Wednesday, October 24, 2012
So, I was off the SparkPeople grid for about four days recently—Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is the first time I have taken a real break in months. I went to Portland to the teaching hospital where I have most of my medical specialists, and I spent a couple of days hanging out with an old friend.
I did not record or measure anything, but I did *generally* try to stay with choosing mostly veggies, proteins and minimal carbs. This time I did not take all of my food with me—I just took a couple of baggies of oatmeal for some of my breakfasts, plus a couple of big apples and 2 Greek yogurts. I did quite a bit of walking, but no real exercise beyond that. I splurged and had homemade blackberry cobbler with a bit of vanilla ice cream…plus a lot of my favorite wine.
I didn’t gain any weight and I got to have some fun, so I think that things worked out well.
My neuroendocrinologist confirmed that according to the hospital’s records, I have officially lost 80 pounds. My scale at home says that I am still two pounds away, but there is evidence that my home scale might be a lying rat-bastard.
The doctor gushed all over herself about how well I have done and how many health risks I have curtailed by losing so much weight. When I started this process, I wasn’t even thinking about things like cancer risk being reduced—but it makes sense. Fat generates extra hormones like estrogen which can make cancers grow faster. Fat holds on to toxins which can lead to cell damage. Hmmm.
Anyhow, she urged me to keep doing what I am doing and not to get frustrated about not losing the rest of the weight. I am going to keep trying, but even if the rest of it comes of slowly or not at all, as long as I maintain I am doing well.
She also told me that even though my goal weight (190) is way above BMI guidelines for my height, it is probably too low for my body type and health issues. Using BMI alone, I should weigh about 173…not taking into account that I have a very large bone structure or that I am very, very long through the torso.
In the last week, I have run into three people who I haven't seen in a year or more who have told me that I look amazing! This is a surprise to me, because my weight has barely moved in the last six months. I don't FEEL like I look any different than I have for a while, but apparently I am wrong.