nothing. No problem. Then it went a little downhill. Ends up I developed edema and my weight is now fluctuating up and down by 9 pounds. Not all at once, but a few pounds at a time. Doctor is arranging tests after insurance approval. I am a bit concerned health wise, but weight wise.... I have no control at this point and will continue as planned.

I've been enjoying meatless Mondays for a while and decided to take it another step. I am going to increase the days I do it and also work on vegan days. Quite the challenge for me. Meatless is easy. Vegan for the entire day is not so easy for me. I did join a new team - Affordable Vegan, Vegetarian and Flexitarian. What a wealth of information! It's only been a few days but I have already learned so much! Looking forward to continued learning and reaping the health benefits from this. I'm taking baby steps with it. I even picked up a vegan recipe or two to try.

2016 may just be my year. I've said this many times in the past, but today I feel a renewed strength within myself. I am comfortable blogging and talking about myself. I usually decide not to do it so I don't carry guilt and shame when I fail. Aw failure. And the emotions that go with it. And the negativity. But that's for another blog. Not for today. Today is a celebration of strength and success. Today is the chance to look forward to tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that. Today is the day to cheer each other on for our smallest victories and provide support to those who are struggling. Because today only comes once in my life and I plan to make the most of it. I hope you will too.

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    Sounds like you're doing AWESOME! The small steps you're taking are helping you be healthier and are sustainable. Sounds like you're stretching yourself to try some new things, too!
    1701 days ago
  • JASS51
    Me too.
    1701 days ago
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