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This week in review

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Well, I didn't lose any weight this week. I'm a little disappointed, but it's okay because I didn't gain any. Next week I'll rearrange some things, exercise more, sleep more, and be more cautious about my eating habits.

Yesterday I went to my neurologist. I've had epilepsy since I was 16. If any of you have chronic conditions you know that every so often you have to switch medications because one has lost it's effectiveness, or add a new medication, or you need to add more of a medication, etc. Well, she prescribed a new med and frankly, i'm really scared. A lot of the anti-epileptic medications have horrible side effects. Also, a lot of those anti-epileptic meds cause depression and/or suicidal thoughts. A few years ago I was on one of those medications and it was the worst time of my life. It took me 2 full years to realize why i wanted to kill myself and I why I was so moody and unpleasant. That same medication from 2 years ago also made me gain 70 2 years!!! Ugh.

This new medication doesn't cause weight gain (yay) but it can cause depression and suicidal thoughts. I'm really scared. I dont' want to ever go through that same horrible depression ever again. I don't ever want to go through that misery ever again.

so I've been trying to give myself a pep talk all morning long (today is supposed to be my first day). I keep reminding myself that I'm not in the same situation that I was in a few years ago (when i took that bad medication). This time around I have a GOOD neurologist that monitors me and really cares about me. She doesn't brush me off and doesn't take my words lightly. She's not going to tell me that my depression will "go away on it's own" like my old neurologist did. Also, this time I'm more aware and if I start to feel odd, I'll bring it up to my doctor.

Okay, so that's enough venting. I'm going to take this medication right now. Please wish me luck!


Battle scars aka Stretch Marks

Friday, October 16, 2009

As I get closer to my goal weight, I have to say that I'm extremely happy with my progress. I know that eventually I'll have the body I want. But there's one thing that I can't get rid of. stretch marks. i hate them! They are very embarrassing and there is very little you can do to cover them up.

I have so many stretch marks. I have them on the back of my calves and my legs from when i went through a major growth spurt the summer before Jr. high. Those don't even have anything to do with weight gain! Throughout the years I've accumulated more stretch marks as I've gained and lost weight. I have ugly ones on my lower abdomen, some on my arms, on my thighs...everywhere!

I wish I could magically make them disappear. I wish I could make them go away with diet and exercise. But at this time there isn't anything you can do to get rid of them. Creams, potions, lotions, all that stuff that claim to get rid of them, do no such thing. I've been researching online and doctors have been trying laser therapy to get rid of them, but that process is still new. i think that's the only cosmetic surgery that I'd be willing to pay for.

i just hate stretch marks, so much. they're so ugly. People say they're not noticable but they're noticeable to me! My weight loss is for me! I want to make my body as beautiful as possible for me! So that is why i'd be willing to undergo cosmetic surgery to get rid of them.

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RJBERRA27 10/16/2009 3:57PM

    I completely sympathize. I've had two kids and gained 60 - 70 lbs with both of them. I have stretch marks everyone and I hate every last one of them. HATE!!!! I've also tried every cream on the market and they definitely don't work. I think us women should catch a break somewhere. Ugh!

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Strength before Cardio

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I'm confused, am I supposed to do strength training before cardio or cardio before strength training? I know we're supposed to alternate strength training and cardio but when I strength train I like to do some light cardio. I'm just confused about which one i should do first.

On another note, the weather in Los Angeles is so weird. It rained for 3 days in a row and today we had 80 degree weather. So weird!!!

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SLCPUTZ 10/15/2009 11:48PM

  Yeah, my trainer makes me warm up on the treadmill for five minutes, stretch a bit, do strength, then whatever cardio. I don't know why, lol, but that's what I do.

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TADDINGTON 10/15/2009 9:49PM

  My trainer said it burns better when I do strength first because my muscles are warmed up and so when I go to cardio it makes a greater impact. I'm new to this and have a long way to go... but that is what I'm doing.

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Changes in Weight Loss Goals

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

After reading Coach Nicole's article (
to_an_unhealthy_weight) about her dramatic weight loss and her struggle to maintain that weight, I've been wondering if I should change my weight loss goals. I currently weigh 172 and my current goal is to go down to 130lbs. But i'm wondering if that weight would be too hard for me to maintain. I'm wondering if I should change my goal to 140. I think for my size, and height(5'8.5") 140 would be more realistic and easier to maintain.

In her article, Coach Nicole mentions a "happy weight" and sure, 130 would make me EXTREMELY happy. I'm from Los Angeles, there's a lot of pressure to look a certain way and there is no such thing as "too skinny". On the BMI scale, at 130 I would be at a "normal weight", but i think it would be a struggle to keep up. What do you think? Do you think I'm being unecessarily paranoid? Do you think i"m letting fear get in my way?? Or do you think I'm being realistic?

I'm just afraid of being at a weight that is impossible to maintain and gaining back all the weight I've worked so hard to lose.

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/13/2009 12:26AM

    Without seeing what you look like and knowing your body type, it would seem to me that 140 is a good weight for your height and that 130 may actually be low. Years ago, I took Jacki Sorensen's Aerobic Dancing classes. The teachers had to maintain a certain weight standard to keep their job. The formula was 100 lbs. for a 5'0" woman, with 5 lbs. added for each extra inches and fractions of inches being rounded up. Based on that formula, you would be considered 5'9", with a weight of 145 lbs.

All that said, there is no reason why you should even consider the possibility of gaining back all the weight you lost. It is possible that you wouldn't be able to maintain the low weight, but you should be able to maintain a higher ideal weight. If you were to start gaining back weight, you need to deal with it immediately so that you don't gain everything back.


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2lb weight loss

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Woohoo!! Lost 2 lbs this week :) :). It's my first week of my new exercise plan and so far so good! I didn't follow the plan exactly as I had listed. I didn't get to do cardio on Monday or Friday but I made up for it today with one hour of running/jogging/walking on the treadmill.

Another positive thing, my best friend told me that my face thinned out. Woohoo!! I'm so stoked. Hard work pays off

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ANTCOF 10/10/2009 4:44PM

    Great Job! I know you are happy with that result. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIZZY781 10/10/2009 4:32PM

    emoticon keep it up hun

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ANNSTOECKL 10/10/2009 4:13PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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CLALIZ 10/10/2009 3:57PM

    Awesome! Keep it up!
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