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.

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