Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fifth Monthly Assessment - May 31st

Well, last weekend the family was visiting on Charla's deck, exactly the same place as my "Before" photo was taken last August, so I asked Tyler to take a "Halfway" photo.  Of course, I knew I would be posting this so I left off the hat and sunglasses.   Also no wine glass - no wine glass all day, I might add.  Can you see a difference?  I weigh 17 pounds less (128)!  Hard to believe!  I think wearing a little color helps, too.

August 2014
May 2015

I think there's a lesson to be learned here - okay - one I should have learned well before now.  If I would take a bit more time and thought with my wardrobe, and maybe be willing to suffer a bit (by omitting the baseball hat), I would look better regardless of how much I might weigh at the time.  Just something to keep in mind.

So what went well this month?
  • Hip pain is really gone - I can tell when I walk up the stairs.  In fact, I actually jogged up the stairs a couple of times  : )
  • I have continued to lose weight, albeit slowly, even though I've had quite a few cheats - mostly bread and pancakes.
  • I had no wine at all during the first and second weeks of May and only a couple of glasses the fourth week.
  • My appetite seems to have decreased - I'm not thinking of food all the time.
  • I had my first Stitch Fix, which was a lot of fun, and a great feeling when I fit into the clothes I received.

And not so well?
  • I need to watch the cheats - don't get overconfident!
  • I haven't been walking - too hot and sunny.  Must do it earlier in the morning!   
  • Totally overdid on the wine during the entire third week.  I had some every day, and more than one glass.
  • I didn't do my physical therapy exercises very often, but here's a good thing - I find myself clenching my core and butt muscles automatically during my everyday activities.  Walking up and down stairs, getting in and out of the car, gardening and even unloading the dishwasher, I am using my core and butt to be stronger.  When I lifted the full watering can, I noticed I was holding it with my core and my arm muscles, not my back.  I have to keep this up!

I really enjoyed the afternoon of chatting and enjoying Charla's beautiful yard, and eating (of course).  Charla made a delicious and pretty healthy lemon bar dessert that was gluten and dairy free.  The crust was delicious!  Tastier than the crust of the lemon tart I had made with coconut and almond flours.  If she will share the recipe, I'll add a link in a future post.

I didn't get a photo of the youngest and cutest family member, Ossian, a budding engineer, but here are a few pics of the rest of us:

That's Alethea's brother Seth lurking behind the umbrella, and his lovely girlfriend Stephanie, flanked by Stan and Alethea's dad Merv.

Seth had a gift for Charla  : )

Tyler and Alethea

Mira and Ossian (and Merv) enjoyed root beer floats!  All in all a great day.

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