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In the Box Week 30 & 31

By Mary Weaver

Mary Weaver

January 29, 2014 4:25 p.m.

Over the last two weeks I have lost two pounds and hope to ever find them again! I am getting very close to my goal weight and remain very optimistic that I can meet the goal.

I haven’t had a problem all these weeks with the required foods, but getting in the higher intensity physical activity has been difficult. When the days are longer and there is light, I can always get outside and bike, walk or jog. Others in my group have mentioned the same problem and we are all looking forward to those longer days.

Today I met with my group leader and I will be adding regular food to my program. Tonight on the way home, I stopped off at our local grocery store to purchase my first veggie for my supper. So food decisions are back in my life. I realized how much I have loved the last 31 weeks of not having to make those decisions. Luckily I was given good guidelines to make my choice; soft cooked foods as food needed to be introduced gradually so it doesn't upset the digestive system. I like tomatoes, so my first meal was stewed tomatoes. While probably not requested often as a final meal by somebody on death row, it sounded good to me and they were. Why did the tomato blush? It saw the salad dressing. Why can I remember that old joke and not where I put my car keys?!

I have written before that one of the reasons I decided to do this program was to help control my blood sugar. Certainly diet has helped, but as a diabetic I have learned that I carry a higher risk for stroke or heart attack. I believe in keeping up with the most recent information and there will be a free program called New Face of Heart Disease that focuses on diabetes from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Thursday, February 6, in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at Sarah Bush Lincoln. This free event includes sandwich, salad and fruit plate. To reserve a seat call Public Relations at 217 258-2420. I believe it will be a good session.

So I am close to my goal. I have had 31 weeks to observe my body go through lots of change. I like most of it, but some of it…..uh let’s just say it ain’t so pretty. After consulting with some experts…well actually it was my friends on Facebook, I have made an appointment with a plastic surgeon. I’m not saying I am going to do anything, but I am going to check it out. If any of you have ideas and want to share I am very open to learn from others experiences.

Some things are better left unsaid. If only I could determine which things.

I am In The Box

Categories: Weight Loss