It moved!

After 13 days of the scale stuck at 169.8 today it moved to 169! Ok, so I am well aware of fluctuation and it could bounce back up but I am taking this because I have not seen that number yet in reference to the downward motion. Yesterday I did step and I spent 3 hours painting a deck. It was strenuous and draining. Was that my .8? I hope its not just dehydration!

Also to note this week I have changed my counting before I was counting my exercise calories burnt and I was eating extra based on that. This could also be WHY I have been feeling more hungry at the end of the day and wanting more junk. I thought it was waning interest in being healthier. I wasn’t feeling that way before. With that said maybe I am too strict on the caloric intake and should go for less loss. I set my calories for a 2lb a week loss. Maybe its too aggressive. I am going to try for 1.5lbs instead. So year to date I am down 5lbs total. I always feel like my start number is a bit sketch but its about right.

For me when I start I speculate my weight because I feel so gross fat. I gained a lot with covid but I was already on the rise between my mother’s cancer, a new job, buying a house, then covid.. Let’s just say I let the stress get the best of me and kept thinking I can address this later. Well here we are later and the pounds are saying we like it here!

I always love the idea of blog but I am not a writer. Instead I am horrible stream of thought that no one could enjoy reading not even myself.

A friend always used to tell me whenever I am talking diets and exercise the weight you have lose might not seem like much but what if you took your starting weight and added the weight loss and it was 5 lbs gained instead. So if that were the case I’d be 179 right now instead. It seems silly but if you consider it that way because 24 days of eating whatever I want paired with no exercise definitely would make me achieve that!! So its a proud moment.

COVID-19 turned into the COVID 20 pounds

I have friends who thrived under lockdowns, they lost weight and got fit. I got stressed, and depressed. For me it wasn’t being locked in the house that did it. Because I am an introvert and I was already working remotely! It was the combination of the world stress with homeschooling my daughter. Not having the answers and not knowing.

I had already gained weight from the years leading up to this. In 2017 it started with my father dying and my mother moving in with us, in our two bedroom apartment. I’d never turn her away. And we love her, of course. Then a year after it turned into my mother having cancer. It followed into a very horrific treatment (for anyone who has witnessed chemo and radiation first hand, you know what I am talking about. When she finished I had endless drama at work and decided it was time to change jobs after 13 years at the same company! That turned into a big deal as I don’t fair well with change. After this I realized I needed to move… So I bought a condo. My daughter switched schools and started at a new school district in September of 2019. In December of 2019 I decided to become full time remote because I hated the commute and I was ok with the idea of them letting me go if that didn’t fly.

As January through March ticked by the stress of COVID started mounting and I wanted my daughter to be home due to the fear they were building. Honestly, this past year has been a massive growth experience for me. Learning what I am capable of, and what I am not. I’m 45 years old, soon to be 46 and I started experiencing weight hormone issues and very heavy periods. Apparently it turned out to be large amounts of Fibroid Tumors. With that said my doctor recommended a hysterectomy. It was performed on May 12, 2021.

Here I am, 5’6 and 170.8 lbs. The fattest I have ever been. I started reordering my life on June 30. My starting weight was 175. I fit into my clothing slightly better. But realized after 6 days of being stuck on the same weight I needed to integrate more fitness.

Today I did step! 15 minutes (I am so out of shape). I also did arms, abs, shoulders and triceps.

How often each week can you work your arms, shoulders and triceps?