Ups, Downs, Rants and Raves, Dom Style
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I haven't written a blog in a couple of weeks, which is beyond me.
Ups: School has been going incredibly well. I don't feel overwhelmed like I did last semester. With any luck, I can come out of both classes with either a low A or a high B. Either one is fine by me (although I do love A's).
Downs: I feel as if my "best" friend and I are pretty much drifting apart. We don't have anything in common anymore. She has a baby on the way -- I have no idea on how to even change a diaper. She's been acting really snooty - she's Ritz Carlton, and I'm Ritz crackers. For the past year or so, we've just ran out of things to talk about since she doesn't want to listen to me talk about exercise, dieting or working out but wants me to listen about sonograms, her mother criticizing her about her weight, and her need for 300 dollar crib sheet sets. Oh well.
Rants and Raves
1. Thyroid - I still hate my thyroid. I think it and my metabolism have conspired together to make me angry. For ten days my weight stays the same give or take an ounce. So I sit down and decide to change my workouts or eating patterns -- anything to help the weight loss stay on track. I then decided I'd make an appt to see my doc to discuss getting blood work done to see if my thyroid meds are still working. I set up my little home "gym", jump on the scale expecting to see the same number and what do I see? A loss of 2 lbs. I'm thinking, "yeah right...this is crazy". Get back on the scale the next morning and I lost another pound. This has went on for 4 days, with me losing almost 6 pounds in that time. Now, don't get me wrong -- I'm tickled and thrilled at this. It's just amazing how the body works. When I kick butt working out, my scale barely moves. But as soon as I get frustrated, slack on the quality or frequency of the workouts and throw my hands up in the air, the weight falls off.
I LOVE participating in teams and challenges, especially the ones on SP. I've met some great people and have had a lot of fun interacting and getting to know everyone. While I understand that things happen (trust me I know), what I don't get is how a big number of people go through all the motions of joining a challenge and then just back out later with no explanations. A simple "got things going on, sorry" would suffice. It sucks because there are usually people waiting to participate and have to sit out because the challenges get full.
3. "Easy Breezy Weight Loss"
Weight loss isn't easy. Better yet, this is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Getting a PhD is a cake walk compared to losing weight. There's no magic drink, pill, or formula that will require you to put in little effort for big results. What gets me are folks who tell me "oh I couldn't do that...count calories?" "No way". I had an acquaintance tell me my diet was "too restrictive" but they needed to lose about 100 pounds. So they decide to go get some type of a shot and eat 500 calories a day to lose it really fast. 500 calories a day? How much food is 500 calories? A bowl of cereal, a piece of grilled chicken and a salad, maybe. What about vitamins, minerals, fiber? Yet me doing 1,200-1,500 calories a day with one meal a week being whatever I want is too restrictive? Well, after two days on the 500 calorie "diet", they didn't lose weight, got sick, and gave it up. When asked if they were going to try a sensible diet they said, "no, takes too long". Well, alrighty then LOL.
Well, that's about it for now.