Like the Turtle in that one race…

Everything has been super busy and I do have good news. I have dropped 23 pounds according to Real Appeal (when I started that), but if you’ve been following my Training tab on this site you’ll notice it’s more than that. I am now at 286 pounds and I really don’t know where it’s going off to…

I did not have weight loss surgery just to let people know because I am a chicken. I don’t like the thought of me being knocked out while doctors cut me open and do stuff. I do know this though, is that especially while I was sick for a week and a half I had to really put my foot down and say NO to dairy temporarily. I was weaning myself off before, but now that included eggs as well. This was because dairy and eggs and certain other foods make phlegm…’nough said about that. -_-;

Maybe my body has a real aversion to it? I mean I can eat eggs and get the same results, but cutting out milk, cheese, and things puts things into perspective. With the weather cooling down and me steadily losing weight I should be able to hasten the process by going on more hikes and doing more activity rather than sitting on my bum eating potato chips.

My blood sugars are starting to drop too. The last time I went to the doctor (don’t know if I’ve blogged about this part yet) my A1C dropped from 8.0 to 7.4 and that was on August 8th when I got my blood drawn by the vampires. ^w^

I am going to hit the gym today for the first time from being sick and see where that goes. Wish me luck. 🙂

 

Midnight Raven – UPATE

This post is only to update my (if I have any left) subscribers to let them know that I have a new very short story. You only have to go to the home page of this site and click on the “Midnight Raven” tab. Since it’s almost October I’ll be probably writing creepy, horror, or dark poems, stories, and art. I want to practice more on my writing and see if I get better. Enjoy!

So here’s the thing…

I know I kind of made this web blog mostly about my health journey with sides of my hobbies. But, that kind of makes it boring and how many times can you write in a blog post, “went to the gym today…”. I do want to write more and I do want to still write about my health journey. I also want to write about opinions of things like reviews basically. I want to review movies, books, games, etc. I am staying away from news, political, or worldly things. It’s not that I don’t have an opinion on these things I just rather keep them to myself, or maybe I just don’t have an opinion at all. A lot of times I am just Switzerland anyways so it doesn’t matter. I hate for my blog to just sit here and I don’t do anything with it. Most of the times though I am so busy so therefore I forget about it. If it’s not on my main radar list of things then it gets pushed aside, but not on purpose and I am trying my best to fix that.

On the upside is it’s now September and so far I am now down to 289.8 pounds. I haven’t been this weight since I was 19 years old. Hopefully I can keep this going. For awhile it was going up and down between 295 and 298. It was weird. So the scale decided to finally move it’s lazy butt in the right direction. My sugar levels are slowly starting to get better.

Gym and Health Update

So it’s summer…

Which means…

I’ve been working real hard at the gym up until my foot biopsy then I had to lay low for two weeks. I’ve lost a bit of weight and I am on some new medication, but not for weight loss and yet it’s affecting my weight loss journey in a way. I am one pound away from my super mini goal if you look in my Training tab on the home page of my website.

I know I should always keep writing, but when it’s summer and I got a million things to do you just forget. I want to make more of this website and do more things, but I am not that talented. We’ll see in the future.

Books and more books…

I decided after finding a quote that I found hilarious that belonged to the book “American Gods”, by Neil Gaiman to actually buy the book that it came from. I have heard over the course of many years that Neil Gaiman is a great author and many people enjoy his written works. I just never thought his writing was for me, but yet I respected him as an author in the book geek community. I did a thing and I ordered American Gods and while I was looking up books written by him I also found a diamond among the other jewels and saw Norse Mythology written by Gaiman as well. I love Norse mythology so I also picked up this book as well. Then I decided to finish my “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and bought books two and three. The one that was recently released is still in hardcover and I have a thing about my books matching. It still drives me nuts that my Twilight books 1 through 3 are paperback and the last one is in hard cover. Also, don’t get me started that my Harry Potter books one through four are paperback and the rest are in hardcover. That one drives me more crazy.

Anyway, I don’t know if I even will get that fourth court of roses book, but I don’t intend on starting to read that series until I completely finish the Throne of Glass series. The last installment, which has a title now, “The Kingdom of Ash”, will be published at the end of October. I have started collecting the paperback versions of ToG series even though I started reading them on my Kindle. I have it pre-ordered on my Kindle so that I can start reading it the minute it’s released and I absolutely cannot wait. I think I will wait a long while and get it in paperback so it can match it’s sisters…because I am weird. The only hardcover of ToG is the Tower of Dawn and I don’t mind that one being in hardcover because it really isn’t part of the series, but then again it is because it’s only telling a story that has events that are happening at the SAME TIME as Empire of Storms. I like to think of it as a side thing just like the prequel book with the side stories of when Celeana is 16 and still an assassin. And yet…that one I have on my shelf with the other as a paperback…

^^;

It all works out…

With more time on my hands this summer now that I am off from college and on vacation I am determined to get more books read. I should make a summer reading goal. I want to read and finish anywhere from six to ten novels. Is that too much? No, but it can be done. It’s just a matter of organizing my time and testing this new medications limits and what it can really do for my brain. I also am going to get into new better habits and re-arrange my life for the better so I can get stuff done. I also hope to start book reviews as well, but I probably will only have time in the summers to do these. I am very hopeful though. This is going to work and I can’t wait for my book delivery!

