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Another quick post

Friday, April 08, 2011

I have a few minutes, so I thought I would post some goals for this weekend.

Some friends and I have been working toward a big project.... it's been keeping me (all of us, really) quite busy...

I did manage to get in my work out today. I missed Wed.--hip hurt and was working non-stop all day--so I only got in 4 of my work outs (no time tomorrow). But I got almost almost all my goal minutes in--145 when my goal is 150. I'm way short on calories, but that's at least partly because I wasn't able to fence this week and partly because I'm still working back to where I was before I got sick. Still, I'm pretty satisfied. I even got in 2 out of my 3 strength training days--maybe not great but I'm getting there and it's been a crazy week.

So my goals for this weekend?

To drink lots of water
To remember to take breaks as needed
To take mini-yoga breaks and stretch out my body (and mind!)
To not sweat the small stuff
To at regularly--not binge eat, but get regular meals/snacks with plenty of protein.

And to do an awesome job on this project!

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GALENSKYE 4/10/2011 3:58PM

    And it worked! Because we won!!! (I'm still trying to wrap my brain around that.)

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EILEEN828 4/9/2011 2:09AM

    Check into supplementing with some Vit.D and magnesium. When I remember to, these seem to give a little more energy somehow. B complex, too. Get enough sleep to really tackle the day. You already have the rest of it. Hope all goes well with your project. emoticon

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RAIN454 4/8/2011 5:04PM

    Good luck on the project...nice to work on something with friends :)
And good luck on your goals! Im positive you'll achieve every single one!

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BERRIMOUSE 4/8/2011 3:25PM

    emoticon emoticon Have an enjoyable spark filled weekend.

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Drive by Post

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I've been really busy I'm afraid.... got a major project this weekend (which I'm really excited about, but isn't health related) so I haven't been around much.

But I wanted to say that I got my team for the BLC 16.... and I'm really excited because I got the team I wanted, Wisteria Wolves, with 4_1Healthycyndi! Whoo hoo!

Or I should say.... ARROOO !

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/7/2011 6:22PM

    AROOOOOO! Pounce. Now I have even more reason to "play". Heh, heh, heh (evil laugh & grin). Hope the project is going well.

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SAASHA17 4/7/2011 5:44PM

    U meant...awoooogaaaa....hehehehehe..
have fun....

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Base line for BLC 16

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Remember how my doctor was so upset with me because I weighed (at the office 180) and I couldn't figure out how I jumped 10 pounds? Well, according to my scale, I didn't. I weighed myself this morning, as well as finishing the last of my base line measurements for the BLC, and I weigh.... 169 lbs. Which is within a pound (and smaller, at that) than I weighed the last time I measured myself. And while maybe the Wii Fit isn't the most accurate scale out there, it has held up pretty well against the other scales I've had access to--certainly not off by 10 lbs! Nor did my other measurements jump by any shocking level--not that I was really expecting them too. If they had, I wouldn't be able to keep wearing the same clothes!

Anyway, for the BLC we were encouraged to record some non-scale measure baselines so that we can track our progress in ways beyond the scale. This seemed especially a good idea for me, since I struggle to even lose a little weight, and my total goal for the challenge is only 6 lbs--which places my goal right now for 163 pounds.

So my non-scale baseline:

How many flights of stairs can you take before becoming winded
Well, 20 flights before my legs hurt too much. I never really became winded.

How much weigh can you lift/How many reps
Bicep curls—10 lbs, 35 reps

How many crunches
30 (to the point where pain/hard to do control, maybe not limit where physically unable to do any more)

Take measurements
Bust: 40.0”
Chest: 33.5”
Waist: 41”
Hips: 44”
Thighs: 26”
Calves: 16”
Upper arm: 13.0”
Lower arm: 10.5
Neck: 13.5

What size are you wearing
Size 14, but it’s tight.

I can't say that I'm particularly happy with the size and physical measurements (I'm more happy with the fitness ones) but it's a baseline. That means it's my starting point, not my ending point--by the end of the challenge I hope to have improved all of these measures.

