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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Weight & meds management

This is a long one, but try to hang in there ‘til the end.

There has been a subject I’ve been avoiding in my health and weight loss journals, and that’s what’s going on with my health. Before you get concerned, don’t take that to mean that something is really wrong – it’s just that I’m not sure I’ve been doing everything that I should and can to maintain my health.

For all of my new readers you may not know that I have fibromyalgia and sjogren’s disease as well as problems with my liver. To avoid boring you with all the ups and downs I’ve conveniently (:-D ) including these links: About my liver stuff, the sjogren’s and this last link includes quite a few posts that I wrote that included fibromyalgia. (Please forgive me as that link may also include this post; I haven’t figured out how to not make that happen.) I’ve written several health and weight loss journals in the past so if you’d like to search my site for them then that would be fab. Otherwise, click that last link to read all the gory details.

Okay, moving right along.

Let me do a quick update on my weight loss and you’ll see how this ties in with my health. You’ll remember that I initially lost 60 pounds and recently gained 10ish back. Much to my semi shock and dismay. Last week when I did my weekly weigh in the scale read an alarming (too dramatic?) 175 pounds. I’m happy to report that I’ve lost five pounds (170 pounds, YIPPEE!) since then. I’m excited to be moving down the scale. I honestly haven’t been exercising much like I said I would, but I have been moving more. Up and down from my desk. Parking further away at stores. Dancing around. And, most importantly, not doing as much emotional eating.

DSCF4830 The emotional eating thing is not entirely in my control. You see, I stopped taking one of my meds. Well, I kind of ran out and there were no more refills on it so I took it upon myself to wean off of it. It’s one of my meds that’s for depression and moods (yup complete disclosure today), and I thought maybe it’s time I see if I can handle it better with one med for that and not two. Ahem… Well, that particular med is also prescribed for chronic pain so my limbs and joints started feeling even more sore. Then, to make matters worse, my mood kind of started getting a little weird (for lack of a better word.) And, come to find out, once I started taking it again recently my urge to eat for emotional reasons has went down significantly.

Jan-May 09 150 So instead of taking matters – or medications! – into my own hands, I’m going to talk to the doc about the other med for moods and depression to see if I can wean off of that one or maybe just reduce the dosage to see how and if I’m able to cope. I really believe that I don’t have to live the rest of my life on meds like this. Getting to this stage has been a result of more than a decade of physical pain and several years of emotional and post-partum depression combined – none of which was ever treated.

The plan? Keep on moving during the day to burn calories, workout and do yoga when I can, stay on my prescribed meds until I talk to the doc, get more rest and continue to eat healthy.

Last but not least.

Oh, and I keep forgetting to tell you about the Bootcamp for Tummies from mama mio skincare that I won at Hip Mama’s Place. Bootcamp for Tummies is touted as being able to “rehab your abs in 30 days.” Can I honestly say it works? Well, yes, no and maybe. Yes because when I did the actual exercises it worked. No because I didn’t do it consistently for 30 days. Maybe because since I gained a little weight I couldn’t tell if the Get Waisted Body Shaper and Tummy Toner Skin Tightener really worked.

I’m going to – beginning today-ish – going to use it for 30 straight days then I’ll come back here and tell you about it. That is unless I forget. LOL

bootcamp for tummies If you’re curious about the product, I found it on Amazon so you can click the picture to learn more.

Now don’t forget to come back here next Tuesday to check in on my weight loss and my health. Have a great week and feel free to leave a comment telling me how you’re feeling or how your weight loss is going.

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