The Graceful Skinny

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Weekly Update: Kicking my own butt back into Gear! January 21, 2011

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I am not sure what has happened to me over the past two weeks but after checking on a few of my regular blogs it would appear that I am certainly not alone. I have been feeling sluggish and lazy. I have been slacking when it comes to weighing in and getting in my exercise.

 

However, thanks to you wonderful readers waiting for my weekly update I was able to put my foot down and kicked my butt back into gear!

 

Over all I would have to say that this week has been quiet the success.  I finally got to meet my new mentor on Tuesday morning.  God is so good. She is the best!

 

To my amazement, sitting down with my new mentor has not only helped me work out my life spiritually in finding ways to get in my quiet times every day, but I have noticed a dramatic increase in my ability to focus and get things done throughout my whole day when I do remember to spend even just a minute or two in the morning in quiet time.

 

So not only have I been getting myself more organized but when I stepped on the scale today I got a pleasant surprise in the form of not only a weight loss but a weight loss great enough that I lost all that I had gained last week and then some. I am so back on track.  Look out 14s I’m not giving up on you yet!

 

So what was my weight like this week?

 

  • This Week: 4.4 pounds DOWN!!!
  • Total Weight Loss: 28 pounds down!

 

That’s right folks! It’s not quite a complete recovery from chaos caused by the change up in meds and Christmas festivities, but I am within a pound of getting there.  My goal for the coming week is to actually get my but to work out for at least 30 minutes at least twice this week.

 

I set out this morning to work out for 30 minutes and ended up working out for almost an hour! If I could only do that more often, I would be great! But as for today, I will revel in my small victories and use this as the much needed boost to push forward and continue to get back on track with my weight loss.

 

As for those who are also struggling to kick themselves into gear, what are you waiting for? Get to it! You can do it! And you will feel a lot better once you kick your butt into actually doing it as well.

 

Have a happy weekend!

 

Weekly Update: Getting ready for Christmas! December 3, 2010

 

 

I did pretty well this week.  Although I do have to admit, I was pretty darn bad about working out. I kept meaning to but time just keeps slipping away. I plan on getting one in tomorrow. No excuse on Saturday (yet). But I am pretty proud of myself. The stockings are hung and I have finally de-Scroogified my husband after all these years. And to think, all it took was finding his train from his youth and getting him to set it up around the tree.  It was a rare and special treat to see that boyhood wonder on his face.

So with one or two last gifts to get and wrap,  I am starting to get my living room back. The cleaning and organizing is almost done!  I think the husband and I are going to reserve this weekend for relaxing and us time.  We certainly need it. We have been running around too much, though I do smell a dreaded costco trip in tomorrow’s horizon. (Shudder the thought!)

So the results from this week? I have to say that my progress as of late has been slowing slightly, however I did reach another 5 pounds mark this week. And I am very close to another. As a matter of fact, I have another small victory that my treasured red Christmas top that I couldn’t wear last year is now officially ready to be worn to my many Christmas gatherings this year! So Yay for that! As for the fabulous job weight wise this week, I am pleased to announce the following results!

  • This Week: 5.1 pounds down!
  • Total weight loss: 28.3 pounds down!!!


I do have a slight bummer, there is a pair of jeans that I have been working to and now that they fit, I don’t like them anymore! They are too short. Boo!  Ah well, they won’t fit for long anyways. A bonus, I am apparently a large now. I had to return all of the extra larges I bought last week at the black Friday sales! I always like that! Now if I could just finish dropping down a size in my jeans. I am still at that annoying place where the sizes 16s fit but are getting really loose and are starting to look sloppy. I can’t even look at the 14s yet. Maybe in another week or two.

Oh, and my secret weapon for Thanksgiving Day? I wore my Spanks to dinner. Helps with the sliming and they don’t allow for extra expansion and over eating at the table! And I originally just put them on because my pants were fresh from the dryer.  Who knew that Spanks were so useful!

