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My First Week Back

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

I believe I've done pretty well this week. I faced travelling by car 10 hours at a time and frequent family meals eaten out on in a party type setting. I managed to get some good movement in before getting in the car and on breaks. The stress has been pretty raw, but I managed to prioritize my water, fruits, and veggies then fill in with protein. I found after that I feel pretty much satisfied.

I fell last night, but I'm just a little bruised and sore. The pain is so much more manageable than all those years before my knee replacement. Tonight we're having a birthday party for my youngest DD. I was amazed. The pizza tasted like a salt lick. We have a cookie dough ice cream cake that sounds good in theory, but really holds no appeal for me now.

I'm looking forward to weighing in tomorrow. I guess anything but a gain is a win. I feel good and very proud of myself. I have seen a marked difference in my resting heart rate already. I didn't expect to see results that quickly. In one week I've gone from 78 BPM to 72 BPM. I'm also beginning to have an easier time with stairs. I've been forcing myself to take them more often.

I'm setting myself up to succeed by filling up my cart with good things at the store. I bought a wide variety of protein, fruits, and vegetables today. I can do a salad a day if I can change it up. I bought lots of baby greens, spinach and broccoli slaw as a base. I have a good range of choices for healthy fat: hemp hearts, chia and flax seeds, walnuts, peanuts, almonds, and avocados. I bought blue and feta cheese. Tomatoes and peppers round out my colors. I have lean pork loin, skinless chicken, lean 90/10 ground beef, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, tilapia filets, salmon burgers, pollack burgers, and tuna. I also discovered salad dressing made from Greek yogurt. It's so much better than the standard. My three girls and I will not be bored. I'm also using these fixings in omelets too. I'm doing variations on a theme for breakfast and lunch and controlling portions for the family dinner. I think it's a solid plan.

I'm ready to start heading to the gym once we replace my car. In the meantime I'm walking and taking the stairs. I'm not going to dive in and burn out. I'm just using my Fitbit and aiming to do a little more each week as I meet each mini goal. I've got to get back to what works for me. Concentrating on small obtainable goals instead of the seemingly unreachable end game works best for me.
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