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TIGGERJEAN 4/6/2011 2:44PM

    Woot! I think additional measurements are really key for us to feel like we're moving in the right direction. The scale is not an accurate gauge of our overall fitness abilities.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/30/2011 2:17PM

    I think I mentioned this before, but I've had the same thing occur at my Dr's office, but... since my doctor's appointments are usually after food and water (late afternoon) and I normally weigh in first thing in the morning... sans clothes, there is usually a significant difference between readings. Also their scale could be off. I went to see my regular doctor one day and weighed 163 the next day (at about the same time I was 156). So continue to use the scale you have access to. (I also use the Wii Balance Board)

I think you are doing fantastic! Your fitness has improved so much since we became friends. You are so much more active now than then. I celebrate your victories! Even if the scale isn't moving much it's still heading downward the majority of the time.

Did my last WI for round 15. Didn't lose as much as I'd have liked but I'm still down 2. WooHoo! Can hardly wait for the next round to begin!

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KJDOESLIFE 3/30/2011 1:47PM

    Depends when you weigh yourself, too. At my doctor's, I probably weigh 5-10 pounds more, too, because I've most likely eaten once or twice, plus I'm clothed. emoticon

Good luck with the challenge! emoticon

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MGJARVI 3/30/2011 12:41PM

    I can't wait to revisit these measurements with you after the 12 weeks! I know with your mindset, that there will be progress made and I'm excited to see it! Best of luck!!

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KOMAL53 3/30/2011 12:40PM

    I'm so glad that your regular Scale took a load off your mind!!Beginning slowly you can work up to your maximum level gradually---starting slow is best!!You're so right---this is just the Starting Point---from here on the only way to move is UP!!!Take Care and God Bless!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAASHA17 3/30/2011 12:39PM

    U can do it..BTW check the scale that u use all the time..even if its not accurate, its relative..So it works...

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DEER Challenge Update

Friday, March 25, 2011

Borrowed from 4-1HealthyCyndi, though I have adjusted the days as I'm starting a day later than she is:

D -- DO IT -- Got something you've been meaning to get done? Organizing, cleaning, ST exercises...I know we all have those sort of things...5pt each day you get something done you've been meaning to do, but just haven't found the time :)

E -- EAT FREGGIES -- For every serving of freggies you eat give yourself 1pt NO MAX!

E -- EXERCISE -- For every minutes of exercise you do this week give yourself 1 pt :) NO MAX!

R -- REST -- Hunting takes alot of energy so be sure to rest up each night! Receive 1pt for every hour you sleep each night. NO MAX! (Starts with tonights sleep and then use Tuesday nights before reporting your number with WI :) )

D - 5pts.
E - 3 pts.
E - --
R - 8 pts.
Total -16 pts.

D ---
E -1 pts
E ---
R - 10 pts.
Total - 11 pts.

D - 10 pts.
E -2 pts.
E - --
R - 10 pts.
Total - 22 pts.

D - 5 pts.
E - 3 pts.
E - --
R - 7 pts.
Total - 15 pts.

D - --
E - 5 pts.
E - --
R - 8 pts.
Total - 13 pts.

D - 5 pts.
E - 7 pts.
E - --
R- 6 pts.
Total - 18 pts.

DEER Total - 95 pts.

I expected to have done a lot better-- especially on the freggies and exercise front, but that's not how it worked out. I'm disappointed in my score, but I had some pretty unusual curve balls thrown at me this week and I think under the conditions I made pretty good decisions and that's all that anyone can really ask of themselves. But it does mean that my score isn't as high as I wanted it to be.

