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The Holidays, a doctor's appointment, and goals for 2012

Monday, January 02, 2012

I hope everyone had a fun and happy holiday season, but now it's time to get back to business. I came through Christmas with a 3 pound loss, but I wasn't so fortunate with New Year's. I know I can't actually gain 3 pounds over 3 days, so I'm not logging it. When I weigh next Monday, I will consider that my actual weight. If I did actually gain it, it was worth it.

I had a great time this weekend with my best friend (MADTHENURSE) and her family. It wasn't some over the top New Year's blow out, it was much better than that. Our family's, including her brother and sister with their families and her mom, all spent the evening together talking, laughing and of course eating and drinking a little too much! There was "good" choices, like the 15 pound veggie tray and the 10 pound fruit assortment, but No! I wanted the 10 layer taco dip, with whole wheat tortillas! I wanted the chocolate fondue with the peppermint marshmallows, and oreos to dip. I wanted to eat my weight in Gouda with crostinis. There were 40 different types of cookies, some of which the main ingredient was butter... you know... the ones *I* ate! The wine was delicious, but the company was the best! So I'll take the weight gain, if it's true weight gain, because I made the choice to eat those foods, and I don't regret one bite!

I had a doctor's appointment on 12/29, and my main goal was to discuss my weight loss and my right foot that's been hurting me for more than 2 months. Well, after an exam and an x-ray, it turns out I have tendonitis. UGH! So, the "cure" for that is ibuprofen, icing the area, and to generally "take it easy." Yeah, no good! Doc said I could do low impact workouts, which is ok, because for Christmas, I got a Yoga DVD and Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Not sure how low impact that is, but we'll see. She also said I could walk a little, but if it starts to bother me, I need to back off. For now, running is not a possibility *sigh.*

I also talked to her about going back on the "detox" diet that I used when I first started my weight loss. This was MY idea of detox, it was not something I read about, but for the first 6 months, I gave up everything I considered "not healthy" for me. No coffee, chocolate, pizza, pasta, cereal, or bedtime snaking. These are all triggers for me, and I thought If I could give them up for 6 months, I'd rid my body of the cravings. It worked and I lost a great deal of weight in that time frame. I started incorporating those things back into my diet and I feel I've done really well with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and enjoying all of those foods. Because my weight loss has slowed, I asked if she thought "detoxing" again would help to jump start things. She said that a 2 week detox would be a great idea, especially since in the winter, your metabolism slows down. That's definitely something I will be planning to do in the next few weeks.

We also discussed my goal weight. I'm 5 feet tall, 5'1 on a good day, so, according to everything I've read, a "healthy BMI" for me would be no more than 127 at the very top of the scale. 127... that's an incredibly low number to me, and it's caused a lot of stress since I started my journey. I'm 36 years old, I've had 2 kids, and I don't need to wear a bikini. After talking to my doctor, I've found out that the BMI charts that we find online are just a guide. YES, it's a very important tool, but the doctor also has a BMI tool that not only uses your height and weight, but also takes your age into consideration. She said most charts we would find on-line do not use age as part of the assessment. After inputting my info, we discovered a normal, "healthy" weight for someone of my height, and AGE, would be between 140 and 150 (150 being the very MOST I should weigh), and she said I shouldn't go any lower than 135. Based on this info, I changed my goal weight to 140, and If I get lower, great! My plan is to maintain between 140-150.


Everyone's been posting goals for 2012, so here goes...

-- My main goal will be to get to my goal weight of 140, which means another 50 pounds
-- I will continue with running (foot injury willing) so I can sign up for, and run the Turkey Trot this year and break 40 minutes
-- This will be the year of strength training so I can decrease my body fat percentage. I also just bought a new scale that I can keep track of this as well as my BMI.
-- Finally, I just want to improve my overall health and fitness level.

