Happy New Year to all of you!
After spending over 3 weeks away from home, either with my guy or at my
folks', I am ready to go home. I love them, but I am so
accustomed to having my own space, my own place, my own routine, my own
bed, that I am so ready to be there. My guy and I drove in from
my folks' to his place today. I'll spend the night here and head
back to HOME tomorrow.
I have so much to do...
But mostly, I want to visit with my pupsicles and I want to start going
to the Wellness Connection Center. I really am looking forward to
that. My father took some pix of me, from the front, each side,
and the back. These will serve as my before pix.
I missed my psych appt today (cuz I thought the appt was for the
beginning of Feb). So I called and rescheduled for next
Wendesday. We talked in November about changing me off one drug
and using another. The one drug contributes to my weight gain and
retention. Also, in November we boosted up my level of levoxyl
(which is like Synthroid, because I had most of my thyroid removed).
Ten years ago, when I first moved to the South from PA, I gained
weight. About 30 pounds in about 2 years. Mostly I gained
because my eating habits changed (there are more types of foods and
most things are deep fried, or with fat added, or both) and my activity
level changed. I walked everywhere in PA and when I moved South,
no mo walking for me...too damn hot and humid!!
Then, a few years later, in 2000, my hyperthyroid was not responding to
the treatment so surgery was performed. Most of my thyroid came
out. I went from having a very very high metabolism to dragging
butt overnight. However, my eating habits did not change.
So I gained another 30 pounds. Prednisone contributed to the
problem as well.
But I certainly did not take steps to counter act all that. I did
eventually modify my eating habits, but they could still use
help. But my activity level pretty much remained rather
minimal. After all, as a grad student, I did lots of work on the
computer and time would slip by, and I would not remember to get to the
track, or use the university's gym. It also became painful for me
to even walk, my lower back would bind tighter and tighter.
Then in the summer of 2003, I began to take several medications.
One is known to cause weight gain and retention. I gained 40
pounds over the next two years. I think that I am now over 230
So, hopefully, the combination of activity level being increased (the
wellness connection center membership) and changing medication, as well
as improving my eating habits, will all work toward helping to tone me
up, slim me down, and all that good stuff. So I plan to post
updates here. And in a few months, if I can get some pix taken at
that time, then I'll post before and current (after having been focused
on improving my health and image).
So, come join me on the trip!!