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Truth Be Told

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Truth be told, I was expecting different news from Doc today. I'm still learning and I'm still searching for the right formula for me.

He reviewed the body composition analysis from the clinic and gave two thumbs up. That's the good news. I gave him the list of supplements I'm taking as well and again got two thumbs up.

In other news ... my functional adrenal stress test shows that my cortisol levels are LOW. VERY LOW. Truth be told, I thought this was a good thing. Too much cortisol is bad for ya and apparently too little cortisol is also bad for ya. *CURSES*

Why's it bad Doc? Too little cortisol causes the metabolism to slooooow down and CAN cause a plateau and will definitely cause slower weight loss. What the What? *MIND FREAK*

When I recovered from this shocking news I asked the all important question, "what do we do next? give it to me straight Doc." Stay on the supplements I am currently taking and add in two more that will further support and aid in my efforts. Done and Done!

Truth be told ... because I told the truth when asked about my workouts ... I got in a wee bit of trouble when I disclosed strength training doesn't exist in my program but that I've been thinking about it. Docs reply, "Well thinking about it does nothing to help and I know you don't want to backslide or jump onto another plateau." Thanks for keeping it real Doc! That IS why I pay you the big bucks. *KICK ROCKS*

He gave me a few suggestions on how to overcome my mental block of strength training and some simple facts to write down. We BOTH admitted to being cardio junkies - so he knows and understands my passion - yet he gave me some suggestions on getting started with the ST. Time to get my sweet on with the free weights and ball! *GROANS*

When I look down at my notes from the meeting my eye immediately goes to this, "STRENGTH TRAINING IS KEY!! YOU WILL PLATEAU IF YOU DON'T DO IT!!" *okay, okay!!*

So the good news is ... I'm on the right track. Now it's time to tweak the program baby!

Other: He recommended a book ... "It Starts With Food" by Hartwig (last name)
I thought he'd recommend HIS book which just came out but that's not how he roles. He gives me what I need not what fits his agenda. *LOVE* I'll try to find a copy soon & will report back. Disclosure: I'm a slow reader, it might be a hot minute on that report.

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ENDUROVET 7/23/2012 4:50PM

    Ha, ha! Talk about great minds thinking alike - I came back from vacation to find my new copy of "It Starts With Food" in that nice lil' Amazon box on my desk (DAMN my luck that it didn't get here in time to ward off the damage done during vacation ;-)

Nothing earthshattering, just those fundamental rules n' regulations I SHOULD know by heart by now... Anyway, it's worth it for the extra kick in the pants.

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Comment edited on: 7/23/2012 4:52:01 PM

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TRENTDREAMER 7/22/2012 9:55AM

    Really hope that the strength training and supplements help. I'm really proud of you for the progress that you've made and would love to see you hit your goal :)

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JENJESS48 7/20/2012 8:44AM

    At least your doctor recommend tweaks instead of a wholesale rework - that means you're on the right track. I think ST will get to be easier and more fun as you get into it. Congrats on the good check up!

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ABB698 7/20/2012 2:41AM

    Good job on working with your Dr getting all your levels worked out, the cortisol part sucks, but hopefully the supplements will help. What did he suggest? Are you.& the Mr going to the water park this summer? Hope all is well, my friend! :)

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A review of my stats

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Before I get to the big reveal let me just share my Original stats from back in the day. Note the year ... 2002! Yes Kids, that's when I started this journey. I'm in it for the long haul and on some days I feel like I've been at for 100 years.

August 1, 2002
Weight: 325
Bust: 50.5
Waist: 43.5
Abdomen: 56.25
Thighs: 33
Hips: 58.5
Upper Arms: 17.5

That brings us to present day ...

Reminder: I FINALLY STARTED to drop the lbs again in April after a long, frustrating four year plateau. Here's what's happened in two and half months.

In April I weighed in at 243.6 & I'm now at 209 (-34.5)

The first number below is from April 2012, the second is to date.

