I told y’all last week about the fact that my body has reached its tipping point and it’s time to do something about it. My friend Bonnie has worked up the most amazing meal plan that I’ve been following for a full week now. I haven’t even started the exercises she gave me yet (I know, whoops) and here’s what I’ve got:
Four Pounds Gone
Yup. You read that right. Four pounds gone in one week.
A lot of you will say, “oh, it’s just water weight” but no, it’s not. Well, I don’t think it is. A lot of people will drop 5 pounds just by replacing the dozen Cokes they have a day with water. I have been drinking at least 70-80oz of water a day for years. So there wasn’t that to lose. It’s real weight.
The changes were seemingly small, planning WHAT I eat at particular times of the day but not cutting out any category completely. Unless you count that little sliver on the food pyramid that’s the Snickers category. That’s been cut out, unfortunately.
So right here. Right now. Now that I know it’s working and will continue to work, I’m going to lay out a few goals.
By December 6 when I go to NYC with my niece — 15 pounds (4 are gone already)
By January 15, knowing that the holidays will be harder for me –another 10 pounds
So yes, I have a 25 pound goal by January 15. Insane? Maybe. Attainable? Sure. If I really put my mind to it, which I plan to! If If I don’t reach them by those dates, it won’t be the end of the world. I’m doing something to change my body and the way I feel in my own skin.
In other news, I saw my doctor and have a referral to a rheumatologist. I’m not terribly excited about this, but I knew this was where I was heading. The swelling and pain in my ankles, knees, wrists, hands and elbows is really getting to me. It shouldn’t hurt to walk up and down your stairs at 35. I shouldn’t KNOW that my body isn’t doing what it should.
I didn’t show y’all the picture of my feet the other day, but I’ll share it here today. This is the difference between the swollen feet/ankles and not swollen feet/ankles. Enjoy! (don’t I have pretty feet in the not swollen picture? they’re my favorite feature.)
I’d also love prayers that the rheumatologists finds a reason for all of this. I’m ok with whatever is causing it, I just want to know.
Happy Saturday, y’all! I’m going to throw my feet up and watch Vandy try to beat Florida for the first time since WW2 and watch LSU beat Bama!
**For more information about Simple Nutrition and Health, see Bonnie’s Facebook page or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her I sent you!