I suppose I’m not providing an update on everything, but just a lot of things that have been going on over the past year that I’m often asked about. I don’t want to throw something out there in a blog post and then never let you know how it’s going, so here you go…
In the summer of 2012, I made some big changes in the way I ate and took care of myself. You can check out my full fitness plan HERE. Since then, I completed P90x, some of Insanity until my back informed me that I was asking too much of it. The result is that I have lost over 20 lbs. It’s been a very slow weight loss that stalled around October of 2013. I’ve gotten a little sidetracked. I’m still working out (running and doing p90x3) and I’m still sticking to my eating dos and don’ts, but I haven’t been counting calories and making a concerted effort to reach my goal weight. I’m sooooo close. Just another 10 lbs and I’ll be there! So, the warmer weather and increase in yummy fresh fruits and veggies (and the anticipation of cherries hitting the supermarkets soon) has me ready to make another push towards my fitness and health goals.
When I start to kick myself because my jeans are a little tighter than they were before Christmas or when I miss my workouts for a few days, I remind myself that this is a marathon, not a sprint. This is a journey that will last the rest of my life, not something that is done and stays done. I also remind myself that I can’t do everything well 100% of the time. I need to give myself a break.
I’ve already started watching my food quantities and replacing more snacks with veggies, but I’m going to start in earnest after Lucketts. I have loved P90x3, so I’m going to start that from the beginning again and see how I look after 3 months. I’ll keep you posted on that. It’s nice to write about it on my blog…it feels like I have a huge accountability group!
In November 2013, I realized that wearing ill-fitting, paint splattered clothes and no make-up day in and day out wasn’t doing a lot for my self-esteem. I took a scary step and had a stylist come to my home and pick apart my closet. It was a great experience and helped me see my clothing, hair and makeup in a fresh way. I learned, in a small way, that putting on makeup and doing my hair and putting on a complete outfit made me more productive and happier in general. It’s not that I was lazy, moody and depressed, but there’s something about mascara, a scarf and cute hair that makes me feel like I can tackle the world!
So, do I put a complete outfit on each day, now? No. I don’t. There is a pair of comfy sweatpants that I love and they are stained and splattered and are a little baggy and I still wear them…especially when I know it’s going to be a hard, physical work day. I often wear workout clothes all day, just because it’s comfortable and easy, but I wear makeup and do my hair everyday now.
I still feel a little like a makeup rookie and I still feel a little lost when I’m clothes shopping, but it feels good to be making the effort!
In January, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and I shared it with my readers. The response from you as a whole was overwhelming. I felt your prayers and your encouraging words made my eyes sting with tears and were like virtual hugs.
The first few weeks were overwhelming and I reached a point where I was exhausted. I wasn’t sleeping well, because I was afraid of his blood sugar dropping in the middle of the night. It was like having a newborn again. I found myself staying up past midnight and checking on him before I went to sleep. Then I would jolt up at 6:30 am to make sure he was okay.
I’ve gotten past that now and we’ve settled into a routine where it’s just habit to check blood sugar and give insulin and count carbs. He’s been such a trooper and, even at five, he is learning how to take care of himself. We’ve had to “role play” with him, so he can learn to advocate for himself if someone isn’t letting him finish his lunch or snack. He’s learning to read a nutrition label, something most 5 year olds are oblivious to. He talks a lot about “carves” even as he’s playing with Lego’s, which is so funny. He can also check his own blood sugar and get his insulin ready, which always amazes me. We don’t give kids enough credit, that’s for sure.
The thing I’m still working on is all of the medical care stuff – prescriptions, insurance. I’m learning how much I hate bureaucracies and the medical world as a whole is one big tangled mess. I’m sure I’ll become a pro at navigating customer service menus and paperwork, but simple things like getting the right syringes has been a challenge.
We’re looking forward to attending some JDRF walks and events to be actively involved in supporting the people who are working on a better treatment or cure for T1D. We also pray for a cure daily. We can’t do much better than that.
So, it’s still a thing in our lives, but it doesn’t seem as big or as scary. We’re doing well.
Oh, and a little update from yesterday, I found a pair of jeans that fit great! I live in a small town that is known more for Civil War cannons and apple orchards than great shopping, but we have a Levi’s outlet at our outlet mall, so I tried them after I struck out at the GAP (actually, I found a pair I liked at GAP, but they didn’t have the right length.) Levi’s has a wide variety of options in cuts and fits…you can tell they really thought through the common complaints when finding the right jeans. In the fitting room they actually have a picture showing muffin top and offered the solution. Thank you for that. (Can I just say that the term “muffin top” always makes me laugh? It does.) Anyway, I found a pair of jeans that made me smile when I put them on. I turned in the mirror and smiled again. We found a winner.
I also bought a military-style jacket from GAP, a navy “boyfriend” blazer, some layering tanks and a few other things to mix into my wardrobe. I don’t shop very often, so I try to find several pieces when I do go. And, while I don’t have panic attacks about what I’m going to wear to events, an upcoming blog conference is always a good excuse to shop.
There you go. I guess I felt chatty tonight and, in many ways, you, my blog readers, are my friends. (I’m sure I abused a few commas in that last sentence!)
So, consider yourself updated!