My Journey To Health…Week 11 Update (I’M BACK!)

I’m back!  We had a great week off.  We had friends from Wisconsin come and visit.  It was great seeing them.  We hadn’t seen them since we moved to TN almost 3 years ago.  It was a whirlwind visit.  We spent a day in Gatlinburg and it’s always great to go there because I have so many fond memories of vacationing and camping there.  The beauty is absolutely breathtaking.  Hunter played in the creeks (as did Tevis) and Destiny wandered around taking pictures.  It was nice to just spend time together with our friends.

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The vacation continued with work.  Tevis works a regular fulltime job outside of his position at the church, so it doesn’t leave a lot of time for bigger projects…like destroying the yard.  I mean, isn’t that everyones idea of a great vacation?  When we bought the house, it had been in an estate for a few years.  It needs updating inside and out.  So, we took the time last week to pull out everything that we didn’t want in it.  Now, we have a clean(ish) slate to start planting and landscaping it the way we would like.  We would like to build a patio or deck on the front just off the front stoop, but first the bushes HAD to go.  It was nice to finally be able to get something done that was substantial.

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Anyway, I didn’t get a lot of walking in last week.  I didn’t walk at all with the girls.  I got to walk last night for a little.  My back is WAY out of alignment and I have a couple fixated discs.  It hurts to stand for longer than 10 minutes or it feels like gravity is 4x what it normally is.  Needless to say, my body is rebelling against me and screaming since I made it lose so much weight so fast.  So, getting a realignment is a must if I plan on keeping my “vehicle” on the road.

Something awesome that happened is that even though I was on vacation (and behaved badly), I DIDN’T GAIN ANY WEIGHT!!!!!!  That is a HUGE score!  Normally I can look at water and put on ten pounds.  That’s really not a joke.  It’s actually a big fear of mine because that has always been the pattern.  I stray from what becomes normal (or have a cheat day), I would literally weigh in anywhere from 5 to 10 lbs heavier.  It didn’t happen this week.  I did gain a couple of inches but I don’t know if that is because I measured in a hurry and might not have measured in my normal spots.  It doesn’t matter.  I still lost weight!  I ended up losing another 6lbs.  WOOHOO!!!

New Starting Weight: 342

Est. Heaviest: 365

Current Weight: 330

Total inches lost: 34

This week my baby sister will be in.  She is going to go and see my doctor since she has been such a huge help for me.  Ruthie is cut from the same cloth as I, so we have similar issues.  I get the opportunity to walk with her this week and I can’t wait!  Have a great week yall!  =)  Be Blessed!

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My Journey To Health…week 10 update (Vacation)

We are on vacation this week.  We are planning to do a lot around the house project wise.  We’ll see if it all gets done since the list is longer than my arm (not really, but you get the point). 
I’m not walking this week since we have had company from Wisconsin since Monday and with all the yardwork, I think that gets credit.  I’m also not weighing in or measuring this week since I’m not meeting up to walk with the girls.  I’ll leave you with this:

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Change is always happening, even when you can’t see it.  Keep it up!  One day you’ll wake up and you’ll notice a huge difference and wonder what in the world happened.  🙂  Be blessed!

My Journey To Health….Week 9 Update

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We met up and we started down this path.  It was gorgeous.  Every step was wonderful.  It was a nice pace and I felt great!  We were just chatting away and then I noticed that we had been going downhill for quite a bit.  And it kept going.  Then I remembered that downhill is great…until you have to come back up!  It finally bottomed out and started going uphill.  You mean I have to do this TWICE?!?  WHERE IN THE WORLD DID SHE BRING ME!?!  I was NOT prepared for this!  I didn’t even bring survival gear!  I didn’t notify anyone of my coordinates.  It felt like when I was hiking to Abrams Falls in the Smokies and I was crying to Tevis that rescue choppers wouldn’t even be able to find me and I would have to die there.

Then, I saw something coming at me in the distance.  It was approaching at a rapid pace.  Oh no!  We had crazy people on the trail.  I’m telling you they were CRAZY!  They scared me.  Momentarily, I feared for my life (“If I don’t make eye contact, maybe they’ll go away”).  What were they, you may ask?  Runners.  They were RUNNING!  RUNNING!  Why in the world would you run these inclines?!?  Have you lost your mind?  Do you enjoy pain?!?  Please, don’t ask me to do that.  Please, I can barely breathe and walk at the same time.  Just ignore the tortoise (btw, spoilers.  I win).

We turned around and were heading back.  The hill in the beginning was insane.  By the time we were halfway up it, my legs were jello and shaking.  We finished with 1.29 miles and I think I should get extra credit for those inclines, not just my steps!  I will tell you this.  I CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN!  Even though I seriously considered crawling the rest of the way, I LOVED IT!  We are going back in 2 weeks when she gets back in town.  I was later informed that section was the hardest part of the trail.  Of course it was.  I never make anything easy on myself.  Here’s a screenshot of my walk.  To some it may not be much, but it kicked my butt!

