I Deserve a Gold Star !!!!!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
You might be asking ,Why? The doctor told me if he gave out gold stars I would defiantly get one. My Dietitian told me I should have a whole page of gold stars.
My Physical therapists said I was his All Star patient.
So you wonder how this all came about? Let me take you back to Friday, September 10, 2010.
I started the day out as usually, with stretches, exercise and a quick walk with the dog. A shake of yogurt, berries and protein., for breakfast.
I had to drive to Portland to keep appointments I had with Doctor, at 10:30, Physical Therapists 11:45, and Pam my Dietitian at 1:00.
It takes 45 minutes to drive to Portland, if traffic is good. Had to check in 15 minutes early. So I had to be ready to go, need to get gas too, by 9:15.
I wanted to look good, since I had not been there for three months.
I also had to consider I would be weighed and had to ware light clothing.
Thank to the weather it was about 74 out and sunny. No sweaters or jeans.
I chose a light weight jersey pants and top in black. As I was getting dressed I looked at the latest bra I had bought . It was already to big . I had hiked the strap's up so much the under wires were digging into my skin.
I looked longingly at the beautiful lacy bras in my bra drawer. I wonder when I would get into them. Just for the hell of it, I reach out and took the pretty black lacy one and slipped it on, I reached back and low and behold it hooked. I could not believe it. I adjusted the girls and everything was good. No binding, no over flow. I was so happy.
So I got the outfit on and had to roll the waist band, pants a little long. But it fit beautifully. It's one out fit I want to keep. I'll have the pants adjusted.
I decided this was a special day so got out some of the better jewelry . A lovely aquamarine ring, a gold aquamarine necklace . Wore my gold hoops, which I love. I had a little trouble hooking the necklace . I had to put on my glasses and stand in front of the mirror to see what I was doing. It's at times like these it's nice to have an significant other around to help.
I am doing a pretty good job of walking, but always in my athletic Nike shoes. Well I wasn't about to ruin my fashion look with the wrong shoes. So I put on a pair of 2 1/2 inch mules. I knew I had a long walk from the parking level to the Doctors office. I had no intention of using a walker but I would take my fold up pretty painted cane, just in case I needed a little stability.
You might know I ditched the gray for a beautiful red shade of hair. So I figured it was time to get some make up and enhance the natural beauty that still might be there. Smile.!!
I sat down in front of the mirror and proceeded to apply some very natural (Cover Girl Ageless) makeup. It went very smoothly and no more dark circles.
I did my eyes, eye brows, a little blush and lipstick. When it was done, I just sat there and asked myself where had I been all this time. Finally Tisha was back.
Who knew what a little makeup and hair color and style could do for a person.
Oh! of course the 97 pounds of fat that I have lost might play a part too. SMILE!
The drive to Portland went smooth, no traffic jams.
I had no trouble walking to the office. I was sort of surprised I had not tried walking in any kind shoe with heels for years. Guess it's like riding a bike, a women never forgets how to walk in heels.
The Doctor was running late so I sat a waited for almost 1/2 hour. Finally got called in.
First weighted in , fully dressed, no shoes, 237 pounds. Blood pressure 120 over 65. So far so good. I then got tested for muscle ratio compared to fat.
I had a good muscle count, in fact a surplus. But since one loses muscle when losing fat I will be adding L-Carnitine Fumarate , 4 capsules daily. That will help me retain and rebuild any lost muscle.
The Doctor came in and explained all this to me. He said I was a star patient, I would get a gold star if they gave them.
He went over the med's I take, asked lots of questions. Was very comforting in his concern for my well being.
I then went next door to see the Physical therapist. Jeanie is out on a medical so I saw Kevin.
We went over my fitness routine and he designed a few new ones for me to do.
He would show them to me then I would do them. he said I caught on very quickly.
He said he could tell that I had been working out quite a bit, I was very flexible.
I need to do less cardio and more strength training. Muscle burns more in the long run. I showed him my arm muscles, he was amazed that I had so much.
All these exercises can be done in the home, using simple stretch bands. The wall for stability when doing squats or wall presses.
