Weight Loss Week 9 – Leveling off but feeling great

Forgot to update yesterday, but since I had the day off, I attended Diana’s weight loss class. Diana is still rocking the weight loss with 3.5 pounds lost in 2 weeks (we skipped last week since we were busy and/or recovering from Christmas). I slowed down and only lost just over a half pound. It’s still a loss, but incorporating real food back in is definitely tricky (Christmas didn’t help either). But, my blood pressure is also about the lowest it’s ever been, so I’m quite happy.

Overall, I wish I had written more before we started, because it is hard to really compare how we feel. The overall health improvement has been staggering. Beyond just having less mass, the lower blood pressure and more balanced nutrition (including pretty much no caffeine for a couple months now) is really making me feel great compared to how much I had to drag myself around previously. My energy levels are higher than they have been in a long time. I have more focus. After the kids are tucked into bed, I’m not totally wiped out and vegetative! Woohoo!

I’m sure the job change is also helping. This week’s class was on self-esteem and they had a little mini “rate yourself” quiz, and the results I wrote down yesterday are a far cry from what I would have written a few months ago. The health improvement is a big part of that, but being able to finally leave a career I really don’t like to focus on school is certainly a major factor as well. For the first time in years, maybe even a decade, rather than just feeling like I’m helping the kids to move forward, I feel like I am moving forward and improving in my life.

That is a great feeling, and I heartily recommend people find their own paths to that feeling, even a taste of it for a day.

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