35 pounds — and still going!

6 weeks ago, if you told me I’d be 35 pounds lighter, I’d tell you that’s impossible.  I was so desperate to get healthy and lose weight.  I tried so many different things — medicine, exercise, diet.  Nothing was working.  I was gaining and gaining and gaining.  I started getting really angry with food.  I didn’t want to eat, because I didn’t want to gain.  But, even when I didn’t eat, I’d gain!

Well, 35 pounds later and I’m finally on a good road to get to my goal weight.  That road means another 65 pounds, but I feel that’s totally attainable.

Lots of folks are asking what I’m doing to lose weight.  And, really, it’s nothing special.  I’m calorie counting.  I just started exercising last week.  My body was still VERY weak from my lupus flare-up, so Ryan and I decided to wait until we lost at least 20-30 pounds before doing any real exercise beyond normally routine.

Last Thursday, I took a water aerobics class with my aunt.  It was a great option for me, since it’s low impact.  And best part?  It was SUPER fun!  So, we attended another class on Saturday.  Ryan and I enjoyed going to her gym so much — we joined!  We’re now members of the YMCA.  Yes, yes, sing all you want…but it’s actually a really great gym.  And, other than a bible by the front door, I don’t feel like the religious aspect is going to be an issue for me.

Ellie has enjoyed her two stays in their child care program.  They have large rooms full of books and toys with an ample staff of care takers.  This Saturday, they didn’t want to let Ellie leave.  They told us she was very helpful and very sweet.  Apparently, she was cleaning up the messes the other kids were making.  Not surprised, since we always make her clean up her toys and books here, as well.

Another perk of joining is that we love their outdoor pools!  Ellie really enjoys being in the water.  She also loves sitting on the edge of the pool and kicking.  I taught her all about the fun of splashing.  (Especially splashing other people!)

So, all in all, things are going well.  I’m excited to get to 50 pounds lost.  Not sure why, but that’s a big milestone for me.  Maybe because it’s my halfway mark?  Or perhaps because that will be the lightest I’ve been since giving birth to Ellie.  I’m really excited to see that number on the scale.  Until then, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing — and won’t worry too much about what  the scale says.

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