July 2016 Weight Loss Update- Depression, Sunburn, & Getting Back On The Horse

Happy August!!!

Today I want to talk about what happened to me during the month of July.

It wasn’t a good month for me. My depression hit me full swing again, and I fell off the wagon, rolled down a hill, and off a cliff.

BUT! I am climbing back up the cliff now.

For a majority of the month, I stopped writing blog posts (so sorry about that!), stopped tracking my eating, stopped eating well in general, stopped doing yoga, stopped wearing my pedometer, and just stopped caring in general.

Depression, for me any ways, ebbs and flows.

And in this particular case, it as brought on by a catalyst. Some money issues caused anxiety and stress, which was a precursor to my ol’ buddy, depression.

I’ve been dealing with depression most of my life. In the past, I’ve just distracted myself enough to not think about it, but that isn’t very healthy. Because it will come back up. You can only push your issues down enough until they become too heavy.

So I have been managing my depression by addressing the reasons WHY I’m depressed. My job made me depressed, so I quit. My weight makes me depressed, so I’m working on changing it.

I’ve tried antidepressants before in the past, but they actually made the depression worse for me. Besides, I’m not a HUGE fan of taking pills anyways. So instead of trying to live with depression and coping with it, I’m working on changing my life for the better.

Old Habits

I recognized about 10 days ago that I was falling back into hold habits. So I decided to give myself until the end of the month to allow myself to be depressed. But now it is the first of August and I’m back in it!

I’m writing up my blog posts for the week, doing a new month in my bullet journal, wearing my pedometer again, and back to eating healthy.

Will it be hard? You betcha! Will a part of me want to keep wallowing? Fo sho. But allowing myself to fall back into the old habits in which I am currently heading is telling the depression that it is winning. It has a hold on me. I refuse to believe that.

Okay, onto brighter topics!

This last weekend, our bathroom was having some remodeling done, so we decided to head to the family lake house for some fun!

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it has central air 😉

One new addition to the lake house are the two kayaks. It has been on my bucket list for ages to try kayaking and this was my chance!

Getting in and out of a kayak is ungraceful as it is. Add in me (the klutz) into the mix and it resulted in sand in uncomfortable places and friends laughing at me.

Give It A Try

First of all, if you have never been on a kayak, you are missing out! Once you get over the awkward entrance, you and the kayak become one. It is a wonderful workout. It works your forearm, bicep, and shoulder muscles excellently. And if you go fast enough, it turns into a cardio workout too!

I have never, in my life, had upper body strength. In school when we had to do the pull up test, I failed miserably. I was lucky if I could do one.

Now, I’m changing that and a kayak is going on my wish list!

Besides the health benefits, it puts you right in the water. I can reach over the sides and put my hands in the water. Many times I would paddle out to the middle of the lake and just sit with my hands in the water. It felt wonderful!

The kayak is smaller than a row boat or a canoe, so it allowed me to travel to parts of the lake previously unexplored by me.

New Areas To Explore

About an hour before we had to leave yesterday, I managed to sneak one last trip out onto the water and I explored this little nook. It was shallow, maybe five or six feet deep, about ten feet across, and thirty feet inland. As I entered the little bay, I saw a mama turtle and two babies sitting on a piece of wood. They quickly jumped ship when they saw me, but they kept popping their heads up to look at me from the shore line.

Lake House Sunset2

Sunset from shore.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures because kayaking is a very wet sport. The double sided paddle sends water down the handle every time it turns. So no camera means no pictures. 🙁

Lake House Sunset

I did manage to get some photos of the sunset from shore.

Another downside is the wicked sunburn I ended up with. My sense of time on the water was seriously distorted so I would think I was out for about half an hour, when in reality I was out for two hours. The burn is the worst on my thighs, knees, and top half of my shins.

Thigh Sun Burn

This actually looks better from last night- it was cherry red then!

I also have it on my face, shoulders, and arms. The life jacket protected my chest and neck well enough.

Weight

I started the month really well, weighing 250.2 pounds. Within that first week, I managed to get below 250, but I didn’t really stay there. I ended the month at 255. This was after going off the rails for most of the month.

Goals

My goals for the month of August are:

  • Get back to 250 pounds
  • Journal every day
  • Post 3 blog posts a week
  • Aim to get 5,000 steps a day
  • Reinforce the healthy habits I broke last month (tracking, walking, eating right, etc)
  • Spend 10 minutes in nature, unconnected
  • Make and hand out positive notes to give to strangers
  • Be happy

I am trying to be more positive and spread that positiveness in the world, as it is always in demand.

Question time!

What do you do when you are depressed? What are your goals for August? Are you a positive person or do you have to work on it (like me)? I wanna know!

Please like and share this if you enjoyed it!

XOXO Meg

6 COMMENTS

  1. slimmingbsimcha | 1st Aug 16

    Hey Meg, well done!
    We did canoing for a term in secondary school and I had recently been remembering how much I enjoy it

  2. slimmingbsimcha | 1st Aug 16

    Sorry it sent before I was finished!
    How much I enjoyed it. I really want to see if there’s somewhere I can dio it here in London but not sure how I’ll fit that into looking after the kids.
    Good luck with getting back into it, I hope to hear positive things from you soon. You can do it!

    • Meg's Healthy World | 1st Aug 16

      Thank you! I have spent the day today getting back into the swing of things.

      I’m not sure how old your kiddos are, but perhaps they would enjoy being on the water? Some of my neighors at the lake have kids and have kid-sized kayaks for them.

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