Thursday, February 25, 2010

cramping my style

Ever since the invention of the internet, I have loved to self-diagnose any and all medical issues. After exhaustive research, have come to the conclusion that I have an umbilical hernia and it's not going to go away by itself. Sooo, I'm off to the doctor this afternoon to see what that's all about.

I've had symptoms for a while now but it's always gone away after a day or 2. My old doctor completely blew it off saying that if there was no lump, it wasn't a big deal. My whole stomach is one big lump so I don't know how I'm supposed to tell :)

From what I can tell, this particular hernia occurs either from birth, from gaining and losing weight over the years, or just from obesity in general. I'm not TOO worried about it but as someone who is "ridiculously healthy" (according to my doctors), I'm not used to having any issues at all.

I will keep y'all posted. My biggest fear is being "benched". I'm not one to sit around. Ever!

Monday, February 22, 2010


Finally, I lost 2 pounds this week!
Finally, it was warm enough to wear flip flops again!
Finally, I'm getting the hang of this working at home thing!

I feel like I've made even more progress in the last few weeks trying to find the balance of it ALL. Trying not to over complicate everything like I have a tendency to do.

I still need to exercise more, drink more water and eat less red meat but I'm doing pretty good. I have more work than I know what to do with but since the sun has been shining, I'm much more tempted to get out in the sunshine and walk or go to the gym.

Funny how the Spring always invigorates me. Gave me an excuse to treat myself to a pedicure too!

I hope everyone is doing well. I have a deadline but will catch up soon!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rediscovering my waistline

I know I'm still being a terrible blogger and not posting enough but I'm accepting that this is just how it is for now and I will eventually find a balance and not have to work as hard as I have been.

The scale is STILL not moving but my body is completely changing. I have no idea what's up with that other than maybe I'll wake up one day having lost 10 pounds. People have even started to notice! Swimming has started to make my shoulders look strong and my waist has made a comeback. My butt is higher and my legs are strong. My skin is dry and my highlights are faded but the positives are definitely outweighing the negatives.

Tomorrow is a huge day for me. I've decided I'm going to attempt a spin class. My choices are 6am or 5:30 pm. Not sure which one I'm going to do yet but most likely the PM version. I've always been terrified of it for a few reasons like not knowing how to adjust the bike or never being able to sit down again after but I have to conquer this silly fear. I parade around in my bathing suit at the gym so how hard can this be?!?! My best friend is visiting and she went on Sunday (she's a pro at it) and was able to report to me that it was full of all different kinds of people at all different levels and that there was nothing to be afraid of. Wish me luck. I don't think spin has ever killed anyone but I might be the first.

So there you have it folks. I'm proud to say exercise has kept me off my anxiety meds and aside from the occasional foul mood for no reason and lack of weight loss, I think I'm doing pretty well. Nothing to do except keep on keeping on. I'm hoping that once our coldest winter on record is over, I will be ready to kick it up a notch and maybe even drop some pounds.

Hope everyone is doing well. I have some catching up to do!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Weighing In

I was really hoping today would be a great weigh in but TOM has barged right in and ruined it. At least it makes me laugh now after Jack's story.

I stayed the same and that's fine because I can literally feel the water weight.

Meanwhile, I'm finding my groove and celebrating a few NSV's.

1. I'm proud of myself for working 14 hour days and finding time to work out and eat right. It's been stressful at times but my husbands support has really helped. We're in this together!

2. I'm getting stronger and faster - I swam and walked on the treadmill all week and I can feel a serious difference in my speed and my stamina. Yesterday I got up to 450 calories burned. I'm hoping to break the 500 mark next week.

3. I'm also seeing some definition (a lot in the butt region)

4. My skin hasn't looked this good in a long time. Probably because I haven't had much sugar and more good fat.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!