I did it- I lost 2 pounds. I can't believe it! I also lost an inch in my waist and a quarter of an inch in my neck. I'm so glad- I was getting a little frustrated with nothing happening. I just really hope I can lose more. It always seems like I hang around 130 which is where I have been around. I've been doing pretty well keeping in my calorie range and with my workouts.
Yesterday I had my stress echo at the cardiologist. First they took an ultrasound of my heart while I was resting. It was really cool to see the valves moving and the chambers of the heart. Then they put all those electrode things all over me and I got on the treadmill. I was only on it for 10 minutes, but it kept getting faster and the incline went up more. Every 2 minutes they would take my blood pressure. Then I had to hurry up and get back on the table so they could ultrasound my heart again. The doctor that was in there said everything looked good, which I figured I would be fine. I don't see my doctor until the beginning of July to see what he thinks. The ultrasound tech said that my heart was on the verge of growing bigger- I guess they measure different portions of the heart. He said that when you have high blood pressure your heart has to work harder, so it gets bigger. And the doctor seems to think that I'm on the verge of having high blood pressure.
So here's to keeping the heart healthy! In a couple of weeks I'll be going in for a lithotripsy on my left kidney. I have struggled with stones since college. Seven stones in there. 3 in the right kidney, but it's costing me 900 bucks to do one, so not really wanting to fork out 1800 right now. My worry is that I'll get out of the workout habit while I'm recovering, but I hope I can jump back in.
So today we had this big meeting with our whole department and we had a mexican lunch. I was really good with my portions! I had one tortilla with reasonable amounts of everything. I was so proud of myself! I really wanted to eat more, especially when people were going to go eat seconds, but I refrained. Yay me!
I am a member of the 1 Day Challenge group. Each day there is a challenge and it's great! Tomorrow's challenge is to write in my blog, so I'll do it a little early :) Well this is now week 2 of trying to follow my eating schedule and I haven't been doing very well lately! I got caught up in the birthday celebration thing and various people from work wanting to take me to lunch. I try super hard to find things not fried and that may be good for me but the calories are what are killing me. I continue to work out - I've gotten this under my good habit belt, and do it 5-6 times a week for about 30 minutes or more after work. So I know that if I keep at the food thing, I can get it - sooner or later!
I think, right now, the most important thing for me, is to remind myself that I can't be perfect. That if I slip, I can pick myself up and try again. I get so frustrated with myself real easily and I've been rather down because I haven't really lost anything- well what i lost has been gained again. I really need to stay focused and reward myself for going the distance. I think what is really going to matter this time is that my husband is being supportive. He's understanding that I need to eat different foods and joins in at dinner. I'm actually enjoying making great food with fruits and veggies to compliment.
So I noticed that even though I've been a little emotional and moody this TOM, I really don't feel bloated and nasty like I normally do. I did take myself off of the Nuvaring, which my cardiologist said was good - he doesn't want me on any hormones at all. They can raise your blood pressure and perhaps it was doing that. I haven't had as many headaches as I did when I was on it. No cramping or anything- exercise can work wonders! And eating right too. I'm on week 2 of eating better. Still trying to get in the habit of choosing the right foods and portions, so have to follow the eating plan because I think I'll slip if I don't. My problem is making the right choices when I go out to eat. Seems like so many restaurants don't have healthy foods to choose. Even salads can have so much loaded on them. And now that I'm noticing the amounts of food which are good, it almost makes me sick to see the amounts that restaurants serve. I look like I'm eating like a bird, but I'm eating what we should be. I think I started eating so much more because my husband does, but he's capable of doing that! But still afraid when I weigh myself on Tuesday that I won't have lost anything. Still on this plateau and don't know what to do. We'll see what happens!