Friday, September 02, 2011
6 week body measurements
12.5 inches lost overall from my body total!
Lost 2 inches from my bra line area!
Lost .75 & .5 from my upper arms! Big problem area for me so I'm glad to see it gone.
Lost 2 inches from my WAIST!
Lost 2.5 from HIPS! I can really tell a difference here.
Lost .75 from Right Thigh and 1.75 from Left Thigh O_o. Weird. They were the same before, but I'll take it!
.5 is gone from each of my forearms, and .25 from my neck, which is another problem area so any loss is welcome.
I will doing my measurements monthly from now on, on the 1st of every month.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Last month was my first monthly review blog and was a little overly comprehensive, so I am changing that up, but I still wanted to recap the month for posterity purposes.
Total Fitness Minutes: 1,443
Total Exercise Calories Burned: 12,823
Actually Did Strength Training?: Yes!
Miles Tracked: 66.6 (93.8 total/year)
Exercise Days: 23 out of 31
Pounds Lost: 8 (7/28 through 8/30)
Nutrition Goals: I succeeded in that I didn't go below 1,100 calories or over 1600. I am still getting just my bare minimum of protein but I am working on some new recipes for fall to change that. I have not been super great about remembering my vitamin because I cannot take it with breakfast anymore. It conflicts with my thyroid medication and needs to be taken at least 4 hours later. I will get used to it. However, I have not missed a single day of the Thyroid pill since I got it.
Yeah... my fitness minutes were insane this month. (Last months total: 580) I don't know how that happened. I still only lost about the same amount as I think I did last month. I am certainly not going to try to duplicate this amount of exercise every month. I was trying to get at least 800 and somehow went way overboard. (Shoot for the moon, you end up in the stars! Or something like that)
I am still doing mostly Wii Walk It Out but I have started ACTUAL walking at the high school track next door and have been able to go a mile straight which is a pretty big deal. I would like to do more of this and less of the Wii game because I think walking in place is screwing up my knees (doing it an hour or so 4x a week.) I am almost finished with my Walk It Out Island, and I think after I finish it I am going to try to get back on the exercise bike and do that more often. I realize that's probably not super great for my knees either, but it will get my heart rate up higher and burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. At one point I had gotten to where I could do 40 minutes straight on the exercise bike (numb a$s and all) and would like to get back that stamina eventually. Plus the thing is just sitting around so I might as well get some use out of it even if it is kinda crappy.
Accomplishments and Other Goals for the month:
I have lost 15 lbs total!! and I doing new measurements (after 6 weeks) on September 1st. (Blog to follow)
Only read 4 books this month, which isn't so bad. I apparently was exercising too hard to stop and read. I already have a few good books checked out for next month.
I tried some new foods for the first time in a long time, DID NOT like mushrooms, don't know what I was thinking. I like mushrooms aesthetically, I think they're cute, but not for eating (for me at least). The poisonous mushrooms are the neatest looking anyway, so I don't need to eat them.
I also made some protein and fiber packed meal replacement bars with TOFU as an ingredient. I have never seen tofu up close much less smelled, felt, or tasted it. It was silken Tofu and was pretty much the consistency of gelatinous yogurt. Which means I probably for sure wouldn't touch the stuff if it wasn't incorporated into some sort of baked good. The bars turned out good. I really like them despite some obvious flaws. They don't really have a whole lot (or any really) flavor going on but the texture is great and they are just deep down satisfying. So that I consider a success. Actually they taste completely like bread crust, but totally edible. Not bread, just the crust. I am going to tweak the recipe some more and keep working on it, but I think these are going to be a definite addition to my meal repertoire. I will post more about them once I have the kinks worked out but if anyone is super interested this is the base recipe, I just made a few changes:
Alton Brown/ Good Eats Protein Bars
I have started making fruit my late snack when husband gets home from work instead of having a meal. Grapes and a banana or an apple.
I went to the Dr. and actually got diagnosed with this thyroid problem. I think I've documented it enough here, but I consider that in itself an accomplishment. My next appointment to recheck my bloodwork isn't until October.
