Thursday, July 30, 2009

The news from Lake Weightbegone......

I'm still trying to pull off all the "weight" it says I have put on since reaching Lifetime 2 weeks ago. My leader and I are truly quite stumped. Is it fluid retention? Possibly yet another hormonal issue? Could it be a little of both?

One of the keys this week for me is being committed to consistency. It's something I've been doing all along --- part of that dogged determination that got me where I am. But I'm going to redouble my efforts. All I know is that I plan to watch my sodium closely this week, yet keep doing what I'm doing. I'm also going to be just as consistent with my exercise -- and shake it up a bit. There was a great suggestion at Prevention.com for interval training, and I am going to try the Workout #2 each day when I use the exercise bike. Hey, it can't hurt, right? So come next week, I will face my monthly Lifetime weigh-in with courage and confidence!! OOH RAH!!!!

I also know this fluke carousel-horse situation has got to end and I'll settle out at last. I am going to hound my doctor(s) until I get an explanation for what my body is doing to me. I am TIRED of all this. I know it's not FSH; it's not thyroid.... SO WHAT IS IT?

And that's the news from Lake Weightbegone: where everyone is strong, good-looking, and way above-average!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

First week of Lifetime.....

Forgive me, friends, for I did sin. Okay, actually, I "celebrated" with a girls weekend in Virginia.

One of the girls brought lumpia (I guess the best way to describe it is "Filipino spring roll")..... oh my, was it good. I made some good choices and some bad ones. On two of the three mornings I was there, I walked on base. It was kind of funny -- on Monday, I got to see some of the units doing their PT and they looked at me as if to say, "Hey, how come SHE gets cool exercise clothes and an MP3 play.... oh. She's a civilian!"

I put back on some poundage -- and so far, I've gotten about half of it back off. I don't weigh in again until the first week of August.... WHEW! So I'm going to bust my butt off to get back down. I know what to do and how to do it, and I'm well on my way!

So what does this mean? It means I'm human. I still am tempted, and I do give in on occasion. Being a Lifetime member doesn't mean that I am suddenly beyond it all. This is the tougher part of the journey........ not that getting TO goal was "easy" by any stretch. But this is the real test.

Two weeks. I will kick those remaining pounds into the dust. I know I can!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

One Very Sweet Word

LIFETIME!!!!!!!!!!!

I did it. I lost 3.2 pounds this week, to not only get back to goal but under it -- WAHOO!!!!!!!!! I worked my butt off on the exercise bike and being extra-vigilant. So that's a total of 229.8 GONE.

I have so many people who have helped me along the way: Debbie & Tisha, my leaders; Gail, Eldora, Bev and all the other receptionists who have been with me along the way; all the many fellow members -- especially those who have been part of the Thursday 7:00 PM meeting. I won't name you all because I'll leave someone out and I don't want to do that!!! I have enjoyed the help of so many people. They have inspired me to be better, stronger, wiser, smarter, and to always persevere. I could never, ever, ever, have made it to this point without them.

Then there are my coworkers, who were just as vigilant with me to keep me going, and keep me on plan. I love you all and thank you!!!

There are all my dear friends across the nation -- WAY too many to name, but I have a special six that I need to especially thank: Russell, Amy, Susan, Mike, Stoney, and Melissa. God bless and love you all. And I cannot forget to thank "My Girls" (you know exactly who you are) -- for loving and supporting me every minute of the day, and not just in the WW stuff.

And above all, my mom, my dad, and my brother: you've seen my worst, and you've seen my best. You've loved me through it, walked this journey with me 24/7, and have always encouraged me. You knew I had it in me to do this .... you threatened at times, cajoled at others, and then finally loved me enough to trust I'd do it someday. And I did. I didn't know my own strength but you did. My heart is grateful. And special thanks to my walking buddy, my boon companion, and my heart's delight: Maddox, the Wonder Dog!

Of course, none of this would have been possible at all without God. When my own strength failed, and even the encouragement of my friends wasn't enough, it was God's gentle reminders that he loved me and would sustain me that picked me up and set me back on track. Many years ago, when I was in the middle of a difficult situation, Jill Connor Browne sent me an encouraging e-mail that I have never forgotten: "The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot sustain you." I lived on those words then to get me through, and I know that it was equally true here. God has led me down this path at this stage of my life for a reason. Now it is up to me to take these lessons, live them, and help others as well. It is not just the weight that I've lost but everything that I've gained that is so precious to me. It took God's will working in ways I did not understand to get me where I am so that I could undertake the journey and really appreciate and savor it.

I'm going to wrap this up because (a) it's late and I'm tired, and (b) I don't want to run the risk of leaving anyone else and (c) I still have points to eat before going to bed! And I'm also not sure I'm making much sense right now. But I'm so excited -- I'm really just beginning the journey of a Lifetime!!!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Just the facts, folks.

Remember about a year or so ago, when New York City began requiring certain types of restaurants to post calorie/nutrition information on the menus so that people could make better choices? Why isn't this a national law yet, requiring all chains (e.g., those with a certain number of locations operating under that brand) to do the same?

Right now, there is supposedly a law where restaurants are supposed to provide their nutrition facts to you, the consumer, upon demand. But best of luck, in most cases. In some cases.... well, they have it for the "lite style" menu items, but not for the rest of the menu listing. I'm not talking Mom & Pop restaurants; most of them do not have the financial resources to have their menus analyzed. And I can forgive that. But national or regional chains DO have a little more flexibility in their resources to be able to afford it. Even local chains or little Mom & Pops should be able at least to tell you the ingredients and rough estimates of portion sizes -- something that you can take home and figure out for the next time.

