Monday, July 16, 2012

7-16-12 Update 269.9

Well, it’s been one week since I started treading every day. I missed one day completely because of work commitments and I did only the morning session on 2 days. Otherwise I maintained my 2 10-minute sessions pretty well. As a matter of fact, I bumped them up mid-week to ten and a half minutes and yesterday I did 11 minutes. I know it’s no great shakes to many but it is momentous for me.

I weighed in today at 269.9 – exactly 3.5 pounds lower than last Monday. I did indulge in Chinese takeout one night with leftovers the next day. And I had a few regular beers to celebrate my husband’s new job, which he started today. So all things considered, I am satisfied with where I am.

This week I am planning to just continue what I am doing: go slow and steady, keep exercising and try to make wise food choices. I am not trying to win a race or hit a deadline. I just want to feel better. And currently since I only own two pairs of shorts and four shirts that fit, I have great motivation to lose a few more pounds. When I can fit in my older clothes, it will feel like I’ve gotten a whole new wardrobe!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012 Update

Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted but it seemed time for an update. So here it is.

I gave up drinking soda on April 15th, nearly 3months ago. Since that time, I have had soda – diet (which was my drug of choice) – twice. I still think about having it when I go out to eat but I seldom think about buying it when I stop for gas or head to the grocery store. How do I feel? Well, not really much different to be honest. The biggest difference I’ve noticed is fewer trips to the bathroom. In its place, I still drink my decaf coffee in the morning. In the afternoons & evenings, it’s almost exclusively ice water. Has it helped my weight loss – no. As a matter of fact I gained a couple of pounds but I’m sure that had to do with other issues.

I’ve had a couple of minor flare ups with my eyes, seeing spots and lightning bolts but nothing like the episode in April. I’m monitoring that situation.

I got my CPAP machine finally on June, 21, three weeks ago today. Do I feel better? OMG, YES! IT took a week to get used to. The mask, though small, still hurt my face at first, leaving tender spots that were sore to the touch. Now that I have adjusted, I am sleeping like a baby. Instead of tossing and turning, some times as much as 20 or more times a night, I turn maybe once. I dream again. I wake up refreshed and don’t feel like I need a nap at 10:00 AM. To my husband’s delight, I don’t snore and he is sleeping better too. 

Did I lose weight just from having the mask? No. The first two weeks I had it, the temperatures here were over 100 nearly every day with high humidity. It was too hot to exercise but I had more energy and was able to do things like mop floors, vacuum the stairs and clean the oven without being exhausted afterward. Definitely a good start. 

This week, the temps have dropped to more normal ranges allowing me to start exercising. At 273.4 and after having been virtually sedentary for months, I decided to start slowly. I use my treadmill twice a day for 10 mins each time. It is set at an incline of 1 and a speed of 2.5 – a leisurely walk for most. I carry 1 lb weights in each hand. About five minutes into the routine, my lower back begins to really ache. This is no doubt because I am carrying the equivalent of an entire extra person on my 5’ 6” frame, mostly in the front and around my hips. Today is day 4 of this new plan and I am pushing my way through the pain. I know it will be uncomfortable until I get this person off my back, so to speak.

So the baby steps seem to be working. First the soda, then the CPAP, now the exercise. I’m hoping by the end of the year to post another picture of myself that will show some noticeable changes. Keep coming back to find out, won’t you?

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