Wednesday, September 17, 2014

16.2 Miles to Go

I weighed in last night down 1.6 lbs.  That puts me at a total of 104 lbs lost and 16.2 lbs to reach my goal weight.

Last night at Weight Watchers, instead of giving our individual 90 second stories, our leader set it up like a panel.  She played Meredith Vieira.  The other two giving their stories were lifetime members (sat on either side of me).  This way was a lot better for me - less stage fright!  We didn't have a chance to do the Enterprise song but the leader said that we could do it when I get to goal.

So why did I start with Weight Watchers anyway? I signed up with a diabetes prevention study that was sponsored by them. The IU Health researchers took your weight, blood pressure and some blood to test your A1C and cholesterol. Matching your numbers up to their chart they assign you to receive one or two years of Weight Watchers. You return for checkups about every 6 months.

I qualified for two years. If I wasn't a part of the study I wouldn't have ever joined Weight Watchers....I just couldn't afford it. I don't know if anyone else in the study has had the success I've had. I was in a focus group of some participants but everyone else seemed to have given up. A couple had discovered conditions that needed addressed; they were totally unaware of the issues before joining the study. So there are at least three of us who gained something from participating in this study. So why don't more people sign up and participate in them?

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I keep getting these tweets that something I've posted is featured in someone's  So I signed up for one just to play around with it, although I don't really understand what the point of it is.  Have you set up a daily/weekly/monthly?  Did you see any benefit from it?

I kind of enjoyed running the birthday clean eating challenge last week so I think I'll run one (almost) every month.  October's theme is fall cleaning, preparing yourself for the winter.  This month's challenge will be October 13-19 (begins on Columbus Day).  If you're interested in participating, friend me on Facebook and leave a comment below so I know who you are.

If you can't tell, I've been playing with a new program to create graphics (I've already forgotten how I came across the site).  Canva seems to have a great variety but I'm not too sure with some of their templates. They can be difficult to manipulate and fit what you're wanting.  But I suppose that can be an issue with any free graphics program.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Les Mills Combat...Complete

As expected I didn't lose this week because of TOM.  I actually gained 1.2 lbs.  When it's TOM gains don't bother me one bit!

When I submitted my Les Mills Combat results for the Beachbody Challenge Tuesday morning I was shocked to see that from July-September 2nd I lost 12 inches and 15.4 lbs!  So I was curious how I did other timeframes on my journey.  These past couple of months came in second to September-November last year where I lost 17.5 inches and 15.6 lbs!  I lost the least weight March-May 2014 (only 4.6 lbs) and the least inches May-July 2014 (only 2 in).

Before heading out to my birthday dinner we stopped at Kmart to get the "bone weights" (Benny's name for them still makes me chuckle).  We weren't sure what size to get but their inventory was slim pickings.  I tried the 5 lb weights but they felt like nothing.  The 8 lb weights were a little hard to lift (like they should be) so that's what I got.  The poor cashier could barely lift them to ring me up.

Dinner at Cracker Barrel was the grilled chicken tenderloin with green beans and brown rice pilaf (I don't understand why they call it pilaf).  Normally I only eat one biscuit but I ate 3 (contributing factor to the gain)!  I spent all day Tuesday with heartburn because of it....never again! LOL

I was so overwhelmed with birthday wishes across social media.  Roughly 90 messages on Facebook alone; I have no idea how many it was on GooglePlus.  I think that's a record for me!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Where My Heart Will Take Me

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I weighed in last night down another 1.4 lbs!  Benny measured me Monday night and I lost 4.5 inches overall in August.

At the end of the Weight Watchers meeting last week I was asked to give my story in 90 seconds on the 16th, bringing pictures or other items to represent our success.  I'm bringing my Panama City Beach t-shirt and possibly our family picture wearing it from the 3 hour cruise we took to Shell Island.  They always give us a little form with 4-5 questions to guide our story.  This time I've only come up with a response to the last two.

