Hey Peeps! I bet you are all waiting for an update on my health journey. I know I would be. So here it is. I started May 22 and four weeks into the program on June 17, I was down 14 lbs! It’s not easy, but it’s not hard either. It’s worth it!
Now, the program doesn’t like to focus on the scale but rather have me focus on non-scale victories, so here they are. First, my asthma is already better. I was taking a preventative puff from my inhaler every morning and then an additional puff from my rescue inhaler before I go to bed because the wheezing was keeping me from falling asleep. Now, I don’t do either of those anymore. I don’t need to. Second, let me share my absolute favorite part of eating healthier now, my “gut” feels so much better. I just feel better on the inside. I can tell my body is loving all this new and balanced nutrition. Third, I haven’t had a Coke in 30 days. I thought this would be the hardest part, but considering that I am supposed to drink 100oz of water a day, why would I waste that on Coke, or any diet soda for that matter. Now I crave and love water with a little lemon. And to think of all that sugar I was consuming, makes me sick. One day I will have my occasional Coke, but as a “treat”. I am no longer a Coke-aholic. Huge Victory.
Now, the struggles. I was told that I would have more energy, and I haven’t found that yet. But I am a very tired person, always have been, so hopefully that’ll come down the road. The one main difficult thing for me is my love and craving for Mexican food. I miss chips and salsa, flour tortillas, and cheesy enchiladas. I notice that I start to crave that when I’m stressed (or not getting along with Phillip, haha). Which makes me realize I eat my emotions. When I’m happy and want to celebrate, I used to do that with baking cookies or DQ Blizzards (which I’m craving as well), but that has got to change. Instead, I’m celebrating in other ways like getting a pedicure and actually saying “yes, I’ll have a fancy flower on my big toe.” I look forward to the day where I start to notice the weight loss in my clothes. I’m not there yet. I told you that I need to lose 60 pounds and now I have 46 to go. That smaller number feels better already. One day I was feeling very weak and vulnerable. I wanted Mexican food (I live in Texas people, the Mexican is amazballs here!), I didn’t want to blow all my hard work so I picked up the phone and called my coach. She responded so fast and said exactly what I needed to hear. She’s my true cheerleader.
After 3 weeks of doing the program, I started incorporating exercise. I walk 3-4 miles everyday with my dog Daisy, or I do a DVD (right now I love 21 day fix or beach body anything). Being strong is important to me, but I will never spend more than 60 minutes exercising. I don’t love it that much.
My goal was to lose 20 pounds by July 4. I probably won’t make that goal, but I’ll be pretty dang close and that I’m proud of. I’m so glad I have a husband and family that support me in all of this. What a journey this is. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass away.
– Earl Nightingale