I have been pretty silent through the Weight Loss Challenge check ins and post. So I decided to share the rough week I have had. Weight is something I have been struggling with for a while. I am not extremely overweight but have suffered from fluctuation of weight. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) about 10 years ago. Symptoms of PCOS are: significant weight gain (weight usually accumulates around the middle), Insulin resistance, very irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, depression, and the list goes on and on!! You can read about PCOS at Womentowomen.com.
I did not eat completely unhealthy but was not totally healthy either. My BIGGEST vice was soft drinks! Mainly Dr Pepper, Mt Dew, and Pepsi! I love soft drinks and I was drinking about 5 or more a day! Of course, I stockpiled soft drinks! I also loved Big Macs!! I am not a burger eater usually but I do love Big Macs! So when Melissa and I decided to live healthier lifestyles I really had to say GOODBYE to a lot of things I truly loved!
I suffered from irritability, hunger, massive caffeine headaches, loss of energy, and I have realized I have been grinding my teeth. Not in my sleep but while I am awake! It is insane the affect caffeine and sugar have on your body! I have really been suffering. I know I have been irritable but I have not been choosy. I have been irritable with everyone!
I decided to start exercising more. I walked a lot anyway and my kids are always on the go so it was not a major change for me. I just needed to add more exercise. I think this is why I am not majorly overweight. I am very active. Now I have started running, walking, hitting Wii dance party with my 4 year old (and I sweat like crazy), and Wii Fit/Jillian Michaels. It is going pretty well but is still very hard. So far, I have lost 6.5 lbs and have decided to take to another level and try to train for a marathon. I will update you on that one!
So what does this have to do with Stockpiling you may ask? Well, I had to purge my stockpile. I when through my stockpile and donated/or gave to a friend the following:
- 5 boxes of brownies
- 6 bags of cookie mix
- 4 cake or brownie frosting
- 2 Honey Mustard dipping sauces
- 2 boxes of Pop Tarts
- 4 cake mixes
- 2 boxes of Cookie Crisp (My favorite! I could not keep it for the kids because I can not resist it!)
- 6 boxes of Movie Theater Heavy Butter Pop Corn
I could not keep this stuff if I wanted to hang with all of you participating in the Weight Loss Challenge. So now I have a challenge for you! How can you purge your stockpile to benefit your weight loss?
If you are not participating in the Weight Loss Challenge you can purge your stockpile for charity! Visit your local food bank, homeless shelter, or other non profit association. Most of the things I gave away did not cost me much, if anything at all! To better my life I had to get rid of it. In the future, when I am stronger in my weight loss and diet, I will purchase those things for donations again. Right now, I am just taking care of me.
Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional and I am not providing medical advise. Always consult with a medical professional before you change your diet or implement a weight loss strategy.
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Shelley is a boy mom, marine wife, and is blessed with an amazing family. She loves sharing recipes, travel reviews and tips that focus on helping busy families make memories.