Tuesday, August 14, 2012
So, in all honesty, I have all but abandoned SP. Sure I log in *almost* every day and spin the wheel. I troll message boards and respond to some. I keep up with the Daily Spark blogs (usually). I read friends' blogs. But as far as tracking? I can't remember the last time I tracked food OR exercise on SP. Not that I haven't been tracking or exercising. In fact, I was doing REEEEAAAAALLY well up until July when we went away for our ten year anniversary. Speaking of which, I promised some people some pics, so here are some highlights:
My goal had been to be confident enough in a bikini for this trip. Goal met. :) Now for some some "nothing but fun pics."
Met some great new friends.
We even got to play with a photographer for an evening. Some of my favs:
The final full day in Jamaica was our actual anniversary. One way we celebrated was by renewing our vows. It was brief but beautiful. More beautiful than I could ever imagine. It was a perfect expression of where we are:
This is what I wrote for our vows:
With this ring, I thee wed
Ten years ago is what I said
I sang to you; your eyes were glistening
Your ears, your heart, your soul were listening
In giving my hand, I gave my life
To grow with you, to be your wife
I stand here now as I did then
Not to say remember when
Instead to say after all this time
I still am glad that you are mine
I reaffirm to my very core
To love and support you forevermore
Monday, January 02, 2012
2011 was a pretty good year overall. My life has improved. My weight has improved. I'm stronger, happier, and healthier. I can do 15 push-ups in a row. I completed my first 5K race (and another) and Ruckus. My goals for the year (according to my SP blog) were as follows:
PLANS FOR 2011
1) I will CONTINUE with therapy. It's the best thing to happen to me. I have decreased the frequency, but I'm definitely NOT ready to be "finished" yet.
I did continue for the first several months of 2011. I reached a point where my therapist and I agreed that I was "well enough" to make it on my own. I don't know if you ever "graduate" from therapy, but if so, that's what I did.
2) I will CONTINUE losing weight. I will get down where I want to be. Time to resume the weekly blog check-ins.
After some false starts, I did get from a high of 180lbs to 167.8 pounds (minus my TOM weeks). Still going strong, though.
So what's next? This is what I came up with for this year:
First and foremost, my bday present to myself: the half marathon the day after my birthday. Secondly, I want to improve on last year's Ruckus. I want to pull myself OVER those walls, dang it!
Next is P90X. I was always afraid that I wasn't "fit enough" to do the workouts, but thanks to FitClub, I have tried it and I like it! And I AM fit enough! I am going to "attempt" to mix it in with my half training, but if it's too much (which I know it may be), I will dumb it down a bit and really "bring it" after the race.
Next is FlyLady. I am an ok housekeeper. I can be "company ready" in about a day. But I want to be ready in 15 minutes! Enter FlyLady. I have tried to employ a few of her strategies already, and the hubby has noticed. Great feedback on little things = encouragement to keep going.
Mental health is next on my list. In addition to exercise, I find that if I miss a creative outlet for too long, I get down. Soooo, I created another blog: rhythmic-romance.blogspot.com/ in addition to my first blog: mom-in-faith.blogspot.com/ , and my goal is to write in both of them at least twice a week.
Finally - and most important - is my spiritual health. I want to read through the Bible chronologically to really get a feel for the whole story in the order it happened. I have gotten so much closer to my Savior this year, and I want to continue. I want to know His story as intimately as He knows mine.
So there you have it. Ambitious? Yes. Realistic? Yes. Here we go!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Today I went to my doctor for my yearly check-up. Since seeing him last year, I have lost exactly one pound according to his scale. How depressing. Anyways, my check-up was normal. He ordered blood work and then asked if I had any problems. I told him how disgusted I was that despite regular exercise, I wasn't losing weight. I told him I was having about 50% success with keeping my calories between 1200-1400 per day. He then ordered thyroid function tests and took out his prescription pad.
He ordered me a thirty day supply of adipex-p. I am to go back next month for another check-up. I am not not sure how I feel about this. Taking a pill seems like cheating, somehow. Then, of course, there is the fact that I am a nurse, and I am afraid of health repercussions. And there's this little bit of pride that thinks ~180lbs is no big deal (then why isn't it gone, yet, hmmm?). I shouldn't need a pill to take off 30 pounds.....On the flip side, the idea that I could break through whatever barriers I have and jumpstart my weight loss is extremely seductive. So I took to my drug guide and the trusty internet to do some research. Oh, and I took the first pill this afternoon (perfect timing because I am on night-turn).
From official websites to colloquial ones, the results are staggering. All but one person reported amazing losses. The one negative? That individual had only been using it for two weeks and had started exercising every day with weights and reported a two pound gain. It's possible she just built muscle.
As for side effects, they are just like those associated with large doses of caffeine. There is also a risk of addiction, and after taking the first pill, I can understand why. There are no jitters, no racing heartbeat, no upset stomach. I simply feel energized and focused, and yes, my appetite is suppressed. It's an amazing feeling.
Anyways, what do you think? Am I crazy for giving this a try? Has anyone had experience with this drug?
Oh, and no, I DID NOT ask for this. He offered it up without prompting. And, yes, I trust this doc more than any other PCP I have ever met.
Monday, October 03, 2011
It's the beginning of another month and therefore the beginning of a new challenge. This one is just to see who can make the most changes in one month. So here is my starting place:
Weight: 178.2 lbs
Waist (at belly button): 35.75 in
Hips at widest point: 44 in
Bust: 35 in
Bicep: 11.75 in
Thigh: 25.5 in
Calf: 16.5 in
Let's see how far we can go in a month!
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