Remember My Healthy Challenge? I Do: Here’s a Quick Update!

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Oh my goodness, where does the time go??? And why don’t the pounds go with it?

Hi, friends! It’s me, with a very quick update on my Healthy Challenge. Remember that old thing? It has been two months (EIGHT WEEKS!) since my last post.

Has it been intentional avoidance? Sort of, at least for Weeks 17-21 or so. Frankly, I was just too darn bored telling you, once again, about losing and gaining the same three or so pounds for five months. Ugh!

And not that a lot’s changed now, but if I don’t have exciting news, at least I won’t be cowardly about the meh news.

When I started this thing in late January, I hadn’t determined a weight goal, just a range (I wanted to be down 15-21 pounds by the end of the challenge). Suffice it to say that I will never make that (I’ve decided on 16.8 pounds) — but I will be down, food be darned!

I’m only about six pounds down overall, but it’s still weight loss, not gain. Most of my old clothes still don’t fit but if I was really determined, I could squish into a few things if I left my last shreds of dignity at the door so that me and my muffin-top could go boldly into this world. But I won’t do that.

Alas, I have four weeks left which, at this rate, means I may be down another pound. Maybe the pressure of being in the home run means that I could be down two.

But here’s the thing: I’ve managed to lose a scootch of weight without starving myself, without deprivation, without having to turn down thoughtful batches of gluten-free things that friends make with love.

So, what does all that mean? I think it means that even if the weight loss only comes in increments that high-fidelity laboratory equipment could measure on a daily basis, it’s still happening, and it’s happening in a way that could be lasting because it doesn’t feel like dieting.

Ella and I are still trying to get our long walks in, too, although summer always makes it a bit harder because we’re cool-weather girls and the heat wears us out (though not to the extent that it has in the past, and I think that has more to do with my improved and optimistic attitude than any actual acclimation to the climate).

I haven’t been exercising, per se, like CIZE or anything else (bless my dermatologist, too, who put a handful of stitches in my leg and gave me permission only to walk and float in a pool for a few weeks, no other exercise was allowed because it was a wonky spot.)

What I have been doing, though, quite steadily, is focusing more on movement: upping the amount of time that I’m scuttling around the house, the yard, the neighborhood. More stairs, further parking spots, etc., etc. And I think that’s helping, too, because there are days when I certainly couldn’t have made my step goals via walks (because I was in a car for most of the day, for example), but I still somehow got to the goal.

Overall, I’m encouraged, not discouraged, I’m happy, not sad. All good, and I hope the same is true for you!

I’ll be back in a month for the Healthy Challenge’s official wrap up, though I’m sure it will continue in an unofficial capacity for a long, long time to come.

Cheers all, thanks for checking in! xoxoxoxo

{Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels, thank you!}

{Note: These are my own experiences with holistic healing and a whole slew of self-experiments and aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But, I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

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