Ok, Sparkfriends, it's 2012, let's make this year better than the last!
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  • ANNROSE126
    You are Doing Great!
    2307 days ago
    Congratulations on your successes! I love your positive energy - way to go!
    BMI can be sooo misleading, as it doesn't take into account weight from muscle, your age, activity level, etc. Personally, I think body fat % is a far more accurate indicator of one's health - good for you for choosing to focus on that as well!
    Wishing you much more success for 2012. Happy New Year!
    2325 days ago
    Sounds like you have some great goals! Have you ever considered something like ju-jitsu as a fitness option? One of my friends had tendonitus (sp?) or archilles or something like that and he tried ju-jitsu. It was a good workout for him and he wasn't on his feet too much.

    I agree with you on the BMI. I've had a discussion about it with my doctor before. Sounds like the detoxing worked for you. That's great that you found something that you can turn back to.
    2329 days ago
    I'm glad I found this blog! I just wanted to say that I'm so happy for you that you came up with a realistic goal weight with your doctor! This is SOOOO important. I also fully believe that sometimes weighing too little makes a woman look MUCH older than she is (the same as being over weight can).

    Who knows, maybe you'll get to 140 and say I think I'm going to try for 135 or maybe you get to 140 and say "oh my body was much happier at 145). I think there is no "perfect" weight for each person at each height etc.

    I have tendinitis in my knee (from running). Yes I had to take some time to heal, but now that I have I use prevention to deal with it (rest, ice, compression, elevation). You'll get there!
    2330 days ago
    It sounds like you had a fun time! I am s orry about your foot. My right foot has been hurting off and on for a few weeks, and I wonder if I could have the same thing. I hope not. I do not want to stop running. I don't think 30 day shred is low impact. You do a lot of jumping jacks and stuff like that. It's only like 25 mins total with the warm up, but it's very intense. I also ate less "bad" foods in the beginning. My weight loss has slowed a lot and I feel like I will never get under 200 at this point. It's so frustrating. I had slowed down before xmas and then on vacation had a gain which I expected, but most of that is gone now. I am trying to get back to my normal schedule of things. My Dr told me 135-155 is a healthy range for me. I am 5'5". I want to weigh around 150, but if I am happy with how I look at 160 and I'm healthy then maybe that is fine for me. I really just want my huge gut to go away. My legs and arms keep getting thinner, but my stomach is still huge. UGH I hope this is an awesome year for you. I hope by the end of the year that I'll be at my goal weight, or pretty darn close.
    2331 days ago
    Sorry for the bum foot! I hate it when things ache! And tendinitis is the worst because it takes so long, seems to be gone, and then pops back up again.

    The BMI calculators say I should weigh between 127 and 147 (I think) so I'm aiming for 140. I've seen people on success stories here and there who are close to my height, start at my weight and drop to 120's, so I think it's doable, but for all I know, they could be small framed and LOOK good at 120. I'm large framed according to the calculators out there. Here is the address to a one such girl here: http://eatcleandiet.com/community/s

    Good luck to you with your 2012 goals! I don't doubt for a second that you can make it happen.

    Oh, and I love your background pic!
    2332 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/3/2012 4:19:09 PM
    Oh, girl - that three pounds we worked on together... Let the shred begin!! WE are going to get there together - this year! You're now SO close - how exciting!!!
    2333 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    BMI charts are nonsense.

    The man who created them said they where in fact!

    they where only designed to be an average of an average group... they where for military use.
    He said they where useless for anybody outside "normal" parameters (like your height for instance!)

    Im glad you have found a happy goal to aim for.
    2333 days ago
  • SWEETS86
    I am glad you had a good talk with your Dr. I love all the New Year blogs, I just wrote one myself. Here's to reaching our goals this year.
    2333 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Happy New Years! That's interesting about the BMI chart that takes age into account. Makes sense to me. Sorry to hear about foot. Frustrating to not be able to run, but it's so important to be patient and take good care of it. I'm planning on checking out water aerobics next week. Maybe a good alternative for you too with the injury? You look amazing in your current profile pic. Look at that waistline! The changes sure have been dramatic. 2012 is going to be the year we achieve what we once thought impossible.
    2333 days ago
  • AMYH217
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Glad to hear you had a great time! Ya know I never really thought about talking to my Dr. about my BMI and I'm now interested in what he would say (I do have a routine visit coming soon)

    Hope your foot heals quickly. Soon I will be limited for a time as well once I get my legs taken care of I won't be allowed to run.

