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I was RIGHT! Now I'm back on track!

Friday, August 05, 2011

As some of you might remember, my weight loss stalled a couple months ago and no matter what I did I couldn't lose weight. I changed my workouts, my water intake, my calorie intake, but nothing helped! After months of seeing the same number on the scale over and over again, it finally dawned on me that my weight loss stopped around the same time I started taking my new BP meds. So I decided to stop taking those meds and see if that had any affect on my weight loss. I am happy to announce that my weight loss is back on track! I've lost 2 lbs!!!

I know that many of you were concerned with my stopping of the BP meds, which I understand, but my doctor has told me that if I could lose around 30 lbs or so, I could probably stop the meds all together. I have been monitoring my blood pressure and it's been in a decent range without the meds, so I know I'm headed in the right direction!

Unfortunately, I won't reach my vacation weight goal. We leave for Las Vegas on Sunday and I'm 13 lbs away from my goal. Plus, I finally start losing weight again and now I'm going to put myself in a situation where I won't be exercising or eating as healthy as I normally do. I plan on taking my laptop and one of my workout DVDs with me in the HOPES that I will wake up early and workout, but I can't make any promises! We did rent a car for while we're there, but I hope that I can get a lot of walking in! And hopefully, I can make semi-healthy food choices while I'm there!

Anyway, I just wanted to share the good news with y'all! Hopefully, if you're struggling with weight loss issues you won't give up! You just have to keep pushing forward...maybe play a little detective to figure out what's holding you back. Believe me, after 2 months of no weight loss, for no apparent reason, I wanted to throw my hands up and just walk away. But I didn't and you shouldn't either! We can do this!!!

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JBEST73 8/9/2011 9:39PM

    Have a great time in Vegas.

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POOKASLUAGH 8/7/2011 6:44PM

    Yay! I'm glad to hear that the scale is sliding downwards again - a 2 month plateau is NO FUN.

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TXLADY110 8/5/2011 4:54PM

    Good job on finding the issue.
Did you get a consultation about the rebound effect of stopping B/P meds how they bounce for a couple weeks afterward?
Keep staying healthy. YOU can make it.

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 8/5/2011 12:55PM

    Congrats on the weight loss, but I wouldn't mess around with the blood pressure. There are so many different meds out there and many that won't effect your weight. You really should let your doctor know about stopping the meds and why and have them prescribe you something different!

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WORDLILY 8/5/2011 11:35AM

    I'm so glad you didn't give up, and I'm thrilled you finally found the cause and the solution.

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I'm still EPIC!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

TGIF my fellow Sparkers!!!! We have made it through the week and that deserves a happy dance, a pat on the back, and a way to go!!! I managed to exercise every day this week, except for yesterday. Even though we're taking a month off from EPIC, I still plan to work hard. I'm still following the same goals I had from last month because they are important and should be more of a habit anyway. Even though we're taking the month off, I hope the rest of the SA Team is still working hard to meet their goals and change their lives.

We have a team meetup on Saturday and I am looking forward to meeting more members of the SA team! Tropical Storm Don is planned to come through, but according to the news, all the heavy rain will be south of us. So it shouldn't impede on what we have planned. I know we need the rain, but I wasn't looking forward to tackling the 4 mile walk in the rain!

I just have to get through one more week and then I'll be in Vegas! So excited, I can't wait. Reiko has never been and I've been like 5 times. We're staying at the new Cosmopolitan hotel and we have our own private balcony. This was made possible by our good friend who works for Marriott. She hooked us up and we were able to get our room for $64/night! That is an amazing deal since the going rate is closer to $125/night!

Have a great weekend guys and if you're going, I look forward to seeing you at the meetup!

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POOKASLUAGH 8/4/2011 8:11AM

    I got the email saying the meetup was canceled - I'm so sorry it didn't work out! Hopefully there will be another one soon (and I'll be able to come with you guys this time!). Have fun on vacation!

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    Um, AWESOME about Vegas!!! I know it will be a fun trip!!! WOOT!

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TRUE-NESS 7/30/2011 8:23AM

    emoticon on staying EPIC! You're right, whether part of a challenge or not, we all have goals and should be constantly striving toward them and challenging ourselves with new ones. So.. emoticon again!

Have fun at the meetup! It's time like these that I wish I was in the same town as the rest of my team, but, I'm not. So, you guys just enjoy yourselves!!

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Woo Hoo Wednesday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It's Wonderful Wednesday y'all!!! We're half way through the week woop woop!!! It's been a great week so far. I've been getting my workouts in before I go do my internship at 1:30! I've been eating right and staying in calorie range, even though I'm starving in the evenings. I think it's because I wait to long to eat dinner. I eat and still feel unsatisfied. But I drink some water or eat some fruit. I really think I'm not eating whatever my body is craving and that's where that unsatisfied feeling is coming from.