 

Its the Little things that get you! December 2, 2010

 

 

 

So I have been a busy beaver this morning updating my medical records in preparation for my doctor’s appointment next week. ( I am going in to my Gynecologist to get a second opinion on the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) In flipping through my records I found a chart with my Vitals history on it from last year.  I am proud to say that I am 15.4 pounds lighter then I was at Christmas last year!!!

 

I had a hunch that I might be getting there but it’s still nice to see the results in numbers like that!

 

I’ll be back tomorrow with the weekly update to go more in-depth with how my week has gone but I just had to share that small victory. Gotta celebrate the small things right?



 

The No Brainers, The Should have Known’s, & The Strange! November 29, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

The most common question I have gotten since starting my diet has been, “What is so different about your diet?” The quick answer is that it is less of a diet to lose weight and more of a complete and permanent dietary revamp to get me healthier and to cut down on the nausea and other health issues.

It is important to remember that while I have been seeing rather drastic results, I most certainly am not taking drastic measures to get there.  This is a slow and steady wins the race type of game. No two people will ever lose weight the same way, especially when you factor in medical issues. Issues like a hiatal hernia and Hashimotos thyroiditis bring their own brand of fun to the game and change EVERYTHING.  When you have hypothyroidism [this means your thyroid levels are lower than they should be, aka you under produce, and this is usually indicated by your TSH levels coming back high (generally 4 or greater from my experience)] your metabolism gets lowered and adding insult to injury it also can make you rather lethargic and bring on some serious food cravings.   A hiatal hernia is where part of your stomach is pushed up into your esophagus. This brings on issues with acid build up and nausea.

So what does my diet look like? Well, there is the obvious stuff you would expect any decent diet to have such as portion control and choosing the right foods.  There is the stuff that some may already know but still may surprise people, for instance, making sure to eat your bigger meals first and smaller meals at dinner. Then there is the downright strange and surprising like the instructions to avoid drinking any fluid (yes, this includes water) 30 minutes before through 30 minutes after you eat. {Apparently liquids interfere with the proper breakdown of the nutrients in our food. When we drink liquids with our meals the initial and crucial breakdown points get skipped and our bodies only absorb the fat.}

Here is the basic rundown of the details to my diet:

  • Portion Control! Like any good diet, I to need to make sure that when I eat I am getting proper portions of every meal.
  • No Water with meals
  • Eat organic as possible
  • Stay away from the artificial junk
  • Remember to eat 3 meals a day. (I am terribly bad about forgetting to eat!)
  • Make sure to eat well rounded meals. This means at every meal I must have:

o    *A Starch {*except at dinner.}

o    A Vegetable (Yes, even at breakfast!}

o    A Protein/Dairy

o    A Fat {that’s right folks! I have to make sure I get a healthy fat at every meal}

 

Now that I have given you the basics, what about the diet I was given is surprising to you? What part of this would be the most challenging to stick with? What do you think might work for you?

 

Weekly Update: I totally Rocked this week! November 26, 2010

So this week’s update is just a quick one. My two Thanksgiving dinners went well. Everybody loved my attempts at Apple Pie and were very impressed.  The most amazing thing about the week though is the fact that not only did I loose but I lost a whole 1.3 pounds this week!!!! 0.7lbs just yesterday alone! Thats right folks! I LOST weight on Thanksgiving having ate 2 Thanksgiving dinners. I guess my portion control strategy works! I even got a few second helpings.

 

So Totals:

 

This Week: 1.3 pounds down!!!!!

Total: 24.5 pounds down!

 

Not too shabby if I do say so myself!

 

Woot! November 23, 2010

 

 

So I went in to the doctor yesterday for a routine thyroid check. For the most part it has gone pretty well.  I did get two pieces of bad news but overall, the appointment went great!