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The impossible became possible.  There was no way I could have done that 2 months ago.  I have come a long way.  Even though when I look ahead I see nothing but a mountain still, when I look back, I see that where I was is so much further away.  And as of Monday, even though I didn’t lose anything this week, I still lost.  I lost 3.25 inches.  And I fit into a new shirt that was clinging to me when we bought it 2 weeks ago.

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New Starting Weight: 342

Est. Heaviest: 365

Current Weight: 336

Total inches lost: 36

So, keep going.  Every step, no matter how small, is another step.  It will get you there eventually.  Just NEVER GIVE UP!

=) Be Blessed!

My Journey To Healthy…Week 8 Update

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Retraining your thinking patterns can be tough.  How you think about food, exercise and…yourself.  Have you seen the Dove video about our perceptions of ourselves vs. the way others see us?  If not, give it a watch.

Saturday I had my hair dyed.  I have been graying since I was 20.  The whole front part of my head is gray now, if I was to let it grow completely out.  I hadn’t had my roots redone for a couple of months, so I had a good amount of gray showing.  I don’t really care about my age.  It never has bothered me.  I’ve always found it humorous.   I have been mistaken as Tevis’s mother before.  Twice, as a matter of fact.  And he was thought to be Destiny’s brother.  No, that’s her father.  He has always looked extremely young.  So, i just tell them I’m a cougar..HA!  The look on their faces is always priceless.  The other day, I had someone ask me a question that just stayed in my mind.  They said, “You’re in your mid-40’s, right?”  No.  No, I’m not.  I’m 36.  For some reason, it bothered me when it never had before.  It stirred up all these insecurities in me.

Anyway, after that conversation, I had my gray covered with a totally different color.  I’ll show you once we get all the red stripped out and it’s completely finished.  Sunday, I wore my new jeans, a cami (one I dug back out of the give away bag), a cover shirt and my NEW hair.  I walked in for rehearsal.  A few double takes had to be done because they didn’t recognize who I was.  At that point, I knew this was going to be a mentally exhausting morning.

You see, I struggle with compliments.  I struggle with positive attention.  I struggle with believing the compliments that people give me.  I struggle with seeing myself the ways others see me.  In all honesty, it’s because I don’t see or believe the way God sees me.  Why is that so hard?  Ephesians 4:23-24 says, Instead, renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit and clothe yourself with the new person created according to God’s image in justice and true holiness.  He’s very clear.  We are a new person in Christ.  We are to cast off the old thinking that we have.  We were created in His image.  He sees our beauty, scars and all.  So, we need to, too.  We can’t really change how we are if we don’t change how we think.  Like it said in the Dove video…You are more beautiful than you think.  Change that.  I.  I am.  I am more beautiful.  I am more beautiful than I think.  Shorten that.  I am beautiful.  Try that on.  Wear that.  Let it sink in.  Beauty isn’t necessarily about a number.  It’s about a state of mind.  I think, therefore I am.  You are more beautiful that you think.  =)  Be Blessed!

PS:  I know I just said it wasn’t about a number (and it really isn’t), but my number needs to be lower for health reasons.  I’ll update you real quick.  I had to weigh early this week, so I’m not reporting a huge loss.  I lost 1 lb. but I lost 3.25 inches.  There’s an upside to everything.  I have manged to lose 30 lbs in 2 months.  That’s CRAZINESS!!!!  And the other doctors all these years kept telling me nothing was wrong with my thyroid…HA!

New Starting Weight: 342

Est. Heaviest: 365

Current Weight: 336

Total inches lost: 32.75

My Journey To Health…The Challenge of A Bathtub

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Bubbles.  Warm water.  Candles.  Music.  Book.  Ahhh…there is nothing like taking a nice, long, relaxing bath…in a tub.  That is unless you are fluffy.  Very fluffy.  The ginormous spa tubs don’t count.  Those are made to fit a party in.  I’m talking about just a regular ol’ standard tub.

I’m about to admit something totally embarrassing and I’m sure you have no interest in knowing, but I’m going to tell you anyway.  I have not been able to fit into a regular bathtub for about 5 years.  Technically I could, but I would be squeezed in like a squished up marshmallow trying to fit into a bottle.  Water displacement was a science lesson each time, since water couldn’t even get around me.  It would just pool in front of me and no water could get to the back of the tub.  Unless…I managed to roll myself over and allow it to pass.  Then when I would step out of the tub, I would see that really there was only about 1 1/2 gallons (might have been a little more) of water in the tub because I took up the rest of it.  Like I said…totally embarrassing.  So, I quit taking baths and only took showers.  What was the point.  It was utterly depressing…until Friday.

