Once again, no update for awhile. This time I have no excuse aside from laziness. haha.
Anyhoo, things are going great. I saw a nutritionist, and I’ve lost 25 pounds or so thanks to her plan. It’s really simple: 1/2 of your plate is veggies, 1/4 is protein, and 1/4 is carbohydrates. I haven’t stuck to that as rigidly as I would like, but I haven’t backslid either– this diet has changed the way I eat for good. I no longer eat until I’m stuffed; rather, I just try to satisfy myself. Same with snacks. I’m working on cutting snacks out completely, but when I do I’m not smashing a whole box of crackers or anything (for the most part). I now realize that I was essentially eating five or six meals a day before this diet.
As I mentioned before, haven’t adhered to the actual diet in a while, though, mainly due to laziness. Thankfully, my weight has stayed constant at around 220. I feel much better in my day-to-day life and I’m noticing a difference when I look in the mirror. I’m halfway to my pre-lupus weight and 1/3 to my goal weight. This is feeling doable.
I’ve also started skateboarding again. Skateboarding used to dominate my thoughts at the beginning of my sickness, but I drifted away from skating in the last year. A few days ago, I watched Mark Gonzales’s Video Days part, and it all came back. I had to skate.
I’ve surprised my self with how well I’m skating. I landed a lot of my easier tricks (ollies, shuvits, 180s) first try during my first sesh, and surprised myself during my second sesh by landing a kickflip, heelflip, and 360 shuvit in rapid succession, all first try (full disclosure: my heel touched on the heelflip and I stepped off the kickflip after I landed. But the 360 shuv was clean, at least).
Instantly, it was like my life was back in balance. I’ve felt a tremendous sense of loss since I got sick, and I think not skating for so long contributed to this. It’s a big part of identity, and I think I’ve been missing it unconsciously the whole time. Now that I have it back, I feel much more optimistic and joyful.
Also, apart from being insanely fun, skating is the most ruthless plyometric/cardiovascular workout ever. I was GASSED after two one-hour sessions this week. I’m already noticing a significant increase leg strength. Thus, I’ve been neglecting the bike and strength training for obvious reasons. I might have to get back on it tonight, though, because the weather has turned against me and it’s sleeting out.
It’s truly amazing that I’ve gone from barely being able to walk last spring to doing kickflips. God is truly good. Phillipians 4:13.