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Found it! Fresh Motivation for 2021

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

I was beginning to think I was never going to feel motivated to lose more weight. These past few months, I felt content to drift along with what I lost in the first 6 months of 2020. But the 32-lb loss I was so proud of has steadily eroded...adding a pound here, two pounds there. Happy to say I'm still 23 pounds lighter than at Christmas 2019. But I'm getting into the danger zone. It's good timing for fresh motivation!

What changed? Worsening hip joint pain, for one thing. It's a daily problem. I lined up new health insurance for 2021 and scheduled a doctor's appointment (by Zoom) in early January. Hope new x-rays and an MRI will pin down the cause this time, and lead to treatment. Not even a 30-lb weight loss will fix the problem, but carrying less weight would alleviate some pressure.

Another reason is that I'd like to be able to do more outdoorsy activities with my boo. He's incredibly patient and understanding of my limitations. He also hates seeing me in pain, and encouraged me to get new diagnostics. It's just the kind of boost I needed. We all need a little support sometimes!

The third reason is just that as I watch my father and others age and struggle with health issues, it makes me want to be healthier. Diabetes is common on both sides of my family, and I know excess belly fat puts me at higher risk, especially being over 50. Fortunately, I've avoided COVID-19 so far, but it'll probably be at least 4 months before I can get the vaccine. Losing weight *might* lower my risk of complications if I do contract it.

I also want to feel and look good. I want more energy! And my size 12 jeans feel too snug for comfort lately.

So this is my fresh start heading into 2021. I'm following a slightly modified version of the Mediterranean-style Sonoma Diet for 10 days, just allowing myself more non-fat dairy. I'm combining it with a few days per week of 16:8 fasting, where I eat during an 8- or 9-hour window and don't eat the remaining 15 or 16 hours.

And I'll be taking a little break for New Year's Eve, to sip some champagne at least. After a tragic year, I'll celebrate the good and hope things getting better for us all.
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    SLIMMERJESSE, it's originally a running injury from late 2006. I had x-rays and an MRI at the time. They showed nothing broken or torn, but a lot of edema in the hip joint. I am fairly certain I've had a labral tear all along and it was just missed. All the symptoms point that way.

    Unfortunately, I went years with little to no health insurance, so I managed to get along on my own. I had an extremely physically demanding job, even returned to running and swing dancing after many years. Always with a bit of a limp and varying degrees of pain and discomfort.

    I tested negative for rheumatoid arthritis maybe 7 years ago, but now, there's so much tenderness in both hip joints, I think that's worth another look.

    Thanks for your interest! I'll post again when I know more.
    59 days ago
    Sometimes hip pain just comes from arthritis or overexertion.
    61 days ago
    I'm interested to see what they discover about your hip. How did the pain start? How long ago? My left hip is the side I sleep on and I suddenly got bursitis from that and over-exercising. I've done everything possible to heal, but it has been slow and difficult. Hope yours is easier.
    61 days ago
    Best wishes for a successful 2021!
    61 days ago
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