Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Weigh-In

Another good week for me: down 3 more pounds to 220. I lost 2 pounds last week and 3 the week before that, so this seems to be a good, gentle, happy rate of loss for my body. My body feels good about this. Want to know how I can tell?

I have not had a headache (except for the mild PMS one) in 3 weeks.
I have not taken anything for joint pain in over 3 weeks.
I have not had heartburn, indigestion, or acid reflux all month.
My skin is clearer; no breakouts.

This is significant to me because:

I have had a headache almost every single day for as long as I can remember. My mother used to languish in bed all day long, curtains drawn, ice bag on her head and cool washcloth over her eyes because of severe headaches. She'd only come out to go in the bathroom and vomit. She saw every kind of doctor under the sun and they never found a cause for her headaches and migraines, nor a cure. I never had headaches until I was an obese adult (not sure if diet or weight has anything to do with it, but my mother was also morbidly obese AND ate a lot of junk) but when I started getting them, BOY did I get them. Migraines that made me see auras and rings of color around things... the kind of headache that any noise or light feels like a saber through your head and you want to vomit from the pain. I have gotten regular migraines for years, and regular "normal" type headaches for ages. I got so used to waking up with a headache that it became my normal. My doctor asked me once how I was feeling in general. I said fine. He asked if I ever got headaches, and I said yes. He asked how often, and I said, "oh a couple times a week. Maybe 5 or 6 times a week." And he was appalled. "That is NOT normal!" he said. And I went through various tests that found nothing. And I went on with my headaches, taking Tylenol or Excedrin pretty much every day. Sugar or caffeine withdrawal made them worse. But like I said, the headaches are pretty much gone. I have NO idea why. There is still *some* sugar and *some* caffeine in my diet. I have to think that with my huge dietary change, I must have cut out whatever food or additive that was causing them. When I start adding foods back in, I will have to be extra careful to find the headache trigger and eliminate it forever.

My knees are SHOT. The orthopedic surgeon was 100% sure in 2007 that I would need total knee replacements *soon.* I was hardly able to walk back then. I was on prescription pain medications for my joint pain. I have severe degenerative arthritis, bone spurs in my knees, and a torn meniscus. Put 278+ pounds on top of that and you get PAIN and near immobility. I also get pain in my hands, feet, and hips at times. Over the last 2 years I was able to stop taking the prescription pain meds and switch to things like Aleve and Advil, but I was still taking them almost daily, along with my supplements (glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and Turmeric Force). I am still taking the supplements, but I have not had to take ANY pain medication for my joints in over 3 weeks. I am thrilled! Oh, my knees still hurt sometimes, but not severely enough for medication. I think if I were to walk 2 miles or more I'd need to take something, but it is exciting to me that my pain is less now. I think this is because 1) I am not eating much sugar at all, and sugar has always made my pain worse, and 2) I have taken a decent chunk of weight off my knees this month and also backed off the exercise, which may be giving them a chance to heal. If there are other factors at work, I haven't figured it out yet. Maybe more protein is helping.

Two or three pounds a week is good, I think. It's not a huge, superfast weight loss that might be harder on my body or leave me with more loose skin. It's fairly consistent so far and easier to deal with mentally. I had a funny feeling this week, though, when for a few days it seemed like my belly was deflating. My fat has gotten squishy again rather than firm, and I actually felt like I was melting. It is a weird sensation, like the front of my abdomen and the fat on my hips is going away and those areas are getting softer and,well, they feel like they are melting. My jeans are much, much looser although I have not been able to fit into a smaller size yet.

I have to mention what I had for dinner last night because it was so good! I made the Fettuccine Alfredo from zucchini noodles and I tossed it with grilled chicken breast strips, fresh steamed asparagus, and mushrooms. It was heavenly! I will add sliced black olives, too, next time.

I'm looking forward to another great week. How about you?

30 comments:

Leslie said...

Just fantastic, Lyn. You're getting scale victories as well as NSVs for your efforts here. And the physical improvements that are so tangible are incredibly motivation to keep going. You're really doing this, and I'm so happy for and inspired by you.

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine was suffering from arthritis-like joint pain. She later finds out that the pain has been caused by a gluten intollerance. She is not on a gluten-free diet and has only suffered when she strayed from the diet.

Anonymous said...

Sorry...last comment should have read she is "NOW" on a glute-free diet...

Shae said...

Great loss! You are doing fantastic. 2 or 3 lbs a week is good. I think slower is better. You learn better habits along the way that help ensure that you can keep the weight off. Just my 2 cents ;)

Seren_Sighs said...

You took over the counter pain medication for headaches everyday? Apparently most otc pills cause rebound headaches. I had a friend who had migraines and she took several excedrin a day and her doctor made her stop taking them because they are one of the worst pills for rebound headaches.

I've heard cherries are supposed to be a good alternative for headaches, for the same reasons it helps joints.

Perhaps you should pay attention to how the pills affect your headaches. You haven't had the pills in several weeks and you haven't had the headaches for about as long.

Shelley said...

I remember feeling that "deflating" thing with my stomach - it's weird, and was squishy for a bit, but then it seemed to go back to normal, only smaller, if that makes any sense.

Glad to hear you are feeling so good!

Two Fat Girls Take Umbrage said...

Ah, the old joints and everything else hurts. I can so relate. I have just thrown away nearly thirty pounds but can't wait to goal to see how everything feels then. I just had dorsal bunion surgery on both feet, previously had a torn meniscus and that same knee is acting up again.

Congratulations on your new plan. My co-blogger has lost over sixty pounds since November on Medi-Fast, so I have seen it working great for her.

Jo

The CilleyGirl said...

