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Slow Down Crazy!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I am at the gym today, and decide to give the recumbent bike a whirl. I like using it. I use the "Weight Loss Interval" program. The program it's self is about 30 mins, but I made it 15 because I kept getting infuriated by it. The stupid heart rate reader that is on the bike is VERY inaccurate, so it kept reading my rate at like... 200? In turn because the machine thought my heart rate was so high, it would cut off the resistance on the bike. My heart rate was about 121 according to my HRM. I was sooo annoyed! I finally gave up after 15 mins and headed to the elliptical.

I bought the most awesome heart rate monitor yesterday. It is a Polar FT4. It is a chest strap model and it is great. I was so excited to use it today. I even went to the gym on my "off day" just so I could play with it. I also found out that Sparkpeople was grossly overestimating the calories I was burning, and my actual burn was closer to the reading on the machine.

I am joining Weight Watchers tomorrow, so I am pretty excited about that. My mom is going to join with me, so hopefully we will be able to motivate each other to lose weight. I think the Weight Watchers structure will do me some good. I wish I was able to meet with my Spark friends once a week. *sigh*

I am off to shower.



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I am hungry. I just had a snack, but it really didn't do it for me. It is only 8:30pm, so I don't want to eat dinner just now. I try to wait until midnight to eat since I work until 5:00am. Then I usually go to the gym on my way home from work. If I eat now, I will be super hungry later.

I have made the decision that I am joining Weight Watchers on Monday. I think it will do me some good. I know you can do Spark for free, but I really need that accountability that Weight Watchers offers. I know that every week when I go in to weigh, I am not the only person that is going to see those scales. I also think having face-to-face interaction would be nice too. I like the support that Spark offers. I like the blogs, and the message boards and my spark friends, I just wish we all lived close and could meet face to face sometimes.

I got my blood work back from the doctor. Everything was perfect except for my white blood cell count and my vitamin D levels. My white blood cell count is way to high. The problem is, they don't know what is making it high. They did further testing and can really find no reason why. They did a Lupus profile and it came back ok. They are checking me for arthritis, but that all seems to be ok too. I don't have a bladder infection, or any other infection that I know of. It is a little weird. I hope they figure it out though, because my insurance doesn't cover the blood work because I haven't met my deductible of $1500.

I did do a little research and I have found that low vitamin D levels can hinder weight loss. I don't know how factual that is, but maybe once I get this fixed, I will see some progress. My doctor gave me a pill that I am supposed to take once a week and contains 50,000 units of vitamin D. I can't really tell if it does anything or not.

My pants are fitting me loose today, but I am afraid to get on the scale. I don't want to get on and be disappointed. So, I think I will just be happy with my pants fitting loose.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/18/2011 10:18AM

    Any more news on your high white blood cell count?

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-POOKIE- 4/14/2011 2:46AM

    Id be happy with the clothes fit if things are worrying, just be happy at that!

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I am not fat because I don't eat...

Thursday, April 07, 2011

my eating used to be horrible. It was nothing for me to skip breakfast, skip lunch, then eat 2 double cheeseburgers, fries and a milkshake for dinner. Then I would eat through a bag of chips, or sometimes a package or oreos as a snack. I drank regular soda (Mt Dew) like you are supposed to drink water. It was nothing for me to drink a 2 liter of it a day.

I didn't bother packing "lunch" (which was technically dinner due to my work schedule) for work but rather ate out at McDonald's, Burger King, OIP (mom and pop pizza shop with AWESOME cheese-steaks, pizza, salads), Best Way Pizza, Subway (not the low fat subs either + don't forget the chips and cookies)

Must haves for me at the grocery store were always Doritios, Oreos, frozen pizza rolls, Lucky Charms, and whatever else looked good in the frozen section.

My exercise consisted of... nothing. I didn't really do anything unless you count hanging out with my friends at a bonfire drinking a case of beer and smoking joints all night.

I chain smoked. It was nothing for me to smoke 2 packs a day. I drank a lot. In fact every night when I got home from work I would finish the night off with a large glass of Jack Daniels and Coke. I smoked a lot of pot too. I am not ashamed to admit it. That is why I always had to have Oreos and Dorritos around.

At some point, I am not sure when or why I decided to do this, but I quit smoking. After I quit smoking, I decided that it was time to get healthy. I started paying closer attention to what I was eating. I stopped drinking regular soda (except for every other Saturday morning on the way to work I have a Mt Dew) I gave up my Hi-C juice, I gave up the McDonald's and Burger King Drive Thrus, when I do order OIP I get a grilled chicken salad and skip the bread, I get the 6 grams of fat or less subs at Subway and skip the cookies and chips.

I started walking and then joined a gym.

I might not be perfect, and yeah, there are days i don't go to the gym and there are days where I might have pizza or a cheese-steak, and even the very occasional cheeseburger, but it isn't every day like it used to be.

So maybe someone can explain to me why I now weigh 30 pounds MORE than I did before I started my new healthy lifestyle. Maybe someone can explain to me WHY I KILL myself at the gym and nothing happens.


