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Midterms

Thursday, February 03, 2011

This is midterm week, and it's kicking my butt to the curb. No time for exercise...only work school study work school study work school study.

Taking the supplements, working the food plan...still under 240. See the doc on the 21, and would like to have lost 5 more pounds by then....

If i can just make it through midterms....

  
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IMAGINE_IT 2/3/2011 8:54PM

    Glad to see that you are doing good..and having good results taking the supplements..and using the Hormone cream. Good Luck on your Mid terms! emoticon emoticon

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Day 4 - A Milestone

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I've been working my food plan, taking the supplements, the Rx Vit D, and using the hormone cream....and wearing my CPAP. I have a slight cold, but I feel pretty good anyway, so I think when the cold is gone I'll feel GREAT. I don't need a nap when I get home, I can stay up past 9 pm without falling asleep and my appetite has definitely decreased - I'm not ravenous all the time.

Yes, I did have a slight rebound from 240 as predicted, but it was very small (0.4 pounds) and today when I stepped on the scale....


238.5. Lowest weight in probably a year.

Very encouraging to keep on keepin' on!

The work tension/drama is still unfolding, but I've been able to distance myself from it and most importantly, not eat over it.

All in all, very happy with how I'm feeling and that the weight actually seems to be coming off...but still feeling a bit cautious over that because I've tried so hard and so long...if I can get past the losing 20 pounds mark and KEEP losing? That will be a huge confirmation that all the doc said was right on regarding my hormones, insulin resistance and Vit D deficiency.

so sign me, cautiously optimistic....

  
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SPARKIE1964 1/19/2011 8:28PM

    Girlfriend, keep going...You can make it happen...
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TERRYT55 1/19/2011 12:04PM

    YAY.....you are below 240! I knew you could do it! Happy you are feeling better too. Take care.

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Day 2 - I've been here before...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Today's weigh in showed me at 240.5. 240 has been my "glass floor"...I get there, and I bounce up in weight, looking at my weight chart since Dec 1, it has been within a 7 pound range, never getting below 240. I haven't been below 240 in maybe a year? Even then, it was fleeting, bounced right back up into the 240s again - regardless of how hard I was trying.

According to the doc - this is the effect of the hormone imbalance, vit D deficiency and not eating in sync with having insulin resistance.

Okay. So, I'm working my plan. This week I am very motivated to hit as many of my streaks/goals as possible and see if the hormone cream, vit D and handfulls of supplements prescribed combined with eating according to the low glycemic eating plan I was given make the difference.

I feel hopeful...

I danced a solo last night for the first time in months. I avoid solos. There's no one to look at but me...and all my weight. I worry that the hard work I've put into learning technique will not be what's seen - but the weight is what will draw people's attention. I decided however, that for mulitple reasons, I have to put myself out there more. Am I a bellydancer or just a bellydance teacher now? I am a bellydancer! The next showcase is in April...and I look forward to performing a solo....and wonder if the pics will show a difference?

Lastly, today is facing coworker who has been talking dirt behind my back. HR wants a formal meeting rather than me just addressing her, because it has affected the entire department. Not sure if that's good or bad, but I'm trying to breathe and just remain true to myself.

Cross your fingers for me!

  
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SPARKIE1964 1/17/2011 7:40PM

    I'm stuck at a number on the scale for over 6 months which is frustrating. If I weren't here, though, the scale might have gone up. I know it will start moving again in the right direction and am learning to be patient which isn't my strength. I am confident that you WILL make it happen...
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TERRYT55 1/17/2011 3:38PM

    Congrats on dancing solo! I think it's a great idea to put yourself out there more and I really think people will see you, a lovely dancer, and not the weight.

I know you'll break through the glass floor and get below 240!

Good luck with HR and the co-worker. My stomach is in knots thinking about it. Breathing is a good way to handle it. Let me know how it goes.

Take care and have a great week, Terry

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Rededication to the Journey

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Yesterday, I felt so despondent over my health that I wrote to a Spark Buddy "I'm afraid I'm going to eat myself to death"

Signficantly, this was on the 2nd anniversary of my father's death from morbid obesity.

I struggled with those same emotions the obese person has gone through so many times, yet again. Feelings of failure, fear and hopelessness.

After my meeting with the doctor last month, I followed the plan she set for me for about a week. Then school started, work stress started mounting, and the plan sank into oblivion. A coworker "threw me under the bus"....and at first I was so angry and so hurt....and after a bit I realized my own contribution to the mess was that I kept silent, yet again, stuffed my feelings and emotions often with food....I hoped that though people would hear the ugly things she said, if I just went on about my business they would see me for who I am and know those things weren't true. During an episonde of great stress at work, I got up from my desk and my left shoulder was aching so i was rubbing it...and one of the girls worriedly asked if I could be having a heart attack.

WAKE UP CALL. Big, big BIG wakeup call. Cuz I wasn't having a heart attack, but I sure could have been.

