‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2012 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss. I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.
To put it plainly, Week 12 sucked. I stuck to the food 100%, didn’t exercise at all, and was hit and miss with my water intake.
This morning I weighed in at 298.0, which is a gain of 2.4 lbs this week. Which means I have 17 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. This back and forth is killing me.
Recently Carina described PF as a vampire bite – once “bitten,” you’re cursed with it forever. That’s how I felt this week. The pain came and went, but it continued to take a lot out of me, and at the end of the day, I just didn’t feel like going to work out. That’s really on me, because I wouldn’t feel much pain riding the bike or swimming. I just couldn’t muster up the energy to get to the gym. It’s also the end of the semester at school, so I’m swamped with grading, and again, taking an hour out for some stress-relieving workouts would have been a good choice, but unfortunately, it was a choice I didn’t make.
The good news is, later in the week I found a pair of shoes that are like a miracle for me in terms of relieving the pain from the torn fascia/PF – Orthaheels! I bought the Elisa in black, but I loved them so much that I bought them in mustard, too, to wear with brown clothes. (I didn’t buy the straight brown shoes because they were a strange brown, and I’d rather go with a funky choice like mustard, because it coordinates well with the more earth tones. Plus, my school colors are blue and gold, so these go perfectly for Friday color days). These shoes are made for people with PF, and the footbed is designed to hold the heel perfectly. I put them on and I instantly felt little to no pain.
I did get a bit overconfident while wearing these shoes, and I tried to take Sofi for a walk like I normally do, but after about 15 minutes, I was in a lot of pain. I’d pushed too hard. So for now, I’m going to stick to exercises that keep me off my feet.
At Jenny Craig I asked them to give me the menu for the next step down, even though my weight hasn’t quite met their guideline. This week I’ll be dropping down to 1500 calories, instead of 1700. The change is really only in the accompanying foods – one less fruit per day (3 instead of 4), one less dairy (4 instead of 5). I have to make the most of the remaining weeks I have left.
This week I’m committing to going to the gym, even if I’m tired, in pain, etc. Because I’m feeling the pressure of a dwindling bank account – I can’t pay many more weeks of Jenny Craig. I’m going to have to make the most of the 4 weeks I have left and then I’ll have to see what I can do from there. I’m way too close to my goal to let anything stop me. I have to keep going. I just need to remind myself of this when I feel like giving in and skipping the gym.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!