With an extended 4th of July last week and all of our extra visitors it has been a long weekend of catching up both on the farm and in our personal lives.
I fielded a lot of questions from friends and family over the holiday about what’s going on with my weight loss. People wanted to know what I’ve been doing, how much weight I’ve lost, and if I feel better.
** I’m doing GREAT!
** I have lost approximately 110 pounds.
** With my gastric sleeve surgery I basically have to eat a very high protein and low carb diet. It’s not too bad to follow but I love me sweets and need to make sure I focus on protein and veggies before any treats get on my plate. By then I’m usually too full to indulge more than a small bite. My tummy will not tolerate bread well (I think it swells up in there and makes me uncomfortable) and I can’t do anything carbonated (bye bye my beloved Crown & Coke)
** As far as exercise goes, I walk about 10 miles a week and do Pilates twice a week.
I do have more energy but don’t realize that I move a bit easier unless someone points it out. Farmer notices the most because he sees me working and climbing in and out of equipment.
How much more weight do I have to lose? Only time will tell. My body will probably find its comfortable weight in about 30-50 more pounds if I can get there…
I’ve been lacking a bit in the motivation department lately and so I’ve signed up for a few 5K walks to keep myself on task. I did a Glow Run a few weeks ago and beat my previous time by about 4 minutes! This coming Thursday I’m doing a Wine Run (If you survive they reward you with a glass of wine) and hoping to beat that time too!
Farming and weight loss are very similar in the fact that you really have to be self-motivated and able to stay on task without a “boss” telling you when and where to do things. When we need to get things done on the farm no one is here saying “You should go fix the sprayer.” or “If you don’t get out and get the beans cultivated instead of going to the parade you are going to lose yield”
I have always been very proud and in awe of my farmer’s work ethic. I know this weekend that he would have rather sat around the bonfire telling stories with his sisters and family but he sucked it up and finished the last of our dry bean cultivating. *Which was a good thing because it rained and field work is on hold for a while again.
It’s the same reason I try to get up and go for a walk or go to Pilates class. There is just no way to get healthy without making the commitment to myself and making it happen.
What do you do to keep yourself motivated?