Hello. A health update here: I have officially lost 15 pounds (well 16.5 to be exact)!! I felt like that was a pretty good milestone to celebrate– Woohoo! The past 7 1/2 weeks have been a caa-razy rollercoaster of emotions but I am super excited for the progress I have made. Yaaaay me! I am halfway to my goal!
Weight loss is a difficult one, and sometimes I think the frustrations over the years have been felt more by those who love me the most. From an outside perspective you just want to slap the person and say, “HEY! It’s not that hard to eat more vegetables!” But it isn’t that easy. For me, it is just as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. I don’t really know why my brain got funny about food, but I can pinpoint it to when I moved to Florida. I got caught in a downward cycle of doom and brain blocks and excuses: I’m tired because I’m overweight. I’m overweight because I am just too tired. I hate salad. I’m always going to be overweight because I have PCOS. I should just love me as I am. I just don’t think I can do it.
Part of the health program I am on encourages interacting with others within the online community. It’s especially exciting is to hear what everyone’s NSVs are– Non Scale Victories. It’s a good exercise to help focus on your mental and physical health and other accomplishments that are not defined by the scale.
Here are mine:
- I can finally wear both my wedding and engagement rings!
- I sleep so much more soundly
- I do not have to use a safety pin to help close the gap on my button down shirts so no one gets an accidental peekaboo
- My skin is healthier
- Headaches and stomaches have significantly decreased
- I have not binged eaten in 7 1/2 weeks!
- I feel more confident in my clothes
- I do not crave sugar
- My energy has increased significantly
- I actually like zoodles (but do not like cauliflower in any shape or form (sorry hipsters))
There are still days I don’t want to keep going. It takes a lot of work to change habits and sometimes it becomes overwhelming and you want to give up. Not every day is going to be filled with perfect decisions but I am learning to arm myself with the right knowledge, confidence, and energy to always persist. If getting my weight back on track will help my broken hormones then I have to persevere.