Chest: 44.5 down to 42 (-2.5)
Ab: 48 down to 39.5 (-8.5)
Waist: 41 down to 35.5 (-5.5)
Hip1: 53.5 down to 45.5 (-8)
Butt: 54 down to 48.5 (-5.5)
Hip2: 50.5 down to 46 (-4.5)
Thigh(s): 31 down to 28.25 (-2.75)
Arm(s): 15.75 down to 14 (-1.75)

BMI: 41.8 down to 35.9 (-5.9) NORMAL Range is 18.5 ~ 25.0
Body Fat: 51.7 down to 48.5 (-3.2) NORMAL Range is 18.0 ~ 28.0

As you can imagine, I feel fantastic! Food intolerance's are under control. Sugar is under control - gone really. I actually sleep instead of waking up 100 times a night. I eat when I'm hungry. I eat more protein and less carbs. I crave veggies & then I eat them. I am quickly running out of things to wear in my closet. I'm putting money aside for when I have to buy something "smaller." When I go to a party I concentrate on the people, not the food.

Full disclosure: Every now and then I have a mind freak when I realize that this is actually happening. That my ultimate goal is obtainable and I'm making it happen. What happens at the end? What does life look like in the land of maintenance? How does life change? The good news is, I get to find out sooner than later.

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JENJESS48 7/18/2012 11:22AM

    WOW!!!! I knew you'd majorly busted your plateau,but your progress is just incredible! You should be bursting with pride!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 7/18/2012 11:08AM

    Wow! You have come so far!!! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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SPARKLEPIE 7/18/2012 9:22AM

    This is such an awesome post... you are such an awesome lady! Your absolute dedication, persistence and "stick to it -ness" is not just wonderful it is inspiring. I can imagine how great you feel...and those moments of ..really , this is happening... I totally get and understand...

You have done wonderful work and have a wonderful outlook and joy about it all. Seriously if you didn't feel it already... I'll tell you... you are incrediable and a true inspiration gem.. There is no doubt the trip to maintence is one filled with little celebratory joys and cheers and this blog is just one of them.

Bravo to you... I am cheering for you big time!

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KOSHKALET 7/18/2012 1:59AM


So thrilled that your diligence, persistence and grit have gotten you through to this. Mostly, though, I am so excited that your body feels good!!!

Those are some amazing changes from 2002 to now and especially from April to now - so exciting to have your body getting exactly what it needs.

Congratulations - I look forward to joining you in "maintenance land" one of these days before too long!

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PURPLE180 7/17/2012 10:55PM

    Wow, that is awesome. You have done a great job your weight loss from April till now is amazing. :-)

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TRENTDREAMER 7/17/2012 10:37PM

    Wow! Congrats on your progress!

How did you get the sugar under control?

"Full disclosure: Every now and then I have a mind freak when I realize that this is actually happening. That my ultimate goal is obtainable and I'm making it happen. What happens at the end? What does life look like in the land of maintenance? How does life change? The good news is, I get to find out sooner than later. "
* I hear you. When I was 0.8 pounds from my goal, that was going through my mind. Unfortunately I haven't had to grapple with that for real

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ABB698 7/17/2012 10:21PM

    I am so happy that you are finally reaping the rewards of all that hard work! YAY! I've enjoyed our friendship and hope someday our paths might actually cross! Keep on trucking, you are a powerhouse!!! emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 7/17/2012 7:42PM

    AMAZING!!! I have been blessed to be part of your journey now for a few years and I just can't tell you how happy I am for you! You are so strong, I know it has not been easy, but you kept with it, and are still seeing the fruits of your labor!

BRAVO!!!! (I am doing a happy dance for your)


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/17/2012 5:46PM

    OMG those stats are AMAZING!!! Congratulations, it looks like you found something that works, and that's awesome! *HUGS*

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213.8 and Tasting the Summer Rainbow

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Healthier Me at 213.8

Taste the Summer Rainbow:

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ENDUROVET 7/9/2012 6:24PM

    Lookin' good babe!!!

Now if only I can manage to sneak away early enough to get over to MY local farmer's market (unfortunately we both close at 6:00!)...

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ABB698 6/30/2012 5:08PM

    You look fabulous, KT! Way to keep at it and work it! Love summer's bounty...just made a fresh fruit salad, yum!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/28/2012 11:56PM

    Looking Great!! And look at all that healthy, filling, wonderful summer bounty! Great work!!

