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Dr. Consultation .... OH MY!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm just off my phone consultation with the Doctor - I think, I'm in shock so I'm blogging to take off the edge. No, I'm not dieing and no it's not all bad news. Yes, it is fixable!

First, he Validated everything I've been complaining about for the past two years. I'm not crazy! Well, that feels good.

Second, I've got some work to do!
We revamped my workouts dramatically. He confirmed what someone else told me - I need more activity. SERIOUSLY! is all I heard in my head but once that voice shut up I realized, he's right, they're right - shut up and take notes.
So, here is the NEW plan of action:

The 7 Day a week planning:
1 day a week is my "rest" day BUT I still have to participate in a yoga, dance, or recreational walk for 60 minutes.
3 days a week I am going to build up an aerobic base workout. Which includes, at first, a 10 minute warm up, 40 minutes of intense aerobics (can't talk), 10 minute cool down.
3 days a week I'm going to do intervals (these are the days that shall kick my a$$). To start off, I will do a 10 minute warm up, then 1 minute of extreme cardio (sprinting likely), then a 9 minute cool/rest period (walking & trying not to vomit) ... repeat until I've reached 60 minutes.
I have to switch up my aerobic base workouts with the interval days so my body stays confused.
In addition to that, he wants me to continue my recreational walking to & from work daily - this doesn't really count as a "work out" but I'm still active.
He would LOVE for me to work up to 90 minutes a day . . . baby steps, doctor, baby steps. I'm already going to be heaving at the side of road on those interval days, let's just get me used to this new way of life, then we'll add more.

So, what's really wrong with me?!

Based on the lab work and other documentation I provided the doc believes I'm in stage 3 of adrenal gland failure. That sounds scary but it's fixable. What it really means is that my body is in a chronic stress response mode. I need to support the adrenal glands, calm those babies down which we'll do with supplements for the next three months.

Also, I need to test again for Ova & parasites in the gut. I tested positive for blastocystis Hominis and took measures to kill it off in late 2008. We didn't retest to see if that course of action worked so we are going to do that now. If the blastocystis Hominis is still present I'll need to take a course of supplements to finally kill it off.

Continuing on, he wants me to test my thyroid function. That I do at home. Based on the test he can determine if there is a thyroid issue. Side note: Traditional tests don't always show a thyroid problem - I've had that test done, it came back that I have no thyroid problem. We'll see.

I'll also be adding "carnitine" into my system.

We didn't spend much, if any time, on "food." Based on my food journals, from SP, he believes I've got a handle on food. He also believes that a daily calorie range of 1500-1700, for me, is perfect. I was told to expect to be more hungry on the interval training days and to eat a small carb snack right after the workout to help with the body. I'll have to figure out what that carb snack will be.

Ideal weight loss is 2 to 4 pounds a month. This is healthy AND will allow my body to heal and repair itself. I'll need to wrap my head around that - that's 2-4 lbs. a MONTH, not a WEEK. So much for the traditional information I've been force feed over the years.

I'm still waiting for the e-mail that tells me how much all this is going to cost me. It won't be a pretty number and I'm going to have to figure out how to make it happen. SIGH! It has to be done or I'll stay in this cycle Forever. I can't do it anymore, a little piece of me crumbles every time I step on the scale and I see no results.

I must continue to keep egg, dairy, soy, gluten and sugar & sugar substitutes out of my diet.

I wrote down the following statement that the doc said (he's 45) which is in relation to weight & feeling good: "We're going to be dead soon, we should at least feel great."
An interesting statement . . . I've not felt great for some time, of course I have moments, but not on a daily basis. It really would be nice to "at least feel great!" regardless of the number on that scale.

So, yeah, I've got some work to do. It's overwhelming, mind blowing but at least I know I'm not making this stuff up and someone listened as is going to help me fix it!

emoticon of my new adventure starts today!