On the upside, I started working out my base line scores for the BLC, though I decided to post pone it when I realized that the tetanus booster made my arm really hurt and maybe that wasn't ideal for seeing how much weight I could lift. But I did pretty well on the stair exercise (seeing how many flights of stairs I could walk up before coming winded) though I'm not entirely sure what they mean by "winded." I was breathing harder by the time I stopped at 20 flights (going up and down, not all up!), but I wasn't panting and I could probably have kept on going but I wasn't sure if they meant "breathing harder" which would have been a lot earlier or "panting" which I don't know that I ever would have reached-- my legs were pretty sore by 20 flights! And as it is I can really feel it today and I'm hoping to be able to fence tomorrow.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/25/2011 2:07PM

    WooHoo! You rock! I could not go up/down 20 flights of stairs without resting. Period. Good luck on getting in the rest of your "testing" before the start of the new BLC round! Can hardly wait for the next round... so excited and this one isn't even over yet.

As for the DEER challenge, what would you have accomplished without this in mind? What choices did you make that were influenced by it? See the numbers aren't the indicator of how you are doing.

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Really, really angry

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This has been a pretty stressful week on a lot of levels. Oh, not all bad, and I think I handled most of the mini-crises and complications and juggling that came my way well enough. But that did mean that some of things that I had *intended* to get done didn't get done. I didn't do well on the DEER challenge at all, for a lot of reasons--mostly do to things coming up that I wasn't expecting and had to deal with. I didn't exercise, same thing. I ate pretty well, or at least so I thought, but that's about it.

But going into this morning, I was okay with that (or rather, I was generally happy with myself; I still don't regret my choices. Sure, things didn't go as I had planned but that happens and I think in every instance I made the right choice, at least based on the options available to me at the time. If I had known ahead of time, maybe I could have adjusted better, but things are surprises *because* you can't plan for them ahead of time). But then I had my yearly check up with my doctor and now I'm really frustrated and, frankly, angry.

Two years ago, I was the one who broached the subject of my being over weight, hoping he could give me some advice on how to deal with it (as I had been trying to deal with it on my own at that point for at least 3 years with out much success.) At that time, according to his scale, I weighed 188 pounds. His suggestion--eat less and exercise more. He said all I had to do was exercise "a little."

Um, thanks. 1) I've tried eating less and 2) I had been exercising/doing physical therapy on my hip at that point for at least 4 years. I had reached a point where I could walk maybe 20 minutes at a time, so it's not like I was in great shape, but it wasn't like I was sitting on my couch eating chips all day either.

But I was able to eventually get him to give me some more useful advice/suggestions. It was like pulling teeth, because he tended to be dismissive of my concerns, saying that if I would win a million dollars to lose weight or learn pilates or whatever I would do it. And I wanted to say--sure, because then I could afford to pay for a personal trainer etc. to help me do this, but I don't have a million dollars and I won't so I'm trying to make things work with what I've *got* to work with. But eventually I got information to help me get started. I also did some work on my own and was introduced, after asking friends for advice, to in April.

Well, I weighed in this morning at the office at 180--10 lbs heavier than my last weigh in at home, which wasn't that long ago. It's also somewhat heavier than I weighed in at his office last year, though I don't remember what that number is; I use my home scale for my records.

So I go in and he does the physical and asks me the normal questions and stuff and I try to get him to talk about my headaches, which are really plaguing me. Instead of talking about them, he instead got on my case about being overweight, warning me that I'm approaching a "dangerous" BMI and that I need to draw the line in the sand etc. I said I know, I'm trying but I'm having a really hard time losing weight. I've been working on this for 2 years and I've lost at best 8 lbs (it was at 10 lbs, but I kept gaining and losing weight and it's now at 8 lbs lost--at least on my scale, where I wear myself in basically the same clothes--workout clothes--and first thing in the morning so the same time of day). I'm working out--I fence, I do cardio of some kind 5 days a week, I strength train 2-3 days a week, I stretch, I watch what I eat and track it regularly and while how much I eat varies depending on how much I work out (lately it's been mostly between 1400 and 1700 calories; when I'm working out more it's closer to 1600-1900. According to my tracking of both fitness and food I'm burning 300-500 calories *consistently* more than I eat. Even in the last two months, when I was sick, I didn't usually eat more than 1800 calories, and often quite a bit less because I wasn't very hungry.

