Jun 272017
 

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Last Week Weigh In: 
Today’s Weigh In: 334.2

Victories:

  • Tried water volleyball and loved it.
  • A shirt I purchased just a few months ago is baggy.
  • Went to COSI and didn’t get tired walking around.

Goal Check In:

  • Reduce liquid calorie intake. –  100% successful aside from Keto Proof Coffee
  • Eat smaller portion at dinner. – Overall successful. 
  • Follow workout schedule. – Only missed one workout, and that’s because I was on a day trip to COSI.
  • Continue to work on previous goals. – Done, done, done! 
  • Drink 64 ounces of water a day. – Pretty sure I hit the mark almost every day.
  • Start counting and reducing carb intake to facilitate easier transition to keto. – I’ve been completely keto for a week on Wednesday, but definitely starting eat low carb about 4 days before that.

New Goals:

  • Continue to work on previous goals.
  • Incorporate more fats and vegetables into diet.
  • Reduce dairy consumption.
  • Start training to walk half marathon in October.
 Posted by at 11:00 am
Jun 262017
 

2pm to 5pm is when my cravings more and more prominent. Right now I’m at work and the option to the go down to the Gift Shop for something sugar or carb laden is getting harder to resist. I’m cold, bored, lonely, and looking to fill the void with food. Cravings will NOT win. I am stronger than my cravings.

 Posted by at 4:48 pm
Jun 202017
 

The past week was an interesting blend of success and failure. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to achieve and managed to do so most of the time. Making my health a priority was a mental struggle at first. Saturday night I had a breakthrough that will hopefully lead to results! This coming week is one of transition. Making small changes that will ease the strain of big changes to come.

I did something strange for me, and bought goal clothing. My husband’s parents sent me a birthday card (first one in 3 years!) with a little cash, so I picked up two tops and a pair of yoga/running leggings. When I got home and tried them on everything was a bit too snug for my taste, but I have a feeling that they will fit very soon. Normally I don’t buy or hold on to things that don’t fit, but these were cute and the goal is attainable. I like having something to look forward too.

1st Weigh In: 342lbs
Today’s Weigh In: 334.2

It’s not about the weight, but I like it! I’m sure the majority of the loss is water, but I feel better and can see a small change in my face and the way my scrubs fit.

Victories:

  • Made it to an early morning workout when I didn’t need to be up so early for work.
  • Stuck to my guns about going to the gym when a more fun alternative was in front of me.
  • Resisted late night snacking all nights but one.

Goal Check In:

  • Reduce liquid calorie intake. – About 75% successful, I had Gatorade one day, and Coke on another, but for the most part stuck to water after my morning coffee.
  • Eat smaller portion at dinner. – I only overate at dinner once.
  • Follow workout schedule. – Ehh… this was about 50%. There were other issues at play this week which unfortunately got in the way of making it to every workout I penciled in.

New Goals:

  • Continue to work on previous goals.
  • Drink 64 ounces of water a day.
  • Start counting and reducing carb intake to facilitate easier transition to keto.
 Posted by at 10:05 am
Aug 122014
 

It’s been a while but I refuse to feel guilty about my lack of updating here. First and foremost my priority has to be accountability to myself, not the world wide web. In my last post I mentioned that my focus has been largely on taking my meds, drinking enough water, and tracking my food. I’ve managed to be pretty consistent with my meds, the rest not so much. There are plenty of reasons why and none of them really matter.

I’ve decided to call this phase of my journey the reboot to help keep things clear in my own mind. Part of the Reboot has been devoted to self care. Time alone, small indulgences, days off when I need them, trips to the library, and spending quality time with Nick. Another part includes taking full advantage of my health insurance and getting things on track medically. My new general provider is pretty damn cool. She made a small adjustment to my blood pressure medication, insisted I eat more protein and promptly referred me to a physical therapist when asked.

The new psychiatrist is cool too. She also made a small medication adjustment and encouraged me to try a sleeping pill that I had bad luck with last summer. So far it seems to be working much better than before. A large part of this could be that I have reduced my coffee intake from 32 ounces a day to 8 ounces. 1 cup. That’s it. I won’t lie and say that this has been easy or fun and I am only 5 days in but I am glad she challenged me to try it.

In other news work is going well. Life is busy and there some sources of stress I am coping with but nothing major. I will try and check in here more often.

On to the stats!

Weigh In: 313lbs
Starting Weight: 360lbs. Reboot Weight: 324lbs.
Previous Weight: 319lbs. Current Loss/Gain: -6lbs.
Total Loss: 47lbs. Reboot Loss: 11lbs.

