4/18 Weightloss Wednesday: My Upcoming Experiment

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!  For new readers (and there are a ton of you!  Almost a million page views in the last 12 months!  That’s unbelievable and thank you so much for finding me! Enough with the exclamation points already!) this is where historically I wrote about my long journey from 400 to 200 lbs.  Now that I’ve met my goal, it’s pretty much where I talk about other things I’m doing with my health.

One of the things that troubled me is that I’ve gained about 20 lbs in the last few months with my weight hovering right around 220 lbs and nothing that I was doing was making it budge.  I knew what the issue was.  Earlier this year I accepted a promotion at work that I thought was going to kill me.  I didn’t really know it at the time but I accepted a job that was going to required 60+ hours of work per week and there still wasn’t enough getting done.  Pretty much all my work earned me was the right to be yelled at by my boss about everything that didn’t get done.  I was pulling my hair out in frustration and it was affecting every other part of my life.

2 things really stood out to me as I looked back over the last few months.  #1 I was unable to find the time or energy to exercise.  If I wasn’t asleep, I was cooking food or staring at the TV but mostly I was asleep.  For instance last night was my night off.  I got home at 10 (which was REALLY early compared to when I have normally gotten home) and slept from 11ish to 8ish.  Got up and cooked dinner and then could not keep my eyes open.  Went back to sleep at midnight and got up at 4:30.  That’s about 13 hours of sleep in about 17 hours.  I shouldn’t be able to sleep that much!

#2 The stress was affecting me in other weird ways.  For instance, I sleep with a sleep mask on and one day I had a nightmare that the mask was at first a large spider on my face that turned into a bunch of smaller spiders crawling around on my face.  In sheer terror I grabbed the mask in my sleep and threw it across the room and woke up to a bleeding face with huge scratch marks across it from my nails.  I have NEVER had a nightmare in my life but the stress I was feeling kept popping up in these weird ways.

So I stepped down from my position as night manager and starting next week, I’m going to a daytime support position.  This will accomplish 2 things. #1 No one will be able to yell at me about work not getting done. (I hope) and #2 I will actually be able to see the sun and maybe live a life a little more in tune with my natural circadian rhythms.  It is my firm hope that these improvements will result in a life where I can more easily reach my health goals.

So as of right now, I’m at 217.4 lbs.  My goal is to get back down to 200, then 190 but in the short term my goal is to survive the rest of this week and then just see what happens when this work stress is removed from my life.  Hopefully my energy comes back to the point where I can return to my exercise routine and have time for the other things I want to do in my life and on this site.

One side effect of stepping down is that my pay rate will be decreased as well.  I would like to remind those of you reading this blog that you can help support me and the work I do by going to MySugarFreeJourney.com/Amazon before you do any shopping at Amazon.  It won’t cost you any more and I get a small percentage of what you buy.  Or you can get a subscription to Butcher Box by going to MySugarFreeJourney.com/ButcherBox or order your vitamins from MySugarFreeJourney.com/PVC.  Any of those will help out in a small way.

How are you doing this week?  Let me know in the comments below!

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