Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thinner Thursday

Previous Weight:  182
Current Weight:  181.2
Difference:  0.8

Definitely no complaints this week!  I probably could have lost a bit more, but last night I was hungry and decided on a second helping of pasta, and a couple glasses of champagne, AND tiny ice cream cones from Trader Joe's.  Always a brilliant and solid move before a weigh in!

It's funny, a lot of soul searching has come up recently in our household about drinking and what our relationship is with it now.  I don't drink nearly as much as I used to, some of that is because the calorie hit isn't worth it most days, but a lot of it is that I'm starting to get negative physical reactions to it.  Lately if I have a couple drinks at night, I will wake up in full body sweats and not be able to go back to sleep for several hours.  Not fun, let me tell you!  I'm also pretty bloated and usually have a headache the next day unless I pound about a gallon of water, not to mention the poor food choices I usually make during.  In fact, I woke up this morning with a headache even though I just had 2 glasses of champagne.  Sigh. It's just made me question how worth it any of that is, and obviously makes me concerned about the health implications as well.  I don't know that I would ever stop drinking all together, but it's becoming less and less of a need/identity to me which is a very weird sensation.  It's also very difficult because we live in an area where beer and wine are an artform and a craft that the city prides itself on.  It's everywhere, you can't escape it, and it's so easy to give in to the expectation that beer/wine will be had with most meals.  Cutting back will be challenging, but I guess like anything else foodwise, you just do it and soldier on.  Anyway, a new world and thought process to explore I suppose!  Apparently I am getting old!

Speaking of health, I'm happy to report that my new doctor is pretty awesome and my appointment last Friday went well!  He was a really nice guy, had the good grace to laugh at my bad jokes, ignored that I was nervous/babbling and really listened to me.  The main thing I loved was that I felt he genuinely believed me when I was telling him what I had tried to solve my issues, including lifestyle changes.  For instance, I don't think my last doctor believed how much water I drank a day and it's like, no seriously, it's well over 100 ounces usually.  He didn't even make me feel dumb about the colon cancer study and in fact we had a really good talk about it!  At the end of the day we both decided that while the study was indeed very troubling, it was highly unlikely that I would be at risk.  At the same time he said that if I was truly stressed and it was keeping me up at night that he would absolutely order a colonoscopy be done for me.  It was just nice to have a doctor not be anti-test for once!  We both agreed that since my system did respond the FODMAP diet that it was more than likely a dietary sensitivity that needs to be figured out.

The course we're taking at the moment is him referring me to a naturopath who specializes in digestive issues.  He said not only does she do elimination diets and testing but she also does acupuncture, which is something I've actually been very curious about since some people with my issues have seen improvements from acupuncture treatments.  I am completely game for whatever at this point, even another elimination diet!  It sounds like she's pretty awesome and does things in a very prescribed way.  I need to sit down and call her and get rolling with an appointment.

The one thing that really sucked was that I was due for the TDAP vaccine, so I did go ahead and get it like the good science loving, disease hating lass I am.  But as any of you who have had the shot know, they hurt like a bastard!  I'm usually not a baby about pain, but my arm was a wreck all weekend.  Every time I rolled on it Friday night it woke me up, plus I had an upper body workout on Saturday and thought I was going to die every time I did something like chest flys!

To end on a good note, apparently my new scale IS accurate.  My weight at the doctor was 185 point something, and that was after lunch and several cups of tea.  Typically my weight bounces up about 3-5 pounds after meals so, I guess the 182 last Thursday was right.  Sorry about sounding so in disbelief about it, it's just hard to believe since I've been thinking I've been a certain weight for however many weeks, and now I'm actually closer to my goals than I thought!  I was kind of wondering because it's like, I look slimmer in certain pictures than my old scale was indicating, but I was chalking that to body recomping!  Anyways, all's well that ends well!

Tomorrow instead of a favorites thing, I may actually just talk about fun stuff.  I realized that I never talk about Molly or Eric anymore or post pictures!  I don't want to totally be robotic and talk about numbers and this that and the other all the time, so I may play fun picture catch up with you guys tomorrow!


3 comments:

  1. A) Good for you for getting your Tdap! Pertussis is no joke. Adults can easily fall off the vaccine bandwagon. B) I looked at that study and agree that it's a troubling trend, but could be due to a lot of things like improved diagnosis, earlier screening because we understand risk factors better, HPV and of course, societal changes in diet (which you're working on). You're doing all you can to decrease your risk from a health behaviors perspective and your response to the FODMAP diet is hugely reassuring. I hope the elimination diet and acupuncture help!

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  2. Glad you found a doctor you love! It sucks to not be taken seriously!
    Good luck with the naturopath!

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  3. So happy about that new doc for you! Best of luck with it and yay for a Molly and Eric post!

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