Friday, July 8, 2011

Finally taking a few minutes to catch up here

And there's A LOT to catch up on over the past month so this is going to be in list-form and not elegantly phrased (no time to edit, just typing away to get things down before too much time has passed and I forget things):

Weight loss: I am down between 10 and 13 pounds from the highest weight in the range I've been in for the last 6-8 months. How and why did this happen after SO MUCH trying and frustration? I changed my diet VERY little since getting the medical results at the end of May: stopped egg yolks and cut down on meat and animal products (goodbye cheese and morning turkey bacon). I added a veggie (onion, mushroom and/or whatever remnants are in the fridge) to my morning egg product. But, MOSTLY, I think it's something that I've added: either the thyroid medication or the supplements to help my body digest (specifically glucose) better. I even managed to keep my weight in the lower range over vacation. I like seeing the scale go down. Or even hover in a lower range.

Yoga: I'm very addicted now to my twice-weekly 6:45 am yoga class that I substituted for my twice-weekly nighttime gym workout. This is in addition to the Saturday class I've been taking for about 6 months. I am just totally loving this teacher and this class -- you know it's true because I am SO not a get-up-early-and-exercise person! It's wonderful to feel my yoga-body coming back. I get stronger every day. So I miss 45 minutes of sleep twice a's worth it!

The Big News: DB and I are planning a couple of weddings. Oh yeah, you knew that one wouldn't be enough for us! ;-) While we have considered ourselves married for years, when we heard the Burning Man art theme for this year was "Rites of Passage", we started thinking about having a wedding. And, when we realized that a lot of our family and friends couldn't or wouldn't make the time and money commitment to go to BM, we decided we'd have another wedding next year too. This is perfect because I so cannot decide on just ONE wedding dress! I've been ebay shopping like crazy and am planning to wear (short, cute) wedding dresses and veils EVERY DAY at BM this year. It's my costume: The Bride. You wouldn't believe how cheap you can get GORGEOUS dresses on ebay. Anyway, the one next year will probably be at the lake that we went to on vacation with the PDs and their families in mid-June (near Yosemite). We loved it there and it's where we told our family about the weddings. My sister will be matron of honor and all the girls in the family (my niece, my PDs, my granddaughters will all be bridesmaids!). It's been fun to see everyone's reaction: ALL thrilled and excited.

Work: HORRIBLE heavy workload. Having a meeting in an hour to discuss with bosses what to do before I have a breakdown. I am not going to be modest: I am fantastic at my job and even my super-powers cannot handle the load right now. Thank goodness for therapy right now...although it takes time out of my workday that I do NOT have. on Sept. 1 at Burning there. :-)


Vickie said...

glad to see all the updates.

congrats again.

are you assistantless at the moment, or workload is this bad even with assistant? good you are waiving your white flag. hopefully they will have some form of help for you.

I think there are probably a lot of people in weight loss blog land who have something 'out of whack' (for lack of a better word) and need chemical shift (for lack of another better word).

I think most of the time one has to have food in line (consistent) in order to KNOW something is not working.

Otherwise they are just playing this zig zag game with themselves and trying to do something (food wise) that isn't actually working, but they don't know it, because they aren't ever actually doing it.

Or they try everything under the sun, with food all over the place (never actually consistent), so they never actually SEE what is happening. You know?

I think consistency so you could SEE is exactly what you did - very interesting to watch your process. I know it wasn't fun to be stuck, but at least you saw and got help.

Cindy...154 said...

Fantastic to see a post! Congrats on the wedding and I wish I could go!!! Can't wait to see photos! If I had someone to go with I might try it, I have always been intrigued by the burning man trips. I am kinda struggling and stuck with food, but hopeful today.I think I have been playing the zig zag game like Vickie describes.

Lori G. said...

I am so happy for you! Let me know if you need any information on what we did.


Laura N said...

what great updates!! I am so thrilled for you & your man. Two weddings! Sweet.

what supplements did you add for the glucose? I'm just curious. You commented on my supplements post so when you have a minute, I'd love to hear what you take & why.

Glad you are asking for help at work. And good to hear therapy is worth your time.

I am slowly converting to the morning exercise route, too. Evenings are just so hard. I've got nothing left by 5 or 6 pm. If I get to bed at 10 instead of midnight, then 5:30 am workouts are totally possible. Starting the day the night before is a huge shift in thinking, and it works. Your yoga classes sound wonderful.

I'm just tickled pink over all the good stuff you have going on. Yay you!!

sharla said...

Congrats, Helen!