|Left: 7/25/11 before- mild scoliosis. Right: 09/27/11 after- "normal"|
Good news! New xrays of my back show GREAT improvement! In fact, my scoliosis is almost non-existent at this point!! The pain I'm feeling is my muscles trying to get used to their new position, especially on the left where they are being pulled almost two extra inches!
So, still lots of back pain, (really doesn't feel like just muscles, though!) but I went back to exercising today. Only did one circuit and didn't really push myself at all, but it felt good...
Been eating right this whole week and the scale is a reflection of my effort. Had a picture snapped of me today without me know that showed my whole body profile (from the side) and I liked what I saw. I'm glad I'm hard on myself because I never want to go back to being any further from a healthy weight than I am now. But, it's nice to be reminded of how far I've come!
I'm working 60 hours a week these days with the kids and the gym job and I'm mostly loving it. Lots of money coming in to pay off my student loan and save for retirement. But also enjoying some luxuries. I've hired a house keeper twice a month because I just don't have the time to do more than tidying right now, and I don't want to spend the few hours I do find in my week scrubbing floors and toilets. Hubby tries to pitch in, but his cleaning standards and mine are pretty far apart. :)
Been treating myself to a massage every other week, too. Mostly because I'll do anything to make my back feel better, but they are very relaxing and luxurious.
I've started arranging for a week long vacation in November. It will be our 4th wedding anniversary (but 13 years together...wow, just realized that's half my life!!) Anyway, hubby and I have an active out-doors weekend planned and I'm going to take the rest of the week to do whatever the hell I want for a little while. LOL Looking forward to it!
Lots of wonderful comments from my last post, and several of them asked for advice and inspiration. It feels weird to think of my humble stumble to the other side of the scale as an inspiration, but I certainly don't mind telling you about a few things I feel I've learned along the way.
1. Motivation and willpower aren't enough. I've learned that most the people I know (including myself) who are or were obese, have forgotten just HOW much control we have over the food we fuel our bodies with. Yes, I know that the voice to eat is LOUD and it NEVER shuts up! But we can harden ourselves against it. We can learn how to ignore it for longer and longer periods of time. Start with an hour! Make a commitment that for the next hour, you will stick to your eating plan and health goals. If you can achieve that and your feeling brave, try it for two hours and see what happens. Before you know it, the eating voice gets the volume turned down on it and the voice to get out and go and DO something with your life other than eat, starts talkin' louder!! Even two years later, I still don't win every day. I still struggle... A LOT. But that's what has worked for me so far.
2. People who achieve their goals are not perfect, they are just persistent.
Force be with you! :)