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August Sucked

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Had the appointment with my endocrinologist after taking meds for a month, and my hormone levels are on the high side of normal. No more easy weight loss. I have been eating whatever I want as usual, and now that my thyroid isn't freaking out, I gained 12 pounds in August. Back to 286. I have got to eat right and exercise. Next thing I know, I'll be back at 335. Also found out that I have a knot on the left side of my thyroid, so great, I could have half taken out and the other half would work right without meds. Nope. I also have Graves Disease which causes the whole thyroid to be overactive, so the whole thing will have to come out, and I'll be taking meds for it the rest of my life. It is very unusual for someone to have knots and Graves. Leave it to me and my immune system though.
I also continue to have trouble with my digestive system. I saw a new GI doctor, and she thinks that I've had Irritable Bowel Disease all along, even when I had Ulcerative Colitis before my surgeries. Obviously, this would affect my small intestines that I have left. She put me on some anticramping meds, and I am considering going back on steroids. I am going to try to regulate my diet to see if that makes me better before going back on steroids.
So, here's to making September better. I am back to working 9 hour days which is too long for me when I don't feel good, but... I have a medical procedure on the 22nd. My husband has surgery on the 24th. It is going to be a stressful month, but hopefully I can quit all the gorging on Little Debbies. Maybe my next post will be a little more positive.

  
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SARALEIGHM 9/13/2010 10:08AM

    Don't get discouraged. Remember, you have friends here on Sparks who are rooting for you

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July

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I have not been on SP like I'd hoped. I have been working long hours, and I work on a computer all day. It is just impossible to make myself get on the computer at home. I have done ok in the month of July. I had very good days, and I have had really bad days. I am trying to make better choices. I lost 10 pounds during July. My goal is to lose 7 pounds this month.
I have gone to the endocrinologist, and I am now on medication for my thyroid. Hopefully, I will start to have more energy soon as the med regulates my thyroid hormone.

  
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REILLYGIRRRL 8/7/2010 1:45PM

  Wow, 10 pounds is great! Keep it up.

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SARALEIGHM 8/5/2010 3:35PM

    Way to go! Ten pounds is a lot of weight to lose. Regulating your thyroid will go a long way to having better control over your weight too.

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Accountability

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

So, check, I'm eating breakfast at home the past two days before work. I had peanut butter toast yesterday and cereal today. Yesterday, I had cherries for snack. I took vegetables and shrimp for lunch yesterday, and I had the chicken out of the Orange Chicken Lean Cuisine today. Dinner yesterday was a turkey, ham, bacon wrap. I only ate half. Today was baked Mahi Mahi with rice and whole grain bread. Now the bad. Yesterday, a coworker brought me chocolate cakes/brownies. I had three 2x2 squares. Then I had a large dipped ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. Today has been bad. I had two malted chocolate balls. I had two Little Debbie cupcakes, and I had a big chocolate chip cookie. I also had two cans of sweet pop. What is wrong with me that I gorge on these sweets? I really can't be this week, can I?
I was sick all day today from eating raw veggies and cherries yesterday. I cannot tolerate raw produce at all, I guess. Now veggies today or fruit. I had to work 10 to 8, so 10 hours of stress. I think I handle stress by eating sweets. I don't know. Right now, I must go to bed.

  
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BOOKWORM27S 7/2/2013 7:24AM

    Good luck in your weight loss journey!

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SARALEIGHM 6/30/2010 8:06AM

    Oh, I know how you feel! I haven't eaten raw veg for close to three years now and only apples, bananas, avocadoes, and the occasional peach for fruit. UC just doesn't like them. I snack on crackers and cheese, the reduced-fat varieties of both. And my downfalls are chips, chocolate, and cookies. So I never (make that only occasionally) buy chips and cookies. But I do keep bars of dark chocolate in the refrigerator and dole it out in 15-gram servings a couple of times a day to satisfy that addiction. I work at home, so mercifully I'm not exposed to other people's food gifts at work.

That said, I struggle even looking down the chips and snacks aisle at the store. If I buy a bag of chips, it won't last more than a few hours. I just can't help myself. I almost caved on Monday. Who knows what'll happen the next time. Yesterday wasn't so good. I ate a bag of gummi bears (yeah, I know) and have been resisting the Clark Bar I bought. Maybe if I put it in the back of the refrigerator, I'll forget about it.

Hang in there. You can get past this. emoticon

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CAPER85 6/30/2010 1:26AM

    Hmmmmm, well you wrote it down & it does show that you are being accountable to you. We must be accountable, take ownership & assume responsibility for our actions. Know your triggers.

If you are stressed you can't fill that void by eating sweets. Try some fruit (Kiwi, Strawberries, an apple) or if you can, go for a quick walk. Find ways to deal with stress. I'm not good at handling stress but I am learning that there are healthier ways to deal with it.

BTW, you are not weak! You are human like the rest of us! We are all prone to slipping up or making mistakes along the way. That is why this journey is not so much about 'dieting' as it is about making 'lifestyle changes' Forever!!! This journey is all about learning. Also, keep a diary of what you are eating. You can learn so much from it. Take time to re-read your food journal & think back how you were feeling at the time you ate that cookie, brownie or the salad or fruit. You will be amazed at how much insight you will gain from this & how much you will learn about you. Then you can make the necessary changes to help you along.

