I mentioned last week that I had some ideas for some posts, and was wondering when I would write about them, which week I would handle this or that idea. But I’ve been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster in the last week, and there’s no real cause, so I thought I would talk about that instead.
Since I started doing my blogging and telling my story, I have felt all my nerve endings range from totally dead to constant sparking, at least emotionally. Last week, I was dealing with a bit of disappointment (as I went back to work) about the fact that I hadn’t accomplished more logistically in my six weeks off, or hadn’t had greater results for my health situation. Going back to work itself is also a potential source of stress as I return to a new job, new environment, and a lot of uncertainty. Even with the great news about my A1C numbers, it was an up and down week. » Read the rest
I was trying to decide between several different topics for this week. One that is on my mind is a variation on “it takes a village” and the support that I’ve received since going public with my journey. Another is about my actual mechanical process for food, nutrition, tracking, etc. and appointments. Another wants to update on a bunch of miscellaneous things. But I jettisoned all of them because I have BREAKING NEWS.
On Monday of this week, I had my medical checkup and this was my 3-month benchmark since I had my original blood work done in September/October. I did the new blood work last Friday, and while they are checking lots of things to be safe, the big marker for the test is my A1C number.
For those not familiar with bloodwork and diabetes, the A1C measures “blood glucose levels”. Your red blood cells have hemoglobin proteins in them to transport oxygen around your body. » Read the rest
I confess that I had a small internal goal. While the focus of my weightloss is on my overall health, and my big goal of losing 157 pounds over two years (or whatever time it takes), I do have little mini-goals. Breaking 300 pounds is one of mine, and I hit a plateau around late October, early November. I’ve been stuck in the teens — 315, 318, 313, etc. I had plans to hit the exercise routine hard in December, but my body and mind was telling me to take it easy and just “rest”, and for once I listened. I disconnected from a bunch of stuff, and just hoped that I could maintain through to the new year. I knew I wouldn’t hit my 300 goal, but I’d settle for not going up more than 5 pounds. If I did, well, no biggie, I’d refocus in the new year.
Managing the Cycle
As an aside, I’ve discovered my life revolves around a week-long cycle. » Read the rest
Last week, I talked about various performance indicators of success in my weight loss. Not surprisingly, the first group is my actual weight — using a simple weight scale to chart my success, failure or continued plateauing. Since you can make progress without losing actual weight, i.e. by shifting weight around, I am also doing body measurements. Third, I have more qualitative measures around psychology, physical elements, clothing, social, exercise and functional fitness. While some of the comments I received will be helpful in fine-tuning some of the indicators, and perhaps delving into wellness indicators (not entirely sure about that area yet), it seems to me that there is something missing.
Maybe it’s a hold-over from my childhood with the Canada Fitness Test where I couldn’t meet the standard, but I went looking for an objective test of fitness. I was apparently fairly naive in my approach. I thought I would punch “adult fitness test” into Google, and somewhere in the first couple of links, I would have a plethora of choices. » Read the rest
One of the first things you see when looking at weight loss stories or advice/tips/tricks from professionals is that it isn’t “all about the number”. People commenting on my posts on FB have echoed that advice too — reminding me to also look for success indicators that are not tied to my weight scale. What some experts call “off-the-scale” or “off-scale” success. These “other” indicators become not only philosophically important, moving you from a technical definition of obesity tied to your weight or Body Mass Index to a more functional definition of fitness, but also psychologically crucial if you bust your ass between weigh-ins and yet the needle doesn’t move because you’ve hit a plateau.
And with my typical analytical zeal, combined with my love of all things performance measurement related at work, I adapted my approach to take into account these “other factors”. I also used my research time to look at various milestones to give me way stations along the journey, markers to tell me I’ve achieved some arbitrary measure of success, something other than the obvious 157 little milestones for each pound lost or one big milestone at the end. » Read the rest