Thursday I had my 3rd Lymphatic Therapy session.  This time she covered more of my body and we finally heard this one node open up (don’t ask me to pronounce it, I would butcher it.)  Late that night, I got really sick.  Nausea, chills, headache, body aches, ect.  Felt like I had been hit with the flu.  I went back over the possible side effects and these were all a part of it.  I texted April (my therapist) and told her.  She informed me that I was detoxing A LOT and needed to drink only water with lemon (to flush it out) and to take a bath with Epsom Salt and baking soda.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!  A BATH?!?  Forget it!  I can’t fit!  There’s no way.  There’s just no way.  I refuse.  I’m NOT going to do it.  You can’t make me.

4 hours later, I broke down.  Fine.  I’ll try it.  What’s one more disappointment.  I start to run the water and put the stuff in so it can dissolve.  I stand there, staring at this ominous task in front of me.  I can hear the tub laughing at me like, “you really think YOU’LL fit in HERE?  Hahahaha.”  I proceed to step in and lower myself into the tub.  Moment of truth.  And then…it happened.  I sat perfectly into the tub.  And this wasn’t just a standard tub.  THIS was an old cast iron tub.  It’s smaller than a standard tub.  And the best part…water went around me.  Even though it was just a little, it was moving water.  I was no longer a like a dam.  WOOHOO!!!  I’M NOT A DAM ANYMORE!!!

It’s been funny to me to realize the things that have awed me the most.  I thought it would be being able to fit into some new outfit or something like that.  It hasn’t been.  It’s been being able to see my leg again.  Or seeing the bones in my feet.  Or that look in Tevis’s eyes when I was showing him my calf and ankle and he feels how “normal” it is now.  And now, fitting into a tub.  It’s been too long.  There are so many things that we forget about once we’ve gotten used to not being able to see, use, or do them.  It’s those little things that I’m excited to keep noticing.  It’s like a newborn experiencing things for the first time.  Amazing.

So this week, treat yourself to a nice bubble bath.  Here’s a link to a few great recipes to help you out.  You are worth it.  Believe that.  It will lift your spirits greatly!  It did mine.  =)  Be Blessed!

My Journey To Health…Week 7 Update

I’ve been in a weird place this week.  I have felt funny.  My joints have hurt and I have had no motivation because I have physically felt off.  I have been craving shrimp like crazy, too!  Weird, I know (and no I’m not pregnant).  I talked to my doctor and she said that I have a mineral deficiency.  She’s going to put me on some magnesium and B12.  She also told me that I need to focus on a Paleo way of eating.  She had suggested it when I first went to see her when we were checking my thyroid and said that it works best for thyroid issues.  I had avoided it because I didn’t want to have to relearn something else…again.

I’m convinced that I need to, especially after the last couple of days.  I have been so dizzy that I just about passed out yesterday.  As we were walking last night (and I got dizzy again), it hit me.  I told Connie that I bet that my iron has dropped since I haven’t been really eating a lot of protein.  I normally can tell when my hemoglobin “bottom’s out”.  It’s been awhile since I’ve felt it like this though.  Going to have to take it easy and focus on getting it back up.

This week I’m going to shorten my distance in walking or just really watch how I feel to see how far I can go.  I’ll do more yoga or something of the like.  I really need to find something that will help me breakthrough with losing in my upper arms and upper legs.  Got any suggestions?  I’m also going to be researching new recipes that are paleo friendly.  If you are eating paleo and have any favorites, please let me know!  I like to try new things.

So, what about my losses for the week?  I lost 5 lbs. but I didn’t lose any inches.  It’s still great progress.

New Starting Weight: 342

Est. Heaviest: 365

Current Weight: 337

Total inches lost: 29.5

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I have been blessed to have friends who are traveling beside me on this journey.  They encourage me and spur me on.  They pray for me and hold me accountable.  They laugh with me and cry with me.  It shouldn’t be that shocking though.  We are supposed to be there for each other.  We are supposed to build each other up and to help when our friends need help.  I couldn’t be doing this alone.  God has placed the people in my life that He knew I would need to keep me going.  I am so thankful for them.  They get to see my ugly and see how I fight when being pushed out of my comfort zone and out of hiding.  Even though I might complain or cringe, I love it.  I know that this is what I need and I have to walk through the uncomfortable to get to the end result.  My friends are loving me through my anger, frustration, fears and tears.  It’s exactly what I need to keep me going and I am so thankful to have them.

I hope and pray that you have people like this in your life.  They don’t necessarily have to be right down the road.  They can be states away and someone that you only get to chat with on the phone, but their encouragement keeps you going and you know that you can call and get that push you need to not give up.  Thank them.  Tell them how they impact your life.  We all need to know how we have managed to touch someone’s life.  Even unsuspectingly.  =)  Be Blessed!