Monday, January 28, 2013

Motivational Monday - 1/28/13

The qualities above are what are keeping me going.  Shift and adjust is my motto.  I have to say its been a bit of a bummer week as far as progress is concerned.  As quickly as the scale started showing some improvement again finally, it has stalled out again.  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!  This whole adventure would be much more enjoyable if someone could just tell me what the magic formula to follow was.  Eat this many calories (this much fat, carbs, protein, etc) , burn this many calories,  do this, don't do that....Seriously, I just want the recipe!! (not a dash of this and a sprinkle of that - I need SPECIFIC MEASUREMENTS!!)...that way if I don't get the results I know why.  I ate too much or didn't move enough.  Unfortunately there is a plethora of information out there and much of it is conflicting.  So you have to wade through it and try to figure out what to follow and find the right combination of what works for you.  BTW...I do recommend you seek professional advice....don't self diagnose/medicate!  Ok, pitty party over!

Fortunately, in the midst of my confusion and frustration over lack of impressive progress, I had my annual physical today so I was able to get some of the professional advice I recommend. My doctor was VERY pleased with my weight loss results for this year and was very encouraging and supportive.  And the results of my hard work is paying off and showing in my medical results.  My blood pressure was better than my last visit and while my fasting blood sugar still shows pre-diabetes, my A1c test (which is a historical look at your blood sugars over the last 2-3 months) was better than the last test, so I am having fewer spikes.

                                             2012                        2013
Blood pressure                135/83                     122/72
Fasting Blood Sugar         106                           100
A1c                                       6.0                            5.5
Cholesterol                          131                          148
BMI                                       44.6                         36.8

This is once again a reminder to me that there is more to progress than just the number on the scale.  Sheesh, why can't I seem to remember that????

She is also going to check my thyroid and iron levels just to be sure everything is as expected there.  I should have those results back by next week.  I will also be scheduling an appointment to consult with a plastic surgeon about a possible breast reduction and when would be the best time to do that (doc thought likely next year).

She said I should be eating 1400-1600 calories a day and NOT eating back my exercise calories (I have been eating 1200-2500 depending on the day, but eating back part of my calories to keep between a 500-1000 daily calorie deficit).  That is in line with what the dietitian said as I look back on ym notes from my appointment with her last spring.  More veggies and lean protein and fewer carbs.  So I am going to try to make those changes and see what results I get with the scale.

So on to my depressing weekly results:

Monday weight:  211.2 (up 0.8 from last Monday's weigh in - Boooooooo!)
Weekly scale +/- (Mon-Sun all weights):  up 2.6 for the week - big boooooo!
Workouts last week:  7
Workout minutes:  455!
Total miles last week:  13.62
Times at the YMCA:  5

Weekly progress pic:

Today's outfit is more casual than my usual Monday since I had dr's apt this afternoon.  This top is one I pulled out of a bucket of clothes I had outgrown.  Now able to wear it again.  I love the neckline on it...accentuates the collar bones and flattering on the bust and not to clingy on the belly!  Find those clothes that are flattering to your body shape/type and make you feel good about yourself!!!!  

How was your week???

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  1. Hi! Congrats on your lower numbers girl!! You are also so lucky to have the medical support of your doctor!! I have found that very difficult to find! Thanks again for your management of the Biggest Loser challenge! You add a lot to this group, not only via your experience and success but your time and energy. ~ Jen J.

    1. I am really blessed to have found a GREAT doctor. She is understanding but doesn't pull punches. She is knowldgable and doesn't blow me off. She checks out things she thinks could be issues, just to be sure. I found a breast lump last year and she was very calm but got me in THAT DAY for a mamo and sono. She was also very aggressive with my pre-diabetes diagnosis last spring and got me into to nutritionist to get on top of my eating to help reduce the effects. She is FAB! I encourage every one to find a doctor you can trust and are comfortable with!!!

  2. That is good news from the dr! You will figure the whole diet thing out. It is all trial and error. I wish I knew what worked for me. When I had it figured out my body changed and I an figuring it out aga in. Hang in there. You are doing great.

    1. Thanks so much for your support girl!!! You will get yours figured out have been on a good track this week! :-)