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Accountability Time

At this exact moment, I have had one pair of jeans that fit me okay. That was until this morning, where another pair of pants became the victim of the dreaded thigh rub wear and split when I sat down. *Insert tears here*  So, I now how two choices; buy new jeans or lose the weight I need to in order to fit back into my others. I do need new jeans regardless, but I am definitely going to lean more towards the weight loss side because, at this point, it is definitely needed.

At 5’0″, right now I weigh exactly 145. Nowhere near being happy at this weight, where at this time last year, I was closer to my low of 125.6.

That brings us to accountability time!

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This is me as of February 12, 2017. I started the 21 Day vegan jumpstart, so I was working on eliminating dairy, meat, and soy from my diet. My doctor said I likely have Hashimoto’s, so I was debating eliminating gluten. I haven’t been tested for Hashimoto’s, so that is my next step. And of course, this lead me to be overwhelmed with coming up with a new meal plan. There are plenty of things to eat, but I’m not the best in planning. And so the vegan jumpstart went out the window.

Today, I’m working on planning. I’ve written my doctor an email to see if I can get more definitive answers and I’m committed to finally feeling better, both in my own skin and with keeping my hypothyroidism in check!

To health!

Tis the season. I put Colleen to bed and thought about going to bed myself. I slept in a little later than normal, foregoing my usual morning workout since she was up during the night. Then I thought of all the food at our work potluck today and tomorrow’s Thanksgiving feast.

For a little background, I was generally a very active child. I remember riding bikes with friends. Always running. I joined track in 7th grade. I could generally eat what I wanted. In high school, I started gaining weight. I had a job at McDonalds, and I eventually stopped track. My highest weight was 147.

But when I was 16, I was experiencing some health issues that weren’t immediately diagnosed. I was constantly exhausted. No matter how much sleep I got, it felt like a struggle to stay awake. Headaches, dizziness; visits to the doctor lead to EKGs, EEG’s and constant checks for strep (I was pretty aggravated with this one. They would do one every month I came in looking for answers.) Finally, they did some blood work and I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

I was quite relieved, and after incorporating exercise, I was able to get my weight back down.

Fast forward a bit to 2011. Starting weight at beginning of my pregnancy was 139. By month 9, I weighed 174 and refused to look at the scale after that. After having Colleen, and a brief hospital stay for me (and her), I was 160-ish.

In December 2012, I was ready to start exercising again. I had put it off for far too long, and thought there was no need to wait for the New Year. I was ready right then.

And now we’re here! I generally wake early, about 4:30 and get my workout it. I was down to 126, but while exercising has been a great routine, my nutrition hasn’t been that good.

So, I’m going to share my healthy eating journey. I said in a previous post that I needed to cut my sugar intake down, and that is certainly still the case. I also need to cut out the bad eating (cupcakes and bakes goods are my absolute weakness). So, today, I start my recommitment at 136.6. I will post pictures and measurements tomorrow. I would love to connect with others, and I will use this blog to hold myself accountable. I will also share on Instagram (JennyLouns), and of course, you can find me on MyFitnessPal (lillouns).

To health!
xoxo
Jenny