Saturday, April 26, 2008

20 pounds (9.09 kilos)

Twenty pounds of potatoes. Sweet Holy Moses on buttered toast, those bags are heavy! Especially when you're trying to do curls with them!

That 20 pounds used to be on my bod. I've decided to photograph myself holding the amount of weight I've lost every month. Should be fun!

Today was my 1-month follow-up with my doctor. He prescribed Phentermine (an appetite suppresant) for me last month, which requires a monthly check-up. I didn't take the Phentermine for 5 days last week, because I was doing an experiment on myself. I'd been crashing HARD - hitting a wall - every afternoon at 4:30 or 5:00, and I thought it might be an effect of the medicine wearing off. But when NOT taking it, I still hit that wall every day. I think (and so does my doc) that it was just my body trying to adjust to its new life. It wasn't used to exercising and burning calories during the day at ALL!

He asked if I'd noticed that the pills give me more energy. Honestly, I haven't. I told him that the only side effect I could tell was that during those 5 days when I wasn't taking it, I was starving in the evenings. Evenings have always been my trouble time. It's when I used to get the bulk of my calories.

Doctor said, "See, this is why I hate these pills. I'm afraid that when you go off of them, you'll slip back into those old habits and gain it all back. I see it happen all the time."

I said, "Dr. J! It's not gonna happen, because I'm replacing those bad habits with good ones. I'm not just taking the pills. I'm also exercising every day, (I walk 2 miles on MWF, and do an hour of NIA on T/Th) and starting Monday, I'm adding resistance training to the mix. And I'm eating 6 small meals a day, and never after 7:30 or so, and I'm staying between 1500 and 1600 calories. I will never slip back into those old habits."

He beamed. BEAMED, I tell you!
"Stace, girl, you're ROCKING this!"
He was so proud of me, and since he's always been so nurturing and seemed so fatherly to me, his pride and the big pat on my back felt SO good.

I'm grateful for the pills, because I know they've helped me jumpstart this whole new lifestyle. But I'm also proud of the fact that I'm making great strides towards a future without them. I'm working hard, and it's paying off. I feel. SO. GOOD!

I've lost 21 pounds in 4 weeks.
130 to go! :)


Ethan's Mom said...

I will echo Dr. J: "Stace girl, you are ROCKING this." Hooray for you!

Kelli said...

Way to go Stacy!! I love the 20 pounds of potatos. Better to carry them on the outside of your body than inside. Can't wait to see the next photo.

Lee said...

Fantastic! I love the idea of 'showing' the weight lost. Really puts things into perspective.

Midnite Scrapper said...

What a great idea Stacy. I love that you are journaling your weight loss journey. I have not talked about my weight loss journey on my blog yet...maybe I fear that I will fail. I dunno. Keep going. *I* don't want to give up!

Nesa said...

that's awesome stacy!!!

Ginger said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. I can just feel you feeling good about yourself through your words and the pictures, and it makes my heart happy. I am SO proud of you! See you Friday, friend. :)

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you! You will be fine, you decided to go for it, and I know you can do it!
GOod Luck!

Karen K

Anonymous said...

Stacy I am so proud of you. You are inspiring me to do the little things in life that add up to BIG results.

Love you!