Even though I do belong to a gym I love to and do lots of exercises in my home.
I finished up with Kevin and had 1/2 hour wait for he dietitian appointment.
I had taken a lunch of chicken breast and blueberries, and a container of yogurt.
I had packed it all in a little portable cooler, with a frozen bottle of water to keep it cool. So I sat in the waiting room ate my lunch and played a hand held game of Texas Poker..
I looked up once an saw Pam looking out toward the waiting room, but she ducked out of sight before I could say Hi.
It was after 1:00, when I heard her ask the receptionist if her 1:00 had checked in or called. She said she's here. At that time I said, Hi, Pam. Pam's mouth dropped open and she cried, Get in here, look at you, I didn't recognize you.
She was totally surprised at my appearance. She could not get over how much i had changed. Talk about total makeovers, she said I would win the prize. If I looked this good at 97 pounds lost,, think how fantastic I will look at another 85 pounds lost.
Well we had a lovely talk. She said there's nothing she can really say to me I am doing all the right things. I am a complete success. In fact she said I should write a book. Well I don't know about that I replied. No she insisted that
could be a definite possibility. But if not a book right now at least think about being a motivational speaker at some of the seminars about weight loss.
She said look at the before picture, can't you just see that blown up and then you step out looking like you do now, people need to see that. that is real, you can reach and touch a lot of people. Especially at your age. Some older people don't think they can do what you have done. They need to see that it's never too late.
She has some good points so I will probably speak at a seminar in October and see how it goes.
We talked about how I feel people have to hit bottom sometimes for the realization to kick in and really get on a healthy weight loss plan..
She told me about a women who reached that point when she fell in her house and the fire rescue had to be called to get her up and to the hospital.
I know I was afraid of choking on food or falling in the tub and having to have strangers help me get out.
But those fears are a thing of the past now.
Pam asked me , "Don't you just want to reach out and grab someone and say I can help you". I have felt that many times. Especially the younger people who are so over weight. Catch it now don't let it become a life long medical problem.
So maybe the speaking about what I have been through, how I cope and what some of the pitfalls are will help someone. If only one person is motivated to get in a program and address the weight/health/fitness issues, then I will have done a good thing.
On my way home I stopped in the mall went to Victoria Secret bought a new bra, had a $10.00 off coupon and got a free pair of knickers. Bikini ones.
When I got home a little after 4:00, I was tired but elated.
I decided to give myself a Gold Star as a goodie. I really feel like I deserve it.
As far as others things happening in my life, I am a busy women.
I have a art fair/show going on next weekend and am working a quite a few new pieces of jewelry.
Plus there are 6 more shows scheduled so I need merchandise. Plus have two stores to sell at too.
We are electing a Governor this year. I have always been interested in politics.
I volunteered to man the phones and do some door knocking up until the election. My sister in law and I are doing this together. We though we could cover a street, she on one side me on the other. Or together what ever it will be doing a good thing plus getting in some more exercise.
I have also been an active Red Cross volunteer. Had to give it up last year when my health got so bad. Now that I'm so much better, I will be doing blood drives twice a month. More if they need me.
So with all that and the job I have running this small family company , plus keeping my house up, getting in two or so hours a day in exercise. I don't really have much free time. I do have to give some time to Spark. Plus I have two clubs that I belong to . There is also a group of women that I have dinner with once a month. And a women business group that meets once a month for lunch..
But you know the more busy a person is less time to think about food. In fact sometimes I have to remember to stop what I am doing a eat. I am getting better about that.
Today has been one of the most beautiful early fall days. I know it's not fall by the calendar but the trees and nip in the air says other wise.
It is my favorite season. Even though I hate to lose the fresh tomatoes, hate to go back to hot house of imported ones. Not much flavor.
Everyone should start to think of the cooler weather , and the body wanting heavy, more hearty foods. Which can lead to more calories.
I just ordered Cooking Light, hope to be inspired by some good recipes.
Ponder this." Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." Keri Russel
Peace and Love, Tisha