    Great goal and I know you will conquer each one!

    2333 days ago
    Holly, you are such an inspiration and are doing so well! That's awesome that you talked to your doctor. I wanted to this year but my doctor stopped practicing last year. The new doctor I switched to went on maternity leave when I was due for my annual checkup so I saw the nurse practitioner and didn't ask her about it because I didn't think I would be seeing her regularly. My friend has a body scanner that says I should be in the 150-160 range for my body mass and muscle so I'm almost there according to that. The chart says I should weigh 145 but I've been stuck at 160 for a while. Good job and keep up the great work! :)
    2333 days ago
    Hope your foot heals quickly! Glad you got in to the dr & were able to have a good conversation, figuring out what's right for YOU!
    2333 days ago
    I loved this blog and that you checked in with your doctor on your goals and progress. You are a great example for us all! ...and go you for setting a goal weight based on what you want and not a chart.
    2333 days ago
    1) way to go for enjoying yourself with no regrets but knowing it isn't the norm. No self loathing or guilt, I love your attitude! High five!

    2) I have tendinitis too :( a properly fitting pair of shoes works wonders! It is important to stretch but also strength train. All is not lost! You CAN do a lot and push through it!

    3) I'm 5'1" too! That BMI has felt impossible to me for a long while. I was 125 once while starving myself....no good! Ill be fine with whatever as long as I'm FIT and I think your doctor agrees and wants you to do the same. You are going to get there, you will!

    4) happy new year!!!!!
    2333 days ago
    2333 days ago
    Your New Years sounds fantastic.
    You are doing amazing & i wish you continued success in reaching your goal in 2012.
    I know you can do it

    2333 days ago
    You are doing fabulous. I am so rpoud of you.
    2333 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the tendonitis, hope your foot is better soon! I like your idea of the "detox" these were alot of the foods that I gave up the first 5 months of my journey and had great success, I gradually incorporated them back in too. Even though, I've reached my goal, and eat/drink these in moderation, I can feel my body is a little sluggish, especially since I overdid it New Year's weekend too, but it was soo good! LOL! So I may have to give my body a break from some of these again! You inspire me Holly and I have no doubt you'll reach your goals in 2012. Happy New Year!! emoticon
    2333 days ago
    I was looking at your ticker and realized you have less than fifty pounds to go! Wow! I wish I was you right now! I really think you should take it easy with that tendonitis, though. I haven't experienced it but you don't want to be laid up with something worse from overdoing it.

    Have a great 2012! It's going to be a great year.
    2333 days ago
    2333 days ago
    You have done amazingly well so far and I know you will succeed in 2012! I am glad you enjoyed your New Year's Eve and are willing to take a couple pounds for it...I gained a few as well and was upset at first but, feel better knowing that I am not the only one. We will get those couple pounds back off in no time.

    I love that you adjusted your weight ticker to a healthy weight you can maintain and enjoy life at. My goal weight is 170-180 lbs. and I am 5' 6 1/2 ". Charts say that I should weigh between 140-150 lbs. I don't plan on being "thin", just leaner and healthier. I am 43 years old and don't plan on wearing a bikini either. I just want to feel lean and strong and light on my feet. I can always decide to lose more later, until then, 180 lbs. feels like a manageable goal to me.

    Glad to see that you are being realistic and setting yourself up for success. We WILL do this...WooHoo!

    2334 days ago
    Sounds great!!

    The party food sounds yummy!

    In the beginning I cut out all processed foods and junk. I have added some back and my weight loss slowed a lot lately. Maybe time for me to cut out all that stuff again.

    I bet you will reach your goal in no time. I hope your injury heals quickly too!

