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Chest Pains - Not Holding Me Back

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hey all! I had to go doctor yesterday for these chest pains that I kept having, and were getting progressively worse.

1. The last time I had been to my general doc for a check-up, I was at 240 pounds, and weighed in at 169, so that was completely awesome! The doc was so proud of me, and happy to hear that I lost the weight the healthy way and am not taking weird pills or supplements.

2. They did an EKG, a chest XRay and examined my blood work, and everything is perfect. My blood pressure and pulse were perfect, so they aren't concerned about it being stress or anxiety related. There is nothing they can see wrong with my heart. They believe that either I am developing acid reflux problems or my valves to my heart are inflamed (which apparently can be caused by allergies, weather change, colds, etc.). I am on high dose Ibuprofen 3 times a day for the next 7 days to help with any inflammation, and if I experience any pain after that, I have to go back for an ultrasound of my heart, lungs, etc. It is really weird!

So far, I am feeling better today and haven't felt the pain as strong. I am not letting this hold me back from reaching my goals. The doctor said that I can still exercise, but to make sure to keep an eye on things. I won't be pushing my intensity as much as I would like, but I would rather be safe, than risk being completely sidelined. I am determined to reach my goal and continue to move toward the person that I aspire to be!

  
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BLUE42DOWN 4/12/2012 1:31PM

    What a relief it is not more serious. And BIG-TIME emoticon for that wonderful comparison on the doctor's scale! What fun to see that number have changed so much on his chart!

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 4/12/2012 11:19AM

    Oh no that sucks, I'm glad that the doctors said there's nothing wrong. Good idea lowering the intesity, like you said you don't want to hurt yourself. Could it be asthma? My chest would hurt and I had no idea what it was until one night it hurt so much I went to the ER and they diagnosed me with flippen asthma! I was surprised since I went to the doctor a few times complaining about chest pain and they didn't see it. Hope the pain goes away soon for you.
OH and wooHOOOO to your weigh in that had to be awesome when your doctor praised all of your hard work :)

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JESSICASGROOVE 4/12/2012 10:28AM

    Glad everything is okay and that you're feeling better!

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New Outside Bootcamp

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Well, I was driving my usual route home, and yesterday I notice a new sign on the corner of an intersection in my town with a website for info on womens' outdoor boot camps! I checked out the website and for $5 a class, I can go on MWF (there are some packages available for savings) at 5AM (which is when I normally work out) and it is literally 5 minutes from my house, if that. I am tempted to see how long the walk/jog would be to it, and do that there and back from the boot camp in the mornings if I end up liking it! I am super excited. I contacted the trainer to get more info and see how I sign up to try out a class.

I have been looking for a class that I could do that works in my schedule, and FINALLY I found something that is affordable and I am able to do! I REALLY hope that it works out so that I get to do something a little different, even if I only go once a week!

Hope that everyone is having a fabulous day so far!

  
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AMBERDAWN723 4/11/2012 11:44PM

    Sounds awesome!

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JESSICASGROOVE 4/11/2012 9:34PM

    Wow! Good for you! You're so motivated and ready to conquer those 5lbs :)

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BLUE42DOWN 4/11/2012 6:14PM

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I love when the universe seems to drop something perfect right in our lap! I hope you have a wonderful time.

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CHRISTY2BTHIN 4/11/2012 3:17PM

    Thanks, MOM2IAN! That was his 1 year photo (before we cut his hair)! He turns 2 in July, so I plan on going to get similar portraits done again. He's my sweet little boy!

I am super excited about getting to go to a group class. I have really wanted to but they never work out in my schedule until NOW!!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/11/2012 1:42PM

    That sounds awesome and very promising! I love to change-up the classes sometimes- works the muscles in different ways. emoticon emoticon

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 4/11/2012 12:25PM

    That sounds awesome :) :) It's good to try different things and spruce your workouts up. It really does help :)

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 4/11/2012 11:24AM

    How awesome is that?!
And girl....
Let me talk about that SUPER cute face smiling at me! OMG!
What a doll!! I love the tie and vest!!!
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5 More Pounds...For 100 Total Lost!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I am really thinking about the 100 pound mark! I only have 5 pounds to go!! I want that milestone so bad! It is just amazing to me to think of how far I have come. I have been at this for a total of 88 weeks, which gives me an average of just over a pound a week, which is HEALTHY weight loss. I have definitely had my ups and downs along the way, weeks where I have gained and weeks where I have lost more than a pound, but I am pleased to know that I am losing at a healthy weight.

