Friday, December 20, 2013
Well first of all I have that bug that affects your voice. I don't feel too terrible except for some pressure in my ear. It's great to have a nurse for a fiance...when the doctor didn't check my ears yesterday, he was able to when he got home.
Earlier in the week I was not feeling very good about my progress. I had gained back the weight I had lost in November plus a little bit. On Tuesday was my appointment with the cardiologist. We had a long discussion about my weight. He suggested gastric bypass, when I asked him about Phentermine. He said Phentermine plus the drug that starts with a Q has not proven to be a good long term solution. Then he said, you know even if you went the gastric bypass route, they would require you to do high protein/low carb for a month. I told him I felt gastric bypass had too many side affects for me at this time. (I fully support anyone that feels this is what they need to do, for me, right now, I'm not ready.) He said he has had patients that do the high protein/low carb and then decide they will just keep doing that and never have the surgery. I then told him that I have done that before but it jacks my cholesterol. He said he was surprised my family doc was so concerned about that, your weight is a bigger concern. And so the game of chess went. We finally got around to talking about my repeat Echo, and I asked him if we could postpone it till June, when I will be on Reggie's insurance. He said sure no problem. I told him I would give the high protein/low carb a try.
I started that immediately, so in two and half days I am down 4 pounds. I'm getting used to not have the carb full feeling, and am loving my blood sugar staying a lot more stable. For the last five years, have eaten carbs that were whole wheat, brown rice, fruit, beans, sweet potatoes, etc. It's not like I'm eating highly processed food here....but even they leave me feeling hungry all the time, and I always include protein when I eat them. I am satiated for maybe 20 to 30 minutes tops. I've already started noticing I'm going periods of time of not thinking about food. I went to my bible studies Christmas Party last night, and I wasn't tempted to eat anything high glycemic. And I even gave myself permission to eat something small if I really wanted it. But there was nothing that I really wanted. I sure hope this is a solution that works for me for the long term. Nonetheless...my goal is to get a good amount of weight off rather quickly to hopefully get some relief from the plantar fasciaitis.
When I relayed the information from the cardiologist to my new family doctor yesterday...she was very supportive and wanted to follow up in 6 months. I have never felt like I have had so much support from my doctor's on my weight loss. She wanted to see me back in 3 months, but told me I could wait till I change insurance.
Anyway, I thought I would give you all an update, and no I haven't given up. I will keep searching for what works for me, until I find it. I hope this is the one.
Well I better get ready for work. Becca's school was one hour late due to snow, and now it's closed....so I guess I will go out and brave the elements! It's supposed to melt by early afternoon, but it's quite slippering right now. I will take it slow and see how the Yukon handles it!
Friday, November 15, 2013
Wow, for the week starting out with such worry, it's really ending on such a positive note!
Since Monday, I have lost 8.3 pounds. While that sounds like a lot, since it's only been 5 days, I had Chinese food on Sunday and I think I had a 3 pound weight gain from that. (No wonder I try to stay away from that food.) I am guilty of weighing myself everyday, but right now I feel like I need the accountability. I have not been exercising very much and I definitely need to work on that. But knowing in the morning I have to print out my food report for the previous day and knowing that the dietician may look at it, has been keeping me in good control at night. Hey whatever it takes at this point, right?...even if I am using a fear tactic on myself!
I have been trying to stick with 2100 calories a day, which seems like a lot, but hey if it's the magic number right now, I'm not going to complain! :) I also have been drinking 16 oz of cold water first thing in the morning. Apparently, it gets your metabolism burning hot first thing in the morning. I also have been doing two protein shakes a day, one in the morning after the water, and one at night before I go to bed. I hate going to bed hungry! Also, thanks to Trev....I have been using a salad plate for my dinner and trying very hard to eat slowly. Even if I have seconds, it's less calories than if I had filled my dinner plate.
