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15lbs so far! 27 to go!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I've officially lost 15lbs since the beginning of the year, most of it without me working out. I think my medication is working!

And now I'm at a point where I actually feel like working out, which is fantastic.

I've dropped soda for the most part, and am trying to get back into a workout routine. I don't really track any of that stuff because it's never helped me. I always end up feeling like a slave to the tracker. But I've been eating healthy.

I'm actually supposed to go to an anime convention this weekend. I can't fit into the costume I wore last year, and I doubt I'm going to be able to, but having that as a goal is pretty motivating.

So yeah. I'm doing pretty well, if not extremely stressed due to school.

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Ah, That First Frustrating Day

Friday, January 11, 2013

Still no energy, but I am recovering. I can tell because today I just could not stop eating. It wasn't even like, bored eating. I was SO hungry. You know how they tell you to wait ten minutes when you have a craving? I waited an hour twice today and was still hungry. Ridiculous.

So I went about 350 calories over today (and was over on everything else other than protein and cholesterol), and I'm not terribly happy about it. But, I am feeling a lot better, so I am going to start exercising tomorrow. This is a small setback, but it's early in the game, and if I spend too much time beating myself up about it, I'm not going to get anything done. Take your notes and apply what you've learned next time.

Suck it up, buttercup. You've got a long way to go.

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DR1939 1/12/2013 7:29AM

    Evaluate your caloric intake in terms of the week rather than the day and you probably will be within your limits on an average daily basis. Glad you are feeling better.

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The Day That Never Ends

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Man, being sick has my sleep schedule all screwed up. I've taken like two naps today and am surprised it's still Thursday. I feel like it should be Sunday, with how long I've been out.

Today was a pretty good food day. Still no exercise (again, sick) but the only thing I went over was fat (ironically, considering how low-fat my meals tend to be), and only by 1g. First thing I've gone over since I joined. Still no side effects from Alli, which is actually making me a bit nervous. Either way, I have plenty of nonfat snacks I can have once school starts and I'm teaching and going to class and doing research. My parents mailed me a cooler that you can plug in, so I'm going to put that in my office and keep yogurt and the like in there for when I'm hungry.

I'm surprised how well I'm doing without sodas. I haven't even craved one. I have the remnants of a 12-pack of the reduced sugar Pepsi, but I haven't even wanted to get one. It's kind of surprising. They say it takes 21 days for your palate to change, but I wonder if somehow I've changed it quicker. Of course, we'll have to see how I feel once school starts and I'm stressed again, because that's when I started drinking it again last time.

I've also been getting my 8 glasses of water a day, easy. Part of that is that I will easily drink two glasses of water with the crunchy walnut risotto I talked about in my blog yesterday. I'm really hoping that these habits are here to stay, because it feels... normal... to desire drinking water. I feel normal, healthy even, for desiring a glass of water and not soda.

I'm thinking tomorrow I'll feel good enough to get some exercise in. I recently bought a Jillian Michael's yoga DVD that I'm pretty stoked about trying. I'll also need to clean more, as I have been doing bit by bit since I came back. I did get thesis stuff done today, which I'm proud of. Tomorrow I'm hoping to get some preparation for the class I'm doing my teaching assisting for (four sections of Workplace Diversity) so that things go smoothly. I also need to start practicing what I'm going to say during the first class. Classes that deal with diversity always make me a bit nervous, considering some of the stuff I've heard in classes I've taken in the past.

Speaking of which, it'd be awesome if I knew what books I needed for my own classes. Neither have them listed. I'm hoping that means we don't need any. That'd be pretty fantastic, honestly.

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DR1939 1/11/2013 2:19PM

    Do a little every day on the thesis. emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 1/11/2013 2:00AM

I dropped soda a long time ago, and do not miss it !
Plain water, as recommended by SparkPeople, is SO
much healthier for you !
Have a rewarding New Year 2013 !

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MYBULLDOGS 1/10/2013 8:36PM

    My sister walks 15000 steps a day and lost 105 pounds at age 63,

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Doctor's Visit

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I went to the doctor's this morning for my upper respiratory infection. He prescribed some kid of cough medicine with codeine in it (which knocked me out after my first dose, which screwed up my eating habits and destroyed any chance of cleaning my apartment today) and Zithromax. He was impressed that I managed to lose three pounds since mid-November, since Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years is a hard time for everyone to keep healthy habits and everything. Hopefully now that I have a plan, it'll be easier.

We also talked about maybe getting more of my endocrine stuff looked at and a lipid panel. I am at very low risk for diabetes and my blood pressure has almost always been really healthy, but he wonders if I might have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) or metabolic syndrome. I'm going to see the endocrinologist on the 28th. I wish my doctor was the endocrinologist--I have much better rapport with him and I feel like he listens more than she does. I know I'm going to ask for Armour Thyroid, because this 75mcg weekday/50mcg weekend routine just isn't helping me, even if the blood tests are saying otherwise. At least she seems open to having me on it if this didn't work, so I'm hopeful she doesn't push back too hard. I'm obviously not the expert here, she is, but I'm hoping she's receptive to my concerns in any case.

