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I’m turning 30 in just over a month. *gulp*

For the last few months, I’ve been totally freaked out over the thought of turning 30. Why? I don’t really know.

There was always that next big milestone to look forward to – 16 & driving a car; 18 & graduation; 21 & drinking (legally).

What’s  to look forward to at 30? Being a grown up? I feel like I should have accomplished more. You know, those things that society tells you that you should have – husband, 2.5 kids, a house & a career on the up & up.

What do I have? A divorce (finalized a mere month before my birthday), two cats and a corporate job that seems more like quicksand than anything else.

But hold on a minute …. Focusing on those things is exactly why I’ve been freaking out. Negative thinking will get you nowhere. I realized last night it’s time to shift my focus and realize all the wonderful things I have accomplished.

Since the last big milestone birthday (21), I have:

  • Earned my bachelors degree – in 4 years.
  • Successfully moved 3 times. Once completely by myself and in a snowstorm. (Double points for that, right?)
  • Adopted the best cats ever.
  • Officially quit caffeine & soda. (After about 10 tries!)
  • Started running and am consistently logging 2-4 miles each run.
  • Followed a dream & am becoming certified as a holistic health counselor.
  • Started my own health counseling practice.
  • Lost 28 lbs (so far!) and am finally feeling healthy.

Plus, by my birthday, I will have:

  • Run 4 races – #4 is on May 22.
  • Completely paid off my student loan.
  • Be debt-free (other than my car).

I’d say that’s quite a bit to be proud of, right?

Now, I’m not so afraid of 30. In fact, I want to use this birthday as a reason to be my healthiest yet. Over the next month, I’m going to step up my workouts and really focus on being the healthiest me possible. (Plus, I’ve got to get ready for hanging on the beach and rockin’ a bikini!)

My 20’s weren’t that bad, but I’m determined to make my 30’s the best yet.

I’m happy with the scale this week, but not ecstatic. Here’s the numbers:

Weight: 143.2
Loss: 1.2 lbs.
Total loss: 12.8 lbs.

I had hoped it would be more, but I kind of expected it to be around there since we spend 4 days on vacation last week and I obviously cheated a few times – even though I thought I was doing well.

My goal for next week – get to 140 (oooh, that’s a big goal) and work out every morning before work. This shouldn’t be too hard because I actually get to be a ‘normal’ person next week and work a day shift. I do SO much better when I have to wake up, work out and go straight to work. 

Also … I’ve decided to start the Couch to 5K program. (Me, the biggest non-runner ever – this should be interesting.) I’ve heard a lot of people doing this and it seems doable … I’m going to be doing the program with my friend Brenda. Hopefully we can start next week. We’ll be running apart (she lives 30 minutes away), but we’ll be keeping each other accountable, which I always need!

I asked hubby if he wanted to do the C25k program with me …. his response: ‘You’re ready for that … you’re at least ON the couch. Me? I’m the missing remote cover that you find buried under the cushions.’ I guess that’s a no.

Ok, so, I know I talked about going off depo and how it’d probably be better for me …. and I changed my mind. Here’s the thing … I really didn’t have a bad experience with it. I never got PMS, or my period, or cramps (except when they were sympathy pains for my crazy family). As for the migraines, I have a feeling those will never go away completely – though kicking the soda and (most) caffeine has helped. 

So, here’s the scoreboard for depo vs. pill 

Depo pros: no period, no PMS, no cramps, no pills, no worries
Pill pros: no babies?

Depo cons: possible calcium deficiency, possible weight gain (this scares me most right now), possible  increase in frequency of migraines
Pill cons: $15 copay; added expense of buying tampons, etc.; frequent skin breakouts; food cravings;  PMS; cramps

So, I’ve gone back on the depo shot. Go ahead, judge if you must, but I think I’d rather go back to what I know of as “normal.”

Is it day 4 or day 5 on this challenge? I told you I”m not good at numbers! 

Anyway, things are going really good so far. Planning really does help – especially with food. As long as I have a plan for dinner, I’m good. It keeps me from running out to get something at work. I’m off soda (YAY!) and pretty much all processed sugar. This makes me a very happy girl!

I’m a little worried about my calories though – I seem to only be eating 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day. Even though I should be eating around 1,500. But, I’m not hungry, so I guess that’s a good thing. I’m going to keep going for the week and see what happens. 