My new doctor, actually she's a PA, called this morning with my test results. I almost fell over when I saw the phone number on my cell phone and especially when she was on the line. Of course, at first I was like oh this can't be good. But, she went through everything they tested and I am absolutely normal except for I'm slightly low on testosterone (guess I really don't have to worry about big bulky muscles now, lol) and my cholesterol is only slightly high at 206. Even my good cholesterol was in the good range! No, I'm not going to use that as an excuse to not exercise...I know how important it is to good health and healthy weight.
That blood test is really a great affirmation to continue on the road I am. A couple of months ago, I went crazy and tried that HCG diet. I'm so glad I only lasted a couple of weeks. All the food groups are critically important to a healthy body. I think my cholesterol is so good, because I eat whole grains. I usually eat a cup of oatmeal with almonds and fruit at around 10:00 am every morning. I usually eat homemade soup for lunch, which this week has cubed sweet potatoes in it. And I'm not shying away from a serving of healthy carbs at dinner either. And the best news is I'm not craving carbs like no other like I usually am. I guess I really finally am heeding the advice of all things in moderation.
I am so happy to be headed in the right direction after months and months of spinning my wheels...thank you all for your support and for answering my questions about what has worked for you. I've learned something from each and every answer and have finally pulled all the things that work for me together into something that I can manage. You are all very special to me! Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I went to go see the PA at the doctor's office I go to yesterday, and my BP was perfectly normal. Wow, what a sigh of relief! I have had some higher readings in the last year, but that one yesterday morning really scared me. Apparently BP readings in the morning can be pretty high, and then by afternoon you can be at normal. It's not something they can medicate for, because it would lower mine too much in the afternoon and I will feel dizzy.
The PA was absolutely wonderful. I told her I felt like I was in a vicious cycle. With the plantar fasciitis I felt like I couldn't exercise enough to make much difference for the BP and my weight was slowly creeping up. She agreed to put me on the low dose of Phentermine, if I checked with my cardiologist to make sure it wouldn't interfere with any of the other medications I was taking. She also has set it up so that I can see a nutritionist. Reggie is going to take my BP twice a day for the next month, and then I will go back to see her with the readings. She also suggested the recumbent bike....which I hadn't thought of...along with swimming.
She really spent quite a bit of time with me, and Reggie was really impressed with her. My doctor has retired and I need to make a choice of a pcp. And I think I've found my answer. I really feel hopeful that with this added help, I'm going to be able to get back on track. My plan is to print off everyday my food log, and mark my weight on it the next morning, along with my BP readings and exercise minutes logged. I think that will help the nutritionist to give me some good constructive advice. And help me to be accountable.
My foot still feels really good. I'm really hoping that cortisone gets in there and gets the inflammation down. I did my Gorilla Work Out this morning and plan to go to the gym tonight to do the recumbent bike.
I'm really glad to be back on a program and feel like I'm going to be making improvements!
Monday, November 11, 2013
This morning I had my first of several doctor's appts, to get some things wrapped up and paid for before the end of the year, and Obamacare starts.
The first doctor's appt, is for new orthotics. The nurse took my blood pressure, and it was not good. 144/104 She told me you are in a vicious cycle right now....if you could get a decent amount of exercise you could bring it down, but the plantar fasciitis is hindering you. Please, call your GP and be seen right away. Honestly, it's been borderline for a long time, and I'm not really shocked. I have noticed it's like pulling teeth to lose weight even when I track everything. I have a call in to my doctor and the nurse is going to call me back to see if she can fit me in. If not, I can see someone else, but I really think the whole situation needs to be looked at including my weight.
Back to the foot doctor...he is making new orthotics, but since I have already been icing and stretching he suggested a cortisone shot in my foot. Of course, it wasn't pleasant, but child birth hurts way worse...LOL. And my foot feels fantastic, however I know that's just the numbing that was part of the shot and if the cortisone is going to work it's going to take awhile.
Next up is my mammogram on Wednesday, unless of course I see my doc first.
In away, I think it's a good thing that I'm being forced to deal with this blood pressure issue, I think it will get me headed in the right direction on the weight front too.
Happy Monday, and thank you too all the veterans. I so appreciate the freedom to make all the choices we do everyday!
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