Well, I am another month further into my journey to get healthy. Here is a recap of my successes and struggles:
I am pleased to say that I am continuing to make progress!! I am learning a lot about myself and about health and nutrition in general. I wish that my numbers were going down faster, but when I realize that I have seen this progress in less than 2 months and that I have had some “oops moments” during that time, I think I am doing pretty good! I know that I am doing better than if I had never started at all! Also, some of my clothes are getting baggy so I know that I am making progress!
Let’s start with the numbers:
And here is my official picture for August 1, 2014
As far as successes and struggles, here’s what I know:
Well, that’s my recap for this month! I am looking forward to seeing my numbers continue to drop. My goal this month is to break through the 200 lb. barrier (I am shooting for 195 lbs. by the end of August). You may have also seen that I have accepted a challenge from trainer Tiffani Allamon of Lubbock, TX to do 50 miles in August (see this blog post for the details). You can follow my progress weekly on FB to see how I am doing on this challenge. I would also love to have you join me!!
Until next time… stay healthy my friends!!
So, here we go with the nitty gritty details (I still can’t believe I am sharing these facts on the internet for all to see)… First, I am down a total of 5 lbs. for the month. Here’s a summary of my measurements:
June 11, 2014 July 1, 2014 Net difference
Weight: 217 lbs. 212 lbs. -5 lbs.
Upper arm 15″ 15″ none
Abs (at fullest point) 45.5″ 42″ – 3.5″
Waist 44″ 43″ -1″
Hips 50.5″ 49″ -1.5″
Thigh 27.5″ 27″ -0.5″
And here is my official picture for July 1, 2014:
Things that appear to be working for me:
1. As you may have read on my FB page, I have been eating more good protein, healthy fats and more veggies. I have found that I feel better when I limit my carbs and sugars. (I have also learned a lot about insulin and hormone-sensitive lipase, but I will share that in more detail later in a whole separate post.)
2. I have been walking and exercising more. Thanks to the MapMyWalk app on my phone, I have been logging all of my walking and exercising. Since June 14th I have logged 21.25 miles walked (11 walks) and 2 hrs, 41 minutes of exercising (10 workouts). Funny, I really do feel better since exercising more. I never would have thought that.
3. My sugar cravings are down. It has been 5 weeks since I’ve had any pop/soda! That is amazing for me!! This has been a continual struggle for me; I was always craving sugar and pop. I had a hard time making it through lunch time and the afternoon without a glass of pop (or two). I have tried a variety of things in the past without success. This time I did one thing differently: each day I drink 1 ounce of Young Living’s Ningxia Red and take 2 drops of Ocotea essential oil. The Ningxia Red is made from wolfberry puree from China’s Ningxia province as well as other super fruits and is good for a variety of health issues. (If you want to know more, click here. ) As far as the ocotea essential oil, it comes from a tree in Ecuador and is beneficial in maintaining blood sugar levels. (You can read more about it here, if you are interested.) Can I prove beyond a reasonable doubt that these two things are what has cured my sugar addiction? No, I most certainly cannot; but this is the only thing I have done differently regarding sugar and it seems to be working… and I am going to keep doing it!!
But, all isn’t rosy, there are still some things I struggle with:
1. I have a hard time getting enough water. I have tried a variety of things but I am still falling short of 107 oz. per day (that is half my body weight in ounces). I know that I need more water, I am just having a hard time with it. I’ll keep trying though!!
2. The other day we had a family afternoon at the beach and on the way home we stopped for an ice cream cone. I had a luscious scoop of double chocolate almond (yum!), however, since then I am craving that ice cream; not all sweets, just this particular ice cream (there are other kinds in the freezer for the kids and I have no temptation for any of those – go figure!).
3. I need to work on finding local, affordable sources for grass-fed/pastured meat. I know that grocery-store meat is full of lots of hormones and other yuck that is not good for us, so I need to get better quality meat… that actually fits my budget. I also need to commit to shopping more at the local farmers’ markets, especially for produce that is grown organically and not sprayed with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
4. I’m having a hard time getting to sleep at night. I wonder if my nightly walk is too late in the day and my body is having a hard time settling in. I need to do some research on this.
Well, that’s my update!! I am making progress and that feels great!! Thanks again for all the wonderful encouragement; it means the world to me!!!
Stay healthy my friends…
I think my other struggle with not getting enough water is that I used to drink a LOT with my meals. However, I have recently learned that drinking too much (water, milk, etc.) with your meals is bad for your digestion. “The general rule of thumb is to avoid drinking water from about 15 minutes before you eat until at least one hour after you eat.” (You can read the full article here.) My problem is that I am forgetting to drink water while I am cooking; that would probably help me a lot. Old dogs can learn new tricks… it just takes a while!
I still need to get my exercise done today. Better get that done before the USA v. Ghana World Cup soccer game tonight!! I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!!! (Here is a video where you can chant along!)
Stay healthy my friends…