I think I can! I think I can!

Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5 of this journey were busy. I am still doing what the plan calls for. I can tell you that by the end of day 3, I wasn’t craving a soft drink so bad. There was a period of time, back in 2002, where I was on some meds for swollen retinal nerves and that medicine made anything carbonated taste like straight up carbonation. It was so easy for me to step back from soft drinks then.

I am still struggling to increase my water intake. For all the chubby folks out there, it is said you should drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water a day. My ideal water intake is 10 – 16.9fl oz. bottles. That is alot of water and if I drink that much water, I will not have room for food, much less want to eat. The doctor says if I do not eat, at least 3 to 5 small meals a day, it can slow down and even stop my metabolism. What is a person to do?!?

I am finding since Sunday, the pain in my back is not as prominent. I know, without a doubt, it is from the weight of loose skin and current weight that is causing that issue. My back would hurt from just standing and I would have to take breaks from doing even the simplest of task.

As someone who deals with a variety of health issues, my doctor emailed me because he has heard of some of the added effects this plan has. He is specifically interested in energy level, focus, and the possible benefits to the osteoarthritis I have. I sent him a message yesterday telling him about the increase in my energy and focus. I also informed him that my knees don’t seem to be bothering me as much. That is a plus considering they usually ache when damp, rainy weather is around. It is nice not to have that ache.

In 5 days, I have not touched caffeine or soft drinks. I have not stood on the scales. I have not touched the tape measure. I have 2 more days to go before I will do that. In the past 5 days, my appetite has decreased but I know I have to eat, so I have made some egg salad and tuna salad that I can eat with cauliflower crackers. I have bought fruit because I can have apples with peanut butter. I have no big urge to snack but when an urge hits me, I am snacking on mixes of dried fruit and nuts.

I have said and will say that this struggle is very real. Weight can cause undue pressure on bones, depression and low self-esteem and even more, it can cause you to simply stop caring. I watched an episode of My 600-lb life. That was more than enough for me to know that I do not want to do that to my family and loved ones, much less myself.

So, I think I can…. I think I can…. mind over matter….. the weight has got to go because I MATTER!

More later….

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