Wednesday, August 01, 2012
So, another month is down and I can say that I have made progress, but didn't meet my goal. I lost 6.2 lbs this month (not the 8 I was aiming for) and am happy to have lost 22.8 lbs since I started in the middle of May. It just goes to show that even if you don't meet your goals, those small accomplishments do add up to losing weight and feeling better:) I'm still going to aim for 8 lbs in August, and am going to push myself to meet that goal!!
My journey to being healthier seems a lot different this time than any other time that I have tried to lose weight. There is no "falling off the wagon" as I used to see it. Yes, there are days that are better than others, but the mindset of being healthy doesn't go away to start again on Monday of next week. I know the threat of kidney stones tends to keep me in check, but I'll take this lifestyle change any way I can:) I am starting to see myself feeling better, having more energy to keep up with my children, and finally having my clothes fit me better and are actually starting to get too big.
I have learned a few things along the way that have helped me with my progress:
1. Not drinking your calories really seems to help to keep me within my ranges.
2. Drinking lots of water makes me feel better and healthier.
3. Tracking sodium teaches you a lot about what you are putting in your body, along with tracking everything else. (Try it, you may be surprised at how sodium affects your weight loss).
4. You have to want it and be willing to make the changes in order to see the changes that you want to see!!
I seem to have the eating part of this on a positive track, so in August I am going to push myself to get more exercise in. I really want to try to do kettle bell, and am going to see if I can find one at Play It Again Sports (second hand exercise/sports equipment) that is cheaper than what I have found so far. I was surprised at how much they cost, the heavier they are the higher the price and being a farm girl I'm sure that I'll need a fairly heavy one to push myself to start out. Either way, I am going to buy one as a reward for losing 20 lbs.
I'm also still working with the Endocrinologist to figure out why my cortisol levels are out of whack. I go on Friday to have even more lab work done, so hopefully they will figure out something. It's a much more involved test that I have to go to a hospital 1.5 hrs away to have done. Sounds like lots of blood draws and injections to see how my body reacts. Hopefully it doesn't last too long, as that's when I want to see about a kettle bell:)
So, it's time to push myself to take the next steps in my journey to a healthy me...are you willing to make the changes too??
Monday, July 23, 2012
This Friday, my son has a trip planned to the local water park and they are asking for chaperones and drivers. Of course my first instinct was "Yes, I'd love to go and have some one on one time with him!!" For those that don't know, I have 4 kids and love the special times when I can put all of my attention on just one:) Then self doubt reared it's ugly head-OMG, I'll have to wear a swimsuit and I always hide this body as much as possible when in public. Not only that, but when I do wear a bathing suit, I like the two piece ones that flare out and hide some of the "mommy rolls" on the front side, with swim shorts that hide some of the back side too. Well, anyone who wears these suits can tell you, that the flare in the front likes to "swim" up in the front when you are in the water and I can just envision it swimming up to my chest as I go down a water slide (not a pretty picture). So, do I forgo this trip because I don't like the way my body looks in a suit, or do I suck it up and try to have fun anyway...Maybe I'll see if I can find a suit that will stay down and hide my rolls...Do they make such a thing???
Monday, July 02, 2012
I had an appt with the endocrinologist today, and I was a little surprised about all that she talked about. I've been seeing endocrinologists for about 18 years now for a pituitary tumor, and just recently had to change dr's. This was the second time I have seen this one, and the first time I wasn't very impressed with her.
The first thing we talked about was my prolactin levels and how they are at a normal level now with the help of medication. That was about all that the other dr's ever checked, and sent me on my way with a "we'll see you in a year and re-check the levels then." I knew when I went last week for lab work that she had a lot of tests down on the script. Next on her list was my cortisol levels. Mine are low which really surprised her, so rather than jump right into it she is going to re-check those levels again to make sure it wasn't a fluke at the lab. She didn't want to discuss it with me until she was sure that it was a problem?!? I'll be doing a little research on-line later to see what is involved with low cortisol;)
Then, the subject of my kidney stones came up. She asked multiple questions on what tests my urologist ran and what his suggestions were. Well, she was shocked at what little was done, and is ordering more tests to see why they are forming. How sad is it that you learn more from the endocrinologist than the urologist when it comes to kidney stones?!? She is checking to see if something in my body is causing them, or if it's in my diet. The urologist just blamed it on my diet and left it at that.
