Better Than I Thought…

30 05 2010

As you guys know I’ve been fairly disappointed in my lack of weight loss lately.  Granted I’ve been happy to lose inches, but not seeing the number on the scale budge has been frustrating considering the amount of effort that I’ve been putting into this challenge.  However, I found out after going to the doctor this week that I’ve actually lost more weight than I had originally thought (happy dance).  According to my chart I weighed in at 223.5lbs before my spinal surgery, which was March 2nd of this year and now I’m hovering around 202-203 pound range, which means I’ve lost 20lbs since my surgery!  Which is pretty impressive considering that I could barely walk to the end of the street and back for the first month after my surgery, actually its pretty amazing how far I’ve come since then period.  Granted I still can’t jog (my doctor said that the impact is bad for my spinal fusion) so my activities are limited to walking, swimming and my physical therapy exercises (which in the capacity that I can do them don’t burn as many calories as I would hope).

So my weight loss is mostly controlled by my diet, which is also a challenge due to my insulin resistance (a by product of my PCOS…sigh) so I’m trying to limit my carb and sugar intake as much as possible to maximize my weight loss.

Oh, I am happy to report (since so many of you were kind enough to inquire) that my boyfriend has decided to jump on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon.  He’s been eating better, and has gone to the gym almost everyday for at least an hour (he even hired a personal trainer) and he bought one of those electronic cigarettes to try and help him quit smoking!

It made me so happy when he told me all this, but sad at the same time.  Apparently some guys can’t handle talking about their health and fitness with their significant others.  But when our mutual guy friend stepped in and talked about how he was worried about his health and how great the personal trainer he was working out with was they became instant gym buddies.

I’m kinda jealous that he would rather go to the gym with another guy than with me (granted I just work out outside, at home or at the fitness complex that’s included in our association fees) and I’m also probably a little jealous that since he’s not on disability (he’s receiving full paychecks, I’m only at 60% pay) he’s able to splurge on a membership to a fancy gym, a personal trainer that costs $50/hr and even a fancy Polar heart rate monitor ($250).    But I need to put my green eyed monster in check and just be happy that he’s making these changes.  And I’m glad that he decided to do it for himself and not do it just because I wanted him to.

I did find out that I’ll be going back to work next week (my doctor’s decision, my physical therapist thinks its a horrible idea) but I’ll only be working 4 hour shifts.  I’ve been trying to get a hold of my manager to work out a schedule but no one has gotten back to me, must be the long holiday weekend.  Hopefully their okay with it, otherwise I’ll continue to be out of work until I have the endurance to work a full 8 hour shift.

My physical therapist has some concerns other than the obvious ones for someone who is recovering from a spinal fusion, apparently my right leg is pretty messed up from overcompensating for my back pain (through my leaning walk) for so long.  To give you an idea, I cannot put my right foot flat on the ground, it looks like I’m wearing an invisible high heel.  I also have ridiculous muscle tightness up the back of my leg, even after her stretching my hamstring for an hour we couldn’t get the leg to fully extend, it was always still slightly bent at the knee.  Her biggest concern in the complete lack of flexibility in my right ankle.  She has someone coming to our session next week to fit me for a custom brace that she wants me to wear at least once a day for twenty minutes.  It will have a crank and I’ll have to use it to slowly stretch it out to try and regain some range of motion.

I’ve been pretty active this weekend though, I’ve walked about 2.5 miles each day and I swam laps for about 40 minutes on Friday.  I have also been doing my physical therapy exercises at home.

I made a KILLER dinner the other night too, I pan seared some chicken until it was lightly browned on both sides then brushed it with some marinade that I made from BBQ sauce and a mix of spices (black pepper, garlic, crushed red pepper, parsley) put it in a casserole dish, covered with tin foil and baked in the oven at 375F for about 30 minutes.  While the chicken was cooking I sliced two ripe plantains nice and thin and pan fried them to make some nice, crispy, delicious plantain chips.  I served both with a simple side salad.  Oh, and I love to season my plantain chips with a liberal sprinkle of Adobo seasoning 🙂

Its nice outside so I’m going to go walk before I enjoy some more BBQ later.

Hope you guys are having a great Memorial Day Weekend!!!

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