Today I also went shopping. I am pretty proud of myself for not buying any soda or sweets. Well, I did get two candy bars but I've only eaten half of one. That is huge for me. Normally, if I get two, I eat two. But if I don't buy any at all, then I crave it all the time. But I did make healthy choices today and I'm excited about that.

Also, I feel the need to remind people that just because something is vegetarian doesn't mean it's light. I went out on a limb and made a recipe called crunchy walnut risotto, but once I put in the ingredients, it came up to 616 calories, with 47g fat! I'm hoping it's not too bad for me, considering I'm on Alli right now. But it's good to know that one serving gives me that much. I'll have half a serving next time, and incorporate a salad or something. But it is pretty tasty.

Hopefully tomorrow I'm feeling well enough to get a bit of exercise in. I miss it.

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PENNYRILE77 1/10/2013 8:20PM

    Vegetarian! I know! Vegetarian means 'cheese' and 'bread' to me. And vegetables....I love vegetables.

I know what you mean by the candy bars....I want what I can't have when it's not around....then I eat too much other stuff that doesn't kill the craving. A little bite of candy bar and I'm all right:)

We're all learning how to be better here!

Feel better!

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DR1939 1/10/2013 4:25PM

    Feel better soon emoticon

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HPSANDDOLLAR 1/10/2013 1:13PM

  Feel better soon. It sounds like you have a thyroid strategy.

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PLUMERIA50 1/9/2013 9:12PM

  I hope you feel better! You are making progress - even while sick, you have not slid back into old ways. emoticon

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Beginning Weight Loss Survey

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I'm hoping to be able to look back at this in May and be happy with my progress.

Age: 23
Weight: 188
Height: 5’5”
Ethnicity: White.
Hair Color: Black (naturally a brunette)
Eye Color: Blue
Religion: None

Highest Weight: 192
Lowest Weight: 165 (if we're talking about since I started struggling)
Current Weight: 188
Goal Weight One: 180
Goal Weight Two: 170
Goal Weight Three: 160
Final Goal Weight: 150
BMI: 31.3 Obese (Just so everyone knows, the BMI is bull.)
Body Rate (1-10): 2

Pants Size: 12-14
Shirt Size: L -- would be an M in most cases if it weren't for the ladies.
Bra Size: 36-38DD
Shoe Size: 9, usually
Pants Size Goal: 8? I guess. I've never really thought about it.
Shirt Size Goal: I don't have one.

Cardio (duration, times a week): Currently, walking when I can. Would like to add in aerobic exercise. Current goal is at least 10 minutes a day. Would like to get to 30.
Strength Training (target zones, times a week): Total body, 3x week.
Stretching (duration, times a week):: Need to get better at this. Would like to do it twice a day.
Sports: Tennis, soccer

Calories (per day): Generally about 1200
Fat (saturated per day, unsaturated per day): Generally 30-50
Carbs (per day): Generally about 200
Protein (per day): Need to get better at this. Generally about 30.
Rules:: Anything in moderation. Did take out soda and most sweets though.
Tips/Tricks: Drink plenty of water.
Do you smoke: No.
Do you drink: Rarely.

Do you think you’re healthy: Somewhat. Am working on improving.
Do you think you always eat healthy enough: Generally, yes.
Do you have an ED and if so which one: No.
Do you regularly take anything (drugs, pills, laxatives, diuretics, etc.): Only medications from my doctor. Recently started Alli though.
Do you have any mental disorders (besides an ED): Depression, anxiety.

Food: Chicken
Beverage: Water or tea


I'm going to try to remember to do this monthly to track my changes. Here's to hoping!

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IMSOOZEEQ 1/10/2013 6:42PM

    Great blog. I think this is a great idea to lay it all out like this and be able to look back later and check the progress. Thanks for sharing.

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AUDREYBELL1 1/9/2013 9:15AM

    Good Luck with you journey emoticon

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UNIQDRGNFLY 1/9/2013 7:50AM

    Great blog! You will find that the myth "anything in moderation" and high carb/low fat eating are added to the list of misnomers we have been taught through the years. If you choose to research Wheat Belly, and I was also advise Paleo, you will find many references that have proven we have been misguided.

Best wishes to you on your continued success! emoticon

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YAHSGIRL 1/8/2013 9:23PM

    You're such an encouragement putting your info up like this. I'm going to have to do this, if I get the courage. emoticon

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KARENSTARR 1/8/2013 8:52PM

    Ha, it's supposed to be 36-38. Thanks for catching that!

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USMAWIFE 1/8/2013 8:45PM

    Good luck to you. BTW that is a big variation with your bust size 26-38DD

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