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Oh, Look! 10 Pounds is Escaping! Let it Go!

Dance with me, y’all! I’m so excited today. Andy and I have been trying to eat healthier and live healthier and going strong at it since December the 8th. We’ve been doing DoTerra Trim Shakes for breakfast along with the DoTerra Lifelong Vitality pack. We’re not on a diet because we didn’t want to do some fad diet where we would lose weight but gain it back plus more as soon as we were finished with it. We want to be able to enjoy hiking and being outside as nonsmokers. This is the next piece that we’re working on after quitting smoking. We’ve also been walking a mile day after work, and the weather has been cooperating nicely so far this winter. We’ve been able to walk 5 out of 7 days because the sun has been keeping the sidewalks clean.

Still, I hopped onto the scale this morning for the daily weigh-in, and I had lost a little more weight, but I’m not where I want to be, so no big deal. I just continued on with my morning until I got an email from Fitbit congratulating me on losing 10 pounds!! Woo hoo!!

I weigh what I did before we quit smoking! For those of you who don’t know, you gain weight when you quit smoking because nicotine prevents your body from using most of the food you eat. Your body never absorbs the nutrition from the food. It just leaves your body as waste. If you eat the same amount when you quit smoking, you will gain weight because your body will actually use the food.

It’s a catch 22. Then you add in the fact that you can smell better, and the nicotine is not suppressing your appetite, and food seems better than smoking another cigarette.

Nine months later, we no longer smoke, and I’ve lost my ‘quitting’ weight. Yay!! I can savor my victory today, but, since a body in motion stays in motion, I will be working on my new goal of losing the extra 10 pounds that I was carrying when I quit smoking by this afternoon. Andy wants to lose 23 more pounds by June, and we’ll be eating more healthy regardless, so I think I’m going to add an extra walk for myself every day that the weather allows. I’d like to lose my love handles by June, and I’m not really sure how much exercise that is going to take, but I’m super excited to see the results.

Adios, 10 pounds. Don’t go away mad. Just go away!! How are your New Years Resolutions going? Are you still working on them or even thinking about them?

 

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