I have really learned the importance of good health. I have been a professional yo-yo dieter most of my teenage/adult life. I have lost weight successfully before, but without much exercise and by cutting carbs and other food groups. (Not counting the fact that I am now a vegetarian the majority of the time, but that was a healthy change based on lots of reading I did on the subject. I still make sure to get my proteins and healthy fats from other sources.) I wasn't healthy at the end of the fad diets. I obviously gained all of the weight back, plus some! I have learned what it means to live a healthy lifestyle that involves healthy portions that include foods that I love, as well as exercise. I feel better than I have ever felt in my life, and finally have the self confidence that I always wanted. I still intend to lose a little more than the 100 pounds to get to my ultimate goal, but this is still an important milestone for me, and I will definitely be celebrating! (I think with getting my hair colored and changed up!)

I know that everyone says this, but I am going to go ahead and say it too....If I can do this, anyone can. I know people get tired of hearing that, but it is SO true. I was the girl in high school was in size 20 pants (at my heaviest less than two years ago, I was in a 26!!), I would eat 3 McDonald's burgers when out with friends, and detested the thought of exercise. I even cried the whole time once when my Mom made me go on hike (at age 16!!..LAME!!). Now I flipped the switch in my brain, and I love to get out and hike. I run, do intense cardio videos, do strength training, play tennis...just whatever I can it into my schedule and enjoy. I change up what I do a lot to keep my body guessing, and that works well for me.

I hope that everyone (no matter how much you desire to lose) sets a goal for themselves and flips that same switch in their brain to accept the lifestyle changes to achieve it. Every single pound loss along the way means something. I remember what each and every one of these 95 pounds felt like on my body, how they made my clothes look and how they made me feel about myself. I am so glad that I made the change, and continue to make changes.

You are worth it!!

  
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CHRISTY2BTHIN 4/11/2012 11:18AM

    Thanks to all for the kind words! Thanks for taking the time to read about my journey! I hope to report very soon that I have crossed over the 100 pound mark!

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PASKALINI 4/11/2012 4:32AM

    That is so ridiculously AWESOME and inspiring! thank you for sharing and reminding us that we can do it too!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/11/2012 1:32AM

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It's such an amazing difference to be LIVING healthy rather than DIEting. You have come a long way!

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KERRNEL 4/11/2012 12:33AM

    Very inspiring, keep at it!

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HSMOM2FOUR 4/10/2012 6:03PM

    Congrats on the 95!! That's amazing!!! Great job!!

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BOURBONIAN 4/10/2012 5:10PM

    Congrats, that's amazing!

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JMERLAU 4/10/2012 5:09PM

    Awesome work!

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CHRISTY2BTHIN 4/10/2012 4:09PM

    Thanks, all! I definitely feel amazing and really hope that I can inspire others to follow the same path and really enjoy living!

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 4/10/2012 3:34PM

    Amazing progress! You deserve to be proud of yourself!!!

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MISTYL37 4/10/2012 2:30PM

  Amazing. What a inspiration. Thank you.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 4/10/2012 2:20PM

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 4/10/2012 1:59PM

    :) congrats on all of your success you are worth it! :)

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MMHELGESON5 4/10/2012 1:56PM

    Amazing! Great job.

