I’m a little “buzzy” this morning, and so I’m going to try to stay focused here, but NO promises!!
I’ve pretty much struggled with my weight my whole life. I was at my worst in December of 2008 at a whopping 188 pounds (GULP!). Enter separation/divorce/family problems and a year later I had lost 42 pounds simply due to stress. I was actually excited about the weight loss (definitely not the stress!) because I was only 11 pounds away from my goal weight of 135! I thought to myself…
“I am NEVER gaining that weight back again!”
Famous last words, right?!
Well, I started working in January of 2010, and I kept eating junk food and snacking constantly. I never really exercised and so I slowly started gaining weight over the next year.
By March I had gained back about 7 pounds and thought, ok, it’s time to lose this and get serious about getting down to 135. So, I cut out the junk food, and started seriously exercising. And I KEPT gaining weight. I got up to 158 and was starting to freak out a bit. We went on vacation for the summer, and we didn’t eat so very well. Not horrible like I was the year before, but not really focused on healthy eating. We also hardly got any exercise in. I ended up gaining another 10 pounds. Ugh.
So when we returned from vacation in August I got really serious about losing weight. We’ve been walking/running between 10 – 15 miles a week, as well as doing some core exercises at home. I cut out lots of the junk, and hardly ever snack at all. Over the last two and a half months I’ve lost a total of 3 pounds. THREE POUNDS. Plus, I started getting some odd symptoms that I thought might mean I was peri-menopausal. (If you’re a guy and you just read that last sentence, I am SO sorry!) I called the doctor and had her do some blood work that we figured I didn’t need at my last appointment. Besides the weight gain, I also mentioned that I was getting hot flashes (at the weirdest times too), and told them that Brad kindly mentioned that I was a “bit” moody. Enter yesterday’s doctor appointment…
Yesterday morning I was having a bit of difficulty with the kids coming back from their visit and the usual readjusting. Certain things that are said to the kids that put pressure on them bother me, but there’s nothing I can do about that other than be the best parent I can be and encourage my kids to grow up and be the people THEY want to be. On top of dealing with that, I had to go see the doctor and was fairly nervous. She walks in and says my blood work is 100% completely normal! After discussing the issues I had with her, and how hard I’ve been trying to lose weight, she says…
“I think your problem is that you’re not eating enough. You need to eat MORE.”
Words sent directly from heaven above. I love her. I love food. Seriously though, she thinks the problem is that I’ve plateaued (clearly!) and I am not giving myself enough protein. After MUCH discussion we decided on giving my body a jump-start by prescribing a medicine that is pretty much a metabolic stimulant for only 30 days. I took it this morning. All I can say is… BUZZYYYYYYYY.
Mister and I did our walk/run this morning. I felt so good that we actually went around the block again! Usually by the time we get home I’m ready to crawl up the driveway and drag myself over to the porch chair and rest. This time it took all I could do to remain seated in the chair. I’ve also been talking a hundred miles an hour. Poor Mister is tolerating the chattiness, but he has called me Chatty Cathy at least twice today. We both agreed (and the doctor recommended this too), that since I’m SO wired (you should see my hands as I try to type this…zoom!) that tomorrow will be a half a pill. She also said I could even go every other day, if necessary.
I’m pretty unfocused today, only because I’m jumping from one thing to the next. I even told Mister that we could put his HAM antenna up today (you know, from where we took the monstrous satellite dish down) and that I would even HELP him. Yes, tomorrow will only be a half a pill.
I forgot to make my egg this morning (more protein!), so I’m off to do that shortly. I’m going to be very careful with this, and monitor how I feel and what happens with my body. I’ve already recognized that a whole pill is too much. The doctor said a lot of what I thought was peri-menopausal stuff really is just related to the weight gain. She was very proud of me for living a healthier life-style, and I’m pretty proud of that myself. I’ve always been a junk-food muncher, and that’s just not something I want in my life anymore. Plus, 40 is right around the corner and I know it’ll be harder to get it off then.
Ok, off to get rid of some energy! We’ve got a HAM thingy to set up! (Mister won’t like that I called it a thingy either… o_O)
Trying to make my dash better by getting rid of some extra me!
P.S. I know some of you may want to tell me what a bad thing it is for me to take this. Please don’t. I’ve only given you a very brief description about what my doctor and I discussed at length, will all of the concerns that come with it. If you wanted to say something about it, just know that I know it’s because you care! I promise to take good care of me! 😉