We got Papa Murphy's Pizza (Delite instead of regular, but still) and I didn't eat a whole half of it myself in one meal or one day even. Now that is something. My husband and I have polished off a family size just ourselves over the course of an evening in the past.
My tomato plants weren't a complete loss for the Summer. Definitely not worth the money I spent on organic potting soil and whatnot though. One of them was runty and never really amounted to anything, it had the wrong tag on it when I bought it and ended up being some completely different variety once it tried to produce fruit. The other one is doing sort of ok. It grew a weird side branch and then started growing out instead of up which resulted in some creative tying to the stake. Hopefully the few tomatoes will come to size before it starts getting really cold at night.
Here is the tomato that took 40 days to grow full size and then completely refused to turn red on the vine just to spite me:
I am hoping to have 20 POUNDS GONE within the next couple of weeks.
I am going on a mini-vacation with my husband to stay with my his parents and his sister for a few days near Sun Valley, Idaho. I am going to bring some healthy meal options with me, and will not be allowing myself to splurge excessively, but tracking will not be an option and restaurants meals are a definite. We will be hiking and swimming, so I'm not too worried. My only real goal is to get immediately 'back on the wagon' so to speak, as soon as we get home.
Get out and do some outdoorsy stuff on the weekends before the onset of winter, when I will be pretty much stranded at home.
Get back on the exercise bike. Pick out 1 or 2 new Fall schedule TV shows to only watch while biking. I turn on close captioning and watch, otherwise I watch the clock the whole time and the whole thing is unbearable. My biking show used to be Murder She Wrote reruns, but I've seen them all (Yes I'm 25 and I've seen every single episode of MSW)
Keep walking the track at night and get up to a faster mile.
Strength exercises and kettlebell training more often per week.
Spend more time cooking, work on recipes, reduce sodium where possible.
Drop kick the pounds and keep going strong.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I know...I know, processed food is the devil. I have a limited "food-cabulary" as to what I can and will eat, so for the time being they are a necessary evil for me if I want a yummy snack. That being said, I do try to stay away from trans fats completely (they get snuck into just about everything) and try as hard as I can not to buy things that have high fructose corn syrup in the ingredients list when possible. I have started making my own tomato sauces, and even figured out how to make my own crackers over the last few years just to get away from HFCS, and all the unnecessary sugar and crap that food manufacturers load these things with. But nobody is perfect, sometimes I just want a junk food type snack that I can fit into my calories for the day, and feel like I haven't been deprived of anything. Some choices are better than others. Here are a few new things I have tried out recently.
Kettle Brand BAKED Potato Chips - Salt and Fresh ground Pepper (made in Oregon!)
serving: 1 oz (~20 chips) 120 cal 2 g fiber 3 g protein 3 g fat
These are made of REAL potato slices as opposed to some Frankenstein's monster concoction of potato mush that has been dehydrated to look like chips. Don't get me wrong, I love baked Lay's products, but it's the truth. Kettle chips krinkle cut Salt & Black Pepper flavor are my all time favorite chips, so I was stoked to find these. The ingredients list for these is pristine, just potatoes, oil, and spices, but differs a little from before mentioned S&P krinkle chips. These chips were spicier than hell! The culprit: Jalapeno powder! They have really low fat for a potato chip, and pack 12% daily value of potassium. They were really fabulous despite burning my mouth to the core of my soul, and super satisfyingly crunchy. I would probably choose a different flavor next time, but would definitely recommend these.
Who Nu? Nutrition Rich Cookies - Chocolate (oreo style)
serving: 3 cookies 160 cal 3 g fiber 1 g protein 7g fat
added calcium, vitamin C, E, A and lots of other stuff.
I bought these because I had a really good coupon, and wanted something satisying to sneak into the last Harry Potter movie. I liked the added fiber, but wish they had upped protein too. These are really sweet, definitely comparable to an oreo in flavor, at least from what I remember (don't think I've had oreos in years). They give you about a multivitamins worth of nutrition in one serving, but the ingredients list leaves a lot to be desired. I'm not sure what the verdict is on palm oil these days, but these contain partially hydrogenated cottonseed and coconut oil which = trans fat, not to mention cottonseed oil is supposedly one of the worst ones out there, since cotton isn't even really a food. I still have about 2/3 of the box in my cupboard of these cookies, and may or may not finish them, but I surely will not be buying them again. A regular oreo has HFCS, but no hydrogenated oils, and the same calories and fat without the fiber added. So these cookies are tasty, but not worth it in the long run.
