Week 15: The Rest of the Story (Phenomenal!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hello, All!

First, I want to apologize to all of you who have commented on my blog, or any of my posts in the groups. With the DW and kidlets all off this week, I've been very bad a getting online. Am carving out about 20 minutes now, but probably won't be on SP again for a few days. I'm sorry, and I promise I'll be more active NEXT week :-) !!

Well, just finished week 15, and I'm really excited about the progress. Had my physical, and I thought I'd share some stats.

First, some history of physicals, just to put the numbers from yesteday (Monday) in context. I think this is a fine compliment to the progress I talked about last week in my blood work numbers.

I had my last physical on 11/1/2010, and at that time my weight was 293. My blood pressure was 131/87.

I went in on June 28, because of an eye infection. On that date, my weight was 304, and my blood pressure was 136/89.

Then, I began Atkins on 8/8/2011.

Now for my results from my physical yesterday. First, let's talk about my weight. On my home scale, wearing, ahem, let's just say very little (blush), and before eating or drinking anything (which is generally when and how I weigh in), my weight was 262. I'm using this as my weight for the week, which is a total weight loss of 43 lbs. At the Doctor's office, fully dressed (shoes and everything), all my stuff in my pocket, etc., my weight was 269. Take your pick as far as measuring my progress.

Now the big number. My blood pressure at the appointment. 126/53. No, that isn't a typo ;-). 126/53. I actually asked the nurse, "are you sure that's right?"

The cool thing is that my doctor agreed to a trial time with no lisinopril or slow-niacin, with a blood pressure check in 1 month, and labs in 3 months, to make sure that I'm still making progress. I can't tell y'all how happy I am to be off of the Niacin, as I absolutely HATE the flushing it causes!!

Well, anyway, just wanted to share this. It's the darndest thing, as I'm eating tons of fat and cholesterol, and I seem to be getting healthier and healthier. I have to admit, when I started this 15 weeks ago, I thought that I'd probably lose some weight, but didn't expect the internal numbers to change so radically, and so quickly. I have to say, it's really exciting.

And to top off my week, my family and I were out shopping today, and we bumped into my sister-in-law and her mother (I haven't seen them for about a month). They both said, "what's happening to you, you're melting away." Now I know they're family and being polite, but still it made me feel good :-). I'm starting to get some compliments on weight loss now, which isn't as exciting as the health numbers, but is still pretty-darn-satisfyting.

Still have 62+ lbs to lose, but I have to say, I'm really happy with where I am now. Just wanted to share all that.

For those of you brave souls who read all of the way to the bottom of this post, thank you! I may not be able to post much again 'til after the holiday, but I do appreciate it.

Have an amazing Thanksgiving, All!!!

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  • FITB4-40
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    2302 days ago
    How awesome! It's great when people start to notice you melting away!

    My choir director emailed me the other day that he was just diagnosed with type 2 and he sounded so depressed that I had to do something. I was thinking of you and Bearclaw and Russell and immediately replied for him to check out this forum for some inspiration and some hope! It's not all about the weight, it's SO about the wellness and life improvement. Congrats!
    2307 days ago
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