Thursday, 29 September 2011

Good News!

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! :)

3 comments:

  1. Oh LOVE that second motivational point..wow needed to hear that one today....it really speaks to my heart and sets me free of some junk.
    THANK YOU!

    Good news indeed about your back, such good news
    i love how you are loving yourself with the extra help keeping the house clean and going for massages, so good!
    I agree the husbands idea of clean in comparison to mine...a little different lol. The good side of that is if I ever get behind in the house stuff, he never complains....

    Glad to hear you are doing so well Cole
    Love and Light

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  2. If anyone has the qualifications to inspire and help others with weight loss, it is you! And thank you for #2 above. I needed that little reminder to be persistent - one pound at a time. Blessings, Jackie

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  3. Your success is inspiring. I love to read that keeping the weight of is as successful a journey because its what scares me. You are doing brilliantly and the news about the back improvements is just brilliant
    Dawn

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