Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekly Weigh-in (4/25/11)

I am being lazy and will not be posting any pics today. Our Apple computer died and this Windows computer is not as user friendly with adding pics to my blog (or even uploading them for that matter). I will try and do pics maybe every other week, plus that way I (and you) will see more a change when comparing the pics. I also will only measure my inches when taking pictures. Of course I'm fickle and may change my mind again and go back to doing it more often but for right now, I'm okay with waiting.

This week has been pretty good. I've been pretty consistent with my healthy eating and making sure I'm eating often throughout the day. Yesterday (Easter) was difficult. Aren't holidays always difficult when you are trying to diet? I ate a lot (more than I should have, I'm sure) but I ate far less than I would have originally. So I don't feel too bad about it.

I'm still having a hard time getting my water intake up. So that is my main goal this week. I feel like the Michelin tire man because of how puffy my body is from the salt yesterday (and also the fact the my water intake is lacking and that adds to my water retention).

I'm still not planning on adding any additional activity yet. I know I'm still on the mend and doing the normal day to day activity is all my body can handle at this point. In a few more weeks I will slowly integrate parts of my workout back in. I just don't want to push my body too far too fast, because I do NOT want to end up back in the hospital.

Here's the stats for this week (loss since 4/20/11):

  • 3 lbs lost (bringing total to 41 lbs lost)

Again for those of you reading this (who may not be aware) my weight loss does not come from pills, supplements, juices, drinks, artificial sweeteners, or diet food. I am eating the same foods I did before. I still have fast food occasionally. I just don't eat out as often. I have also learned portion control. And I know eating every couple of hours has really boosted my metabolism.

It was important for my to do my weight loss like this for 4 reasons.

Number 1: Most of those weight loss pills, supplements, and juices have not been tested for any sort of length of time for possible side effects. I'm nervous as to what would happen to my body 20, 30, 40 years down the road. Also, a lot of those weight loss supplements are not evaluated by the FDA (and even the ones that are 'approved' by the FDA are pulled years down the road for causing serious health problems).

Number 2: Taking diet supplements is not teaching you the long term way to deal with your weight. It is giving you a short cut. So once you reach your ideal weight and stop taking the supplement, and then continue to eat as poorly as your were with the supplement (because you didn't have to change your food intake for the supplement to work) you are more likely to put all the weight on that you lost plus some. Yes those things can sometimes make you lose weight faster, but if you don't change the problems that made you gain the weight in the first place you will forever have to be on those supplements or risk gaining all your loss back.

Number 3: It's no secret that we are trying to have another child. I am nervous to take Tylenol when we are ttc, so I can't even imagine taking a weight loss pill/supplement while I was trying to have a child. I know these supplements have not had testing done for possible birth defects on women who become pregnant while using them. So I would not even chance taking them while trying to get pregnant, while pregnant, or while nursing.

Number 4: A lot of these supplements/pills/juices claim to be all natural. I have a hard time understanding this claim because if you look at the list of ingredients you don't have to be a genius to see the lie. Things like fruit concentrate, fruit crystals (seriously where in nature do you find fruit crystals growing?), fruit powders, glutamic acid, cysteine, glycine, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, potassium benzoate, silica, magnesium stearate, celluose, silicon dioxide, croscamellose sodium, ethyl celluose, talc, titanium oxide, and providone. Now don't get me wrong, I'm sure I've ingested some of these things in my life. But my point is that I don't want to ingest these more than I already have and definitely not on a regular basis. So make sure if you are taking one those weight loss products that claims to be all natural that you research it, because most of them contain just as much (if not more) man made chemicals and derivatives as they do natural products.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In (4/20/11)

This is a pic of my new 'goal' outfit. This is the outfit I will be using for comparison shots from hereon out. The brown top is a size large and the jeans are a size 12. I wore a size 12 when I started dating my hubby 11 years ago. It may not be pretty, but those jeans are buttoned and zipped!

So, it's been quite awhile since I've been able to do a weigh-in with everything that happened during March and the beginning of April. I just wanted to update and let you guys know that I haven't fell off the wagon.