His response--obviously you aren't. I'm really taken aback, because I had been expecting him to say something like "let's work through this" like maybe talking about typical workouts or diet or whatever. Because, yeah, the math on paper is obviously not working but I don't know *why.*

Well, what do you want me to do then?


WTF? More? More what? I actually asked him that, totally taken aback--more what? He said, "more."

I already work out--or had been before I hurt my hip and got sick and will again as I get back into it--an average of about 8 hours every .week. I push myself as hard as I can and even sometimes push myself too hard, which is frustrating for different reasons I literally can't do more there--not right now. Maybe eventually. Hopefully eventually. But not now.

I track my food. If I drop below 1400-1500 calories, even if I'm not working out, I get hungry. As in, I can't concentrate on anything at all but how hungry I am and feel like crap because my blood sugar crashed and have no energy and feel like I'm starving and instead of enjoying a movie or hanging out with my husband or writing or cleaning the tub all I can think of is that I'm hungry. But the metabolism for a woman my weight and age is about 1800 calories a day--and he says that my metabolism etc. is "normal" because my thyroid etc. all says that I should be normal. But if my base metabolism is 1800 and I'm eating only 1500 a day, I shouldn't be *gaining* weight.

He offered to have me talk to a dietitian. By this point, I'm getting irritated, because I've done research, and I track my food, and I've talked to my aunt who *is* a registered dietitian and I've always eaten pretty well and we're doing better than ever. My carbs, proteins, and fats are mostly where they need to be. I drink water. I eat vegetables and whole grains and lean proteins.

He says then portions are the problem.

But I track everything as well as I can. Sure, I don't measure *everything* I eat, but I measure a lot and I read nutrition labels and I'm doing the best that I can. Sometimes I don't know and I have to guess, but I still do the best I can with the information I have available. Nothing more can be asked of anyone.

He says he's surprised because he thought if I were told something needed to be done by Friday it would be done by Thursday. I know that he thought if he appealed to my competitive, goal oriented nature, that would take care of it. And frankly, by my measures it should have. I've made a lot of changes, big and small; I've *tried* and I'm still trying and I'm still making adjustments and trying to do better. But I also learned a long time ago that simply throwing myself at the wall and failing over and over and over doesn't help anything; appealing too much to my competitive nature without the tools to do anything is a recipe for disaster.

He says that he guesses that it's not "important enough." Again, WTF? What does he expect of me? I'm working so hard at this. I'm constantly struggling between finding time to work out and other commitments. I try to do fun and active things with my friends. I'm trying to get enough sleep, to drink less pop, to eat smaller meals on a more regular basis, to eat healthier options, to eat enough vegetables and more whole grains, to drink my 8 glasses of water *every * day, to work out regularly even when that means carving out that time out of other things that are important to me. And this on top of an already very full plate. Being healthy is all well and good but I also want to graduate and there are other things I need to fit in there too, from domestic chores to something resembling a social life at least occasionally to the me time that keeps me stable. What good will having a BMI of 25 if I'm unhappy and stressed out of my mind?

I don't know what else to do. I want a healthy lifestyle, sure, but as part of my life, not overwriting everything else. I need to balance it with other things that are important with me. And yeah, sometimes that means a friend calls me up because he or she needs help and I end up not working out, but it also means that I *am* working out more often than not, and I'm usually eating well, and have made I thought real, positive changes that might actually last. If everything I do always takes second place to working out and cutting calories, and I'm unhappy and hungry and feeling deprived and punished etc., it's not going to work out in the long run.

I'm so angry right now. Angry with him, for his assumptions that I'm either lying about working out and what I eat or at least careless about it. Angry with my body for making everything so difficult. For setting me back at least one step for every two I take forward. I'm angry that despite doing my best to follow the (various) doctors orders for over *8 years* that I still deal with chronic, if not quite constant any more, pain--so that everything I do, from the gym to shopping to sitting on the couch typing this it hurts, at least some. I can ignore it, but it's there. And trying not to be angry with myself not so much because I'm not perfect--though if I were perfect I wouldn't have a weight problem in the first place--but because *I don't know how to fix it* By working my tail off and really paying attention to my food and water etc. I'm doing *well* to lose a half pound a week.

