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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Fell off the wagon. More accurately, took exactly two weeks off of my normal eating by going on vacation, tried to pay attention to what I ate, watched my calories, stuck mostly to fresh stuff. Ate a few desserts, nothing super crazy.

Yup. Gained 15 pounds in two weeks. :( The weight it took me 6 months to lose. Gained back and then some. I then went back to what I was doing - tracking, exercising, etc for a month, and lost half a pounds. That's not right.

So yeah, back to the doctor trying to figure out what's wrong. I guess it's still my thyroid? I had a TON of bloodwork done last week, and I'm waiting for them to call me to let me know what's going on. I might not be converting T3 properly, or I might just need a higher dose of Armour. I was on 90mcg of Armour, so for the last week I've been bumped up to 120mcg. So far I don't feel any different, so I'm thinking it might be T3 conversion issues. I'm scheduled for an ultrasound of my thyroid on Monday to rule out any other weirdness like nodules.

Argh, I just want to lose weight like normal people can and not want to sleep for 15 hours a day!!! Fingers crossed that bloodwork will reveal something helpful for a change.

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    Ouch. That really sucks. A lot of weight to gain in 2 weeks. Something must be wrong. I hope they can find it and nip it in the bud. LOL.

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TXTOAD9970 10/3/2012 4:41PM

    I hope they can figure out what's going on. I know that can be frustrating! Take care of yourself...

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TASHANCARRION 10/3/2012 4:35PM

    O.M.Goodness. Good luck to you! Hopefully the doctors can find the issue.

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kicked while down!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Had a particularly crushing weekend that involved losing not one, but two kittens I was set to adopt. Long story, and I'm still too sad to talk/think about it.

On the plus side, I was too depressed to eat, so I met my calorie goals. Heh.

I did start exercising again though! Actual exercise, not just walking the dog. I think I may buy a heart rate monitor. I've debated it before, and it seems like a fun thing to start tracking.

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WRWW13 6/17/2012 7:42PM

    So sorry 4 your loss!! Hang in there sweetie - we r all proud of u 4 exercising!!
dark huggsss!!!

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    I am so sorry. That is so sad.

A heart rate monitor is a great idea. My friends love theirs.

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CODEXANGEL 6/15/2012 1:28PM

    Oh that stinks. My condolences, that's not an easy thing to go through.
But that's really cool that you're exercising again. A heart rate monitor would be a great thing to get! Gives you motivation and it is fun to track!

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Lost my motivation. :/

Friday, June 08, 2012

I've gone mostly off track ever since memorial day weekend. That was supposed to be my big end goal where I would have lost 35-45 pounds and looked amazing, but instead I lost 10 pounds, and stopped caring.
It's definitely a little frustrating when I watch what I eat, log everything carefully, get in an hour of strenuous cardio exercise a day, I either maintain my weight, or maybe lose a pound a month if I'm lucky. I'm also exhausted all the time, and feel like I want to die after exercising. I don't understand that "exercise high" I hear about, because I'm ready to pass out after 30 minutes of sweating heavily.

I don't get it. It's not like I live an extraordinarily unhealthy lifestyle. I walk my dog regularly, I eat a lot of vegetables and eat mostly balanced meals. I do eat more carbs than I should, and I I'm sporadic about strength training. I eat pizza once a week for dinner, but practice portion control. My thyroid is under control. My endometriosis hasn't bothered me for awhile (though it's starting to hurt again) I have to eat a LOT of salt because of my chronic low blood pressure, but aside from that, I just don't get it. :P

Is there some secret I'm not in on? Why don't I get to be in the "I'm losing weight!" club?

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THE_BATGIRL 6/12/2012 2:37PM

    My next bloodwork is due sometime in September, but I think I'll ask if I can get it checked sooner. :) Thanks - I'll keep you posted :)

Also I just read that article, and I'd been debating getting a heart monitor - it's definitely something else I can try! :) Thanks so much!

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YICHE12 6/9/2012 3:04PM

    It wouldn't be a bad idea to have your TSH checked. Maybe your thyroid is not functioning optimally. When is your next check up with your doctor?

Keep me posted! emoticon

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JERZRN 6/8/2012 9:24PM

    I have lost my motivation too!! Trying to get it back!

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DAZZEEDOO 6/8/2012 7:41PM

    I have the same problem, it takes me forever to lose a pound. But- about a month ago a fellow sparker posted this web link

I read all this personal trainer's articles. It made me realize I wasn't exercising aerobically- which is apparently what needs to be done to lose weight. About 3 weeks ago I bought a Heart Rate Monitor(HRM) and put the info into action. I managed to lose a pound so far- pushing myself less, eating a little more, and trying not to stress out.

I don't know if this applies to you, but it helped me a little- it's still hard for me to be overly enthusiastic about exercising- but I don't feel near as tired the rest of the time now.

Good Luck


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    The closer you get to goal the harder it is to lose and you usually have to change things around. When I get closer to goal I have to drop my calories to 1200 to 1400, exercise a couple of hours a day, and keep my carbs below 100.

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Artificial sweetener, we meet again!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I was all responsible and got a salad last night (go me!) from Panera. Since no good deed goes unpunished, I noticed a half hour later that my stomach felt awful. I tried to figure out if I'd accidentally eaten anything weird, but I hadn't even had any dairy with that salad so I couldn't figure it out. Finally after the horrid stomach cramps started, I realized I must have eaten something with artificial sweetener in it. Sure enough I looked up the Panera ingredients, and the next to last ingredient was some derivative of Stevia.

So of course, I had to eat soup and crackers to settle my stomach, which derailed my goal of hitting the lower limit of my calorie goals. My stomach still hurts!

In conclusion: Dear every restaurant and food manufacturer: For the love of god, stop sneaking in artificial sweeteners to every food under the sun. I'm a careful label reader, but I'm tired of you sneaking this stuff past me. There is zero reason to add tiny amounts of this crap to foods that don't need it! >:\

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/24/2012 10:21PM

    I can't stand the taste of stevia. Ugh!

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thinking about non weight loss progress

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I was trying to think of things I've accomplished that aren't related to losing weight. I've lost ten pounds, and pretty much have stayed there, but I've accomplished other stuff, which is why I haven't lost all hope and eaten an entire bakery. :D

So far:
-I've completely ditched soda. I used to drink 3 cokes a day, then a year ago got down to one a day, and now I'll have one like, once a month, if that. I think I've had maybe 3 cokes since January. Since I'm allergic to artificial sweeteners, diet coke was never an option, so I'm really proud of myself for this.

-I can walk around my entire neighborhood and not want to die some days. I used to get really tired after one street, but I walked the dog the other day and made it around the whole neighborhood without wanted to die. I still have tons of fatigue issues, but when I'm not tired, I'm in slightly better shape than I used to be!

-I've kept off those ten pounds! I've had some setbacks, but I always settle back down into the ten pounds gone territory, even after abdominal surgery! That's something.

-I take a multi vitamin, calcium, and omega 3 vitamins every single day, and have for almost 4 months!

So yeah, I haven't lost what I wanted yet, but I'm kinda making progress.

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DRAGONSPITTLE 5/17/2012 4:32PM

    Developing healthy habits is totally the goal. Good job you for maintaining! That's hard all by itself (especially with abdominal surgery!)

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GINARAPER 5/17/2012 1:26PM

  That's great, keep it up!

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