Doctor Visit

So, I saw a real doctor in a non- ER or urgent care center in 3 years. It went surprising better than I was expecting. My heart rate was high- but this was due to my fever, infection and epic anxiety over visiting the doc. My blood pressure which is recently always high.. WAS NORMAL! Take that fat body! I exercised you into submission. Previously I’ve been known to go as high as 145/90, earlier this week they claimed I was 139/85. Today I was 116/82. Woot woot. I wish the doctor was taking new patients. I liked him, a LOT. He started off just chatting and getting to know me- something that doctors these days are usually too busy to do. He listened to me. He asked a lot of questions and answered a lot of them as well. He used comparisons. To help explain the severity of the infection I have he said if it was between pneumonia and bronchitis, I’d rank pneumonia.. Only we were talking about a non respiratory infection. I’ve got a pretty epic infection it would seem. I have a bunch of meds and hopes that things are clear by next Tuesday or I get to go back. ugh.

He also looked at my foot issue. Really looked. Measured it, touched it, asked a million questions. He thinks I had something as simple as untreated ringworm. Had the original Doc I went to actually taken the time to look at it…. well, yeah. SO I got something for that too!

He wants a physical to discuss all my other aches and pains and worries. I felt really at ease here.No one judged me on my weight. No one just assumed me issues were related to weight either! When I opened up a dialogue on my recent changes to life style he was receptive. There was no judgements or doubt. It was nice.

I just thought I’d share my findings! More tomorrow! I’m still ordered to take it easy until I see how things go, but I’m feeling less like my kidneys might be failing! I swear I always think the worst!

My Achy, Breaky… Everything

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That’s kind of how I’ve felt this past week. I swear I’ve had a thousand different symptoms that make zero sense together. I’ve mentioned I started having back pain over the weekend. I thought it was a kidney stone (I’ve had more than one person deserves), then, when the pain didn’t lessen like normal I thought perhaps it was some sort of back strain or something like that. NO go there, either.

We just recently got insurance, so I decided to make an appointment with the DR on Tuesday. They couldn’t fit me in until Thursday evening. I wasn’t willing to lay around in pain so I decided a trip to Urgent Care was in order. They can only do so much on the premises, so it was more of a guessing game. They weren’t equipped to handle back issues, so they went with infections. Long story short, they tested me for a million infections and internal issues. They all came back negative. I could tell they were grasping at straws when they suggested some pretty far out causes. They sent some things to another lab and told me to see a Dr in 2-3 days if the meds they gave me didn’t fix things.

I’m glad I kept my appointment now. My symptoms make no sense and I don’t even know if any of them are related or if my body felt one twinge and decided to throw a free for all. I feel like that children’s song, “Head , Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”.

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To give even the vaguest idea of what I’m talking about:

-The Purple: A weird red skin issue I’ve had for the past year. It’s occasionally itchy, but doesn’t hurt or change. I showed it to a Dr once. She glanced at it, said, “Well, it’s not cancer” and that was that.. Okay then…

– The Yellow: Various points on my body that hurt. The inner knee and shoulder happened when I fell at my FIL’s house. The ankle happened a few weeks ago, as mentioned. The back in around the time the other pain in the back started, just before. I don’t know if it’s the cause of my issues or not.

The Red: Ohhh, the red. That’s the bugger of them all. Sometimes during the day I’m convinced I’m fine. Then I sit, or drink water or eat and it’s there again. It’s like my left side has a stitch that runs from my spine to the front of my rip cage. It’s not my heart- they checked that too.

 

Suffice to say I’m a bloody mess. This week has been an epic fail as far as exercise is concerned. The first Dr I saw suggested I take some time off. He thought it might be something as simple as dehydration combined with a strained back. SO I’ve laid on my back for the better part of this week. It gets uncomfortable when I sit or lay on my sides. I’ve included some salt in my diet too to stop the process of drinking a bottle of water and immediately flushing it back out. So far that, and “just in case” antibiotics haven’t helped. I see a new Dr this afternoon. He’s probably going to think I’m completely insane. Yay!

