Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Taking It Off Together Tuesday Week #7

Well, I've certainly fluctuated a LOT since our start. I'm finally back to where I was right before we started. I wish that I had gotten more aggressive, but I admit to not taking it as seriously as I should. What I have noticed though is that when I'm not keeping my food/exercise journal, I either gain a little or stay the same, when I am keeping track: I lose.

I'm proud of everyone in our weight loss group. Whether we lose, gain, or stay the same, we've all committed ourselves. We also are a great support system. You all keep me honest. In the blogging world it would be easy to lie.

Chris - 2.8 LOSS (-5.8 overall)
Tammy - 2 LOSS (-7 overall)
Life With Hashi-Thyroid Blog (Ciara)- 2 LOSS (-2 overall)
Grace - 1.6 LOSS (-51.6 overall)
Leigh - 4 LOSS (-31 overall)
Clara - 1 GAIN (-9.5 overall)
Dette - no report...?
Julie - 1 GAIN (-4.1 overall)
Cheryl - 2 GAIN (+2 overall)
Cyn Blue - no report
Audrey - 2.6 GAIN (-0.4 overall)
Christy - 0 (-11 overall)
Tina - 1 GAIN (0 overall)

this week - 4.8 LOSS
over all - 120.4 LOSS

Friday, July 25, 2008

Fat Ticker Friday Finale

Today ends the Summer of Me challenge that was taking place over at Baby Tea Leaves. If I had known the grand prize was going to be a Wii Fit, I would have tried harder. Of course, the prize probably wouldn't do me any good considering I don't own a Wii. LOL But I digress.

I had fun, and this isn't the only blogging weight loss thing I'm involved in. I have some great support with those who are listed in the Weight Loss Blogroll on my sidebar.

When I started the Summer of Me challenge, on the unofficial Fat Ticker Friday start, I was 213. When the official start date came around, I think I was at 215. I had fluctuated so much in that time. I even went up to 218! In about two weeks, I lost the five pounds I had gained since then. I'm back at 213! Yay!

I'm glad I was part of this, and all the others involved have been really great. Keep up the great work!! :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Taking It Off Together Tuesday Week #6

When I weighed in yesterday, I was right on the brink of being 214 pounds. Remember when I went to Vegas I had gained four pounds, but lost two by the last weigh in?? So today is good news for me. I weighed myself this morning, as I do every morning, and I'm officially back to 214. So while yesterday I was only at a ONE pound loss, today I'm at TWO. Yee Haw! LOL

I have to admit that I have not exercised since I've been home, but I have just cut down the amount of calories I took in: 1200. It's been kind of hard. It's amazing what kind of willpower I have when I really want to do something. I tried to do the cold turkey route with the sodas, but I can't. What I have been able to do though is limit myself to one can per day. I drink half in the late morning/early afternoon and the other half at night. The rest of the day is all water.

I have been pretty hungry cutting down. With thyroid disease, I have to or I won't lose any weight. My metabolism is pretty much non-existent. It's funny, I've always gotten full relatively fast since my thyroid problems started, but even more so now. I figure I could probably really be losing more than this if I started exercising again. Now I just gotta stop being lazy! LOL

I just wanted to say thanks to all of you with all your support and encouragement. It's helping more than you know (especially when I hear about the weight loss because it makes me determined to lose as much, too).

Here are the reports for this week:

Chris - 1 GAIN
Tammy - 1 LOSS
Life With Hashi-Thyroid Blog - 1 LOSS
Grace - 1.4 GAIN
Leigh - 0.5 GAIN
Clara - 0.5 LOSS
Dette - -1.5 LOSS
Julie - 2.2 LOSS
Cheryl - 1 GAIN
Cyn Blue - 0 CHANGE
Audrey - On VACATION
Christy - 8 LOSS!! You go girl!

Welcome new member Tina with a 1 pound loss!

Total : 11.3 LOSS WOOT!!

UPDATE: To our new member Tina...it would be nice if you posted your results on your blog. I want to be able to check in on you and give you encouragement. :) I also realize my post may be confusing. When I gave Leigh my weigh in I only was down ONE pound....but today, when I weighed in before posting, I was down TWO. (yesterday: 215 today:214)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My Addiction

Not only have I been doing Take It Off Together Tuesdays, I've also been doing Summer of Me (Fat Ticker Fridays) at Baby Tea Leaves. Every Friday we check in with our weights, and if we're lucky we can win a prize for the week. So far I haven't won any, but that's o.k. LOL This week Christine at Baby Tea Leaves asked us to make a post with this:

-I'd have no problem losing weight (or keeping it off) if it weren't for ___________. (Fill in the blank--and it can be serious or not so serious, you decide!).

