Well, so far since school started I have had very little time to sit and think or wonder what to do with my newfound hours of freedom. Life just sort of flows in and fills in all the cracks, you know? I've been working on some of my goals: decluttering at least one area of my house each day (even if it is just a cabinet or a bookshelf), taking care of tasks that have been on the to-do list for ages (like mending broken toys, filling out various paperwork, framing and hanging pictures, and pulling weeds), keeping up with the general housework and laundry, taking the dog out to the dog park for an hour each morning and doing some training in the afternoon, planning and prepping better dinners for the family, and I even got myself down to the bank to refinance my house (it is a great time to do that! I got a 3.8% interest rate!) which saves quite a bit on the house payments. I signed up my daughter for dance classes and my dog for nosework and obedience classes, and spend late evenings helping the older kids with homework. I am already getting used to the new schedule. I like it!
My eating has been okay, still not stellar. I've been having more of the same (eggs, Greek yogurt, tuna, lean meats, veggies, coconut oil, olive oil, cottage cheese, raw almonds) plus some Medifast bars or shakes here and there (about 3 a day). I still *want* sugar but am not eating it and my joint pain is much improved. Headaches are pretty much gone also. I am still eating some grains. It is hard to let go of the noodle! A lot of my family's favorite dinners involve noodles, and I just need to take the extra time to cook some zucchini or spaghetti squash for my portion. The other day I made a favorite... beef stroganoff... and oh it was divine, but I would be better off having mine over zucchini rather than the egg noodles we normally use.
Anyway, I am feeling much better and happy, although I miss my kids while they're at school I am choosing to rejoice in the freedom I have to finally tackle the many things I have wanted to do for the past 15 years or so. And I really do enjoy the wonderful peaceful quiet in the house!
Weight is still 201, no further loss after that initial 4 pounds, but will keep working at it.
Friday Update and Reality Check
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