I am definitely in a down time. I did, however, express to my husband that I felt like he and I needed to reconnect in a “romantic” way because I feel like he and I are not as close as we have been as far as that sort of thing goes. He has been great to me lately, very supportive of the things I’m trying to do to change my life, but as far as feeling like we are in love with each other, that feeling has not surfaced in a while on BOTH of our parts. I know he loves me, and I am just feeling that maybe my declining beauty and getting older is really affecting his attraction to me. Plus the weight and all that. I don’t *feel* sexy so I don’t want to have sex, etc.
I have been focusing too much on that lbs number. I kind of lost sight of why I started working out and taking better care of myself in the first place. It wasn’t about getting skinny. It was about getting *healthy*. If I am feeling healthier — that is, less pain, more energy, better moods, etc. — THAT is the goal. Not a number on the scale. If I achieve the goals and I’m still a size 16 then that is going to have to be OK. I cannot happily focus on something like that. I have to find my beauty no matter where I am. If as a side effect of living a bit healthier, I lose some weight, then fine. But that cannot be the purpose.
It has disappointed me that I am having to watch my calories SO damned closely. I can’t do that. I am going to continue to track my food, and try to stay within the caloric range. I am trying to include lots of water, veggies and fruit, and protein in the mix; less carbs; but I’m not going to obsess over it. I’m going to try to focus on getting more exercise…and worrying a bit less about eating rabbit food all day, every day. This is not to say that I am going to go hog wild and eat junk food all the time again. I know that is bad for me. That is counterproductive to the “feeling better” mission.
I have noticed that when I go a few days without drinking lots of water, my newly cleared-up skin starts breaking out like crazy. I get canker sores in my mouth, my skin gets even drier than normal, etc. So I know that water is absolutely imperative. And I have been going kind of crazy with the pop drinking. Because it is in the house. Now that it is all gone (thanks to my binging), I can start over with that.
I actually really enjoyed myself when I was holding out my streak on not drinking pop, and doing crunches every day, etc. And I do enjoy doing cardio. I wish I enjoyed strength training a bit more. I hate doing it. I hate calisthenics, and I hate dumbbells. This is where I wish I was using circuit training machines. Maybe if I had a workout bench, etc., and a specific place set aside for me to work out it would be easier.
I wish I could have time every day to do 45 minutes of (enjoyable) cardio, and 20 minutes of yoga. The yoga I would prefer to do in the evening. I *could* do it at night but after I put Lola to bed, I’m just so tired I want to sit and have a quiet moment or just go to bed. I would do even more cardio if I could because I know it will benefit me. The strength training I know I should do every other day 3 x a week. It is just SO boring and hard to do when I have to look at the computer screen for every exercise and try to use things around the house for stability or balance.
This has nothing to do with my mood except that I know that my lack of activity or structure really affects my feelings.
After I shared with my husband today that I feel lonely and I miss our love and our chemistry, he came home with a card and flowers. I love him. I know he loves me and I just want to know that he still adores me like he used to. I feel so scared that these inches of extra weight on me are draining his attraction to me. And since I know my birth control pills are sapping all my libido our sex life has been nil lately. I am switching back to my old pill at the end of this pack.
I think I need to take a bit of time for myself — I mean, to spend a little time on being a *girly girl* and recharge my feminine batteries so to speak. I need to color my hair, I need to get a pedicure, I need to go through my clothes and get all the prettiest stuff out for wearing. I need some new shoes (as we’ve discussed), and I’d LOVE a little extra money to get some good outdoor walking clothes, and some Bare Essentials makeup. Oh, wouldn’t that be lovely.
Money would help. A lot. As usual.