Jun 14, 2018

Mid June Check In

I hope your summer is going well. Mine is! One of the best I've had in several years.  I am loving hiking and we have completed about 10% of the Bruce Trail. 

And  - the scale is moving down again after weeks of bouncing up and down 1-2 lbs.  198.9 lbs this morning. Still a ways to go to get back to my low of 183 last summer but all my clothes fit again and some of them are even looser than they were last summer so I am losing inches for sure  especially around my middle and thighs which makes me happy since the middle is where all the insulin is stored and this is a sign that my body is using and not storing insulin the way it was before.

I have no real plans, except hiking, for the rest of June. My son's birthday is July 1st so I am thinking of treating the family to an overnight stay in Niagara Falls but that weekend will be the most expensive and busiest one all summer so I may wait til the the middle of July just to make it more cost-effective for me to get three hotel rooms.  A weekend get away would be nice with the boys and their girlfriends.

In the top picture we had to climb a stile over a fence to get to the trail and in the past, I would have been worried that 1. it would not support my weight and 2. that I would not be able to climb over but both issues were non existent!  

The second photo is at the start of the Bruce Trail at the Niagara end. It was a cold day that day and blustery!  Our weather was so wierd in May. From Winter to Summer and back to Winter in the matter of 10 days.

The third photo is from the top of escarpment in Winona (near Hamilton where I live). There's a huge swathe of space from the trees being cut down for power lines and you can see clear across Hamilton, across Lake Ontario to Toronto. The picture is from my phone, so not great quality, but in the moment, we could see the Toronto downtown skyline and of course the CN Tower.  This was a hard hike and that view made it all worthwhile :)

Jun 1, 2018

End of May

Just a quick note.

My weigh in this morning was 199.8 so no change from mid-May which is a bit disappointing!

Although, my clothes that were tight at the end of April are now loose again and I can definitely see my thighs, butt and waist are smaller. My legs and back feel 'heavy' though and I am not sure if that is related to fibromyalgia or muscle soreness from all the hiking so there is definitely some inflammation there that may be contributing to lack of progress on the scale. Regardless, all I can do is keep going.

We had our AGM at work this week and yesterday was my late husband's birthday so it's been a week of emotional highs and lows and I am tired.  I was supposed to be off work today, but had to come in to finish some reports for a Board meeting last week, well, more accurately help some managers finish their reports!

We do have hikes planned for the weekend so I am looking forward to that.

We hiked about 8 km on Wednesday night and I was eaten alive by mosquitoes despite having applied copious amounts of insect repellant.  My upper arms and across my shoulders are the worst.  Today the itching is driving me mad. I might have to go get some hydrocortisone cream to help.

Every year we do headshots for work and although I was not having a great hair day, it was a good visual to see how far I've come.  There's only 5 lbs difference between 2017 and 2018 so I think the difference is more related to the angle than weight loss.