This week I’m proud to report I’m down 1.5 lbs! That brings my total loss to 17.7 lbs. Woo Hoo!

Weekly Weigh In Results 8.29.14

I was pleasantly surprised that I lost this week despite my garlic bread binge. I did get in a quite a few workouts though. I’d like to do my measurements next week so see where I’m at with that as I’ve started to notice my clothes fitting better so that’s a good sign!

My next mini-goal is to get down to 225 lbs because that’s the weight I was when I started my journey in 2009 and I’ve gained and lost weight a bunch of times in between. I put on 20 lbs from that starting weight so this first 20 lbs feels like I’m climbing my way out of debt and sometimes it’s a little hard to be excited about the weight loss. I’m extremely grateful for the weight loss but I do struggle with this at times. The past 5 years has been a HUGE learning experience for me and I have more knowledge and awareness about myself that I ever have. I know the things that trigger me and I have better coping skills than I did before.  5 years ago I didn’t even realize I’d been using food as a coping mechanism my entire life. Even though I’ve lost weight, I’ve gained a lot of other things that you can’t see on the outside. I keep meaning to write a bigger post about that and I will.

I’d love to hear how you did this past week. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

“None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows.”
~Colin Powell~

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I thought I might start a new series called “Confessions of a Binge Eater” where I share some embarrassing but real stories about binge eating. For me speaking the truth is what helps in my recovery. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Last weekend we did some crabbing which means crab boil for dinner! I love me a good crab boil in the summer time. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s delicious, AND it’s actually healthy!

Crab Broil DIY

I decided to pick up some fresh baked garlic bread from the grocery store to go along with our crab fest. We ended up not making it because we ate so late and quite frankly we didn’t even need it with all that food.

Confessions of a Binge Eater at IrresistibleIcing.com

Monday morning arrived and there was that garlic bread sitting on my counter staring right into my eyes. It was a hefty loaf of fluffy French bread dripped in a buttery garlic spread. By Wednesday evening it was gone. All of it.

Lesson Learned: Don’t ever bring white/garlic/French bread in the house again.

Bread is the new crack and it’s highly addictive to someone like me who struggles with carb addiction. Well I knew this already. I just forgot HOW addictive it can be. I work from home and every single day that bread was around it was literally calling my name from downstairs. As much as I tried to ignore it, I couldn’t. Trust me, salad has NEVER called me back to the kitchen. EVER.

I will say that I did at least calculate the points  (6 PP per slice) and added it to my tracker. I ended up having a piece with each meal Monday through Wednesday and as a snack once or twice. Regardless I devoured an ENTIRE loaf of garlic bread all by myself and that just isn’t ok.  On the bright side it didn’t lead to any other binges and I still did my workouts. I recognize it for what it is, confessed it and I’m moving on. After A Food Binge Tips

Now if I could only get Usher’s song “These are my confessions . . .” out of my head!

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
~George Bernard Shaw~

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I hate running. I always have. If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram you’re probably wondering why the hell I’m about to run my second 5K.  Let’s go back in time for a minute so I can explain. 

The following words used to give me major anxiety . . .

  • Shuttle Run
  • V-Sit
  • Pull Ups
  • Curl Ups
  • THE MILE

Did that bring back any memories? Those are all tests that my classmates and I were publically graded on for the Presidential Physical Fitness Test which started in elementary school.

Each day for a week there would be a different test to complete. I remember on the day of these fitness tests powwowing with the other un-athletic kids (a mix of husky kids, nerdy skinny kids, and kids that just didn’t give a shit about sports) about how we would finagle our way out of them.

  • “Do you think they’ll let me skip if I say I don’t feel good?”
  • “If you hold my knees during the curl ups, I’ll say you did enough to pass.”
  • “I can’t run a mile. I’m walking the whole thing.”
  • “Ok if you walk the whole thing I will too. We’ll stick together”
  • “They can’t do anything about it if we all walk together.”
  • “I can’t do a pull up. Can I just hang there?”

