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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Wednesday Weigh In, and I’m Back

goodnewsbadnewsThis week, I have good news and not-so-good news….

The good news

Last Saturday I ran my first 5K since my eye surgery! It was not at all my best time – not even close – but I still loved the experience and was so grateful for being able to run again, to have my vision still (most of it), and to still have the desire to get out there! I am running one again this Saturday and will surely beat last week’s time…

The not-so-good news

My Wednesday Weigh In yesterday is nothing spectacular – I am actually up a pound, and I’m not sure what that’s about. I’m not too stressed about it though – if I still don’t see any decrease next week I’ll reconsider what I’m doing and see where I can fine tune my eating/working out.

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Wednesday Weigh In – Yay!

I am out of the stall, ya’ll!

 

Height: 5’7″
SW: 174
Last Week: 167
This week: 166
Change: -1
Total Loss: -8

And I am so excited – I am running my first 5K since my eye surgery this Saturday! It has been work to get back in shape after being laid up for so long. I will try to take pictures!

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Wednesday Weigh-In: The Stall

I’m in a stall!

Yes, it’s a stall. I am still at 167 pounds, although my eating and running is soooo much improved:

Height: 5’7″
SW: 174
Last Week: 167
This week: 167
Change: 0
Total Loss: -7
Typically, when I hit a bump on a long-term project, I reflect on what I am not doing that I should be doing. What jumps out at me today is tracking what I’m eating. Ugh. I hate doing that, but I have to admit it works (I’ll even cut down on snacking because I don’t want to write it down and look at it).
But the good news is that I am now a Sweat Pink Ambassador! So that’s encouraging, even while I’m in the stall.
Oh well – this too shall pass!
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Meal planning does not have to suck

reducethewineI am not a natural-born cook, and this isn’t a good thing when you need to lose a few pounds, because restaurant eating just isn’t part of a successful diet (not a large part, anyway).

So I knew that decreased weight meant increased time preparing dinner at home, so I began looking for services that would streamline the process for me. I was surprised to find many resources, from meal planning apps that help get healthy menus together to services that deliver diet-friendly meals right to your door! Here’s many of the services I found that I think are worth a look:

The 17-Day Diet Meal Delivery Plan: this site delivers a weeks worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners once each week. The dieting approach is based on the 2011 diet book The 17-Day Diet. Shipping is free and the meals, like berry crepes with turkey sausage, sound delicious. If you prefer minimal fuss, this is definately worth a look.
FitOrbit: This is more than just a meal plan. FitOrbit offers personal training and nutritional counseling by personal trainers via website and mobile app. FitOrbit’s trainers send recipes and grocery shopping lists, plus you can ‘exchange’ recipes planned for you for meals at the larger chain restaurants.
Medifast: similar to the 17-Day Diet service, Medifast ships all of your meals to you once per week. Medifast’s website claims that customers who strictly adhere to the meals will lose one to two pounds per week when combined with exercise.
BistroMD: another complete meal delivery diet service, BistroMD offers a 7-day plan and a 5-day plan, in case you want to work in a cheat day or a fast day (or both).
eMeals: this is the service I am using, because it allows me to do my own shopping for fresh ingredients, but it’s completely planned out for me: I just print out my grocery list and recipes for the week. eMeals has plans for every diet style out there, from low carb to vegan to portion control to calorie restriction and more.

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Weigh In (sort of) Wednesday

Button_zpsr3unay6jI’m a day late with this – scheduling issues with running and stormy weather. But the good news is that I am down 2 to 167!

A big part of my success so far has been biting the bullet and subscribing to eMeals’ low carb plan (I’m doing a post later with all the plans I reviewed, but I settled on eMeals).

It is soooo nice to just print out a shopping list and print out the menu plan for the week and not have to send anything though energy on what’s for dinner! That alone is worth the money (which is not a lot, I think I ended up paying $60 for a one-year membership).

So far Husband is handling the low-carb meals just fine – last ngiht we had steak and salad, which is difficult to complain about (although he told Son he’d sneak out one night and get them loaded baked potatoes).

Height: 5’7
SW: 174
Last Week: 169
This week: 167
Change: -2
Total Loss: -7
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Dessert alert: paleo chocolate chip banana bread

cchipbananaI don’t know why we refer to what comes out of bakery as ‘baked goods’, because they are most certainly NOT good for our weight. But they are SO yummy…. thus I search for equally yummy desserts that will not blow the weight loss project totally off course. A while back, I told you about Chocolate-Covered Katie’s chocolate pie, and now I’ve got another treat and even my hubby likes it!

It comes to us from Bakerita: paleo chocolate chip banana bread. It is FATASTIC and so moist, it feels sinful, but it’s not!

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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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Wednesday Weigh In

Wait, wait!! Late breaking news… after the big run, I weighed myself before I got in the shower and it said 169!! Woot!!

Height: 5’7
SW: 174
Last Week: 170
This week: 169
Change: -1
Total Loss: -5
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No big loss. I don’t mean that in the I’m-secretly-glad-that-didn’t-work-out way, I mean this week there is no weight loss to report. Ugh. I know this is part of the process, but it’s fun to report another drop!

Ironically, I have a BIG run to do today (see my C25K post about my return to running), so there will be calories burned today!

 

Height: 5’7
SW: 174
Last Week: 170
This week: 170
Change: 0
Total Loss: -4
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