Monday, May 26, 2014
I have lost 100 pounds so far now, and I'm at a healthy weight, with a body fat percentage that's on the high end of the "athletic" category... but my belly still looks atrocious to me; there are a few inches of fat still left to lose there. I have about 30 pounds to the goal weight that I set for myself, and I feel those 30 pounds are all right there in my belly. I cannot live like this anymore.
Last night I passed out. It may have been in part caused by the allergy medication I had taken, but I think the main culprit was my blood sugar--it has been incredibly low lately. The issue is that, in order to maintain a caloric deficit, I can't really do much to bring my glucose levels up (this includes the subtractions for exercise, since exercise also drops blood sugar levels). So insulin shock has become a regular thing for me over the past month or so. This is not okay for me. I cannot live like this anymore.
I want to lose those last 30 pounds or so ever so badly that I would sacrifice just about anything to get there...
And apparently, "just about anything" includes my health.
After discussing the matter with concerned family members, I decided to set my calorie goal at maintenance calories for the time being, so that I won't feel like I might keel over and drop into a coma at any moment. I hope I made the right call, but part of me is feeling like crap for not being able to continue with the calorie deficit.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I've been concerned about my loose skin, particularly on my belly, and whether or not it will ever go away, no matter what I do, and so on. About half of the information I found said, that no, it will never go away. The other half said core strength training will fix it. I was confused, so I asked my doctor about it. She told me that the reason the information is split down the middle like that is that about 50% of people can get rid of the loose skin with core strength training. The other 50% can't, though, and the only way to know which half you fall into is to do core strength training.
Then I got hit with rather unexpected good news about the situation: if I keep up with my core strength training for 6 months, and there's no improvement in my loose skin, it is likely that my insurance will cover getting it fixed. I'm ecstatic. I never thought there was the remotest possibility that my insurance might cover that. Plus, it's new-found extra motivation to keep up with the core strength exercises.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
So the stomach pains have finally been figured out, after much testing, and I have an ulcer. This is actually pretty good news as that's rather easily treatable. I also found that, in addition to numerous other problems with my spine (which I already knew about), I have degenerative disc disease. This has been tough because I've known a few people who had this disease, and I always told myself no matter how bad my pain was, at least I didn't have degenerative disc disease. Well, now I do, and that's been rough for me to process. This diagnosis means even more lifestyle changes, because I will need increasingly more painkillers as the disease progresses, which means I eventually won't be able to drive anymore. I must make sure anywhere I move has good public transportation options. This has been scary for me, and rather stressful, so I've put myself on maintenence calories until I can better handle this.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
So, my bronchitis is cleared up. The steroid inhaler & eating maintenance calories helped. However, a couple nights ago I suddenly had unexplained pain in my stomach. I ended up going to the ER because it hurt so badly. The ER doctors had no idea what was wrong with me, but said I was dehydrated and my potassium levels were low. I found that particularly odd since I had 14 cups of water that day, and had been going out of my way to eat more things with potassium after reading that potassium can help prevent water retention weight. Now I'm wondering if I'm absorbing all my nutrients properly because the surgery I had can cause problems with nutrient absorption. Additionally, my stomach still hurts every time I eat or drink. This has led to me struggling to get up to 1200 calories a day because the pain is obviously a deterrent to eating. However, this awful, unexplained health problem has apparently broken my plateau. I'm not sure how to feel about all this, but I'll be seeing my doctor next week and hopefully can figure out what the problem is.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Well, the plateau is not only continuing, but I'm gaining weight. I'm not sure why, but I am. My doctor told me I need to go to calories necessary to maintain my weight for a while as my body gets over a rather nasty bout of bronchitis which seriously irritated my lungs (I've been coughing for a month now). She thinks the calorie deficit may be why my body had difficulty healing from the flu I had, thus becoming bronchitis, and whatever the hell it is now. I'm on a steroid inhaler until I feel better as well as more calories: doctor's orders.
At first it was good news. I've been ravenously hungry for weeks now (probably because my body needed more calories to heal), and it sounded like a good solution. However, I'm gaining weight on maintenance calories - nearly as quickly as I lost weight when I first started restricting. And here's the kicker - I'm still at a calorie deficit according to my BMR - I require 1890 calories/day to maintain a weight of 166 lbs. and I'm eating between 1700-1800/day and continuing my 5 day a week exercise regimen. This weight gain is an absolute mystery to me. I am so frustrated by this I could scream, but there's not much I can do about it until this cough goes away.
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