Sunday, February 5, 2012

E2E Challenge Update #5: Fighting the Thyroid odds to lose a bit, colorful on walks, and some assorted pics...

"The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success." 
~Maxwell Maltz
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 
~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
I have needed my quotes this week. It was hard, people. I felt so tired, that just getting dressed to walk had to become a ritual of willpower. I expected no loss, although I've watched my food and walked 4x. I did 1 Pilates session with trainer, and cancelled the second (car issue). And then with the shopping and doc sessions, I just pooped out. No exercise since Thursday.

Tanita-san:  179.0
Waist: 34.75

Waist is the same, but midriff is down some. I saw it smaller when I put on jeans yesterday, and it looked smaller today, so I measured it as well. 3/4 of an inch smaller (hence less muffin top in the jeans). So I guess the half-pound came from there. Hah.

I took a pic, and you can see I do have ab muscles and a visible "linea alba":
Under the fat, I gots abs. Linea alba shows.
Stretch marks and frowny belly button, too. ; )

I am celebrating, though. :::confetti:::

That small loss may be squat to y'all, but to me, in my condition, it took seriously willpower and focus. I am really feeling good about me, not giving in. It takes all my energy to do my stuff and stay awake. I have been sleeping a lot, when I can --when I don't have commitments. Like 14 hours last night.

But, I am proud of myself for not letting the thyroid wacky lethargy keep me down. Here are a couple of my walking outfits this week to prove that I moved my butt:

A bit cool, so mini-hoodie over
my magenta tee

Warm day, so no hoodie. Love
adding these brights to my wardrobe.
Love my "Pax" SAK bag.
I find I'm cheered by the brights I've worn this year. My wardrobe is colorful now, not just black and navy all over--though all black is still a fave look--to hide the bulk.

I wore red yesterday to lunch with sis and hubby, and he snapped this pic when I stopped off at Nutrition mart to get a thyroid supplement and some raw coconut water:

Coconut water..mmmmm....
45 calories for 8 ounces of YUM!
Colorful sign, Colorful ME!
Thanks for the kind comments in the previous post. My crown is thinning, but I camouflage it with lots of gel and some hairspray to keep my wisps from flattening completely. But, I'll get euthyroid again and it will come back. :::praying::: Hair matters to us ladies....

So, calories good, fluids good, exercise good (though missed 1 strengthening session). Mood, pretty darn good considering I'm out of endocrine whack. I usually get the blues along with the skin, hair, and energy issues.

Typical breakfast...also YUM!
Veggies, fruit, eggs, low fat cheese, coffee, green tea.
Keeps me full for at least 4 hours, usually 5+.

I still eat my normal way--two meals, each about 600 or 700 cals, or some mix that gets me to 1400-1500 range.  If one of the meals is smaller, I then add a snack (usually fruit with cottage cheese or yogurt so I get my calcium.)

I supported more than the minimum required by the challenge, and I *think* I got to all my buddies' posts. Let me know if I spazzed, Jordan!

Since I tried on the dress last week, it's back in the closet until the beginning of March, I figure, for the next "try on".

So, that's this week's update. Could be feeling better, but I'm doing as well as the situation allows. God be praised!

And my mood is always lifted by you who support me, and seeing how YOU are progressing and hanging in and not giving in. You lift ME up, so I hope I encourage you as well, even a tiny bit.

Looke! Aren't these purdy??? DALI! SHIELE!
And a view of Madrid
Special "you lift my spirit" thanks to Floriana of Sugarless Diet blog --another like me who needs to stay away from the white stuff, though life tosses temptations at us, and flourishes on REAL FOOD! She sent me three cool postcards from beautiful SPAIN. Floriana liberated her body from fat, and that has allowed her to visit amazing places, like Amsterdam and Madrid! That's a shining example of why giving up the crap just makes life BETTER. :D

I hope you are doing well and moving well and eating real food and believing in your ability to change and grow. Always hold on to the hope....

Be well...


Betty said...

You are an inspiration, for sure! I really admire that you don't let yourself slack off even though you are not feeling well!! Congrats on the loss!! Awesome!!!

