Thursday, September 23, 2010
I was just made a SparkPeople Motivator and it couldn't have happened at a better time! I feel so honored to know that I've helped motivate people and that people thought me worthy of their votes. As my friends know, I've been going through an incredibly stressful time with health issues and I'm scheduled to have an MRI on my brain this afternoon to see if I might have MS. It has been a very rough week for me and I've really been struggling to stay on track with my nutrition, since I'm definitely a stress eater.
So, getting chosen to be a SparkMotivator was just the boost I needed to help me get through this difficult time. Knowing that I have helped motivate and inspire others has, in turn, helped motivate and inspire me! I *will* stay strong in the coming days and I will stick to the plan! I will show you and myself that I deserve this honor.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I haven't blogged in ages. I've been really struggling lately for a lot of different reasons. First there was the fact I was on vacation for a week and despite trying hard to stick to my food and exercise the whole time, I only managed to lose 0.8 pounds that week.
Then came the order from my doctor to not exercise for a week, because of my liver tests. That was a rough week. I missed exercise and I had a really hard time sticking to my nutrition because I had sort of a "why bother" attitude, since I couldn't exercise anyway. I only lost 0.2 pounds that week.
Last week I was able to get back to exercising and was going pretty strong. I did fairly well with my nutrition up until Saturday. Saturday was my nephew's birthday party and I exercised enormous willpower not to eat any of the cheese puffs, Doritos, hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, or cake. By the time we left, a little after 2:00, I was STARVING from only having eaten a Slim-Fast Bar for breakfast 5 hours earlier. So we went out to a lat lunch where I ate more than I should have, but managed to keep it mostly under control. However, by dinner time I had decided the whole day was a waste so I might as well eat crap for dinner as well. I ate an entire frozen pizza and a Little Debbie snack cake!
Despite my binging on Saturday, I had still managed to lose 1.8 pounds for the week at my weigh-in yesterday morning. But my day quickly went down hill. I had an appointment with a neurologist at 9:00 am. My regular doctor had referred me to him because I've been having various issues in my left hand, which she thought might be carpal tunnel. The neurologist did all sorts of unpleasant tests. He hit me all over the place with a rubber hammer. He poked all my fingers with a safety pin. And the worst part was when he started electrocuting me. He did seemingly thousands of shock tests on both my arms and hands. They were HIGHLY unpleasant.
The verdict after all the electrocution was that I do indeed have mild carpal tunnel in BOTH my hands. However, that doesn't explain the specific symptoms I'm having in my left hand. So, the next thing to look at was my neck. He ordered an MRI on my neck and I went for that yesterday afternoon. The thing that REALLY scared me though, was that he said if my neck scan doesn't show any disks pinching nerves or anything, then next thing to do will be to scan my brain and "in a young woman like you, we have to consider MS." I was totally freaked out by that and actually cried in my car on the way from the doctor's office to work.
I did some research on MS and I'm slightly less freaked out about it now that I have some more details, but I still really really hope I DO NOT have MS. Meanwhile, I had my first ever MRI and that was quite interesting. It took forever. I had no idea MRI's took so long. I was in that tiny tube for a good 30 minutes while they did at least a dozen scans ranging in length from 12 seconds to 3.5 minutes (most were 3.5 minutes). During the scans I had to lie completely still while the machine made all sorts of very loud, crazy noises. Some of them sounded like machine guns, some were just weird combinations of tones, some had crazy beats to them that made them sound like bad techno music, some were just kind of droning/rumbling sounds. Ever scan sounded different from the next and some even changed partway through. I alternated between nearly falling asleep, nearly cracking up with laughter with the silliness of some of the sounds, and nearly dancing to some of the crazy beats.
After my highly traumatic day, we decided to go to Red Lobster for Endless Shrimp. I actually didn't go WAY over on my fat and calories. The thing that killed me there was all the sodium. Hopefully I can get all that extra sodium flushed out of my system over the next few days and get back on track. I should theoretically find out the results of my MRI sometime today.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
So I had a great vacation last week. I spent a lot of time doing nothing, which is exactly what I needed. I also spent a lot of time trying to fix up my parents' computer, because it was bogged down with all sorts of malware and bloatware that was making it run SUPER slowly. I ate really well most of the time. Did a bit more snacking than usual and ended up over on my calories twice. But I did all my cardio and then some! On Friday morning, Dan, my dad, and I all set out on a seven mile walk around the lake where my parents live. So I ended up burning almost 1000 calories on Friday. I also got a bit of extra walking in on Saturday when we went to this HUGE flea market. It was ridiculously large. We only walked around the outside edges of it, didn't do any of the inner rows, and we were there for two full hours. Then on Sunday, we got a little nature trail walk in before heading home.
Despite doing well with my food and getting in all my cardio, I still only lost 0.8 pounds. Not sure what's up with that. I don't think it's water retention, because I was really low on sodium Sunday, before my Monday weigh-in. But I was really happy just to nit GAIN weight on vacation like most people would.
Now for the bad news. I had a doctors appointment this morning and my doctor wants me to stop exercising for a full week again. She had me do that a couple months back, because my liver levels had been high on my blood tests. After not exercising for a week, they were down. Then I started back with the exercise and have been having blood tests every three weeks and all my levels were back up again. She says they aren't dangerously high, but she wants to be 100% sure it's from the exercising and not because there's something actually wrong with my liver. So she wants me to go one more week without exercising and have my blood tested again. Then back to exercising for a week and then one last blood test before I go back to see her again in two weeks.
Yesterday was my cardio rest day and I only had lower body strength training, so I'm going to count yesterday as Day 1. Which means I "only" have to go through next Sunday without exercising. Ugh. This sucks! Especially after coming off a small loss last week, I was really hoping to make up some ground this week. I'm just going ot have to be really on top of my nutrition this week and hopefully this won't set me back too much further.
Oh, I also have to see a neurologist, because my doctor thinks I might have carpel tunnel in my left hand. Yippee!
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