Saturday, June 23, 2012

Phase Two Commences...

Good evening readers!  I hope everyone had a good week.  Mine was pretty good.  Work was pretty crazy so that kept me really busy, but I like it that way.  Keeps my hands busy, and busy hands are a hell of a lot better than idle ones.

I also had time to reflect back on Phase One.  I feel that it moved pretty smooth, and I didn't have too many hick ups, and not one derailment (THANK GOODNESS!)  I am entering Phase Two with the same attitude.  My workouts have become part of my life.  As a matter of fact, I work up this past Thursday at 4 AM just to get my workout in.  I had a training class at work, and I knew I wouldn't be able to attend my Zumba class, and I couldn't workout after work due to plans.  So, instead of not working out, I woke up really early and had a fantastic Wii Zumba session. It may sound crazy, but I'm so happy that I did it.  I was alert all day and of course I had a great night sleep.  I was determined that I was going to start Phase Two on the right foot.  I will make time for my's a necessity. 

As a follow up to my doctor's appointment from last week, this past Tuesday I had to get blood work done.  My doctor ordered blood sugar and lipid tests so I'm hoping to have the results some time next week.  Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope that we see a drop in my blood sugar and an increase in my good cholesterol.  My biometric screening is coming up in August, and I want to go in there with great numbers so I can get a good discount on my health insurance.

I'm always a bit tense when it comes to getting my blood drawn because people have a difficult time getting blood from me.  My veins are deep set and if you add being obese, it makes it very difficult to find a vein.  It was so bad once that this lady stuck me TEN times!  On another occasion, I had to keep coming back to see if anyone could get it from me, and nothing worked.  It was becoming a chore just to get blood work so I started ignoring my appointments.  Ever since I've changed doctors, I haven't had any problems.  I also think loosing 60 pounds helps. :)

My Saturday intervals are going well.  Today I completed 5K in 53 minutes.  Right now I'm working on cutting my time each week.  I'm starting with a 4 mile distance.  When I can get 4 miles under an hour, I'm going to start to extend it to 5 and then 6 miles.  On my Monday treadmill runs, I'm at 3.75 mi/hr, but running outside is so different, and I'm much slower.  But, each week I get faster as I get lighter.  Phil Collins helped me cross the finish line today and beat last week's time by one minute.  I tell you, when he hits that drum breakdown, I just pushed myself.  I love that!!  I'd love it if you guys would share your Power Songs with me.  I need some new additions to my work out list!  Please share!  Thanks for reading....I'll see you next week.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Breakfast With Tiffany...

One down...Two to go!
Good evening everyone!  As you can see by my entry title, I reached my first milestone.  At the end of my 20th week into my new lifestyle, I have lost 63.4 pounds.  That's an average of 3.17 pounds a week.  Considering I was only hoping to lose about 1.2/week, that's pretty substantial...and a full 32 weeks ahead of schedule!

And believe me, I did have to prove that I reached my first goal.  My sister did witness the weigh in and happily handed over my prize.  It was such a pretty box that I didn't want to open it.  I just gazed at it this morning, happily smiling, as I ate my breakfast.  I didn't even take today off to celebrate.  I did a 4 mile interval walk/jog.  I'm getting my body used to running on asphalt.  It's quite a difference from the treadmill.

I feel a great sense of accomplishment.  I'm glad the first hurdle has been jumped.  It wasn't easy.  There were many days (this past Friday for example) that I didn't want to exercise.  Days where I would have loved to eat a whole bag of potato chips or eat a whole bag of candy.  Days where I dreaded weighing and measuring my portions.  But, it's worthwhile in the end.  Exercise has become a habit for me...part of my daily routine.  I miss it if I don't do it.  I can count on one hand how many days I haven't exercised since I started on 1/28/2012.  I'd say it's ingrained in me now.  I make time to workout.  I truly fit my life around my workout.  It will take precedence because it is so important to me.

So, to commemorate reaching Milestone #1, let's recap all the cool things that I've recently discovered:
  • I've lost 4 sizes - from 28 to a 24.
  • I rediscovered my old "skinny" wardrobe and can wear items in it already.
  • I found out that I do have hip bones, collar bones, and shoulder blades.
  • I've fallen back in love with motorcycling, and I look damn good on that bike!
  • My skinny belt is now too big.
  • I can wear XL shirts!
  • My ankles are not swelling as much as they used to.
  • My doctor told me to stop taking one of my diabetes meds!!!! The conversation went as follows:
Doctor: You should not take this medication on days you are exercising since your blood sugar is too low. 
Me: Well, I exercise everyday.
Doctor: (smiling) Well, then I'd say not to take it.
  • I'm can bend over, touch my toes, and tie my shoes.
  • I can see the veins in my hands.
  • My toe nails are much stronger and I can make them pretty again - I love pedi's! (For those you that don't know, diabetes reeks havoc on your feet.  I sure sign that your feet health is deteriorating is brittle nails.  Many people who do not control their blood sugar eventually have to have legs and feet amputated.)
I'm sure there are others, but this list is good enough.  I'm just glad that I can share these wonderful discoveries with you.  And, there is more to come.  This is just the first milestone, and I have two more to go, and I'm sure I haven't even been tested yet.  The next milestone will take longer and I'll run into roadblocks (plateau...plateau...plateau), but I promise to keep calm, and keep moving.  Thank you all for your support and well wishes.  I appreciate them more than you can ever know.  London....I'm 33.3333% on my way!  
Union Jack, you better watch your back!  I'm on my way!  Look out U.K.

