Forgot to update yesterday, but since I had the day off, I attended Diana’s weight loss class. Diana is still rocking the weight loss with 3.5 pounds lost in 2 weeks (we skipped last week since we were busy and/or recovering from Christmas). I slowed down and only lost just over a half pound. It’s still a loss, but incorporating real food back in is definitely tricky (Christmas didn’t help either). But, my blood pressure is also about the lowest it’s ever been, so I’m quite happy.
Overall, I wish I had written more before we started, because it is hard to really compare how we feel. The overall health improvement has been staggering. Beyond just having less mass, the lower blood pressure and more balanced nutrition (including pretty much no caffeine for a couple months now) is really making me feel great compared to how much I had to drag myself around previously. My energy levels are higher than they have been in a long time. I have more focus. After the kids are tucked into bed, I’m not totally wiped out and vegetative! Woohoo!
I’m sure the job change is also helping. This week’s class was on self-esteem and they had a little mini “rate yourself” quiz, and the results I wrote down yesterday are a far cry from what I would have written a few months ago. The health improvement is a big part of that, but being able to finally leave a career I really don’t like to focus on school is certainly a major factor as well. For the first time in years, maybe even a decade, rather than just feeling like I’m helping the kids to move forward, I feel like I am moving forward and improving in my life.
That is a great feeling, and I heartily recommend people find their own paths to that feeling, even a taste of it for a day.
Well, I’m still losing and have lost exactly 26 pounds overall! However, I had my body composition test since I lost over 25 so far. For future reference, when they say “Do your strength training or else half the weight you lose will be muscle”, they are right. I did plenty of walking for good aerobic exercise, but very little resistance exercise to keep my muscles regenerating. Consequently, I have lost a lot of weight, but only 14 lbs is fat loss. 10 lbs is muscle (I think the remaining 2 are just water since there is less of my to hydrate, and believe it or not, properly hydrated half of our weight is water.)
So, tonight I am definitely starting my resistance exercises with a vengeance. It may slow down my weight loss (which is already slowing a bit with introducing real food), but I’d prefer most of my weight loss to be actual fat.
But my pants are too big and people keep telling me I look slimmer, so I’m certainly not complaining. Even if I have lost some muscle, I still have lost a lot of fat and now weigh less than I have in the past decade. That was one goal for me since when Diana was pregnant with Samantha, I put on A LOT of weight – even more than Diana and she was growing a person. Not surprisingly, that was when my insulin levels went through the roof, but I managed to lose a good amount of weight over time and got down to 225.
Of course over the years I crept slowly back up, but have finally dropped below my post-Samantha lowest weight. My next goal is to get past my pre-Samantha weight of 190.
Also, other good news is my blood pressure is still lowering. My systolic (top number) is the lowest I’ve ever seen it with 110, and the diastolic (bottom) is staying in the 70’s, which works for me. Much better than the 145/100 I had at my last physical. It’s close to a 30 point drop in both values. Definitely a good sign.
If any of my family is still Christmas shopping for me – add belts to the list.
I kept having to hike up my pants today, so I gave the next belt notch a try. Sure enough, I’m down a second notch on my belt, which unfortunately is the smallest (at least on the belt I wear the most, but I think the others are the same size).
I have no clue how belt sizes work, but my waist is probably down to 38 or maybe 36. However, I’m sure you have all bought wonderful gifts for me already, well before you spent money on others. 😉 I have no problem poking my own holes in my belts to get more use out of them. I just wanted to share that fun little belt notch milestone.
Had my weekly session today and also had my transition prep! Very excited to start working in foods next week, but it does look like some work especially compared to the “grab a shake and go” prep I have to do now. Although even that will be more prep this week because I filled out the wrong line on the form and got 28 packets of chocolate shake powder, rather than 28 shakes. Whoops.
But I managed to lose another 3.5 pounds! I am down just shy of 25 pounds, and next week will have a body composition test to see how much fat and muscle I have lost. I’m worried about the muscle since I haven’t been able to do many strength-training upper body exercises (did shovel snow), but I have been walking a lot this week, so there’s that at least. My blood pressure is still better, which I was also worried about since it’s been a very stressful week for many various reasons.
I’m just about done with classes for this semester. It seems to of course drag right at the end as I try to get all of the final stuff done. Hopefully next semester when I’m all academic, I can stage things out a bit better.
Well, I gotta start reading over all of my transition information so that I can do all of the math on how much I can eat of what.