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!!!
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!
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,
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,
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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