EDIT After Posting:
My new word today is "Whackadoodle" ... it just makes me smile. emoticon

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MRSSTRONGE 3/31/2010 2:23PM

    I've been away from the SP community for a while... been sick & not on computer... but I'm so glad you went to the Dr. and came up with a plan. My fingers are crossed for you! The plan looks daunting on paper, but I have full confidence that if you can change your mindset and avoid sugar... you are certainly strong enough to stick with this plan! :)

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    Wow! You're seriously on the journey of a lifetime and I can't wait to hear about all of your wonderful results. You should start a group for your workout routine...we can join and do it with you. Think about it...I'd love to be involved in this workout and help support you through it. Good luck. You're amazing, you can do it...scratch that....you WILL do it. Go girl.

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FAIRYDRAGON81 3/25/2010 10:28AM

    With the support of family and friends anything is possible. Keep up the hard work and you will hear the cheering from the side lines. emoticon

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JENNYBETHIN 3/25/2010 8:26AM

    Yay! At least now that you know you'll be able to work on it!

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ANGELJAM22 3/24/2010 6:57PM

    HI, Your routine has me tired already. It does explain why I'm not seeing the results as quickly as I want. Keep up the good (hard) work. I can't even begin to say I will be able to keep up but you certainly are a great inspiration emoticon

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TSEWARD 3/24/2010 6:46PM

    love the "whackadoodle"! I have been researching a lot on adrenal glands lately. It seems that fixing it requires excellent nutrition and balance in exercise, rest, etc.
I am tickled that you have a doctor that knows how you can be fixed. Correcting imbalances of any kind and letting the body heal itself takes such TIME and PATIENCE!!!! I hear you about the weight loss thing. AND the cost. but this is the best way to go. I am very very proud of you for stepping up and taking charge of your health. You are doing great!

And wow that is a lot of exercise. It makes sense that the body needs some surprise by interval training. Post workout snack...hmm. yogurt and an piece of fruit? Just an idea! I am no nurtitionist! I skipped my workout today and ate icecream.. So very brave and forward moving of me.

Keep up the great progress! you are an inspiration!

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3:02 a.m.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The alarm went off at 2:47 a.m. at which time I rolled out of bed to see if my husband was getting ready to head to the airport - he was.

At 3:02 a.m. I stood blurry eyed in our kitchen with a lemon cookie in my hand. I looked at it, I felt the texture of it and I smelled it again and again. I knew could eat it and no one would ever know - I could take it down in two bites. As I smelled it again, I took in the lemon scent and vast amounts of childhood memories connected to lemon flooded my mind and taste buds in mere seconds. Realty set in as I placed the cookie on the edge of our desk and walked away.

The cookie still stands! I resisted at 3:02 a.m. and walked away.

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JENNYBETHIN 3/19/2010 11:00PM

    Yay! Good job, sweetie!

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TSEWARD 3/19/2010 8:49PM

    That is totally awesome! A 3 am craving resisted is no small feat. You must be glowing with pride.

Thank you for setting such a good example and sharing your triumphs.
And thank you for your support!


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ALESHABEE 3/19/2010 4:26PM

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Mind over matter!!!


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28 Day Work Out Challenge

Thursday, March 18, 2010

After great success with the 28 Day Challenge of kicking the sugar habit (I am still sugar free), I decided yesterday to start my own 28 day work out challenge.

My daily rules are:

1) 30 minutes of cardio
2) Strength training
3) Core work

I've listed my menu of options for work outs on a previous blog and have made copies of those options to put in my car, home, reading book, office and gym bag. I can't go anywhere without seeing that list . . . HA!

Yesterday was a great first day of the challenge! I know this will instill great work out habits for me and I'm ready for this challenge.

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SINCEKINDER 3/18/2010 2:14PM

    Good for you!! emoticon You can do this!

Great job on your other 28 day challenge.

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New Plan of Action

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The current plan is not getting me where I want to go so I'm changing things up a bit. I can't keep ramming my head into a brick wall and wonder why I have a headache .... HA!

Change up my work out routines. No more "rest" days . . .
I'll be honest here, I don't work out hard enough to have rest days, so I must get it moving 7 days a week.