I know I'm getting stronger, healthier, fitter. I know that my hip is hurting me a lot less and that I'm able to do so much more than I had even a year ago, let alone two years ago. But apparently a lifestyle change and getting healthy isn't "important enough" to me.

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EACHDAYAGIFT 3/28/2011 11:08AM

    WTF! What an @ss!!!!!! Why are you going back to him? Fire him pronto and when you go to the next doctor, explain the reason you have changed doctors and ask him or her if they are willing to accept your statements as truth and treat you with respect and work with you, because if not, the appointment is over now. Doctors forget that WE hire THEM, and when they make assumptions,it is bad medical practice. When they insinuate you are lying, it is rude and indefensible. Whoa! I am so mad, my mother bear mode has kicked in and I am ready to do battle on your behalf!!!!
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EILEEN828 3/25/2011 4:23AM

Oh I feel your pain. It is so frustrating to be caught between a rock and a hard place. Mr. Idiot deserves a dose of his own medicine, and hopefully Karma will give it to him, reeaal good.

Here's some thoughts: I tried a diet years ago that actually worked (I lost 50lbs). I'd eat very low carb for breakfast and lunch, and then eat whatever I wanted for dinner, as long as I was done in one hour. This actually is very healthy because it forced me to finally be eating the correct amount of veggies and fruit that I had been ignoring. Also by coincidence I did no exercise other than my normal work schedule. I'd usually eat a meat and cheese omlette for breakfast and a huge green salad with all kinds of veggies for lunch. I liked to make it a taco salad without the chips. I'd go home and make my usual dinners for the family. This diet worked magic on food cravings except for when it was time to eat one of the three meals, then I would become ravenous and could hardly wait to eat. It also bothered me to be restricted to the one hour dinner policy. At that time I liked to drink alcohol and wanted to spread that time frame out. Nevertheless I stuck with it and over the course of a year lost the weight and kept it off for about 2 years.
Why didn't I stick with it? Because I finally grew tired of sticking to the sameness of it, it didn't feel natural and not being able to eat something because it was the wrong time of day did finally get old. This diet does have certain rules and restrictions that you have to learn, it really is quite easy to do this. The name of the diet is the carbohydrate addict's diet, and I would recommend to get the book.
I still to this day keep the ideas it taught me in the back of my head, but this time I need to do it in a more realistic way. As you know I'm following the psoriasis diet I described on my spark page. It too is restrictive but in a more healthy way. It's making me cut out all the junk out of my diet and eat healthy again. And the food restrictions are only until my psoriasis goes away completely (about 90% gone now). Basically it's doing the same thing, eating more like a vegetarian with mild meats and limiting carbs to quality and in quantity. I'm losing weight slowly and actually exercising alot now. This time I have alot to lose but I want this to be the last time I go through this. So I've spent alot of time reading up on vitamins and minerals, digestive aids and teas, and making sure I drink enough water. Every time I get the slightest craving for alcohol I know I'm low on fluids and water fixes it immediately.
I read everyone's suggestions for you and they seem to be pretty right on. Drink more water, eat more veggies, less starchy carbs, and keep your exercise about the same. I think you are doing plenty considering your hip. Trimming calories does not mean eating less it means eating more carefully. Make one meal all veggies, whether salad or soup or side. Try new things and spices and cooking methods. Also take milk thistle (even Dr. Oz recommends this) to help your digestion and also yogurt. I also recommend dandelion root tea for the same reasons. It's a bit earthy tasting but I like the taste now and also like to blend with other flavored herb teas like spearmint and the like. Another good tip I have is to drink aloe juice with fresh lemon squeezed on top. It makes your digestion more alkaline which helps to control inflammation in your body. I found a huge jug of it at Walmart for about 8 bucks. It's unsweetened so it has a kind of brackish taste to it, but the sourness of the lemon neutralizes that and the the sweetness of the lemon comes through, and then it's quite refreshing! You know how good aloe is for your skin, imagine it healing your digestive tract in the same way. Anyhow hang in there, you are already doing many correct things, just identify where you can make some small but helpful changes and things should start to pick up for you. emoticon

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SKFEREBEE 3/24/2011 2:48PM

    My doc said the same thing to me (except for the sarcasm) and I'm like, "Yeah. Tell me something I don't know." Wish there was some sort of magic pill.