 

The Bad news:

 

It turns out my thyroid issues have been potentially masking yet another two issues. It would appear that I may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as well as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The first issue would be the true cause of the constipation and diarrhea issues. The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome could potentially be the cause for the period issues. For the moment since we have been dealing with the other stuff I made the call to sit back and find out a bit more about these syndromes and the recommended medications before I take action. If the period doesn’t show this month I think I will go ahead and schedule an appointment with the Gynecologist and talk over the possibility of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome with him.  As far as the Irritable Bowel Syndrome issue goes, right now I think I will just bring it up at my next gastroenterologist appointment. If I am already seeing these other doctor’s anyway then I might as well confer with them over new suspected issues in their area of medicine.

 

On to the Good News!

 

It would appear that the meager 11 pounds that I have lost since my last visit with the general practitioner has made significant differences in my blood pressure.  My blood pressure has gone from okay to GREAT! The nurse was extremely pleased by what she saw.  I wish I had written down the numbers though. I only remember that it was 118 over something.

 

An extra bonus, my blood work came back this morning and my TSH levels {Thyroid Stimulating Hormone}[ Note for those that don’t know about the thyroid: This is the hormone that gets the thyroid going. If the TSH is too low then that means that your Thyroid levels are too high making you hyper. If your TSH is too high then your Thyroid isn’t making enough hormone and you are hypo. ] My levels came back right in the money zone! Much better than I ever thought possible.

 

Over all, I can’t complain. And while the prospect of adding two more medical issues to the ever growing list, at least that means that I am getting healthy and that I have been doing all of the right things to sort everything out. I’ll get there eventually. I know I will.  All I can do is rest easy knowing that I am doing everything right and remind myself that these things take time to sort out. I choose to spend my time worrying about the things that are in my direct control. Such as making sure I stay on track this week when I am at my not one, but two Thanksgiving dinners on the same day.

 

If there is anything that I have come away from all this mess with it would be this, don’t worry about what you can’t change.  Focus in on the things that you can control and God will take care of the rest in his own time.

 

Weekly Update: Well How’s About That? November 19, 2010

 

 

Well the scale surprised me yet again this week. I had the full intentions of working out a few times this week along with finally getting the closet re-org. done, but then reality hit and it just hasn’t happened yet.

 

I have been fighting off a cold all week. I only got one good work out in this week. And that clothing sort? Yeah, it’s the project that just won’t get done.

 

I’m pretty sure my thyroid has been doing its crazy dance this week. I go in on Monday back to the doctor for a check on my thyroid. I am looking forward to hearing what he has to say on my progress with my weight loss.

 

So with all that has been going on this week and with my weight yo-yoing back and forth like a spastic two year old on a sugar rush I have to say that I was anticipating a gain this week.

 

Imagine my shock and surprise when I hoped on to the scale and found out that I have hit another baby milestone! This morning I crossed over a line that I better not cross back over unless I am about to pop out a kid.  This morning I say good-bye to the 220’s forever!

 

It really is amazing to see how far I have come in such a short amount of time.  I only wish that my pants could reflect better the change. I am still only down one size and not all 16s fit yet. But then, that goes back to yesterday’s post doesn’t it? My pant size doesn’t matter. All that matters is that I am getting healthy.

 

So now to the results for the week:

 

  • This Week: 1.1 pounds down!
  • Total Weight Lost so far: 23.2 pounds!!!!

Not too shabby if you ask me! Especially when you factor in that I wasn’t expecting any results when I hopped on to the scale this morning.  So dear friends and readers how have you done?

 

What A Twisted World! November 18, 2010

Body image issues. I don’t know a single woman who hasn’t struggled with them at least once in their life. For most, it is a chronic poison that seeps into our every thought and action. Why is it that we ladies find it so easy to forget the beauty in the form that God gave us?

We are so surrounded by poisonous images that we have almost become numb to their effects. I love the Dove commercial because in a few quick seconds it brings to light how twisted our culture is. The images we are surrounded by have been edited to the point that most of the time the images we see can get so extreme that the images aren’t even possible in a healthy body.

