Progress Update – as of March 12, 2016

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 312.1 lbs
Loss: 2.5 lbs
Current BMI: 48.9
Loss: 0.4

Yay, we’re down again! Truthfully, I think this is likely because I was sick and not through much effort on my part, but hey, it’s all good.

I have some VERY exciting news to share! I recently went for my annual physical (although it’s not quite annual since I haven’t had one since 2014) and my doctor expressed concern that my weight had gone up since she last saw me. Since I have a chronic disease called poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS for short) and it can become worse with weight gain (as well as cause weight gain and make it difficult to lose weight, hurray!) she wanted to address it.

She put me on a program through my healthcare system that pairs me up with a nurse who specializes in weight management. When I met with this nurse, Julie, the next week, she explained it to me. Basically, it’s a program that’s designed to be completed in six months. In those six months, I will attend sessions about things like emotional eating, nutrition, managing cravings, how to cut down on sugar etc. AND I will also be assigned a trainer who I will meet with once a week for 12 weeks to develop an exercise regimen. And, best of all, it’s FREE. (Thank you Canadian healthcare!)

I’m so excited. I had been toying with the idea of getting a trainer for a long time but I balked at the cost. I had no idea this program even existed, so the idea that I can get such incredible, professional support and help for free is just amazing to me.

I feel like I’ve fallen off track, spiritually. I was bogged down by anxiety and depression and I worried too much about what other people think about me, I invested so many time and energy into their emotions and feelings that I left nothing for myself, so I was unhappy and very drained. But I’ve decided, it’s time for ME. I’m young, I have no dependents, so now is the best time for me to reconnect with myself and focus on my own needs. I have enrolled in yoga, meditation and knitting classes, I’m planning a trip to Asia in May and now I’m starting this new weight loss program and I am unbelievably excited! 2016 is shaping up to be pretty wonderful!

Cheers, happy losing!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, dear readers! I hope you all bid 2013 goodbye in style, I certainly did. 

I thought I would share some of my resolutions with you. In the past, I have made the mistake of making my resolutions too extreme, such as “Lose 50 lbs by March 1st” or “No sugar” etc. Needless to say, that has not worked out for me. So, this year, I am giving myself a little more breathing room. After all, this journey that I’m setting out to do is not just a diet or something I’m going to do until I lose the weight I want, it is a lifestyle choice that I intend to maintain forever. 

So, the resolutions:

  1. To get at least 30 minutes of exercise 4 days a week.
  2. To eat as clean and healthy as possible.
  3. To make healthier substitutions (eg 0% Greek yogurt for sour cream) whenever possible.
  4. To drink less pop and more water and tea.
  5. To do yoga or stretch at least 5 times a week. 
  6. To turn off my computer and spend time outside every day. 
  7. To try new things and to not let my weight hold me back from trying said things. 
  8. To take each day as it comes. That means that I will not beat myself up if I indulge a little too much, or I don’t get all my fruits and veggies in, or I miss a workout. There is always tomorrow. 

I think those are some pretty solid resolutions that I can certainly live with. I want to be able to enjoy life and to feel like I can have a piece of cake or some wine without feeling guilty. Moderation, moderation, moderation. 

What are your resolutions for this year?