Transformation Update: 09/09/13

I’m really excited about my progress over the last week.  The scale is moving in a meaningful direction again, and I seem to be getting my blood sugar, blood pressure, and energy level more balanced.  Now, if I could just get my IBS symptoms under control!

I weighed 233 this morning, and that is yet another all-time low for this journey.  That’s 2.6 pounds lost over the past week, and that has me on track to hit my 199.8 goal by my birthday (Dec. 18.) Also of interest, my BMI is finally in the 30s.  Yeah, it’s BARELY in the 30s (39.99), but it’s there nonetheless.  Understand, I don’t need BMI to tell me I’m fat, but since the number’s right there in my face on Fitday, I just happened to notice.

I’m still really struggling with regular eating.  I’m also struggling to get adequate calories.  I’m working on it, but it’s definitely a work in progress.  I’m feeling terribly uninspired when it comes to eating, so it’s hard to get excited about a menu plan when eating is usually the last thing I want to do.

I’ve gotten a lot better about not resorting to processed, low-carb foods like shakes and bars, but I’m not really replacing that stuff with anything.  Yogurt and sausage seem to work well for me in the morning, but I usually have to force myself to eat it.  Then, I’m not usually hungry again until dinner, but if I try and pile all my food in at that meal, it usually turns out badly.  Like I said though, I’m working on it.

I have an appointment with the nurse practitioner/nutritionist tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to that.  I’m hoping she’ll have some good input for me.  Also, I’m sure she’ll order another blood draw, and once we can get my creatinine under 1.2, I can go back on Metformin.  Just going back on the Metformin will definitely help with my GI issues (along with my blood sugars, of course.)

This has been such a long journey for me, and I’m not even halfway there.  I’m so enthusiastic though.  Since starting with the new doc back on March 11, I’ve lost over 30 pounds.  I’m getting my hormones, blood pressure, and blood sugar in order, and I’m addressing nutritional deficiencies that I never were as bad as they are (like my vitamin D being 21!) That’s much more progress than I made in the 20 months leading up to that first doctor’s visit.  (Some of you might remember that I started the Transformation Day 2012 challenge at 278.8 on July 25, 2011.  The lowest weight I’d seen over those 20 months was 241.6 in November of 2012.  After I got derailed on a camping trip though, I didn’t manage to pull myself together for SEVERAL months.)

I’ve certainly run into challenges in the six months that I’ve been seen by Dr. Andry, but I’ve never felt more optimistic! The battle has been hard-fought, but this is probably one of the first times in my life where I actually feel like I can do this.  It’ll take time, of course, but I can DO it.  What I do matters, and choosing to walk forward along the path, even if I’m walking at a snail’s pace sometimes, IS going to get me where I need to be.  I’m so grateful to my friends, my family, my blog followers, and most importantly, to God.  Without you all, none of this would be possible!

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