Thursday, March 06, 2014
First, I lost another 1.6 lbs from Monday. Because of my work schedule I won't be able to weigh again until a week from Saturday, if I want to weigh in at the same time every day. And I do want to keep it consistent. So that's 3.2 lbs in 3 weeks. Right on track for my lose 1 lb in 1 week until vacation in April.
Second, my husband is seeming to get on board. He wants to do a low carb thing. I don't. Which is fine. As long as we are trying, and now I have someone to talk to IRL about it. Everyone else I know seems to be skinny. He doesn't need to lose as much as I do, but it will still be nice to have someone else in the house also paying attention to what we eat.
Third, I think I may have found another reason for my weight gain. Not all of it mind you, but a contributing factor. I have had stomach issues all of my life. Sharp pains, gnawing pains, extreme hunger RIGHT after I eat sometimes, nausea, etc. I have taken Tums, Tagamet, and countless others for it. My doctor finally put me on Protonix, a proton pump inhibitor, back in November along with an anti-depressent. Two days after I started taking Protonix all pain was gone, only an occasional upset tummy from the wrong foods. Great! Also, I lost like 4 lbs from Nov- Feb when I wasn't trying to and not logging in Spark. GREAT! A week ago I ran out of Protonix and still haven't refilled it, partly to see if I could do it on my own again. 3 days after that mini versions of gnawing hunger and odd nausea started up again. I started to put two and two together that maybe I wasn't hungry but it was the stomach acid causing issues. And just maybe I had fed myself when I shouldn't for years trying to get rid of the pain (ok, it's not a maybe I did do that). So, I looked up Protonix and weight loss on the internet and I found that a): it is not inherent to weight loss or gain and b): Some doctors have had patients report weight loss on it because it seemed to dull their appetite or they didn't feel the need to eat with an upset stomach. BINGO!
Ok, I am NOT saying I gained all of this weight due to a stomach issue (that is not an ulcer btw). But, I am saying that it was a factor. So, guess who is going back on the meds pronto?
I weigh 3.2 less than in February, but over 7 lbs less than in the fall/holidays. I am happy! Anything is better than nothing!
Monday, March 03, 2014
I measured myself today. I mean to do that the first week of every month, but forgot to last month.
At first I was deeply disappointed in how many more inches I had on most of my body since the last I checked (Oct 2012). But after I ran the reports, I realized that Oct was the least I weighed in 2 years. My measurements were very close to what they were in August 2012 when I first started Spark.
The only big problem was the crunches. Pushups were still somewhat close. Crunches were way down. I was huffing and puffing and just unable. This bothers me most. I know a lot of it is my weight, but since I've been big for quite a few years and still able to be consistent in crunches I can't help but think age is starting to become a factor. I'm only 36, but couple that with being overweight and it's not good.
Anyway, it's a start. And I better tool for measuring progress than the number on the scale.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
My mini-goal when restarting Spark was to lose 8 lbs in 8 (and a half) weeks. I am going on vacation to Vegas then, and want my clothes to fit decently. It's been 2 (and a half, lol) weeks and I have lost 2.6 lbs. I am at 199.8. In Onederland once again. I looked up my weight from the last two years on here and last summer was the first time I hit 200. My highest weight logged was 202.4lbs from 2 weeks ago. But I know my scale said 206 in early January, but I hadn't logged it.
I have very few short sleeved shirts that fit in the stomach area. Mostly is because I got too big, but some of my favorite shirts had shrunk a bit, too. I also know that around 190 I have a bunch more shirts that will fit. And I have a TON of clothes that I have been keeping that will fit in the 175-190 range.
So for a recap:
I'm 5ft tall and 199.8 lbs (oh no I am NOT rounding up that number! :P)
My long term goal is under 130 lbs. This is the highest acceptable number for my height. I haven't seen 130 in 14 years. So, I do not expect this to come quickly. And truthfully if I could be 150 I'd be thrilled at this point.
Most of my weight is in my belly and breasts. This is how the females on my dad's side all look, except they are tall. I got the short genes from my mother's side. Isn't that nice? Couldn't I have gotten the tall genes from my dad and the thin one's from my mother? Nooooo....
I have a habit of getting around 190 and quitting. Don't know why.
