I hope that you’re all doing well! This week was a huge struggle for me, in all aspects of life. Work was killer (seems like things started going downhill on Wednesday and never really recovered) and I’ve found that as my stress levels go up, my ability to make positive food and exercise choices really goes down. Saturday I made some good choices, but otherwise…NOPE. I actually have my 9 month follow up appointment tomorrow and I’m super nervous about it, since I’ve only lost about 12 lbs since the last time I saw the doctor. Last time I went, they told me I should have lost more weight. I actually posted this in a Facebook group that I’m a member of, and most people told me that I’m crazy – since January 1, 2015, I have lost 111 lbs. ONE-HUNDRED AND ELEVEN POUNDS IN A YEAR. 86 of those since May 2015. They really helped put it into perspective for me.
HOWEVER. I am REALLY trying to get past the number on the scale. I have always focused on that and I know it isn’t healthy. I’m trying to look at all of the other things: since surgery, I have dropped FOUR dress sizes (at least on the bottom – only two on the top, damn you boobs), can go for super long walks and even RUN now, am much healthier (physically, mentally, and emotionally) and have learned fun and interesting ways to try out new dishes that I might not have before. I don’t dread clothes shopping because as I shrink, it’s much easier to find things in my size. I can (almost) cross my legs comfortably. My confidence has increased too. And, best of all, I’ve proved myself wrong. I never thought I could do this.
Ok, switching gears (sort of…kinda going back to stress levels). Headed out for a VACATION this week! We’re off to visit family in Florida and I get to see my mommy! I seriously need some sunshine and beach air in my life. It’s only supposed to be in the upper 60s, but I will take whatever I can get at this point. I am going to try my best to do my homework before I leave, but I’ll bring my laptop just in case. I got a mani/pedi yesterday (my first reward, the pedicure, coincided really nicely with this vacation – I’ve lost 10 lbs since January 1…which again, sort of puts things into perspective for me) and I also realized that I need to dig around all the clothes I packed up for some semblance of warm weather clothes!
Tonight, I’m planning out my meals and creating contingency plans. My week is again shaping up to be hectic and I’m bound and determined not to let that derail me. I’m also going to head outside for a walk/jog because it’s already 50 degrees out. Yesterday I went out for a walk TWICE because it was so gorgeous and sunny!
Share with me: what do you do to manage stress levels?
PS Here’s my playlist this week!