Friday, December 21, 2012
Quick background in August '11 I was referred to an endo for deeper eval on my hormones. Turns out I have too much free testosterone. Having too much free testosterone can cause too much unwanted facial hair, acne problems and thinning of hair(all of which I have), I also was diagnosed with high cholesterol which was lowered with weight loss. I also found this next little part from this website, "Left untreated, high levels of androgens, regardless of whether a woman has PCOS or not, are associated with serious health consequences, such as insulin resistance and diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease." ~ www.healthywomen.org/condition/andro
I was placed on metformin which helped to lower the free testosterone but if not taken regular it won't do much help. I have been off it about 3-4 times for 2-3 week periods if I was noticing I couldn't take it regularly. Fastforward 9 months I had stopped seeing endo back in May and referred to an OBGYN doc, she did some blood work and found my testosterone was still high as well ruling out PCOS with ultrasounds. I strongly dislike the thought of birth control and wanted to avoid it but they seem to want to push that to balance out my hormones as I have tried the metformin route already. They also told me I could focus on healthy diet and weight loss further to try and naturally reduce my levels. This is the part where I got a real shocker, I am pre-diabetic. Now I know my family genes suck in general having heart disease, high BP, diabetes, cancer, obesity and depression but I figured since I was losing weight my health would improve. I was not found to be pre-diabetic though I have had levels tested through the past 2 years. So why now that I have lost weight does it show up?! I reviewed my diet quickly through my head and realized I have picked up my soda habit again and carbs aren't my friend though I seem to have taken a liking to them a lot more. So I have come up with the following course of action:
Cut out soda
Drink more water
Eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2-3 snacks
Eat more fruits and veggies
Go for a walk down the block even if that means I have to put on jacket, gloves and scarf to avoid windy weather.
Take medications regularly
Meditate no matter how hard it may be
Take time to read instead of game
Take a relaxing bath once a month
Work on physical therapy exercises
Lose 2 lbs by the end of 2012
Lose 15-25 lbs by end of March 2013
I have considered the above goals and believe they are all very realistic and doable. The weight loss I thought would be doable at 2lbs/wk but have lowered it slightly so as not to be disappointed if not obtained. I have also realized that while I am seeing my dear friend again more and its enjoyable with great company I need to cut back on the unhealthy fast food, restaurants and coffee trips. I believe by cutting back all around I will lose weight easier and find better ways to stick to my plan. While I weighed in today at 198.2 I am not sad to say I am higher than I hoped as I am still under my 200 lb goal for the end of the year. I am determined however to lose another 2-3 lbs by the end of year in hopes of being at 195. I can also proudly say I am officially graduated and have my diploma after having put it off for 5 years. I will be taking new body shots to update my progress just after the new year.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Thanksgiving was pretty uneventful we stayed in and had a small meal. I didn't do seconds and I didn't make anything so I wasn't tempted to snack on anything. I haven't been eating as well as I hoped for but the thing is I am still eating regular meals. I have been slacking on my medicine as I lost my weekly pill holder so I forget a lot more. My therapy visits have come to an end but I plan on continuing what I learned there in my own home. As for other activities I go walking with my cousins to the store. I enjoy it and I also have started watching them here and there.
As of recent I was pretty stressed but I have came down a fair bit. Got a library card and a debit card. I also found my nook charger and can purchase free books to read so that will hopefully motivate me to walk to the park(~2miles one way) and read some over the winter. I was doing well losing weight and have hit ~200(give or take .5 lbs) so I have reached my goal for the end of the year but I am hoping to lose another lb or two before a total end. I was pretty psyched about a yard sale but that is a bust after a doctor appointment. They didn't find what they were looking for so I go for an ultrasound Thursday to determine things, if a mass is found they will set up for tumor markers and other testing. I am quite nervous about this after everything else that has taken place in this past year. I am glad however I will have my dear friend there with me to hold my hand through it. Overall I feel that will get me through any news I receive good or bad. I also hope I can get sleep between now and then as I currently am awake with a scared child while her parents take her baby brother to the hospital for a flu bug he's caught. He wasn't looking too well and he had already gotten sick twice. I also tend to wake up with them for school at 7am and stay up til 1am to enjoy the peace so sleep is definitely appreciated on weekends with bedtime later.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Was having a slight knee pain earlier last week and mentioned to my therapist. He told me to take it easy and let him know if the pain increases at my next visit. I wasn't able to describe the pain well last time so until my next visit I have been marking my knee with marker to show the areas of pain with a different color for each day. I have also been wearing a knee brace and started to ice. All of it seems to be of no help as my knee seems to hurt more now though I have been trying to rest. So until I get my knee stronger again my walks are out of question and I am forced to improvise inside.
Realization today, I stepped on the scale and it read 201.4! This was very exciting as I had told myself if I hit 200 by end of November my goal for end of year would be 195. Well no sooner had my day began I started eating crappy. I have had half a lemon with way too much salt, pumpkin pie(homemade) with whipped topping, a salisbury steak on a burger bun, a cheese crisp with half an avocado, a chocolate pudding cup, a glass of milk and 52 oz of water. I also just made a ham and cheese hot pocket to eat. I am not sure but think I am going to do a casserole for dinner with hamburger, onions, rice, cream of mushroom/chicken soups and serve with mixed veggies.
The best part is I realized why I am doing this and what I can do to avoid it(hopefully) in the future. First I am stressed and not speaking up. Second I normally have a small binge right before my monthly to compensate for the first few days where I don't want to eat anything. This all means I need to 1. drink more water, 2. eat regular meals and healthy snacks, 3. indulge in sweets with moderation being key, 4. look at the time and determine if I am eating for boredom, hunger or dehydration. I look back at today and realize within 4 hours I have had 3 meals and that is probably a day and a half of what my normal calorie intake should be at.
I am planning on attending 2 thanksgiving events but eating small portions and refusing seconds. I am also planning some meals that would include my cousin and her family to save them some costs and all of us time.
Side notes: I really dislike that they smoke in general, menthol ones even more dislike and such hate that they throw the butts on the ground like it's leaves. Did I mention they also smoke what seems to be a pack a day? So why not kick the habit and save up? Their little dog at least is kenneled at night for no accidents and goes outside a fair bit. This cat in our bathroom has no manners however and will keep me from going back to sleep at 5am. He thinks the door is his toy and enemy since it holds him trapped in the bathroom. He is unfixed so not many people want him and he's a Siamese.
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