Another pound down this week, and a total of two inches all over. Yay!
I spoke with my doctor, and the test results confirm I am definitely menopausal, though that certainly wasn’t a surprise. Because of problems with blood clotting, typical hormone replacement is not an option for me. Apparently the patch version has lesser risk, but still more of a risk than I’m willing to take. Doc also offered the idea that sometimes antidepressants are used to help with symptoms in those who can’t take the HRT, but after giving it some thought and talking it over with Brian, that was another step I didn’t want to take, even though I really wanted to get rid of my symptoms.
I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but for several months—like since around the first of the year—I’ve been taking a product called Plexus Slim. I started taking it hoping it would help me lose weight as it seemed to have done for so many others, but it didn’t have that effect for me. Other good results—better sleeping, more regularity—kept me drinking the Slim.
Just about ten days ago, I added a probiotic and cleanse product from Plexus to the mix, and I’m attributing the recent weight (and inch) loss to that more than anything. Not in a drastic, out of control way, but in a way that just seems to be slowly making me feel better and allowing some of my eating and fitness choices to start to be productive.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I will say that I recently became an ambassador for Plexus products, but primarily so that I could save a little money buying my own stuff, not because I want to share it with the world. (Though maybe some day I will, so if you want to know more about the stuff, drop by my site!) But, seriously, I don’t share these results in an effort to push something on anyone, only to say that this is the next step I’ve taken in my fitness journey, and it seems to be helping me out. Getting myself into better shape really has been more difficult at this stage of life, and I’m glad to have found something that I can use as another tool toward my goals.
And, I’ve stayed on target with the Facebook group I’m in this month for steps and daily plank, so that has helped, too. (Except I haven’t done my plank yet for today, and I’m feeling strongly that I may have to do two tomorrow to make up for going to bed without getting it done tonight.) The next thing I really need to tackle is finding a way to make it to the gym at least once during the week, but lately work has been a drain, and I just haven’t had the enthusiasm for it after I leave the office—particularly as the gym seems about a million degrees hotter in the afternoon than it does in the morning, and I’m having enough trouble regulating my body temperature lately without feeling like my workout is going to send me into some sort of heat stroke!
But, as always, this remains an ongoing journey, and I’ll just keep taking it one day at a time until I get to where I want to be.
37 second plank
40 second plank
41 second plank
34 minutes treadmill, 45 second plank
36 minutes treadmill, 20 second plank
50 second plank
60 second plank