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Ups, Downs, Rants and Raves, Dom Style

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I haven't written a blog in a couple of weeks, which is beyond me.

Ups: School has been going incredibly well. I don't feel overwhelmed like I did last semester. With any luck, I can come out of both classes with either a low A or a high B. Either one is fine by me (although I do love A's).

Downs: I feel as if my "best" friend and I are pretty much drifting apart. We don't have anything in common anymore. She has a baby on the way -- I have no idea on how to even change a diaper. She's been acting really snooty - she's Ritz Carlton, and I'm Ritz crackers. For the past year or so, we've just ran out of things to talk about since she doesn't want to listen to me talk about exercise, dieting or working out but wants me to listen about sonograms, her mother criticizing her about her weight, and her need for 300 dollar crib sheet sets. Oh well.

Rants and Raves

1. Thyroid - I still hate my thyroid. I think it and my metabolism have conspired together to make me angry. For ten days my weight stays the same give or take an ounce. So I sit down and decide to change my workouts or eating patterns -- anything to help the weight loss stay on track. I then decided I'd make an appt to see my doc to discuss getting blood work done to see if my thyroid meds are still working. I set up my little home "gym", jump on the scale expecting to see the same number and what do I see? A loss of 2 lbs. I'm thinking, "yeah right...this is crazy". Get back on the scale the next morning and I lost another pound. This has went on for 4 days, with me losing almost 6 pounds in that time. Now, don't get me wrong -- I'm tickled and thrilled at this. It's just amazing how the body works. When I kick butt working out, my scale barely moves. But as soon as I get frustrated, slack on the quality or frequency of the workouts and throw my hands up in the air, the weight falls off.

2. Teams/Challenges

I LOVE participating in teams and challenges, especially the ones on SP. I've met some great people and have had a lot of fun interacting and getting to know everyone. While I understand that things happen (trust me I know), what I don't get is how a big number of people go through all the motions of joining a challenge and then just back out later with no explanations. A simple "got things going on, sorry" would suffice. It sucks because there are usually people waiting to participate and have to sit out because the challenges get full.

3. "Easy Breezy Weight Loss"

Weight loss isn't easy. Better yet, this is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Getting a PhD is a cake walk compared to losing weight. There's no magic drink, pill, or formula that will require you to put in little effort for big results. What gets me are folks who tell me "oh I couldn't do that...count calories?" "No way". I had an acquaintance tell me my diet was "too restrictive" but they needed to lose about 100 pounds. So they decide to go get some type of a shot and eat 500 calories a day to lose it really fast. 500 calories a day? How much food is 500 calories? A bowl of cereal, a piece of grilled chicken and a salad, maybe. What about vitamins, minerals, fiber? Yet me doing 1,200-1,500 calories a day with one meal a week being whatever I want is too restrictive? Well, after two days on the 500 calorie "diet", they didn't lose weight, got sick, and gave it up. When asked if they were going to try a sensible diet they said, "no, takes too long". Well, alrighty then LOL.

Well, that's about it for now.
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    Love your rants and raves! I agree about the challenges, and people not participating. I wonder what happened to 2 of our leaders from the Spring Challenge, who are conspicuously missing. Burnout? Any way the challenges help to keep me focussed and motivated too.

    Good luck with the thyroid problem. Those medications can be difficult to get just right. Have you tried any alternative therapies? Friend of mine had much success with acupuncture.

    Your weight tracker shows an awesome loss! emoticon emoticon

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    2926 days ago
    emoticon You really let it all out! Well, probably only "SOME" of it out! LOL I got a kick out of reading it all...a good rant is good for the soul! (I always say...LOL)

    Keep on Sparking!

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    2926 days ago
    Your acquaintance WAS takes too long? does. And?

    I also have thyroid issues, so I relate and sympathize there. Sounds like you are doing GREAT though!

    2926 days ago
    I really enjoyed your blog. One of the things most of us here have in common is that we are making lifestyle changes, we're not looking for quick fixes. Again many of us have tried those quick fixes with no lasting results and sometimes actual additional problems. Hang in there and hopefully some of these "too restrictive" people will see your results and decide they need to follow through! Also, with the challenges, I need this extra umph to keep me going and really enjoy the involvement in them.
    2927 days ago
    You have a great attitude and I appreciated reading your blog!
    2927 days ago
  • RONIE11
    I agree about the challenges... so many of us sign up and only a few follow through. I just feel strong knowing I started. Participated, and finished it I even got biggest looser one week thats a big woo hoo for me... As far as all those people looking for quick fixes I was there and my Doctor(s) continued to say eat right and get some exercise thats the only way to do it. They were right I just had to wrap my brain around it to do it. It is slow but steady and I'm getting double takes in town from people noticing.. granted its a small town so its more noticable. We all see each other all the time but it sure feels good. I also am not loosing muscle. Last time I did a crash diet I was sagging like crazy because I lost muscle and water. Not fat... this time its fat I'm loosing Yay!!!!!
    2927 days ago
  • TRACY180
    i work at a drug store and hate when someone sees me stocking the vitamin aisle and asks me which diet drug works. I don't know what to say since I think counting calories and exercising regularly is the healthiest way to lose weight. I usually say that I don't doubt know. If I'm not watching my mouth, I might mention that I am counting calories and exercising. I know a lady who seems to have tried almost all of the fad diets. I wonder how hard and consistently she has tried a slow gradual diet like we do here.
    I try not to judge her though because she has been trying to lose weight for a lot longer than I have. This is only my second time of ever trying to lose weight in my life.
    I suspect that the thyroid problem would drive me nuts too. Luckily for me, my thyroid tested normal when I was diagnosed with depression.
    2927 days ago
    Lol. Those people crack me up. Thats too hard but drinking this one shake three times a day is perfect!!!

    I get such a laugh at these people inside my head though I can't usually do it outloud since it tends to be a friend.
    2927 days ago
    Hi Dom,

    I'm right there with you on the thyroid problems. According to my doctor, there is nothing we can do but sit around and wait for it to die off. Forgive me if I don't find this a viable option, lol. Time to take my health into my own hands. It does make losing weight a tricky process.

    Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I have followed your journey since the Spring challenge started. You have been an inspiration to me.

    2927 days ago
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