Wow… didn’t mean for so much time to come between posts here! I forget the audience (of um, all 2 of you?) here aren’t the same audience of the 1200+ people who like my Person in Progress page on Facebook (of which it really seems like only 2-5 people ever see that). I update on FB way more often than here… just easier to bam out a couple sentences than a whole blog.
But anyway, let me fill you in (and myself… this is basically my diary of sorts that I do go back and read occasionally).
Last you heard from me was July 2018. Feeling refreshed with a new outlook of ‘do what works for you for as long as it works, just don’t back track too much’, I went on to have a rather successful summer.
After getting all the way back up to 276.2 lbs, I restarted the next day late in late June and was down to 257.2 lbs by 21Aug2018. Close to a 20-pound loss in 2 months.
This doesn’t sound like much (seeming I have far more to lose), but it was a BIG DEAL for me because of the constant down 4 lbs, up 4 lbs roller coaster I’d felt stuck on for the longest time.
Those almost 20 lbs were enough for me to go down a pants size and down 2 shirt sizes! I was wearing t-shirts from my closet that were once in the ‘way too tight’ category.
It felt AWESOME.
So what happened? Why didn’t I continue?
Stress. More specifically, hurricane stress.
In September we had two major warnings of hurricanes to the point of seriously prepping the house, bringing items in, tying things down, buying food that wouldn’t require power to cook, stocking up on bottled water, buying a generator so we wouldn’t lose all the food in our big freezer and making sure our family photos would be easy to grab if we had to evacuate.
And what happened? NOTHING.
Florence was a let down in the best way for our area. Hurricane Michael came next and I could tell no one was bothering to prep as hard as we did for Florence and as fate would have it, it hit us harder, but luckily not bad enough for any major damage.
This basically took up the entire month of September.
It was really eye opening for me to realize how horribly I handled this stress.
By October I was back up to 262. But then came my anniversary, my son’s birthday and Halloween.
Just when I was going to take back control before I regained too much after these events, my youngest daughter broke her femur.
This was a big deal for us. Our first major ER visit. She’s only 2 and I can’t tell you the struggle it was having a 2-year-old that was in a cast from her ribs to her toe! Ugh.
She had that thing on for 5 weeks. (Just imagine not being able to give your child a bath for 5 weeks… go ahead, imagine that… I’ll wait)
So at the end of that ordeal it was just in time for Christmas.
I started this year at 273.4 pounds.
So, almost a total re-gain, but I’m happy I didn’t get all the way back. I’m already back down to 269 even though we have no money right now, my hubby isn’t working this week because of the government shutdown so we’ve been living off the food we already had in the freezer and pantry, though unfortunately not really the best quality food choices.
I’ve upped the amount/intensity of walking I was doing (which wasn’t much lately… just going out for a short walk with my daughter who now points which roads she wants us to take and had inadvertently made our walks half as long as they used to be or some nights we’d skip it all together). Now I wait for my littles to go to bed and then I go out with just the dog so I can choose where I go and how long I’m out there.
I’ve also added in some stretching exercises because I’m not liking how stiff/sore I’ve been getting from doing nothing. Age is a fickle mistress and everything starts to ache and hurt just from being big and existing. I just feel less limber than I’ve ever felt and it’s because I’m just not doing anything except household chores and small walks.
So I created a short, doable routine of movements to at least do SOMETHING, EVERY day.
10 squats (but I usually do 20)
10 crossover toe touches (no idea what they are actually called – you know, when you have your arms lifted at your sides, you bend and twist and your right hand touches your left toes, then you go back up and switch sides, etc.)
10 toe touches (and then reach up in between)
Side bend with over head stretch into Triangle, both sides (got this yoga combo from TurboJam)
And speaking of TurboJam, I started adding in a couple of my favorite moves from that as well to help add in some standing ab work and lift my legs.
I’ve been doing this for 5 days now and I can already feel a difference in my flexibility. Bending over for anything is less of a deal, including putting my socks on (it’s the little things as they say).
So right now I’m basically compensating for my not ideal food intake with more exercise in addition to 16/8 intermittent fasting (which usually is more like 18/6) and of course, drinking lots of water.
So progress will be slower, but I’ll take any progress. Down 3 lbs my first week… not expecting as much this week. At this point, I’d be happy if I was still 269 and not back up again because of all the high sodium foods lately.
Some other notable changes…
During the holiday break time at my in-laws I actually managed to maintain my weight instead of gaining(!!!)
The familiar curse of not being able to start over in the new year and get going seems not to have hit me this year. I was 3 days in and realized ‘oh yeah, I usually can’t get started this time of year’ and was happy I didn’t feel the holiday mindset holding on for dear life as it has in the past. I’m waiting until some more solid progress (and maybe not until February) to officially announce “I broke the cycle!”.
We also have a new kitten. Our cat of 17 years passed away the day we came back from holiday traveling… I think we missed saying goodbye by just a couple hours. Although very sad, she had a long life and I can’t say I was surprised she passed. We got our new kitten only 2 days after she passed. Some may think we were replacing her or moving too quickly, but really getting a new kitten was something I’ve been wanting for the past few years, but our old cat had FIV (feline HIV) and I didn’t want to risk infecting a new kitten, so we waited. I still miss her and honored her departure, but I have to admit having a new kitten around has lessened the sadness. He’s SO DANG CUTE!
I also have added incentive to get healthier and lose some weight (you know, more than just the usual ‘to be healthy’/live longer for my kids/blah, blah, blah… and maybe that’s been a key to breaking the cycle this year) and that is that our in-laws are treating us to a 6 night stay at a beach resort!!!
It’ll be a family thing… us, them, my brother-in-law and his wife, maybe even her adult daughter as well, but hey, other than the food and gas to get there, it’s a free vacation! It’s their 50th wedding anniversary this year and also our 20th, so they wanted to do something big with all of us. Sounds good to me!
And beach means bathing suit… dun, dun, dun…
I was so much more confident and fitting my clothes better when I got into the 250’s, so it’s my goal to get back down to where I was (257) and hopefully keep going. My official goal is 250 by early June. Five months seems more than adequate to get down 23 lbs… more than adequate, but I’m a realist… I know stuff happens and I’m obviously not the start and then go all the way to finish with nothing in between (if only!). I would LOVE to manage to get to 249… just so I can have the satisfaction of knowing I was back in the 240’s! That literally hasn’t happened in 15 years!!!!!!!!! Wow. OMG that would be awesome. Just thinking about that puts a smile on my face.
I also have 3 pairs of capris I know I could rock, comfortably, for this trip if I even manage to get down to 255 lbs, not to mention all those t-shirts that are currently back to ‘too tight’ status. So many mini goals wrapped into one big one!
I’m going to hang one of those pairs of capris prominently in my closest as a reminder of my goals so I see it every day.
So that’s about it… the gist of it anyway… things were going awesome, I let multiple sources of stress get the better of me and now I’m restarting with the New Year like an annoying stereotype and keeping a goal in mind for a family vacation as I get back to making better choices and upping my exercise… stay tuned.