Saturday Chaturday

Saturday Chaturday: Weight Loss Journey and Life Updates

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Weight Loss:

Hey guys. This post has been a long time coming, and I know I said I would keep you updated on my journey, but don’t worry I’m only halfway through it so here’s my first official update. A few months before I started this journey my official weigh-in on MyFitnessPal in February was 278 lb. And, even though I had started watching what I was eating and was slowly easing myself into my new healthy eating lifestyle, I hadn’t officially started my journey with weight loss and exercise until June 3rd. At that point I had begun a slow workout schedule on my treadmill at home and I made sure to input everything I ate into MyFitnessPal, following the calories that it suggested I have each day, with the setting to lose 2 lbs each week. I didn’t officially weigh myself before starting because I knew starting up a new exercise routine, changing my diet, and drinking more water would throw things off with my body and I didn’t want to get discouraged by weighing before and then weighing a few weeks in and not seeing much of a difference so I ended up weighing on July 2nd. At that point I was at 272 lbs.

So, I had continued to use the treadmill 4 to 5 days a week, each week slowly moving up my speed and my time. I stopped drinking all diet sodas. I began drinking half my body-weight, in ounces, in water everyday. I made sure to introduce more vegetables into my diet, and fruits when I could, though most fruits tend to spike my blood sugar due to the fructose. I’ve been drinking a Shakeology Shake once a day for lunch after my workout as a recovery type meal and I made sure I was making healthier choices in foods, such as whole wheat and whole grains and foods marketed as low carb and low glycemic index. I stayed at the treadmill schedule for 12 weeks and then decided to begin a workout video program called Walk Strong by Jessica Smith.

Walk Strong 1 was a 6 week program, as was Walk Strong 2.0. Walk Strong 3 was an 8 week program, and I’m now finishing week 5 of 6 in Walk Strong level 4. The Walk Strong programs are designed to be low impact but moderate to high intensity workouts alternating between, cardio, strength, and high intensity interval training. The videos have helped me build muscle, balance and endurance. They are fun, but challenging workouts that I have enjoyed doing.

As of now, I am at 222 lbs (exactly 50 pounds from my first official weigh in). My blood sugars have been so much better. I’ve got more energy during the day. I’m sleeping better, and I haven’t been down to this weight since the end of 2007. My initial goal was to get to 200 lbs, but I’ve now decided to try for 180.After I finish this level 4 Walk Strong program I think I will begin the Shaun T Focus 25 program and then possibly head on to Turbo Fire or Zumba, or both. I plan on adding arm weights, crunches, squats, and push-ups to the end of my T25 workouts to continue to work on strength, and then I plan on going back over all the Walk Strong programs again as maintenance.

I’ve decided that what’s helped me the most this time around is having the mindset that this isn’t just a diet and exercise routine that will go away when I’m done. It’s a lifestyle that will not change when I hit my goal weight. I need to keep my healthy eating habits for good to maintain my blood sugars and I’ll need to keep low intensity exercise and moderate strength training to maintain my weight.

Unfortunately I don’t have any decent before and after pictures as of yet. I had taken “before” pictures, and then attempted to take some “after” pictures after the 3rd level program, and realized that the top to the outfit (I wanted to wear the same exact clothes for both sets) I had chosen was too flowy and did not hug enough for you to even see the difference. But, once I reach my goal weight, any pictures of myself from my before weight will show enough of a difference. What matters now for me though is the fact that I feel better and my clothes feel looser.

Things I’ve Learned:

*I can’t compare my results to others.

*I can’t let myself get down from a bad day here and there.

*My body can handle more than I thought.

*I am strong.

*You need a support system. (Mine includes my mom, husband, sister in law and aunt <3)

Things I Struggle With:

*Knowing I have to weigh and measure EVERYTHING I eat.

*Over-criticizing myself when I look in the mirror.

*Stress-eating.

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Life and Reading:

Since I started this journey, I haven’t had much time for anything else. I know that sounds bad, and a bit obsessive, but being a Type 1 Diabetic trying to lose weight and become healthier is a full time job (my body loses weight slower and my metabolism is way different than most, on top of having insulin resistance that causes my body to hold on to fat). Since I’m a housewife and don’t work, I have been making myself get up and take a certain number of steps every single hour of the day between 9 am and 6 pm. As a Type 1 Diabetic, I am at a higher risk for blood clots, so sitting all day has never been a good idea. I have been working my way up to getting 10,000 steps a day, every day, on top of my exercise (recommended by the American Heart Association). This means that I don’t have a lot of time to do long activities during the day.

Reading:

From June (when I started my journey) to December last year I was only able to read a total of 47 books (I had read almost twice that amount in the same time frame at the beginning of the year; 80 books from January to the end of May). I just wasn’t able to find the time, energy, or motivation to read as much as I had been. Because I have been making myself move every hour, on top of exercise, I was partially afraid of having to get in to a book just to have to put it down every so often. I was also getting too tired in the evenings to read since my body was adjusting to its new schedule and activity level.

