Thursday, September 11, 2014
I started the weight loss drugs my doctor put me on, and today I went back for my first follow-up appointment. It's been not quite six weeks, and I'm officially down six pounds. Truth be told, it was a little over seven pounds, but then two things happened.
1. I had oral surgery on my gums, and
2. I left the country.
That led to a four-day potato, pasta, ice cream frenzy as they were the only soft foods I could find on the road.
Oral surgery on Friday followed by leaving the country on Saturday followed by a doctor's appointment on Thursday morning was probably not my most brilliant scheduling trifecta ever, for the record.
But still, six pounds in under six weeks? When have I *EVER* averaged a pound a week? NEVER, THAT'S WHEN.
Better living through chemistry.
Or, better still ...
So he renewed the prescription for three more months, and I've promised to keep up with the boot camp, the dog walking, the eating healthy, and the meds. If the weight loss slows down or stops, I can up the dosage, but I'd rather keep it as low as possible for as long as possible. That, I think, is a mental thing. That way I still feel like *I* am the one doing the work. The meds are just a little chemical kick in the pants to get the metabolism going.
It's weird - I'm losing a pound a week, which is a faster rate of weight loss than I've had since around 2000 when I went from my heaviest to this worlds-longest-plateau. On one hand, I am amazed and thrilled to see the scale moving. On the other hand, it still seems SO SLOW. I'm trying to think long term here, though. Three months from now I have the potential to be a good 10-15 pounds lighter. That's not nothing. And I know that slow and steady has always been the best way for me. That's how I keep it off. My body needs PLENTY of time to adjust to a new normal.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
I am once again wearing my size 10 jeans.
That's pretty much all I need to say today.
Well, one more thing.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Well, hello September. How YOU doin'?
I'm feeling pretty good so far, though I'm not sure how we're already three days into this month.
I had a great birthday (the 31st). J made me a vegan brunch! He made a tofu scramble with spinach and mushrooms, with breakfast potatoes and toast. It was really good, especially considering my little omnivore had never made anything anything remotely like that ever before. Of course, he also made sausage on the side for the boys. Oh well. At least they also ate the tofu scramble. Baby steps! :) Then we went to DC and chilled out for a bit until the rain rolled in, then went home and had cake before dinner. Yep. Life is short. Eat dessert first!
I'm also starting to see results on the scale. I realized I didn't properly record my starting weight, which means I'm not giving myself real credit for where I am, but right now I've actually lost SEVEN pounds from when I started this medication. That's seven pounds in about six weeks. Ya'll, that is crazypants in my world. I LIKE IT.
So, September. I'm on the road two weeks of it so my goals are going to be minimal.
1. Drink two liters of water every day.
2. The weeks I'm in town: boot camp at least four times, exercise at least five days a week.
3. The weeks I'm not in town: exercise of some sort (run/elliptical/hotel gym) at least four days a week.
4. No more than two drinks per night at work dinners - no letting them auto-refill the wine!
5. Keep that scale moving in the right direction! Can I hit 10 pounds in two months? Let's find out.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
This morning, for the first time in my personal boot camp history, I used the blue resistance band for the whole class.
The resistance bands we use start at yellow (the 'why even bother' level), then go to red, then blue, then green, then grey (the holy crap! level). I have used red 95% of the time, using blue for certain exercises or certain sets on occasion before dropping back down to red.
But today? Today I used the blue band for everything!
I am pretty freaking proud of myself, people!
In other news, the boy is home from his summer in Florida and so now the house is back to its full busy, loud, messy glory. He and the new puppy are already best buds, and they're on their own today. It'll be interesting to see if the puppy makes the kid more active or if the kid makes the puppy lazier. I hope he breaks away from the video games long enough to go on a frisbee break with the pup!
He's got today and tomorrow and all next week of vacation left, then school starts back up.
I, for one, am actually really looking forward to getting back into a regular routine. I love that dog to pieces but working from home for a couple of weeks totally threw me off my regular workout track. Though I got lots of steps in walking the dog, I only made it to bootcamp two or three days a week and I missed that regular routine. I'm looking forward to the regular grind resuming ... that probably sounds weird. I'm just a creature of habit, I guess.
Of course, summer being over also means the work travel picks back up so I don't know how 'normal' it will really get, but normal is relative, isn't it? I've got two straight weeks on the road in September, a few at home, and then three straight in October. It's gonna get crazy.
Let's focus on the baby steps.
Monday, August 18, 2014
I started new meds two weeks ago, and I just finished the two week low-dose trial. Which is basically just to make sure, I dunno, my heart didn't explode or something. So, success! I lost two pounds in two weeks, which is actually pretty amazing by my standards. I started the regular dosage yesterday so I'm hoping that speeds up a little bit.
Of course, I went and sabotaged myself over the weekend though. It was our one year anniversary! I can't believe it's been a year already. I'm 35 years old and honestly it's the first time I've really celebrated spending a whole year with the same person since I was in college. Isn't that kind of sad and awesome at the same time? Let's focus on the awesome part, shall we? :)
He really went all out. He made us a reservation at this super swanky restaurant where we got our own private gazebo out on the patio. It was a four course meal, plus extras. One of the courses was dessert, of course, but he told them it was our anniversary so they brought out this meringue and chocolate mousse thing as a pre-dessert dessert, and then they brought out truffles and madeleines and THEN they brought our desserts. REALLY?! So my meal went something like this:
raspberry kir royale
bread with herbed cheese spread
asparagus soup amuse bouche
mushroom crepe with field greens
green salad (greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic crouton, dressing)
vegetable napoleon with *tons* of seasonal vegetables
meringue / chocolate mousse thing
chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream
It was amazing. The service was stellar, the ambiance was perfection, the company was the love of my life, the food was totally fabulous. Definitely not something you do on a regular basis but for a special occasion you really couldn't ask for anything better.
Here we are in front of our private gazebo!
Obviously after that meal those two lost pounds resurfaced, but I'm back on the train and it's destination loserville.
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