What do nausea and my heart have in common?

Today, I learned something.

Something I wish I didn’t know.

But now I know, so I’m gonna share it with you, whether you like it or not.

So, remember when I shared a li’l TMI last week? In case you don’t, here’s a li’l refresher. My doctor took me off “the pill” (you know the one) because she thought it might have contributed to my recent high blood pressure readings (let’s not forget about the tons of stress I’ve been under too!)… anywho, it’s been almost a month since I stopped taking those magical cramp-stopping pills.

And I’ve been feeling different the past few mornings.

Nauseous. Achy. Nauseous.

I was getting ready for work yesterday morning and thought I’d be ok… but then 5 minutes before I was going to leave I threw up. Yup. Sure did. I thought what any other person would think, “Oh, I must have the flu.” So, I called in to work, put my pjs back on and went to bed. My sister bought me Sprite and saltines.

Late morning, I felt a lot better, but I took things easy the rest of the day. By the afternoon, I was feeling great but didn’t want to push it so I had some soup. No problems. I figured it MUST have been a li’l flu bug or something and chilled in bed the rest of the night, catching up on my DVR’d Nip/Tuck episodes.

Then, the alarm went off this morning… and I felt nauseous again. I never threw up but began to wonder… could this nausea be connected with me going off the pill?

A few minutes of Internet searching confirmed my suspicions. Especially if you’ve been on the pill for years (8 or so for me), when you stop taking them, your body goes through some type of hormone shock… and in some cases, you can experience morning sickness.

Yup folks, I have morning sickness… and I’m not even pregnant.

WTH.

One of the reasons why women get symptoms like nausea, giddiness, and general feeling of purging which is very similar to morning sickness in pregnancy is because the hormones are being restored to normal production. Birth control pills have to alter the hormones like estrogen and progesterone in the body in order to stop pregnancy. When a woman stops taking birth control pills the hormones come back to the original level and these hormones are vital for pregnancy. That is why women get similar symptoms to pregnancy when they stop taking birth control pills.

The most common symptoms experienced by women who stop taking birth control pills are:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

via scumdoctor

My workout tools and my aching knees

Here’s what I’m using right now – my brand new Asics Gel Kushon 2 running shoes, Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day shred DVD, a yoga mat and a pair of 2 lb free weights.

I just got the shoes yesterday at Kohl’s. Already I can feel a difference… the gel cushioning is great for shock absorption, which, let’s be honest… when you weigh 267 and you’re jumping around, there’s BOUND to be some stress to the knees and ankles. I’m hoping that these shoes will help alleviate some of that stress, because my knees are killing me.

I thought that a day of rest would help, but it didn’t. I tried just walking the past 2 days, but it hasn’t gotten better. I’m sure that standing for four hours on cement at the Pettitt didn’t help, but seriously, WTH.

I’ve been using biofreeze and that helps, but I’m not sure what else to do. Do I rest another day? Do I push through it?

I’m sure they just hurt because I haven’t worked out in so long and carrying around 267 pounds can’t be easy.

Le sigh.

Ok, enough complaining. Today I did day 6 of the shred and it was ok. I haven’t done the shred since Wednesday, so I feel like I went backwards a li’l bit. I will have to be more diligent with it to complete my 30 day shred challenge.

I’ve been doing pretty well as far as my diet goes… Friday night I went to Comet Cafe with my sis and I got the Baked Chili Mac… which was ahhh-mazing (see below). I ate less than half of it and felt sick the rest of the night. Lesson learned.

Good news… and bad news

Today was, well, interesting. I had a doctor’s appointment for a checkup and got to talk to her about how I’m trying to change my life. She was very proud of what I’ve done in the past two weeks and even asked, “How did you lose that much in 2 weeks?”

My answer?

“I exercised.”

We both laughed and she replied, “Yeah, well that’ll do it. You’re a step above me!”

I have a long history with my doctor. I have been going to Dr. H. since I was 12; I basically grew up with her. She is my mom and sister’s doctor too, so she totally understands my family and always asks about them when I go for an appointment. She knows I’ve struggled with my weight since my very late teens, and knows I’ve tried every diet in the book (even ones she doesn’t approve of). She’s seen my weight creep up and up and up for the past 8-9 years to where I’m at right now. She doesn’t judge. She is very compassionate and knows what a heartache this is for me. Dr. H. knows about my anxiety issues (and prescribes me Xanax as needed). Bottom line – she is amazing. I can honestly say that not wanting to lose her as my primary care physician has been a thought when I’ve considered moving. I just have a really good connection with her and I know that she genuinely cares about me – this isn’t just a job for her.

But I digress.