Fiber One Brownies - Chocolate Fudge
90 cal 5 g fiber 1 g protein 3 g fat
These are heavenly! Soft and the icing stuff on top is fabulous and oh oh, there's chocolate chips! I'm not a big fan of Fiber One granola bars because I find them way way too sweet. I have bought them occasionally to take on trips when I knew I wouldn't be eating my normal way and would need the fiber boost. These brownies are waaay better than the granola bars. They have a rich chocolate flavor and are very satisfying instead of sickly sweet. There is also a peanut butter flavor which i have not been able to find in stores, but i will keep looking because that sounds amazing. Again bought because I had a coupon, but I managed to find a bunch more coupons and will continue buying these for sure.
Again, I wish that when they added fiber to things, that they thought about adding protein as well. These are not worth it as an everyday snack for me because of the lacking protein, but I try to fit them into my calories for the day at least a couple of times a week because they are so darn good. The ingredients list is pretty good, no red flags really except for 'natural flavor' which always makes me wonder a little.
Nature Valley Granola Thins - Peanut Butter
90 calories less than 1 g fiber 1 g protein 4.5 g fat
I had wanted to try these for a while, and finally got a coupon for them. They are really good, but nutritionally just not worth it. Because of that I have so far only had 1 out of the box of 10. I strive to at least meet my minimum of protein everyday and try to get quite a bit of fiber, so these are kind of a waste of calories for me. And pretty high in fat for such a small portion. The ingredients list was pretty good except I am unsure about High Maltose Corn syrup, which I had not come across before. There is also a chocolate flavor that has only 80 calories, but I am not sure I will buy these again, if I ever happen to actually finish the box.
I am generally more of a salt-tooth (if there is such a thing) than a sweet tooth, but it is nice to have a couple snacky type things on hand if i do want something sweet and fruit won't cut it. I have pretty good willpower when it comes to having "junk" type foods like these in the house, and only am really able to fit one serving of something like these into my calories per week. If you have a hard time resisting eating too much of things like these if they are in the house, I would say just don't buy them. I am working on figuring a way to make my own high protein bar or maybe granola bars. Ideally I would like to be able to afford to eat considerably less processed foods, and even choose more organic options, but for the time being I will keep looking for coupons, trying out making things on my own, and stay smart about reading ingredients.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Back in April of this year, my husband and I went in for a free health screening at his work. All they did was have us fill out some forms, and then draw blood to do full tests on. My husband has had this done at previous employers before, but in order to get a discount on our insurance for the year, I had to have the test done too.
The blood test results came in a thick packet with a health scoring system that said I was in a good to Ok range for most things, what I am at risk for and all that kinda stuff. I actually ended up just slightly healthier than my husband which was surprising considering he is generally healthier than me and is within a normal weight range.
My test results came back better than I had thought, and I know some of the things that weren't great will improve as I lose weight. I was surprised our results came back as good as they did also because my husband's birthday was a week or so before we had them done. We had a party and friends in from out of town spent a good chunk of time eating crap and drinking...like ya do...
Anyway, the one thing that was a little strange was my thyroid test result. My TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) was at the high end of the spectrum which meant I had a good chance of being hypothyroid. This means my thyroid is functioning, slower or lower than normal. The thyroid regulates your metabolism and your body temperature. Having a thyroid that is not functioning or functioning lower than it should causes your metabolism to slow down and can cause larger problems, like heart palpitations and goiters later on if left untreated.
