Sunday, February 24, 2013

Update #1

So I've just passed the 2 week mark on my journey and as my nutritionist and I have agreed, I'd weigh in every 2 weeks and once a month do a deeper consultation with feedback etc.

Friday was my first weigh in.... I haven't been perfect in following all the rules.  I'd had my iced coffees with cream and condensed milk (it's a local Singapore thing) a time or two, I'd eaten a couple of sandwiches here and there, I hadn't managed to always take in as much protein as I was meant to, I'd had chocolate here and there, a beer here and a drink there... but I had kept trying and I had taken all my vitamins etc.  However, with a less than perfect eating record and an inability to do strenuous exercise due to the condition of my back,  I didn't have high hopes for my first weigh in...

I stepped on the scale and tried to tell myself that the next one would be better, that I felt better when I was eating right so that was worth all the efforts... I got off the scales (I'm not allowed to look... my nutritionist does all the recording).  My initial weight was 268 lbs or 122.5 kgs and my current weight is:

263lbs or 120 kgs!!!!  I'd lost 2.5 kgs or 5lbs!!!!  I couldn't believe it!  WOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!  It made me feel motivated to keep trying and to get on the exercise train as quickly as I can!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Here We Go Again

Since I am perpetually falling off the wagon and having to restart my desire to live a healthy and strong existence, I think God designed for my body to pretty much fail so that I'd sit up and take notice of the damage I was doing to myself by yo-yo-ing and giving up. What happened is that my back "gave out" and I was fairly immobile for about a month.  I wasn't able to bend or do much.  A disc in my lower back was bulging, the damage of degeneration to my lower spine was causing major pinching of nerves etc.  It was miserable and also alerted me to the fact that my health insurance wasn't going to cover the total cost of getting better (I would and do need continuous treatments and exercises for at least the coming year), so I paid for better insurance (that didn't cover my pre-existing back condition) and then shelled out more money for the back treatments. So needless to say I was feeling underwater, under mud, under everything.  I felt like I couldn't breath or afford to get better.  But I made some hard decisions. I decided that I had no choice but to trust my finances to God as well as my spiritual, mental and emotional health and then to trust my physical health to the amazing health care givers that He'd led me to.  So I started doing just that.  I downloaded an application for monitoring my spending (so far so good), I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app for tracking my food intake (also giving me loads of motivation to stick to it) and I employed my chiropractor for her nutritionist talents (she also holds this certification).  It's not going to be easy but it has to be done and this time is the final time.

So here is the break down (and please be kind... it's not easy to put this all out there, but I think if I'm honest, you will respect that):

Current weight: 122 kg (thats well over 260lbs)

New food regimin includes giving up all dairy and only 1 serving of grains a day (this is really hard for me... I'm a grain girl and dairy girl, not so much for the meats but I'm supposed to have 4 servings of proteins a day but no tofu or soy based products).

New workouts are limited because of the health of my back... I can't run a lot so it's mostly swimming and walking for the moment.

So that's it for now...