So here's my story. I'd have no problem losing weight (or keeping it off) if it weren't for my addiction to Coca-Cola. It's my one vice, weakness, call it what you will. It is my crack. LOL I've tried going cold turkey many times only to be wanting it so bad I can taste it. Funny thing is though, if I order a coke while I'm out, I NEVER finish it now. It's obviously a waste of money. I don't even finish the entire can that I limit myself per day. It doesn't even taste as good as it used to, but for some reason, I'm finding it very difficult to give it up. Could it be subconscious? Is it just that my body is so used to all the sugar and caffeine from it? I'm trying to taper off this time in hopes that I can get down to just one PER WEEK. Hey, I think I like it too much to give it up. LOL As for diet sodas, just can't drink them. Anything with artificial sweeteners makes me dizzy and my stomach sick.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Taking It Off Together Tuesday Week #5

This week has been rather rough on me. I went to Vegas on Sunday and came back on Wednesday. My whole time in Vegas was filled with eating a bunch of crap, drinking too many sodas, swelling up from the combination of soda, heat, and stress created by my ex husband. Yesterday, we headed out to the beach/boardwalk in Santa Cruz where I ate more crap, consumed more soda, and swelled up again after it was slowly going down. Hey, I guess I should be grateful that the gain was only 2 pounds, and that I didn't have to report the FOUR pounds gain I had right after I came back from Vegas. LOL

OK, now that I'm back, I should try to get on track. There's a 5k & 10k fun run & walk coming up in September, and I'd like to attempt the 5k walk. I'm going to have to start training/walking more, because just walking around yesterday for several hours has my heels hurting (which I usually get anyways), a backache which makes me want to walk hunched over (but I'm not), and just general soreness. Of course these are the things I deal with anytime I do anything past my normal physical activity level. With thyroid disease, I get sore very easily. When I was still working, I would go on my breaks and afterwards would find it very hard to stand up because everything HURT. But I figure, if I keep working on things and lose weight, maybe it won't be so bad. That's why I'm glad I'm doing this meme. It really does help with all of your support. So, without further adieu:

Here are the reports for this week:

Chris - 2 LOSS
Tammy - 2 GAIN
Life With Hashi-Thyroid Blog - 2 GAIN
Grace - 4.6 LOSS
Leigh - 1 GAIN
Clara - 2 LOSS
Dette - 1 LOSS
Julie - 0.8 LOSS
Cheryl - 1 LOSS
Cyn Blue - no report?
Audrey - 3 LOSS

Everone help us welcome our 12th member Christy with a 3 LOSS!!

Total : 11.68 LOSS

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Heading Out....

to Vegas. I'll be back soon.

Friday, July 4, 2008

TSH Results

As promised, my TSH results. You can see that my last one was taken on 6/13/08. My TSH is .7. What's interesting to note here is the unsteadiness of my levels. I have not been able to get regulated. I think there's a combination factor for that. One, is that at first I wasn't getting enough medication. It started to change, as you can see by the decrease, with the Cytomel. Second, the fact that sometimes I forget to take my meds on a regular schedule. For all I know, I could have accidentally doubled up on the Cytomel. I'm trying to be better about it, but it's not going too well right now. LOL

I feel decent, a bit tired at times, but I'm good. Still losing quite a bit of hair, but that could be because of my thyroid levels right now. I do have some hyperthyroid symptoms. I think I lose way more than the 100 strands they say a normal person would.

I ran out of meds this week and didn't get them ordered until today. The pharmacy in the closest Kaiser doesn't carry my meds. Luckily, there were enough Cytomel to last until I get back from my trip next week. Unfortunately, I have to go without the Levothroid. I'm hoping that I still have some of the lower dosage ones that could get me through until Thursday. Better go scrounge around in my nightstand.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Taking It Off Together Tuesday Week #3

Taking It Off Together Tuesdays has been totally great. I love all the support, and it's always nice to know that we are not alone. So...

Here are the reports for this week (and everyone either lost or stayed the same!):

Chris- 0 change
Tammy- 1 LOSS!
Life With Hashi-Thyroid Blog Ciara- 0 change
Grace - 0.8 LOSS!
Leigh - 7 LOSS!
Clara - 0.5 LOSS!
Dette - 2.5 LOSS!
Julie - 1 LOSS!

and every one be sure to welcome Cheryl with her first weigh in at 0!

Total 12.8 LOSS! Congratulations!!

For me, I've been struggling with the myxedema all week. The weight has fluctuated anywhere from 214 to 219! I was showing my husband how my socks made imprints into my ankles two days ago. Yesterday I was showing him how the imprints were STILL there! It seems like everything just moves relatively slow when it comes to my body: swelling, healing, etc. I fell down the stairs a few months back in February, and I STILL have a lump in my right shin. It's not as big as it was, but it sure is taking forever to heal.

Last night I've decided I would try to go until Sunday without any soda. Today is Day One, and let me tell you, Coca-Cola is my crack. LOL I was already craving one when I got up this morning!