For a fat kid with no athletic abilities this time of year was institutionalized torture. You were forced to complete the tests with the rest of the class watching and silently judging you. Even the gym teacher was judging you as they gave you a look of disgust for not being able to do one pull up while they feverishly wrote down your score on their clipboard. Every single kid no matter their athletic ability was judged against the same BS standards. I quickly learned to equate my lack of fitness with failure and unworthiness.

THE MILE

The most dreaded of all the fitness tests was “THE MILE.” You had to run the entire thing in like 10 minutes or something like that. I was a chunky kid. I hated running. I wasn’t an athlete. I didn’t play sports. I was more interested in things like reading, writing, piano, and horse back riding. I never passed THE MILE.

The kids that didn’t pass THE MILE were called out in front of the entire class and corralled into a separate group to do it again . . . sometimes after class ended. As if public shaming was going to create some magical result that they didn’t get the first time around. The gym teacher would scream and yell at us across the outdoor track to “RUN, NO WALKING ALLOWED!!! LET’S GO! HURRY UP!”

Gym class is our first experience in life with fitness and exercise. My experiences made me loath anything related to physical fitness. It laid the foundation in my mind that I’ll never be able to run or do anything remotely athletic. I wanted nothing to do with a gym or fitness after my school years. In my opinion the Presidential Physical Fitness Test created the opposite effect of what it was intended to do. However, that’s an entirely different post!

Why I’m Doing Another 5K but I Hate Running by IrresistibleIcing.com

So let’s get back to the point of this post. If I hate running so much why torture myself with a 5K?

1. Fitness is Now On My Terms

I still hate running. One of the reasons I’ve always hated running is because of the things that happened in my younger years with the Presidential Fitness tests. It got embedded into my brain years ago that I can’t run fast enough so why bother. That’s what those tests taught me. I was more than capable of running back then.  I gave up before I even tried because I knew I couldn’t do it in under 10 minutes and if you couldn’t do that you weren’t good enough. You were lazy and pathetic. I still can’t run a mile in 10 minutes but it doesn’t matter! I get to exercise and workout on MY terms now.

2. I Need a Challenge

I ran my first 5K in December 2012 and it was the best feeling in the world. It’s a sense of accomplishment that I can’t begin to explain. I decided to do it again this October to challenge myself and keep me accountable to my fitness goals.

3. To Prove Myself Wrong

My first 5K in 2012 was the first time I ran in public since high school. I had convinced myself that I couldn’t run for a number of different reasons. Completing that 5K proved that I CAN run. It proved all those gym teachers wrong. It proved that the Presidential Physical Fitness test is a joke and a completely inaccurate way to judge kids.

To some people 3 miles may be nothing but to me it’s everything and then some. Those 3 miles of running non-stop represent more to me than just winning a medal. It represents doing something I was told I couldn’t do and publically shamed for. Yes I can do it and so can you!

4. For My Inner Fat Kid

I’m doing another 5K for my inner fat kid and all the other fat kids out there that are being shamed by their gym teachers and classmates right now. Running this 5K represents hope for all the kids that are told they HAVE to run a mile in 10 minutes or they aren’t good enough. You can run it, jog it, or walk it and you are still amazing. It doesn’t matter how you finish . . it just matters that you give it your all!

5. Because I Can

Most importantly I’m doing it simply because I can. I have a body that is healthy and I want to use it. I have 2 strong legs with some serious calf muscles that were made for taking me anywhere I want to go. I may not be the fastest or the most athletic but I’m me and I can do this.

"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run."
~John Bingham~

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I’m happy to report that I’m down .9 lb this week! That brings my total weight loss to 16.2 lbs.

Weight Watchers Weigh In

The weekends are still a challenge or me. I find myself enjoying food without journaling or tracking. On one hand, I’m obviously still losing weight but it makes me wonder if I could do better if my weekend eating was more consistent. On the other hand I’m a firm believer that you need to LIVE life and enjoy food but without binging and over doing it. I refuse to become a slave to the program and deprive myself. Let’s face it, food is life and life is food! I think it’s about finding the right balance that works for YOU.

