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Small Steps to Big Changes: Week 5

Submitted by Bethany on Sun, 02/03/2019 - 10:00

I am feeling good this week! It helps that Steve is coming to visit this afternoon and we have plans to stay up into the wee hours watching the Superbowl and then finally go to Cheddar Gorge tomorrow!

Reading: 8/52 (+1 for the week) I only got one book finished this week, in large part because it was a longer book than other ones I've been reading. I also had a harder time getting into this one so I started a couple other books in between, which means I now have 3 books partially read and none finished. On to finishing them this week! 

Language: 19310 XP (+3,050 for the week) It's slow and steady on the French learning front. I'm still enjoying the Duolingo app and the level of competition it gives. 

Weight Loss:

Starting Weight: 266
Current Weight: 237.5
Weekly Change: -2.0
Total Change: -28.5
First Goal Weight: 207
Pounds to lose until goal: 30.5

I'm down 2 pounds, woohoo! I upped my fiber intake this week (though I still need more, I think) and let Joel be in charge of my exercise which meant that on top of tons of walking I was panting and sweating every night in the living room trying out new exercises. I had hoped to see a bigger change on the scale, but I'll take what I can get. I've been listening to a podcast called Simple Roots Radio (recommended to me by Iowa Girl Eats, one of my favorite food bloggers) and I've learned a lot about metabolism and plateaus in weight loss that has helped me look at this time differently. 

Today she said something that really resonated with me - You can't lose weight to get healthy, you have to get healthy to lose weight. Our lifestyle is definitely healthier now that it has been in a long time, but we also have a ways to go! I think I've plateaued lately because my body is healing from being at a higher weight, and once it evens out it will be ready to "woosh" down to the next lower weight. Good things are coming, I can feel it! 

XOXO, Bethany

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Your thoughts?

Good work! I like the way of thinking of plateaus as healing spots. Maybe I'll have to check out that podcast.

Yes, definitely check out that podcast! I've been listening to her archives, too, and I'm really inspired by a lot of what she has to say.