(oh, there’s a li’l tmi in the next paragraph: you’ve been warned)

So, today Nurse D. took my blood pressure, to see where I’m at since my physical in December (when it was first documented as being high). Today my blood pressure was 149/96. If you don’t know about blood pressure, I can assure you that is not a good number to see. I had never had even the slightest high blood pressure reading before December 2009. This is all so bizarre. In December, Dr. H. mentioned that the first thing to go if my blood pressure stayed high was the birth control pill. (here’s the tmi) Late in December, she told me to stop taking it, which should make my next “time of the month” a blast. I’ve been on the pill for years to help regulate my lady business. Cramps were out of control and I felt like I was losing gallons of blood. (end tmi)

ANYWAYS, so I went off the pill a few weeks ago in the hopes it would lower my blood pressure, but as you can see from my reading today, it was high again. I am supposed to go back to see Dr. H. in a month for another BP check and if it is still high, I will have to start taking medication. High blood pressure medication at the age of 27. Unreal. I held my shiz together til I got to the car and cried my eyes out. I am TOO young for this. I can’t believe I let myself get this fat. I don’t want to die.

Unfortunately for me, even when I do lose the weight, the high blood pressure problem may continue, as there is a long line of family history of blood pressure issues. My mom and my uncle were both on high blood pressure meds in their early 20s and they were both at very healthy weights when they were diagnosed.

So, I’m scared and upset which I’m sure is not doing anything to help my blood pressure (what a catch-22). My doc said we need to get this taken care of or I could have some major problems ahead of me.

So, there you have it… the good news, the bad news and a li’l tmi.

Helping the hungry: Pound for Pound Challenge

You may have noticed this li’l graphic in my sidebar:

I signed up for the Pound for Pound Challenge, committing to lose 35 pounds. I thought this was weight you committed to lose by June but I obviously misread… so I could have pledged more but oh well.

Basically, for every pound you pledge, they will send a pound of food to a Milwaukee food pantry. Right now, Milwaukee is #9. So c’mon and join the party!

Weigh In Wednesday: Happy Dance

Right now I feel like doing this (cue 0:46):

Why? Because I lost 4.6 pounds this week!

EEEEEEEEEEEKKKKK!!!

I have a huge smile on my face today. It’s so wonderful to get validation that my hard work is paying off. I just need to stay focused. If I’m being completely honest, I’d say that what I really wanted to “treat” myself with was a piece of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. No joke.

Instead, I treated myself to a skinny cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks (just 90 calories!)

I have done the 30 Day Shred 4 times in the past week, and walked for a total of 4.7 miles. Waaaay more activity than I’ve had in the last year (sadly) and I have been very good about watching what I eat.

For example, last night I met up with a bunch of FitMKE peeps at AJBombers for a blogging meeting. I got the Baked Stuffed Mushroom “burger” (sauce on the side) and a small side of onion strings… of which I ate about 10. Talk about self restraint and only eating if you’re hungry. A few weeks ago, I would have cleaned the plate of onion strings. Seriously. And I would have ordered a large.

I think for me to succeed, it’s going to be all about moderation and not depriving myself… which is exactly what I did. 🙂

I’ve lost 4.6 pounds in the last week and 6.8 pounds in 2 weeks. Want previous stats? Click here.

Am I crazy?

Two workouts/one day.

Yep, I’m certifiable.

Actually, I think I’m on some kind of high. Is this what it feels like to be fit? Is this what it feels like to know you’re doing something RIGHT?

Cuz if it is, I’m down with it.

A few notes:

  • The part I hate most about my body is my midsection. I would chop it off if I could (even though it does make a good resting place for a bowl when I’m sitting on the couch). I know I need to do abdominal workouts in order to fix the situation but they are quite difficult. It’s not the lack of muscle that makes them difficult. It’s the giant blob of fat between my chest and my thighs that makes it difficult. Do you see pregnant women doing situps? No, because there’s a giant mass on their abdomen. If you have a flat midsection, imagine trying to do situps with a basketball under your shirt. Yeah, it gets in the way. I think I could do them better if it wasn’t for the blob, but if it wasn’t for the blob I wouldn’t be doing them right now. Catch 22?
  • When I do jumping jacks, jump rope or the butt kicks in Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred, I feel like the house is going to crash down around me.
  • Also, when I do the jumping jacks, jump rope or butt kicks in the 30 day shred, I’m pretty sure my face gets smacked by my boobs.
  • Will I get to the point where my thighs don’t rub together anymore? Cuz that would be awesome. Former fat girls, can you tell me?
  • I love dailymile.

And… a post workout photo. Gentlemen, eat your hearts out.