Weekly Weigh In - Are you Bored with Food by IrresisibleIcing.com

I also wanted to mention that I’m really bored with food right now. I hate grocery shopping and cooking so I tend to eat the same meals every day/week. That’s why I cook meals like this that are quick and easy. As of lately nothing and I mean nothing sounds appetizing. I need to incorporate some new meals into my routine because this sucks! Has this ever happened to you? What did you do?

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Anyways. Thanks for sticking with me on this LONG journey. I was talking to my husband last night about how it’s kind of hard for me to be excited about this weight loss because it’s not the first time I’ve lost these same pounds. I’ve lost and gained so many times the past few years that it’s exhausting. I know now that I HAVE to always do a program like Weight Watchers to stay accountable and in control. I get that now. I also have seen so many changes in myself that aren’t visible. I’m going to put a post together soon to talk about the changes you don’t always see during weight loss.

Until next time . . . stay irresistible!

“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.”
~Josh Billings~

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I’ve lost count of the blog posts I’ve started over the past few months that are currently sitting in my drafts folder. I have a running list of ideas in Evernote of posts and projects that I want to create but haven’t started. One side of my mind REALLY wants to do these things but when the pen hits the paper (quite literally), nothing is there. I mean nothing. I like to refer to this as creative burn out or creative exhaustion. What ever you call it, I have it bad.

How Do You Survive Creative Exhaustion by IrresistibleIcing

Creativity = Money

I make my living from the creative side of my brain. I work as an Instructional Designer full-time from home for a large health insurance company. My day typically consists of taking information, processes, procedures, etc, and turning them into a training program that is beautiful, logical, and stimulating to the learner so they walk away from the training with a new skill. I love instructional design because I get to use that creative part of my brain AND help people at the same time.

I also run an online business on the side. This includes content creation, writing, photography, consulting work, social media management, etc. That’s where I thrive. That’s where I get to run the show without corporate policies and procedures. That’s where I get to do anything creative that my little heart desires and I get to create things about topics I’m passionate about like DIY, body image, style, and pets to name a few. This is the place where my soul is ALIVE. I know this  because I  feel a sense of euphoria come over me when I’m in the zone.

Not Enough Creativity to Go Around?

While I do like my full-time job and it keeps the bills paid, it’s not my passion. It’s not what fuels my soul. My dream and goal is to eventually replace my full-time income with my business. It’s a slow but steady process with a lot of bumps along the way! It takes a lot of mental energy to constantly keep churning out creative ideas and content for BOTH jobs. I’m at a point right now where I’m creatively exhausted and burnt-out with both. It’s not that I hate either job because I don’t! It’s more about stretching myself too thin for too long.

What Causes Creative Exhaustion?

Personally, creative exhaustion happens to me from a number of factors:

  • Burning the candle at both ends.
  • Not taking any down time.
  • Personal and family issues/problems.
  • Comparison to others that are more successful than myself.
  • Working, working, working without acknowledgement or encouragement from other people.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been in a creative rut. I’m comforted by knowing that this too shall pass. Trust me that your creativity is still there. It didn’t dry up. It just needs some coaxing to come back out and play.

5 Tips to Survive Creative Exhaustion

When I can’t create the things that are “stuck” in my brain, it physically and mentally hurts because using creative energy is what makes me tick. I want to share a few things that work for me to survive creative exhaustion.

1. Rest and Relaxation

When your mind is exhausted, it’s your bodies way of letting you know you need rest. Even if you don’t feel like you have time for more rest, you need to make time. Trust me. Last year I went through a creative rut where my body literally couldn’t even move. I had been staring at the wall for a good hour without even realizing it. I told my manager how I was feeling and took a week off that same day! I did a lot of sleeping during that week without guilt.

2. Have Patience with the Process

Right now, I’m being patient with the process and just letting it happen. Sometimes that’s all you can do. Forcing the creative process doesn’t accomplish anything but crappy work.  I’m trying to step away from the computer at the end of the day and let my mind and body rejuvenate. I say this because many days I’m “connected” from 7am until almost midnight with maybe an hour here or there that I’m not working.

3. Take Time Off

Taking time off is critically important for everyone no matter what type of work you do. I think it’s even more important for us creative types because you need to recharge your batteries so that those amazing ideas can start flowing again. I often get inspired the most when I’m away from the computer and outdoors in nature or just living life.

