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An Uphill Battle

Friday, June 25, 2010

I am famous for staying positive but I had a hard time this week. I didn't exercise as much as I wanted to and I averaged about 2000 calories a day instead of my target of 1700 calories a day. The result is that I am up .1 pounds.

I am so humiliated to constantly report weight gains and failures here. I talked to my doctor about stopping one of my medications again that led to this eighty (now ninety) pound weight gain in the first place. (That along with turning 30 and commuting to University and all the rest.) He said no. He also said that he is confronted with fat patients all day long from these types of meds and nobody else is working as hard as I am. He is very impressed with the running and restricting calories (well, attempts, anyway). He wants me to measure my body fat to see a difference there as well as the scale. He was also impressed that I had lost an inch off my waist. It felt good to be validated by him in this way. He is kind of a jock. He teaches Aikido.

I also told my little sister about all my frustration and what the doctor said and she was very supportive. In fact, she bought me a scale that measures body fat per the doctor's orders so that now I can do that once a month.

I want to thank the Sparkers who read and comment on my blog. It must get old for you guys but I appreciate the support more than I can say.
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    You are the best!!!! Keep positive! You always make me smile!! emoticon
    4046 days ago
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    4046 days ago
    Actually, you averaged 2278 a day (as I'm sure you know.) So, if you had averaged 1700 a day you would have lost a pound because you would have consumed about 4,000 less calories during the week.

    K ? Now, knock the dust off and get back in there. I think you really improved last week and my guess is you'll do even better this week. WOO HOO! ME TOO!! I WANNA POST 169!
    4046 days ago
  • DIMI1124
    Well missy for me your honesty keeps me honest and we get to receive and give support! I like your MD. You dont find that everyday. Keep up the good work. RELAX .1 that could have been changed by another bathroom break! LOL LOL
    YOU R doing GREAT!
    4046 days ago
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    Great feedback from your doctor! Some doctors would be totally focused on the scale, sounds like this one has a good head on his shoulders. I'm sure you're sick of hearing this, but you are becoming healthier even if you're having a hard time with the scale & being healthy matters so much more!! I would definitely not give up trying!! Especially since you'd probably be gaining more weight if you weren't exercising and attempting to lower your calories...(0.1 lbs, seriously? you're counting that as a gain? I gain more than that by eating breakfast ;) I'm not trying to minimize your struggles, but I wanted to point out that a 0.1 lb gain after not having a great week is not a bad thing). It is definitely an uphill battle for you, but you've already made some amazing progress with regards to your lifestyle. I definitely think measuring body fat % would be helpful, especially with the inches you've lost.
    4047 days ago
    i agree with KARVY.

    a lot of people focus on the number on the scale... but more importantly we're working to make ourselves HEALTHY! you can be thin and really unhealthy... and i don't think that's what any of us want!

    keep up the work! it will pay off :)
    4047 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Even if the scale doesn't cooperate, exercising and eating healthy will be better for you in the longrun. Maybe in time you could get a second opinion regarding a medication that might work better for you.
    4047 days ago
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