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Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

After getting results from my bloodwork during my last doctor's visit and also noticing that my blood pressure was consistently low (averaging 98/68 for the week of my doctor's visit), I asked my doctor about reducing or eliminating my blood pressure and cholesterol medication. My doctor agreed and took me off of the cholesterol meds (6 Jun 13) and I was weaned off of the BP meds (27 Jun 13). I'm finally independent of these two medicines!

That being said, I've experienced a sharp increase in weight even though I'm still doing the same thing diet-wise that helped me lose weight in the first place. I went from a low of 190 .0 lbs (30 May 13) to a high of 197.8 lbs (1 Jul 13). I was gaining weight hand over fist. My weight has now seemed to stabilize and I'm now inching my way back down again (196.4 lbs on 4 Jul 13).

I went on-line to see if a change in medication would contribute to a gain in weight. I found out that my BP meds had a diruetic component (HCT) to them and that some folks experienced weight gain after stopping the medication - with some folks gaining 5-10 or more pounds in a very short timeframe. The good news is that it seems that after your body adjusts to the absence of the diuretic, you can continue the weight loss - it was encouraging to see that folks experienced the same thing I am currently going through and that they actually lost the initial jump in weight and more.

I'm crossing my fingers that I've already reached the peak in weight am now starting to lose weight again. My BP is normal - this morning it was 113/79, and I think that it should go a bit lower after I lose a little more weight.


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AUNTIEANNE22 7/4/2013 11:01PM

  Your blood pressure probably shouldn't go much lower than it is. Low blood pressure can cause dizziness and disorientation. I can understand why weaning from a BP medication would cause weight gain. Good luck with getting back to where you were.

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WOUBBIE 7/4/2013 6:25PM

    OMG!!! How awesome is that news!!! I'm glad you thought to look into the side effects of discontinuing the meds and didn't totally panic at the weight gain.

These are partly for Independence Day (US) and partly for Independence Day (you)!!

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Steady Progress...

Friday, May 24, 2013

It's been two months since I last blogged and I have been making steady progress. I've lost about 6 lbs in the time frame and am inching toward my second goal of breaking the 180 mark to get out of the "obese" range and get into the "overweight" range (about 10 or so pounds to go). I haven't been really doing any exercise for over a month as I had sprained three toes on my left foot pretty good - I tried going back to exercising too early and hurt them even worse. Still doing Atkins and everything is going well. GLTA!

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AUNTIEANNE22 5/24/2013 2:18PM

  Good work! How did you sprain your toes? Were those dumbbells too heavy? (HaHa)

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WOUBBIE 5/24/2013 12:16PM

    Yay! Great to hear from you again!


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Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Well...after having a lingering cold and a stye in my eye, I'm finally pretty much well. It took about a week and a half to shake it.

I finally went back to Jiu Jutsu training today and it was a serious workout - I think I slightly sprained part of my left foot and have a blister (mat burn) about the size of a quarter on my right foot - not to mention the muscle aches.

My ukulele class is great - learning a lot - can't wait for the next class.

I'm still on track doing the Atkins' diet. My next target of 179lbs is in my sights - still far off, but still in my sights.

Still trying to keep myself motivated and on program - sort of hard right now - I wouldn't mind a chocolate, peanut butter-fillled Easter egg (or two) right now. Maybe I'll allow myself a little dark chocolate and some peanuts - not quite the same, but better than nothing!

Have a Happy Easter! And GLTA on losing weight!

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/31/2013 4:25PM

  One treat won't kill you. No one can live by protein alone. I have pretty much given up white foods, but I allow myself a treat once in a while. The weight is still going down

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WOUBBIE 3/31/2013 8:46AM

    Happy Easter!

Maybe you can find some sugar-free Turtles or something to stave off the longing!

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KACEYSW 3/31/2013 2:20AM

    Happy Easter to you, as well! emoticon

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Just call me Alice...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

'Cause I'm in ONEderland! Yesterday I clocked in at 199.8 and today I weighed in at 198.4. I'm declaring victory over the 200 lb mark (prior to my Monday weigh-in). Hooray!

This milestone comes durning the week I developed a stye in my eye (which is finally going away after five days) and an irritating cold (which is finally going away too after four days). I haven't really been able to exercise while I've been sick, so I was sort of surprised when I had a "whoosh" moment - especially when my Monday weigh-in showed that I gained two pounds from last week.

I've reached my first goal (which is to break the 200 lb mark). My next goal is to get out of the "obese" BMI range and get into the "overweight" range (that happens at 179 lbs).

Thanks everybody for the words of encouragement that you all posted on my blog last week.


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AUNTIEANNE22 3/24/2013 8:23PM

  Good job.

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WOUBBIE 3/24/2013 5:31PM


How exciting! Good going!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

I hope I am not entering another plateau...

I weigh every day and my weight has been seesawing between 202 and 204 for the past week and a half. The last plateau lasted well over three weeks. Ugh! And just before the 200 lb threshold.

Still on the Atkins program, but can only ride my bike one day a week to work (instead of three) because of a shift in work hours - hurts my calorie expenditure a little. Still doing Jiu Jutsu - starting to get interesting since now I've learned some things to efficiently execute instead of trying to muscle my way through training.

Started ukulele lessons - pretty fun. I'm one of three people in a group lesson.

Going to BBQ today - crossing my fingers for coming out unscathed.

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/17/2013 5:29PM

  You got off the last plateau. You cando it again.

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SKINNIKKI 3/17/2013 8:34AM

    Oh my! I just checked your teams

War Eagle! This year has to be better than last!

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SKINNIKKI 3/17/2013 8:31AM

    It will pass if you are in a stall. Have you heard of the Quickfire team? I guess I should have checked your page before I posted....Anyway, they are exercises you can do most anywhere, throughout the day in sets of 20 or 25 generally. I love them. I check every morning and tick my sets off during the day. They really help me with toning and exercising when I don't have time because I just break away from my desk for just a few minutes and get them done!

Hang in there!

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WOUBBIE 3/16/2013 11:29PM


Here's hoping you get a "whoosh" on the scale in a couple of days. Any other signs of progress?

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KAB7801 3/16/2013 8:11PM

    I hate that! It will pass!

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    Keep pushing through, you will make it with perseverance!

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DMEYER4 3/16/2013 7:54PM

  good luck with your plateau. It will change just don't give up emoticon emoticon

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