Archive for the 'Medical' Category

A Complication…

I got the results of the stress test from the cardiologist yesterday. He said there is something abnormal, and I am scheduled for a cardiac catheterization next week. That means they go into a vein in your leg with a wire and thread the wire all the way up into your heart, and then look for any blockages. He say I may or may not have a blockage, so this test is necessary. If there is a blockage, he said they can usually take care of it right then with a balloon.

He also said NO GYM until I get the results of the test. Which means I’ll be 2 weeks or so behind schedule. I’m afraid I’ll quit losing during this time. I spoke to my trainer and he extended my session credits for another month, so that part is okay. I’m really kind of scared and sad about this new development. Sorry I haven’t been posting every day but I’ve been kind of obsessed with the stress test and this whole keeping on plan thing. I have kept on plan every single day since June 6, though. And I’ll continue to stay on plan through this next hurdle. Hopefully that will be enough to keep me from undoing all of the work I’ve done so far.

I hope the rest of y’all are doing well on this journey!

Gina

Day 5

Looks like I missed posting on days 3 and 4 :-(  But, this morning I weighed and it looks like I’ve lost 5 lbs! I was 309.6 and now I’m 304.2. I hope its not a fluke. I met with my trainer again today and he had me doing different exercises than I did the beginning of the week. It was a bit more difficult, which is only natural. I have been staying on plan though.

Wednesday (day 3) was very busy, with a trip to the cardiologist and the gym and a massive food shopping and some other miscellaneous errands. Yesterday (day 4) I crashed and slept most of the day. That’s what my body does when I “overdo it”, as they say. And I definitely overdid it on Wednesday.

The cardiologist said I do need the stress test  and also an ultrasound of my heart, so those are scheduled for the 18th. Not looking forward to that. I go back for the results on the 23rd. I hope everything turns out okay.

So far, so good I think. I’m going to do my best to stay with this new way of eating. Hopefully I’ll be able to stop measuring everything I eat at some point. Some of the portion sizes seem a bit ridiculous, but that may just be because I overate for so many years. Seriously, who eats 1/2 C of pasta for dinner? When the pasta IS the dinner? I can see 1/2 C as a side dish…. my perceptions may be way off though.

That’s all for now. Good luck to the rest of y’all on this journey!

Day Two

Well, today I slept most of the day. I don’t know if that’s because I gave up coffee as of this morning and I didn’t get my usual dose of caffeine, or it’s the depression, or the fibro… could be anything. My trainer said not to work out today so I didn’t go to the gym, but I did keep within my calorie budget. I’m a little hungry now, but its almost bedtime so I’m not going to worry about  it.

I’ve read a lot of good reviews about those Skechers Shape Ups, and I am considering getting a pair. I’ve read that they help with plantar fasciitis, which I have, and they help tone you up a little. It might be worth the $120. I’d have to get a men’s pair because the women’s would be too narrow.

Tomorrow is grocery shopping day. I’ll be buying all that healthy food, really for the first time. I’ve bought healthy things here and there but I generally manage to go off my “diets” pretty quickly. The longest I stuck with one was about 6 months. I’m trying to get it through my head that this is a lifestyle change, not a “diet”. That’s a hard concept for me. Can normal weight people eat fattening things sometimes? Or is fast food and eating out a no-no for the rest of my life? I guess once I get used to it, it won’t be so bad but I think in the beginning I’m going to be craving unhealthy things. It hasn’t been an issue yet because I’ve managed to stay under my calorie goal just eating less of what I normally eat. The fat is the problem. And all of the preservatives I guess. I gave up coffee because my creamer was adding over 300 calories and a bunch of fat to my diet. I’d rather give up coffee than drink it with non-fat creamer or worse, non-fat milk. Maybe that will change after some time has passed.

I ate too much fat today (and yesterday and the day before) according to Diet Power. Hopefully that will change once I get the healthier food. I also need to work on portions, I can eat half a bag of chips, no problem. I hate the thought of weighing and measuring everything I eat but I have gotten to the point that I don’t know what a normal portion is like.

I go to the cardiologist tomorrow. Oh! my doctors office called me today and told me I AM going through menopause! At 42! I stopped having periods 5 or 6 years ago, but I always though it was my weight that was causing me not to have them. They’ve always been irregular anyway, and I have PCOS to boot. Anyway, I just thought I’d share that. Now I know why I break out in a sweat for no particular reason, at least. Maybe I’ll find out I don’t even need the stress test. I hope.

Well, that’s all I have for today. Good luck to the rest of y’all on this journey!

Gina

Back again

Well, my cardiac catheterization went well, they found no blockages! It was hard on me and I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather for the last couple of days. I still can’t go to the gym till the doctor clears me in a couple of weeks :(  I still managed to lose over 10 lbs for June, so that’s great!

My first goal is to be at or below 260 by the end of this year. I’ve dipped under 300 a few times now, and I keep fluctuating between the high 200’s and 300. I guess that’s just the way weight loss goes… down one day, up the next. My eventual goal is 150 by the end of next year.

Hope y’all are doing great!

Gina