Do you ever feel like you need a reset? Maybe for a day, a week, or even a month? I could use a redo of July, but I’m content with where I’m headed now so it all works out in the end.
A little background information: One night in the middle of June, I went to bed with a mild sore throat and woke up two hours later barely able to swallow. The pain was horrible. I knew instantly that something was wrong beyond just a basic sore throat. I gargled salt water, found some Chloraseptic spray and counted down the hours until the local urgent care center opened.
The nurse went to run my strep test but the doctor came in, took one glance at my throat and told me he knew. He likened my throat to ground hamburger and sure enough, the test came back positive. For the first time, I had strep throat. I was immediately prescribed some pain medications as well as penicillin. The next eight days passed by in a blur, but I woke up on day nine covered (and I do mean covered!) in hives. Yup, I was allergic to penicillin. I was put on steroids and immediately fell into a restless, sleepless pattern that continued the duration of the regimen. If you’re keeping track, this is now an over two week ordeal that has brought us into July.
I have to say that now that July is officially over, I can look back and realize that even after all the medications were done, my body was still being put through the ringer. Long story short, I gained over seven pounds during the month of July and I am starting August fairly disappointed. It wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t overweight to begin with, but these added pounds have really taken their toll on me.
This brings me to my plan for August. On Monday, August 4th, I started a BeachBody PiYo challenge. I am using this as a kick off and a way to get back on track to my weight goals. You already know my history with my weight (read here) so all you need to know now is that I will be blogging this entire challenge. I will be giving weekly updates throughout the month of August. To give me time to reflect and compose my thoughts, I will be publishing these updates every Wednesday. I look forward to sharing my journey and am hopeful for success. You are my encouragement and my accountability, so here goes nothing!