I feel *really* encouraged on my weight loss journey today! It seems like things are finally coming together to get me to my goal weight this year. Maybe it's a little bit of a stretch, but even if I lose just a pound a week, I will weigh about 170 pounds at the end of the year. Bump that up to a pound and a half per week and I'd (theoretically) hit 148! But that number is lower than I am aiming for. It's more of a teenage weight for me... 140-145 is what I naturally settled at before the first of six pregnancies more than two decades ago. My first goal is 168 pounds. My "normal BMI by the charts" weight is 154. I really don't imagine myself trying to get lower than that; I haven't even seen the 160's in about 16 years. But you can bet I will see them again. And sooner, rather than later! (I love my numbers. I love to analyze and calculate. I refrained last month from all calculating, including weighing myself, tracking calories and carbs, and trying to project any losses. Now that I've got my fix, I am going back to *not thinking* about it and just doing it!)
Finally, the PMS has lifted. My mood has improved vastly and my energy is back. Everything is sunny again. The bloat is disappearing and those tighter 16's are feeling much more normal... not strangling my gut. I am drinking lots of water, staying off the salt (which I craved terribly last week), and sticking to the plan. This week I also started the BH4 supplement my doctor prescribed (it's kind of complicated to explain but if you're interested you can look it up in relation to MTHFR) and that might also be helping my energy and mood. Sadly, my feet are absolutely no better. I have spent a solid year trying to heal this plantar fasciitis/fasciosis, with ice, stretches, exercises, several different kinds of PT, ultrasound, e-stim, steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs and natural supplements, splints, ten kinds of shoes and orthopedic inserts, massage, lotions, doctors, and rest. This last month on meloxicam was better, but I started having stomach pain (a possible side effect; meloxicam is very hard on the stomach) so stopped it a few days early last week. The foot pain is no better than it has been all year. I am pretty much at the "I give up" point and think I am just going to be living with this pain. There are still the steroid shots available, and I know they work for many people. I have gotten feedback from one doctor and 2 physical therapists that I may want to avoid the shots because I already have a lot of fat pad loss in my heels, and the shots can make the atrophy much worse. (Of all the places to have fat loss!! Right??) So I dunno, but I am going to give it a month on all the new MTHFR-related supplements (which may aid healing) and hope that *that* plus the weight going down might be enough.
I love Sundays that aren't busy! Today no one has to go to school, work, sports, or dance. No one has a class or an appointment and the only company we are expecting is a 7-year-old neighbor who comes to play. I've spent a nice, quiet morning relaxing with coffee while the boys sleep in. It's so peaceful and restoring. Love it! We all need a quiet day now and then. The sun's shining, and the kids and I will go out and work in the yard later. This day is just what I needed to ready myself for a very busy week ahead.
Enjoy your weekend!
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