Yesterday I couldn’t stand it anymore. I did a light circuit training of weights, cardio and abs. It didn’t hurt anything worse and it made me feel mentally better. Hopefully I don’t find out that this IS a back issue!

My food hasn’t been overly inspiring either.

Mostly I’ve been laid out so I didn’t partake in cooking. Breakfasts have mostly been fruit and yogurt. Lunches are salads with rolled turkey breast. Dinners have been all over the charts. Last night we had salads, the night before friend chicken (OH my belly) and the night before that “lighter” meatloaf.

I feel good that I haven’t completely fallen off the wagon. Well.. except for that bowl of Poppycock. I hate the name of that stuff, but it’s so darn good and SO bad for you. I enjoyed every sugary bit of it. I don’t even want to jump on a scale though. I’ve taken on a large amount of water weight from the sodium uppage. I feel like I’m starting over and that is the part that sucks the most.

We’ll see what the doctor says today!

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In other news, I fell off the 30 Day Shred wagon at day 22. Between being on my back, and the videos crapping out, I decided to just throw in the towel. I did however get my measurements from the beginning until day 20!I took pictures, but they aren’t enough change to warrant showing. So, here we go!

In the 20 days I actually did the shred I lost 6 inches off my body over all. I saw changes in my arm, leg and waist measurements for the first time. It’s not a lot, but it’s nice to see some change. My husband even noticed my arms were less squishy and had a bit of budding muscle underneath it all. All things considered, it was an interesting experience. The biggest hurdles for me was stamina and boredom. It’s amazing how the same routine can cause you to be super tired, but bored. I think when I was able to predict and recite what she said, I knew I needed to move on. My weight loss was pretty minimal in this. I gained more muscle that anything I think. I can feel the muscles in my arms, legs and ab area.

It’s been..

Well, we’ve made it two months!

I wanted to write a big long happy entry, but I’m not sure that would work. It would seem a new routine I tried at the end of last week was bad for my back. I’ve been trying to ignore the pain and claimed it was muscle strain. It’s looking more and more like a disk issue. It hurts to sit, stand or lay on my side. I can lay flat on my back- YAY. SO let’s do a quick recap shall we?

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In two months I have:

Lost 6 lbs

Lost 13.5 inches off my entire body

Gotten some form of exercise every day

Completed a few mini goals

Gained a few muscles. Rawwwr

 

The weight loss is no where near where I wanted it to be. I’m losing slowly or not at all. It’s frustrating, but NSV keeps me going. My body is changing every day. I can see a small amount of muscle in my arms when I flex, I have less of an arm ‘wing’ when my arms are at my sides. My clothes feel roomy or just plain loose. I’ve worn jeans and skinny jeans for the first time in 3 years. It’s been awesome!

So, what am I looking for in the next upcoming months:

I hope to increase the weight loss

Be more physically active

Find and share tons of recipes

Connect more with my followers, and gain a few mote 😛

Connect with other folks in MN looking to get healthier!

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Oh, weigh in Monday. I didn’t lose anything. Oh well

Honestly I;m just glad I didn’t see a giant leap on the scale. With power being out and having stretched our budget thin to buy some home things- we ate like crap.

I ate fast food and cheap food. I take full responsibility for that. I was in a lot of pain, we didn’t have power and, if I’m being honest. I was too tired to care. It happens. I didn’t gain. I need my back to feel better so I can get back on the exercise wagon. Unless I feel better this week, I will drop out of the last 10 days of the challenge. I’ll be too far behind. We’ll see.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

My New Obsession

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I am so obsessed with the Chobani Flips. I want to try them ALL.

I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt under normal circumstances. I’ve found Chobani to be one of my normal go to products during my journey. The plain is a perfect substitute for so many higher calorie options. I love it. Even my husband loves the flavored ones! He’s usually stealing them from my stock these days! He had an incident with one of his yogurts not having any of the fruit flavor inside. The pomegranate had no little pom bits. That still didn’t stop him from loving these yogurts!