If I hadn't had this screening I would probably never have noticed a problem until/unless my symptoms became much worse.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
*Feeling fatigued, sluggish, lethargic
*Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
*Dry, coarse, or brittle hair and nails
*Dry, rough, or pale skin
*Cold intolerance or frequent cold feeling
*Pains or aches in joints, hands, and feet
*Irregular menstrual cycle, longer, heavy, or abnormal periods
Severe menstrual cramps
Difficulty becoming pregnant
*Moods changing frequently, or melancholy
*Low libido, reduced sex drive
Snoring more often than usual
Shortness of breath, need to yawn to get oxygen
*Difficulty concentrating, memory problems
*Dry, gritty feeling eyes, or light sensitive
*Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
(* = my symptoms)
I have experienced at least 14 of the 21 symptoms I just listed. Some more prevalent than others. I hadn't really considered if there was anything wrong with me, just that I was out of shape and had no energy because of it. When I got the test results and started doing some research it kind of made sense. Except I don't experience all of the symptoms all of the time, or with the same severity as some other people who have this do. So I was pretty uncertain.
Many of these symptoms are really subjective and it seems like they could have nothing or everything to do with my thyroid. Who hasn't had ringing in their ears every once in a while? TMI fair warning: I have ALWAYS had heavier longer periods, with or without birth control pills. I don't do 'light' days and they almost always last at least a week. I have other reasons than this to have issues with depression and can't really rely on that for verification here either.
I knew I needed to get in to a Dr. and have this tested to find out whether I really had it or not, but I wanted to wait a couple of weeks to kind of get a feel for my symptoms and see whether I really had it or not.
One of the symptoms is being cold a lot, which has made most of this Summer pretty comfortable for me, I will admit. I haven't even had to run the fan, much less the air conditioning most days. But I was not looking forward to Autumn and Winter spent being way colder than normal!
We do have insurance, but hadn't actually picked out or been to a Dr. here. The last time I had been to a Dr. in Oregon was 2009 (I know because I wrote a sparkblog about it back then) That was not a great experience, for a few reasons. I am not technically afraid of doctors. I just don't like the whole thing. I don't think anybody really does.
The last time I went to a Dr. was because I had had a very very unwelcome surprise in the form of...Kidney stones! Definitely the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. ER doc said the pain was comparable to or worse than childbirth. When the pain subsided from that experience, I was giddy, I was completely high on not feeling pain. That is how bad the pain was. I thank my lucky stars I have not had any re-occurrence of them.
So anyway, I finally picked a Dr. and made the appointment and all that, and it was today. I went in thinking I would have further blood tests done to verify the results I had gotten before, but apparently that is not how it is done. I wanted the tests to make sure I had this, I didn't want to be just handed a prescription. I did all this research and found out what tests should be done only to be talked out of it. The physician's assistant (after all that hassle I didn't even see the Dr.) was very very nice and explained everything to me and answered all my questions. So I have a prescription to pick up tomorrow for levothyroxine, and an appointment in 6 weeks to check and see how the medication is working. And the icing on the cake? I get to have my (supposed-to-be) annual hoo-ha exam too! I say supposed to be, because I don't think I have had one since like...2006? Not having a planned parenthood in Idaho sucks.
This isn't something that goes away. Other than BC pills and I guess multivitamins, I have never had any kind of medication that I needed everyday. No prescriptions to refill, no serious health issues. That is kind of a big deal for me. I will have to remember to take medication, and I will have to keep taking it probably for the rest of my life.
The very nice PA I had for my appointment explained that my TSH result (4.99) was on the high end but she had actually seen higher (like 15-25) which would account for my symptoms not being as severe, and spotty at best. In my mind it also probably means I haven't had this for a very long time, which is probably good.
Just had to get this out since I'm in blog mode anyway:
My mom's response to finding out I might have this health problem (copied directly):
me: I might have hypothyroidism
Mom: oh really? Damn! Why can't I have that!
Me: Why would you want it??
Mom: It causes being overweight
Mom: Had it checked many times...always normal.
Mom: What other tests did they run?
I had waited until mid-July to even tell her it might be an issue because I knew not to expect any kind of concerned or supportive type reaction. But really?? Really?? Great...thanks Mom. I did find out that apparently my maternal grandma had it too so that may be some evidence as to how I ended up with this. Bleh.
If anyone has any idea how a person becomes hypothyroid I would really love to hear about it. I would like to learn all I can about it. Hopefully this medicine will light a fire under my metabolism so I can start losing weight more effectively, and be relieved of these crazy symptoms.
This is a cartoon of apparently, a thyroid gland.
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