Then came the wonderful subject of being over weight. She just loves to help people lose weight, and obviously I'm her next victim:) She talked about all of the great new weight loss medications that have been approved by the FDA and how each one works. I have never cared for taking any kind of medication, even tylenol, and avoid them at all costs. She really wants me to try one of them, but I am really leary about it. Yes, I know that being OBESE (there I said it) is a very serious health problem. Yes, I know that I need to lose the weight and keep it off. Yes, I am trying to lose it by watching what I eat and exercising. Yes, I want to feel better and look better and I want to grow old to see my children and grandchildren grow up. Why does it all have to be so hard and frustrating!! Sooo, whether I like it or not it's time to get serious about getting out of the obese category.
Even though I don't want to, I will be starting Phentermine and monitoring my blood pressure (mine was high today for the first time ever). I will be sticking to what I have been doing on sparkpeople and adding more exercise in too. She would like to see me lose a minimum of 12 lbs by the time I go back in 3 months. To me, that sounds low if I'm having the help of a weight loss pill, but we'll see. So, off I go to crush the OBESE category and get healthy:) I hope this works!!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I started off soooo strong with eating extremely low sodium to avoid kidney stones. The problem is that I have "burned out". I wonder if I tried to cut too much at once or just too much in general on some days. I don't know how to balance between watching the sodium and watching the fat. It seems like what I was eating that was "healthier" is high in sodium and a lot of the food that I have switched out to lower the sodium is higher in fat-so what is better for me? How do you balance it out? I love fruits and veggies, but after a while I get sick of eating the same thing day in and day out:(
It's been 3 days since I tracked my food, and 4 days since I've gotten my walk in. Today is the day to get back on track and quit letting "life" stop me from getting myself healthy. When does a "life style change" get easier?
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Does anyone have good ideas of what to eat that is low sodium? I think that part of not losing much weight this week is because I'm not eating enough (I know not right, huh?), and not the right things. I look at labels and get very discouraged-whole wheat and whole grain seem to be higher in sodium, and low fat is higher too! I've bought no salt peanut butter to have with my celery, eat salad with very little or NO dressing, salt free pretzels with nutella, and roasted almonds (no salt). The only problem with all of the "nut" products is that they are sooo high in fat!! I love fruits and veggies, but need a variety of other foods too.
I made spagetti for my family last night, then had to just eat salad with grilled chicken and no dressing after reading the labels. Some meals I eat the same thing as my family, but really small portions to keep the sodium lower. Most of the time I even track the meal to see how high the sodium will be before I eat- I hate to see how much sodium is even in those small portions:( The hardest thing so far that I have had to give up is cheese-calcium with the sodium is a no, no for kidney stones.
What was really tricky this week was a few days we were away from home and had to go out to eat. I had snacks with me that I could have lived on, but it's not fair to my husband to not eat. One thing that I did notice was that some menus tell you low fat options, but nothing is ever mentioned about sodium so it's a guessing game. Once again, I ordered a salad with dressing on the side. Not one of those yummy looking salads that have everything in it, but the basic garden salad-I don't know how long before I get sick of the same foods all of the time! The other time, I ordered a half of turkey sub with very little mayo and no dressing or oil and definetly no chips or sides-it still had over 1100 mg of sodium because I had it on a whole wheat roll-not a good choice!
So if you have any ideas of different things to eat that are low sodium I would appreciate the help-I NEVER want to go through the pain of a kidney stone again!! Thanks so much:)
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