1st Goal Reached

I reached the weight that I put down for the Challenge I joined at work and the challenge is over officially and I came in 4th place. I can’t believe. I’m still in shock but taking it one day at a time.

Here are some  pretty graphs of my progress:



In one month I have only gone over calories like 3 times, which I think is pretty good. In fact, I think I need to lower my daily calories but I’ll wait to do that when the Challenge is over next week. So My Fitness Pal can stop yelling at me for being too far under my daily calories.

Here are some of my other goals:

  • Next Weight goal is a big one, not telling you the amount but it’s huge for me and it’s only 4 lbs away.
  • Size 16.
  • March (possible Florida trip with my husband, brother, SIL and parents) going back to a spot we used to go all the time when I was young.
  • Hiking next spring/summer (haven’t been able to do anything like that for a while, one time I was doing a photo shoot with a friend and I was having a hard time breathing and sweating so much)

I don’t want to get too carried away and put too much pressure on myself, it is what it is. So far I’m doing good and I want to focus on today, not tomorrow.


+1 Steroid Shot – 1 IUD

So I got rid of my IUD (Mirena) because I’ve had a lot of problems over the last 6 or so years and was starting to wonder if any of it was because of my IUD. I know that once I had it removed I felt so much better, it’s hard to explain how. I won’t go into lots of TMI detail about my IUD but I believe it did cause a LOT of my weight gain and possibly a lot of my hormone problems.

Ever since I got it removed I am however having menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes, which are unbelievably awful. Some mornings my hormones are so out of whack I just want to curl up and die but I have heard it takes a while to your body to adjust to the removal of an IUD so I’ll be patient.

I also read that Mirena can cause lower back pain and I wonder how much of my back pain had to do with this, some of it possibly. Yesterday I got a steroid shot in my spine, which seems completely insane but apparently a lot of people do it and I think I was in and out of the hospital in under 30 minutes. The shot itself was kind of painful-ish but mostly just unpleasant, hard to explain.

When I got home the numbness wore off and I had a lot of pain but mostly pain like my old back pain, when I was just in pain 24/7 and my legs just felt really weird, sort of like Restless Leg Syndrome where I couldn’t sit still, I had to keep moving them.

So I’m not even 24 hours with the shot yet so I can’t really tell you if it worked but I feel pretty good today, just a bit of pain I think where the shot was administered. I’m still going to go to the Chiropractor because I know I’ve gotten a lot better since I’ve been getting Chiropractic therapy and I believe it’s also helped with getting healthier in a lot of other ways. I still have better allergies than before and breathe better. I have more energy than I’ve had in a long time.

To anyone having trouble losing weight my recommendation is:

  1. Go to a Chiropractor
  2. Focus on your health and focus on feeling better, not on losing weight.

I think these things have helped me enormously in so many ways and I’m a happier person as well, which is more important than anything.