I know what it's like to have a big chest causing back problems that keep you from much exercise that you want to do. At my largest I was an L cup, but to be fair I was breastfeeding my youngest at that time. Right now, two years later, I am down to an H cup and about to step down from a 38 band to a 36. I spent years on muscle relaxers to deal with spasms in my back from every day life without exercise. What got me off of those were the exercises the physical therapist gave me for strengthening my back muscles and focusing on posture all the time. I still have to be careful with some exercises because it can go out (my back went completely out last fall when I was putting my bra on and I was stuck in bed for three days completely helpless.) Since you already said you are going to talk to your doctor I would suggest talking to your doctor about physical therapy that focuses on exercises to help posture, tone muscle, and lose weight. Big breasts are not a life sentence to inactivity and obesity, they're just an obstacle that makes it take a little longer to get to where you want to be.View Thread
Turns out I even lost half a pound even though I am bloated from my monthly. Yay! I am so close to Onderland I can taste it! (Pun totally intended, lol.)
I am so tired and can't find my iron pills so I don't think getting to bed on time is going to be much of a problem this week. My mom even commented this evening about how pale I look, even more than my usual porcelain complexion. Maybe that's why the kids at work seemed more focused on my freckles today, lol. I am making sure I am eating a lot of natural iron, red meat twice today and lots of iron rich veggies, but I am afraid it is not enough. I live boarder line anemic anyway, getting sick normally pushes me over that boarder, so my monthly right after has shoved me down the rabbit hole. Exercise this week is going to be tough so I guess tomorrow I will have to either find my iron pills or buy new or curl up into a ball and pretent this week isn't happening. (I don't think the third option is viable no matter how much I wish.)
Just a few more weeks to push through before spring break, then maybe I can rest (haha) but life must go on in the meantime. I must focus on my healthy living mission.
Amber, I have those days too. Right before that time of the month I can be found pacing my house looking for something to eat and no matter what else I ate already I am still starved. I am glad that I don't keep much in the house that is quick to make and eat, mostly for that one reason. Last month my husband started laughing at me and when I snapped at him the ever ready "WHAT?!" he calmly told me I looked like a caged tiger pacing the kitchen and he was sure I probably got more exercise in that day pacing than I normally do. I didn't think it was funny in that moment (the "must find food NOW" was racing through my head) but I am sure it was hilarious as we have a baby fence blocking off the 12 ft. opening between the kitchen and living room so I probably did look like a caged animal. I think I've been too tired this month to care about the extra food, right now it's the "need sleep, just a few minutes, or hours, or whatever" that hormones can do that I am working against to get moving today.View Thread
Amber, you are so right. I am going to go to bed early tonight to get enough sleep. That is my goal for the week, get to bed on time regardless of what else can be done around the house because it can wait till tomorrow. It's going to be hard because my husband has a weeks worth of school work to catch up on, luckily he had been working ahead so he's not really that far behind but it means less help with everything coming up. Sleeping enough will help make it more managable.View Thread
I too hate exercising but when I think of it as moving more it's so much easier. I have found since I make myself stand more that it's not as much of a struggle to do anything else. I forgot something on the other side of the store, oh well I'll just walk back and get it (I use to just say my husband will pick it up after work and deal without it till then.) The only open parking spots are all the way out in the back fourty, eh no big. Both my youngest need to be carried for a longer distance, I can deal. My husband has also made comments about how much more muscle I have lately, isn't it awesome! It's good to look back and think about all the changes every now and then. You go!View Thread
My husband does the same thing from time to time. Total foot-in-mouth situation. For me it's the battle afterwards within myself that is hard. I get the feeling "Well if you don't think I've changed then you must still think I'm too fat. I might as well give up and eat the whole thing then. I should just give up if my efforts aren't appreciated!" Sometimes I yell those things at him and won't talk to him for a couple days other than what needs to be done around the house or for the kids. I have to fight those feelings and am trying to change the way I think when he says stuff like that. I know deep down he doesn't truly believe it, but he must think it a little every now and then or he wouldn't ever say it. I guess it's stuff like this that is a reminder that it is a change in lifestyle and that means a change for everyone in your life, especially a significant other who was there with you before.View Thread
Barbra, Welcome aboard the weighing in less train. I am actually ready to start stepping up from weighing monthly to weighing weekly myself, so it's a good thing we are doing the weigh ins at work because I still don't want to buy a scale for at home, the daily weigh ins would really get to me since my weight loss has slowed lately and I know if the scale was right there every day I would use it.
