Thursday, April 08, 2010
I have a choice to either Sink or Swim.
Today, the current in the world is strong and wants to take me under. I will not sink into that darkness. With failure not being an option I choose to Swim. I will fight the current, fight to the surface and break free from all that drags me under.
Today, I could sink but I will Swim. My life depends on it and I shall not fail.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
I keep having to educate myself while on this weight loss journey and when I have bits of time I do that by searching the internet. While discussing my latest situation with my boss, who by the way is very supportive, a question about pounds vs. inches came up.
He was surprised to hear that I have not lost any additional weight but that I've lost a combined six inches in my waist and stomach since February. When asked how can it be that I have lost inches but not weight I realized I couldn't really answer that question so I did some snooping around on the internet.
I found an article by LaRue E. Cook, BS, MHA, JD that summed it up nicely.
"...since a pound is of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat --- but takes up less space, your increased muscle, reduced body fat, and healthier body composition could mean little change in the number on the scale that many people use as their measure of success."
The entire article can be found at this link:
I feel better having this knowledge in my pocket. Plus, it will help me stop focusing on the scale a wee tiny bit.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
I took a deep breath this morning and told myself to repeat the following,
"The scale is not my enemy, the scale is not my enemy!"
We all measure our successes in different ways, using different tools. And, when I say "we" I mean the world.
The scale is one of those tools and it is important for many, many reasons. However, until Doc and I figure out what in the world is going on with my body I can't use that as the main tool. If I do, I will go insane.
So, after I weighed myself this morning, I chuckled, took a deep breath and repeated the above quote - A LOT! Then I decided to measure my success in a different way.
Here's what that looks like:
Previous measurements in February 8, 2010:
Stomach measurement: 52 inches
Waist measurement: 40 inches
Measurements on March 8, 2010:
Stomach Measurement: 50 inches
Waist Measurement: 38
Measurements on April 6, 2010:
Stomach Measurements: 49 inches
Waist Measurement: 37
I found my happy place after I found my measuring tape!
Monday, April 05, 2010
I've been taking my temp. every morning before I get out of bed, per Doc's order. He wants me to track my morning temp. to see if I have a sluggish thyroid. I've been following orders and have noticed my temp. is generally 97.4, with one day being 98.
Doc and I did not discuss what temp. indicates a sluggish thyroid so I've been following orders and noting the temps in my daily chart. I'll meet with him again after I've completed the 25 days.
I was curious today, and needed a distraction, so I did a quick search on the internet. Now, I realize that the internet is not always accurate so I took the information with a grain of salt. If the internet info I'm finding is accurate, on any level, it seems with my current symptoms and morning temps I might actually have a sluggish thyroid. HMMMM!
If so, it's treatable and would be a huge piece to my weight loss puzzle.
In the past I was tested for a thyroid problem, it came up that I did not have a problem. New Doc warned me that my results now could be different and that the other test that my general physician did doesn't always indicate there is a problem. SIGH!!
I continue on my path and with the new plan of action that Doc has given me. I'll know more soon.
FYI: Sometimes a number on the scale IS Important. Yes, I measure success in all kinds of ways; how clothes fit, how I feel, how I feel during and after a workout, my energy level, etc. but that number is important for other reasons than vanity.
In my case, I NEED to weigh 231 to qualify for health insurance with a new company. If I weigh over 231 I do not qualify. SIGH. So, for me, right now . . . the number on the scale is what drives this crazy train.
Failure is not an option!
Monday, April 05, 2010
My body seems to have adjusted to the new workout schedule, which is a relief to say the least. The first three days it went into shock, then shut down. After that it seemed to have rebooted itself and is running at full power now. What a relief.
I did interval training on Saturday and it went really, really well. I didn't crank the treadmill up to 5.4, just to 4.5 and was able to comfortably run, without holding on for dear life, for about 90 seconds. The recovery time, which Doc says should be 9 minutes of a fast pace walk, seemed to take less time. I actually felt like running another 90 seconds after 5 minutes. I stayed the course on Saturday but think I'll kick it up a notch later this week and try to do that. I didn't have to nap excessively after the interval training and I could walk normally as well. WOOOOO HOOOOOO!
The aerobic workouts are going well too. I even added time to those sessions and my body has responded well. I switched up machines too. Yesterday I workout on the bike, elliptical, and treadmill to get all my time in. plus I walked to and from the gym in the wind and rain. Trying to keep it fresh.
The weight still clings to me and I'm discouraged about that (waiting to hear back from Doc tomorrow to see what he thinks) BUT I will not let that detour my workouts.
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