It’s Week Nine and if you’ve been following my journey, you know it has been a long, frustrating one. As of last week I was up from where I was at the beginning. I have followed the Weight Watcher program. I’ve tried Intermittent Fasting. I’ve cried, yelled, cursed (mostly the cursing and crying). I have gone from channeling my inner Stuart Smalley and telling myself “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough and Gosh darnit, people like me!” to positively hating everything about the image in the mirror and not looking at all.
I have weighed and measured and even found myself battling those old eating disorder demons. But I didn’t quit. That in itself is a victory and something to be celebrated.
The truth is, quitting isn’t an option. Where will overeating and lethargy get me? Certainly not to a better place. So, I need to keep trying new things until something works. I need to explore every avenue and exhaust all resources until that happens. I’m a true Taurus, if you haven’t figured that out already. I do have a tendency to dig my heals in now and then. So I’ve been told.
Stubborn vs. Persistent. Same or different?
But here’s where that pays off.
During this challenge I have had labs drawn, found a new primary care physician, saw an Endocrinologist to find out WTF is going on and let me just say, Lord help her if she tells me it’s my age and that’s what happens. I will flip a table! For Realz!
So this is what I learned.
- My cholesterol is high. I’ll be working on getting that under control with medication, diet and exercise
- I am pre-diabetic. Again, I’ll be working on getting that under control. No meds, just diet and exercise
- My thyroid is a bit off. Switched medications and increased dosage to help lower that number
I can’t tell you I am shocked by any of this. But I can tell you that when you see it in black and white, it kind of gives you a sense of urgency to really look at the best ways to make positive changes and get healthy. If you don’t know how, you surround yourself with people who do.
My Endocrinologist was wonderful. She listened. She was positive. She did NOT tell me it was my age, therefore no tables were flipped. I asked her for her diet recommendations and she told me low carb. Which, if you recall, I had started eating last week at the insistence of my son and husband. Meat and veggies. Protein, protein, protein. Lots of water. No eating after 8:00 p.m. I was doing intermittent fasting which she said, for all you naysayers, was actually showing to be beneficial for those with pre-diabetic labs. But, she thought I would benefit from a small, high protein, breakfast, like a hard-boiled egg, just to keep my sugar in check.
With the exception of my dinner with Robert Irvine the other night, I’ll tell you all about that later, since I can’t shut up about it. I have not cheated once. Or twice. Or AT ALL for that matter. I’m not even craving all those carby things actually. I feel pretty good. I haven’t noticed a weight loss yet. But the scale says I’ve lost 6.4 pounds this week.
I’m in shock.
That is HA-UGE!
I haven’t started taking my new meds and I haven’t increased my exercise, so it has to be the diet. Now, I’m not a dietitian or anything, but my theory is that my body hates sugar. Good or bad. It just hates it. I figure that’s why Weight Watchers didn’t work for me because fruits are free points and I was eating a ton of fruits. Every time I was hungry. Even if I wasn’t eating desserts, my body’s reaction was the same.
I can’t wait to see what next week has in store. Fingers crossed that things will continue in the right direction.
If not, well I guess I’ll have to keep trying.
Thanks again for all the love and support. You guys rock!
Oh, and I almost forgot…
You were right.
There I said it.