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FIERCE_FABULOUS 4/10/2012 1:55PM

    WOW! even 95lbs is absolutely amazing! it is so crazy how we use fad diets to lose the weight fast and end up gaining it all back plus more. it is always the smart choice to do it the old fashioned way and feed your body good healthy foods and it will be good in return. congratulations to you. you are such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NYMORNINGGLORY 4/10/2012 1:54PM

    Great job --- keep us posted! 5 more pounds til 100 is amazing .... as is the 95 you've already lost!!!!! You rock! emoticon

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I Survived The Buffet(s)!!!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Hey all! I am feeling super energized and wonderful on this Monday morning. I just completed a 30 minute Biggest Loser workout (which was NOT easy), and will get in probably about 1.5 miles at work today, with some toning tonight.

My big news is that I survived BOTH buffets with the family yesterday. Fortunately at the first one there was grilled corn on the cob and grilled cabbage. That is almost like candy to me, so that helped me stay away from the casseroles and desserts. I am a "flexitarian" working on becoming full vegetarian (I haven't had meat in almost a week I think) so I avoided any dishes that had meat in them, so that helped. There were a lot of dessert options, but I just had a little serving of an ice cream sandwich cake that someone brought, then had NO dessert at the dinner buffet.

I really think that my reason for success this time was my mental game. I am so dedicated to getting to my goal, that the food wasn't even that tempting. I had done some mental rehearsing beforehand and reminded myself that it is just food. It will always be there, and that if I want something, I can have a couple bites but don't need to eat a whole plateful. Knowing when to stop and walk away has always been my trouble, since I am binge eater who doesn't necessarily eat because I am hungry.

I can honestly say that I just sampled things that I wanted yesterday with a couple bite here and there, then loaded up with veggies and I was perfectly fine. I didn't need anything else. (It did also help that my son was all over the place and kept me running after him all day, too!!)

I feel great and really proud of myself for making it through a holiday and not feeling like it was an excuse to overeat! (I didn't even have a Cadbury Creme Egg today!)

Now I just need to stay strong this week and work toward my mini-goal of 5 pounds!

  
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CHRISTY2BTHIN 4/9/2012 2:27PM

    Thanks guys! It was definitely a big achievement for me, and felt great to realize that the food doesn't control me!!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 4/9/2012 11:00AM

    Way to go! Buffets are always so hard for me. Great job staying on track!!!

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JESSICASGROOVE 4/9/2012 8:25AM

    Congrats! You did awesome, which I knew you would :) You're completely right too. Victory is that much sweeter knowing that you alone are the reason goals are being achieved. You'll defiinitely be making your 2lbs this week with the frame of mind you're in!

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KOMAILEY1 4/9/2012 7:32AM

    Just wanted to say congrats as well! I completely agree when you said this all a mental game, and it seems like you have your mind in the right spot! Don't stop trying! :)

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CHRISTY2BTHIN 4/9/2012 7:27AM

    Thanks!! I am working hard for a two-pound week this week!!

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DMF2012 4/9/2012 7:11AM

    Congrats! If you could stay that strong at both family buffets, you'll reach your goal for sure this week!

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Happy "Healthy" Easter!!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Hi all! Happy Easter to all of my wonderful Spark friends! I am taking a few minutes to check in after my 2.5 mile walk/run this morning. I am going to have a healthy breakfast in preparation for a family Easter lunch and dinner!

I definitely feel more motivated and stronger going into the holiday knowing that I have been active this weekend and that my shopping, housework and food prep is done for the week. I feel like I have definitely set myself up for success and have the right attitude going into today.

Today will definitely be a challenge for me. My in-laws are not as supportive of my weight loss efforts, and both meals will be with them at two different houses. I will have to listen to the comments about how I don't eat enough, how I am "getting too thin" (that is just laughable) and how I am "being ridiculous". I plan to bring my crochet project with me to help keep my hands busy while I am chit chatting with everyone, and just remember my goals when it comes to walking down the buffet tables!

I wish you all the best holiday and hope that today goes well for you, too! :)

  
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JESSICASGROOVE 4/8/2012 11:34AM

    Happy Easter! I know you'll kick the buffet tables' butts!

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AEROGIRL1594 4/8/2012 10:11AM

    Good Luck today I know you can meet your goals even with your family badgering you!
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