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Hello to all! After my Weight Watchers meeting yesterday I thought I better jump on here and update. Pretty soon there won’t be anything left of me to write here. We wouldn’t want that, would we? So just an update to let you know how my weight loss is going.

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My meeting yesterday was very encouraging. In the last week I have lost 3.4 pounds! That was a big surprise!! I must admit I have been sneaking on the scale at home. I know I’ve said before that I wasn’t going to do that. But I said I wasn’t going to do that because of my fear of allowing it to control my way of thinking. There were a couple of weeks I wasn’t able to go to my meeting so I did get on the scale to see how I was doing. The good thing is that I’m NOT letting the scale determine my focus on weight loss. So, in a sense, I’ve stuck to my goal.

I am working out on a more regular basis. It’s not as regular as I would like it to be. But I’m no longer beating myself up for not going – like I was before. I’ve settled on a routine at the gym that involves more cardio. That plays into my weight loss very well. But after discussing my emotional health care with my psychiatrist this month she really encouraged me with my plan. I spend 30 minutes on the treadmill increasing my speed a bit each day. There have been a number of times I have competed against myself and increased my distance and my calories burned.

I’ve also been riding the stationary bike in much the same way as above, increasing my workout session (making the cardio more difficult). This increases my calories burned and my distance. Of course, walking the next day is more difficult. But I suppose that goes with the territory.

The challenge for me is keeping my fatigue level up. One would think the common phrase that goes along with exercise – it gives you more energy and makes you feel better – would be true for everyone. That isn’t always the case for those of us with a Chronic Illness. It does help with my pain level but it seems to work against me on the fatigue level. So for each day that I work out I have to take the next day to rest. But I listen to my body and do what it tells me I can do.

I’m drinking more water now as well. I seem to be settling in to this whole Weight Watchers process. And it’s working for me! With my 3.4 pounds lost last week I have lost 8.2 pounds since I began on May 4th. It’s not easy. There are a lot of pieces that have to come together to make the process successful. But if you put all the pieces together you are rewarded in wonderful ways!! And it’s working! I’ve got this! So, hopefully the next time there will be even less of me updating. Be careful, the next time the invisible shrinking woman will be writing here.

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