It’s hard to believe the first month of the year is over already! I’m not sure I’m one twelfth of the way to being strong, but I have made a start.
As you can see, just standing up straight and losing the hat and wine glass helped! And I've lost 6 pounds. My starting weight for this blog was 144, which isn't that heavy, but I'm 5'2" and small-boned. In my twenties I was 5'3" and weighed 110. (Jason Seib, The Paleo Coach, says forget about losing weight - we're trying to add muscle, which is heavier, so the weight isn't the important thing. I measured my waist and it is 32 3/4 inches. Will report that monthly as well.)
What is going well?
· I’m sleeping better. After not drinking wine for several days, I can be pretty confidant I will sleep most of the night, and if I am wakeful I am still comfortable, not tossing and turning or having a hot flash.
· I love walking! I’ve always enjoyed taking walks, but now I’m getting excited about going for longer distances. It’s fun to use Runtastic to see how far and how fast I went.
· I have definitely proven to myself that when I don’t eat sweets for a while, other food tastes better. Fruits taste amazing!
· I haven’t had a single incidence of feeling stuffed and bloated – no GasX needed. I think this is due to cutting out bread and grains.
· I have only taken one Tylenol this month. I was using it several times a week when I woke up tossing and turning and had hip pain. Now I’m either sleeping through the pain, or just not having it!
· When I started this blog, I had a skin rash that the doctor said was a yeast infection. I also had gotten a sore throat and cold right before Christmas. I think they would have been better by now anyway, but maybe my avoidance of sugar helped get rid of the yeast.
What Still Needs Work?
· I still want wine, and when I drink some, it’s very hard to keep it to one glass. If we go out and I have one glass with dinner, I tend to pour myself another from Stan’s box of red when we get home. For me, it seems to be all or nothing - the easiest glass to avoid is the first. Darn it.
· It was much harder sticking to my plan while traveling than I expected. Since we want to do more traveling, I need to fix this! We’re taking a short trip to Victoria, BC in February so I have another chance.
· I skip my physical therapy exercises more often than I do them.
· I still have occasional hip pain, especially going up stairs and after a long walk.
· I ignore the plan when a "special occasion" arises. Could be bread on the table when we go out, a trip to Starbucks with a friend, something nice happens, something bad happens; I have a treat or glass of wine.
Goals for February:
· Stick to the plan regardless of emotions or opportunity
· Quit drinking wine!