Week Seven Update

This post features pics of my furry boyfriend.

Today marks the middle of my seventh week of a refocused effort to improve my health and well being on my Journey to Wellness. I think the seventh week is my danger zone. With previous attempts, I would make it through six weeks but then start falling off the wagon in week seven.

I think focusing on the changes I have made can help get through this:

  • Hired a lifestyle coach; my program started March 20.
  • Stopped eating processed foods (refined carbohydrates/sugar).
  • Started cardio exercise and resistance training.
  • Quit my 365 Project.
  • Bought a Fitbit.

I’ve plateaued and have been stuck for four weeks. After the initial 10-pound/inches lost in the first two weeks (water weight), I’m hovering around the same 3 pound/inches range. I’m getting anxious about this, but my coach is still unconcerned. Prior to hiring a coach and starting this program I had been learning about the benefits of intermittent fasting. As an aging woman, it may be what I need to do if I continue seeing zero changes.

While physical changes aren’t happening, mental/psychological changes are! This happens every time I return to eating clean. I start moving away from What Not Well Feels Like and my outlook and demeanor shift toward more positive notes; I’m more outgoing, energized by being around people, willing to take risks and try new things, and happier overall. I also spend less of my spare time in front of screens.

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What Not Well *Looks* Like (hiding in the corners)

Except right now, well, this week actually. I haven’t exercised at all, I’m generally grumpy, and I want Five Guys and a pint of Cherry Garcia. I’m suspecting hormones—I hate them—or some weird biological seven-week timer that’s had it after six weeks.

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I just can’t even.

Today’s Wellness Wednesday Wisdom is perfect for where I’m at right now.

“Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.”

I’ll keep on swimming tomorrow, or the next day, maybe even the day after that.

I WILL keep on swimming.

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Isn’t he so cute?

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Quest for the Immeasurable

I wonder how much first world disease and sickness is rooted in people living in a way that is “well adjusted” to a profoundly sick society. Probably more than we could ever know. Generations after us will have better insight; hindsight is 20/20. Although, I have started to see more articles about eschewing the “24/7 on” lifestyle and it’s contributions to our rapidly declining health as a society. I think there is a general awareness beginning to develop and swell.

I sometimes fantasize about selling everything and moving to a tiny house. I’m not sure if it would be out in the woods or in the city. Why not both?

So, it’s exactly one month since my last Journey to Wellness update. I’ve been on and off since then, and I was home sick most of last week—not really making any headway. Early this month I decided to hire a lifestyle coach and started the three-month program this Monday, March 20. I am already beginning to feel my energy levels return! In addition to eating well, I’m exercising and drinking way more water. I’m on day 3 and it is painfully clear how a lack of routine easily supports bad habits.

Part of that pain is I work full-time, sometimes overtime, and with the addition of my daily photo project, exercise, and food preparation (vs. picking up prepared/fast food at the store/drive-through) I don’t have time for much else. Last night I watched one 45-minute show and this morning I realized I could have used that time to better prepare for today. So boring and sad!

I understand that once new habits are set (supposedly after 60 days), it will be easier and I may see some of that spare time return. But for now, my playing with pixels time is spent on the photo project. I have time for ESO and WoW maybe once a week and that is to just login for a quick task so I’m not booted from guilds due to inactivity.

No pain. No gain. Since I was diagnosed with MS seven years ago this month, I have not made the permanent lifestyle changes I want to make. I have goals and I have to work for them.

I’m on a quest and the reward for completion will be immeasurable.