I’ve been hearing a lot of fuss about the Flips lately. Despite looking high and low, I have not been able to find them near me! Until today! Our local Rainbow was selling them this weekend! I about flipped my lid- no pun intended!  Of the 3 flavors they were selling, only the one shown above was still in stock. Apparently I’m not the only one looking for these! I snagged the Blueberry Power! It was pretty yummy! Blueberry yogurt with Chia seeds, Help seeds and walnuts! I really liked the crunchy combo here. I’m huge for texture and flavor, so this was neat try. I’m really hoping to get to try them all eventually!

Have you tried them yet?! Any Twin Cities folks know where I can collect all the flavor types?! I’m SO in on this!

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In other news I have another new obsession!

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This lil’ guy! Isn’t he adork-able?!

One of the biggest changes I’ve made over the past few months is making my own sauces and marinades. Before I’d buy something chalk full of bad stuff and call it dinner. Now I’m enjoying playing with new flavor profiles. When you are making your own marinades they can be a bit more juicy or runny than a store bought type! I needed a new baster- and quick. Grilling season is quickly upon us!

Cue Target’s dollar area. I swear this section is my haven. I can be such a tight fist when it comes to buying new things!I love that it’s ever changing and evolving. I’ve nabbed a lot of really good items in the past- a mini lantern that glows brighter than some full sized ones,  cute cards, notebooks and so much more. If I actually listed it all you would think I was crazy! So, yeah I ❤ Target discounts! When I saw the new picnic and grilling items I went a bit insane! I grabbed up that adorable little carrot shaped baster! They had cute pottery wear dishes for relish, pickles and limes, pizza cutters with colorful handles or covers- all sorts of goodies!

What I love about this baster is that it’s not made of stiff bristles. You aren’t going to find a baster brush hair stuck to your food! It’s small and super easy to clean as well!

I used it the other night when I made some deslish Salmon! It was a bit hit in the house- I’ll share the recipe later this week!

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Hope you all are having a fun, active weekend! If you’ve been following along with the 30 Day Shred, keep up the good work! And, don’t forget! Weigh In Monday is tomorrow! See ya’ll then!

Technology Meltdown

I’m alive!!!!!

The Twin Cities area of MN got slapped by a wicked storm last night. It came in fast and hard! One minute I was on my PC and the next I was getting a severe weather alert on my phone and boom- gone went the power.

I learned something valuable about myself in the darkness.

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I had an epic meltdown. I became totally manic. It wasn’t that I was parted from my PC so much, as everything else. I never realized how much I rely on things that involve technology or power to live. I would die if the power shut off, like in that show Revolution. I managed to get myself so worked up that I couldn’t SHUT up. I think I talked for 3 hours straight. We all ended up going to bed at like 9pm. Needless to say I got zero accomplished last night and this morning. We had to order pizza for dinner last night. I got sick. YAY.

We woke up at 7 am this morning still with no power. It took up 2 hours to find a place to eat breakfast that didn’t have a line just to get into the parking lot or that was actually open. There were downed trees and power lines everywhere.

I managed to find a decently healthy breakfast of egg whites, turkey bacon and fruit. Not my favorite, but it was OKay.

I did get a bit of cardio in. We spent most of the afternoon walking around a million blocks visiting garage sales. Lots of multi family deals going on today. We didn’t find any awesome deals like last week. We did find an amazing antique place. An older gentlemen lost his job in 1979. He decided after living hard that he would never work for anyone else again. He began buying and selling anything of value. Years later he now has thousands of interesting finds. The place is neat for one reason. It’s his house. He hyas you ring the bell and go to the garage. I guess if you past muster there you get to see more! We ended up in his giant garage, 3 sheds, one breeze way and a full basement. He has EVERYTHING. We’ve adjusted out budget to allow for a few antique or vintage pieces for our new place. Liven things up and be adults without that fiber board furniture!

