Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Two Big Life Changes, Part 2

I promised part 2 of this post and here it is.  This post, especially, is incredibly personal but I just love you all so much that I wanted to share.  Also, if I had to guess, I am thinking that many of you will be able to relate to this.

My previous blog post was about my first big change of going back to work full time.  If you haven't read it, you really probably should!  LOL!  It has been an adjustment but we are all making it through!  So, here is my second big change!

I turned 40 last year, which means I turned 41 this year.  Just doing the math for you!  Something weird happened to my body when I turned 40.  I swear it was on that very day, October 2nd.  Seriously.  My body changed.  I don't know how else to explain it.  I didn't change my workouts.  I didn't really change my eating.  But, suddenly, I started gaining weight in places where I never had a problem before.  40 has done really weird things to me!  I started gaining this weight around my middle.  I started having hot flashes.  I started forgetting things.  What is happening to me? Do NOT say the m-word, anyone!  I will hurt you!

So, not only did I decide to go back to work full-time and completely disrupt my life in that way, I also decided Day 2 of my job would be a great day to start Day 1 of my new eating plan.  I hate, hate, hate the word "diet", so I refuse to use it.  I am on a "new eating plan."  Yes, that sounds much better.  My new eating plan is called Ideal Protein.  Partial meal replacement, lots of protein, zero (and I mean zer0) carbohydrates outside of certain veggies and no wine.  Yes, you heard me!  No wine!!  It has now been 15 days (not that I'm counting), since I have had Mommy Juice.  

Since starting the new job and the new eating plan, I have thrown three temper tantrums.  Have you seen a 40-year old, oops, 41-year old woman throw a temper tantrum??  My mom now has!  They have been complete with feet stamping, tears and yelling "I am an adult.  I can drink wine if I want to!"  Self-discipline is my strong suit.  I can train for half-marathons, I can get up at 4:30 every day to work out.  Eating is a whole other story and I am finally coming to terms with the fact that I am, indeed, an emotional eater.  

But, I have stuck with it.  The silly body analyzing machine tells me I have 18 pounds to lose.  Well, then 18 it shall be!  I have only cheated with 2 tortilla chips.  No, not eating tortilla chips twice.  I have literally eaten 2 tortilla chips.  

My results, you ask?  At my two week weigh-in I had lost 6 pounds and 8 inches!!  8 inches!!!!!!!  I was jumping up and down like a little girl!!  Through all the tantrums and the haze of not having any carbs (although you really are full on this eating plan due to all the protein that you have to eat, and their food is surprisingly really yummy!), I am finally tackling my final frontier on the health front.  

Why am I sharing this story of mine?  Well, I feel like we are all in this crazy life together and sometimes it is nice to know that everyone has their own struggles.  For me, right now, this is my struggle.  I have taken great inspiration from other women's stories.  My friend, Heather, is an amazing inspiration.  She went from no running to half-marathons to tri's to who know's what is next!  She may not know it, but she inspired me to run my first half!  My friend, Hilani, inspires me daily in running my own business.  I have friends who inspire me to be a better mother, a better wife, a better friend.  

I guess what I am trying to say is this:  If I can tackle this silly eating plan and stick to it and have success, you can tackle whatever it is that you are challenged with!  And you can stick with it.  And you can have success!! 

p.s.  I just signed up to run my 3rd half-marathon.  I swore I'd never do another, but here I am.  Up for my next challenge!  What is yours?? Let's do this together!   

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