Transformation Day 2012: Update for 01/23/12

public domain image of a butterflyWith week 26 under my belt, I couldn’t be more pleased with my progress! Despite the fact that I’m battling a cold, so many things fell into line last week, and I want to build on those successes and keep it going!

First off though, I’ll share my stats for the week.  This morning, I weighed 250 pounds on the nose.  That means I’ve lost 28.8 pounds in 26 weeks, and I lost 2.8 pounds last week alone.

Last week also saw me consistent with exercise.  I don’t want to exercise.  Who does? But I know I have to exercise to get healthy, so I think I’ve come up with a program that works for me.  For six out of seven days last week, I exercised, and despite my fears about being “wired”, I did my workouts in the evening after my dinner (to encourage lower blood sugars the next morning.) I did body weight exercises three of those six days, and I did the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds Power Mile three out of those six days.  Already, I’m feeling stronger, and it really amazes me.  I can’t wait to see what this week brings on the exercise front.

I’m also making some impressive progress with my food.  I haven’t had dairy in 9 or 10 days, and I’m so proud of myself.  Now, it’s getting almost easy.  I’ve also gotten used to drinking my coffee with no sweetener (stevia), and instead of cream or half and half, I added coconut milk to the two cups of coffee I had last week.  (I usually only drink coffee on the weekends — 1 big cup each day.)  The only non-Paleo items I’ve had over the past week have been (more than my fair share of) processed meat like bacon and sausage along with some stevia in some baked goods that I made for my family.

I’m really getting into the groove, and I love the freedom that comes with just making good food choices and not worrying about quantities or ratios.  Once that quits working for me, I’ll try something else, but for right now, it’s working well, and it’s making it easier to focus on other changes (like exercise and the like.)

I also got some good news when I went to the doctor for a checkup.  (I was supposed to see him after I’d been on blood pressure meds for 3 months.) He told me I could stop the meds, but if my blood pressure started running over 130/80, I’d need to start taking a half dose.  While this was great news, it seems like I still need the med because my bottom number is consistently running over 80.  That’s frustrating because I’m eating well and I’m exercising, but there may be other issues going on that are affecting my blood pressure.  I’ll just have to keep an eye on it.

Otherwise though, I couldn’t have asked for a better week! Hopefully next week, I’ll be able to report reaching a new decade with my weight!

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