Thursday, May 23, 2013
Losing weight, getting sick, and reaching goals
I figured I should post something since I updated my blog. One of these days I will fork over some dough to get a pro to do it. But right now, you will have to accept my homemade attempt at a blog design. That is one more thing I will put on my "When Our Debt is Paid" list. And when I do, Jess, I am coming for you!
Let's see...a little reflection on the past couple weeks...
Well, no new friends but I am feeling at peace with letting those go that obviously do not care to be a part of my life.
I graduated! Actually, I officially graduated last August 2013. But my university only has one ceremony for the year so I had to wait. The excitement has kind of worn off after nine months but it was still pretty awesome to walk across that stage - while my mom. Ryan, and my sister yelled for me - and accept (an empty) diploma case. During the last few semesters of school, one of the things that got me through it was picturing myself graduating and getting pictures of myself, decked out in my academic garb, with Avery.
I got a hair up my bum on Mother's Day about being gross and not being mindful of what I eat. So I joined Weight Watchers for the 134,234,432,543 time. But this time? It is different. I went out and bought an electronic food scale and some extra measuring cups and spoons to keep on my counter - because I really need one more thing to clutter it up - so they are right there, at my reach to measure and weigh my food so I am eating the correct portions. OH boy, was I off! I was eating 2-3 times the amount I should be. GROSS!
The first day, Monday (the 13th) was hard. I was hangry. Very hangry. And to make matters worse, I took all 3 dogs to the vet plus a bratty toddler. At dinner time. Not one of my best decisions. One hour and $350 later, we left, covered in hair (Avery and I), sweating (me) and with some raging allergies. That night, after I bathed and put Avery to bed, I went to the Y to run. I kept getting this burning feeling in my nose when I was trying to breath properly. I just chalked it up to my allergies from the vet.
Well, by Wednesday, I was shoving tissues up my nose to stop the drainage and I felt like I got smacked in the face with a metal pan - sinuses. I am a veteran of sinuses infections. I can tell by the feeling in my throat - most commonly called post nasal drip -that is is a comin'. I raced to the Dr to get antibiotics, hoping to head off the worse but by 7pm that night, I realized I was not fast enough. After I showered, hoping the steam would loosen my head up, I got into bed and I didn't get out until the next day around 4pm, when my fever finally broke. Wednesday night it was up to 104 and that was kind of scary but I was a little delirious and thought I was dying.
Those 2 days of not eating much more than chicken noodle soup, some crackers, ice pops, and diet ginger ale were a big help in dropping some serious poundage. My first weigh in Monday (5/20) I was down 9 pounds! It was the first time I have been under 200 since I had Avery. I was so excited I took a picture of the scale. But it's just sitting on my phone, yet to be downloaded so I could share with you fine folks.
That really gave me the motivation to stick with this. And I am. I am doing so well that I am having a hard time eating all my points since I fill up on veggies and fruits and they are no points.
I'm gonna do this damn thing. I gave myself this week off from exercising so I could rest and heal from the sinus infection. But I will be back at it on Sunday. I will probably scale back to week 2 on C25K and I am OK with that. Slow and steady win the race.
In others new, we have some potentially, really exciting stuff going on - NOPE, I am NOT pregnant. I don't want to talk about it just yet because we need to see how it is going to work out. Let's just say, God is doing big thangs, you know, because He is kinda good at that. He is changing my heart and answering prayers. I am encouraged and my faith is stronger than it has ever been. So if you are so inclined, please keep us in your prayers. AND June 1st is when our spending diet begins. Please pray for that. I am going to need it. It will be years of bad habits getting broken. Pray that I keep the desires of my heart on Him and not on those earthly "things" I SO do not need. To be content in all that we have been abundantly blessed with. And for some creativity to have a fun and exciting summer while being a new kind of frugal.
Thanks for stopping by and apologies for the lack of pictures. That requires extra work on my part. Just follow me on Instagram, you will see them all there anyway ;-)