Confession and Accountability Meter
I met with my doctor on Monday, and when I left had a better outlook on my body shape, weight and muscle. I asked him to put me on his weight loss program which includes blood work, EKG, monthly visits, body measurements, etc. He told me that he knew I struggled with the weight and in the past had actually gotten to 200, but then I faltered and gained some of it back. He asked me to keep a daily mood diary and to update it about 20 minutes after I eat. He requires daily nutritional and fitness tracking and this mood diary.
He also was very frank with me and told me that my legs were like tree trunks...muscular and my fanny was very tight and not droopy. He reminded me the tummy area is the LAST to go when toning up. He praised me for doing the bootcamp, but also warned me that my knees will not last if I keep doing step and bootcamp. I told him I was going to the orthopedic surgeon and getting ready to do the 3-series shots in my right knee. I also told him I would be starting water aerobics and pilates the second week in August (because we are entertaining out-of-town guests next week). He was pleased that I had come to that decision myself.
I was using another nutrition and fitness tracker, but it became so cumbersome trying to tying it all in, that I came back to SP's trackers. I can make mood notes on the nutritional tracking page and print all this off for the doctor when on my next appointment. The only negative is that my Garmin Vivofit doesn't sync to SP. (Hey SP if you are reading this, please link up with Garmin so their awesome watch/activity trackers sync with SP). So, I have to keep another log and transfer to SP.
So yesterday morning after I had labs done, I felt like I had a new lease on life. I know that sounds crazy...but I've been pretty depressed about my body size and weight this entire BLC round, and maybe last round also and it's because I SCREWED up my thinking and when I lost the 36 pounds in round 25 I thought I was KING KONG and could do anything I wanted. HA! Boy did I get a reality check when almost 25 pounds came back on INSTANTLY!
HERE’S MY NEW LIFE PLAN:
MEASURE and track everything before it goes in my mouth. Everything will be measured and nothing will be left out to graze or grab another bite.
I am going to TRY to eat as S-L-O-W as possible, which will be hard because I have always scarfed my food like it was going to be taken away!
FITNESS: Minimum of 30 minutes a day, whether it's in the pool or house, until I can get back to the gym August 3rd.
WATER: I already drink a lot of water....like 202 ounces or more, so that won't be an issue. But what I have messed up on is returning to caffeine.., so I’ll be weaning myself off caffeine….which means headaches. I am allowing myself one coffee mug of caffeinated and the rest has to be decaf.
BREAD: This is a trigger food for me, and evidently tears up my body, so even though the doctor's plan has a starch at almost every meal, I will make sure it is half of what is allowed, or none at all. Having no starch works well with my body and was evident during my DASH trials.
FITNESS: Minimum of 30 minutes cardio and strength, done in the pool or at the gym. NO EXCUSES…even if that means treading water for 10-15 minutes, at least it will be something.
I’ve been here before laying out my plans and for some stupid reason I get cocky and think I don’t have to have a plan and can just wing it. WRONG-O. I need a plan. I need accountability.
If you’ve made it this far without gagging, thank you for reading. This is for my accountability and a time log.