Talk to Dr. Kalish about what is and isn't happening with my body. Explore options and do as he prescribes and take whatever tests he recommends. An appointment shall be set for next week.

Continue to eat healthy by eating the colors of the rainbow and drink water, water, water.

I must get back to my old sleeping habits. I used to sleep 9 hours a night - I truly need that much and lately I've only been getting 8 to 8.5. I can feel a difference.

Cardio - on any given day I will do a combination of any of the following, as long as it totals a minimum of 30 minutes per work out:
Step Class (30 Min.)
Belly Dancing Class (60 Min.)
Elliptical Trainer
Stair Step Machine
Bike Riding - outdoors
Wii Tennis

Strength Training - 3 sets 15 reps & when possible 7 to 8 lbs weight - once they get too easy I add another set or more reps. Some of these I'll do everyday but I must do a combination of at least 3 days a week:
Backward Lungs
Forward Lungs
Situps (50 a day, everyday)
Squats/Plie Squats (50 a day, everyday)
Side Lunges
Bicep Curls
Dumbbell Hammer Curls
Dumbbell Side Bends (50 a day, everyday)
Push ups on Knees
Roll ups
Tricep Extensions (overhead)
Wall Push ups
Back Extensions
Tricep Kickbacks

Okay, that's it for now. I'll print and post this plan of action at the house and at the office.

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JENNYBETHIN 3/17/2010 9:40PM

    You make me feel like such an exercise weinie... Good for you with all that hard work! I'll have to work my way up to something like that.

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Captured on Film

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Captured on film and asking myself, REALLY?!

Last night I picked up a batch of photo's from a trip I took in July 2008 . . . I know, I know - talk about taking forever to get them developed (I'll spare you the long story of why). Anyway, the photo's were great - many were of my snorkeling adventures and climbing a waterfall. Yup, that's right, I snorkeled (love that activity) AND I climbed a waterfall (what an amazing and difficult adventure).

As a side note: I did these activities at probably 225 lbs+, weight has never stopped me from going on an adventure!

Anyway, I found myself completely ah struck by one of the photo's I am in - I sat and studied it for a good amount of time. All I could think was, I look awesome - I don't look like that anymore - but I looked awesome there. What's the difference? What happened? Where did that chick go? Did you leave her at the waterfall?

Well the thing is, I weighed about 10 lbs less (it makes a difference), I was tan, very tan (yes, I fake baked before my tropical adventures - I won't do it again) and I was on vacation - rested and having a fabulous time. SERIOUSLY, I miss that chick. She was a hottie ...

I found a new resolve last night, get back at it - find that hottie - set her free! She's in there waiting to get out and flaunt her curves. I had almost given up hope on the gym situation, I was disappointed in last nights step class, it was clear the instructor did not want to be there. I pushed forward and completed ALL of my work out & pushed through class though but left feeling it was time to say good-bye.

So, this blog wasn't really inspired by that photo, it was inspired by being captured on film at the dinner party I hosted on Saturday night. I scanned the digital camera and saw a couple of photo's of myself and thought, "AHHHH, no way, WTH!?" I did not look like that hottie climbing a waterfall - not even close.

Enough! I'm done with the self pity, being upset about the scale, and not being my own cheerleader. I need to take action or sit down and shut up. I'm putting together my work out routines TODAY, calling Dr. Kalish's office to set my appointment, setting rules for myself that include more sleep and getting this show on the road.

Being captured on film is just what I needed. I shall be that hottie again!

Update after post:
I viewed the photo's again from the dinner party (Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww) and YES, I've got some work to do! I'm ready, able and starting in 40 minutes.


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MRSSTRONGE 3/17/2010 4:40PM

    I started up SP this last time (after a series of failed attempts) because of a photo that was tagged on FB. I can't stand to see photos of myself anymore... about the only photos I cling to are the ones from my wedding, three years and 25 lbs ago! Seeing that photo that was now viewable by anyone on my friends list made me desperate to change what I had become... a sad girl who let her weight determine who she was. I'm glad you found the motivation to continue on that journey.

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