P.S. - Just to let you know, my trip to Tiffany's in Pittsburg is planned for my birthday (8/27).  I will be picking out a bracelet for my charms :)


Saturday, June 9, 2012

I'm Knocking on a Big Door!

Good Saturday everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  It's another lovely weekend here.  I'm lookig forward to the activities planned.  Hanging out with friends today and family tomorrow...good times :)

I had a really good week.  I'm still kicking up my workouts each week...always aiming for higher intensity workouts.  If you follow me on Facebook, you also saw that on Tuesday I was inspired and rocked my best elliptical workout to date.  Of course, I had a lovely view during that time.  There is this really nice looking guy in the gym that I was scoping out.  Wow!  That was fun and fantastic.

I also reconnected with a really good friend of mine.  She's my riding buddy.  For those of you who don't know, I happen to own a motorcycle that I like to ride from time to time.  I haven't ridden it much over the last year.  To be honest, being as heavy as I was made for a poor experience on the bike, and I was seriously considering selling it.  Now that I've lost 60 pounds (more on that later), I find that I'm rediscovering how fun motorcycling can be.  This picture is from over four years ago when I was learning how to ride.  I was also starting to gain back all the weight that I'd lost. 

Not only does my friend ride, she's also a fitness instructor.  She's Zumba certified and she also teaches Kettlebells.  When I told her I'd lost a bit of weight, she was very encouraging.  She also offered to workout with me a few days a week.  She likes to go to the beach to do strength training and other activities.  I will most certainly take her up on her offer and join in.  She's the perfect person to help me with the strength training portion of my workouts.  She's truly a blessing and is also inspiring.  I'm glad I have her as a friend.  Many hugs to you A.S. :)

Now, why is my mood all about TWO this week?  What does TWO mean? Well, I only have two pounds to go before I reach my one year goal of 62.4 pounds.  I'll admit that when I started my "new lifestyle" never though I'd be sitting on the brink of a milestone six months ahead of schedule.  I'm taking this as the pure blessing that it is and MOVE ON.  Knowing I'm close is really motivating me.  I could have bummed out of my workout yesterday and today, but I didn't because each calorie burned puts me closer to that target.  I'd love to meet it next week, but even if I don't, I'm knocking on that door, and I want in so bad!  I'm going to keep working hard, keeping pushing, and Breathe.  That's all I can do.

P.S. - I go to the doctor this Friday.  He will most likely write up a prescription for lab work.  I'm hoping he may consider taking me off one of my diabetes meds since I've been having a few lows lately.  Don't worry. I'm ok.  I keep my gluclose tablets close.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Knowledge is Most Certainly Powerful

Happy Saturday Readers!  I started off my Saturday with a very long and vigorous 6.5 mile walk.  I'm working on getting my time down for that 10K next year so I've pledged to walk and eventually walk/run every Saturday on the The Western Reserve Greenway Trail in Ashtabula.  It's a very lovely trail and a peaceful walk.  I never considered myself much of a walker, but if you have the right tunes and scenery, it's an amazing form of exercise.  My mom and niece joined me today so it was nice to have them...and I smoked them both.  That felt pretty good since my niece is 15 and very healthy.  HAHA!

I had a couple of good weeks since I've been back from vacation.  I have tweaked my LiveStrong App and increased my daily calorie intake.  I'm glad I did that because I'm really increasing my exercise intensity, and I will need more energy to make sure I can continue to lose weight and be healthy.  I'm not one to starve myself either since that does no good.  I've increased my caloric intake by 400 calories, and as I continue to lose weight and increase exercise intensity, I'll revisit my calorie intake.  I'm also going to talk with my doctor when I see him in the next two weeks to make sure I'm eating enough.  I want to do the right way so I'm going to keep him and my Nurse Practitioner in the loop.  I also have fasting labs coming up.  With these, I'll get a blood sugar check which I'm pretty excited about.  I hope my A1c has dropped.  I'm sure it has...just curious to how much.

Last weekend, I came across a HBO documentary that I had heard about, but I didn't have a chance to catch it.  It was on repeat during the Memorial Day weekend so I decided to check it out.  And, I must say, it was the most informative few hours of TV that I've watched...ever.  I highly suggest you check out Weight of the Nation.  It really goes in great detail about how obesity is affecting our nation.  Many American are interviewed about how diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart health has impacted their lives.  Many obese people share their stories of how they have gained/loss weight and how being obese has impacted their lives.  I saw myself in so many of these people. I've thought the same things and experienced the same things - both good and bad.

Something else they covered that I didn't think a whole lot about...drinking calories.  One woman stated she drank almost 2,000 calories a day!!  2,000 CALORIES!  I remember when I used to drink...or guzzle...Kool Aid. I used to drink it all the time as a kid and even as a young adult in college.  Soda and juice...are basically the same things with the same amount of sugar.  Wow!  It even went into detail about how the government subsidy program works for soybeans and corn (hence high fructose corn syrup), but there are NO subsidy programs for produce farmers.  It also described how difficult it is to get good, fresh produce to inner city markets...where a large number of obese Americans live.  I don't think many of us know this information so I hope you do take a look at what obesity is doing to our country and our children.  Let's make a pledge to do something about matter how small it is.  I remember one woman who was interviewed that lost weight and keep it off.  She said, I'm just a woman who has done a number of small little things that have added up to something extraordinary.  I hope we all aspire to do small things that add up to extraordinary results.  Then, we'll all be Right As Rain.

Other websites that you may want to check out.  The more you know...and all that jazz.
My heart is happy!