You will be fine! emoticon

Tony

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Recommitting to Eating Healthier

Friday, June 25, 2010

So, I have fallen off the wagon big time since April. I was doing really well and eating right. Then, I landed in the hospital again. I don't have a colon. I had it removed after many years of ulcerative colitis. Anyhow, I have a j pouch made from my small intestines, and the thing is ticked off. I had and still have the worse case of, now this is a creative medical term, pouchitis, the doctor has ever seen. Bacteria has taken over the pouch, and it sucks! I was in the hospital for two days and then went on vacation, where I proceeded to be sick the whole time. The point is, I have felt like crap for two months now. It doesn't matter what I eat, I hurt. So, my thought process is to just eat junk; that makes me feel emotionally good. When I say I've been eating junk, I mean straight out junk. Two doughnuts for breakfast. At least one Dr. Pepper a day. Lunch and dinner isn't usually too bad, but I eat ice cream by the bowl fulls. Now, I deserve to have gained 30 pounds through all this. Fortunately, I haven't. I am still at 286, exactly where I was in April. My thyroid rocks! I know it isn't good to let this Graves Disease go on, but I ate like a pig and didn't gain weight. That is the only explanation as to why I did not.
Well, I have to have my thyroid fixed. I need to get my diet under control. I have to stop eating all the sweets. I could have lost an amazing amount of weight during these last couple of months if I'd only tried.
I start working 10 to 6 next week. I am going to eat cereal or oatmeal at home every morning. I'm also going to use the eliptical now that my tendon is getting better. I am going to take fruit or veggies for snack and eat Lean Cuisines for lunch and dinner because I'm too lazy to cook at 7:30 PM when I get home. Plus, with my condition, I don't eat after 6 anyhow.
Here's to starting to be healthier.

  
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KELLYC_14FAN 6/28/2010 7:43AM

    Sorry to hear you have been ill!!! I hope you are feeling better!! You have set some great goals for youself!!! Welcome back!

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SARALEIGHM 6/26/2010 9:04AM

    You have a lot of health issues to deal with. It's no wonder you fell off the wagon for a bit. Gald you're ready to get back with your program. I'm sure you can do it!

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BAYBELIEVER 6/25/2010 10:44PM

    Welcome back! Glad to hear you are re-committing to a healthier you! Have a plan, set some goals, and keep checking in here on SP! Look forward to making progress with you!

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SUNSHYNDREAMER 6/25/2010 10:12PM

    Just remember small steps make a big difference, add some fresh fruit to your oatmeal in the morning to hit that morning sweet tooth, and if all else fails when you hit that point in the day that you just have to have something sweet or chocolaty, slice up a handful of strawberries and top it with a fat free chocolate pudding cup for a nice low calorie treat. Creative alternatives really can be as good as the original thing. You can do this, one step at a time!

Here's to your recommitment... emoticon

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6 Pounds Lost, 5 More Pounds To Go

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I have lost six pounds since Monday. The pounds are flying off right now. It is strange. I double checked my weight at work today. We have a calibrated scale on the dock, and it is right on with my home scale. I think the quick loss is due to a combination of things. I am sure that some of it is from reduced sodium. I also just started phentermine again, so my body is stimulated all day. I also have Graves disease which is a thyroid disease that actually promotes weight loss. I don't know when I developed this, but I was just diagnosed with it a couple of weeks ago. I had been wondering how I was eating candy and fast food all the time the last few months and not really gaining weight. I am going to go to an endocrinologist soon to treat my thyroid problem because it can cause all kinds of other problems in the body, so I can't just ignore it. However, I am taking advantage of the encouraged weight loss while I can. This isn't to say that I haven't been doing my part to lose. I have tried really hard this week to stay on a reasonable diet. I have done well, and I am proud of myself. I have passed over cookies and bars that were set out on the table at work. I allow myself one 100 calorie Blue Bunny fudge pop a day. I am a sweet addict, and I have found that if I know I am going to be able to go home and have this treat, I can resist the sweet temptations during the day.
So, my main goal right now is to lose another 5 pounds before next Friday. I am going to try to be a little stricter on my diet this weekend than I was this past weekend. I think that will be pretty easy to do. I have a lot to get done this weekend with us leaving for vacation next Friday. I think I'll be too busy to worry about snacking.

  
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SARALEIGHM 4/15/2010 11:02PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss! I'm sure you can lose those five more pounds. Definitely want to get the thyroid under control, though. I've got a couple of friends with different thyroid problems, and it's nothing to fool around with.

Keep up the good work!

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PUNKIN175 4/15/2010 10:38PM

    You are doing a great job!!! Keep up the awesome work!!! You have a great mindset and you are totally going to rock those 5 pounds!!: )

Where are you going on vacation? I wish I could go on a vacation. Maybe in october. That is what I am hoping for right now!!! : ) We'll see how it works out.

You are doing great things for yourself and you are making awesome changes. You know where you want to be and you know what steps to take to get there. You are going to make it through this journey and it is going to be the greatest feeling EVER!!!

Keep being awesome!

Karlee

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