Monday, April 14, 2014
So last week, I had to give a presentation to high school seniors and their parents. I find that if I dress strictly business casual, I'm usually confused as a college student, so I pulled out all the stops and wore my new suit with size 10 skirt!
I've never loved taking pictures so much!
Then this weekend, we had beautiful weather, so I decided to take a run on Saturday morning. I wore my NikePlus watch for it's GPS capabilities and my HRM to get an accurate calorie burn. You can see why heart rate monitors are important. Over 100 calorie difference from my Nike Plus watch, which just estimates based on speed and weight.
Finally, Saturday night, I had another bachelorette party for my friend who is getting married. It is so nice to be able to celebrate and not constantly be that friend who is on a diet. I ate veggies and fruit, but also had some cheese and crackers and sweets. It's all about moderation. I'm not eating cupcakes every night, so once in a while it's okay!
I'm still having minor headaches, and like many of you, my dad thinks it is from artificial sweeteners. It's going to be very hard to eliminate them since they are in many of the lower calorie foods that I enjoy eating like my greek yogurt. But I'm going to try and watch and avoid all artificial sweeteners this week and see if the headaches go away.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
To be fair, losing weight solved A LOT of my problems. I used to get upper respiratory infections, and a mix of bronchitis and pneumonia pretty regularly when I was overweight. My body struggled with breathing properly at 275 pounds, so it's no surprise that dropping 90 pounds has meant I've been upper respiratory infection free for almost 2 years now.
I also had terrible self esteem. This led to major jealousy issues with J.D. as well as just a depression about my life, that I never really verbalized, but that always weighed on me. My self-esteem and outlook on life has greatly improved. I'm definitely happier than I've ever been.
But the one thing that really bothers me, is that I've had headaches all my life. As a child, I had medicine in the nurse's office, and when I'd start to get a headache, I'd take some Advil, and be good in an hour or so. But since losing weight, I've developed some pretty serious migraines. One of the first ones I had was a few days after my half-marathon. This made me think that maybe I was just super dehydrated, but it lasted for almost four days. I've begun to have more of them over the past year. People ask if I've changed my diet, and I say YES, to MUCH healthier foods! Why would healthy food and an exercise plan trigger migraines?
It's such a downer for me, because I obviously want to continue on this journey, and I don't ever want to gain the weight back. I've contacted a local neurologist who can't get me in until May 20th. This morning I woke up with another terrible headache. I took my medicine for it, which helps, but makes me foggy headed and I just feel sick.
I know it was naive and silly to think that losing weight would make my life perfect. I don't think I ever believed that would happen. But I also didn't think that I would start having a problem after changing my diet and exercise routine, that I never had while overweight.
This is probably the third or fourth blog I've written on this topic, so I apologize for the repetition. I just wanted you all to know that I'm still here and still on track, but I've had a headache for the past 9 days, so I'm just trying to suffer through for now.
I'm thinking I may have to go to the Emergency Room tomorrow if it isn't better, simply to find some relief and possibly to be seen sooner than May 20th. I'm going to continue to try and research migraines and their causes, but every doctor I've seen so far can't find anything wrong with me.
I would never want them to find a tumor or something seriously wrong, but I just wish there was something they could pinpoint or tell me to change that could prevent them. I'm beginning to live in fear of the slightest tingle or inkling in my forehead that one is about to start because I know how debilitating they can be for days at a time.
Anyways. Thank you as always for you love and support Sparkfriends. I hope you all are doing well on your journeys.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
OH MY GOODNESS SPARKFRIENDS!
A few weeks ago, I told you about the photo contest that I entered with a photo of J.D. and myself on the football field. My caption read "After wearing his jersey for five years, I can't wait to wear his name for the rest of my life. I'll always be his number one fan."
Well yesterday, I received an email letting me know, I WON THE GRAND PRIZE! That means I get all of my invitations, RSVP Cards, Enclosure Cards and Thank You Cards up to a $2500 value, FOR FREE!
I know many of you cast votes for me daily and helped me get into the top 50 entries, and for that I can't thank you enough! I'm still in shock that the judges liked our photo enough to select it out of the over 1,000 entries. I'm honored and so thankful for all your support.
In other news, I'm feeling a lot better. I'm still a little fuzzy headed, but definitely glad to be back at work. And this morning I saw 179.6 for the first time since December.
Life is GRAND.
Thanks for joining me for the ride, Sparkfriends!
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