These past few months have been pretty rough on me. Just when I think I'm getting a handle on things like dealing with my chronic pain and healthy eating lifestyle, etc. I get slammed with a new problem. I think my body is trying to take itself over and I have news for it... I won't take it lying down! LOL
I was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Fibromyalgia on top of my numerous other issues. I had no clue and kept attributing my additional aches and pains to "getting older" and my chronic back pain from the cancer just getting worse, etc. The reality was my body was attacking itself once again. Unfortunately the end results of this have been me gaining back 30 lbs of my lost weight, which spiraled me into a bit of a depression and angst with myself feeling like I was a big, fat loser again. I'm not anywhere near where I had been physically and while I'm still working out in the pool it's not nearly as intense or as often. I'm hoping to make a come back in this entire situation and start losing again. Unfortunately I had turned to food again as a comfort and while, yes it's healthier options than ever before, my body hadn't been used to taking in extra amounts of food even if it's healthier foods. We are still going regularly though to the Y and I plan on continuing that no matter what. I'm so proud that we have now been members for over 1 year now!
On the brighter side the love of my life has now lost 81 lbs by following our healthy eating lifestyle. He works out by enjoying some "hoops" at the YMCA and he's even joined a rec league for fun. Every Tuesday he's enjoying a little fun and slight competition and he's just loving it. He thanks me every day for changing his life and his views on it. I simply comment that I nudged him into becoming more healthy for completely selfish reasons of wanting him in my life for many, many, many more years to come. He also inspires me to go to the gym and do my pool workouts even when I'm truly not feeling like doing it and 9 times out of 10 I'm really glad I did it. My pain levels are unreal lately and I'm dealing with that but I will overcome this barrier as I have all others.
The rest of my life seems to just be coming together as we move on. My oldest daughter has moved 2 hours away and I miss her so much. My twins are still here in town but we don't see each other nearly enough at all. I miss the mom thing. Nobody ever told me that when they fly the coop they tend to stay away much longer than you want them to. LOL But my guy and I have found ways to keep busy and enjoying life together now and I've come to grips with the fact that life changes and this is a right of passage for my kids to have their own lives and grow up. I'll always love them and be so proud of them and will just cherish the moments we do have together. This year we're celebrating our Thanksgiving dinner with the kids on Saturday after Thanksgiving. It's our way to still celebrate together, allow them to go to "boyfriends' houses and girlfriends' houses and work, etc." while still having our day together. I'm okay with that for sure as I'd rather have them here on a different day as opposed to not seeing them.
I have also decided I'm working on a new weight loss system based on the glycemic index. I've been cooking meals for us using the company's recipes and such and we seem to be doing well. For me the hard part is I can't do the exercise part of the program but to be honest I can change things up enough to compensate I believe. The program isn't yet released to the public but let me tell you when it does launch I'll definitely share the info here. I used to use AssistU supplements (all natural) and it was also how my guy was doing so well with his losses but they are no longer in business. It was a small company and unfortunately didn't take off in the amount of time needed to make a success. I really miss the supplement because it truly was amazing.
So that's where I've been of late. I apologize for kind of abandoning my readers. I promise to start sharing my meals again and my progress because I AM going to get back to where I was and surpass that loss to get to goal. I just really need the motivation and the hope of being in a little less pain. I have found a supplement called Joint Health by Coral Advantage at the Dietary Foods Store here locally. It's $37.95 for a month's supply and I have to say well worth it for the RA and Fibro symptoms thus far.
Until next time I hope you stick to your healthy lifestyle or are inspired to begin one. Please feel free to leave comments to get me pumped back up again... I will need it soon!
Take care of the one body God gave you, please... before it's too late.
Inspire someone you love to do the same.
And please feel free to comment and share ideas for trying to live and eat "clean" and losing weight by changing to a healthy lifestyle!
ONE DAY AT A TIME!
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Who Else Helps me get healthy?
These are just a few of the people online that inspire me....
Joe Gigantino - Fitness Trainer
This is the guy that really set me on the path to physical fitness - Sign up for his FREE newsletter! His tips were very inspirational in helping me take many of his routines to the water so I have less pain while being able to move!
BWJEN - Another WW Buddy and a 'bookworm' too!?
Sean Anderson the formerly 500lb man!
Diary of A Winning Loser - Sean is an inspiration to anyone trying to get healthy!
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