Wrap Up

  So, I figured since I posted my before and after photos that I should probably say something here. My challenge was over a few days ago. I haven't eaten perfectly since and I don't plan on being perfect all the time. I did gain about two pounds back by the end of the challenge due to being sick and stress. 

  I know you're probably sick of hearing me talk about my feminine times, but I don't think you can underestimate the effect that it can have on a woman's body. Stress has made my period come two weeks early. This in turn doesn't help with bloating and my mood. It's a huge struggle. Not working out didn't help either, but I started back up challenges yesterday. I will be starting my running again soon as well.

  My journey is far from over. Over the 24-days, I lost 5 lbs (gained 2 back) and lost about 5inches. I went from a 44in bust to a 42in. 31in waist to 30in. 44in hips to 43in. 25in thighs to 24.5in. I was extremely surprised with the change in measurements. I don't usually have changes in my hips and thighs. It was a pleasant surprise. I'm sure the working out on top of everything helped quite a lot.

  You can say it was me over the products, but honestly, its the combination. I couldn't have done this without my amazing mentor. I love you so much already. You have helped me more than you know and I can't wait to see what the future brings. The team I'm now a part of can only help me get further. The pills that help cravings and the energy to keep me going are the best. I'm not going to change what works.

  I have put my photos at the bottom. I'm hoping to see even more changes. It's not about the number on the scale for me. It's about how I feel and how comfortable I am. I am not quite where I want to be. It's a journey. I'm sure there will be more fluctuations, but that's a part of life and I'm not going to let it get me down. If you put your mind to it you can do anything. That doesn't make it easier, but you can do it.


Day 22

  Well, there's nothing terribly exciting to report about today. I slept for about 9 hours last night. Got up, was feeling better and headed over to work from 10am-6pm. I worked at the Demo Station and tried a little. There was a nice banquet put together in the break room and I had a piece of cheese and some meat to see if my stomach might be able to handle going back to my routine and the answer was a resounding no. (To clarify, I wasn't actually sick, but stomach wasn't happy.)

  My stomach is still not 100%, but fairly sure that's because stress levels haven't normalized and probably need more than one day on soup and crackers. I don't think soup and crackers will undo all my hard work, but if I don't listen to my body then it's just going to get worse. 

  So, with nothing special to report other than I had more soup and crackers and more relaxing and a full day of work, I'm off to bed for a new day of work tomorrow. 

Day 21

  Well today has been quite the adventure. It didn't really go to plan at all. Sometimes days don't. I went to work at 6am. I didn't sleep as well as I would have liked. Adjusting to staying in my friend's place. It's not their fault. Their bed is super comfy. I'm just letting my stress from my personal life get too involved. 

  Your body has its own way of telling you when to slow down. You need to listen. My body will make me physically sick on occasion to slow me down. That's what happened today. I'm not actually sick sick, but I'm emotionally drained and with working a lot and not sleeping well recently, my body made me sick so that I would slow down.

  I got to work and wasn't feeling well. I made it through about two hours and the feeling sick to my stomach just wouldn't go away. I absolutely hate having to go home from work. The minute I told my boss, I was sick, so it's probably good that I did. I came back and have been napping and eating crackers all day. I'm feeling better and am going to crash out shortly.

  What I really need is a nice neck and shoulder massage, a nice bath and if possible someone to cuddle with. The third one will be the kicker, so I'll just settle for one of my stuffed animals. That's why I have them after all and I have miss Rosie too. I haven't worked out in three days now and this kinda sucks. I like the energy that it gives me and that it makes me feel better. I do know that when my body is telling me to slow down I should listen. Well, I listened and I hope that I feel better for my shift tomorrow.

Day 20

  Well, I had plenty of rest last night. Somehow that leads to being absolutely groggy today. Not sure how that's fair exactly. Why do kids wake up refreshed with tons of energy, but as an adult you are wiped out the next day and your body still needs a day to recover?

  Right now, I am relaxing and watching Zootopia for the goodness knows what time. I am dog sitting and house sitting for a friend while they have a nice trip. I appreciate so much that my friends trust me enough and think highly enough of me to take care of their children and their pets. 

  Apparently it was remiss of me yesterday not to mention the fact that I spent most of my day playing with Play-Doh and making a nose for Olaf. Today it took me an hour or two at work to become alert, even with my energy powder and coffee to get me going. Hopefully that is not the case tomorrow.

  I didn't quite get to my dinner on time and that made me not feel so great on the way home. I'm doing just fine though and will make sure to meal prep tonight; since, I have an early morning and long day tomorrow. I am 100% NOT complaining about a full work day. I enjoy both my jobs. I love the grocery store and the candy store has been in my life for 4.5 years. Not sure what I would do without it. 

  I am taking this week off from the candy store because of the dog sitting. Don't want the pup alone for longer than she needs to be. I was going to try and do my challenges today when I got back, but my stomach was feeling rough. I ate dinner and that helped a bit, but now it's just relaxing and still feeling a little rough. I've been told by my mentor and a friend to listen to my body. Ok. Ok. Message received. 

  Well, I think I might actually go cook my burger for tomorrow and put together what I need and get to bed. Certainly an early night, but probably for the best. I can't believe it's Day 20. Crazy. I'm feeling so much better. I'm going to keep up the good work after. I love that it seems my love handles have disappeared. 

Day 19

  Well today was a long day, but a fun day. I only had about 5 hours of sleep and then went to go babysit my friend's daughter who is 2 and a half. Going to babysit a toddler on little sleep isn't exactly the easiest thing to do in the world. I did my meal prep yesterday before work and after work as well. All I needed to do was put the food in my bag. This helped me so much.

  My friend's little girl was a treat. She was so easy; but, believe me, I was 100% ready for nap time. I got her to pass out and then I was able to crash while she was asleep. Never underestimate a nap. My friend is a fantastic mom and I admire her greatly for being a single mom of two. She's amazing. I could never do it. More power to her. If she's reading this, girl I admire you so much and think you are incredible. Your kids are wonderful and you should be very proud.

  I didn't do my challenges today. I'm so exhausted. I'm going to crash early tonight to get ready for tomorrow. Some days you do need to take a day off. Part of me is itching to do them and I know exhaustion can be worked through, but somedays you need to slow down. That's pretty much all I have to report for today. Did well eating. Played with a cute kid. Established I'm quite certain children are not in my future (other than babysitting). Now it's time to crash.