Friday, July 18, 2008
Part of my title was sung by the Beatles in case you didn't know.
Saw my doc today, she is family practice who does OB as well and is wildly popular because she is wonderful... so my Weds appt got postponed and then Aunt Rosie came to visit last night, making the main part of the visit (my yearly exam) impossible. But I am hypothyroid too and needed to discuss that and a few other things. She didn't even know me at first since I've lost THAT much weight. She was absolutely thrilled with the progress I've made and how I've accomplished it. Thanks in part to all of my sparked friends!! I also got to visit a bit with her, she's great... she even gave me a hug.
My brain-sucking virus is getting better. I'm not sure what else to call it, it's sort of like having a cold without all the sinusey crap, coughing and sneezing... but you certainly get all the fatigue and brain fog. I also have a charming thing that happens sometimes when I get a cold, I get chest wall pain... so it hurts to breathe. So I was fine yesterday until about 4 pm and then I was totally useless. I'm doing great today, but I'm sure the brain will flatline at some point later this afternoon or evening.
I managed to do 30 day shred again today, first time since Monday (I attempted level 2 for the 1st time Sunday). It went pretty good, but I could tell that I'd not done it for a few days and had lost some endurance.
Otherwise, life is pretty good. Just trying to make all the changes in my life that go with the weight loss... it's sort of like losing weight in other areas... like clutter.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I don't know what the deal was yesterday. Prolly something because I was running a temp too. I'm totally great today. I'm glad I pushed myself to get to work today. I'm playing our nutritionist on television (our dietitian is on vacation). I'm actually considering a Masters in Dietetics. All this weight loss has made me pretty passionate about healthy, sensible weight loss.
I was down to 157 this morning. I didn't expect that big of a drop... but there it is. So that is a 24.6 BMI/47.6# lost/23.3% of starting weight lost... How exciting is that? Wahoo! I've been nutty about watching the scale this week. I really need to step away for at least half a week anyway.
I'm still trying to decide whether to go to 145 or 150. I think I'm leaning towards the 145 so the 150 can be the middle point of a 10 lb acceptable range. Besides, it kind of puts off the beginning of maintenance for a little longer.
Today while walking at lunch I had to use the mp3 player on my cell phone for music and an old favorite song came on...
Conditioning (Howard Jones)
Well you're not, you're not who you think you are
Well we think that you are John or Dave
But you're not, you're not who you think you are
Jumbled mass of preconceived ideas
From our birth we were given an identity
People told us we were great or small
From our birth we were given rules of right or wrong
Not forgetting the bullies at school
The world teaches us to think that life is full of limitations
The world tries to make us think that there are loads of limits
Welcome to Conditioning
And as the world makes us feel great
And as the world makes us feel small
Oh so convinced of our identity
If we only knew it we just can't believe it we just won't believe it
Leading us to think that we are such a success
Conning us to think that we are just a failure
Leading us to think that we are so intelligent
Conning us to think that we are just a do-do do-do
Welcome to Conditioning
Who is to say what is what
Welcome to Conditioning
I think it's a really great song that should make us think about what the world is telling us about ourselves and the messages that we internalize from that.
Weight loss is a prime example, really. Very interesting... just nothing coherent per se.
Today is day 98 of my 100 straight days of exercise goal. I may take a day off and start a new 100 days... or I'll just add on. I'm not sure. The problem is that exercise is such a part of my life that I get pretty squirrely without it.
Have a great day!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I have THAT doctor's appointment today. I just love THAT appointment, just like every other woman I know. However, I REALLY LOVE my doc... she's great.
I can't wait to see the look on her face when she sees me today. The last time I saw her, I weighed 203... and this morning I weighed in at 158... so there is 22.2% less of me than when she saw me last. Also my blood pressure was creeping up into the 130s over high 80s and now I'm averaging 100s over upper 50s. She's gonna be flabbergasted! (I WIN!)
I'm also considering lowering my goal weight to 145, that way, 150 would be my mid-point and if I started heading up to 155, it would be time to clamp down... and if I started going below 150, I would need to eat more. That would be a good thing to discuss with my doc today...
I'm sitting here at work and my hands are FREEZING... I also wore shorts today and my legs are cold. I was thinking about not exercising today because of the doctor's appt, but I may at least take a brisk walk in the warmth outside. I'm glad I brought bean soup to eat today... it's warm.
I might wait to exercise until I get home since "Biggest Loser: Cardio Max" should be in the mailbox from Netflix today anyway. I love using Netflix to preview exercise videos. That way I can decide if I might want to purchase later on.
I also made an incredible salad last night with quinoa, black beans, tomatoes and onions... it has a slightly sweet lime dressing. I had to change a few things based on what we had but it worked out just fine. So my lunch today is leftover salad and bean soup. YUMMMMMMMMMMM!
Not much else is happening. We plan to file bankruptcy by the end of the month... we really would prefer to pay our debts, but eating is much more important. We are also working hard to learn how to change our bad $$ habits (we don't blame this on anyone but ourselves). We had already cut back on eating out, now we are working on other ways to save pennies. I am getting pretty big on turning off lights... we also use fluorescent bulbs almost exclusively... so we are doing our best.
I liked one idea I saw here on SP the other day, to use powdered milk in cooking rather than the more $$ fluid milk.
Our teenager daughter is being more cooperative and is even hanging out with the family more. It's been a radical change. Once she finally pushed hubby too far, she got the message that her behavior was unacceptable and has 95% changed her tune. She is also switching high schools this year and is really excited about that. She had a lot of good reasons for switching.
So we will muddle through... as usual. Things are at a manageable stress level now... but about a month ago it's a wonder I wasn't under my desk sucking my thumb and refusing to come out. If I hadn't had the exercise to focus on, I would have been a basket case for sure.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
My goal is only 7 days away!
Like I said in my previous post, I plan to extend my goal of consecutive exercise days. I think I will be a little more conservative and go for 125. That's workable.
I had a fabulous run today. We had a rainstorm go through that cooled things down to about 70, which is a treat with the string of 90 degree days we have been having! I took advantage since I LOVE to wog outside so much. I managed 4.2652 miles in 53 minutes, which is an average of 4.8 miles per hour!! I ran 20 minutes of it. I am so excited about that... and I know it contributed greatly to my high mph.
In the shower after my run I had two thoughts... both of which got added to the quotes on my SparkPage...
"I'm in training for the rest of my life!"
"I can't help aging, but I can control HOW I age!"
Maybe not completely original, but they are sort of a culmination of the reading I've been doing lately about the benefits of exercise as you age.
Today I read a story today written my a doctor who was watching his elderly in-laws get continually more deconditioned and they refused to exercise. The article had lots of good stats about the benefits of exercise for older folks.
I have worked so hard for the last 6 months, I don't want to slide backwards.
Also, this morning, I weighed here at home... and the scale said that I was at 155! This is not official, but it still shows the continula downward trend. It's not going to be long until I have lost 50 lbs.
I just can't believe how much I really love this body of mine. It looks good, feels good and can move in ways I'd forgotten were possible. Mentally I am sharper and emotionally I am more stable. (With all the stress here at home lately, a year ago I would have been a basket case... now I feel the stress and work the bulk of it out.)
For all of you out there having setbacks... you can do this! Every choice you make changes your future!
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