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MANLEYSANDY 6/27/2012 12:53PM

    You look amazing! My heart is just so happy for you!

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PURPLE180 6/27/2012 11:57AM

    You look awesome. :-)

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PJH2028 6/27/2012 8:57AM

    You're beautiful! And so fit. And what a smile! ;-) Happy Summer Rainbow too

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SPARKLEPIE 6/27/2012 8:31AM

    you look awesome!! I mean really and truly awesome... so fit and healthy, glowing and beautiful!!! A true inspiration.

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JENJESS48 6/27/2012 7:16AM

    You look great, KT! The bounty of summer really is amazing - it's a lot easier to eat healthy and get in those 5 freggies a day in the summer!

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Asking for Help.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A. Pride
B. Stubbornness
C. Independence
D. Not wanting to show weakness
E. All of the above

Which one of the above describes why I generally don't ask for help? Ya, it's E, all of the above.

It used to be that I'd grind myself into the ground trying to do it all. I had to prove to the world that I was capable and to myself that I could not fail. Forty plus years later I let all that crazy self talk go. My higher than the stars standards for myself was exhausting. I realized that it takes strength to ask for help and that it's a valid, positive quality when used in the correct way.

Yesterday, in a moment of pure and utter frustration at work I had a complete melt down. In a fit of tears, no where to turn, no one to talk to, if I could even find my own voice, all I could think about was diving head first into a giant pizza. (Pizza is my ultimate comfort food) Instead of grabbing my wallet and walking to the all you can eat pizza joint down the street from my office I picked up my phone. No silly ... not to order in but to text my bestie.

My text to her: Tell me something good. Anything as long as it's wonderful and peaceful before I dive head first into a pizza and eat myself into a food coma.

Her response text, which reached me in 30 seconds: The sun is shining. You are fantastic. Your determination to stay on your wellness journey brings me hope. We get to see a movie on Sunday afternoon. Oh ya, I love you!

As I read her text tears rolled and I giggled.

When standing at the cross-roads which direction will I go? In that moment I chose to ask for help. The aggravation that once held all my attention was soon forgotten. Life wasn't going to end in that moment and a pizza certainly wasn't going to make it all go away and better.

I'm learning something on this journey ... to be kind to myself and to ask for help in anyway I can.

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MANLEYSANDY 6/25/2012 4:27PM

    You are awesome and amazing!

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ABB698 6/25/2012 1:44AM

    Such an inspiring moment, so proud of you for persevering! Hugs

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FITNESSMONSTER8 6/22/2012 2:48PM

    Good job on reaching out to your friend instead of pizza, to get through a rough patch!!!

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JENJESS48 6/22/2012 11:44AM

    Good for you, KT! That is a MAJOR victory! I'm as stubborn and independent as you are, so I know of what I speak. :)

Given your dairy and gluten issues, that pizza would have been terrible for you. You're worth way more than that - and I'm so glad you realized it! emoticon

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KOSHKALET 6/22/2012 1:25AM

    Holy Moley!!!! What a change - what a shift - what a beautiful thing!

Way to take those old habits and just *bam* shift those puppies right to something positive! That is a huge accomplishment - I hope you're feeling this as much as one of your 5K accomplishments!

Oh, and for the rest of us (yes, I am guilty of belong in this category E, too, sometimes) - you've helped us realize that it is *great* to ask for help.

p.s. Asking your Bestie for help made *her* feel super great :)

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SGRAY478 6/22/2012 12:28AM

    I have always struggled for with the asking for help thing too. Probably because I am too proud to let people know that I need the help in the first place. I am glad you conquered your "all of the above"

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SPARKLEPIE 6/21/2012 11:43PM

    ok.. so the beginning of this just screams my name... never beng a fan of asking for help and going through life feeling like it's never good enough, i'm never good enough...perfection seems the only option... I have to say i'm no where near mastering this internal battle.... so i say all that to say this... i am in awe of you! i can hear the giggle and see the tear you had and i'm over here celebrating with you that not only did you ask for help.. but the help was so supportive and in the end defeated the pizza voice from getting louder and winning.

you are an inspirational superhero. :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/21/2012 9:28PM

    THIS is fantastic! I'm so glad you have her support. I REALLY hope things are going better. *HUGS*

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/21/2012 8:47PM

    This is great! Asking for help is hard for me too, so glad you did it!