We came across the Star Trek: Enterprise series (2001-2005) on Netflix and have been watching it.  When I heard the theme song my head was screaming, "OMG that's my story!"  Here's a video of the song.

I've re-written the lyrics a little bit to fit this journey.  What do you think?

It's been a long journey,  losin' these pounds.
It's been a long time,  but my goal weight is finally near.
I'm about to see this dream come alive at last. I will touch the sky.
Nobody's gonna hold me down. Nobody's gonna change my mind.

Cause I've got faith of the heart. I'm going where my heart will take me.
I've got faith to believe I can do almost anything.
I've got strength of the soul and no one's gonna bend or break me.
I've got faith.
I've got faith,  faith of the heart.

Today was the last rest day for Les Mills Combat.  I now have 7 solid days of workouts until I'm done with the program.  Still don't know what I'm doing next....

On today's walk I picked up some Swiss chard (first time having) and mozzarella.  I found a $1 bill up against the curb and gave it to the guy in a wheelchair that I pass by every week.

The other day Benny asked me if I preferred the bone weights or what I have.  I asked him WTH were bone weights LOL!  I'm wondering if that means I'm really getting weights for my birthday....

Speaking of my birthday, I'm hosting a clean eating challenge next week.  Please leave a comment on this post and friend me on Facebook if you're interested in joining.  Besides purchasing whichever foodstuff you're going with (menu options will be posted in the group) for the week you'll need to purchase the Shakeology Taste Sampler (regular or vegan).  **Must live in the US or Canada and not already have a Beachbody coach.**

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Mind is Blank

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Yeah, I know this is late.  I just can't think of what to write this week....The SITS Girls writing prompts aren't even stirring anything for me to add anything.

I weighed in down another pound Tuesday night; that's 18 lbs to goal.  This puts me at 3 lbs until I switch my concentration from weight loss to toning and also is about the same time as the completion of Les Mills Combat (12 days).  So what does that mean to me?  I honestly don't know.  I don't have the weights; I've added a variety of dumbbells and kettlebells to my wish list.  I can't afford a gym membership either.  Please comment with your ideas of where to go from here.

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A vendor came today and took me out to lunch before we started talking business back in the office.  I thought I'd been there before but now I'm not so sure...Have you ever eaten at a Tapas restaurant?  We had the buffet, which used dessert size plates.  Everything I ate but one item tasted good.  I'm not real sure what all I even had! LOL  A little salad, some potatoes, some pasta, some meatballs...I did good and took less than a serving spoonful of everything.  I had two dessert plates of food...probably could've eaten more.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I've Got a Fever of 101.2

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At Weight Watchers last night I weighed in at 149 lbs, which is a total loss of 101.2 lbs!  I received my 100 lb charm and certificate; I knew we received a charm but knew nothing of the certificate so that was a little surprise. The charm is already on my collection. What should I do with the certificate? 

I don't know what it is but all burpees (yes, my modified version not what they're doing) during Les Mills Combat are making me lightheaded.  I've tried going super slow this week but it only reduced the amount of lightheadedness.  Has anyone else had this issue with burpees or anything like it?

Parts of my journey have been published in two places this week.  First, on WatchFit I wrote a summary of my story through the end of July and gave 5 pieces of advice for someone starting their own journey.  Then, on HealthTap I'm a featured influencer of the week; there's a little about me and the business. I'm glad to be a part of both communities!

My Rental - 2013 Toyota Corolla

Saturday we went to the Indiana Public Auto Auction; this is where we got the last car.  We bid on a 99 Chrysler 300M but the seller didn't answer the phone when they called.  Benny checked back with the auction house Monday and was told the seller didn't accept our bid.  So he went again last night while I was at Weight Watchers; we got home at the same time.  So what did he buy?

