Sorry that I’ve been so MIA this past week! I’ve been in the middle of Six Sigma training at work (for those of you who know anything about six sigma, you can sympathize)…it’s been rough. Three full weeks of training, spread over three months, and I still have my real job on top of it all. The training is one full week a month, Monday through Friday, 0800 – 1700. Oy…it’s rough, but I am learning a TON (which is the point, I suppose). But anyways…that’s where I’ve been, and totally not the point of this post.
Now, to the point. I don’t write a lot about my weight loss journey, mainly because I don’t think to write about it. Last year, I hit my heaviest weight, and it sucked. I was incredibly upset about my weight, and my overall health, and I decided that it was time to do something about it. I’ve always struggled with my weight, so I was familiar with the work involved to lose the weight safely and to get healthy again. I started counting calories, but was unable to work out due to my knee.
Anyways…flash forward to today. Today is a good day! Today, I am around 10 pounds from my goal weight, and I’ve lost 37 pounds! It’s been a long road, but I am SO much happier with my body, my energy level, and my choices. I still count calories, but hardly think about it…making the right choices have become instinctual. My goal weight is to be at 145 pounds, but I think I might do a stretch goal of 140 pounds. That would put me at 15 pounds away from my stretch goal. Totally doable, but we’d also like to have a child at some point, so we’ll see.
They say it’s all about the journey, and in this instance, I can totally agree. The journey to get to this point has taught me a lot, and I really think that it’s stuck this time around. I am even more comfortable in my vegetarian lifestyle, I’ve learned to make the right choices, and I honestly haven’t cut out a single thing. To top it all off, I’ve lost the weight without working myself to death with exercise (which I’m not proud of the fact that I’m too lazy to get my ass to the gym now…but for about 5 months of weight loss I couldn’t due to my knee and subsequent knee surgery). I walk quite a bit at work on our treadmills, but that’s really about it. I’ve started heading to the gym a bit more regularly in the past month, but it’s more strength training than anything. I still have to be careful with my knee (it’s pretty screwed, the last surgery didn’t fix it, it only bought me some more time before I was forced to have a very large, invasive surgery), so I can’t do a lot of running like I used to. I row some, walk some, use the elliptical occasionally, but overall it’s been strength training. I feel good! I can honestly say I am trying to fall in love with my body (it’s a very slow process), but so far it seems to be going ok! And just in time for the summer…woohoo!
If anyone else is on this journey with me, feel free to share your story! I’d love to send encouragement your way!