Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Over the last 2 years, I've been gradually gaining weight, hitting a new peak since I was pregnant with my 2nd child over 15 years ago. Along the way, life's stresses have added to my feeling depressed on occasion & lethargic on most days. Work is at a fever pitch with lots of drama. DH & I have had our share of growing pains which we presently seem to be thankfully working through. The prospect of hitting 50 next year is beginning to hit & my body from top to bottom.
This past Spring, I started limping & waited several weeks until I made it to an orthopedist where I learned that I had developed painful heel spurs (which I'm guessing is aggravated by the weight gain). I did PT 3x/week for 3 months over the summer & stopped limping, but the pain never went away. I then went to a podiatrist who gave me cortisone-like shots on 2 different occasions, but I still live with the pain day & night.
Despite the pain in my heels, I re-booted a few months & got back on SP seeking some discipline & help to get my weight back under control. I dropped a few pounds which left me elated, only to gain them even more quickly back. I felt frustrated because the number of calories I consume on a given day isn't all that high, between 1400-1800 with an occasional / rare 2000. I had been hitting the gym, even spinning 2 back to back classes twice a week, all to no avail. The pain in my heels did slow me down from time to time which has been a challenge.
In search of some answers, I scheduled 2 appointments with an acupuncturist & an MD who has done bio identical hormone replacement therapy. Today, I got a small dose of Chinese medicine & discovered that I am Yin & spleen deficient (interesting info when you Google this). I learned that my body is generating heat internally which is drying up other parts of my body (eyes, lips, stool / constipation) & need to drink more water (& definitely NOT ice cold, but room temperature or even hot / warm water). I also got confirmation that eating bread, which turns into sugar, is a craving I must face & deal with. It seems that bread affects the spleen which in turn can affect my metabolism.
Today, I laid down for 20 minutes with a total of 16 needles in body (8 on each side) targeting specific points through out my body, from head to heel, that might be blocked. I wish I could say it was relaxing, but the room got cold (which was intentional on the practitioners part since I generate heat internally) & my phone, which was on vibrate, kept buzzing as my boss was frantically trying to reach me. Thankfully, only 2 of the needles initially hurt a tiny bit which ultimately subsided. I am scheduled for another visit next week & expect around 6 visits with the acupuncturist. I am hopeful that I'll see some difference in my heel pain as well as my metabolism after the 3rd visit.
On Monday, I have an appointment with an MD to see if my hormones are out of kilter which is possible. Then, I will see about the possible solutions with bio identical hormone therapy that Suzanne Sommers has been preaching for the last decade or more.
I am feeling positive that the pieces of the puzzle (my body) might finally be coming together as I work to connect the dots...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Why I Want to Lose Weight:
1. To get back into my beautiful size 10 clothing collecting dust in my closet
2. To enjoy having my photo taken again
3. To be able to walk briskly without huffing & puffing
4. To feel healthy & fit
5. To have a more active lifestyle
6. To feel sexy
7. To not feel like a fat person
8. To get on the scale & smile
9. To have lean legs so that I can wear shorts again
10.To feel young as I approach 50 next year
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
I am taking a moment to pause & recognize where I am on the road to feeling healthy & fit after a few months back on SP. Sadly, I haven't kept the few pounds I worked so hard to take off. I've gotten sucked into an adrenaline high at work with lots going on & have neglected to take care of myself. On top of that, I have been in L.A. over the last few days with sexy young 20 something yearl olds & feeling old & fat which is not where I want to be.
I downloaded a great app on my iPhone called GPS FOR THE SOUL & get daily reminders to take a break & great articles to keep me motivated & regain the confidence in my ability to lose the weight, despite some setbacks.
My homework assignments from this article:
1. Look the part.
Pick up a fashion item that makes me feel good - I'm going to look for a new wool coat in a pale pink to feel feminine again
2. Fake it!
I will walk tall, shoulders back, posture erect, head held high. I believe that I am a confident person and will carry as if I am!
3. Edit Internal Dialogue
I will practice saying positive things to myself..."I can do this!"
4. Set small goals -- and achieve them!
I will lose 5 pounds in the next 4 weeks as a birthday present to myself
5. Be happy... and grateful
I am taking time to acknoweldge that I am grateful for the love in my life, my family, my kids, my BFF & work that's invigorating.
I have traveled to the West Coast 3 times over the last 3 months & will be back again next month. I will get back to eating healthy, meditating, exercising & drinking water.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I'm entering my 8th week of reboot & am grateful for the 5% Summer Challenge & the support of the Casual Travelers. As of this morning, I'm down 6.2 lbs which hasn't been easy. I had entered the 180's last week & got derailed at work with lots of sweets that spoke to me upon my TOM. I gained 3 lbs by mid week & then ended up kicking butt the last few days & reached a new low of 188.8 today (Yippee!!!).
I am traveling to the West Coast tomorrow (gotta pack!) until Saturday for business. I will have 12 hour work days again which is a challenge as I need my rest / sleep. I had 9.5 hours last night so maybe I can bank some (lol). Thankfully, L.A. has scrumptious fruits & veggies so will focus on eating healthy. Not sure how I'll have time to exercise, but know that if I focus on eating right that I'll lose weight.
I will meditate in the mornings or evenings before bedtime depending on how much time I have. I will walk when I have any down time & breathe.
See you all next week...
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Itís the end of wk 7 of my reboot & I had been down nearly 6 lbs. I even entered the 180ís which left me feeling elated. It seems Iím good at sabotaging myself as by mid week I had gone up 3 lbs. I quickly hit the reset button & ended the week up 1 lb which I can live with especially as itís TOM & which explains the chocolate cravings I had last week. I also forgot to drink the water & got little sleep with 12 hour work days so I'm going to give myself a small break & forge ahead.
With a little help from BFF & the support of the Casual Travelers, I committed to my health & well being. I ate well the last 3 days, exercised every day these last 3 days, drank 8 glasses of water by mid-day today & meditated a few times today. With the family gone for a few days, I can focus on taking care of me. Today, I made it to the gym for a fierce workout starting with 2 back to back spin classes with my favorite instructor Mary Jo & a body conditioning class which left me wiped. Afterwards, I treated myself to a mani / pedi with a 10 minute foot massage which felt divine.
Mary Jo typically shares some wisdom & todayís was especially on target. She talked about the meaning of empowerment: to give yourself power, to be more confident / assertive, to have a greater sense of self esteem, to believe in yourself. She challenged us to discover the journey within & to close our eyes & go behind them. There are NO excuse, NO obstacles that we canít overcome & to look for the opportunity. If you canít fly, then run. If you canít run, then walk. If you canít walk, then crawl.
Just keep moving forward!!!
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