    2334 days ago
    Holly your new years sounds amazing! Glad you enjoyed every bit(e) of it. I love how confident and in control you sound about your weight loss journey. I think that will be key in maintainance. I set my goal weight above my bmi weight range too for many of the same reasons. My range is 120-140....that seems comoletely unrealistic. Have a great day.
    2334 days ago
    I am so glad that my NYE party didn't have all those things!!!

    But they did have pigs in a blanket. Mmmmmm.....

    I told people that the 9 miles I did on Sunday was a mile for every hundred piggies I ate...

    2334 days ago
    I gained 6 lbs over 3 days at Christmas, so I completely feel your pain. I overate, and waaayyyy too much. I wasn't about to input that number either. I've lost it all, thankfully. Good to hear you enjoyed your New Years!!

    "No coffee, chocolate, pizza, pasta, cereal, or bedtime snaking. These are all triggers for me"

    I can totally relate. I've eliminated my big triggers from my house, and try not to ever invite them in. A treat is a treat, and if I want a treat of a piece of cake or chips I go out to enjoy, and not that often. Coffee is a trigger for you?
    2334 days ago
  • SUCCESSN2018
    Happy New Year to you Holly!

    I'm sorry to hear about your tendonitis. I hope that your able to find a way to still workout and not let it bother you to bad. I like the information your doctor gave and I honestly never thought to think of my age when I'm trying to figure my BMI.

    I am around the same height as you (but younger). Even at 28 years old I don't think I'd look good at 127 pounds. The lowest I ever got was 135 and that was before I married my late husband in 2005. Now, that I think back even at 135 pounds I was in a size 9 shorts or size 10 pants. I don't think I'd ever want to be any smaller. I'd look like a twig, LOL.
    2334 days ago
    I'm really sorry about your tedonitis and I want to warn you to be very careful with it. I got myself into this mess in the first place because of a tendonitis in my achilles tendon that I was doing my best to ignore. By unconsciously compensating my weight distribution so that it would hurt less I damages my knees and got tendonitis in them too. It has taken 18 months once I was no longer able to do ANYTHING and lots of injections to get sufficiently better to exercise, but that still means NO jumps for me,or running. I have to be VERY careful (just 2 weeks ago it was hurting badly again at work.Luckily the school closed for Christmas and I've completely rested it and now it's healing again). Tendonitis is NOT something you can push through or ignore, as I learnt the hard way. I would recommend swimming. Also 30 day shred is great if you are able to adapt the jumping jacks and jogging for something more low impact ( I do marching or grapevines with arm movements above my head to keep heart rate up).

    So,not only are we more or less the same weight now, we're also more or less the same height ( I'm 5ft 2 on a good day although at the hospital they insist I'm 5 ft 1!!). The other thing about general BMI that they don't take into account is amount of muscle that person has.I was told to not even attempt to be in "healthy" BMI range because of the amount of muscle I have built up. This seems ridiculous seeing as I weighed 108 pounds when I was a dancer.Mind you,that WAS 20 years ago!!! I too am aiming for somewhere between 140 and 150. Those numbers seem like a dream though don't they? Let's make it happen!! emoticon emoticon
    2334 days ago
    Good thing New Years is in the past and you can just move past it, plus you're right those 3 pounds would totally be worth it.

    The Jillian 30 day shred has low impact options so that will be a great workout for you, I love it!!

    Good luck in the year to come!
    2334 days ago
    Awesome Blog!!! I am glad you had a wonderful New Years!!! That is the way to ring it in!! You have come such a long way I am sure you will hit your goal this year!!! have an awesome 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2334 days ago
    I used to think I had to get back down to 125 lbs too, but realized a few years ago that I was much healthier from 140-155 lbs, so that is my eventual goal too. My goal in 2012 is just to get to 155, the top of that range. I wish there was a better way to measure BMI online!

    I didn't do so well over New Year's either. I had one gourmet cookie and that led to a binge of over a dozen of them, plus other stuff. UGH. Somehow, though, I managed not to gain a pound, but even to lose half a pound. I have NO IDEA why. Makes no sense. I'm still waiting for the effects of that to show up on the scale one of these days, haha!
    2334 days ago
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