There is nothing quite as frustrating as to plan to go to a restaurant. So you look up their menu online, and see something that looks mostly healthy. You'd just like a little more details. But when you pull up their nutrition information at their website -- you don't get "Grilled Chicken Salad: 410 calories, 15 g fat, etc." but some lame crap about "We support making healthy choices, and here are a few that are lower in calories/lower in fat (however they claim to word it) ...." and list about 5 items. BUT NO CONCRETE FACTS.

I'll give the fast food places credit: they have this information handy! Mickey D's, Subway, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-A, and plenty more all not only have it but eagerly share it. Quite a few of the casual dining places do so as well. I know the Brinker brands offer it on their websites, and it seems that the Darden-owned chains do as well. Even Ruby Tuesday does -- and some of the choices that would seem healthy are purely GHASTLY instead (see: turkey burger, bison burger, etc.). How do you make a turkey burger into that monstrosity, and yet your 6 oz sirloin is lower in fat, calories, etc. Oh yeah: portion size......

Here's the question I'm asking myself: why do I patronize these places? Why I am not writing letters to their CEO asking them to provide more detailed information? Is their greed so rapacious that they are willing to lie or weasel around it just to get my dollar? Apparently so. And since they have no qualms about hitting me in the heart with their fare, I no longer have qualms about hitting them in their wallet.

I know that sometimes, you simply have to guess and do the best you can with the choices available. I have no problem with that. But the more informed we are as consumers, the better it will be. Perhaps restaurant chains will realize, "Hey, this item isn't selling, and it's because people don't want something so unhealthy. Let's earn their business again by offering something they want."

But then again, obviously, we as a nation have spoken: did you see the recent obesity statistics for 2008? Every single state got fatter. Even Colorado (still the healthiest at less than 20% obese) had an increase in their percentage. And of course, we in the South -- where the food is TDF good and the coronary disease is rampant -- still has the top 5 (including good ol' SC). We're just a shade under 30% obese adults.

To me, this is the next "Big Tobacco" lawsuit waiting to happen. Food addiction: the only addiction where you have to have the drug to survive, literally. You cannot run, you cannot hide, you cannot avoid. For years, the lawsuits against Mickey D's (for example) of the "I didn't know that eating all that crud would do this to me" -- yeah, I got peeved about those, even as an obese person. I'm purely in favor of some personal responsibility instead of the chant of "it's not my fault." But Big Food is lying to us as surely as Big Tobacco did for years, and they've done EVERYTHING they can to hook the next generation.

So what do we do to get them to see that it's not worth it if they help create a generation that won't live long enough to take their kids (let alone their grandkids) to Mickey D's for a birthday party? Or won't be a patron long enough to make it worthwhile? Why don't they get it?

Nutrition facts. Allow me to choose what I want to eat. I don't mind the "healthy suggestions" but give me the skinny, and let me decide. If it means I choose not to eat at your establishment, then so be it. Give me better options. But give me the facts first.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Not again..... good Lord.

As is usually the case when I have an unexpected large loss, I had a gain this week. I detest when that happens. I am at the very upper limit for what WW considers maintaining goal weight (there's a little leeway available), but I want to be under that limit -- preferably at or under goal weight. So my happy butt is going to work extra hard this week to make sure that happens.

At least my thyroid test was normal. My heart rate monitor came in and works great. And my new MP3 player arrived today.

And my godchild turned 12 today. Good Lord, when did I ever get so old??

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The wages of hard work....

is a FIVE-pound loss. OOH RAH!!!!!! I am definitely sticking with the exercise bike for at least 2-3 times per week. I found that I enjoyed the workout, I know I got something out of it and it's something I can do in any weather. Did I sweat? Drenched within the first 5 minutes, most days. Did it feel good? Yeah. Really, it did. I absolutely hated getting sweaty as a child. I just didn't like the sensation. I don't know what it was, but it made me feel icky and yucky and ewwwwy. Now, I could care less. Bring it on.

I will be out of town this weekend -- I figure I will end up mostly walking for exercise. I might see if my cousin or his wife will join me. I'm scared to ask him -- he's a career Navy guy and he may flat wipe the road up with me!!! I haven't seen my cousin in about 5 years, so I am thrilled to be visiting them. I'm also looking forward to the fresh fish from the lake.... Mmmm, broiled or grilled fish with a little lemon pepper..... SLURP! Hopefully, there's a grocery store near them where I can pick up some veggies and fruits, or at least salad mix.

I'm looking forward to a relaxing Fourth, making good choices all the way around (food, fun, activity, festivities), and I hope yours is just as good.

*** Oh, before I forget: quick update on the medical stuff. The FSH test came back just fine. So this morning, they drew more bloodwork (sigh) for a TSH/T4 (thyroid) test. Interesting choice for a test, but I'm not the doctor. We'll see what it says. I laughed when they told me because I had just scheduled my dog for a thyroid checkup himself the next day (he has hypothyroidism). His test came back fine, and I hope mine does too.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Kicking my butt a million ways -- all good ones!

So, last week, my leader and I agreed that I would do less all-walking this week and try the exercise bike 3-4 days this week. And I have done just that -- at least 25 minutes at a time, most of the time, 30 minutes. I can attest to a few things:

1. The bike makes me break out sweating much sooner and for much longer.
2. My stamina is getting better with the bike -- I'm not totally dying after the first few minutes.
3. It is helping take the weight back off! I did just a little self-check this morning, and I was back down very close to goal...... WHEW!!!!

Let's just hope that holds out until the official weigh-in in about 21 hours. I did 30 minutes tonight to a good mix of tunes (started with "Humans Being" and ended about halfway through "Life Is a Rock") and really enjoyed myself.

I can see me keeping this in the exercise rotation........... I'm still walking in the early mornings, but just a mile -- long enough for Maddox to get his time in, and just enough time that I am not going berserk trying to get ready.