Changes and a New Year Coming

This week I feel like I've finally turned things around and am ready to go forward with this weight loss. It's crazy the difference four days can make in one's attitude, but I've had some good things happen that have helped me so much! One, I finally bought a new car. Well, not *brand* new, but new to me and I am happy with it. It's newer and nicer than the one that was totaled in the accident in October, and I feel safe in it. That's been such a huge relief! Two, on Friday I was finally cleared for physical therapy! I had my second evaluation and they said I am ready to start. I am doing 5 minutes on the recumbent bike and starting to take short walks outside, plus they gave me some stretches to do. That's enough for now and if those things don't cause pain or swelling over this week, they might add something new at the next visit. I still can't lift, vacuum, etc but will work up to it through PT.

Those two things made me so happy this week that I find myself not eating for comfort anymore. It's easier to back off the sugar and live into my IF-style eating where I skip breakfast and just have coffee until sometime in the early afternoon, and then stop eating right after dinner. I am off pain medication and am only taking muscle relaxers as needed now. And this morning the scale was back down to 187, down from a high of 189 a couple days ago.

Yesterday I went to Panera for dinner and it was so good! I posted a picture of the meal on my Instagram; as you can see, I am not eating "low carb" but "lower carb" like I was doing for most of this year. I had a Cobb salad with grilled chicken, bacon, hard boiled egg, veggies, and Green Goddess dressing, along with a few bites of bacon mac and cheese from a shared order, and a delicious baguette with butter. I have not eaten a salad in a long time but I was craving vegetables. I am craving them still today, so will bake a butternut squash and cube it up and toss with cheese and maybe some sausage for dinner.

We have two days left until the end of 2018, and I'd really love to drop another pound or two by then. I think with the carb bloat leaving and the added activity, I'll be able to do it! But if not and I am 187 for the new year, I consider that a big win.

What are your goals for 2019?

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