Tuesday, January 29, 2013
So I've been giving this lots of thought over the last week since my last post. The conclusion I've come to is that I have to get healthy, and that means making uncomfortable sacrifices. I'll have to sacrifice most fast food and restaurant meals (which I love), couch sitting time, tv time, book time, snuggle time... BOO! I'm tired of being fat though, and it's the only was to get not fat so I'm all in.
Hopefully it will become a little easier now too because hubby has decided that he is absolutely tired of being fat too which means I think he will be more receptive to the meal planning aspect than he has been in the past. He's always been the main cook in our family and he's a throw everything into a pot and cook by taste kind of guy. Asking him to write out a recipe or used lower fat/cal ingredients has been like pulling teeth. Now though I think he'll be at least a little more willing to truly give it a shot. He's already started making his fantastic potato soup with fat free half and half and nonfat milk instead of heavy cream - if he's willing to make that change there is hope yet. He has quite a bit of weight to lose as well as some other health problems that the weight loss would help to control. Having his full support and cooperation may make all the difference for both of us. I sure hope so. Anyway - I'm all in.
The winter 5% challenge (go teddies!) starts soon and hubby has agreed to work the challenges along with me. I don't know if he'll join Spark, but he seems willing to follow the same steps I am following. This is a great start because in the past we have tended to sabotage each other so now maybe we're finally in the same place at the same time. Here's hoping! And because I'm just so damned proud of him let's hear it for 8 weeks smoke free as of last Friday!
The down side - I'll be starting the winter challenge heavier than I am right now. I have to accept it, and move on. A couple weeks ago I posted about the weird skin reaction I'd had - well the meds I took apparently just pissed it off. Over the weekend it came back with a vengeance so I went back to the doctor yesterday. He said that he thinks its a delayed hypersensitivity reaction - basically I'm reacting to something (probably the new soap) that I used quite a while back even though I didn't react at first. He thinks that we treated it right the first time (it almost went away by the time the prescriptions were gone) but not for long enough or at a high enough dose. So as of today I'm back on Predisone and that always makes me gain weight. Last time it was 3 pounds in 2 days which I just got off as of my Saturday weigh-in. This time with a higher dose and longer round I'm guessing I will gain around 5-6 pounds even if I do everything else right. I can live with that, but I don't like it. Then again, if I can stop itching the extra pounds will be well worth it.
Bonus though - I've been fighting foot problems (plantar fasciitis) since last summer and with the last round they went away only to come back when I finished the Rx. Maybe this time they will clear up for once and all too.
So - I'm all in but I'm not going to bother weighing until the first day of the winter challenge. If I weigh this weekend I'll just be too discouraged even though I will know what caused the gain. I took the first 4 pills about 1 o'clock this afternoon and I already feel bloated. Maybe it's in my head, but it really feels like it's in my stomach.
I feel like the wagon ran over me, but I'm up and actively chasing it now.