Mar 28, 2017

Weigh In Week 28

This was a good week. I got to Aquafit for  4/4 classes and walked at least 30 minutes every day since last Friday.

Work is still crazy busy this week and next but just normal days with only one evening meeting next week. 

 And it looks like Spring has decided to show her face!


Mar 25, 2017

Weigh In Week 27

This has been a very busy week with work functions and all the prep and long hours that go into that.  This week had too little fruit and vegetables, too little water and too little sleep. My steps were half decent because I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off all week. 

 I also ate way too much sodium and crappy food this week and I was feeling sluggish by Friday.  I did get to Aquafit twice last week and no one ran screaming when they saw me. My new swimsuit is too big when I'm in the water so I'll have to pick up another one at Sam's Club next time I'm in Buffalo.

 I had a good night's sleep last night and got myself up and out for an 8 am Aquafit class and then came home and have already had breakfast, cleaned the kitchen and done a load of laundry. Next up, meal planning, groceries and run the dishwasher.  I am in a couple of fitbit challenges so I might head back to the Y and hit the treadmill on this rainy and dreary day.  Have a great weekend! 

Mar 16, 2017

Weigh In Week 26

This was a good week. I am feeling so much better. Still not getting my 10,000 steps/day consistently but am definitely moving more and sleeping better as well.  I think this week's loss is a bit inflated because last week was a bit higher than what I had seen earlier in the week, but at the end of the day all I care about is that it comes off and some weeks will be great and some not so great and the scale doesn't always directly nor immediately reflect the work put in. I have been double tracking this past week because the dietitian at my diabetes clinic was worried I wasn't eating enough - ha ha ha ha!!   So I have been tracking calories in MFP and also Smart Points on WW.  My average calories are 1240 over the seven days. Lowest day was 846 and highest was 1450.  The low day was a day where I ate absolutely nothing processed (bread/rice/pasta) and stuck to whole foods. The higher day was a day I had a sandwich for lunch.  I'll double track for another week but it's very tedious so I'm not going to do it forever when counting points continues to work.  My macros have been almost right at 40/30/30 (Carbs/Fat/Protein), keeping in mind that most of my high carb foods are fruit and sweet potatoes and the rest come from vegetables.  As long as this keeps working, I'm not looking to make any changes! We were hit with a final blast of Winter (I'm telling myself it's the final blast!) and there's been lots of snow shovelling which is hard work!  As I get older I find I like Winter less and less and can see myself moving to warmer climes at some point. Retirement is a ways off, unless I find a sugar daddy, so I am going to have to suck it up :(

Mar 13, 2017

March Madness

I can’t believe we are halfway through March. It feels like a whirlwind!

On the health front, I was able to see a surgeon fairly quickly and he believed my issues were gastro and not pancreas related which was a huge relief to me, I had been playing Dr. Google too much and had myself scared witless.  Anyway, we started a proton pump inhibitor medication which helped almost overnight and I am feeling so very much better.   No pain so I am sleeping better and I think the iron supplements are finally kicking in so I don’t feel like I am dragging myself every single day just to get through the day.  I am not out of the woods yet, I am having a gastroscopy in a few weeks but the surgeon is fairly sure that it will not show anything to worry about.  I’ll keep you posted.

We are expecting a snow storm tonight into tomorrow, but honestly, every March we get a storm warning with a foot of snow (which I know is not a lot to most of the north east) and it never happens, so que sera sera!  I live on what is called “Hamilton Mountain” and work downtown so the only issue is that the roads to get to downtown are steep and winding and sometimes very, very icy with just cold weather, never mind adding snow….but I have good snow tires and everyone drives very slowly and cautiously when required so it’s not really a big hazard.  I do hate the time I have to stand outside clearing off my car though. I hate the time standing outside in the  &^&*% COLD and BLOWING WIND is what I should say.

Work will be fairly quiet this week as its March break and our staff with school age children have taken the week off, including my Manager, so it’s a good time to catch up on little jobs that I can never get around to and to organize my files for 2017 – yep, I have not even done THAT yet. It has been nonstop busy since the New Year and then I was off sick for a week and a half in January.

Road Race season picks up full swing in April and I have not yet decided which races I want to do (walk). I normally do 3-5 races of 5K and one 10K. My race partner had surgery a few weeks ago so she is not sure when she’ll be up to walking that much but I have done the races alone before so I will have to look at the schedule and decide which ones to do.  Some are more welcoming to walkers and others more to runners.  The Around the Bay Road Race in my city (Hamilton) is a big event that I have done pretty much every year since moving here but I am giving it a miss this year. It is by far the most crowded event and although it’s neat to end the race by running/walking into a stadium packed with people – the roads are busy and it is easy to get shoved aside by a runner even whilst walking right at the kerb.  It’s also at the end of March and I hate the cold – have I mentioned that?  I used to blog about every race, you can see some in the link on the right (Event Photos and Results), even some from when I used to actually run (albeit at a turtle's pace!).

I am continuing with Weight Watchers on line and continuing to take one day at a time.  So far, I’m doing well with the program so if it ain’t broke…..

Mar 10, 2017

Weigh In Week 25

I did see 197 earlier in the week but that's the way the scale bounces!


Mar 1, 2017

February Recap

Well February really sucked in my little world.

I am still battling these ongoing health issues since mid-January.  I was in Urgent Care last week and was tested for a whole battalion of stuff. Good thing is they couldn't find anything - bad thing is they couldn't find anything.

That doesn't change the fact that I am in pain, absolutely exhausted and nauseated all the time.  The pain is specific, it's not generalized fibro pain although that's how this whole episode started.

My family doctor is awesome and is referring me to a general surgeon he went to school with so I can get in a lot faster than normal.  Keeping my fingers crossed for some answers sooner rather than later.

I purposely did not weigh in last week because I was bloated and taking pain meds and knew my head could not deal with a false gain....or a false loss because I had only been on liquids for 3 days.

I will weigh in tomorrow on my regular day.  

I am sure this is contributing to my lackluster progress in February but I am tracking everything, keeping within my points (except for those days where eating is too painful and I am on liquids) and sticking to very little processed food.

I have not been walking nearly as much as I had been because the pain is truly exhausting. By 7 p.m. I am wiped and I am trying to limit pain meds to the times I need it to catch up on sleep.  They also make me a little spacey so I can't take them if I am work or going to drive.

In really good news - all my bloodwork for diabetes and high cholesterol came back with all 'normal' ranges.  My A1C was 5.8 which is in the non-diabetic range and two weeks ago we cut out one diabetic medication completely.  We also lowered my thyroid medication significantly.  Cholesterol was in the normal range for the first time in about 10 years.  I only started iron about 3 weeks ago so it's too soon to tell if its made a significant difference, we'll test it again in a few months.

With all this good stuff....I should feel great, no?

No. Apparently not.

Welcome March!!!  Let's hope its a better one!