Skip to main content


Today I went in to the doctor to get a pre-pregnancy physical. Well, sort of. Really what I wanted was a definite diagnosis for pcos (polycycstic ovarian syndrome) which I've been learning lots about and had suspicion about having. Why does this matter to a weight-loss blog you might ask? Because pcos throws off your insulin levels and makes it very difficult to lose weight. It also puts you at high risk for type 2 diabetes. I may or may not have announced that Paul and I are not trying to not get in, we're not avoiding babies. As I've been reading about what I should do in case I do get pregnant (like taking prenatals, getting more exercise etc..) I ran across a bunch of information about pcos and had great concerns about it. I learned two things from my appointment today. First is that I don't have pcos. Yay! Second is that my doctor told me not to run anymore, but walking is a great idea. I wanted to ignore her advice and keep running anyway (instant Bethany mental rebellion attack!), but I started thinking about this - you're going to hate me Christy. I've never been good at running. It's not something that I've every really wanted to do because I liked it. It's something I've felt like I should do because it's the hardest exercise and I wanted to be hard core!

So here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to do my c25k plan when I feel up to it. But instead of avoiding it like I've been doing, I'm going to get my butt outside and go walking. My doctor said that I should do as much of my exercising outside as I can to avoid seasonal affective disorder. I think this will be a good trade off and will keep me from completely crashing in my exercise routine. I'm also going to make my workouts distance oriented instead of time oriented. In other words, I'll at least walk the 3 miles rather than walking 30 minutes.

The other small shot in the arm I got was the advice to lose 15-20 more pounds. Obviously I know I need to do this anyway, but having a doctor tell you to helps I think. I am going to start tracking my calories again, just for a few days to keep myself in check.


  1. haha, why would I hate you? Doctor's orders. Would you still want to do the run like hell with us? You can speed walk the whole thing, and we'll all be at the finish line cheering you, and waiting to have wings and beer together!!! I think it'll still be fun, even if you decide you can't be in the group costume and do it individually. Use the support you have, like this wonderful team!

  2. Way to go Bethany! I think you'll enjoy walking once you get out there! You look beautiful now, but I'm glad you got a boost in your goals!

  3. That sounds delightful :) I definitely still want to do it, but yeah, it would probably be a bad idea to have me attached to your dragon.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Round 2 Day 16

I wish this post had as much positive enthusiasm as the last, but it's been kind of a difficult week. I woke up this morning with a mild headache feeling like I had a hangover. I couldn't think straight and  just felt worn out. I put in for a sub for the morning and went back to bed. After some cold brew and Tylenol I forced myself to teach my afternoon classes, but I'm tired and still feel the pressure on my skull.

Yesterday I woke up in a rage. Rage over the grocery shopping I spent the ENTIRE weekend trying to take care of. Rage over the food I couldn't eat to calm the rage. Rage over how I can't control anyone but myself. Rage over the stupidly over-positive encouraging crap in the day-to-day book I've been using. Shut up book! I'm mad and I want to be mad! I don't want to be told how I can fix it! I just want to be mad!

These seem to be the monologues that keep going around and around in my head.

Angry Feminist Monologue
When did all of the grocery …

Round 2 - Day 1

Happy New Year! I am so relieved to see 2017 come to a close. It was a long, tough, satisfying year and I am happy to be done. I think the two things that were the most life changing last year were moving into our new house and the first Whole30 I completed.

It's been four months since I finished my first Whole30. I remember my delightful barista, Kristina, saying "It's so hard, but so worth it." And I couldn't describe it better. I have tried so many things to lose weight and keep it off and nothing has ever permeated my consciousness like this has. I think about what I'm eating basically always. I haven't gained any of the weight back that I lost even though I haven't considered myself on a diet since September. I am also hyper-aware of how foods affect me.

December was sort of a free-fall. We went to Disneyland and I made the conscious decision to enjoy myself. Disneyland is already a sugar wonderland most of the year, but add in the Christmas them…

Round 2 Day 8

Today was an important day. Today, just now actually, I realized that my energy levels might be better. Here's a highlights list of things I did today:

got up when my alarm went off - wut?ate breakfast at my desk rather than at my kitchen counter where I...updated the opera on tap websiteprepped and packed my lunches for the rest of the weekmade a phone call I'd been putting off to the dress/tuxedo company packed and put return dresses in my car to take to the post officere-taped numbers on my middle school students' chairs (helps me yell at them more efficiently - you go to chair 10!)wrote a sight-singing exercise on the board 15 minutes before my students showed up (usually doing this when they walk in)ate kale salad while teaching my class and didn't cave and show a videoupdated the lcrmea websitesent an email about solo and ensemblegot my paperwork turned in to set up my account so I could send the email about solo and ensemblerewrote a solo &; ensemble flyer/re…