I feel like I have a lot of catching up in all facets of my life! But today I want to catch up on my blog and with all my readers! I haven’t posted in a while and I have several updates since my last post.
There are several really exciting updates (in my book) so I will start with the one I am most proud of. Last week, I had a check up with my traumatic brain injury doctor. We discussed my symptoms or lack of symptoms, the progress I have made, and my goals and we determined it was time to discharge me from the traumatic brain injury outpatient program! I can honestly tell you, I worked my but off to get to this point and could not be more excited to know that all the work paid off. I still have a few issues but because of the progress I have made they expect that I will make a full recovery! Now, it could take me 18-24 months but I have confidence it will happen!
My next exciting piece of news is that I am getting married next month! I have not had much fun with this process so far, however, I am getting really excited now! I have had my first dress fitting and even with all the issues I have had, they still had to take it in. So, I am excited to see it when it actually stays up on its own. I have finally found a pair of shoes! Who knew that finding shoes would be so hard! I couldn’t find anything that was comfortable, in fact I seriously considered wearing my running shoes. There are only a few odds and ends that need to be done but I am feeling really good about where I am in the process.
To add to my already frustrating 2016, I had my tonsils out on June 30th. However, I had no problems and hardly any pain! I think my hope of the second half of 2016 being a million times better than the first half of the year started right there! I also had a really great conversation with my therapist that has helped me change my mindset about my weight gain. We discussed decisions I made in my healing process from the TBI and how I consciously choose to put my weight to side so I could focus on getting back to where I felt good. I took it away and thought about it, I realized I wouldn’t have been discharge from the program or made the strides I did if I was worried about watching everything I ate and counting calories/macro nutrients/points. I also have to remember that the medication played a huge part in the weight gain and those medications made me feel better. So no, I don’t love that I have gain a lot of weight but I have a much better mindset about it. I am no longer super upset with myself, now I am determined to take the weight off just like I was determined to recover from my TBI.
I started running again! Between the dizziness I have been experiencing, my frustrations, and having my tonsils out I took a break from running. Now, it is so much harder because my heart rate has reverted back to running really high so that means I am back to heart rate training. I know HRT works and I love the benefits but the really slow pace I have to run can make runs feel like they will never end in this heat and humidity. I have a long way to go to get back to where I was this time last year but I think I should be ready for TC 10 Mile in October.
Finally, I have started a new program! On Saturday, I had my initial assessment for Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping! If you haven’t heard about the program, it is a 10 week program that is 45 minutes a day, six days a week that encompasses alternating kickboxing and strength training with nutritional coaching. I have been to two days already and I am loving it! It’s hard to see how much fitness I have lost over that last few months but I know Farrell’s will help me get back to where I was and most likely even better than I was! I have a detailed post coming about my experience soon.
I hope you have enjoyed catching up! I am going to try my best to post at least once a week between now and my wedding! I have a lot going on but I also have so many things I want to write about so we will see!