I realized I have to do something, yet again. I thought about gyms and (very unrealistically) weight loss surgery and i cried and I wallowed in pain yesterday.

Then last night I went to B&N and purchased The Spark. I laid in the bathtub and read the success story pages....and heard the voice of scorn inside that I can't do that - I can't be those people who shed hundreds of pounds, because I'm lazy and lack discipline. I cried and read, cried and read. I went to bed and lay in the dark thinking.

Before i went to sleep, I turned to jodie and said - "this week, I'm going to do it. I'm going to put my all into it."

Today, I'm dancing in a local bellydance showcase at 240+ pounds. I want to dance in six months with energy and the joy that eludes me today. I want to be alive - joyously, actively, healthfully ALIVE.

Today is once again "Day 1". How many obese people have had so many "day 1's" they can't count them, and they lose the trust and hope that they CAN succeed? I'm pushing those feelings of fear and failure away, and working on being hopeful and excited about DOING IT.

today is Day 1.

  
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LEGALLYBLONDE81 1/17/2011 9:51PM

    You CAN do this. I weighted over 250 at one time and I did it. Start with baby steps. Set small goals so that you can't fail and let yourself be proud for achieving them. Set your sights on the long term (because it will take time). Remember your ultimate goal and know that all the little goals will build upon each other and get you there.

Losing weight is really about changing your habits. It's not about deprivation but replacing the old habits with new, better ones.

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SPARKIE1964 1/16/2011 4:25PM

    Proud of you for making the commitment to YOU and for beginning to read THE SPARK. It took you a life time to develop your current habits, so give yourself some time to build new healthier habits. You CAN and WILL do this, with one foot in front of the other. Remember to reward yourself when you have even small success. Use the set backs to learn and fine tune what you need to do in order to reach your goals. The Spark Spirits are right by your side....

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IMAGINE_IT 1/16/2011 4:09PM

    It took me way too many years (years where i gained and gained even more pounds!!) before i finally said "enough" and that was almost 2yrs ago. I got serious about losing weight but most of all i want to stay healthy..or be the healthiest i can be!! I got involved here on Spark..i may spent way too much time here but it works..because i like the little challenges my team throws out..and i am somewhat competitive..so it has been working for me...what am i saying??
It is different for everyone..some will 'jump right into it' and go strong from Day1..for others it may take longer..and then there are people who will start over and over again..or quit right away only to be never seen again.
You have to ask yourself just how badly you want to succeed at this..how badly you want to be healthier..how badly you want to enjoy life with your loved ones. I can tell that you are ready..if you can keep that "Spark' that is ignited right now..going you are well on your way.
Stay strong..and keep moving..and you will succeed at this weight loss..i promise you!! emoticon emoticon
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ILIKECACTI 1/16/2011 1:43PM

    You can do it! The thing that matters most is that you keep on trying. I too have had many day 1s... but that's ok.

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RAINCITYGAL 1/16/2011 12:42PM

  You can do anything. One step (or belly wiggle!) at a time. Dry your tears, make your plan and then live the plan. Set your goals, it is so much easier when you have something you are working for. AND, be kind to yourself. You are unique and special, you are the only you. Choose to be your best, no matter what your weight or health. Today is a gift, enjoy it!

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CARRIE310 1/16/2011 12:16PM

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All of these icons describe the person you are. I hope one day to belly dance. It is such a good exercise. You will be fine. Do not give up. This journey is about you and being healthy. Hang in there.

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ELEANORABEMATHY 1/16/2011 9:15AM

    Yes you can do it!! You must believe in yourself and we will all be here to support you!! Beside i think you are awesome for being able to do belly dance!! You have no idea how jealous i am, i'd loooooooooooove to learn!!
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"Mama called the doctor and the doctor said...."

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

No more monkeys jumpin' on the bed....or in my case, MORE jumping, LOL. More about that in a minute...

I had my followup to my initial consultation yesterday. When I saw her last month (she only comes to my city 1x a month), she ordered a lot of blood work.

Let me be clear, I have seen doctors. I have told them that no matter WHAT I do, I can lose a little weight - maybe up to 20 pounds- and then it ends, no matter how dedicated I am. They said, "oh, have you tried weight watchers?" that's about it. I even tried a medically supervised fast, same thing. These were not bad doctors, they just saw that I was overweight and should lose it, and it "shouldn't be that hard". Obviously, it WAS.

Yesterday, I was given real reasons WHY I'm not losing weight, for the first time in the 20+ years I've been struggling:
#1: My hormones are out of whack. I have too little estrogen and too much progesterone. She said in some women, even a small imbalance here can make losing weight nigh impossible, and one of the multiple things impacting my metabolism.
#2: My Vit D level was 14. Optimally, it should be between 60-100. Low vit
D contributes to fatigue and depression, and is likely impacting my metabolism.
#3: The insulin resistance - my fasting blood glucose was too high, not quite diabetes, but high enough that the insulin resistance is in full swing.