I wear a size 20 in jeans and a 1X in shirts. Tomorrow I am going to re-do my measurements.
My mini-goal will take me to 193ish lbs for vacation. This will make my clothes fit better.
I have not added any exercise in my routine yet, taking one step at a time. My first step was to try and check in here as much as possible. Step two: Eliminate soda (haven't had any for 2 weeks, but had some lemonade today). Step three: Choosing better dishes a majority of the time (yep!) and eating smaller portions, quitting when I'm full (yep!)
My next steps will be to cook more at home. That doesn't mean eating PBJ (which I have had for a meal the last 4 days. I am a PB addict) for every meal. If I eat at home, I will automatically eat less calories.
And I need to get exercise in. This will be a tough one for me to tackle. It always is.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Oooh boy I've been busy. Trying to catch up with the Friend Feed on here.
I have kept my word and had no soda for a week now. I've eaten smaller portions, too. I went to the grocery today, but did not have a plan so I didn't so a great job. Still, we have things to eat at home now. I did buy the makings of a salad and am going to have that with tuna burgers tonight. If you read my previous blogs, then you know I eat out. Every meal. I still have for two the last three weeks (had to get myself to the grocery!), but I have changed what I have been ordering. Side salads instead of fries, maybe no side dish at all, smaller portions, throwing away the food when I'm full or taking half home, and no no no no soda.
Why had it taken so long to get to the grocery? Three reasons: 1) I despise going to the store. 2) On days I work it is impossible to do anything else (hello! I leave the house at 4am and get home at 7:30pm and go to bed at 9pm). 3) On my days off I keep myself busy without doing anything meaningful it seems. Number 3 is what I have to work on. I am disorganized with my free time. Yesterday I had off and took my grandmother to the casino for a few hours, then went and met my parents at a Mexican resteraunt for dinner, watched the Pacers in the evening. Today I had to go to the doctor, grocery, will take my son to the eye doctor, and have an appointment with the cable guy later and then laundry. Then I work for two solid days. This is typical of my days off. I put too much stuff into my time, so when I finally sit down at home I just want to veg on the computer or watch the Pacers (Besides Pacers or Colts games, I probably watch 1 hour of TV a week). I haven't even read a book in a month and my magazines are piling up.
These are just excuses, but are the reasons why I don't cook or get much exercise in or get to the grocery. And sometimes my house could use a vacuuming. I need to learn to organize the time I do have better.
Onto good news! I have been seeing the doctor since October about stress and stomach issues. I have avoided the doctor for years, and still hate appointments to anything. She put me on Lexipro for anxiety and it does seem to work. And protonix for my stomach. And I must say that is a miracle drug since I have battled severe stomach pain since I was a teenager. All gone! I have always been anti-prescription, so we battled about me taking them and I finally gave in. I hope to be off of both this year though. Anyway, I totally digressed. GOOD NEWS: The doctor's scale has me weighing over 4 lbs less today than I did in January (which was the same as December and a pound less than October). WOO-HOO. This means I lost most of that before rejoining Spark. Without effort. I know it's only 4 lbs, but it motivated me. And makes me realize I CAN do this. And I can do this in small increments, with small changes that aren't overwhelming, and even though some people eat 1200 calories a day and exercise an hour a day I don't have to. I won't lose it as fast, but I can do what works for ME! Before I was trying to do what worked for someone else. I feel good about starting small and inching my way down. And when I'M ready I can up the ante.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
The last blog I posted was full of self-pity and I was genuinely having a rough day. I want to thank everyone who read it and posted. My husband and I had a nice long talk the next day and smoothed everything out. I found out something that just happened at his work that put a lot of stress on him. Also, he fixed my car that I damaged when I hit the trash can.
I have made much better choices since then. Not perfect, but better. I also re-lost the 1.5 lbs I gained last week. I think that was water weight. And I have NOT had any soda since that blog. Unsweetened tea, coffee, water, and right now I am having ONE glass of Stella Hard Cidre. One glass. See I CAN enjoy things in moderation.
Still haven't went to the grocery store, but that IS happening this weekend.
It is a gorgeous sunny day outside, but terribly muddy from the melted snow. I had thought about walking at the state park down the road, but read online that a lot of the trails are under. Pooh. Won't be long though and warmer air will be here and I can enjoy being outside again.
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