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What A Long Strange Trip It's Been
Saturday, 3 October 2009
It's a pound a day miracle for now!
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Here Comes The Sun by George Harrison from The Concert for Bangladesh
Topic: Weight Loss
I weighed in this morning and lo and behold, I have now lost 32 pounds since starting my medication on August 28. The last couple of days my weight has been dropping at a pound a day. I'm thankful, but wondering if this is still water weight or what. How could I be losing weight so fast? I'm not questioning it in a bad way, I'm just wondering how this is happening. My husband is convinced it is my hormone replacement therapy, and I really am starting to believe it.

The South Beach diet is helping too, don't get me wrong. I am still following phase one pretty strickly even though I am past my first two weeks. I am really enjoying the food and tastes and don't miss anything - this was the way I always ate anyway - except the bread, rice, pasta and potatoes.

It was a challenging day yesterday. Our auditors threw a luncheon for us - Italian food. YET - no pasta in sight! It was chicken parmesan with either marinara sauce or cheese sauce, mixed veggies (potatoes, squash, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli), a tossed green salad (w/tomato, cucumber, red onion, red cabbage, shredded carrots) with Italian dressing. They of course had garlic bread and chocolate brownies, but those didn't even tempt me. So, I found the smallest breaded chicken breast I could (had to be about 4oz or less) smaller than the palm of my hand with the least amount of cheese on it and only a tablespoon of marinara (who knows what they put in that), so I felt that was okay. I picked all the potatoes out of the mixed veggies and didn't eat those. They served us on those paper plates with the three sections - so, I used the big section for my salad, one of the small sections for the chicken, and the other small section for a heaping pile of veggies. To drink was iced tea with either lemon or sweetner and I spoiled myself with half a packet of real C & H pure cane sugar *hums the little song from the commerical* "from Hawaii, sweetended by the sun". It was a very satisfying meal and I felt I met the challenge well.

So that's two 'restaurant' like meals in as many weeks that I have taken on and won! Yay me if I do say so myself!

Matt went grocery shopping yesterday as I still find it tremendously hard to go shopping even with skirting only the outside of the store. The bakery is the worst. It's not that I have bread cravings, I don't really, but the bakery at Dillons is next to the deli, and the artisan sourdough bread and rye bread call to me "Have a deli sandwich made, Ali - with lots of pepper jack cheese and pickles and mustard." Sandwiches are far and away my favorite food in the entire world. I am SOOOO like Joey from Friends. There are just so many kinds of sandwiches - Italian meatball, turkey club, good old ham and cheese - mmmm veggie sub with olive oil and feta! What can I say - that Subway diet by Jared looked amazing - but didn't work for me. LOL - who can only eat a dry six inch turkey sub? Please! Have to have mayo and mustard and olive oil and cheese and all that yummy delicious stuff - that or NOTHING.

So, I am going with the nothing!

Today, though, is going to be a delicious feast for the senses. Matt found two beautiful portobello mushroom caps the size of softballs at the store yesterday, and I have had them marinating in some Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon & chopped garlic since 6:30pm last night. Tonight when I cook them for dinner, I will be enjoying some very yummy mushrooms. I have some ground turkey left over and I am going to combine the wine, turkey, celery, onion, & carrots and some tomato paste for a Bolognese sauce that I am going to put over some spaghetti squash, and eat that with my grilled marinated mushrooms and some provolone cheese. I'm sooo looking forward to THAT!

Now I need to go get breakfast though, as I slept in for once, and it has been more than a half hour since I took my hormone pill. *Sings* "I'm so rumbly in my tumbly" - - la la la.

Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 10:12 AM CDT
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Saturday, 26 September 2009
One month weigh in -
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Black Water by The Doobie Brothers
Topic: Weight Loss
When I went to the doctor one month ago today for the infection in my calf and weighed in I wasn't pleased. I spoke with my doctor, she tested my blood - turned out I was hypothyroid. I started taking the replacement hormones two days later on 08/28/09.

