Good Weigh-In and Challenges

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I'm pleased with my weigh in this week, especially after the 2 lb. gain overnight on Sunday!

I lost 1.6 lbs. and another 1.5 inches. That's 7.4 lbs. and 9.5 inches in a month. That's a great first month and I'm on track to be back at goal by mid-June. That would be a steady 1 lb. a week. With the inches I'm losing, I hope to be back to my "goal clothes" in time for Spring.

I found myself almost 20 lbs. over goal last January and needed to buy some bigger pants. I bought a limited amount of winter pants (since most of the shirts still fit, although a few were too tight) and then as spring and summer rolled around, I had even gained a few more lbs. so I had to buy new summer pants.

The end of 2014 and 2015 had some challenges with peri-menopause hitting me hard and some issues with DD#1. Long story short - with an attempt to address what we thought was ADHD, we found out she has severe depression. She finished up her Freshman year living on campus and did pretty good considering (was able to maintain her scholarship). She stayed on campus through summer term and moved back home last August. We've had some challenges getting her on the right medication, but feel like we're on the right path.

For those of you that have had to deal with mental illness or with a loved one, you know what a roller coaster it is. She kept a lot from us in the past and we assured her she has our full support, so she's pretty open now. Although that's great and she now has a healthy, open relationship with her Dad and I, some things are hard to hear and my good ole Mom guilt can hit pretty hard!

Both her issue and my menopause symptoms still have their ups and downs (we had a "down" with DD#1 yesterday), but I know now that I can't use food and mindless snacking for my "go to comfort". It really is harder to lose weight after 50!

I didn't mean for this to be a "pity party", but more of an affirmation for myself that I can't head down that same path and gain more weight this year. It was good timing last night that after running around all afternoon dealing with DD#1's doctor appointments, iffy weather (snowing in the South is never a good thing for driving), a broken gas main on the road I needed to take to pick up DD#3 at school and getting home late, my shakes were finally in and I had a tasty chocolate smoothie for dinner (since I was too tired to cook). I did blow off doing any exercise (fell asleep watching TV instead), but at least I didn't snack!

I was asked what shake I'm doing and if there's any kind of website support for transitioning back to food for all meals once I reach goal? I mentioned before I didn't want to say what plan I'm using since I did significant research (for mainly DD#2 to use to get in her nutrition since she's a crappy eater and wanted to also loose weight), but there is a website and the plan encourages eating 5 small meals a day, so you're basically eating food for 3 "meals" (4 if you only do a meal replacement for 1 meal).

When I get back to goal weight and maintenance, I plan to actually continue to eat a smoothie for breakfast (or lunch depending on the day) and keep with the 5 meals, just up the calories for maintenance.

So this developed into a long blog since I really just wanted to post my weekly results!
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