Sunday, November 15, 2009
I've been taking some time to do some evaluation. I now have two weeks under my belt with Spark People and about a week, week and a half, of really putting some effort forward.
WATER - I don't hate it but I can live without it and I used to. It was very rare that I would pour myself a glass of water. I could go days, even weeks without taken any. Not Good, I know. With trying to be healthier I know water is key. I've been getting it in daily but I've only been able to get 8-8oz in once during the past two weeks. As I'm typing this I do have a big glass of water.
FOOD - I've always eaten breakfast but between the first meal of the day and dinner I used to snack and binge. I LOVE to read and I LOVE chocolate. It wouldn't be unheard of for me to sit and read while eating out of a large M and M bag. I haven't done that for the past two weeks. YAY ME! I've done great with my food choices and even feel full and content. The problem is I'm not getting enough calories in. I've been struggling to get my calorie count higher than 1300 (yesterday it was 1100 and I even had a fried chicken and a few JoJo's with my family since my count was so low). I'm going to try harder to get my calorie count up with healthy low fat foods.
EXERCISE - I know this is key for me. I can gain weight eating an apple if I don't exercise, my metabolism is SO slow! My sister joined Curves and excitedly invited me to join up to. I did. And I'm glad I did it! I was only able to make it there three times last week but I can already feel a difference! For me I know I HAVE TO get my workout done first thing in the morning or it's NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. So my alarm goes off at 5a.m. each morning.
Back in February, when I started getting serious of taking care of me, I went to see my doctor. He told me that my BMI was dangerously high. He was going to give me three months to bring it down or strongly suggest I look into gastric bypass surgery. That scared me but obviously not enough to do something about my weight then. It still scares me but now I AM doing something. My current BMI is 43.6. YIKES. Definitely in the very overweight (OBESE) category. I really want to get it down the just the overweight category so I went to a BMI calculator to figure out how much I need to lose to bring it to 29.9 (the highest number in just overweight). I need to weigh 220lbs to have a BMI of 29.9. That's 100lbs. Okay, it's a little discouraging to know that after losing 100lbs I'll still be considered overweight. It put where I am now more into perspective. I'm dangerously unhealthy and need to get this weight off.
I'm looking forward to this week. I'm actually excited to wake up at 5:00 and go exercise. I can't wait to get on the scale on Tuesday to see the results of my hard work (I've already taken an unofficial peak and it's pretty great!!!)
I just need to say I am so thankful for Spark People!!! It's a place where I've met tons of inspiring people who after long struggles are now where I want to be and people who are on the same journey just beginning. It's also a place where I can go if I need information, encouragement or motivation any time of day and I'll find it!!!
Friday, November 13, 2009
About three years ago I started feeling like there was a lump in my throat. I'd struggle swallowing at times, felt uncomfortable lying down and just overall bothered by the sensation. At the time I was pregnant, mentioned it to my OB. and he said it was my thyroid. I accepted that diagnosis, took a small dose of thyroid medicine and went on with life.
They symptoms continued off and on over the three years but life was too busy and I didn't like how heavy I was so going to the doctor was the last thing I wanted to do. Well about two weeks ago the lump sensation was getting worse, felt larger and more restrictive. I made the appointment to see my doctor and he said he didn't feel anything so he wanted to send me to a specialist who would have a scope they could put down the nose to see the throat. YIKES!
Yesterday was my appointment with the specialist. The doctor said, after one minute of listening to me explain, "I know exactly what's wrong." Wow, I thought that was easy and I didn't even have to do the scope thing down the nose. Then he said, "Just to make sure I'm going to take a look with this thing" Oh, no, the SCOPE! I have to say it wasn't even half as bad as I feared...very doable!
To my relief the only thing wrong with my throat reflux. I don't even use tums and had no idea reflux could be the problem. He gave me a flier that told about it and right at the beginning it listed some of the symptoms, three of which I had: Trouble swallowing, a lump sensation in the throat and mucous draining down the back of the throat.
Then the doctor told me ways to control it. Two things stuck in my mind because following them will also help me with my weight loss...#1 No Chocolate #2 Nothing to eat or drink two to three hours before bed. Of course losing weight was on there as well.
I've spent years neglecting my own health and in the process have been on a steady decline. At first I didn't notice, I was proud of myself that I could be heavy but yet be so healthy. But now that I'm getting older having spent too many years being obese it is catching up with me. I'm now wanting/needing to take action. I want to try and reverse the damage I've done to my body, get my body farther away from being put 6 feet under, and treat my body the way God intended me to.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Have you ever played that game? I did...today! I belong to a preschool co-op. There are six kids and each mom takes turns teaching. I teach once every six weeks and this is my week.
So today I had 6 - 4/5 year olds, my kindergartner and my 23-month-old. After two hours of learning, crafts and playing we headed out to the backyard to play What Time is it Mr. Shark. Oh, my goodness, I am so out of shape. Chasing after the kids and running back and forth really got me out of breath. At one point my 5 year old turned to me and said, "Mom, I'll run ahead of you and protect you since you're the slowest runner." Chivalry isn't dead!!!
So added to my list of reasons WHY I want to lose weight and get healthy...So I can play What Time is it Mr. Shark!!!!
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