To make matters worse, the plague of body image issues and warped senses of reality is getting younger and younger. This past week I was working with the 3rd grade girls that I disciple, and it was uncovered that even they have issues with their bodies. Third grade! It breaks my heart.

But those who are surrounded by the eyes of girls beware! It is not just the media that infect our girls. Those young minds look up to you and see you as their example of beauty. They watch us stare into the mirror and find faults with ourselves.  They watch us beat ourselves up and convince ourselves we are fat. They take that and reflect that back on themselves.

Another danger for them is our diets.  Impressionable minds make it even more important to not only eat right but to eat right for the right reasons.  In losing weight it is so easy to slip into the weight game.  But let me tell you, focusing on the pounds and the dress sizes gets dangerous. If you focus on only on where you need to go next and not the achievement in how far you have come so far, you will lose sight of the positive and it will eat you alive.

Before I could successfully go on this diet I had to stop and find the beauty in my body the way it was.  I had to come to terms with the fact that I was beautiful the way God made me no matter the size that I am.  And while I may be enjoying the fact that I am slimming down, by no means is that my focus for what I am doing.

I have been asked so many times what I am doing different. My response, I am not on a diet. I made a lifestyle change to help control the symptoms of my hiatal hernia and my thyroid issues. The weight loss is just a pleasant side effect of the change.  The difference is I am focusing on my health. I want to get healthy. I want to put a stop to the nausea and other symptoms that have been making my life unlivable.  I am not losing weight to improve my image. I am beautiful the way I am now.

When I forget that I turn back to the bible, and I remember what I am always telling my girls, “You are a creation of God. The bible tells us that God sees all of his creations as beautiful.  God never makes mistakes, so who are we to argue against God?”

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”

Palms 139:14-15

 

“So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.”

Genesis 1:27

For those out there who struggle for one reason or another with the beauty in themselves,  I send out a reminder. You are not alone.  And for those trying to lose weight, whatever you do, don’t go on a diet.  Diets are temporary. Eventually you will go off of it and go back to the habits that caused you to gain the weight in the first place and before you know it you will be back at the starting point.  So I challenge you, don’t diet, change your lifestyle! Step up and make a permanent change. And WHATEVER you do, don’t lose weight for the sake of getting skinny or looking better. Lose weight for your health, not beauty because you are beautiful just the way you are!

 

Oh Provera! How I Hate Thee!!!! November 9, 2010

For those that are fortunate enough to be unaware of what Provera is, let me explain. Provera is a drug that is derived from the female hormone Progesterone. Female hormone imbalance, abnormal uterus bleeding, and contraception are some of the many reasons a doctor might prescribe it to you. In my case however, it is being used to force start my period.  You see, with all of my health issues lately, we have been having a hard time regulating my periods. Apparently, it is unhealthy to go more then 3-4 months without a period. Thus if I hit the magic number of months without a period and I am not pregnant I have to go on Provera.

Let me tell you ladies, if you think Aunt Flo is cranky on a monthly basis, you haven’t seen anything yet. I think the following skit from SNL describes it best.

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I go on this rant about Provera now because unfortunately, it was recently that magical time where I must allow Provera to drag dear Aunt Flo’s royally pissed off butt back over to do her job. So I got the added delight of battling the extra weight Provera can pack on along with the mother of all periods.  Did I mention that a few of the side effects of Provera are Acne, Breast swelling and tenderness, & water retention? Think PMS on steroids. Oh lucky me!

And for all those out there who get to join in my fun; you have my utmost sympathy!

 

Weekly update: Good for the weight loss, Bad for the thyroid October 30, 2010

I had a pretty good week this week weight wise. Hit the first 20 pounds lost mark. Unfortunately the thyroid decided it didn’t want to play nice this week. I have been feeling exhausted and down trodden this week. Life has also kept me insanely busy and I haven’t been able to weigh myself like I need to.  but over all I have lost around 4.4 pounds for the week. not bad at all.

How about you fine folks? How has your week gone?