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It's Been a While...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

So I see I haven't been very active here for... months. Well, I haven't stopped losing weight or exercising, or any of that. Life has just been terribly busy. I had a lot of travel to visit various family members, and finally my summer is starting to settle down. I showed up today because I finally put together a progress photo and want to post it here. Feel free to drop me a line to say hi. I do get notifications when you do so, I believe.


Blood sugar and body issues

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.


The Truth About Loose Skin

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.

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ALIHIKES 3/20/2014 11:25AM

    That's great news! Congratulations! I hope you can lose the loose skin by exercise but if not -- great that you have the surgery option

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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.

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KNEEMAKER 3/1/2014 2:04PM

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Mixed Blessing?

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.

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EDDYMEESE 2/6/2014 11:04PM

    It definitely sounds like you need to see a doctor...a different one, if the one you're seeing isn't helping to address your issues. I'm sorry you've been having such a rough time. I'm not really sure what kind of surgery you had...but I hope your doctors can get you some answers, soon!

Ok, I saw now on your SP page what kind of surgery you had. I can see how that might cause issues with nutrient absorption...

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