10 Week Assessment

Got my 10-week measurements done a few days ago and just found the results. Circumferences in inches.

Initial (Sept 2013) / Current (Dec 2013) [difference]

Weight: 266 / 237 [-29]
Blood pressure: 126/82 / 112/64 [borderline high to PERFECT!]
Neck: 16 / 14.25 [-1.75]
Chest: 54.75 / 50 [-4.75]
Waist: 51 / 43 [-8]
Hip: 57.25 / 52.5 [-4.75]
Arm: 19 / 16.5 [-2.5]
Leg: 36 / 29.25 [-6.75]

That’s 28.5 inches lost, total! I meet with my program physician tomorrow to review my results. I’d also like to reset my program goal. We had originally set a pie-in-the-sky number of 150, but I feel I need to have a program goal that is attainable by the end of my Phase 2. I’d really like to target 199 lbs for that. I have 22 weeks remaining between the last half of Phase 1 and all of Phase 2, and I’m pretty sure losing 38 lbs in that amount of time will be a reasonable challenge. Plus it will be the first time I’ve seen “onederland” in about 15 years.

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Video Update: Hello Campers!

For your viewing pleasure. Was feeling inordinately peppy so threw in a random dorky reference to Dawn French at the top. See this to see just how badly I performed. I don’t know WHAT I was thinking! Anyhow, thanks again for watching!

Return of the Fried Egg Sandwich – In Healthier Form

When I was growing up, one of my favorite (and rare) breakfast treats was having my father make me his signature fried egg sandwich: one or two eggs fried over easy on a buttered skillet, with salt and pepper, sandwiched between two slices of toasted white bread, slathered in mayonnaise – with a slice of American cheese melted on the egg. I typically only ate my eggs scrambled (with ketchup!) – and I didn’t deem myself a fan of runny yolk – but the taste of this sandwich was phenomenal. It was such a rare treat that I maybe had only 4 or 5 of them growing up, but it was a taste I craved into adulthood. Lucky for me I wasn’t much of a cook, and eggs certainly weren’t any specialty, so I never really made myself too many of these sandwiches as an adult.

Cue last week, as I slathered a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese over some toasted Sara Lee 45-calorie multigrain bread to use for a turkey sandwich. The taste of the Swiss was so rich to me. And had just the right amount of saltiness. I thought to myself, “Self: Maybe you could make the old fried egg sandwich work with this INSTEAD of mayo.” And I was 100% right. Yesterday I fried up my first successful attempt at cooking an egg over easy (with some olive oil cooking spray instead of butter, win), and sandwiched it between two slices of cheese-spread pieces of toast. It was delicious. And no added salt – the saltiness from the cheese wedge was perfect. I paired it with a serving of Activia Strawberry Greek Yogurt (my current delicious source for probiotics), and had a fantastically healthy, filling breakfast. So here’s to turning recipes from a less-than-healthy youth into something worth having!

Where Have I Been?

Wow, I have neglected this blog, and I regret it! Biggest surprise after this long silence is: I’M STILL ON 20/20! Yes, while there have been some hurdles (more below), I’m still hanging in there and am now 26.4 lbs down from where I started in September. It’s a frickin’ miracle!

So other interests had taken over (videogames) and I spent more of my free time playing rather than blogging, and for this I am sorry. Also, I hit a bit of a health snag that caused me to take a three-week break from the program. My digestive system gets dicey sometimes, and I had a series of painful incidents (one that led to a trip to the emergency room). When I started being able to actually EAT (I had been on a BRAT diet, basically), I went a little too far and started to binge.

I feel like I controlled it reasonably well. I maintained communication with my 20/20 counselor and dietician, sharing all my issues and setbacks, and found them to be very helpful in keeping me as on track (mentally if not program-wise) as possible. I never had the idea that I was going to drop out of the program. That’s been the status quo in my dieting history and that I had this persistence in the face of such calamity is a big win for me.

I’m now back on the program, seeing my trainer three times a week and my dietician weekly. My support group has also begun, and while everyone else seems to have missed a meeting or two, I’ve been there every single week. Apart from being sick, I had little reason to miss. And I value the idea of connecting with other program participants, so I prioritized it even when I was feeling, well, shitty.

It’s not been a piece of cake getting back into the swing of things. I’m terrified of causing more damage to my digestive system so eating enough of the right things has been a little difficult. I was getting under 1000 calories for many weeks, and only now am I creeping back up.

Also, my favorite salads ever are now off the menu. It appears I have some digestive sensitivity to lettuce and/or salad fixins. BUMMER. The only veggies I’m getting now are cooked. Carrots and celery in soup, basically. Sure, it sounds like a bit of a copout to avoid leafy greens but I’m 99% sure they don’t agree with me. At least for now. I also had to cut the 20/20 protein shakes out. This is a huge inconvenience, because the shake packets were a great way to keep my protein intake up. I tried again this past weekend and made a shake, and was in all kinds of intestinal distress for hours afterwards. It was not pretty and I learned my lesson.

Couple of cool new developments. On Friday, I just wasn’t “feeling” the gym. I reported to my training appointment early and started my warmup as usual, but when the short video was over (just around 10 minutes), I stopped. Tired. Sluggish. So I walked around to try to keep my blood pumping for my appointment and tried to think of ways to make my appointment not a total waste. My trainer was a college basketball player, and so I envisioned her 6’1″ frame blocking me at a game of one-on-one basketball. The mere idea made me laugh out loud as she was walking up to meet me. When I mentioned the funny image to her, she suggested we give it a shot.

While we didn’t do one-on-one, I spent about 45 minutes shooting hoops down on the gym’s pavilion level (new home of the old Seattle Supersonics court floor!). I haven’t thrown a basketball in about twenty years, but I was a pretty decent shot, if I do say so myself. And throwing the ball, jumping – and let’s be honest – running after the ball when I missed so many shots, sure got my heart rate up quickly. I was out of breath with a red-hot face and when I got around to checking my HR monitor 15 minutes in I was in the 160’s! My trainer had to force me to take slow walks around the court to get my heart rate down periodically. But I was having SO MUCH FUN. I’m feeling the workout today, though, boyyyyy howdy! My arms, my legs. All sore. But in a good way that tells me I worked hard. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to do that ever so often so I don’t become too bored with the dreadmill.

And then when I got home a brand new indoor grill was delivered. I don’t ever grill outdoors myself, and living in the Pacific Northwest, even my partner Erik doesn’t get the opportunity to fire up the grill much. Especially in the winter. So after a little research we bought a well-regarded Cuisinart model and I cooked up some chicken for fajitas last night. And then some filet mignon today for lunch. This thing is amazing and I’m so excited we finally made the investment!

So hopefully I’ll remember to blog a little more often and report in my progress more regularly. Right now I’m still chugging along and enjoying the progress I’ve made!