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ENDUROVET 6/21/2012 8:45PM

    This past few weeks have been a mad whirl - tomorrow I have to entrust my son to the care [ha] of his father for 5 wks; I don't think I'm doing too badly, all things considered.

No, my dietary choices have not been perfect, but neither have I dived into that large supreme pizza ;-)

Together we can do this friend!


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WOUBBIE 6/21/2012 7:53PM

    "It takes strength to ask for help" is such an AWESOME insight! I think you're right - it says you have enough self-confidence that you won't fall apart by admitting that sometimes you need a little help. Thank you so much for this great thought!

And good going on avoiding the pizza diving!

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PURPLE180 6/21/2012 7:51PM

    Yeaaaa!!!! Glad you asked for help, the pizza may have only made your day worse. You have just proven to yourself that emoticon. emoticon emoticon

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My Bento Box & More

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Today I packed a lil' Bento Box ...

It contains: lettuce, chicken breast, yellow bell pepper, pickle, cucumber & a boiled egg. All so very yummy and in just the right amount. Yup, I eat my lunches with chop sticks - gotta keep it fun. Another added benefit, for me, it slows down my eating.

What's new with me -

Today marks a 109 pound weight loss. For those keeping track, 27 of those pounds have been shed while I've been with SP. Clothes are coming & going quickly now and I'm passing on my gently used ones.

Today also marks a year off soda. I must say, it has not been an easy accomplishment. I LOVED soda. Now I'm not even sure if I could handle the mouth feel and sugary taste. I won't test that theory! One year down, a lifetime to go.

Doc had me take another adrenal test, results in later next week. I'm interested in the results. I believe there will be good news all around.

New Doc has confirmed that my lean muscle has steadily increased and my body fat has decreased. Body measurements show a major decrease in inches too.

The Mr is having a difficult time with my newly found weight loss. It's complicated and in no way has he even tried to sabotage my progress. I listen to him when he finds his voice and that is reassuring enough for him.

I'm discovering, again, all veggies are not created equal. As we know, many of the "go to" veggies can be high in carbs and natural sugars. Tasty as they are they mess with my blood sugar. *BOO* So I'm quickly revamping my shopping list and finding creative ways to cook. Variety can't be a bad thing.

I have yet to start training to walk a half marathon. I'm mentally stuck and need to work around, or rather through that.

The Mr and I will go to a water park again this summer. It should loads of fun and those board shorts from last year are looking and feeling fabulous.

I'm still finding my way with fitness at the hometown & city gyms. It's a process. Life in the gym, or rather getting there, will be easier once I've hired a receptionist at my office.

New health insurance has been secured. Our office was able to secure a small group plan that saves us all money. Of course now, my weight is not that big of an issue so I could, if necessary, obtain a individual plan.

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JENJESS48 6/20/2012 7:46AM

    Sounds like everything is going very well for you! Congrats! You've worked so hard for your progress.

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KOSHKALET 6/20/2012 1:47AM

    Fantastic news! So glad the new food menu is working for you (and wow are you working it you awesome gal you). Sorry this is tough for the Mr. - it's a big transition, so I think it's super cool that you are so gentle with each other.

Good news will be coming on the adrenal front, I'm sure and I'm thrilled that you got insurance for your team that is reasonable.

Have a blast at the water park!

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ABB698 6/20/2012 12:38AM

    emoticonon the 109, KT! That's amazing, and so happy to hear the clothes are coming and going (Down) so quickly! Keep on rockin it!!

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WOUBBIE 6/19/2012 5:18PM

    Excellent - the chopsticks idea is inspired!

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MANLEYSANDY 6/19/2012 5:02PM

    Sounds like things are moving right along....

I am just so happy for your progress because you work so hard!!!


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PJH2028 6/19/2012 4:58PM

    I'm so proud of and inspired with you. Thank you for sharing your experience.
I can relate to all the adaptations with chemistry and quirks. We are awesome. At least you are! ;-)))

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JKPONYGIRL 6/19/2012 4:31PM

    your bento box looks awesome.

congrats on the no soda too!

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