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Tweaking myself and the program

Saturday, June 01, 2013

After putting it off for several months, I finally went to Mexico on Thursday to the dentist. I'm sure nobody LIKES going to the dentist, but I have some real serious terrors dating from very bad experiences as a child with three different dentists. But I lucked out and the new one I went to this time (I had checked her credentials and she has excellent training and references plus 25+ years in practice) was very gentle and so far very good. I had one root canal on Thursday, but need 3 more in my front teeth so I can have a bridge with 5 crowns on it next week. The 3 that will get root canals Tuesday aren't really bad teeth, but they're the ones strong enough to support the bridge connecting the 2 bad teeth. I'm not looking forward to it, and I'm sure I'll be eating soft and mushy food for a few days, but it must be done. She also found a cyst on one of my molars, so I'm on antibiotics to clear that up until she can remove the cause of it. Not fun, but it will be nice to be able to smile at people and not feel self-conscious because my teeth needed work.
I'm also tweaking my nutrition program. I seem to be hungry a lot of the time; the days I feel satisfied, I am slightly over my daily calorie goal. I watched the Extreme Makeover on TV last week and the host mentioned the Harris Benedict Equation. I'd never heard of it before, but he said it would help us determine exactly how many calories I needed in order to lose weight. Well, I Googled it today and it is VERY thorough. And after computing all my own numbers and adding them into the equation, I came up with a calorie range of 1600-1800 calories which should result in one pound a week loss. I'll be happy with even half that loss, but the calories sound more realistic for me than the 1200-1500 I was trying to stick with. I know by eating too little, my body will go into starvation mode and try to hang onto the pounds. I'm hoping by adding this little bit extra that my body will appreciate it and drop some more weight through the summer. We'll see... Oh, and I changed my goal weight to 190 lbs. I had just sort of grabbed at 200 as a goal, but according to what I've been reading, a reasonable goal for me to aim for at this point would be 170-190 lbs., so I'm looking at 190. Once I get there, I can decide if I want to lower it. Right now, 190 is looking pretty good!
Several of you have asked for a newer photo to show my new haircut. Well, I still am all thumbs at styling it myself and haven't made it to the shop to have it done. So please be patient. And when I DO get the new photo posted, I'll be smiling with my newly crowned teeth.
I'm also increasing my exercise--today I have 35 minutes already and will possibly do a little more. And I've switched the weights I use in the mornings from 2 lb. weights to 4 lb. weights. BOY, do my muscles notice the difference! But gradually, I'm finding I'm able to do almost as many reps with the heavier weights as I was doing before. Progress--one baby step at a time.
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  • v NIGHTSKYSTAR
    Glad you found a good dentist!!
    1124 days ago
  • v JILL313
    Hi Cherie, I'm glad you're going to the Dentist and getting some needed dental work done. I look forward to sometime soon seeing the new picture of you with a big smile and new hairdo. You're new calorie range does sound better for you as 1200-1500 a day isn't much food at all. I'm also going to be checking out that site soon myself. Thank you for letting us know what's going on with you as I was wondering how you were doing and now I know. Take good care.

    Hugs & Love,

    Jill
    1124 days ago
  • v JAOTAO
    Glad you are making some great steps for yourself to become more healthier all around. Also, glad you found a good dentist. I travel to go to mine even though he doesn't accept the insurance I have because he is just so good. So I definitely understand! Thanks for the great ideas and sharing your process!
    1125 days ago
  • v NANCYPAT1
    It is always a good idea to keep tweaking things to make them work better - thanks for sharing your plan.
    1125 days ago
  • v ALDEBARANIAN

    Sounds like some real good changes. Keep up the good work. emoticon
    1125 days ago
  • v FORMYDARLINGS
    I am so glad to hear from you. Sorry about the root canals. I have had many of them and they are NOT pleasant. I have a 3 tooth bridge on my front teeth. It is soooo much better now than what it looked like before. The new calorie range certainly sounds like a better fit for you. I don't think I could survive on 1500 to 1200 a day either. I would e hungry all the time. As for losing, I have noticed that almost everyone, who has reached that 100 pound mark, goes through a period where they stop losing for while. I don't know if it is because your body needs a rest at that point or if it is your mind that needs the rest. I think 1 pound a week is a great way to lose. You are taking all the right steps so just keep at it, my friend. Good luck with your teeth and happy exercising.

    Gini
    1125 days ago
  • v CHERIJ16
    It sounds like you have a good plan in place. I'm very interested in that equation you mentioned. I will have to look it up on the web. Thank you. emoticon emoticon
    1125 days ago
  • v EATVEGAN
    This all sounds so positive. You're moving forward on so many fronts, but with doable goals. Congratulations! Now that's some cool Sparking!
    1125 days ago
  • v BLUETIFFANYS
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    1126 days ago
  • v BELDONDOG1
    Congrats!! You have a very good plan! I wish you the very best! I am going to go and look at the mentioned website. Good luck with the dentist also--always hated them too:) Have a great weekend! (hugs) Noel
    1126 days ago
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