It's now 3 weeks in, and I will admit it--it's been rough. It's been 3 weeks of changing habits, learning to use less, and teaching the body new ways of doing things. The body has not been a happy camper.
Where I was before:
This week has been a good one overall despite the body resisting efforts. This week has been the beginning of walking outside again. This summer, I had a hard time walking 2 to 3 blocks. I just couldn't handle it. This week I walked one day 14 blocks, another day 20 blocks, with our hefty beagle in tow. He gave out before I did. At first he was pulling me along in 4 wheel drive, but at the end I had to encourage him to make it back home as he wanted to poop out a block from home. Along the way we got to make some little yipper snappers (little bitty house dogs) unhappy and caused lots of commotion, so that made the day complete. (grins) I also started doing more floor type exercises to help tone as fat leaves. I've discovered more flexibility than I had before as well, which is nice.
I haven't made it to the clinic to weigh in this week, due to scheduling constraints. In the meantime, I've found that it is a lot easier to climb the stairs to the top floor of the house. The stairs and I don't groan near as much. I can make it across our house faster, from the back end to the front, when the phone rings, and don't have to let it go to voicemail as often. Before, I would make it hopefully by the 4th ring, but seldom, now I am at the 3rd ring most of the time. Hey, I'll take any improvement. I'm walking a bit faster, feeling a bit lighter. The aches and pains are mostly gone, from shoulders to ankles and pit stops in between. Whether these were caused by too high of glucose or from weight I don't know, but either way they are greatly diminished.
This week I also measured around with measuring tape from my sewing box. In comparison to the last clothing I purchased, and according to the company's measurement lists, I have dropped 2 sizes from the top, and 1 from the bottom. The bottom is rather stubborn! I call my shape a bell bottom butt (aka pear). In my original picture found at the beginning of this challenge, I was at a 4x top (that shirt in the picture is a 3x mens) and a 5x bottom. Now, I am at a 2x women's top and 4x bottom.
Prayer and encouragement has been a bigger issue this week. I've needed it a bit to keep going. As mentioned in last week's challenge update, I started on Victoza, which is a medication that helps with diabetes. It is an injection taken daily. While it works internally on the pancreas and such to help with producing insulin naturally, it has the side effect of acting like a gastric bypass without the surgery. Food intake is suddenly greatly limited, and things high in sugar, fats, etc come back to
visually haunt rather quickly. As a gastric bypass limits your food intake to about a cup of food at a serving/meal, so does Victoza. Things I've loved for years are nibbled or non-existent. Chocolate is a no go, not for lack of want, but for the reaction it causes. Even a small snack size piece. I've avoided the ice cream cones that we give the kids after church on Sundays and Wednesdays, as much as I love ice cream, as I don't want the after effects. Instead, I've sipped on Sprite, teas, and morning coffees, and water. I prayed the first day of the challenge for God to help me with gluttony, to help me fight the temptation to shove anything sweet, chocolate, or just overall bad for me into my mouth, and I keep praying each day for help in fighting temptation. It's not as much of a temptation anymore when the things you've loved to pig out on cause a reaction that isn't too appealing. I've instead been pointed toward more veggie soups, broths, small protein amounts, and so on, which are filling in small amounts, and the body does not reject.
Despite the rougher time with changing amounts and testing what I can and can't have, I keep praising the Lord for allowing me to change. I don't have to deny myself anything--I can have whatever, it just may not stay long, so it's a matter of "I don't want this anymore" instead of "I will deny myself this today", which makes me want it more. He allows me to see results of the last 3 weeks, which encourages me to keep going on.
To God be the glory, great things He has done! He has worked on the heart, and working on the outside as well!
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