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.