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MKPRINCESS007 4/18/2011 3:24PM

    Hey there..........happened upon your aren't alone. Seriously, our bodies find a "new" level and seek to stay there. My husband is a letter carrier. When he began he lost 15 pounds easy (walks 12 miles a day) but what has happened over time is that is body "expects" that level of activity. So, now he has gained that back, plus some.

Not discouraging your healthy ways now, they are AWESOME, but our bodies are kind of tricky. that whole idea of burning more than you are eating is not really the case. For some, it can be alot more daunting.

I would suggest maybe a thyroid test, to rule that out. And as SNOWGLOBE mentioned, writing everything down is KEY. I am not good at it, and I am struggling big time right now.

wishing you the best!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/18/2011 10:15AM

    I peeked and noticed you're not using your nutritional tracker. It is my most important aid.
My first attempt on SP for weight loss, I didn't, but, this second go around I have been and without incorporating exercise I've been losing steadily 1lb/week. Maybe you're doing it Old School with pencil and paper though...I did that when I didn't have SP readily available.
I first logged what I ate (what I though was fine). I discovered my portion perception was distorted and I have been working at it bit bit to get it in the range I needed.
I'm going to be slowly woring up the exercise which gives me higher calories (yay) so, I'll have to adjust it again, but, it works very well.

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    I'd like an answer too. Maybe our attitude? IDK. I work harder than I ever did, had many of the habits you had including the doritos and pizza place issues, drinking and smoking and now I can't seem to lose anything much in a week. I work out 90 minutes a day and eat impeccably. Just wanted to say you're not alone.

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Because he is cute

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

More pics of my cat Leroy

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/18/2011 10:08AM

    Is he a Maine Coon? I love his patterns!!

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-POOKIE- 4/7/2011 5:19AM

    Love his spotty belly!

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The wonderful world of medicine

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I finally went to the doctor about not losing weight. I explained to her what I did, what I ate and all of that jazz. I brought her things from my personal trainer, showed her my food diary, my workout journal... her response? "I am not giving you diet pills"

Thanks Doc. I really appreciate that. Not only because I am pretty sure that years of you people shoving those at me has effected my ability to lose weight, but also because it shows me that you really paid attention to what I was talking to you about. I guess when i suggested that blood work would be a good idea, you were thinking about your lunch. I was there right about noon time.

The doctors other solution? Add a 1/2 hour of cardio to my hour that I already do, and don't eat anymore than 1000 to 1200 calories a day. If I didn't know better I think she was encouraging me to be anorexic. I almost asked if i should throw up after every meal too.

I have to say, I was REALLY disappointed in my doctor. Usually she listens to me, and helps me. This time around however, she was useless. I would think she would be proud of me and encouraging to me for trying to get fit and eat right. I mean, usually doctors will be the first people to tell you that you are fat (or obese if you want to play nice) but they won't do diddly poo to help or even offer any advice or give a referral somewhere that may help.

SO, I got my blood work, (had to lay down since i usually pass out) and everything was good except my white blood cell count and my vitamin D levels. I am not really sure about the white blood cell thing. I had to get more blood work done (which meant another trip to the doctor, more blood taken, which makes me feel all weird and sick) and I get those results back on Thursday. I did some research on Vitamin D levels, and apparently low levels can hinder weight loss efforts, however I am not getting my hopes up on that either. I got a prescription that I am to take once a week to help me with this.

I have been still hitting the gym, though not as frequently as I should. I don't really know what to say about that. I am averaging 2-3 times a week, when it should be 5. I don't know, I guess I am just frustrated and all of the effort I have put in has given me no results no matter what I do. It seems like I shouldn't even bother with this anymore and should just accept the fact I am fat and nothing is changing that. I also considered weight loss surgery, but i am not sure how my insurance works with that.

I think that is all for now

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NOMOMOO 4/6/2011 11:01PM

    Don't give up on yourself!

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SALINAMATHER 4/6/2011 6:57PM

    I agree with Ladyrk, don't lower your calories to 1000-1200, thats just too low.
What is your calorie intake currently?
Whenever I hit a plateau, I change the workouts that I'm doing and I pay close attention to my diet. I've found that most of the time I wasn't eating enough and once I added a couple more hundred calories in, the weight started coming back off again.
I was strength training pretty heavily for awhile but a couple of months ago I switched to running and physique 57 workouts and have noticed quicker results.
Another thought, are you getting enough sleep at night?
Lack of sleep will sabotage your weight loss efforts way quicker than you might think!

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LADYRK 4/6/2011 5:39PM

    Don't get discouraged. I suggest going to a different doc in the same practice maybe. That way your charts are still there and you get a diff prespective from a diff doc. Some doctors have no clue and no tact when it comes to weight loss and helping their patients with it. The best thing you could do is ask another doctor to refer you to a dietician (a registered one) that can help you out. As far as exercise Go with what you are doing currently... sounds like you do a lot as is. And 1000-1200 calories per day would put your body in starvation mode and would do you no good and further hinder weight loss... you'd lose muscle. My opinion here, so take it as such, but I'd find another doc asap, yours sounds like no help whatsoever. Lots of luck!!!!!!

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