Anyway, there's more to this post than just the complaint above. I have a fitness update! After months and months of being stuck on a plateau, I've finally fallen off the cliff on the other side! My weight is back to dropping. I'm down a total of 43 lbs right now! I've picked up a tape measure and done a full set of measurements so that I can keep better track of how the fat is coming off. I don't know if the break in the plateau is just because it was time or if it's because of diet changes (more veggies and protein, less refined carbs), the heart-rate monitor, the sprint-training, or just the phases of the moon. For whatever reasons that the weight is coming off again, I'm happy I've been keeping at the exercise and making more positive lifestyle changes. I'm feeling great, even if I'm still not getting nearly as much sleep as I should! And even better than the weight-loss...I've gone from wearing size XL to L and my size 16 pants are now getting a bit too loose! I even splurged on a few new t-shirts and some skirts from Athleta. I love, love, love their clothing! It feels great to see all of the changes. A year ago, I hated having my picture taken! I'm still not a huge fan of it, but it's not nearly as embarrassing anymore. In fact, I'll share a couple of pics with you so you can see the difference:
Pretty big difference, I think. I still have quite a ways to go, but the fact that I no longer have triple chins and I can't see the rolls underneath my boobs when I look down now makes me feel pretty good about it all. And seriously, best of all is that I can chase after my kids, run around the backyard with them and I don't get winded! Yay for being a fun mom!
Okay, one last thing before I head to bed for the night. I just wanted to say a great big "thank you" to everyone who commented on my last post and a very special thanks to Sarah. Your comment made me tear up! It's that sense of "same", of finding someone who actually understands it. A diabetes diagnosis for your child is heartbreaking no matter who you are. But for me, it was shattering. My heart didn't just break, it shattered into a million pieces and they flew off in a million directions. And there everyone is, expecting you to take it so much better than other parents because you're already familiar with the disease! As awful as it was for our family and yours, it's nice to know that there are others who understand and went through similar emotions, even though people thought we shouldn't! That knowledge, my dear friend, is a priceless gift! So, thank you!
Confession for the night....I heard my neighbor, whom I'd never met, yelling at her kids the other day. It made me think...wow, am I glad we haven't met! Why would I want to meet this person? And then, last week, I heard her outside with her kids and I sucked up my pre-judgement and dragged the kids over to say "hello". Turns out she's actually a really nice person! Her two boys are energetic and drive her crazy and she's spending the summer as a stay-home-mom while she's in between jobs as a nurse. Meeting her taught me an important lesson....I'm sure others judge me when I'm having an off-day too! I need to keep my judgements in check and not let them keep me from seeking out the truth of a person. I would've missed out on meeting a really wonderful neighbor had I not thrown the judgement out the window and ran off without it!