It’s almost the end of August and I just realized that I haven’t taken any time away from work this entire year for ME. The only days off I’ve taken are for doctor appointments, errands, family emergencies, and to work on my business stuff outside of my full-time job. No wonder I’ve hit a creative wall. I haven’t taken any down time to reboot. I just recently scheduled a few days each month for the rest of the year for ME. No clue what I’m going yet but I don’t care if I end up doing nothing!

4. Slow Down

The thing about creative types is that when we’re on a roll, we are going non-stop! It seems like when the creative ideas start flowing they don’t stop until you hit a wall like this. There’s an urgency to get it all done while you’re in the zone. This makes it really hard to remember to slow down before exhaustion even happens. I know personally I have to do a better job at slowing down during the “good” creative times so I can space out my work accordingly.

5. Do Uncreative Things

When I came back to work after my creative breakdown last year, I asked for work that was repetitive and didn’t take up a lot of mental energy. This helped me to ease back into my role by doing stuff that didn’t require a ton of thinking on my behalf. Of course that eventually got boring and I started designing again when I was really ready. If you don’t have a job that’s understanding then fill your time outside of work with things that don’t require a ton of mental energy. This is the perfect time to finish that show on Netflix, go for a walk, etc.

I have no idea if this post will make sense to you but I had to get these thoughts out of my brain. I haven’t been able to write a decent post in forever so I figured I could start by talking about why. 

I’d love to know if you ever feel creative burnout or exhaustion? How do you deal with it?

“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without”
~Cecil B. DeMille~

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Are you ready for the weekend? I’ve got a list of “irresistible links” here for you to check out. Oh and be sure to check out my posts from this week, Weekly Weigh In and Honoring Robin Williams by Sharing Our Stories About Mental Illness.

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Have an Irresistible weekend! xoxo

“As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.”
~Sarah Jessica Parker ~

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This post has literally been sitting open (half written) in my task bar all day. Yea, it’s seriously been that kind of day! I don’t think exhausted begins to describe it. I’ve got 5 other posts/projects that are due tonight that I need to get completed. Eeek!!!!

Anyways. I weighed in this morning and I’m happy to report that I’m officially out of the 230’s for good! I’m down 1.8 lbs. Woo Hoo!

Weekly Weigh In

I don’t have anything crazy to report. It’s been slow and steady but I’m making progress. I’ve just been doing what I need to do but still enjoying life at the same time and indulging occasionally.

Sorry to cut this short but I need to get going.

“Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals”
~Jim Rohn~

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I’m not one to usually be phased by the news of a celebrity death. That was not the case earlier this week when I heard about the tragic death of Robin Williams. I was shocked and in disbelief. Really? Robin Williams? No!

He’s always been one of my favorite people in Hollywood because he’s amazingly funny, talented, and I just really liked him. Even though I never met him, he made an impact on my life. He is one of the greats and he will be truly missed.

Robin Williams RIP

I always knew that Robin struggled with addiction and depression. I don’t think that makes him any different from the rest of us. If anything, these issues are what truly bonds us  together as human beings. We ALL have issues and demons that we deal with in our lives.  The problem is that nobody is willing to talk about these issues because there’s a negative stigma and shame attached to mental illness.

Often times when people hear “mental illness” they only think of someone who is detached from reality and locked away in a hospital. Sadly, that is sometimes the case but most high functioning, successful people also suffer from some form of mental illness. YES, depression, anxiety, alcoholism, addiction, and eating disorders are all common forms of mental illness. I think it’s safe to say everyone has experienced one of these issues or knows someone that has. It’s much more common than you think.

Honoring Robin Williams by Sharing Our Stories About Mental Illness by IrresistibleIcing.com

As human beings we are terrified of looking weak to other people. We live in a society where you are expected to put your armor on and just dust yourself off. To admit to anyone that you’re depressed or addicted to something would be a sign of weakness.  So people go about their crazy, busy lives dealing with the day to day stressors on top of staying quiet about their mental illness. Personally, I can tell you that’s when thoughts can become really dangerous and scary.

