Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday Weigh-in: Starting Over

About a year and half ago, I started a weight-loss meme, and it really helped keep me on track. I lost over 30 pounds.

Then a lupus flare hit.

A big, bad, nasty flare which lasted several months. When those come along, it is a huge struggle just to do simple tasks like brushing my hair. Counting calories is just not going to happen in the midst of a flare.

I started my meds for lupus in December and my pain flares seem to be under control. I say "seem to be" because with this disease, you just never know. Another flare could be lurking around the corner. Regardless, I have decided that it is time to get back on track with nutrition and weight-loss. Working through the side effects of the meds and getting my pain levels manageable was phase one of my get healthier plan. So, now on to phase two....

Truthfully, we don't really eat all that bad around here. I like most fruits and veggies and serve up lean, baked meats most nights. Our favorite meal as a family is chicken cooked in the wok with white wine and fresh herbs, steamed rice, and squash (also cooked in the wok with a little olive oil, herbs, and white wine).  The problem for me is snacking. Lupus keeps me from leading an active lifestyle which means there is NO room in my diet for extra calories. I have to count them and stop eating as soon as I'm out.

Plain and simple... it works for me every time, as evidenced by this week's weight loss.

I lost 10.8 pounds this week!
Now, here's the thing. 1st weeks are always big losers for me... water weight and all that business. Then I got hit with a nasty bug and lived on popsicles and chai tea for 2 days.  I'm sure that contributed to my big loss, and it is possible that I will put a little back on next week. (Not planning to do that, but you know what I mean.)
I'm not putting the meme up this time because I can't turn this into a big responsibility. It is something that I must do to keep me motivated and moving in the direction of better health. I appreciate your prayers and words of encouragement, though, so please comment away.


Heather said...

Well, I know you are really feeling better-even though I can't figure out to call you right now! I am so happy to see 2 blog posts this week-no pressure for the future, but it does mean you are able to think and feel better!

Kellie said...

Wow! Even if that's not typical, it must feel wonderful! Your timing is perfect too. This week I will finish Week 9 of the C25K program (although my turtle pace doesn't put me at actually running 5K in the 30 minutes - so the next goal will be to build up my speed). Unfortunately, it's done nothing for my weight loss - I even gained a couple pounds! So my plan was to get through the 9 weeks and then start focusing on the food in addition to fitness. I'd be honored to pray for you and cheer you on. I'll have to see if I can remember how to log on to MFP. : )

Homeschool Dawn said...

Thanks, Heather! It's actually been a terrible week, but I was determined to get my wed posts started this week. I'm just not obsessing about the details. Commas, Shmommas. :)

Kellie, thanks for the encouragement and prayers! Sounds like you are gaining muscle mass, girl. That's good weight. I could not remember how to log on to MFP and started a new account by logging on through my fb account. I'm on there as auroracarina now.