Peaks and Valleys

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Happy Friday!

Yes I know in my last post I said I’d do a couple of review and award posts this week, but work has been extra-irritating this week and I didn’t have time. Guess you’ll just have to be satisfied with more of my ramblings today until I can get time to get my other posts together. 🙂

Last week was one of those weeks where things just fell into place, food-wise. Eating small, healthy portions felt effortless. At the end of every day, I felt satisfied and happy with how my day went. I was on a peak – the top of the mountain where all the work you’ve done has finally paid off with a gorgeous view (and a lower number on the scale). I love peak weeks!! 

This week, however, well…this has definitely been a week in the valley. My good groove that I had last week disappeared over the weekend and has yet to make a reappearance. At the end of the day, I want more. More food, more satisfaction, more…something.

I’ve noticed an underlying irritation just bubbling under the surface which is probably due to hormones (TMI: my monthly cycles are now coming 7 weeks apart instead of the usual 4. Perimenopause is fun!), but that still doesn’t answer the question of why I’ve found it so hard to get a grip this week. Maybe the whole thing is just hormones.

Maybe it’s my body trying to make up for what I didn’t eat last week. It’s as if my body realized that I was losing weight and said “Oh you think we’re going to shed some fat, do you? Well HAHA!! Stomach, increase your appetite to level 11!!” 

Or maybe I’m just in another valley and I need to ride it out until I hit my peak again. Over the last 5 months I’ve watched my body react to what I’ve been doing and what I’ve found is this: my weight loss is definitely a series of peaks and valleys. I lose some weight, then gain a little back, then lose some more, then gain, then lose, lather rinse repeat, but the losses have been greater than the gains (two steps forward, one step back). This last peak came after spending a considerable amount of time in a valley and I’m fairly confident that I will be hitting another peak sooner rather than later. I don’t want to spend any more time in the valley than I need to. 

One of the great things about working with Amanda is she has taught me that when I’m having a week like this, it’s okay. It’s nothing to get upset about – weeks like this happen. You just need to look at what’s going on, figure out a solution, and try to work it out. So when I talk with her this afternoon, I’m sure we’ll brainstorm some solutions and I’ll start climbing that peak again. 

In other news, I have finished my first week of the Baladea dvds* (well actually I have one short one to do tomorrow, but it’s an easy one). So far I like them! The only problem is that during this morning’s yoga video I seem to have re-injured the big toe that I hurt last December. I don’t think the toe healed properly because it’s always hurt just a little, but I had managed to baby it enough that it didn’t really give me any trouble. I’m not even sure what I did this morning, but it hurts quite a bit now. I’ve got a cold compress on it right now and I took a couple of Advil so maybe that will help. Maybe after a couple of days of taking it easy, it will be better. *fingers crossed*

That’s it for now. I’m hoping to make it to a farmer’s market tomorrow morning, then maybe a movie with my kiddos tomorrow afternoon. Looking forward to low gear weekend! 

*If you are considering ordering the Baladea dvds, would you please order them through this link? http://baladea.refr.cc/TW4N8C6 I’ll get $10 for every order that goes through this link. Thanks! You’re awesome. 🙂

 

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5 thoughts on “Peaks and Valleys

  1. The ups and downs of weight loss are definitely a bit disorienting sometimes, but the key is to recognize that the valleys will come and just keep pushing (which you seem to be doing a great job of doing!) I’ve just spend the last month on a road trip with a friend, and let’s just say it was definitely a month in the valley of weight loss. I’m ready to climb to the peak again, but this gave me a little boost! Thanks 🙂

  2. I have been reading your blog for a while and I can really identify with you and your journey. Thanks for your honesty and willingness to put it all out there – you have helped me in a lot of ways!

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