Since being released from the hospital on 4/4/11 I have been eating a bit more junk than normal. But, after nearly a month of not eating I felt I deserved a little reprieve. I am getting back to my normal portion, healthier foods now though. I still don't feel up to exercising but I know that will come back the better I feel.

I know this isn't Sunday, so I will do a weigh-in on Sunday as well. I just wanted to get this one out there to show my progress.

This week I plan on focusing on getting back to drinking a gallon of water a day. I also will focus on not snacking on unhealthy foods.

So here are the stats in comparison to the last weigh-in (3/6/11):

  • 7 lbs lost (bringing total to 38 lbs lost)

  • I am officially out of the 200's!

Inches lost: 3 inches (since 3/6/11)

  • 1 inch from chest

  • 1 inch from hips

  • 1 inch from upper arms (1/2 inch from each)

Onto the pics! The first pic is from the beginning of the red dress comparison on 2/9. The second pic is from today (4/20). Can you see the difference?

I know I'm still a little lumpy but I would consider this dress "fitting" now.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

When Life Throws You Lemons..

Well, it's good if you see the lemons coming, sometimes you can dodge them. Other times you get boinked in the head because you were looking in the opposite direction. The latter describes the last month or so for me.

Most of you who read my blog also follow my facebook and know all that has happened. March came in like a lion and carried on it's wild behavior straight through the first couple weeks of April. Three hospitalizations within a month. Total time spent as an inpatient for multiple problems, 3 weeks. Three weeks! Seriously? Seriously!?! As I start to write this I go from being saddened and guilt stricken about this entire situation to seriously pissed off. Three weeks in the hospital? Not to discount the fact that this all took place while my husband was in Georgia active duty training. I cannot even think of a way to describe how flippin' ridiculous this past 4-5 weeks has been with using expletives.

I've been poked, scanned, jabbed, scoped, cut, medicated, radiated, imaged, diagnosed, rediagnosed, misdiagnosed, and been left broken in body if nothing else. I've had a biliary duct blockage, biopsies taken, infections, infections, infections, shunts/stents placed and removed. I've had internal bleeding. I've been given a medication that I was allergic to and subsequently had to go on steroids to ease the allergic reaction. I've been doped up, antibiotic'ed out. Over the course of these hospital stays I've spent pretty much everyday or close to 4 weeks on at least one antibiotic. I've swelled from IV fluids, lost weight because I was unable to eat most of March and part of April. I'm worn down, tired, and shaky.

I'm 27 years old. I shouldn't have to deal with these things yet. My liver isn't working at top notch right now, and no one is 100% on why. My pancreas is still healing from the pancreatitis and bleeding it suffered. I've had blood taken so often and in such large quantities that I have no doubt if we were to add every drop up that was taken that I could fill a gallon jug.

The worst part of this whole situation is the uncertainty and not knowing the definitive outcome. My liver is still acting up. It could be still healing, it could be something more. It's scary. My possible outcomes were laid out for me. Best case, my liver is just irritated from the surgery and pancreatitis and will heal completely. Worst case, I could be in liver failure within 20 years and be on a transplant list. A very daunting prospect indeed. Not to mention the fact that I tested abnormally for some pretty serious diseases and that further testing down the road will be need to completely eliminate or confirm some of these things. It's scary to say the least. I'm scared. I'm frustrated. I feel guilty. And I'm pissed off. *sigh*

I've missed so many things during my sick time. I've missed special events, church, parties, and most missed is the normalcy of my life. I've missed my son. I've missed my life. It just frustrates me even further.

I am beginning to feel better. I am not quite so shaky and I have more energy. I'm able to eat again, and keep it down. I'm able to tackle some of the mundane chores of my life, and I'm glad to be on the road I am. I just hope and pray I can stay on this road for a long time.

On a very positive note, my husband's training is over. He is home. It's good to have someone to lean on again. It's good to have my help mate back. It's awesome to have a husband and father in our home again. I'll tell you all one thing for sure. If ever he goes on a training stint again and we are able to accompany him, regardless of the cost, we will go. I know we won't always be able to go with him, but when we can, we will be there. I do NOT want to go through anything like this again without him unless I absolutely have to.

So in the meantime, I've strapped on my perverbial helmet, and hopefully I can dodge the next round of lemons heading my way.