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The Scale Is Not The Only Measure Of Success

Thursday, January 19, 2012

For the past two weeks, I've had a gain on the scale - much to my duress. I know that I've gone off one medication that speeds up my metabolism and, being hypothyroid, has caused my thyroid to tank. However, I've been doing an obscene amount of exercise and I felt that should off set it. So why wasn't it showing up on the scale? I mentioned my concern (obsession?) about this to my doctor. He said that the first thing he noticed about me when he walked in the examining room door, was the change in my body composition. I was shocked! He didn't seem at all concerned about my weight gain because he tells me that it's due to increased muscle. He advised me to continue to watch my diet and continue with my exercise routine. My blood work numbers were great too, so it must be working. But still...in the back of my mind, part of me felt like a failure. I had to find another measure of my success. So, I decided to get out a tape measure and measure my waist and hips. Surprise! I lost 2 inches from my waist and 2 inches from my hips! It just goes to show that the scale is not the only measure of success. Obsessing over the number on the scale can be depressing and can bring me down. So the next time the scale doesn't move, I will seek other ways to measure my progress!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 1/20/2012 7:49PM

    You go girl!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/20/2012 11:24AM

    So true!! Congrats on all the fat you have lost and the numbers on that tape measure. Way to go!! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 1/19/2012 10:20PM

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/19/2012 9:27PM

    Good on you! You and your doc are absolutely right. As you work out more (especially with strength training), your body shape-shifts into a leaner you, with more muscle definition on a shrinking frame.....but the scale stays the same or even goes up in number.

But man those clothes fit a whole lot different!

Congrats!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 1/19/2012 9:14PM

    I love my measuring tape. People are shocked when I tell them the lbs I have lost. However, when I tell them total inches....they normally stand there with their mouths open.


WAY TO GO!!!

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Finally Finished With Physical Therapy

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

After 3 months, I finally finished physical therapy! Today was my last session. My therapist said he was very impressed with my progress and it showed how hard I've been working! I've exceeded all expectations on every level. Today, my grip strength was 75, which is in the excellent range. Before my surgery I had no grip at all. In fact, my neurosurgeon told me that I was in danger of being paralyzed from the neck down. When I first started physical therapy seven weeks after my surgery, my nerves had already repaired to point where I had a grip of 65. A grip of 65 is in the good range. My therapist initially told me that my healing rate was amazing in order for me to have a grip of 65 before actually starting physical therapy. Now he is astounded that I have so much muscle development after only one month of exercise at the gym and pool! We are both pleased that I'm now off both of my nerve medications and so far I've only had one slight headache! That is a far cry from the migraine that I had for 3 years without let up! ( It was a 24 - 7 - 365 migraine that had my doctors worried enough to do an MRI of my brain since it lasted so long) I'm finding that along with my recovery, my moods are better, my pain level is manageable and I'm smiling more. I also found that cutting back some of my responsibilities and giving my attention to my own healing, reduced my stress and actually helped my healing process. In retrospect, I wish I had done it sooner. Putting yourself at the top of your list is vital to your own overall health. Hubby says I'm his walking miracle and I sure do feel like it!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 1/19/2012 11:49AM

    BIG CONGRATS on all your progress. You are to be commended for your hard work. So glad it is paying off with better health. That grip sounds great. Take care. Hope to see you at the Y after Gwen and I both shake our colds. -Marsha

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TBRANCH2 1/18/2012 10:21PM

    Great news! Good for YOU!! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 1/18/2012 10:05PM

    It was a pleasure to read this. Prayers are answered.

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Celebrate Good Times!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today is hubby and my 19th wedding anniversary. Although we have a lot of stress because hubby's father is dying, we will be taking the time today to celebrate our good times together. So to hubby, I raise my glass, I am so lucky to have you in my life! Here's to another 19 years together!

  
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WILD4STARS 1/18/2012 4:51AM

    Hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

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DONNABRIGHT 1/16/2012 4:09PM

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When You're Happy and Busy, Time Flies

Sunday, January 15, 2012

For the past week, I've been exercising and having a blast making new friends at the gym. I tried Pilates for the first time and found some muscles that need more work. Our family has gotten together several times for meals and many laughs. The week has gone by quickly because of all of the happy activity. Although my father in law is quite ill with a terminal disease, we have managed. Our lives are full and busy.

I also had a doctor's appointment late Thursday afternoon. My doctor was thrilled with the results of my blood work. My diet plan and exercise are paying off, big time! This was great news. If the numbers have improved that much in just one month of working out, I project that they will be even better if I continue with my overall plan. It does seem like only yesterday, December 8, that my neurosurgeon said that I could go back to doing exercise - especially in the water. When you're happy and busy, time flies!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 1/16/2012 9:07AM

    You are really rocking with health and fitness!

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Hot Water Aerobics

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Today the water in the pool was bathtub warm. Most likely around 90 degrees. I'd heard of hot yoga but never hot water aerobics! Although technically we did "hot" water aerobics in the therapy pool yesterday. I think the management was worried about people getting sick yesterday and set the temperature up at night just in case the heater cut off again. Well it didn't. I got into the water wearing my long sleeved winter water top. I fared okay for the first session of water aerobics but as I headed to the deep water class, I had to take it off. I was really afraid of over heating. One thing I will say in favor of "hot" water aerobics and that is that my muscles were much more limber. I think I can adapt to just about anything but cold. I got in a great workout and that's all that matters!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 1/11/2012 5:36PM

    Good for you for adapting to what was available! Glad you got your good workout. -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 1/11/2012 9:43AM

    It does sound nice to do but I would imagine it would get too warm after awhile. Great job on all the exercise.

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LINTPICKER 1/10/2012 9:13PM

    a hot pool sounds great to me! I wish I had a place to go hot water exercising, my bathtub is just too small emoticon

sounds like a lot of fun!

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