Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wed Weigh In, Day 218

Well here it was, the morning I've been both dreading and anticipating.  Surgery day.  It's been a long 6 months of doctor after doctor, test after test.  I was just ready for this to be over with.  The week leading up to it had me on edge.  But first!  I had to weigh in!  DUH!  How else am I supposed to keep track and make sure I'm doing all I can to motivate myself and others??

So Tuesday night, I took my parents out to our favorite Mexican place because who doesn't want Mexican for their last meal before a 13 hour fast??  We had the special (and Zach and I's favorite meal)  a shredded beef taco and a cheese enchilada with red sauce.  It was just as heavenly as always and I didn't regret one bite of it!

Stepping on the scale the next morning, I was a touch worried what it might read because dinner was so heavy, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the number on the scale!  Turns out that going back to the habits I had before all the medical disasters this year pay off, I just needed to put that dreaded EFFORT into it.

It's been rough and bumpy at times.  I didn't want to be in the kitchen because I couldn't stand on my feet for long, I wasn't prepping anything and veggies were just going bad in the fridge rather than me eating them.  But about 2 weeks ago I decided it was time to buck up and get back in that saddle no matter how much my butt cheeks hurt from the ride :)

In this last week I was able to buy groceries, restock the pantry, fill the fridge with prepped veggies and I cooked enough food for 6 of the 7 nights.  I also cut back on the nasty soda habit I have at work and went back to force feeding myself water in my favorite water receptacle because the wide mouth encourages large amounts of liquid with little effort!  #lovemesomeblenderbottle

So without further ado, I am pleased to say that I'm almost back down to the lowest weight this year.  Hoping for a speedy recovery so I can put my tennies back on and get some walking done.  I will also be getting serious with yoga again due to sciatic nerve complications and I'm looking forward to challenging myself with this.  It's going to be hard since it has to happen in my living room, but it's medically necessary at this point so what better motivator?!

Hope everyone had a great week and hope that this next week is just as great if not greater!  Let's see those scale numbers move down!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles.

Well we meet again.  We'll skip the apologies and the pleasantries and just get right to it!  I've been pretty inactive in life dealing with medical issues left and right.  But I'm trying to dive back in to keep myself accountable and to get my mind off of everything!

For those who have been keeping up with my medical issues, here goes a short/not so sweet/but to the point explanation.  My issues that put me in the ER in February are still a big question mark.  I will be having exploratory surgery next week for this issue.  My hip issues are still unresolved.  The last conclusion we came to was a muscle issue all the way around my leg, not just hip flexors but I have been really bad about testing this theory out.  And last but not least, I've presented with sciatic nerve issues related to a family history of back problems.  This is in the MRI *waiting for results* phase of discover/planning for recovery.  *WHEW*  Think that sums it all up but I'm sure just presents a lot more questions.  Feel free to ask away if you'd like more detailed information but I can tell you right now, I'm just getting a lot of shrugs from doctors instead of answers.

I have been depressed, happy, and everything in between in the last month or so.  My good eating habits went out the window due to my medical stuff.  I just couldn't stand in the kitchen to cook every night so eating out became the ol' standby again.  I'm extremely unhappy about it but it's life and life throws curveballs.  I'm here to continue my journey because I never dropped it, I just detoured in some areas.

I have been walking almost every day still.  Not the distances I used to walk, but just enough to make me feel active and to help out with the sciatica and hip pains.  I'm blessed with the mindset of WANTing to walk on my break every day at work.  That desire never disappeared on me. :)

So lets get down to it!  I lost a lot of muscle with my inactivity and it turned into flab on my tummy, but in reality I didn't pack on the lbs from 4 months of bad eating.  THANK GOODNESS!  But it's time to get myself back on track.  This is my most recent Wed. Weigh In.

I've jumped back into all of the wonderful activities put on by my ladies over at the Shrinking Jeans.  The Sisterhood Shots and this month's calendar which is Abs.

I will have to move some of the Ab days around since I'm having abdominal surgery on the 6th, but I WILL get this done!  It's extremely important to me that I not throw all my knowledge, motivation, inspiration, and love for this away.  I just need to find a balance between medical struggles and continuing my journey.  Here's to August!