Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Physical Therapy Round 1

Today I had my first full therapy session complete with workout and stretches. It wasn't too intense because I didn't have my inhaler today but I can see where I'm going to be sore! I have a set of exercises to do at home to start out and then she'll have me doing some work at the gym later on. So far this feels a lot more like having a personal trainer than having therapy. I've been assigned the task of eating 100 grams of protein per day. She gave me some suggestions for foods I can be eating to get closer to this number every day.

She's told me how much she likes the app I send my daily reports with. I debated about adjusting the settings to have me lose 1.5 pounds per week instead of 2 which would allow me to have 1500 instead of 1300 calories every day. I decided to keep it at 1300 calories because I tend to go up to about 1500 anyway. If I allow 1500 I'll probably go over that too, so better to stay lower. So far, still good.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Physical Therapy



Yesterday I had my initial consultation with my physical therapist. I had asked my doctor for a referral so I could get my abs worked back to center. She sent me to CH Physical Therapy.

I have to say I feel a sense of hope like I've never had before. Tawnie, my therapist, measured my mobility and asked me what all of my issues were. After just a few minutes I already felt like the problems I have were not only better but were going to be better in the long run. She told me that we'd work on getting me to a place where my feet, calves, and shins don't hurt when I run, that I'd lose weight, and that I'd be able to keep it off. She also told me she has 3 kids, lost 65 pounds 6 years ago and hasn't gained it back. She knows what she's doing!

So part of my program is to send her my daily food log in an e-mail. Lucky for me, I have the Lose It! app that makes this really easy to do.

Speaking of which, I've managed to lose some weight! Almost 5 pounds this week! I found this somewhat surprising considering I haven't managed to stay within my calorie limit more than once so far, but I've stayed around 1500 and that seems to be good enough. I've not been feeling particularly well the last couple days either so eating hasn't been very appealing. This seems to be the winning strategy so far. The best part is that I still eat what I want, I just think about whether I really need what I'm eating.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lose It! Week 1ish

It's only been 5 days using the lose it! app but I wanted to check in on it. So far I see positives and negatives.
The positives are that it's really easy to use. It lets me scan barcodes and so far it's found info for everything I scanned. I'm also far more aware of what I'm eating and the reward that exercise brings.
The negatives are that I've gone over my calorie limit every day so far and I can't really tell if I've lost anything yet. My weight fluctuates enough that a two pound loss isn't very obvious because it could just be that I'm less bloated or it's a different time of the day. I also feel like I need to get better about having a daily exercise routine. Even if it's just a walk, going for a walk burns off that latte or piece of banana bread.

I can see that I need to strike a deal with myself. I have the app set to help me lose 2 pounds per week. I either need to really start to limit my calorie intake or I need to adjust my weekly loss goal. Allowing myself a few more calories doubles the time its going to take to reach my goal, but if I'm having a hard time staying under it may just be a reality that I need to come to terms with.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Lose it!

I found something last night that I think might help. It's an app and a website called Lose It! It's basically like the weight watchers app except instead of points it tracks calories. It's very basic. What I like about it (so far) is that it actually has foods I eat in its database - this was one of my biggest annoyances with WW.

I entered in most of my food yesterday and found the culprit for my lack of weight loss. I eat too much. Crazy right?! It also gives me some calories back for playing the piano. It isn't much but I'm happy that I get something for it! If I actually stay under my daily calories in this app it has me set to lose 2 pounds a week which would put me at my target weight of 145 in December.

The also lets you keep track with your friends. I kind of see this as being similar to meetings. If anyone wants to try it out with me it would be great to actually be accountable to people I know and care about instead of a bunch of old ladies at a weight watchers meeting.

My goal weight is out there somewhere...
This is an interesting thought. I've never put a date on when I'd achieve my weight loss goal. It's always been this glimmering illusion in the distance that I would never reach. I think it makes it more palpable. Getting off track for a few weeks adds a few weeks to reaching my goal. When I did weight watchers they always talked about taking it a day at a time. Maybe you get off track and eat a whole pie one day, but the next day you can start over. This had me allowing myself to fall off the wagon more often than I stayed on it. If I think about these days off moving my goal to January or February this makes staying on the wagon seem more worth it.

So far my plan to eat the same breakfasts and lunches has been going okay. Better for breakfasts than lunches. I've been really good at eating my steel cut oats every morning. I found some quick cooking ones that take less than 10 minutes instead of 25 like the regular ones do. The quinoa flakes weren't really floating my boat, but I love oats so this is good news. I also bought some prepackaged salads at Trader Joes. They were only $3.50 a piece and they're really good. I think these were a good deal and healthy, I just need more.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Under Pressure

I'm tired of being fat. Nothing's working. What the hell?!