Praise God through whom all blessings flow!
Ever start your morning out thinking or saying that? If not, why?
It's early morning here, and I'm cross eyed and half asleep, but middle child believes I must be awake early even on the weekend, so here I am. I'm working hard to keep a good perspective and my eyes open.
So, it's 8 weeks into my weight loss challenge. I admit it, I probably would have quit by now if I haven't been posting weekly and having some accountability. Some days are hard. Some days I want to eat everything in sight.
The other reason for not giving up is the healthy side. I feel better. I have more endurance. My hefty self fits into the smaller restroom stalls, the "normal" seats in waiting rooms, fit better in the seat of my own car without rubbing the steering wheel, and so on.
This week I've been worn out and not feeling so snazzy. I discovered a lump in my abdomen between two old laparoscopic incisions (for gallbladder about 12 years ago), and had no idea it was there until the fat had started disappearing and saw it while doing a crunch. I freaked out, had hubby look at this ridge in the middle. He's a nurse, surely he'd have an idea. He suggests possible hernia. This isn't surprising knowing how much I life heavy weights, all the way back to working on the farm and lifting feed sacks like they were nothing and tossing straw bales with little issue. Then, throw in lots of lifting weights, working in nursing as a CNA for years lifting on people, moving heavy furniture on my own, and being the go to person for heavy lifting as hubby is not able to....it shouldn't be surprising. I don't have an "official" diagnosis, as I don't have the funds (cash patient here) to visit the clinic I go to. I'm able to push the lump back down, which in itself feels weird, and may have to go make a visit sooner than later to check on it.
Overall, the fat has been slowly melting. It's not near as fast as the first month, but as far as I'm concerned, it's still a step forward. I've been told to go slowly instead of trying to lose it all in a day. I've noticed a little more off the knees, a little less on the arms, a little less on the "apron" of belly fat, a little off the hips, and my feet have gotten smaller than my shoes, leaving the shoes a size larger than needed. That's a good thing, as it means shoe shopping soon!! Yay!
For the week, I've lost another 1/4 inch off the waist, 1 inch off the hips, and another 1/2 inch off the chest. I'm thankful, as it's in the right direction, even if it is a little slower than it has been. Every little bit counts!
God has been good, and I'm very thankful for what He's done for me along the way. Like with the lump, I had no idea it was there until the fat started going away and I started doing floor exercises to tone. It's been hiding underneath my own fat for who knows how long! God has taken care of so much for me, for my family, I'm so blessed to be a child of His.
Exercise has been more fun this week, with an average of a mile or so each time I take the beagle walking. He enjoys it, and we're walking a new route every chance I get. He is an upper body workout keeping him in line--he puts it in 4 paw drive and tries to drag me to the first trees and fire hydrant he can get to. He enjoys walking on the east side of town, where the vet is--he has no bad experiences at the vet and can smell all the animals that have come and gone there--he wants to go mark the vet as "his". I've enjoyed walking as well, and seeing all the trees and foliage turning from green to various shades of red, orange, and yellows. It really is pretty seeing the old trees turning with the season. I'm finding other walkers out and about around the same time we're hoofing it as well, which is nice. :)
I hope you all who are joining in on my "challenge" are doing well. I have to say this has been the best thing I've done in a long while, even if it means putting my sin, my weight, out there for the world to see. I'm thankful for that one picture from the summer that started it all.
Here's a question for you all for this week: what is your favorite way to exercise?
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