When I wrote “172” in the title of this post, I realized that 172 weeks is more than three years. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long since I got serious about losing my 2018 weight gain. A little over a week ago marked two years since I went vegan. And in a week it will be three years since I stopped drinking alcohol. I’m surprised it’s been so long!
After Eli woke up during his oral surgery in December, he was desperate for answers. I don’t want him to be afraid of anesthesia for the rest of his life (he now says himself that he will never go to the dentist again, much less a surgeon). I always suspected that he metabolized drugs faster than normal, but I didn’t know there was a DNA test for it. And I figured if I’m a fast or ultra-rapid metabolizer, there’s a good chance my kids are too. (I didn’t know if it would affect the anesthetic medications, but it was a start.)
I had wanted to get tested for the breast cancer gene and especially the Alzheimer’s gene for a long time, but I was always too afraid. Anyway, the point is, I ordered a genetic test from 23 & Me: it analyzes your genes for a bunch of conditions, diseases, carrier states, etc., including things like ancestry and physical characteristics.
I haven’t decided how much I want to share yet, but one thing I found interesting was my genetic weight:
It said that my genes predispose me to weigh around 3% more than average. According to 23 & Me, the average weight for a 5’4″ woman of European descent is 151 pounds (3% more would be about 155.5).
He was at 142.4, which is only 0.6 pounds less than last week. My clothes are looser and I don’t feel bloated, so I thought I would see a bigger loss. But I’m not going to stop doing what I’m doing. I know, as much as anyone, that you can do all the right things one week and lose five pounds, and then do the exact same thing another week and lose nothing.
However, I feel a million times better since eating healthier. I’ve even been sleeping better and running feels easier! Maybe it’s just in my head, but I think I see a difference in the mirror too. A lot of my clothes are still tight, but that’s because they fit me so well at 130-135 pounds; For a while, I was really worried about having to buy bigger clothes. Considering how I feel now, I really don’t want to ruin it for a few Oreos or something; I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and hope everything works itself out.
Last week I said I was going to increase my daily run from one block (0.4 mile) to two blocks (0.5 mile). Physically, it was no big deal; However, mentally I loved the “just one walk around the block” rule. I wanted to give it a week and then decide I could go back to a block if I wanted.
I ran two blocks every day this week and now I don’t think Joey will be very understanding if we cut back, haha. He is so used to our routine every morning. I can already imagine the disappointment in his eyes if we eliminate the extra block 😉 So, we’ll continue with the daily half-mile runs.
I can’t wait for it to be warm outside. Right now, with all the layers I’m wearing, it takes me longer to prepare for a run than it does to complete it!