Thursday, September 16, 2010
As of yesterday, I've now lost 29 pounds, which makes 10% of my starting weight. I'm so excited. I can fit into my best dress again (I checked last night, because I need to go to a funeral and would like to look nice). A lovely Victorian style coat with a capelet and and passementerie trim now fits for the first time! My pants don't ride low at the back of the waist like they did when I first bought them.
Every time I go to the gym with the digital scale, I'm eager to weigh in. Sometimes if I think the scale at home indicates a marked loss, I go over to weigh before I eat anything just to see!
It makes it easier to go longer on the treadmill or do more laps, because I want to see the next new low!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Today I went to the gym after eating a hearty meal of chile with tomatoes and onions, so I didn't hold out much hope of showing a weight loss for the week being reflected in my weigh in. 265.3, not bad, down .5 pound, actually.
So off to the elliptical and treadmill for my first land based cardio in a week. Then I did 10 minutes of exercises from water aerobics and swam. I only swam .75 mile today - I was very slow and decided to forgo the last .25 mile.
On the way out I weighed in again. Being in the pool causes your body to get rid of all excess water which might be lurking in the bladder, plus lunch had had time to digest.
Considering that my workouts have been less intense because of my toe, knee, and shin injuries, I'm so pleased! It's been frustrating because the scar tissue in the knee feels larger and the swelling in the shin is not going down anymore, and the new toe nail will take 9 months to grow in fully (I anticipate the next 3 months will be the worst for the toe).
Just 2 more pounds will put me at 10% overall weight loss since June!
Friday, September 10, 2010
I made it to the podiatrist today, which is good, because the toenail began to drain a little. He took a look at my blue toe and proposed drilling a small hole through my nail with a Dremel tool, but the appropriate attachment wasn't there, so he bored a hole through with a a scalpel tip (think of starting a fire with a bow and a stick and you get the idea). He drained all the fluid and now it almost matches my healthy toe.
He said that the nail was firmly attached, so it will stay on for the time being, but because of the trauma and built up fluid, the body probably thinks the nail is gone and will start growing a new one. In the mean while I should tape the nail firmly down when I'm doing active stuff to keep it out of the way with a bandaid or athletic tape.
He sent me home with the scalpel blade, in case I need to open up the drain hole if it gets plugged.
After leaving the doctors office, I went to the gym, did 10 minutes of water physical therapy then swam a mile (1 hour 15 minutes for the swim). I might have done the weight machines, but I only grabbed my "wet" gym bag and had no proper shoes.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
I did fine at Boot Camp. The only exercises I skipped were running up and down the stairs (I did stepping on the step platform in the aerobics room - I don't want to cause further injury while I'm healing), and a stretch requiring kneeling on one leg at a time (my knee and shin are still swollen even though the bruising is going away).
The toenail turned blue after a 6 hour hike on a very steep trail. Coming down, my foot repeatedly jammed against the front of the boot, causing a hematoma. It usually results in the toenail coming off after a new one has begun to grow underneath. It usually happens as a result of shoes which are too small. I had this happen once when I was 14, so I know what to expect.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
The blue toenail is starting to get more swollen, so I've made an appointment for Friday with a podiatrist. I read online that a podiatrist might be able to save a blue nail (if it's not too late, I wish I had known sooner).
Boot Camp is scheduled for later tonight, though it's uncertain whether it will take place. The sign up sheet wasn't out, but the guys at the desk say Anthony is teaching so we'll see. I'll take my swim bag, just in case. I tried on my gym shoes to see how the toe felt while imprisoned to see whether I could even stand it, but it felt okay. Anthony's class is a lot less traumatic on the joints than Todd class on Saturday.
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