Thursday, May 25, 2006

5th WI

Well, I didn't lost 2.2lbs. I didn't even lose ONE pound. I lost .8lb. I was a little disappointed. I tied my shoes, feeling bad that I was taking too long when there were people waiting to be weighed in. I straightened up, she gave me back my little booklet, and I looked at my weight.

I couldn't suppress the giggle that escaped my mouth. My normally inner thoughts came out, too. "My second number is a ZERO!" I laughed outloud!!! That's right, I am 209.6!!!!!!! Two-OH-nine. I haven't been two-OH-anything in forever. And in just a little while, my weight will start with the number ONE. I CAN'T WAIT!!!! This is the best motivation EVER!!!!

In the meeting when it was time to celebrate, I didn't raise my hand. The lady next to me, a lifetime member, nudged me and said, "You better raise your hand and celebrate!!" She told me that those little losses add up and to not be discouraged! I LOVE WW MEETINGS!!! She told me exactly what I needed to hear!

Sometimes, I get a little annoyed at the "smaller" people in the meetings. But what I need to remind myself about is that those people could've started out just like me, and are just "smaller" now. Like the lady next to me. I thought she was only coming to support her father (who lost 10lbs his first week!), but turns out she is a lifetime member! And I got to sit next to her and gather a little bit of wisdom and support. That's what WW is all about.

Yesterday was a really good meeting. Our leader encouraged us to PLAN for the holiday weekend. I'm going home to Cleveland and my sister is cooking. I have already told her what I won't be eating. She was so supportive!!! I told her that I'll be eating chicken breasts (no skin), off the grill. And veggies. She said she's gonna have fish, too, so I'll eat that! Some chicken, some corn, some fish, some broccoli, and A LITTLE BIT of macaroni and cheese. THAT'S what I'm planning for. That and the alcohol. *sigh* The good thing? My sister lives within walking distance of Woodhill Park so I can still get my activity in. My sister said she's gained a little weight in her stomach, so I told her we could do some ab exercises together. I can't wait to see my family! I miss them! But even STILL, I am trying to have a LOSING week. So I have to save ALL my WAP and I have to exercise DAILY. I'm also gonna take some fresh lettuce home with me so that I can make some salad, too. Oh, and fruit. I'll have to make sure my sister has some watermelon. yeah. :)

I can do this!!

Monday, May 22, 2006

4th Weigh-In

Well, my 4th week wasn't so great, eating-wise. I binged on some fried chicken, so that used up all of my weekly allowance points. Then there were two days I didn't eat all of my points; I had 15pts left one day. Which I guess worked out fine because I went to a chinese buffet (that I tried to plan for, but how do you plan when you're already out of WAP) and ate 15pts over my Daily Points Target. I said all that to say, I had no idea what the scale would say at my WI.

Well, I LOST 4.6LBS!!!!! That's a total loss of 7.8lbs!!! Since it had been 4 weeks, I checked my measurements and I've also lost 3.5 inches!!! One month, changed some eating habits, added a little activity to my day, and look!!! This was with minimal effort! Just think of what my progress will be like once all of this becomes habit, second nature. I am expecting a huge transformation!!! I just have to stay motivated.

Now, in all fairness, let's talk about this 4.6lb loss in one week. This is NOT typical. In the three times I've been on WW, the most I've lost in a week is 3.2lbs. So lemme tell y'all what I think happened. The week before, I only lost 1.4lbs. But I'd eaten better AND exercised more. I was SO disappointed in the loss, but didn't get down about it cuz any loss is a loss. But I definitely wondered what went wrong. Then it dawned on me: Aunt Flo. Aunt Flo was in town and you know she brings a lot of baggage with her, usually in the form of water retention and bloating. I think that if she weren't in town, I would've lost even more that week before, and since I didn't, it came off with last week's weight. So don't think it's something I did; it was simply nature.

I am hoping for a 2.2lb loss this week so that I will have lost 10lbs total! :-D Wish me luck!!!

My health stats (pretty long)

I guess that's what I should call this post. I went to the doctor last week and wanted to post my test results so that I can see if they change as I change my eating and exercise habits. The nurse said that everything came back "normal." I'm going to post then research and I'll determine whether or not it's normal or cause for concern; my mother died of heart disease, I can't mess around.

  • Blood pressure - 128/76
  • Blood sugar - 83
  • Cholesterol - 163
  • Ferritin - 46.4
  • Iron - 108
  • Thyroid 0.35
So that's that. Let's see what it all means, shall we?

1) Blood pressure (128/76).

Still, for most of your waking hours, your blood pressure stays pretty much the same when you are sitting or standing still. That level should be lower than 120/80. When the level stays high, 140/90 or higher, you have high blood pressure. With high blood pressure, the heart works harder, your arteries take a beating, and your chances of a stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems are greater.

2) Blood sugar (83). From , I guess my blood sugar level is normal. I would only have to be concerned if it reached 100 or higher.

3) Cholesterol (163; HDL 47, LDL 101):

If your total cholesterol is less than 200 mg/dL, your heart attack risk is relatively low, unless you have other risk factors. Even with a low risk, it's still smart to eat foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and also get plenty of physical activity. Have your cholesterol levels measured every five years — or more often if you're a man over 45 or a woman over 55.

Now HDL and LDL? I am waiting for the nurse to call me again because I forgot to ask about these. But the AMA site says

Your HDL cholesterol level
In the average man, HDL cholesterol levels range from 40 to 50 mg/dL. In the average woman, they range from 50 to 60 mg/dL. HDL cholesterol that's less than 40 mg/dL is low. Low HDL cholesterol puts you at high risk for heart disease. Smoking, being overweight and being sedentary can all result in lower HDL cholesterol. If you have low HDL cholesterol, you can help raise it by:

  • Not smoking
  • Losing weight (or maintaining a healthy weight)
  • Being physically active for at least 30–60 minutes a day on most or all days of the week

People with high blood triglycerides usually have lower HDL cholesterol and a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Progesterone, anabolic steroids and male sex hormones (testosterone) also lower HDL cholesterol levels. Female sex hormones raise HDL cholesterol levels.

Well, she just called me back. My HDL (good cholesterol, needs to be above 35, she said) is 47. My LDL (bad cholesterol, needs to be between 0-130, she said) is 101. The AMA site says

The key point to remember is, the lower your LDL cholesterol, the lower your risk. Your doctor may prescribe a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, regular exercise and a weight management program if you're overweight. If you can't lower your cholesterol with these efforts, medications may also be prescribed to lower your LDL cholesterol. Check these categories and the goals for treatment that can lower your risk of heart attack.

Your LDL cholesterol level
Your LDL cholesterol level greatly affects your risk of heart attack and stroke. The lower your LDL cholesterol, the lower your risk. In fact, it’s a better gauge of risk than total blood cholesterol. So I'm only a little above optimal (less than 100 is Optimal), and I'm OK with that. Ok, so Cholesterol is taken care of.

4) Ferritin/Iron. The doctor tested my iron because I complained about being tired all the time. Well, my iron was normal at 108 with my Ferritin at 46.4. Can't find much on that. I'm content with the nurse saying my levels are "normal."

5) My thyroid (.35). Now, I asked the doctor to test this because I've been feeling depressed again and exhausted all the time. My result, a 0.35, again "normal," so let's see what that means. says that it should be between .3 and 3, so I guess I just made it.

So those are my health stats. I may be obese (FOR NOW), but I'm HEALTHY!!!!! All I have to do is make sure I MAINTAIN my health status. So my diet and exercise changes are about more than just losing the weight, it's about maintaining my health status.

I can do this!!!!