Asking for help isn’t easy. It takes strength to admit you aren’t doing ok and need someone else to help you through it. I just want you to know that you can ask for help.  A few years back when I got severely depressed I didn’t know what to do. When I shared how I was really feeling with my husband, he’s the one that picked up the phone and got me an appointment with a therapist. That took a lot for me because I NEVER ask anyone for help because I’m stubborn and independent. I now recognize that I can’t always do everything alone and it’s healthy to share how I’m feeling before things build up too far. Asking for help can mean either telling a spouse, a friend, family member, calling your doctor, a crisis hotline, etc.

I also want to point this out from the other perspective. When someone is severely depressed or addicted, they may not be able to ask for help. If you see this behavior in someone you care about, PLEASE speak up and get them the help they won’t ask for.

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Part of what’s therapeutic for me is writing on this blog. I can literally feel a weight being lifted from me when I finish a post. Getting online and sharing my story with the entire world is not always easy. There’s plenty of times I type and save to drafts because I’m afraid to share.  I’ve personally dealt with severe depression, anxiety, Agoraphobia, and of course Binge Eating Disorder. I know that people have judged me for getting online and airing my “dirty laundry”. I don’t care what those people think. I’m not doing this for them. I do it for two reasons and these 2 reasons only:

1. Sharing MY story helps me to move on and live an irresistible life.

2. Sharing MY story gives someone else hope that they can also move on and live an irresistible life.

Sharing ALL of our stories gets these topics out in the open, creating a conversation that moves us closer to removing the negative stigmas and shame attached to mental illness.

If you don’t get anything else out of this post, I want you to walk away knowing that:

1. Share your story! Opening up about your pain might give someone else the courage to seek help.

2. It’s OK to ask for help! There’s nothing to be ashamed of. 

3. If you’re dealing with a mental illness, it does not make you “crazy”. It makes you a normal human being that’s trying to cope with life and let’s face it, life is hard!

4. Suicide is not the answer! It’s a permanent solution that effects the lives of many. It might seem like there’ isn’t a way out but there is. It WILL get better. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please, please, please tell someone or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

Robin Williams Suicide Hotline

I love each and every one of you.

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I’m almost a week and half late with my weekly weigh in. Last week I was out of town for business travel and didn’t get to weigh in. It was also my birthday last Wednesday so when I got home on Friday, we celebrated. All weekend.

Weekly Weigh in at IrresistibleIcing.com

This week I feel like I’m coming out of a fog. I’m exhausted mentally and physically from traveling and attending lots of meetings last week. When you’re an introvert, being “On” 12 hours a day feels more exhausting than running a marathon.  This week has felt like a total waste because I’m just playing catch up on work, my business, sleep, and life in general. I feel totally out of whack and I hate that feeling! I haven’t worked out one time this week and I’ve been getting to bed around 1am. I feel sluggish, bloated, exhausted, etc.

Progress Does Not Equal Perfection

I didn’t even want to post my weekly weigh in because it’s a gain of 1.2 lbs. Sometimes as a blogger you get caught up in only wanting to show people the positive and happy stuff. I know I tend to think that if I share the negatives then it will discourage you. However, I’ve realized as a blog  reader myself that it’s humanizing to read that other people aren’t perfect in this weight loss journey. There WILL be gains along the way. I’ve never known anyone that’s lost a significant amount of weight without a gain here and there. I’ve learned that the important part is to accept it, learn from it, and get right back on track ASAP.

Weekly Weigh In

Business Travel, Birthday Celebrations, and What Tracker?!

I’m actually not upset about this gain because I enjoyed my birthday celebration with cupcakes, drinks, cake, fried oysters, lobster mac n cheese (yes you read that right!), and Mexican food all without tracking. I expected a gain after all that good food! Sometimes you just have to live a little!

My 33rd Birthday

On my business trip, I did really well the first 4 days and by Thursday evening I started to fall off the wagon. It’s also hard to accurately track when you’re eating restaurant food that doesn’t have the points listed and you’re forced to eat whatever you’re served during meetings. BUT, I actually did get in a workout while I was there! Yes, “only” one but every single healthy choice you make counts.

