Toward the end of the year I had been feeling more and more like my old self. I would still got tired but not as easily and not as often, and when I did I didn't need as long to recover. I was quite relieved considering how I'd felt most of the year.
I had started working out again. I eased into it by doing those "monthly challenge" workouts. September was legs. October was abs. November was arms. With each workout as I felt up to it I'd add more than just whatever the daily challenge was. December I had picked a full body challenge and was really looking forward to it. Yes, you read that right. I was looking forward to it! I was starting to really enjoy the workouts and see some progress physically, even if the scale wasn't really moving :/
Then at the end of November I had another appointment at the health centre (DHS) to go over my latest labs. It was a bad news/good news/bad news kind of visit. The main issue the nurse practitioner I'd seen the first time seemed to be under control, possibly resolved.
But he had two pieces of bad news, one which he prescribed meds for immediately and the second he said meds "might be avoidable if you can lose about 15lbs and make some significant dietary changes in the next three months". His tone suggested he doubted it.
Well, now I was looking forward to that December challenge even more! My weight at DHS was 209lbs, when I got home I weighed myself immediately on my scale so I when I checked in over the next three months I'd know exactly what my progress was. My scale read 206 (a bit happier with that number lol). I should note that the scale at the DHS was just a regular ol' digital scale, so I'd think fairly safe to compare to mine (a Renpho) I immediately set a goal of 191 in my Fitbit app (15lbs!) and linked my Fitbit and MyFitnessPal apps to work together - I find it easier to log food in MFP.
I cleaned up my eating, still allowing for little moments of temptation, and worked hard in my December workouts. By the end of December I was down 7.2lbs!
For January I've picked another full body style workout challenge, but a bit tougher this time. I'm still focusing on eating better, but enjoying my food too. And I find that I'm looking forward to my workouts so much that rest days feel weird lol
So, while 2021 may have been a tough year, I'M going to be the tough one in 2022!