Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Well, it's been a few weeks, and I'm still going. The discerning part is that I haven't actually lost any poundage yet, but my body is reshaping. I can see that and definitely feel it in my clothes. I know that this is good for me and it will eventually lead to the pounds shedding, as well. But working out every day is giving me that muscle, and truthfully the number on the scale doesn't matter, I really just want to feel better. And I'm getting to that point.
The medicine that the doctor put me on has some weird side effects, but it seems to be helping. I figure that even if I don't LOSE weight, staying the same through the holiday season will be good. And that will make it easier to lose afterwards. But I'm feeling good, my energy level is getting better (although waking up in the morning is still difficult) and there are other things in my body that are changing, so it will all even out eventually. The most important part is to keep focused.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Well, after much frustration, trying countless other plans as well as this one, and still having no progress, I talked to my doctor. I had blood drawn, and everything (incluing my cholesterol, which is beyond me) was perfectly fine. No thyroid problems, nothing. So we discussed my next step.
He told me to go on a 1500-1800 calorie diet, burn at least 250 calories per day, and he gave me a prescription for Xenical. This website tells me to eat between 1200 and 1500 calories, so I am going slightly above that, but the medicine won't work on that few of calories.
Xenical is a weight loss pill that blocks 30% of the fat you ingest from being absorbed into your body. The undigested fat just gets passed. I'll spare you the details, but lets just say, you can see it working in more ways than one. The help it offers is twofold, though, because it gives me a physical reaction to high fat foods, which in turn, deters me from eating them.
I've only been on it for a week. I've lost 2.5 pounds, although a lot of that might be water weight. One typically does not see results until about 2 weeks or so.
I've been sick for about 2 weeks, so I haven't been able to exercise (breathing kinda helps with that...) but that will be starting up again next week (after Thanksgiving) for sure. I also didn't track over the weekend because of the sickness. But this is my effort to get on track, and stay on track, and do it for ME.
I know the worst time to start these things is near the holidays, but I figure that if I can do it around the holidays, I can do it at any time. If I can get through the holidays with only minor suffering, it will put the rest of the year in perspective.
It definitely will not be easy, luckily this time my husband has agreed to cut down on and count the calories as well. Hopefully he can stick with it, because even though I know I need to be able to do it without him, it will be so much easier if he's on the journey with me.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Well, I'm back. From a much lengthier hiatus than I had planned.
I was still watching what I ate, and exercised when i could, but I wasn't recording anything and i wasn't watching as closely as I probably should have.
I gained only 2 pounds in the time I was away, so I'm at 202 right now. Definitely not where I WANT to be, but I do realize it could be a lot worse.
At this point, I don't really know what my overall goal is. I've kind of given up on the idea of being 'skinny' by my own standards because I feel like its almost unattinable without some sort of help. I know that i feel better when I exercise on a regular schedule, and I don't drink caffiene, and I eat better foods. That is what I want to do with this. Eventually that goal might change into actually losing weight, but right now I don't feel like I have the energy to go gung-ho into the whole 'skinny' thing.
I should probably find a doctor that can test me for hypothyroidism. My mom has a borderline thyroid, so they couldnt do anything for her, but I'm having problems believing that something else isnt wrong. It doesnt make sense that I eat well and exercise to burn 400 or more calories per day, and I still don't lose weight. I feel like there has to besomething more to that.
I'm done rambling now.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Well, I'm back from the honeymoon. I didn't do nearly as well as I thought I did, I ended up gaining the weight back that I'd lost before. So I'm back to where I started.
I thought that walking for like 12 hours each day (some days up massive hill/mountainsides) and swimming and all of that junk would do me some good. I know I didn't drink enough water, it was rough when you're on a budget and every time you want a water its $3. I got in drinks from water fountains whenever I could, but those are few and far between now. Breakfasts kind of killed me, because they were buffet style. I know I could have made better choices there.
So needless to say my first goal will not be met in 2 days. I'm bummed about it, but I'm trying not to let myself stay down. The frustrating thing is that no matter how hard I work I feel like I still can't lose anything. The first week is always great, and after that, even when I'm exercising 2-3 times per day and staying well within my range of calories and stuff, I still plateau. It's very frustrating.
School starts Wednesday, and that can either be a very good thing or a very bad thing. It generally helps me to have some sort of schedule, and school will definitely provide that. The downside, however, is that when I get home from school I rarely want to cook. I kinda just want to lay down and take a nap. Knowing this, however, will hopefully make me aware of my attitude and help me to change it.
The tentative scheule for a regular school day is as follows:
6:15 wake up for 20 min elliptical session
7:45 leave for school
11:30 lunch (I find out for sure what time I'll eat on Wednesday, but this is what time I ate last year)
4:00 leave school
4:15 get home and take Moxi for a walk
5:15 start dinner
The first week will be interesting, however, because we don't have students and our day is much more relaxed, which means more than likely I'll be going out to lunch most days. This also presents a challenge.
I'm doing my best to remain optimistic, but it's hard for me to believe that theres not something going on wih my body to stop me from losing. Thyroid or something. Ugh.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Well, almost another week down and I haven't lost anything since my last weigh in last Friday. Granted, when I weighed myself this morning, I had eaten more than my allotted calories yesterday AND a ton of salty food, so I guess I can see why. But nonetheless I've decided its time to up the exercising. Thats the easiest part for me to slack on, but I need to start changing my outlook on it. I truly do feel better after I do it, and I notice a change in my body shape so much sooner, even if the scale doesn't reflect that.
The first time I lost all of my weight and got down to 143ish, I didn't exercise at all. I did Weight Watchers, and as anyone who has tried to lose weight more than once knows, the first time is ALWAYS the easiest. I didn't have to lift a weight, walk a mile, or swim a lap to get down to that weight. However, I never felt like I LOOKED that weight, because I still had a flabby stomach (due mostly to the fact that I never exercised. Seeing a correllation???).
This time around, especially while I'm still on summer break and have the time to do so, I'm exercising twice a day. At least. The other day I went on a 30 min walk with my hubby and the dog, and then did 20 min on the elliptical at night. Yesterday I only did a 30 min. walk and no elliptical, and at the end of the night I could feel the difference. I was kind of restless and I didn't sleep very well.
It's not even noon today, and I've already done 20 min on the elliptical AND taken the dog for a 30 min. walk. I walked faster today than I have before because I wasn't with hubby. So we covered more ground in that 30 min. I'm dripping with sweat, but I feel good about it. I'm hoping to get another 20 min in on the elliptical later today.
A couple of years ago my mom was pretty heavy for her size. She is only about 5'4" but weighed about 250. She's lost about 100 pounds, give or take, and has kept it off for an entire TWO years. She did it in a very different manner, rather drastic I'd say, but she did it. And she continues to do it. One of the things that she had to do was exercise twice a day. Once at 530am and once after she got out of work. And she still does it. If she can do it, so can I.
One big challenge that is coming up is the honeymoon. I know we will be walking around a lot, through Disney and other theme parks, and BlizzCon, however I also know that we more than likely won't be eating very well. I am going to do my best, and try my hardest not to splurge just because I'm on vacation. I will have my computer with me, so I will still be logging everything every night.
Once school starts (in 13 days! boooo) I will have to wake up early to do the elliptical in the morning, and then take the dog for walks when I get home in the afternoon. Even on the days that its hot. I still have to get out there and do it, for both of our sakes.
Get An Email Alert Each Time LEIGHWOMAN Posts