This afternoon I went to see Dr. Stotz for a completely different reason other than weight loss. However, during the initial weigh in with the RN, I actually looked UP for the very first time when I stepped on the scale. I saw the number appear and it did not register at first. I cannot recall the last time I ever saw that number on a scale.
Wow! Double WOW! TRIPLE WOWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…..
Once I got off the scale, I had to ask, did that really say _ _ _? She said yes. And left…. then my doctor came in with a huge smile on her face. I said to her, “Did you see the number?” Big grin, YES, she said. Oh. My. God.
We talked about the reason why I was there and then focused back on shedding another 17 pounds since I last saw her on April 2, 2018.
The last time I was under 200 lbs was around the age of 16 or 17 years old. I am almost there. I have really stepped up my walking on my breaks at work now that all the snow is gone. And I have upped my drinking of water and herbal teas, both hot and cold.
I am so proud of myself. Nothing has ever been easy for me but if you stick to your guns, you can do it. If you need guidance, let me help you.
In the summer of 2005, I wore a swimming suit in the ocean near San Clemente, California when my brother-in-law retired from the Marines, but I wore a t-shirt over the swimming suit in the ocean…. and I was only around family. This was the very last time I wore one.
Today, I drove to Shopko as they are having a Memorial Sale for 50% all swimming suits. In my hand was a $10 coupon off if you spend $30.00, then I had a $10 rewards card to use on top of that. I picked out three different tankini swim tops. I bravely walked into the fitting room and tried them on.
My first thought was… WHAT IF I GET TRAPPED IN ONE OF THESE!!!! And I literally let out a laugh. Shockingly for me, two of them were too big. And the last one fit. And no, I do not have a flat stomach, yet. I will also not flaunt around in this number either but I wanted to get something I could afford, that actually fitted and I could be comfortable getting into the water. Again.
And for my amazing dermatologist, Dr. Kendra Watson of Dakota Dermatology in Sioux Falls, SD … she recommended I start wearing SPC 50 sun screen. So I found a 16 ounce bottle on sale for $7.99 … after the 50% off the swim suit and using my two $20 coupons, my tankini was $6.76. My grand total, out-of-pocket expense was, $14.75.
My childhood friend who I’ve known since we were in the 5th grade lives close by. We’ve discussed going to a couple of the swimming pools here in Sioux Falls together on our days off. One of them has a great lazy river and I knew this was my summer to do something about enjoying myself in water again. I am also trying to do more “freebie” things this summer than shopping…. Another one of my friends has a swimming pool at her apartment complex. She’s already invited me over — in advance — to her complex. And I no longer want to hide indoors anymore.
Remember, find something you can focus on and just focus on one thing at a time in your life to fix. Then continue to improve yourself, one baby step at a time.
Be bravely you today.
Last week at work I put cream cheese, pickles and hard salami inside a flour tortilla but the flour tortilla upset my stomach. So am going to nix the tortilla… and maybe go with turkey this week…. And yes, I know it was a Wheat Belly no-no. The flour tortilla.
Tomorrow, am going to Aldi to buy cheap but healthy.
In the grand scheme of my life as I know it. Chaos is going on but at least I can feel good knowing that I have my eating under control and I have a healthy body finally.
My advice to anyone reading… Continue to make good choices in your life. Food. Booze. Exercise. Whatever you think is important to you, make good choices. Or ask for help.
With the warm temps happening now, my favorite kind of eating is taking place. Fresh vegetables, cheese, herbs and total deliciousness. I am heading to Aldi this afternoon to pick up the ingredients to make for my lunches this week at work. And instead of buying any cookbooks, I just hop onto Pinterest and type in Wheat Belly foods or Clean Eating and up pops all kinds of good stuff.
Yellow pepper, red pepper, Garbonzo beans (chickpeas), cherry tomatoes, celery, feta cheese (or) mozzarella cheese, cucumbers, cilantro…. Then you add more if you want, like black olives, bean sprouts, black beans, corn…. try it and add more or less as you so desire. I also rarely put any type of olive oil on it and just add a little salt/pepper.
On a side note, I dug out all of my new shorts that I bought last year and realized they were all too big for me. And not just a little, but a lot too big. I have about six pair of shorts that are essentially brand new that I am now selling to a lucky lass(es). Happily I went to a few stores yesterday and bought 3 pair in a smaller size. It’s such an ah-maze-balls experience to be doing so well with my weight loss journey after almost six years from my lap band surgery!!!!
Happy Sunday Funday!