Saturday Chaturday

Saturday Chaturday: Life Updates and Such

Hello Lovelies!

I’m still here. I promise. It’s been a while since I have posted, so I thought I owed you guys an explanation. I’ll try not to ramble too much, but I can’t guarantee it, lol. But first, let me share my mermaid hair:

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So, about 7 weeks ago I found my motivation. I found the motivation to really start working on my health and my weight. The plan when my husband and I moved to Arizona in 2016 was for me to be a housewife to take care of myself and my type 1 diabetes. I got so caught up in the blog and being a bookworm, that I just didn’t feel the motivation to work on “the plan.”

It’s hard sometimes finding a balance with life and the energy to do the things you are supposed to do. It’s a daily struggle dealing with type 1 diabetes and being overweight. It’s so much easier to just sit around and do nothing, or in my case, read all day. I was doing little things, like watching my diet, and getting up and moving every few hours, but I really didn’t have the energy or motivation to really get in to any type of exercise routine. And, I was hungry all the time (which is partly a side effect of having higher blood sugars and insulin resistance).

But, something finally clicked about 7 weeks ago. I spent the first week watching my diet closely and making sure I got up and moved around every single hour of the day. Week 2 I started getting on my treadmill 5 days a week. Now, here we are in week 7, I’ve done 6 weeks of exercising for 5 days a week. I walk up and down my stairs 4 times every hour, and I’m strictly measuring food and following my calories on My Fitness Pal. I also stopped drinking all diet soda last week.

My blood sugars are the best they have been in a long time. I haven’t lost any weight yet, but I am feeling so much better. I’m not hopping on the scale very often though, as I plan to weigh in a few weeks to see where I am, and to keep myself from getting discouraged since I am hoping that the scale isn’t moving because I am building muscle.

How does this relate to my being MIA you ask? Well, since I have been making myself get up and move literally every single hour of the day, I have not been spending nearly as much time sitting in front of the computer. I haven’t had the urge, or the time, to sit and read the past couple weeks either. Hence, the lack of posts and schedule lately. My hope is that now that I have a good routine, and am feeling better, I can get back in to the swing of things and get my regular schedule going again. But, I may still have days where I don’t blog like normal.

I love blogging. I love reading. I love the connections I have made here. My hope is that many of you will share your stories with me. Tell me what has been going on with you and if you have worked on anything that you were struggling with. I’m thinking about keeping a regular update on here with what goes on with my progress if anyone is interested in taking the journey with me. The blogging will definitely still be happening, and so will the reading, but my hope is the weight loss and getting healthy will be happening alongside it.

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24 thoughts on “Saturday Chaturday: Life Updates and Such

  1. Wow your hair is lovely! You totally rock the mermaid colors. Also, I’d like to thank you for sharing your recent experiences. It’s really courageous, and also nice to know that others are going through similar struggles to me. Hopefully I can find some of your motivation to blog and focus on my health ❤️ keep doing amazing things

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    1. Thank you beautiful! We should definitely chat sometime. It is really hard to find the energy and the motivation to work through the struggle, but I think I finally allowed myself to realize that all the failures were learning experiences and that they shouldn’t keep me feeling down. I have days where I can’t exercise because my blood sugar is too low, or days where I feel absolutely drained from exercise, so I allow myself those days to rest and reflect and get back at it the next day. I think you can definitely get things going for yourself! ❤

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  2. It’s good to shake things up and it sounds like you are doing the things you need to do. Congratulations! I bet over time, you will get back to reading and blogging on a regular basis, but maybe you’ll change your focus. Keeping things fresh and staying active are great!

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    1. Thanks beautiful! Just taking it slow and giving it my all. I think when it comes to health and weight loss people get nervous about talking about it. There are too many of those quick before and after photos that make it seem like results should happen fast, but I’ve really gotten myself in the mindset of knowing that I won’t see results right away because it needs to be a permanent lifestyle change that ultimately makes me feel better in the long run.

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      1. I agree. There are no fast results, I have seen it (thought not experienced it, I will not speak as though I am an expert) myself. It’s good to know you acknowledge it won’t happen fast, the “get slim quick!” adverts do nothing to help people who know that weight loss is on ongoing journey and nothing that chugging a few shakes solves. Keep up the positivity! I’m pretty sure all your followers are rallying behind you on this 🙂 😀

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      2. Right. And some people are lucky and are able to see fast results like when they cut out sodas completely or stop eating carbs. I hate seeing all those Biggest Loser shows and results because most of the time they gain the weight back when they stop doing extreme dieting, and I want to be able to lose it and keep it off while keeping my blood sugars where they need to be. I still have a day here and there where I get frustrated, but I am really trying to keep my mood up and not give up. Thanks so much for your support! ❤

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      3. Too much TV is just to glorify things in the moment and not care about results after. :/ Frustration here and there is normal with *anything* the point is to know it’s okay to be frustrated but that you have the determination to keep going. Of course, you’re welcome. You were practically my first supporter when I joined wordpress (I doubt if you even know haha) so I’m giving back in kind! 🙂

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      4. Totally.

        And I agree. I have to tell myself that it’s okay to get frustrated as long as I don’t give up. That was my problem before. And I am so glad we found each other! We always gotta support each other, and you are awesome! ❤

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  3. 1. Your hair is amazing
    2. Congrats on your new healthy lifestyle! It’s not easy, but it’s so rewarding.

    Do you like audiobooks? If so, one way to stay motivated to work out is to only let yourself listen to an audiobook while you’re working out — this way, especially when you get to a good part — you’ll want to work out just so you can see what happens!

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    1. Thanks beautiful!

      I have tried audiobooks in the past and haven’t been able to concentrate on them, but with the new routine, and hopefully some new cognitive benefits from exercise and better eating, maybe I’ll be able to try an audiobook or two on the treadmill. ❤

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