I’ve got good news, and bad news

Okay, so the good news is that the scale needle is moving again, thank goodness:

Height: 5’7″
SW: 174
Last Week: 167
This week: 163
Change: -4
Total Loss: -11
And then the kinda-bad news…
I have had pain in my right hip for a couple of years. I have tried literally everything possible to treat this pain, from ice to massage to new mattresses to anti-inflammatories. One doctor diagnosed me with arthritis, but my pain management doc wasn’t convinced. Finally, I had an MRI done a couple of weeks ago.
I have a torn gluteus medius muscle, and the severity of this tear is yet to be determined. I am to try physical therapy for 4-6, but if that doesn’t make a difference, I will need surgery. this means no running for 12 weeks (at a minimum – that’sjust an estimate).
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So the workouts are going to be run-free for quite a little bit. I’m looking at hiking, yoga and swimming. I’m much calmer about this than I was last week (my weigh-in post got lost in the tantrum last week). So we’ll see how it goes.
Never a dull moment around here!
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Weigh-In Wednesday (grrrr)

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OK, so happy Wednesday, everyone! Well, kinda happy. I am running, I am eating better, and this week we have another stall:

Height: 5’7″
SW: 174
Last Week: 167
This week: 167
Change: 0
Total Loss: -7
So, as I do for many other issues in life, I Googled it. I came across an interesting article at Outside magazine on not eating enough while working out, and how your body can prevent you from losing weight to protect you from starving… interesting….
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A spam-free review of garcinia cambogia (really)


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I’m not a daytime TV watcher, so I’m not an expert on Dr. Oz, but this is do know: that man is the source of a lot of spam! I don’t know how many spam-bot sites I’ve seen talking about Dr. Oz’s latest weightloss secret, right alongside the newest alternative to Viagra I can get without a prescription!

Whoopie.

I do believe generally, that marketing hysteria often contains a grain of truth. Dr. Oz, bless the poor man’s heart, has endorsed the use of a supplement called ‘garcinia cambogia’ (which I’m going to refer to as g.c. from now on), to assist us in losing excess weight. Put try to search it on the net, and it’s one ugly spamfest.

But I dug a little deeper to see what’s real and what’s just hype. Here’s what I’ve found out.

In southeast Asia, there is a fruit called a Malabar Tamarind. It looks like a little green pumpkin that grows from trees. These fruits give us g.c., which historically has been used as a spice with southeast asian cuisine.

G.c. is NOT a stimulant, like most other supplements used for weight loss (although stimulant-based ingredients could be added to g.c.).

Allegedly, g.c. slows the body’s production of a chemical called citrate lyase, which is needed to produce fat. If your body doesn’t have enough citrate lyase to work with, it will not put more fat on your frame. It also increases your serotonin level, which in some people may curb their appetite.

There have been studies on the actual weight loss effectiveness of g.c., and while there is some support for the claims of fat loss, they aren’t as dramatic as advertisers claim them to be. A study published in the American Journal of Obesity shouwed a loss on average of 2 pounds per person in those taking g.c. vs. a placebo.

In order to get these results, the study participants given the g.c. supplement had 700 milligrams before breakfast and then again before dinner, so check the labels on the supplement bottle before you decide to try g.c. for yourself.

I tried g.c. for myself. I got a bottle of Life & Food Garcinia Cambogia Supreme. I liked that it did not contain filler ingredients and has 1400 milligrams, so it’s well beyond the minimally effective dose. It is also made in the U.S., which I feel means a better quality product in many cases.

If you’ve been following this blof for the last few weeks, you now that I am losing a little bit of weight each week. I believe that this is primarily due to healthy food choices and exercise. However, I do believe that the Garcinia Cambogia is helping me overcome little slip-ups in my eating. Also, I think seeing weekly weight loss is a great motivation, and any product that helps at this phase of shaping up is a good thing.

So I do think the garcinia cambogia is working for me, and I recommend it to those who are seriously changing their eating habits and getting more active. If you aren’t already doing those things, I don’t think you should spend the money.

Sources:

webmd.com
consumerreports.com

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Working out with a cold – my research

You get a coldSomewhere in the past few days, I received, as one of the kids I used to babysit used to call it, the booger touch. Civilians refer to this as a ‘cold’: body aches, too much snot, etc. Now that the sun is out down here, the question I pose to myself is should I run if I have a cold?

Naturally, I Googled it. Here’s  the major results I found…

Web MD – moderate workout is fine, as long as you don’t have asthma (which I don’t)

Fox News Health – not with symptoms below the neck, like body aches (which I do)

MayoClinic – Not with symptoms below the neck (seeing a pattern here)

Womenshealthmag.com – Not with symptoms below the neck.

So it looks like I will have to wait until the body aches are gone….

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