I'm really glad that EPIC is taking a month off. It gives me an opportunity to figure out a rhythm for myself. This summer has been really easy for me because I don't work, so I could exercise whenever I wanted. I didn't have a set schedule I had to follow and now that's all changed. But it's been a good change, I'm not complaining!

Sorry this is so short, but I gotta go workout.
Love and Light,

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Way to be happy about Wednesday!!! :D Sounds like it's off to a great start! Have a great rest of the day!

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WONDEROONA 7/27/2011 11:17AM

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Enjoyed my mini vaca!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Some of you might have noticed my absence earlier this week! I'm sorry, but I just couldn't do it. I just couldn't drag myself here and make myself care. After last weeks weigh in, I was ready to throw in the towel. I needed a break from thinking about weight loss 24/7. I also had a lot going on this week, trying to get my financial aid and internship figured out. Plus, Reiko was off Tuesday and Wednesday and to have two days off in a row is huge! That never happens! But I really needed that break. I feel refreshed and capable of handling the various things that life keeps throwing at me.

Tuesday we went to Love Creek Orchard in Medina and picked apples, peaches, and figs! We had so much fun I didn't realize how long we were out there until we headed back and I noticed how tight my knees and back were. I got in some great exercise without even trying, walking up and down endless rows of trees. It was a beautiful day to be out and about; rain in the distance with overcast skies and cool temperatures. I see apple pie and peach cobbler in our future! Going to go savory with the figs and either make a chicken or pork dish.

I also found out that I got accepted for my internship and I start at KABB/KMYS on Monday! I'm so excited. This could open so many doors for me! My degree is in Communication, which is so broad I can go down the path of writer, broadcaster, PR, etc. I feel like my life is finally coming together and that I've found my calling. Most of you probably don't know this, but I'm a writer for Examiner.com. I cover all things fragrance like perfume/cologne, candles, diffusers, etc as the fragance examiner and give party planning tips, tricks, and ideas as the party planning examiner, both for San Antonio. One of my life goals is to be a published writer, which I am now, but I also want to write a book. I have the perfect idea with an outline all planned out, but have not had enough time to really start writing it. I also wanna start my own wedding and event planning business, specializing in children's specialty theme birthday parties. I really wanna be one of those people who has done a little bit of everything in the course of their life. There is so much I want to do, but that is another blog for another day....

I stopped taking my BP meds as I said I would. I have my own BP cuff here at home so I am monitoring myself. I'm ok with the range I've been hanging out in. Now if I can just get my weight loss kick started again and start dropping lbs, I should be ok. If I lose 15-25 lbs and my BP is still higher than normal, I'll talk to the dr about finding others meds that won't interfere with my weight loss. I'm staying positive that my high BP is due to weight and not hereditary. Now I know that it will probably take a while for the meds to get out of my system, but was thinking of maybe fasting for a couple days, or calorie cycling for a couple days, or slowly increasing my calories burned until I get back to where I was. Any ideas?

Peace and Love,

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    Glad your getting back in the groove! emoticon

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    :D I love figs with little goat cheese and a basil leaf. hehe! They're also good toasted on a flat bread with a little of any kinda cheese you like as a kinda pizza. :D Or I love them by themselves. YUM figs!
I'm glad you're not going to throw in the towel! Sometimes I think we do need a recharge, and it's ok! That's life! You have to do what works for you. I'm so excited for all the things going on your life, it sounds like things are aligning up like you want them to... and that's fantastic!!!

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CALIGIRLDIANA 7/22/2011 9:20AM

    I'm so happy for you girlie that's great. Picking fruit that's awesome. I remember picking cherries back when I was little back in Cali...it was the best. Congrats on the internship girlie.

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TRUE-NESS 7/22/2011 7:41AM

    So much information in this tiny blog. :-) Where to begin...

I'm glad you took the time off you needed. It sounds like it did you a world of good. And apple picking.... sounds delightful. Congrats on the internship! You're a go-getter so I'm sure that you'll go and GET exactly what you're dreaming of. And, I'm sure in no time we'll be reading your published book. :-)

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 7/21/2011 10:07PM

    First of all, you didn't throw in the towel and for that we can all give a loud sigh of relief! You are wanted and needed here!

Second, CONGRATULATIONS on your Internship! Very happy for you!

When I read this: " One of my life goals is to be a published writer, which I am now, but I also want to write a book. I have the perfect idea with an outline all planned out, but have not had enough time to really start writing it. I also wanna start my own wedding and event planning business, specializing in children's specialty theme birthday parties. I really wanna be one of those people who has done a little bit of everything in the course of their life." - It felt like I was reading my own story! I am also a published writer with several book outlines drafted and one finished. I have planned several weddings and events and always thought it was something I would like to do professionally! I have worn many hats throughout my life and love to attempt new things. TaMara - you and I - wow, no wonder I think you are so amazing and wonderful!

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JULIAAMILEE 7/21/2011 5:20PM

    Watch your sodium intake, You retain fluid more fluid increases blood pressure. Good Luck!