Weigh-In Wednesday (a day late) plus yummy food porn

It’s Weigh-In Wednesday, Thursday edition because I didn’t get a new battery for my scale until today… drumroll please…..

272.0…for a total of 2.2 lbs lost in one week.

HOLLER! That’s even WITH my not-so-good weekend.

So before I do a li’l celebration dance, I have a few more things to share.

First, I bought Jillian Michaels’ 30 day shred DVD today at Target (bonus $2 off coupon = $8 investment, not too shabby). I did level 1 today. It’s about a 20 minute or so workout… and boy am I feeling it. But I know I done good… so I’m happy about that. Hopefully I won’t have to stay at the level 1 “easy” stage for long.

Second, I found an awesome app for my Droid that will help me keep track of weight loss, calories, etc… AND it has this cool barcode scanner feature… which will look up your food item in its database. I’ll have to do a video blog about it someday, but until then, check out Calorie Counter from Fatsecret.com.

Third, we have food porn.

I sauteed a chicken cutlet from Whole Foods in some Wildtree Grapeseed Oil and Garlic & Herb Blend… along with a shredded zucchini. Then I added some cherry tomatoes and some fresh mozzarella. ZOMG. Soooo good.

Weekend away not so great for the new me

I got back from visiting my friend Holly in St. Louis late last night. I had a great time catching up with her and all my STL friends, but the weekend was not necessarily kind to my new lifestyle.

I tried to eat as healthy as I could (getting a salad instead of fries, a grande latte instead of a venti, etc), but I still made some poor choices. I was on vaca though, so I get a free pass, right? Right?

So I’m home now and working on my food/exercise plan. I’m hoping to join a gym this week and today I spent a small fortune on veggies and other healthy goodness from Whole Foods.

Here are some of my ideas…

  • Go vegetarian or vegan approximately 1/3 of every month (just to switch things up a bit)
  • Eat mostly organic or natural foods (no artificial fillers, preservatives or other yuck)
  • No more fast food
  • Cut back on eating out
  • Pack lunch the night before
  • Meal plan a week at a time
  • Make better choices
  • Still enjoy my favorite foods, just less of them (PORTION CONTROL)
  • Continue drinking lots of water
  • Do yoga with my #fitmke #wlc buddy at least twice a month
  • Go to the gym 2-3 times a week (working up to 4-5x/week by April 15)
  • Workout with a partner 1-2x/week
  • Try some workout dvds (yoga, pilates, 30 day shred)
  • Run a 5k in 2010 (RUN… not walk)
  • Keep a food diary and work hard to have a balanced diet
  • Buy new gym shoes and workout clothes
  • Not be afraid of the scale… which means I need to change the batteries.

I’ve also joined DailyMile… you can follow me here. I tried SparkPeople but I think it might be too much for me to keep up on.

How did I just realize this?

I bought my winter coat last year during an after winter clearance sale. It was a steal at $13.

Well I just had a li’l punch to the gut.

Imagine my surprise to see it is a maternity coat. Shiz. No wonder it fits so nicely. Omg. I am sitting at the airport right now both mortified and highly amused.
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Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Alfredo

Last night I made the most amazing meal. It wasn’t SUPER healthy, but it wasn’t SUPER unhealthy either.

To repeat this fabulous meal, this is what you’ll need:

Pasta, milk, cider vinegar, butter, chicken and the following Wildtree goodies: Buffalo Wing Marinade, Natural Grapeseed Oil and Alfredo Extraordinaire. (you can click on the links to view the products on my Wildtree site. For nutritional info, click the product profile card link on each page).

First thing’s first: Line a pan with foil.

Next, get your chicken marinating. I mixed about 1/2 cup of the cider vinegar with 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil and 1 TBSP of the Buffalo Wing Marinade. (I made a half recipe).

Mix it up good then add your chicken. Then put it aside for at least 20 min. For more flavor, prepare this the night before and let it marinade all night in the fridge.

Now you should start getting your water boiling for the pasta. Sorry, no photo because after I did the chicken, I forgot to take pics until the end. Deal.

At this point, stick the chicken in the oven at 400. I think I cooked them 15-20 min a side.

Once the water is boiling, add your pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Then, get a little saucepan and prep the Alfredo. Depending on how many servings you need (or how thick you like the sauce), adjust the recipe on the package. Melt the butter, add milk and then add the mix, stirring until completely mixed and the sauce is full of creamy goodness.

Drain your pasta, throw it in a bowl, top with some alfredo and then… OMG add the chicken. It’ll look something like this and it will taste HEAVENLY.

Disclaimer: I am an Independent Representative for Wildtree. But I can assure you, even if I didn’t sell the stuff, I would be eating it all the time. I <3 my discount.