Luckily, I decided to try something fun at the beginning of this year that helped kick me out of this reading slump. About 2/3 of the way through January I learned of something called The Booktube Games. This is a month long reading competition consisting of 4 teams trying to see who can read the most pages for the month of February. There are about 500+ participants this year.

Its supposed to be a fun challenge, so, I decided to sign up. In bringing out my competitive side, and not wanting to let my team down, I have finally figured out how to fit reading enjoyably in to my active lifestyle. I’ve read 13 books already for the month! I’m so proud of myself, and so excited that I’ve managed to figure out how to fit one of my loves back in to my life.

Blog Hopping:

For the same reason that I haven’t been reading as much, I also haven’t been able to blog hop. I apologize to my fellow bloggers, as I’m not showing you the love you deserve. My hopes are to find a rhythm to start blog hopping again because I miss seeing your posts! Blog hopping is an enjoyable part of being a blogger, but it is also quite time consuming, and my problem is that once I sit down and get started, I lose track of time and end up missing taking my steps, so hopefully soon I can figure out how to pace myself and get around to showing you all some love without having to sit in one spot for too long!

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Tell me what’s going on in your lives! Are any of you taking life journeys at the moment? Anything new and exciting to share? Anything you have done that you are proud of, big or small? Tell me! ❤

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13 thoughts on “Saturday Chaturday: Weight Loss Journey and Life Updates

  1. Thank you for posting this! It’s weird timing because I was literally just sitting here fretting over how I need to get back on track with eating healthier and I need to start moving more. I was told I was pre-diabetic back in October (never having had blood sugar issues in my entire life, it was kind of a shock), and I was meant to lose 20lbs by January, but now it’s late February and I haven’t lost anything because I just haven’t been doing what I needed to be doing. Seeing your post kind of felt like the universe nudging me lol, like, “See, you need to do better!” It doesn’t help that I believe I’m starting to show some of the signs of type 2 diabetes which makes me worry it’s progressed on from the pre-diabetes. My parents both just had gastric bypasses a couple of months ago and it’s hard not to be a little envious of how quickly they’re both losing weight, but I know I don’t want to go that route and I know it isn’t “easy” (they have so many new things they have to worry about and deal with in their everyday lives!) so I’ve got to find the right path for *me*. Anyways, sorry for the long comment, but thank you for the inspiration when I very much needed this! ♥

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    1. Thank you for sharing with me! Girl, you totally got this! You are strong and beautiful and I know you can do this! Diabetes is a scary thing, whether its type 1 or 2. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. And weight loss is definitely tough, and takes time, but it is so doable! Start slow, build up, and make sure you take it at a pace and intensity that you can keep to form a habit. I definitely understand not wanting surgery. Surgery and being put to sleep scare me, and with my type 1 diabetes I always have a risk of slow healing, so I finally found my motivation (honestly part of my motivation came when we lost Stephanie TeacherOfYA to a blood clot) to get going and it’s been tough, and I have not been losing weight as fast as most people do, but I’m losing and feeling great and getting healthier. Healthy is the most important thing, and I know you can get there!! ❤ Keep me updated with everything. PM me anywhere on social media, find me on MyFitnessPal and/or fitbit if you use either (I am darquedreamer pretty much everywhere) and we can be each other's support! <3<3

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      1. Thank you so much for this!! I appreciate the support so much. ♥ I will definitely have to find you on MFP and Fitbit! My spouse just got an Apple Watch and I took their old Fitbit so I need to start using it. Oh gosh, Stephanie — she and I had never crossed paths enough to get the chance to become very close but we’d talked a few times and she was always so sweet. I remember just being stunned when she passed and it was a bit of a mortality check for me too because it’s so easy to take for granted that we’re all still pretty young, you know? I can definitely see how that helped motivate you. Sometimes I think it just takes something scaring us into a reality check and that’s what I feel like is happening to me with the diabetes symptoms. We went grocery shopping for healthy foods today and it was amazing how easy it was to pass by the sugary stuff that would normally tempt me because I just kept thinking about how badly I don’t want to have to be afraid of complications from it. I also have a very underactive thyroid so I struggle with the super slow weight loss too, which is why I’m happy that you’re offering for us to support one another, because I definitely could use someone in my corner who understands!! ♥♥

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      2. You are so welcome my friend! Let me know if you can’t find me on there and I can give you the email address associated with me. Also, I LOVE using my fitbit. I know it won’t be 100% accurate, but it helps so much and just seeing how many steps and calories it says I take and burn is so motivational each day. So I hope you love the fitbit! And, it was so sad when I found out about Stephanie. We got close for a while over the interwebz and then drifted a bit, but it was such a shock since we were about the same age. Learning that we lost her due to a pulmonary embolism, which is usually caused by a leg blood clot breaking off and traveling to the lungs, terrified me because I’m at higher risk for blood clots in general with diabetes, and then with sitting all the time before I started making myself become active, that raised my chances even more. I hate that it took that to help motivate me though. The cost of healthy food sure doesn’t help, but now that I’m eating much less I think that balances it. Start looking up keto diet recipes. I don’t know that I would suggest the diet altogether because I haven’t found enough research to convince myself, but some of their recipes do help being low carb, and there are tons of sugar free recipes to try! I definitely understand the fear of diabetic complications. I don’t think I ever really took them seriously since I still feel like I’m young, but I decided to stay ahead of them now. I also take synthroid for my thyroid, and now that I’ve lost some weight, we are going to have to adjust my dosage, so that is kind of nice because I’ve been on the same high dose for years, so I know my thyroid has played in to my weight gain over the years. I am so excited that we will be able to talk and support each other. I’ve had the support of my sister in law for a while, but she has been the same size 0-2 since high-school, even after having kids, and though she’s done amazing with weight lifting and muscle building, I know sometimes she doesn’t always understand my struggle. So we can totally be in each other’s corner! ❤

