Transformation Day 2012: Update for 07/24/12

public domain image of a butterflyI’ll bet you folks thought I’d given up because it’s been so long since I’ve posted an update.  With the completion of 52 weeks on Sunday though, I thought I ought to post an update even if there weren’t much news to post.

This morning, I weighed 253 pounds.  This means that over the course of a year, I’ve lost 25 pounds.  To the hard-core folks, that may not seem like much, but I have to put in hard work every day to stay here.  I’ve been up and down over the same 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, and to be honest, it’s frustrating.  There’s so much info to wade through, and I really do feel like I’m treading water most of the time.

I keep things in perspective though.  Today, as I sit, I’m 25.8 pounds lighter than I was this time last year, and that’s much better than weighing 278.8 pounds today, or heaven forbid, weighing even more.  I’ve made changes that have stuck with me, and those behaviors have become pretty easy.  What’s hard is figuring out the right combination of foods, supplements, activities, and sleep that’ll move me past this bump in the road.  It seems like my body just wants to stay at this weight, and from a scientific perspective, that doesn’t seem possible.  From a logical perspective, I realize that I just haven’t cracked the code yet.

Other than the 25 pounds, I don’t feel like a lot has changed.  I’m a lot more active this summer than I was last summer because we have a garden and a lot of animals that need tending.  It’s still everything I can do to make it through most days though.  My energy level is still in the basement and I’m still struggling with blood pressure issues (although not to the degree that I was last fall.)

Despite the frustration and the fact that I feel like I’m going nowhere, I’m not about to give up.  I know that I’ve made positive changes, and I refuse to give in to the “this isn’t working so just eat whatever you want” urges.  That’s not to say that I haven’t eaten off plan; I have.  But I always come back to the realization that junk food leads to a junk life.

Renewed by some recent podcasts featuring Robb Wolf, I can’t help but think a return to strict Paleo is in order.  I’m already planning a strategy food-wise to make that happen.  We just need to get paid so we can fill in the produce gaps.  I could eat nothing but meat ’til payday, but I actually LIKE eating fruits and vegetables too.

If I hadn’t gotten off my butt last year and started making changes, I know I wouldn’t be as far along the road to claiming liberty as I am today.  I constantly remind myself, “What you do matters, Sarah,”, and given the fact that I don’t expect to fart any of Jack Spirko’s magical, wish-granting angels anytime in the near future, it’s all up to me.  Setting a goal helps though.  Staying focused on the destination helps.  Having even a couple folks to walk the journey with me helps, and I’m grateful for every one of these blessings that keeps me putting one foot in front of the other.  Thank you, all!

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