Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I MISS SPARKPEOPLE!!!!
I do! I really miss you guys and blogging regularly and I think I'd like to try and do at least a weekly update. I've been silent mostly because when I'm done work for the day I've been trying to turn the computer OFF but when the computer is actually on I feel like I should just be working so I'm definitely trying to come up with a balance here.
Things are going very well! The wedding is in just over five months (can you believe it?!) and we have all the important things booked and now it's just the details. I have an appointment to go wedding dress shopping for early June (I'm buying off the rack so I don't need to order it) and my bridesmaids an I are looking for their dresses at the end of May. I can't believe it's coming so soon, I feel like it was just yesterday when everyone was saying "Oh you have PLENTY of time!" Ha!
The best news, for me anyway, is that after about a year or so of stagnant weight loss and general weight loss blasť, I've been back in action for several months! I think I needed a break from running as I find that I do enjoy endurance racing but endurance racing does NOTHING for my weight loss. I also needed a change for a bit as my body was starting to suffer from some repetitive strain injuries.
My weight loss itself has admittedly been slow going, for months I was losing and gaining the same 2 - 3lbs (and I seem to be the only person alive who finds that my measurements don't seem to move AT ALL which is weird) but I've been trucking through it and am finally seeing some results! A lot of it, I think, was because for about five weeks I was aiming for about 1200 - 1250 calories per day and it turns out my body HATES having less than 1300 per day! Once I added an extra 100 - 200 calories into my day, the weight slowly started coming off. I can now proudly say that I am a mere 4.6lbs away from a 100 pound loss! This is my current goal right now, just to lose that 4.6lbs and create my big-time reward!
One of the other reasons the scale is starting to dip downwards is that I started a detox at the beginning of April! I decided to see a nutritionist at the end of March as one of my goals is to get my cholesterol under control. You MAY recall that several years ago my (old) doctor put me on meds for my cholesterol when it seemed to be getting WORSE even though I had lost weight, was eating cleaner and exercising on a daily basis. The issue is that I was never comfortable with him just tossing this medication to a 29 year old woman without really exhausting other possibilities. In the fall when I had my physical with my new doctor, I was completely up front with her about what happened when she was telling me my cholesterol was still high and she agreed to keep me off the meds for just a little while (she was reluctant to do so) and wrote me a prescription for an RD. I decided on a nutritionist/chinese medical practitioner that I had met at a networking event.
I tell ya, if you ever get a chance to see one, do it! She sat me down and asked me questions about not just my physical health but also my mental health for well over an hour! She was asking me health questions no doctor has ever asked me and when all was said and done she said all signs were pointing towards an under active thyroid. NEVER has a doctor even ASKED my about my thyroid and YES, there are thyroid issues in my family! So we've been working together to clean out my liver (which directly relates to the metabolism of the thyroid), get my thyroid more active and work on the tension she found in my nervous system.
This means that for the month of April I've been eating a mostly soy-free, dairy-free and gluten-free diet and I'm on a few supplements (nothing crazy). It's been a bit of a challenge but really only when I go out to eat as you can find dairy-free things but they usually have soy or gluten involved or you can find gluten-free items but they contain dairy! But this is good as it's been limiting our restaurant outings!
As for workouts, I've been on a handful of runs since January but I've decided that I'll only run when I'm feeling like it. As I've been mentioning since the fall, my focus now is on intensity and toning. I'm about a month away from ending my TurboFire/ChaLEAN Extreme Hybrid program which has been great! I've finally gotten a regular strength training routine going on and my fitness levels are MUCH higher. I've decided that when this finishes up I'm going to try Jillian Michaels new 90-day program, Body Revolution and that'll take me right up to two weeks before my wedding! I would LOVE to get 125lbs by the wedding so I'm going to work as hard as I can to get there. Even if I'm AROUND there come wedding time I'll be happy and, oddly enough, this is no longer a long shot! It's less than 30lbs away! It really seems so surreal to think that 125lbs is not far off anymore. I honestly can't wrap my brain around the fact that I'm so close. I honestly have no idea what my ideal weight is as I've never been thinner in my entire adult life so I'm just sort of going with the flow but I know that 125lbs for me being 5'3 is entirely realistic.
It's just really hard to wrap my head around the fact that I have LESS than 30lbs to go!