Goodness – Didn’t Expect This!

I had a new low this morning and officially, for at least today, hit my current goal of 150.0.  I would like it to be an averaged weight, but am still quite happy to see it.

I am almost done running a fever, and back to normal activities.  No more napping!

Still feeling punky

I am still having a low grade fever, but so pleased to see a weight this morning of 151.5.  At least I am bouncing within my chosen range of 150-153 (albeit 153+ has happened and I don’t like being above 153 even by a smidge!).

I find that saying “yes” is very important to being in maintenance…yes to staying on my eating plan, yes to eating healthy, yes to continuing to do what is best for me with when, why and how much I eat.

Staying Steady

I became very ill early in the morning of the 14th, but am going to keep that private.  My weight, not surprisingly, was way down that morning – 150.1.

I spent most of the day sleeping.

This morning my weight was back up to 152.9.  I had a much better day today, for which I am very grateful!

Ugh..I think it might be the flu

I had a great morning and it’s been downhill since.  My weight this am was 153.2.  Not really happy being at the top of my range for the past 3 days.

No fruit for lunch for me today!

As of this eve, I’m dealing with a fever and other uncomfortable “situations”.  Hope this isn’t flu and hope it’s gone as quickly as it arrived.

Suddenly I am further down the path

Babies out for a stroll.
Family stroll.

A lot has been happening, and my blog has been neglected as a result.
A brief summary is that after a follow-up appointment with my cardiologist (post hospitalization for fainting), he strongly requested that I stop losing weight for now.  He said I could go forward with losing the small amount I have left to goal, in the future.
I was also told to increase my sodium uptake, and be careful how I handle liquids and food when hiking (salty jerky = good).

It has been quite a shift in focus, and there have been some changes with how I am handling what I eat.  I am using an increased daily calorie limit of 1760, and added in some carbs outside my Reward Meal.  Not just any carbohydrates, but apples or almonds (or a mix of nuts). I plan to add avocado as an acceptable addition at meals outside my Reward Meal as well.

This is all trial and error.  If I get cravings, if my weight does not stay in the 3 pound range I have chosen (an average weight of 150 to 153), then I will again adjust.

During this time, I also made the decision to close my business.  I want to move forward with other things in my life, it was just time.

I will post all my daily weights since the last time I posted them, and now do better at posting regularly again.

Let’s Review!

Is he looking for a crumb or at his handsome reflection?
Is he looking for a crumb or at his handsome reflection?

Here are the wandering daily weights from April 22nd to today, the 30th.
4/22: 154.5
4/23: 153.2
4/24: 155.4
4/25: 153.6
4/26: 153.0
4/27: 152.3, and my new weight by average was 154.0.
Tuesday 4/28: 151.9
Wednesday 4/29: 152.1
and today: 151.9

I am pleased with the overall trend.  I am especially pleased with the two sub-152s, and after going out to eat last night, think today’s weight is awesome!

Besides the fact that I am almost done with my 4 year journey to lose over 200 pounds, I am having a couple of major life changes as well.

Sir Crow is one of my favorite photographs from those I took in 2014, and is posted here as a way of saying this is one interest I am going to pursue more seriously from now on.

More re the life changes, another day.

Permission

I ended up doing something I had not done in 4 years for Sunday’s dinner cm.  I had another Reward Meal.  I decided that I was okay with this, but am not sure that was an honest answer.

Monday the 20th, my weight was up to 155.8.  I was not surprised, given hospital food and iv hydration, then an unbalanced Reward Meal on Saturday, and Sunday’s double Reward Meals.

Today my weight is up even more, to 156.0.  However, I am not worried.  I care more about my attitude, my choosing to be on plan and stay there, then this not unexpected weight swing.

I give myself permission and I choose, to be on plan, to eat the way I feel best and am truly, the most satisfied on.

I expect to see my weight start ticking back down, hopefully as soon as Wednesday.  Either way, I will share about it!

Well, isn’t that interesting

My weight today is 152.5, and I have no idea what my weight was on Friday the 18th or Saturday the 19th.

I very unexpectedly fainted early am on Friday and have a spectacular array of bruises to show for it, as well as numerous punctures from all the serial blood tests done while in the hospital from Friday through over half of Saturday.

All I will share from this is that it is SO important to not get dehydrated, and that trying to be completely on plan while in the hospital is challenging!

I handled my food this way – breakfast was scrambled eggs with bits of diced sausage, red bell pepper, mushrooms and onion with cheese, 1 half and half with coffee.

Lunch was chef salad – first day with a mistake of a choice as the Asian Sesame dressing was not a citrus sesame vinaigrette as I guessed but more like a Satay sauce with peanuts!  The second day I chose the Balsamic Vinaigrette..much better choice.

The one Reward Meal dinner that I had while a “guest” at this hospital was a garden salad with blue cheese dressing – half of the dressing I used on my grilled chicken sandwich (instead of mayo) which I had tomato, lettuce and a slice of onion added to.  I did indulge in 1 peanut butter cookie (which was sooooooo good).

Once discharged I had the most “I don’t care” overcarbed meal I’ve had in 4 years.  And I still don’t care.  I did have a cm veggie, lots of protein, but just way way way overdid the rest of the meal re carbs.

That was yesterday.

Today, I had a Reward Meal brunch after church – Shari’s Breakfast Panini Sandwich with fresh fruit, 2 half and half with my coffee (which is under 1 oz. total of half and half).

Not completely sure yet what I will do for a cm dinner, but I have some red swiss chard needing to be used, miracle noodles ziti and either chicken, cod or cm chicken Italian sausages that I can use.

I am so grateful to be back home, to have not broken anything, and don’t mind that I just got quite thoroughly checked out re cardiac status.

Back to my water drinking…

Going Down?

Yesterday’s weight was a slightly disappointing 152.9, but I was grateful it was still under 153.  I had a doctor’s appointment, where for the first time in my life, I was told not to lose anymore.  It was wonderful to hear that this doctor thought I should stop now, since she could see the bones of my sternum.  I still have 6-8 pounds to go, depending on if I go to 146 or 144 for a final weight.
I was 153.7 at the office, after having had breakfast and lunch, and was happy with that.

Today’s weight is a new one day low of 150.2!  Working on water intake today (having hot dogs for breakfast and lunch today and they are high in sodium) , and once this blog entry is published, am heading to my exercise bike.  I do not want to be teetering around the 140s for another week or two, I want to be there now!

and eating yummy food at that