Every Health Choice Counts

These past 2 weeks reassures me that I HAVE to have an accountability system like Weight Watchers to stay within my allotted points range or I WILL gain the weight back slowly but surely. I need this for the rest of my life. I used to resent that. Now, I’m perfectly ok with that because I know it makes me feel good emotionally and physically when my food choices are in control…especially when other parts of my life feel out of control.

Confessional Time

I have a confession to make about yesterday. I ate Wendy’s twice in one day. TWICE! I had been craving a cheeseburger for weeks and well yesterday I let it happen. I had a double stack for lunch and single for dinner . . .with fries! Anytime I come off “plan” and feel out of control, I consider that “binge like” behavior. Yesterday, I felt out of control with my emotions and I let that dictate how I treated my body with food. I have to tell you that I felt absolutely physically ill after eating that garbage. It’s funny because in the past I’ve had moments where I made it a mission to eat until it physically hurt. I guess it was to subconsciously mask painful emotions that I didn’t want to deal with. I didn’t know that at the time but have received some clarity over the past year or two about myself. Yesterday, it did nothing for me other than just make my body HURT on top of dealing with other stuff. I have no desire to do it again today or continue back down that path. It’s an awful, awful, feeling.

Well, today is a Friday and I’m not using the weekend as an excuse to start on Monday.  Let me know how you’re doing with your weight loss journey in the comments below. Remember, it’s one day at a time!

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Hello doll face! Did you miss me?! I’m a day late with my weekly weigh in. So, let’s get right into it.

This week I’m down .5 of a pound. I thought for sure I’d be out of the 230’s this week based on last week’s weigh in but I’m still happy with this loss.

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Overall I did really good and stayed on plan until Sunday night when I had a cheat meal at Sonic. As in Double Cheeseburger Combo cheat meal. Ugh.  I would have been fine if I just stopped there but I ended up having a crappy Monday and Monday turned into one big cheat day. I didn’t go grocery shopping like I normally do which set me up for failure. Lesson learned.

I’m still really happy with my weight loss this week because starting on Monday it was that time of month and I’ve had a migraine every day since. I get really strong cravings and never seem to feel full during that time no matter what I eat! It’s passed now and I feel 100% better!

I got in a total of 31 activity points which I’m really proud of! We even went for a 12 mile bike ride earlier this week  which was relaxing and fun!

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Monthly Check Up

I had my first monthly checkup with the doctor since I started the medical weight loss program. I wanted to share a few things that we discussed yesterday.

  • I’m down 10 lbs since my first visit last month. Woo Hoo!
  • I’ve lost 2 inches off my waist!
  • I’ve dropped a point on the BMI scale. I really don’t agree with BMI because there’s so many other factors besides just height and weight that should be considered but thought I would mention it.

I got my blood work back which the doctor reviewed in detail with me. One of my concerns was a possible thyroid condition but the blood work came back normal for that. Actually, all of my levels are in the normal range! That said, I’m really grateful that I’m putting my health first because while I’m in the normal range, I’m not far off from being in the area of concern. For example, my blood sugar was 84 and once it hits 90 (fasting) there’s room for concern. My cholesterol was 189 and 200 is when they raise the red flag. I know that if I continue down an unhealthy path, those weight induced diseases will catch up to me and I refuse to let that happen!

I’m also Vitamin D deficient so I have a RX I need to take for that. Who knew?!

Final Words . . .

Weight loss is tough. It’s a daily battle with yourself to make the right choices.  It’s usually never a straight path to success. Yoyo dieting is emotionally draining. I know one thing for sure and it’s that I’m DONE living like this. It’s so hard to re-lose the weight you know you busted your ass to lose already. Many days I just feel like I’m backtracking to get back where I was.  I have to shut off that voice in my brain that keeps saying, “OMG, big deal you’ve already lost this weight once, twice, or even 3 times!” It is a big deal if you’re still here in the arena fighting for your life. Keep fighting! Even if this is your 3rd, 4th, or 5th time losing the same weight! On that note, I’d like to leave you with this quote,

"You Don’t Drown by Falling in Water; You Drown by Staying There"

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