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      3. Okay, I found you on MFP and added you there! I can’t seem to figure out how to add you on Fitbit without sending an email “invite”, though, sorry lol! And yes, I can definitely imagine how what happened to her would be extra scary with your diabetes. I just think it’s amazing that you have worked so hard to make those changes. Congrats on lowering your synthroid dosage btw!! I know that’s a big success in and of itself. Those “non scale victories” are the ones I look forward to the most. ♥ Oh, and yes to the keto recipes! I used to do keto for a while when I was 19-20 and the diet itself didn’t work out well for me, but I LOVED browsing the recipes because there were so many clever tricks for lowering your carb counts in recipes (like almond flour, or replacing ingredients with cheese, etc.) that I definitely want to start utilizing again. I just have to be really careful because I have a history of disordered eating, and when I did keto before, that was one trigger for me: if the goal was to eat less than 50g carbs per day, my personal goal was always to eat less than 30, and then less than 20, and then less than 10, and then NONE… I was so sick and gained every ounce back (and then some) as soon as I stopped. Thankfully, my spouse is really big on making sure I’m eating enough and not falling back into old disorders, and their job is about to have them working from home 3 days a week, so I won’t have a chance to be sneaky and harm myself in the process. 😂 (I say this jokingly because I have to laugh about it or I’ll just get mad at myself!) Anyways, sorry for another tangent lol, it just feels great to relate so much to someone. I’m looking forward to us supporting each other and more chats! ♥♥

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      4. What is your fitbit username? It may let me add you. My app gives me the option to add people by email or username. And you are very strong for being able to overcome that! ❤ I just love carbs too much to consider keto, and honestly the ketosis thing scares me because diabetics can go in to ketoacidosis where we spill ketones and I know it's not the same thing, but it still doesn't feel right. But we made boston cream cheesecake recently and it was sugar free and only had 7 carbs and 200 calories a slice, so I was happy about that! I have some cookie recipes I want to try when I start craving sweets again. Your spouse sounds like a great support system! I am glad you have them!! ❤

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  2. I loved reading this Adrienne! You are so amazing and such an inspiration! Since I was diagnosed with Lupus back in 2017, I’ve gained 50 lbs because of the medicines they’ve put me on (tons of prednisone and other meds), and I have an autoimmune thyroid, so that makes losing weight hard, but I’ve been trying to cut back on sugar and my Dr has made me go gluten free because of my Lupus and thyroid. Reading the comments between you and Destiny about Stephanie’s death really made me stop for a minute because I remember that she died but had forgotten why…it freaked me out. I was hospitalized last August with several pulmonary embolisms that had traveled from my arm through my heart to my lungs and almost died and had to have surgery on one of my lungs to remove a large clot. I spent 2 weeks in the ICU and am still recovering–my lungs still don’t feel 100% and am still on a blood thinner. I’ve never been more scared in my life and was told by the Dr that if I hadn’t called 919 when I did that I would have died. It’s very sobering but a reality check to read about someone you “knew” dying of the same thing, especially when she was younger than I was. So, so scary. Then my dad had a heart attack and bypass surgery a few weeks after I was out of the hospital, so I know that I need to be careful what I’m eating because I’m in that high-risk category for CAD because of family history. I work at home, and I still sit a lot, so I need to start exercising more too. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you what an inspiration it was to read about your progress. It’s motivating and really lets me know that I can do it! These 50 lbs can come off (and more that I needed to lose before then) if I take it slowly.

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    1. You totally got this! I know you can do it. I know our thyroids and our auto-immune disorders are trying to work against us, but they won’t win! I am so sorry to hear that happened to, but so glad you are okay! That is terrifying and I can’t imagine how it felt for you. But you are so strong and so brave and I hope your lungs feel 100% better soon so you can start your journey. I would love to chat with you and we can support each other too! And, you know what? They always say the slower you lose the weight the more apt you are to keep it off permanently, so taking it slow is better than nothing! If you decide to use MyFitnessPal or Fitbit, find me on there (darquedreamer) and we can always message on social media and chat about things! ❤

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  3. Congrats! This post was inspiring. I have lacked motivation since the birth of my son and the pounds have been creeping up in shocking numbers. I think you’re so beautiful inside and out! I’m so happy you’re feeling well ❤️❤️❤️

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