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POOKASLUAGH 7/21/2011 3:19PM

    Ooh, I just tried a fig for the first time last weekend, if you can believe that. It was in this wonderful recipe where you slice them in half, stuff them with mascarpone cheese, and drizzle them with honey. They were tiny figs, like the size of small walnuts, and very, very good! I need to get some and make them like that!

I'm glad you had a good vacation, and an active one it sounds like! I hope the meds wash out soon and your weight loss starts up quickly!

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

OK So another weigh in down with NO LOSS! I'm going on 2 months with no change! At first I thought I wasn't working out enough, then I thought I wasn't getting enough water, but after making adjustments and still not seeing a change I'm convinced it's my meds. I stopped seeing a loss on the scale when I started taking these new BP meds, so there has to be a connection. I am so angry, sad, tired, overwhelmed, disappointed, frustrated, shocked, irritated, defeated.... the list goes on! I'm pretty resillent, but this is almost too much for even me to handle. I burn about 3000 calories a week with exercise and I consume about 1500-1900 calories a day (this is according to my nutrition plan based on burning those 3000 calories) so I know I'm on the right track there. I consume about 12 glasses of water a day, so I'm on the right track there as well. Reiko thought it might be muscle gain, but I only use 5 lb weights. And I could see the addition of weights affecting my weight for a couple of weeks, but two months? No, I don't buy it. It's gotta be the meds. Only problem is I don't have health ins so I can't just run to the dr. I'm hoping that we can afford for me to go next week, but until then I'm not taking the meds. Yeah, yeah I know, but don't waste your breath and try to talk me out of it. I'm not taking them anymore until I can talk to her. Reiko already tried to convince me to wait, but no. I'm done.

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BUSYMOMMY24 7/19/2011 5:53PM

    I know and understand your frustration. I know for a fact that my meds have contributed to my weight gain and some of my inability to lose the unwanted weight. But please do be careful If you are on the BP meds, it is for a good reason. Hugs and prayers being sent your way!

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JBEST73 7/18/2011 9:14PM

    I totally understand your frustrations. I am right there with you. I lost 10 pounds and stopped for several months. I got the following great advice from a friend. It changed me and helped me stop freaking out. I have begun tracking by measurements not that damn scale. Mine is in the closet only to be taken out once a month. Hope this helps you like it did me.

"CAUTION: STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE. You think I'm joking. I'm not. The scale will do you no good right now. It is not an accurate assessment of your progress. Go dig around this friend's profile: APIRLRAIN888. She started running at 160 pounds and something like a size 10. Months later - and hard core hundreds upon hundreds of miles later - she weighed...wait for it...160. Months later, still 160. But she kept getting healthier and consistently dropped sizes. "

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CALIGIRLDIANA 7/18/2011 5:26PM

    It must be frustrating but don't give up girlie. Hang in there I know you can do it. If you have made your choice then it's all you. Just keep an eye out for how you feel and all. On another note way to go for staying on track girlie...that's great!! (:

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    emoticonHang in there hun, you can do it! emoticon

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 7/16/2011 9:32PM

    I'm biting my tongue bloody to keep from scolding you or giving you advice. I love you and I'm going to trust in your ability to know what is best for you. The quitting smoking is probably the best thing you have done for your blood pressure, so I'm using that as an excuse to keep this big old opinionated mouth shut. Let us know what the doc says and good luck! emoticon

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INANNA_72 7/16/2011 9:01PM

    Hi! Plateau's are frustrating, but scales can be deceiving on how much healthier you are getting! Hang in there, I'm in the same boat. I am considering cutting back my calories a bit more. But I triumph in the fact at how much healthier I am then when I started!

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CROCHETCHIC 7/16/2011 1:05PM

    meds can make moving the scale difficult. But feel good in making lifestyle changes! the scale will eventually follow.

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POOKASLUAGH 7/16/2011 11:42AM

    I won't try to talk you out of it. Honestly, this is what I remember from your blogs (and you can correct me if I'm wrong): when you first started taking the meds, your blood pressure had already gone down a lot with your weight loss, and you were really close to getting back to a normal level naturally. Perhaps now that you've been on the meds for a few months, getting fitter all the while (even if the weight itself isn't coming off), and you're doing so well quitting smoking, you'll be okay without the meds, and by the time you see the doctor again, you won't even need them. I'm not a doctor, of course, and I know a lot of people in the medical world would jump down my throat for saying all this, but it's how I feel, and I know if I was in your situation, I'd be doing the same thing. Just be careful about getting off - make sure it's not a medicine that you have to come off slowly so that you don't hurt yourself.

One thing I want to say, though, is don't expect immediate results. Many medicines stay in your system for weeks after you stop taking them. I don't know about this specific med, but I've been on some that take SIX WEEKS to fully flush out, which is really frustrating. I hope you will start seeing the results soon, though. And that your doctor understands your decision.

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