I’m feeling pretty awful otherwise. I ate horrible bad food. I also threw out my back this week. I’m worried I’ve aggravated my old disk issue. Yuck, I hate the thought of being bed ridden or having needles shoved in my back. We’ll see how it goes I suppose!

Anyway, not much else to report. I ate poorly and am sure Monday weigh in will be horrible. Que sera sera!

NSV- When Granny Panties Attack

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that I’ve been volleying between excitement and feeling like a total failure. It happens! You just got to keep plugging along!

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I didn’t get to half of the things I wanted to get done today! It was actually kind of a good thing. My arms and abs are super sore. I set up to do my Shred. I still don’t have my videos up for some reason and they aren’t even available on YouTube. I was going to do level 3 again. I got about halfway through before I pretty much fell over. It wasn’t from being too tired or lazy. It was so dang HOT! My MIL and SIL are ot a fan of the AC. I’ve been dealing with a fan in my window. When it hits 80’s I want my gosh darn AC though. SIGH. It was so hot I actually got dizzy. I listened to my body and stopped!

Once I had cooled down I strapped on my shoes and went for a walk. They are currently tearing up a lot of the streets in our neighborhood. That sucks for me. It also enticed me to take a bit of a different route today. I got a solid 3 miles in before I turned back. I had planned to Zumba for a bit once I had chilled for a few. My MIL asked me to go garage sale hopping instead. I actually found some neat things, but I had zero cash on me. All in all we got in another 2 miles between garage sales and checking out some shops along the strip while we waited for my SIL to get out of a doctor appointment. It was a busy, interesting day!

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When all is said and done sometimes I see weight off on the scale, sometimes I don’t. I really like NSV! I get this super giddy feeling when I try on something that used to be tight or fit normally and it’s a smidgen too big. I don’t see a lot of lbs shedding off, but I do see NSV!

My most recent is a little embarrassing! My undies are all too big. The last time I bought undies I was just beginning to get active. I bought 3 sizes down at that point and I thought that was AWESOME! I even bought some XLs in hopes of fitting them sometime soon. My current undies? Granny Panties. Saggy butt, granny panties. I actually woke myself up last night after I had tossed and turned. My gigantic underwear had become some weird snare.

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WHAT THE…

So yeah. Time for new undies! Oh and my XL yoga pants are getting a little iffy. I really wish my tummy would go the same thing!

And just for fun..

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Day After

I got a little overzealous yesterday.

I did my Shred as I mentioned. I then decided it was both arm and abs day. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

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Sometimes after an ab day I wonder if I didn’t just snag something on a rib. Or if I maybe squished my fat too much and it got stuck. I normally don’t feel the ab workouts so much. I feels em today! As for my arms, I feel like I’ve got 50 lb blocks on my shoulders this morning. I really just want to go back to bed.

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Then Spartacus put me down and I know it’s so pretty out that I can’t just curl up!

I’ve got more Shred, a walk and a Zumba session in the mix for today! woot woot!

Bittersweet

I am really feeling those boxes we hauled on Sunday! For some reason my arms are on fire!

Today is the 18th day of the 30 Day Shred. I’m feeling tired but I tend to like this one more. Except- today, my videos died! I went to play level 2 and blank screen! That sucks! I ended up doing level 3 today. I guess I am all out of whack!

I did the level 3 and then some intervals of weights, abs and cardio I remembered from level 2. Otherwise I am pooped and calling it a day! I’m excited to be past the midway point, but at the same time I’m ready to stop already.

I’m feeling very dehydrated from the sudden weather change. I’m holding a lot of water weight right now, if that makes sense. I’ve been guzzling all day to counteract that not so fun tid bit!

Food for the day has been decent so far. I am back to breakfast, shake, lunch, snack and dinner again.

