I want to sincerely apologize for not updating everyone sooner. My journey is far from over, and neither is this blog. One of the main reasons for the delay is that my work from home job is now transcribing audio files, which involves a whole lot of typing and looking at the computer screen. I don’t make a lot, but it keeps my mind going and gives me a little extra.
By far the biggest change over the past few months is in my living situation. Thanks to the generosity and kindness of my best friend Rae, I am now back living with them in Allen Park. There are a few reasons for this that benefit us both.
First of all, I really needed to get out of River Rouge. I could not earn anything without my rent going up for that closet that was called an apartment, and I felt so isolated from everyone and everything. I’ve said it before, but it was in the middle of everything yet in the middle of nowhere. This way I can finally start to save up some money for a place in a better location, and can be around people and society. I am still on waiting lists for units, but don’t have to stress out nearly as much.
The one condition is I repay the support and help that Rae provided to kick off my journey by helping Rae on their own weight loss journey as they begin pursuing bariatric surgery this year. We plan menus together and shop, and I am cooking and sharing my recipes and way of eating.
This is a win-win situation for both of us. It helps keep us accountable, it’s given me more excitement cooking for more than just myself, and we are going to the gym together three to four times a week. Just a couple months into the pre-surgery process, and Rae has already lost over 20 pounds.
Another benefit is that I am now about 20 minutes closer to most friends and family, so if anyone wants to come for a visit just let me know!!
Now onto my journey. Unfortunately, I have not a major plateau when it comes to the numbers on the scale. It can get quite discouraging oftentimes, but I try to stay positive and focus on all the other changes. My fasting A1C is lower than it has been in decades. I am down to only two prescriptions medications. I am still losing inches, as clothes are fitting much differently.
And, although I still don’t get great sleep, I have more of both physical and emotional energy. My room is in the basement of Rae’s house, and I have no problem going up and down the stairs several times a day. I no longer have to walk back and forth in my room just to get steps in as I am much more active in general.
I have an appointment toward the end of the month to see if I can get approved for skin and lymphedema removal surgery soon. I realize I have a ways to go to my goal weight, but since the plateau has been for st least six months, I am hoping I can move forward. I think the surgery will really help me get around better as my equilibrium will improve, and I am guessing that they will remove 30 to 40 pounds. Once I get this procedure I am sure that I can lose the last part. I just hope my team isn’t too disappointed with the stall.
Another exciting event is going to happen hopefully May 5, and that is my first outdoor 5K walk, as long as I can get people to join me. If you are interested please let me know, and I will pass on the details.
On the subject of fitness, just a few observations about the gym. Am I the only one who gets distracted when doing reps during strength training exercises? I am pretty sure I do a lot more than I should since I lose count and end up doing extra just to make sure. Also, I have such a hard time with breathing correctly while strength training as well, but hey, at least I am still doing it!
Also at the gym, I am getting back to trying different machines again. I did five minutes on the elliptical a couple weeks ago, after doing my full treadmill workout, and I will only go up from there.
Next up for me is another set of eye injections April 23, and at that time they will test to see if they can spread them out to every three months instead of two. I am now very used to them, but I do not enjoy them at all. They still freak me out!
As always, I thank everyone for the immense support and encouragement, even though sometimes I feel like I don’t deserve it. That’s the fat brain part of me that is so hard to get rid of, but I get better every day. You all amaze me and keep me going.
I promise to get back to communicating more often. Love you guys!!