Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Good and Bad of November

November has been a challenging month for me, for a couple reasons.

Reason #1 - I was sick for most of November, preventing me from being able to exercise as much as I needed to. Since I was sick in both October and most of November, it helped me find an excuse for comfort eating. I ate out a lot, I ate a lot, and it wasn't pretty. It was a blessing that I was able to stay around 227 lbs. this month. I am starting to get anxious, however, just thinking about the week ahead of me. Thanksgiving is a hard time for anyone who is trying to lose weight. If I were to be honest right now, I feel like throwing in the towel and just letting whatever happens this week, happen.

My little brother, Evan.

Reason #2 - I had a lot of personal things going on this month, which I have neglected to share with you until this post. My little brother, Evan, has been recently diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. My mom adopted Evan a few years ago. He will be turning 4 this January. November has been a difficult month for both myself and my family. Personally, I have felt anxious to help get Evan the services he needs, and have felt hopeless because of how hard it is to get the information we desire and the help we want. Things are finally looking up for us, though. Evan should be getting services within the next three weeks.

Even though November has been a rough month, it has been a good month, too. 

My husband and I.

Reason #1 - My husband and I celebrated 10 years of being together this month. We have spent a lot of time together this month; remembering where we have been, and dreaming about what our future will bring. We have a great life, with great family and great friends. We are truly blessed.

Reason #2 - My brother-in-law and sister-in-law have moved back home from Florida. They made the move back home this past week. This is such great news for us! We were able to spend a few hours with them last night. We chatted, ate snacks and played games. It was as if they never even left. Actually, it was better than before they left. You never realize how much you take something or some people for granted until they are gone. Having to live without them around these past few months made us realize how great it is to have them in our lives; to have them near us!

Now that November is nearly over, I am ready to ditch my old goals and make some new goals for myself. Goal for this week: give myself a break. I realize that I have had a rough month, but I need to focus on the good that has come of it. I also need to not stress about Thanksgiving. This is a time to be thankful for everything in our lives. I am going to go with the flow this week; get some exercise in, eat as well as I can under the circumstances, and enjoy the time we get with family.

What are your goals for this week?


  1. It's ok to loosen up a bit, but don't throw in the towel. Weight loss is never a straight line down, but giving up is totally a straight line up. You've come too far.