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I had overnight steel cut oats for breakfast, a shake after my workout and a salad with cottage cheese so far today! I have no idea what to make for dinner! I’ve got snacks of carrots and avocado, and apples with peanut butter planner as needed.

I had hoped to have left overs of last nights dinner, but no such luck! i made range and ginger chicken with stir fry veggies, beef and broccoli in a peanut sauce and steamed rice. Everything was so yummy that hubster took the extras for lunch! I had a half cup of each with a 1/4 cup rice. I kept it as low calorie, sugar and sodium as possible using fresh orange juice, sugar free marmalade, natural peanut butter and very little low sodium soy sauce. It was all pretty awesome. I almost wish I’d written it all down!

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I’m feeling a mix of pleasure and sadness today. My SIL is babysitting her friend’s two kiddos. The oldest is 4 and the youngest is 4 months. I am so in love with this baby. I’ve been playing with him for a good portion of the past hour. He’s so good! He has GERD, so he gets a bit whiney, but so flippin cute.

I love babies. I don’t really know why. I’ve always been good with babies and younger children. I really have no idea what to do with them once they get out of that cutesy, squishy phase. I’ve been blowing raspberries and gobbling tiny little baby toes and fingers. Makes me happy and sad.

One of the reasons I’m really into the weight loss is the possibility of kids. I had PCOS as a teen, so it may have ruined chances of my having children. The extra weight doesn’t help either. I’d like to at least give my body a fighting chance to carry a baby to full term. About 2 years ago now I had some medical issues come up that raised some questions, twice. There were a lot of unanswered questions as to what happened or didn’t. Anyway.. I want to see if it’s even an option, but I’m not getting my hopes up again.

So this cute, squishy little munchkin makes my heart sing.

Anyway, just a quick post. My MIL is home so I need to go ask about dinner options!

Day 17: Staying Active, Weighing In

This weekend was so busy! I didn’t even have the energy to post yesterday!

Sunday was a beautiful day! It was sunny and hot- YAY!

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There’s my attempt at being artistic. Ha.

Aside from being Father’s Day, it was also my SIL’s birthday. I ate a piece of Ice cream cake. AND I LIKED IT! Sue me!

We spent the entire day moving and packing our things. We hadn’t exactly planned to do that, but it happened. I mentioned my amazing couch in my last post. We had to rent a truck to get it from the store to the storage place. The store charges $100 to deliver it. The manager we spoke to recommended that we try and move it ourselves- apparently the company they are using has been unreliable lately. Things have been missing, or broken or show up days late. Plus $100, really? We rented a Ford F150 for $23- this included the initial 75 minutes and a $3.50 charge for fuel instead of being charged by the mile or tofill er up! It took us about an hour to haul it in. The box is INSANELY huge. We seriously need friends to help us move someday. For real.

After we ditched the truck we hit up a yard sale or two, but didn’t find any treasures like last time! Oh well! We’ve been living with stacked boxes in our room for the past year. There has been little to no space to move around and it made having 2 people doing things in the same space unbearable. It also made my workouts tricky. We decided to bring our boxes to the new storage and pack a ton of stuff in some bins to store as well. It seemed simple enough. It took us a whole 6 hours. 6 hours of lifting, moving, folding and carrying. I was so flipping tired. To make matters worse, we were so busy that I barely ate! What I did eat was crap beyond believe. I ate a McDonald’s Cheeseburger. Oh god. But in the end, the moving was worth it. We now have triple the floor space we did before, we cleared out everything except what we use on at least a weekly basis. This means we only have computers, shelving and clothes to pack when we move! We only have a box or two in the shed as well. We aren’t even planning to leave until the end of the summer, but this made sense for us. We had budgeted to do this anyhow. Plus we can start getting items we need now, rather than being overwhelmed later!

I calculated my calories on MyFitnessPal. I only calculated for half the time we actually spent. It said I burnt 2700 calories moving boxes. I also go in a portion of my Shred and a 4 mile walk. SO TIRED. I feel a bit more alive this morning though! Will being doing Day 17 Of the Shred! More than halfway already! WOW!