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 Posted by at 8:00 am
Jul 012014
 

Thursday Timeout doesn’t have the same ‘ring’ to it was Tuesday Timeouts so I made the decision to switch back. It’s been a while since I blogged and I want to ramble before getting in to the normal Tuesday update stuff.

In my last Time (the doomed Thursday attempt) one of my goals was to take my meds every day. When doing this becomes a struggle for me ALL other goals suffer. So when I started faltering I stopped worrying about tracking food or working out. For the past six weeks I have been focusing on medication and water intake above all else. I’m happy to report that save for a few missed days (mostly mornings) I have been successful! I mentioned water intake because holyfreakingcrap do bipolar meds dry your body out. I won’t go in to the ugly details but water + meds go hand in hand for me or things get ugly fast.

It’s been a busy 6 weeks! My cat, Olivia, got sick and ended up having surgery and then while she was recovering I got sick. Adjusting to Ohio weather and allergy triggers (yo tree pollen, I’m looking at you) finally caught up with me and I was laid up for a week on the couch with a head cold that was threatening to migrate down in to my chest. My boyfriend was appalled at the amount of tissue I went through although I think he found parts of how I coped amusing. There was always 3 to 5 drinks at my side! Water, tea, coffee, Powerade, and sometimes a soda.

Do you drink soda when you’re sick? I find the bubbles soothing on my throat and feel like colas help with mucus residue. This is probably not true but as someone who has a perpetually itchy throat I do what I have to do to. Luckily we had already set up a futon in the second bedroom so we were both able to get some sleep and I could keep a close eye on Oli while she was recovering from surgery. Luckily she is fine now and all the concerns about kidney and thyroid functions are cleared up although the first two weeks afterwards I was terrified I had lost my sweet easy going cat forever. She attacked me viciously and almost got her claws in the repairman who was here to fix the leaking air conditioner. That is a story in and of itself but I will skip it because the memory of stinky wet carpet and a hot day aren’t all that interesting.

In other news I have started work. YAY!! And after 3 weeks of trying to acclimate to a dayshift schedule I am finally back on nights. Double YAY!! Having nearly 6 weeks off after moving was a blessing in disguise though. Nick and I needed that time together. He telecommutes so we were able to really get to know each other in a face-to-face fashion and find a routine that works well for us. I do most of the cooking, dishes, and laundry… he takes out the trash, makes coffee, feeds the animals, and handles most of our finances. Things might change a little bit now that I’m back on nights (he works nights too) but all in all I think we’ve hit our stride as a couple.

I turned 30 in June and because of our conflicting schedules Nick and I weren’t able to celebrate until last weekend. Our original plan was to go to LaRosa’s for gluten free pizza and then go see The Edge of Tomorrow but plans changed at the last minute and we went to Outback Steakhouse since I had never been. The gluten free menu was ok. There was a decent amount of choices when it came to entrees but their sides were lacking. All vegetables had to be ordered without seasoning and mashed potatoes weren’t an option. I ended up having Victoria’s Filet and Lobster Tail with a baked potato and roasted broccoli. It was delicious! Our server was sweet and thorough and made a point of going back in to the kitchen and clarifying a few details about the meals gluten free status for me. The steak was perfectly medium rare and the lobster tail was ok. I had never tried lobster before and found it to be incredibly salty, it made me miss the wide array of fresh seafood available in Oregon, specifically crab. It was a good night though, we ended it with candle shopping and wine.

One last thing before I share the normal Timeout details… I LOVE MY JOB! Starting at a new hospital was nerve wrecking but I am soooooo happy. They have an amazing Employee Assistance Program so I am already in therapy (for free!) and one thing this EAP system provides is case management. Another words not only do I get to talk to someone I also have the option to have a social worker who helps with appointments, medication/pharmacy, diet, and lifestyle. I’ve been referred to a psychiatrist for medication management and will also be working with the psychiatrist’s in house therapist once my health insurance kicks in. I despised my last psychiatrist and while the EAP program at my last work place did offer therapy it was only 3 sessions a year and there was no case management.

Alright, I’ve rambled long enough… on to Tuesday Timeout!

Weigh In: 319.6lbs
Starting Weight: 360lbs. Previous Weight: 324.6lbs. Current Loss/Gain: -5lbs.
I have seen the scale as low as 313lbs in the past week or two but ate a sodium heavy dinner last night so I am not stressing this mornings number.

Goals for the Week
Take my medications every single day, morning and night.
Drink at least 64ounces of water daily.
Track everyday.

 

 Posted by at 4:24 pm