These are my thoughts:

Because of the inflammation that is constant in your body, it will make it more difficult to lose weight. And, you obviously have a "full plate" as far as your schedule goes, and that can put further stress on the body, which will make it hang on to fat. And just because you are meeting the ranges that SparkPeople says you should have, you are a unique individual and you need to change something w/ your diet or exercise to get the metabolism going in the right direction. Maybe you need to calorie cycle, increase your protein, cut carbs, find whatever balance works for your body to give you energy and help you lose weight. Keep challenging your body with the strength training as best you can since the more muscle you have the better and try some different forms and intensities of cardio to shock your system a little.

I know it's a struggle and a daily one at that, but just keep trying and don't give up on yourself. Good health is always worth fighting for. And that doc needs to work on his bedside manner.
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GINGERMACC 3/24/2011 2:21PM

    I agree with everyone who suggested switching to another doctor. I noticed on your food tracker that you haven't tracked breakfast. Are you eating breakfast? That may help. It's a start.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/24/2011 1:18PM

    Zanna, Can you FIRE him? Your doc I mean? It sounds like he needs the boot. I had to fire a doctor because I was having the worst cramps ever and he told me that it was normal and to live with it. Not even a prescription for Motrin. No one needs an insensitive caretaker like that. He didn't LISTEN therefore he should go.

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I hope you can find out more about why doing all the right things isn't working. Maybe you need to tweak your thyroid meds or something. Maybe seeing a different nutritionist would give other insights, or see if you can get into some PT again for your hip and talk to the physical therapist about what you can do to help. I have a great resource out here that also works with those without the best insurance. So explore new territory and see what you can discover.

Hope today is a better day!

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RAIN454 3/24/2011 11:33AM

    I was tracking this morning and saw the member blog list on the right-hand side saw that you wrote a post called "Really REally angry" and i thought "what??!" cuz you're usually so perky and a positive light in this Spark world of ours...which you still are...just having a "moment", as we all do,...but still, definitely intrigued and concerned me to see what was up. After reading it, I have to agree with the others...your doctor is definitely insensitive. I know doctors are taught to be emotionless with their patients, but this is kinda extreme and honestly, damaging to an already concerned patient. He knows how hard you've been working...doing everything that he've actually had to stop working out under his recommendation (because of your back/hips) AND you actually lost 8lbs on his scale, which IS an accomplishment. To say that you must not care and must not think its important is rude, insensitive and unnecessary. Sorry, I know venting with you isnt beneficial. :)
So here's what I think you should do...focus on low workouts and low calories...when you workout u get hungry and need the "fuel" to eat so 1400-1600 or whatever is definitely necessary but to see some weightloss, I usually have to eat about 1100-1200. Just try it for a week and see what happens. Honestly, you've been sick for a couple of months so I'm sure its just timing of this doctor's visit.
Hope you're feeling better. You had every reason to be angry and we're all here for you if you need to vent or talk or anything!
Luv ya Zanna!! Take care.

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JAQUANAH 3/24/2011 9:38AM

    No advice from me. Well, except "whatever works". As you can see, I made my goal. And I did it without following all the recommendations from SP and other sources. We are all different. I do things others would consider horrible. Peanut butter sandwich with pineapple for breakfast this morning. That got my whole grain (bread), 1 fruit, and 1 healthy fat in first thing in the morning. Besides, it was very tasty.

It's not about me. I know that.