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Sorry, I rambled! Weigh In!

Last Week: 239.5

This Week: 239

 

Green Monsters & The Shopping Diva

One of the things that really prompted me to start trying to be more healthy and even to blog, was other blogs! I found some really great ones about people who have lost huge amounts or people who are in their journey’s. It was really cool to read those.

Was, being the key word here.

I think one of the biggest hurdles for me is feeling like I’m not “keeping up”. I get that health and weight loss isn’t a race. Intellectually, I get that- sometimes it just doesn’t matter. Does that make sense? I feel like by now I should have lost more. There are weeks I don’t lost any weight. Then the next I might lose 2 or gain half. It’s so frustrating. I never had those huge amounts right away that some people get- like 10 lbs in a week or two. Sometimes I want to scream.

One of the most annoying things is seeing someone who is losing 4 lbs a week and I’m at a stand still. I want to run up and steal their happy stick and then sprint away. I need more people like ME. I would love to meet other people who are as big as I am.People who aren’t in the last leg of a mega journey. Sometimes I check out new blogs I think I might like. The ones where the girl was already thin and then lost 10 lbs makes me want to scream. I mean, yay- you did something awesome. But COME ON! Sometimes it’s just not fair.

I don’t want to be a downer, but it’s so hard. I get that my diet is still not perfect, but then.. who actually has a perfect diet?

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Yep…

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On the flip side of my mood..

I made out AWESOMELY today at yard sales and shopping! Hubster and I spent the late morning looking for garage sales. We do this every so often and usually never find ANYTHING. Last week we visited over 30 places and bought nothing. Today we made out like bandits! On the first stop Hubster got a cool tool he’s wanted and a dvd burner he needed for a project. We visited a few other places and saw some interesting furniture we had nothing to haul it with. Then we found my dream house. It was like a little stucco gingerbread house.. That sat on 550 yards of land. It was so pretty and had little workshop buildings that were perfect for hubster. They were having a yard sale and I assured the man I would sell my soul for his house. Ha. I did find an awesome snag though.I’ve been wanting a standing mixer, a juicer and a slicer. As luck would have it they had a monster kitchen beasty. I found a 1970’s standing mixer with attachments for a meat grinder, 3 different slicers, and more.It worked too! They wanted only $20 for it! I about died. I would have taken a pic but I’ve got it nicely wrapped and boxed right now. It’s not exactly shiny and new, but who cares. The older couple we bought it from had lived there for 50 years! They told me they bought it for $200 in the 70’s!

I looked it up online.. the exact same one I bought is selling for on ebay for $149-199! HOLY CRAP!!!!!! Garage sale buy for the win!

While I was floating high on my purchase we stopped by my favourite store- World Market. They had a sofa there I fell in love with months ago. I noticed it was discontinued on the website and was pretty heart broken. We decided to stop in and see what else they had, just to get an idea for the end of summer. Would you believe we walked in and right in the entry they had my sofa?! FOR SALE! I dove on it like a total nut case. They were selling the sofa and the cover (it was a frame with 3 different cover options to choose from) in the Linen fabric. I wanted the velvet but whatever! The frame is $350 and the basic linen cover would be $250. In total we pain $269 for the frame AND cover! We saved $331! It’s all still in it’s box too! We didn’t have to get the used floor model!

UPDATE:While I was searching the site for prices to tell y’all something AMAZING happened. The velvet cover we wanted was showing as IN STOCK!!! For only $99. I bought that sucker!! SQUEEE

I have a couch! I’m a big girl now, bum bum. Oh, One of the reasons I love this couch is how DEEP it is. It’s almost a day bed so it makes the perfect place for guests or to have in a spare room if we upgrade down the line. I’m so bloody happy right now! We got our storage unit today too, so we can start buying things and getting them ready for finding our new place. Bliss