My New Ride - 98 Lincoln Mark VIII

So now we're a two Lincoln household; he drives a 02 Continental. My car looks nicer than his LOL

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Agent 99 Reporting for Duty

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer...  Oh, wait; that's the wrong 99 LOL!  I weighed in last night down only .4 lbs but that put me at 99 lbs total loss.  Here's to surpassing the 100 lb mark at next week's weigh in!  Benny's more and more frequently saying that I don't need to lose any more.

Wrapped up Femme Fitale Fit Club's DietBet this weekend.  I was the most generous liker and my sharing of the inches lost was the most liked comment.  I also won the $25 gift card for inviting the most to the DietBet!  My Becoming the True You DietBet was a bust; nobody signed up for it, placing their bets.

I am officially tired of the Combat 30 Kickstart workout.  This morning I only burned 202 calories according to my HRM.  So now I'm switching up the Les Mills Combat schedule and swapping any left for one of the other workouts.  There are 27 days (including the built in rest days) left on the schedule.

I still went ahead and started the squat challenge.  Day 1 was more of an intro to squatting from Tony Horton with weighted and plyo versions.  Day 2 was 30 dumbbell squats.  Day 3 (today) is repeating yesterday but adding 5 Bulgarian Dumbbell Split Squats (per leg).  I'd never tried this one before today and had a little difficulty getting my foot in place on the corner of the couch.  Is there a squat (no barbell or machine) you'd like to see me try?

Monday I took the car to ABRA Auto Body & Glass to get the estimate for repairing the car.  Before looking at everything the guy said because of the age of the car (1992) it most likely would be totaled.  He quoted $1730.26 for the visual damage and said there probably would be additional damage to repair once they disassemble the back end.  Yes, I wanted to get a newer car but didn't want to be in an accident to get one LOL.

The total loss department called me before heading out for my walk today.  They valued the car a lot higher than we expected so I went ahead and settled.  Tomorrow we'll bring the title up to the claims office on the north side and pick up the check.  I'll get a rental through next Wednesday also.  Friday the salvage crew will be by the house to pick up the car. So I have a week to find another car or Benny has to drive me everywhere LOL.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Power Morcellatation: What You Should Know

What is a Power Morcellator?

A Power Morcellator is device used in hysterectomies to cut tissue into small pieces to be removed from the body. However, uterine cancers sometimes go undetected prior to the procedure. In these cases, the morcellator dices up and spreads unsuspected cancer inside the woman's body.

Scary Statistics
  • Hysterectomy is the 2nd most common surgery among women in the United States
  • By age 70, one out of three American women will have had a hysterectomy
  • 90% of these surgeries are done to remove Fibroids (non-cancerous tumors found in the uterus)
  • The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months
  • Only 15% of women who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years
  • Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated.
Because of the serious risks associated with the usage of this device the FDA is discouraging the use of the Power Morcellator, and are even considering a ban.  Johnson & Johnson's division that manufactures the devices has actually suspended sales worldwide pending research.  This will probably lead to a total recall of the Power Morcellators already in use.

So What are the Alternatives?

Traditional hysterectomies involve the complete removal of the uterus; this still remains the most common surgical choice.  If only fibroids need removed surgeons can do a myomectomy instead.  Both procedures require a single abdominal wall incision.  For details on what all is involved in this procedure, check out WebMD's Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy Directory.

Laparoscopic hysterectomies can be more complicated than the traditional method because there are multiple abdominal wall incisions.  They could still end up requiring the use of a Power Morcellator to remove large pieces.

Other surgical and morcellation options do exist but they all have their own set of risks.  The whole idea scares me so I hope I never have to even consider having a hysterectomy!


Just like with the vaginal mesh damage there are lawsuits popping up, although I haven't seen anything class action yet.  For more information on the existing lawsuits or to receive a free case review please visit the American Recall Center.

For those of you who have had a hysterectomy, what method was used?
Do you know of anyone who developed cancer after having a hysterectomy?