So - it is 09/26/09 today which is one month since I was weighed at the doctors office. I bought a high grade scale, I think the exact one my doctor has so I can be sure that I am keeping track of my weight accurately. As of this morning when I weighed in, I have lost 27 pounds. That's 27 pounds lost in one month, only half of which was on Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet.

I still have two more days before my full month is up of taking the replacement hormone, so in two days, I'll weigh in and see just how it has gone. The blood test from this week came back with good news; they do not need to raise my synthroid dosage - 25mg is just fine.

My goal was to lose 20 pounds the first month. I did that. If I can lose 3 pounds in the next two days, then I will meet a 'dream goal' that I didn't think was possible - 30 pounds in a month! I'm hopeful, but as I said, it is a dream goal, so I won't be upset if I don't make that. This isn't about a single month, this is about a long haul down to my high school weight which is still a long way from where I currently am. AND THEN, about keeping the weight off permanently. I have pictures of myself from my youth around as goal pictures. I was once in good shape and I will be again - I know it!

Overall, I am very positive because I know that my underlying problem was my hormonal imbalance. Still, I didn't help by eating the greatest food known to mankind BREAD at every meal and sometimes AS a meal. I was addicted to bread, seriously. Major addicition to bread. Yet, after two weeks on Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet I do not crave bread anymore. I know I am now allowed to have whole grain bread and such on Phase 2, but I don't want it - I don't need it. I'd rather have a bowl of lentils or beans, or an egg white omelet.

I'm feeling good and that's the most important thing to me right now. Once I am down to a lower weight that will make it easier to exercise I plan on starting that. I am saving up for a tredmill. Where I am going to put it, I haven't a clue. It might be time for me to rearrange the furniture in the house to make space for it. Perhaps my husband Matt will have some ideas. Still, I am going to get one, and now I don't have to buy one of those super expensive ones that is made to accomadate my weight - a normal one will do. That in of itself makes me happy - something 'normal' about me instead of extra huge or jumbo or whatever. That was one of my goals - buy a treadmill made for normal people - and I think it is possible now.

Somehow, I am doing this all without being utterly obessive about it. I'm careful about what I am eating and was able to go to a restaurant for a business lunch on Wednesday and still lost weight eating the grilled salmon, broccoli, and a bowl of red pepper tomato soup. They of course gave me bread which I made them take off my bread plate, and a huge mound of potatoes. Not as big as Richard Dreyfuss' mound of potatoes he carved the Devils Tower out of in Close Encounters of the Third Kind but not far behind it. Seriously, there had to be two huge cup fulls of mashed potatoes if not more. Most of the plate was potatoes. I resisted the temptation imaging what it would do to my blood sugar and my body and tried (successfully) to think of the potatoes as terrorists out to destroy the peaceful harmony of my blood chemistry that I created in my body. Thinking that way totally worked. I've mentally made myself allergic to them - telling myself they are bad for me and they'll make me not feel good - which is true. It's like people who avoid nuts or strawberries because they are allergic - that's what I tell myself - they are bad don't eat them and so I don't WANT to eat them now. Same with pasta, bread, white rice, sugar. It's working for me, so I am using it. Use what works, right? As long as it is keeping me feeling good and healthy, I will stick to the mental brainwashing thing on myself.

Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 10:08 AM CDT
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Thursday, 10 September 2009
Update from my Doctor!
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Celebration by Kool & The Gang
Topic: Weight Loss
Just got back from my doctor's office with good news. I've lost 11 pounds in the two weeks I have been on my thyroid medication. My blood pressure was 124 / 60 which is just great! She moved my calorie intake down to 1,100 from what was recommended on this website. She also prescribed a water pill for me so I can stop retaining all this water that I currently am retaining. I go back two days before my meds run out for the Levothyroxine (generic Synthroid) so they can run more blood tests and change me medication as necessary.

I have been feeling great since I started taking this replacement hormone. I didn't know I could feel ten years younger!

Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 3:56 PM CDT
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