I am here to support you and tell you that you have every right to be angry with that doctor. Hope you can find a more caring health care professional. emoticon

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HOPE2011 3/24/2011 5:33AM

    I agree with the others - if you can, I would get a new doctor. You shouldn't have to put up with being treated that way.

You know you're doing well - too bad the doctor doesn't get that! Hang in there!

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KOMAL53 3/24/2011 5:01AM

    I think your Doctor has no sensitivity----besides being judgemental!!!I'd suggest you look for someone who understands your Health problems and who's more interested in what's actually wrong with you---than someone you sounds like an insensitive Boor---trying to lay all the blame at your Door!!!If we could really do everything by ourselves we wouldn't really need those Doctors would we??Then where would THEY be????
I'd suggest that you change your Doctor---because Medication also can cause weight gain--or slow down weight loss---I'm a classic example of Medication induced weight gain!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WITHJOI 3/24/2011 1:01AM

    I think you need a different doctor. One who specializes in sports medicine maybe.
Also, I am getting really great results with the LaTortilla 80 calorie 12 grams of fiber tortillas. I get them at Costco (20 for $6). Also, I upped my water to a gallon a day and I stopped craving soda. Whenever I start craving soda or pizza I realize I usually haven't had all of my water. Supposedly it is safe to drink up to half your weight in ounces. So, If you are 180 pounds, you can drink up to 90 ounces of water safely. I find when I do all the way up to half I get chilly from the inside out. So I back off a bit. But, I find that if I drink about a gallon of water and eat over 35g of fiber, I do so much better with my goals. I also just found the Skinny Cow icecream sandwiches. They are 140 calories and have really been helpful. They have fiber in them and I last over an hour. I have been trying a new thing for me. I am eating under 160 calories about an hour apart all day. When I feel more hungry than usual, I make a meal using the tortillas & veggies & beans so that I am satisfied. Seems to be working.
I sure hope you feel better after being able to vent in your blog. We all totally get it. And your doctor needs to get fired. He sounds like he is just trying to cover his insured butt instead of really doing his job to help you. I hope you will fire him. What a jerk! You don't deserve that. You deserve someone who is going to really pay attention and do his homework & get you the help you need.
Good luck!!! Also, sticking with sparkpeople & doing the quizzes, trivia & reading the articles might really get your brain going on new things you could try. Maybe even write SparkGuy. He might actually connect with you and help you get hooked up with a trainer or coach on here who can figure out what you need. Might be a simple few tweeks to get you to your goals.

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POOKASLUAGH 3/23/2011 10:38PM

    What a horrible doctor! That's awful. :(

Do you think there could be another cause for your weight problems besides keeping the calories and exercise in balance? I mean, it sounds like you're doing everything right and something's not letting it all work. I wonder specifically because for 11 years I battled a roller coaster of ups and downs with no relation to diet and exercise and got the same responses from all the doctors I tried. Eventually they found that I had infections in two of my teeth, and that turned out to be the root of all my issues. Once the infections were gone, I started losing weight naturally in response to diet and exercise. Of course that's a very simplified version, but when I hear stories about people who are doing things right and it's not working I just remember all those years when I felt like giving up because nothing I did helped. I hope that you can find the root cause, whatever it happens to be, and find a doctor willing to listen and help. Good luck.

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KRISTINKP 3/23/2011 10:23PM

    It sounds like you might need a new doctor - one that nurtures you instead of belittling you. I have finally found that doctor and it has made a huge difference for me! Also, have you tried taking your calories a little lower? When I first started eating around 1200 calories a day it was extremely difficult. I felt hungry a lot. After a little while my body adjusted to the lower amount and now that is pretty easy for me to hit without thinking of food constantly. Also I found that eating more filling foods really helps - like 200 calories of oatmeal for breakfast instead of a bowl of cereal - it really keeps me happy until lunchtime! Just a thought! I hope you can get over this hump and get everything moving in the right direction. Don't give up now - it will only get harder if you stop and try again later!!! GOOD LUCK!

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