She said these three things by themselves could impact someone's weight loss efforts, all three? she said I've been basically beating my head against a brick wall, trying but with no success.

WOW. Do you know for YEARS I have tried. i TRIED. I followed the diets - weight watchers, jenny craig, low carb, whatever, and I lost no weight. i exercised and i lost little. It took a herculean effort to lose ANY weight. I thought I was lazy, I thought I was doomed to be fat. Finally, a real reason I'm not losing weight, and ways to FIX it so I CAN lose weight with all this freaking effort!!

The doc's RX;
1. prescription vit D
2. progesterone cream
3. A specific regimen of supplements (pharmaceutical grade to be ordered online).
4. A mammogram, with hormonal imbalance like this, breast cancer is a risk.
5. 30 minutes MORE cardio a day, my cholesterol is good, but the good kind is too low and exercise and diet are the ways to try to change it first.
6. The low glycemic food plan.

A reason i can't lose weight, a real reason. That, my friends was my best christmas gift! I'm not lazy! I'm not "not trying hard enough". there's been a reason! I can't tell you how happy I am!

  
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TRY2KEEPGOING 12/31/2010 10:13PM

    What a relief!!!! It's a bummer to have these issues but a blessing now to know it. I hope the new regimen helps you a lot! emoticon

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GR8VIEWS 12/31/2010 9:02PM

    YEAH!!! You knew it... This is not a willpower, laziness issue - it's your body being an enemy instead. You now have the tools to fight a better battle and YOU WILL WIN!!!

Wishing you the best now, and in the New Year!



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SPARKIE1964 12/28/2010 2:09PM

    Thanks for posting your outcome as it gives me hope. DH has been telling me for years that my hormones are out of whack & recent bloodwork showed low levels of Vitamin D. Feel that I'm allergic to bread/rice/pasta (my comfort foods). Will look into the link & see what I can find here in NY.

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STEPHIEKNITS 12/28/2010 1:44PM

    It is always a relief to get answers along with a game plan. Congratulations!

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41SUSAN14 12/28/2010 12:16PM

    Nope, you're NOT lazy!

Go for this! It's going to be a tough row to hoe, but you're one toughie, and up to the challenge!

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TERRYT55 12/28/2010 11:40AM

    Wow.....what a great Christmas gift and what a terrific way to enter the new year! I know all the the changes you are making will have such a positive impact on your life. I'm looking forward to hearing about it.

Take care and Happy New Year!

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MARYANNGI 12/28/2010 10:32AM

    Totally emoticon news. Isn't it great to finally have a doctor who listens?!

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MAGGIEBAASE 12/28/2010 9:27AM

  Sounds like you found one of those doctors like mine! I don't have the other two, but getting diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency (mine was 16) in the spring really made a difference in chronic chest pain (costochondritis) I'd been experiencing for three years. Other doctors wanted to just give me 800 mg Ibuprofen "as needed" and told me it should go away. This lady ran some blood work and then got me moving through the pain. The vitamin D and extra exercise has gotten me through depression-type emotions and abnormal body pains.

It might feel like a lot of vitamin D, but keep taking it! Even after the prescribed kind I need to take at least 2,000 IUs a day. My last check was 35 at the end of the summer. I'm sure you'll do this, but make sure to get it checked so you know you are taking enough. (My 35 was after skipping occasionally because it was summer...)

I'm very glad that you have a new starting point and that you can get results for the effort you are actually putting in. AND congratulations for not stopping when the doctors contributed you not losing weight to what you were (or weren't) doing. They sometimes see only a glimpse of us, and we must search for the one that will try to see the whole picture.

Thank you for your inspiring post!

(And sorry for such a long comment!)
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IMAGINE_IT 12/28/2010 9:13AM

    Wonderful News.. Thank you for the info....and i am very happy for you!! What a great Doctor....and now you have the tools..or Knowledge to make that change you have been wanting for so long...good for you!!
You will have a great New Year..Best wishes to you..and please keep us updated of your Success!! I am cheering for you emoticon emoticon
P.S.I am taking some Vitamin D right now!!! And i will have to check on some of those Hormone testing myself...very interesting..and i thank you again for sharing with us....

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MINIDRIVER63 12/28/2010 8:54AM

    Excellent! I hope this gives you the tools for a super-sucessful 2011!

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ROZELL99 12/28/2010 8:51AM

  I hope it works. Good luck.

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PERKOLADY 12/28/2010 8:48AM

  I am so happy for you I could weep. Genuinely. Consider yourself hugged today, good and hard! Congrats!

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SHELLEYNALLS 12/28/2010 8:45AM

    It is an awesome relief to be given concrete answers!!!! You must have felt like you shed 20 pounds in sheer burden to be justified!!!!!! Here's to a wonderful New Year!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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