I've always had headaches too, to the point where I really don't mention to my doctor the "regular" ones because I'm so used to them. I did find that some of the middle grade ones were caused by high blood pressure; once that got under control with meds, I went back to most lighter regular headaches with only occasional migraines.

PhluffyPrincess said...

I have those kind of migranes also and once I learned about them in med school, I started really focusing on what triggered them. For me it is sugar, and more specifically sugary drinks (i.e. kool-aid, soda, sugary iced tea). So yours may be food related as mine was - there is almost always a trigger.

Congrats on the weight loss! You are really staying consistent.

Katie said...

So glad to hear that your body feels good! And that fettuccine alfredo sounds amazing - I'll have to try it!

I'm looking forward to a great week, too! I did some baking today (a zucchini loaf and banana bread), and I will freeze it in individual portions so I always have a treat ready. Planning is key for me! :)

Sean (Learn Fitness) said...

Have you found that glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM work on your joints? I've been really worried about my weights effect long term on my joints and lately my knees have been kind painful on the stairs in the morning and at night.

Congrats on the changes in the past few weeks. While I can't imagine what it's like I certainly am happy that your doing so much better. I hope you've really found the culprits to your problems.

I'm hoping to have a great week, even if I'm not feeling so well right now.

Margie M. said...

Two to three pounds a week is fantastic!!! It all adds up over the course of a month. I'm glad you have been feeling better and the headaches have diminished a lot. If you are suffering with so much pain, it should make working the Medifast program all the more fun.

Have a great week ahead.

Lyn said...

Sean~

Yes. It seems to help immensely. I firmly believe if I had not lost weight AND taken supplements, I'd not be very mobile right now. I do notice a difference if I stop taking supplements for a week (I used to "forget" them when I was off plan with my eating).

Sonogal said...

Congratulations! Your loss is fantastic. And I'm happy for you, that your pain is better. That must be a great feeling!

Anonymous said...

You talked about the crashes from sugar, bad food etc, and we know how addicting it is! Had to pass along something I just read on the front page of CNN "Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction"

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/03/28/fatty.foods.brain/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

screwdestiny said...

That is just GREAT. I mean, the losses every week are definitely a good thing, but I think it's far better that you now have to deal with so much less pain.

Fat Grump said...

It's interesting that your headaches have gone Lyn. That is a real bonus, isn't it? As someone who suffered intense migraines until about six years ago, I can imagine your relief. It's like living under a dark cloud when you have pain in your life every day. Hope you have a new spring in your step as a result of not having to take so many meds. I am convinced the side effects of certain drugs play havoc with daily life, in many subtle ways. And the weight keeps coming off! I am really pleased for you :-)

RLibby said...

Lyn -

Thank you for sharing your health-related revelations with us. People always focus on the actual weight loss and tend to forget about all of the "lesses" that come with it - like less pain!

I'm so happy to hear it :)

Renee
PR Coordinator
Medifast, Inc.

Knitty said...

Awesome Lynn, I am so pleased for you. :)

Did you see this on cnn.com this morning? http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/03/28/fatty.foods.brain/

No surprise at all, huh?

Rebekah said...

Yay Lyn You are doing so great, I am glad your body is also responding positively!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Lyn! I have loved reading about your success and am cheering you on all the way!

One thing you may not have considered regarding Medifast, and this is just my own theory -- BUT it is very high in soy protein. Soy protein, from my understanding, contains very weak estrogens which some women take to help with hot flashes, etc. during perimenopause. I am in early menopause, and when it began, I was still having very regular periods. (Estrogen levels can get irregular by your late thirties in normal circumstances.) My own estrogen levels are low. I've noticed that since I've taken estrogen replacement, that my own constant headaches and migraines are MUCH better, my own joints ache FAR less, and it is easier to lose weight. Of course, my PMS symptoms are much better, and I don't have food cravings. (I've spoken to three doctors about this, and they all agree.) Just something to think about. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Hugs!

Theresa said...

Great news Lyn! I'm so happy your aches and pains are decreasing and improving your quality of life. It is such a physical AND mental boost!! Can I ask a favor? Along the way you have posted how well you like a product, is it possible to do a recap on them? I'm trying to put together an order and would love to benefit from your experience.

Lyn said...

Theresa~

I have a few more products I tried over the weekend that I am going to review soon... today or tomorrow. When I do that post I will put links in it to the other Medifast product reviews I've done.

If you want to see them sooner, scroll down and click "older posts". All of the reviews were done in March, and almost all of them have photos of the product so they should be easy to spot. Hope this helps!

Laura said...

That's fantastic Lyn!!! So great to know how your body reacts to the things we put in it. :)

Laura
http://nomoreweightforme.blogspot.com/

-J.Darling said...

Working out can definately be too hard on some body types too! You don't want to do more damage than good!

Sounds like you've found a good balance Lyn! Way to go! I'm down 6 lbs, and it hasn't quite been a full week completely on plan yet!

I'm working to get the weight off before my show 4/30 and before my triathlon the following week. I wanna be in the 190's for this tri!

Writer Belle said...

Congrats on that loss, Lyn!

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

I think it's a fantastic rate of loss! I think sometimes we all want so much so fast, slow and steady wins the race!!

spunkysuzi said...

You are doing great :) I also have arthritis and when i was at my heaviest with medication i could barely hold a bar of soap and get in and out of the bathtub. Now i hardly ever take meds for it! And like you i have days where it's sore but on the whole it's so much better!
I am really enjoying seeing you do well :)

Julie said...

I went on the MF plan Jan. 1 and have had hardly any headaches, heartburn, or other problems that had become a seemingly "normal" part of my existence up until then... It's great, isn't it? Keep up the good work!

Fighter said...

wow! u can see such a big difference. Keep going..you're an inspiration