Monday, January 02, 2012
I hope everyone had a fun and happy holiday season, but now it's time to get back to business. I came through Christmas with a 3 pound loss, but I wasn't so fortunate with New Year's. I know I can't actually gain 3 pounds over 3 days, so I'm not logging it. When I weigh next Monday, I will consider that my actual weight. If I did actually gain it, it was worth it.
I had a great time this weekend with my best friend (MADTHENURSE) and her family. It wasn't some over the top New Year's blow out, it was much better than that. Our family's, including her brother and sister with their families and her mom, all spent the evening together talking, laughing and of course eating and drinking a little too much! There was "good" choices, like the 15 pound veggie tray and the 10 pound fruit assortment, but No! I wanted the 10 layer taco dip, with whole wheat tortillas! I wanted the chocolate fondue with the peppermint marshmallows, and oreos to dip. I wanted to eat my weight in Gouda with crostinis. There were 40 different types of cookies, some of which the main ingredient was butter... you know... the ones *I* ate! The wine was delicious, but the company was the best! So I'll take the weight gain, if it's true weight gain, because I made the choice to eat those foods, and I don't regret one bite!
I had a doctor's appointment on 12/29, and my main goal was to discuss my weight loss and my right foot that's been hurting me for more than 2 months. Well, after an exam and an x-ray, it turns out I have tendonitis. UGH! So, the "cure" for that is ibuprofen, icing the area, and to generally "take it easy." Yeah, no good! Doc said I could do low impact workouts, which is ok, because for Christmas, I got a Yoga DVD and Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Not sure how low impact that is, but we'll see. She also said I could walk a little, but if it starts to bother me, I need to back off. For now, running is not a possibility *sigh.*
I also talked to her about going back on the "detox" diet that I used when I first started my weight loss. This was MY idea of detox, it was not something I read about, but for the first 6 months, I gave up everything I considered "not healthy" for me. No coffee, chocolate, pizza, pasta, cereal, or bedtime snaking. These are all triggers for me, and I thought If I could give them up for 6 months, I'd rid my body of the cravings. It worked and I lost a great deal of weight in that time frame. I started incorporating those things back into my diet and I feel I've done really well with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and enjoying all of those foods. Because my weight loss has slowed, I asked if she thought "detoxing" again would help to jump start things. She said that a 2 week detox would be a great idea, especially since in the winter, your metabolism slows down. That's definitely something I will be planning to do in the next few weeks.
We also discussed my goal weight. I'm 5 feet tall, 5'1 on a good day, so, according to everything I've read, a "healthy BMI" for me would be no more than 127 at the very top of the scale. 127... that's an incredibly low number to me, and it's caused a lot of stress since I started my journey. I'm 36 years old, I've had 2 kids, and I don't need to wear a bikini. After talking to my doctor, I've found out that the BMI charts that we find online are just a guide. YES, it's a very important tool, but the doctor also has a BMI tool that not only uses your height and weight, but also takes your age into consideration. She said most charts we would find on-line do not use age as part of the assessment. After inputting my info, we discovered a normal, "healthy" weight for someone of my height, and AGE, would be between 140 and 150 (150 being the very MOST I should weigh), and she said I shouldn't go any lower than 135. Based on this info, I changed my goal weight to 140, and If I get lower, great! My plan is to maintain between 140-150.
***THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MY DOCTOR AND I DECIDED FOR *ME* THIS DOESN'T MEAN IT'S RIGHT FOR YOU. YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR OWN PHYSICIAN ABOUT YOUR GOAL WEIGHT***
Everyone's been posting goals for 2012, so here goes...
-- My main goal will be to get to my goal weight of 140, which means another 50 pounds
-- I will continue with running (foot injury willing) so I can sign up for, and run the Turkey Trot this year and break 40 minutes
-- This will be the year of strength training so I can decrease my body fat percentage. I also just bought a new scale that I can keep track of this as well as my BMI.
-- Finally, I just want to improve my overall health and fitness level.
Ok, Sparkfriends, it's 2012, let's make this year better than the last!