Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Another new year

Well...here I am...

It's another new year...where does the time go?

There've been so many awesome things - and some not so awesome - that have happened in the last year that it's hard to know where to begin, so I don't know that I'll try to recap them all.  But I suppose that since I started this blog in an effort to maintain accountability in my weight loss efforts, perhaps I should start there.

It hasn't been good.  I'm not where I started, but I was...and then some, but I recovered.  And that's a good thing.  My doctor determined that I actually have a slow/low metabolism.  He prescribed a topiramate/phentermine combination.  After a six month stint - I lost a total of 13 lbs.   While I found menopause to be a wonderful thing in many ways, it was a total bitch in others.  Slowing weight loss being one of them.

But if I'm honest, there seems to be a lack of clarity I had at first.  While I can blame some of it on age, I don't think that's all of it.   Part of it is the lack of focus on me.

Since originally starting this blog, my life has changed quite a bit - almost a 180.  Some things are the same, but others are vastly different.

I live on the other side of the country, I have a totally different job, hubster and I are empty nesters, we've lost three of our four dogs due to old age, there's more demands on my time, I have less free time, there's more stress, and I seem to be getting sick regularly.

In 2017, I had shingles twice, cellulitis once, and weird viruses/colds/flu that laid me out for 3 weeks - twice.

In short, I need to take better care of myself - more rest, less stress, more delegation, more saying 'no', more focus on 'me'.  I think if I can focus on me more, I can do better, feel better, and perhaps lose a little bit more weight.  Let's see if that works.