Karen Butler Ogle said...

You are doing well considering all things, Princess. You have much more to contend with than I do and yet you hung in there and did better than me. I am really floundering. I hope I can pull it out of the fire this week.

Eaba said...

Isn't it funny how when you are not happy with your body or are ashamed of your lack of movement you totally run from the camera?!? But when you are working hard to live a healthy life and doing well you love to have pictures of yourself taken!

Congrats on the inches lost! It always makes me feel good to lose inches.

Have a good week and I'm sending you tons of good upbeat energy this week.

Jo said...

Well done, Princess! You are an inspiration to all of us to keep on and keep the positive attitude during lengthy stretches of being under the weather. Those bright colors do look snazzy on you, so no wonder they brighten your outlook, too. Keep getting your rest - in my opinion it is usually the best thing to help us heal - and I hope you will soon see some improvement in overall health. You're looking good!

Angela Pea said...

Yeah! I love love love the coral color from your walking outfit on you, Mir.

Double Yeah! For feeling better and staying the course.

TRIPLE Yeah for a tummy pic! You are brave beyond compare!

Have a wonderful week, my friend.

Julie said...

You are beautiful Mir and your determination is terrific. I hope your numbers improve so you get to feeling better. I know it takes time, for me months. Keep up the great work. Take care and God Bless!!!

Nanette said...

Lady... I hope I have your legs when I get down to the 170's. The jeans are super cute in the colorful poster pic. Also, I'm really impressed that you're getting ab definition, even if under skin layers. You are rocking it. Hold on to that 3/4's. In the last 2 weeks I've dropped 12 lbs and my waist hasn't changed at all!

I'm so glad you figured out what's going on with your body so you know you're not going crazy. YOU ARE SO GREAT!

Beth said...

Oh la la, great stomach! You look fab in spite of feeling so droopy. Been thinking of you over the weekend and hoping that the thyroid kicks in sharpish so you are back feeling strong and well.

How amazing that your mood has not dropped off the radar with this thyroid problem. It is so encouraging that through this adversity you have stuck to your guns and continued fighting the good fight. Well done to you and I find encouragement in your strength, surely I can fight too.

I'm not pushing myself to exercise - I do get a lot of exercise on the weekends out with my family swimming and walking, I'm just letting that be enough right now. One thing at a time.

Let's keep whittling those pounds away bit by bit.

And thyroid, get in line!

Yum Yucky said...

Heck yeah. I see those abs coming through. And thank you for sharing Jeremiah. That particular scripture has helped me get through so much in previous years. It's such a comfort.

Welp, have a great week and, thryoid, GET IN LINE!!!

Karla said...

Whenever I need a lift I pop by and you always do the trick ;)
You are doing amazing
We both have the frowning belly button, oh well better that than that aweful brown line I used to have around my entire body! It was like total body rub from my tight tight tight pants!

upinthecosmos said...

You look great in those bright colors, they suit you:-) I always forget to take my thyroid meds and when I think back to the day I feel like I can tell cause I feel so much more lethargic. I know I have to keep on it cause the Dr warns me but I have issues with pills so it's a hard habit for me to get into. You do so great through it all, I'm hoping I can do the same... if I remember those pills!

Jenn said...

Hi, I always see your comments on Escape From Obesity so I ventured over to your site today. So glad I did. Your weight loss journey is amazing and inspiring! Congrats and good luck as you continue!!

Jordan said...

I LOVE those tummy lines! And those walking outfits make you look wolf-whistl-y! I've been bothered in the last 6 months or so with thinning hair - what tests does your doc do to tell how your thyroid is working? I wonder if my thyroid might be a little wonky. Big props for keeping moving and eating well, even when you've been feeling low! Thank goodness the lowness didn't include depression! Now that there's more light every day, hopefully it will be easier to stay out of the dumps. You're doing great!

screaming fatgirl said...

You look wonderful, and mostly, you look happy and are coping well with difficulties and setbacks. This is more important than scale numbers. Your behaviors are where you want them to be. This is so important and I hope you see how beautiful it is to realize your potential and how it reflects in the energy you give off. :-)