It’s been a long time.

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Hello to my loyal readers!  I realize that I haven’t posted a blog in about 3 months.  Now is as good a time as any to update you on my post Advocare challenge progress.  If you remember (or if you read the previous entries again), I started my journey on May 1, 2016 with a 24 day Advocare challenge.  I did really well and lost 24 lbs in those first 24 days and in fact since then have gone on to lose a total of 74 lbs.  However, I have been stuck for the last few months.  That is the real reason why I haven’t blogged.  It’s tough when you are doing all the same things you did that caused you to lose 74 lbs and your body just says “no.”  I still go to Water Aerobics and  Aqua Zumba every week.  I still try to eat between 1000-1200 calories a day.  I have not had Coca Cola (my favorite drink) since April. trip_hurdles_800_5680

One thing that has been constant in in my life is the obstacles that seem to jump in my way.  Sometimes I feel I can’t win for trying!  The first major obstacle that I have had is people.  Sounds weird right? Sometimes I get people telling me how good I look or noticing that I look different.  In fact yesterday, one of our older security guards at work asked me if I am “diminishing?”  As I blushed and looked at him confusedly, he explained that he meant I was getting smaller.  These compliments are great and don’t get me wrong, I love to hear them.  But they just keep me thinking of weight loss and then reminding myself that nothing is happening right now with it.  The flip side of that problem is also occurring.  Certain people in my life have taken it upon themselves to ask me daily and sometimes more than daily if I have lost any more weight.  When the answer is no, they get disappointed.  Of course this makes me disappointed and very disheartened about my weight loss when in actually I should be celebrating all that I have accomplished so far!

Another big obstacle that I have had is my medication. Recently I had to start taking medication that could possibly make me gain weight.  I asked the doctor if it makes weight gain or if it just makes you hungrier.  She said hungrier.  I said I am hungry all the time, I can deal with that. ūüôā

Another obstacle that I have had is injuries.  In July, I had shots in my back that have taken away about 90% of my pain and made me able to walk and exercise more easily.  It has been wonderful.  Then on October 28, I decided to use my ‘under the desk’ bike peddler to get more exercise and ended up straining my hip flexor.  I was hoping it would heal on his own and when I it didn’t in 2 weeks, I finally went to the doctor.  She sent me to physical therapy.  So now when I walk, sit, exercise, sleep, whatever, I have pain in my hip/leg.

I haven’t slowed down though.  I can’t.  I don’t want to become complacent with the 74 lbs I have lost, great though that is.  I still have a goal of 100 lbs by the end of the year.  I am not sure I am going to make it but I remain highly optimistic.

I’ve had some good things happen as well.  I have been able to go out and enjoy concerts again.  At parties, people notice that I am moving around more.  I went to my 25th high school reunion and had so much fun reconnecting with former classmates and friends.  I was walking around and heck, even sitting on a high stool-things I could not have done 6 months ago. I also have gone down 2 sizes in clothes.  Everything I wore a year ago is too big.  I am ok with that!

I wanted to mention the different Advocare flavors I have tried.  In earlier posts, I mentioned that I have tried the Chocolate, Vanilla and Peanut Butter Chocolate Advocare Shakes.  They are all good.  The Peanut Butter Chocolate is probably my least favorite.  Since then I have tried the Berry and the Snickerdoodle shakes.  Both are amazing!  I know the Snickerdoodle is a temporary flavor so I need to stock up because it is so good. In the Advocare Spark, I have actually gone on Ebay and purchased multiple flavors so I could try them before buying the bigger cannister through Advocare.  The good flavors I have tried so far are:  Watermelon, Fruit Punch, Grape, Green Apple, Pink Lemonade, and Blue Raspberry.  I have also tried Mango Strawberry and Mandarin Orange and they are really gross.

turkey-day

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving next week and try not to eat too much!

I will leave you with a final positive picture. The pic on the left was a year ago and the one on the right was a few days ago.  I should definitely be happy about my progress.  I am not giving up!

1-year-ago

Don’t p in the ool ;)

pool

The pool above looks pretty and inviting, right? ¬†Well it is deceiving. ¬†Yesterday I went to the Canal Winchester Pool and was swimming for about 20 minutes when they made everyone get out because some kid pooped in the pool! I couldn’t wait to get a shower when I got home, it was so gross!! ¬†Also threw off all the plans I had for exercise. ¬†At least today I get to do my water aerobics (different pool)!

Speaking of exercise, I have lost 57.3 lbs since May 1.  I have slowed down a little in July but I also had my birthday and a couple cheat days which I had not done before.  As long as I continue going down, I am happy.

mongolian bbq

I had a free dinner at Mongolian BBQ for my birthday and it expired Friday. I normally love that place but had a horrible experience at the Easton one Friday.  I was already in a bad mood because I had to wait in my car for 3 hours before I even went in.  Once I went in, I was getting my food and the noodles were mushy.   Then when I tried to get szechuan sauce, it was completely empty. So I stood there for about 10 minutes until finally one of the guys who refills things comes out. I asked him for szechuan sauce and stepped aside.  He said he refilled it. I went to get it and it was still empty! So then I asked another guy who happened to be a manager.  By this time I had been standing there for probably 15 minutes (which I could not have done pre-shot in my back!) holding my bowl of food.  That guy told me the sauce had to be made, so i should go have my food cooked and he would bring it to me.  He did and when they poured the sauce on my food, they left it on the grill too long and it came out completely burnt.. it was so gross. My mom said something to the waitress and the manager saw it and came over.  He was upset for me and offered to cook a whole new bowl for me.  So when I finally got my food, it was good but it was just a bad experience! I left work at 5:30 that day and was finally eating dinner at 9:30pm!

spark

I bought a variety of Advocare Spark flavors and I wanted to let you know the best and worst.  I have now tried Fruit Punch which is really good.  Watermelon which is awesome (it tastes like a jolly rancher!)  Grape which is pretty good.(tastes like grape Kool-Aid)  Green Apple is ok.  Mango Strawberry tastes more like mango than strawberry and I am not a fan of that.  The worst flavor I have tasted is orange.  Of course orange is the one that I got as an extra box when I first signed up and I have not even gone through all 14 of those.  I am not an orange juice fan, so maybe that is why I do not like it.

goldengrahams

I bought Golden Grahams to eat as a snack and I forgot how good they are! now I just have to remember to eat them in small quantities!

 

Wish me luck!