Tonight hubby convinced me to go to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. I told him it was only OK if i could find the nutritional content online and could pick something out before I got there. On The Daily Plate, they say the Naked Chicken Tender Wrap (now the grilled chicken wrap) is 440 calories and I opted for the buffalo chips (might as well splurge a bit) instead of the tortilla chips for 257 calories. I did leave most of the second half of my wrap, so it’s probably a little less than the 440. 

I’m pretty proud of that. I told my hubby that I had the satisfaction of feeling like I cheated, but without actually cheating! 🙂 Plus, the rest of the day was a little slim on calories, so I’m still doing good. 

I am splurging on a glass of Riesling (90 calories) while I catch up on all the other 20/20 challenger’s blogs. I’m having a blast and I can’t wait to see how we all fare in this adventure! 

Now I”m off to ponder some of the color choices the feng shui consultant and I talked about today (another post for later, I promise!).

Today was awesome … and I wish I knew just what it was that helped me get my brain into a “happy” mood. Maybe it’s the fact that tomorrow is a holiday and I don’t have to work (a rarity), or maybe I just happened to wake up on the right side of the bed, so to speak. But whatever it was, I’m glad it happened today. 

I got to have a long lunch and catch up with a friend I hardly get to see. It was so nice to get out of the house for a while and spend time with someone who knows how crazy life can be when you work for a newspaper (because she does, too) and swap stories about work and our health. And we laughed. It was exactly what I needed. 

Then hubby and I did a little last-minute shopping before it was time for me to get started on part of Thanksgiving dinner. I got started with dessert – bite-sized pumpkin and apple pies and apple cider ice cream. Then I moved on to chopping herbs for the turkey and gravy and I whipped up the base for the apple cider gravy. The best part of doing all that work today? Half the dishes tomorrow! 

So yeah, I have no idea why I was in such a good mood today, but it was a welcome change. I think the only time I got irritated was when we were shopping and ran into some rude drivers. It happens. Thankfully, I was able to come home and spend time with my boys …

The day can’t get any better …. 

Let’s hope tomorrow is just as good.

I had an appointment with my family doctor on Monday to discuss changing my birth control. I’ve been on the depo provera shot for almost 8 years and, after reading some scary stories, I’m starting to wonder if some of my health and mental issues are stemming from the drug. She agreed it was possible, and gave me a prescription for some birth control pills. 

However, while I was there (and paying a $20 co-pay), I figured I’d might as well pick her brain about anything else I could think of. So, I asked for another prescription for the cream I use on my psoriasis and then, I stumped her. 

Now, if you know me well, you’ll know there are two odd things that happen to me – both of which make me irritable as hell. When my feet or my knees get hot, I am miserable. So, I decided to finally ask my doc … what’s up with my hot knees? 

She just stares at me. 

No lie. 

Her best guess is mild arthritis since it tends to flare up (pun intended) when I spend a lot of time on my feet. (Score one for a desk job.) She suggested wearing shoes when I spend a lot of time in the kitchen (which is when I told her it tends to flare up). And if it continues, she’ll order some x-rays and see what’s going on. 

So, Thanksgiving will be the first test … If I fail, I may be adding one of those gel kitchen floor mats for Christmas.

I joined Sparkpeople a few months ago, and didn’t really take the time to find out what it’s about. Now that I have, I’m hooked. Ok, I’m hooked on the Teams and message boards.

Some of you might know that my doctor prescribed me anti-depressants right before Scott and I started dating. I was able to stop taking them in March after the wedding. Then I started having anxiety attcks – mild ones – and my doc put me back on the anti-depressants at a lower dosage. So far, the anxiety attacks have become fewer. I mention this because, if you suffer from depression, you NEED to join sparkpeople and the team Dealing with Depression. I’ve never met so many people who are sincere and supportive. After only three days of posting in that forum, I’ve found myself thinking differently, talking myself into doing more things around the house and just generally feeling better about myself. 

One great thing about this site (other than being FREE), is that you can track goals on there … Two of the goals I’ve added are: 1.) No soda 5 days a week and 2.) Take my vitamins every day.

You can track what you eat, plan meals, track your exercise, get motivation and, best of all, motivate others. Today was the second day I was able to choke down 8 glasses of water (instead of soda!) and I am SO proud of myself for that. Plus, I get to check off that little box next to “drink at least 8 glasses of water.” And if you know me, I like to check things off! 

Seriously, if you’re at all interested in being healthier or just finding a way to make yourself accountable, join sparkpeople .