This is a journey and all journeys have phases and pauses, it's just to remember to keep moving forward. You don't plan a great vacation to stick to a very strict schedule, you give yourself time to drink it all in, and changing your lifestyle should be the same way. Flexability is helpful in all parts of life.View Thread
3point14, I understand the not feeling accountable part of not looking at the scale regularly, but there are other ways to hold yourself accountable without relying on the scale number daily. I try to make a mini goal each week that revolves around healthy eating. Sometimes it to drink more water, I'm up to 9 cups a day most days, and sometimes it's getting more fruits and/or veggies. Other times it's exercise, like walking farther or doing more reps of something. I log it and check back at the end of the week, if I didn't reach that goal I will try for one more week then move on to something else whether or not I met that goal the second week so that I don't over focus on that one thing and lose sight of everything else. That way I am still accountable for my actions towards getting healthy but not a slave to any one thing or everything all at once.
This weekend I saw a plaque at my husband's grandfather's house that has a good saying "Yard by yard, life is hard. Inch by inch, it's a cinch."View Thread
I've been gone from the boards for a while because my family, including myself, have all been sick. I worked just one day this last week (to be fair it was just a three day week and this week is a four day week so five day weekend, woohoo!) but it has been a pain. I did weigh in for the weight loss challenge at work and found after a weekend of hugging the toilet myself I lost two pounds. Don't know if it truly was my efforts of the last few weeks or if it was the illness but it puts me just a few pounds closer to my goal so I'm good as long as it doesn't come back. I will say it has been a particularly nasty gastrointestinal virus. Even hubby was sick for a whole week and normally he gets sick for two days and is fine when everyone else is sick for a week or two with the same thing.
We went to out of town this weekend to take care of my mother in law's funeral bill and go through some more of her things. It feels good to know our half is now paid off (thanks to our tax return) so that takes a little more stress off of me. I did pretty well at my eating while we were gone. I did buy some cookies for great grandpa to give to the kids but didn't get more of the junk food. Not all of my food choices were great but I did find myself being stuffed with a lot less of my favorite foods from the local restaurants we can't get back home and not able to eat as much at the next meal. Staying in a hotel there was actually a full length mirror and I decided when I had a few minutes alone after my shower to look at myself naked and I have to say I was shocked that my thoughts were not once about how terrible my body looks. I was excited at the tiers of loose skin and "oatmeal in a deflated balloon" look of parts all over my body, it's all a sign I have lost so much and am getting so much healthier. I even stood there a few extra seconds flapping the loose skin on my inner thighs, it looks hilarious. I even bought myself a new swimsuit, haven't done that is six years, and it looks awesome. My husband was shocked at how skinny I looked in it.
Since I don't have work today I need to take inventory of my kitchen and go grocery shopping, alone, with all three kids, not my idea of fun. I also need to get all of the supplies for my son's 7th birthday party on Saturday. Being sick last week I haven't gotten anything done for it. It's going to be Legos, so the theme is easy but I still need to go get some supplies and I am hoping that the store still has the lego shaped cupcake tins otherwise I am just going to make some loaf cakes and put cupcakes on top to make it look like Legos. I don't want to over bake but sometimes we have three kids show up and others we have 15 so it's going to be tough deciding how many to make. We don't even do ice cream because 1) it's always cold on his birthday; and 2) I don't want to mess with the mess. I don't think I will get any candy either, just cake and fruit juice. I'm such a mean mommy sometimes, for his class on Friday (his actual birthday) I'm sending in a fruit tray and mini cheese wheels. My son complains about me doing that but then his classmates love it and he comes home telling me how perfect it was. To them it's something different so it's cool, for now at least, as he gets older I am sure that too will change. It's always hard to keep from mindless eating around children's parties and I'm trying to keep it all reigned in as well as teach my kids about moderation. It's so easy to go overboard when it's party time.
Anyway, thanks for letting me rant through my hectic weeks. It's nice to be able to get it out (my husband doesn't understand and I don't blame him, he's male and therefore more analytical than emotional) and you all are so supportive. I do enjoy getting input and tips from you guys on this board so much. We are all on this journey together and we can't let life get in the way, it must be the same.View Thread
It's always frustrating when I have a setback. I am really working on looking at the setbacks as learning experiences. Even though I know I shouldn't eat the whole thing (last night it was a gigantic stuffed pepper), sometimes I do while telling myself not to and then sit there feeling bloated and uncomfortable and cursing why I didn't just listen to myself. It takes a lot of repetition to get something engraned in any person, that's why elementary school kids seem to "learn" the same thing over and over, year after year. You can make it through this.View Thread