I took a step and then another…

I went to the gym on Friday and then skipped Saturday and then went yesterday, Sunday morning and I was going to go today on Memorial Day. There are a couple of reasons holding me back from going.

  1. Memorial Day Drivers (I don’t want to get into an accident)
  2. Women’s issues happened to me yesterday evening, but thankfully I am not in a lot of pain. (knock on wood and hope for the best)
  3. I neglected my laundry with being busy and wanting to rest, but it seems like I keep getting roped into staying busy. This has it’s good and bad points.
  4. I’m not just making excuses to make excuses.

If I were to go to the gym in this state I would need to wear black pants just in case and well, I ran out and therefore that is why I have to stay home and do laundry. But, I am on a mission. It’s 124 days until my brother’s wedding and I am determined to look good in a dress and look good in the videos and photos. I don’t want to look like a cute potato in a dress. Did I mention I hate wearing dresses? It’s the tomboy in me.

I am also on a new medication that hopefully will help me on this journey and focus this summer to finish the goals I set for myself. I want to lose at least a healthy range of 30 pounds this summer. But, since I am so heavy and with this new medication I do not mind losing 40-50 pounds and then stopping for my body to adjust as long as a lot of inches come off with it. I want to get under the 300 pound mark and so far I have lost like 2-3 pounds. I could weight myself more to see if that I lost more, but lady problems with the bloating prevents me from seeing any progress. I also have a bad habit of not drinking enough water. I used to drink a lot of water when I was younger and I don’t know how I got into the habit of not drinking enough water. I am just not thirsty enough I guess? It’s not the taste. I have a great water system in the home and I have had so many friends suggest water flavorings that are either natural fruits to artificial diabetic friendly flavorings. To be honest though, to flavor my water with any of these options would make me want to drink water less. To me water should be just that…water. Any weird flavorings and subconsciously my brain would start thinking I am trying to poison it.

Also, I wanted to mention that I joined a weight loss program called Real Appeal. I found out about it from work and other co-workers have joined. Now I am not a person to jump on band wagons or jump off the bridge with everyone else like a freaking sheep. But, I decided to try anything once especially when you hear good things. There’s a lot of things I don’t like about it and there are a few things that I do like about it. I got a free kit in the mail with a digital scale, exercise equipment thing (I have no idea what they call it), work books, a plate with color coded portions of how you should eat, exercise dvd’s, and stuff. And then there is the live video classes you can do from your computer or smart phone. The class is thirty minutes and you set up what time you want to join. I’ll keep this blog updated with all that stuff.

Wish me luck!

P.S. That one doctor on my last doctor’s visit on May 3rd pissed me off so I am going to prove I don’t need that medication with the two really bad side effects. I’m going to prove her wrong. I can do this without it.

Soon…

Everything has been really hectic, but I will write an update on this blog as soon as I can. A lot of things have happened and are going on. Thank you for your patience! 🙂

Doctor’s appointment today…

I’m going to see the doctor this afternoon. I had all my blood tests done because it’s that time again to check it. We’ll see what my AC1’s are and where I’m at and probably discuss a new diet and all that jazz. I’m hoping to get help getting my ears cleaned out because it’s getting hard to hear on occasion. Wish me luck!

A way to trick your brain…

One trick of trying to not over eat and to also start eating healthier is to trick your brain. One idea is to use smaller plates so that when you fill up that plate your brain thinks it’s eating a lot of food, but it isn’t and by doing that you reduce the number of calories you intake. You might want to make guidelines for what can go on that plate. For example, you probably want to outlaw fried foods, sugary foods, high carb foods, high in fat foods, and stuff. It’s your body so the best guidelines should be made by between a health professional and you.

Words about the six meals a day…

If your in a job that keeps you very busy and there is no time for a small meal or snack I suggest quick protein shakes for meal replacements. If not maybe a granola bar…? maybe? That way you trick your brain into being fed all the time. I know that I probably could do the six small meals…I just don’t like it.

Drink copious amounts of water…

This fills you up as well and makes you less hungry is another trick. Also, not only does it fill you up it cleanses your body of toxins and other things and keeps you hydrated. This is a good thing trust me. You should be taking a trip to the bathroom at least six times a day. If you do not urinate six times a day then that’s not healthy… (Side note: If you have to go three times that amount you might want to talk to your doctor.)

And there you have it….three tricks to use on our brains without them knowing it. Okay it is your brain and it does know, but it’s more of tricking the brain through the eyes and an optical illusion thing…I dunno. But, hopefully these things work! I know the water one does and the plate one, but the six small meals does not work with me.

 

A new organization tool…

I finally picked up a bullet journal to start my journey of organizing and keeping a record of my life. I’ve been wanting to try this type of journal for a long while, but I didn’t know exactly what it was or how to use it. I tried looking on the internet about tutorials and example, but they were confusing and alien to me. A class mate of mine has a bullet journal and she showed me how she uses it. Basically you put any freaking thing you want in it and each month or each week doesn’t have to have the same order of a schedule either. I think I am going to like this. You know instead of buying planners and journals that have set ways of what you should write and stuff. Everything can be into one and I don’t have to have so many paper books. I still will have paper journals because I love collecting journals (even if I don’t get to use them. I know I’m weird.) and I do use them, I just need to start writing down my thoughts everyday so that they can get used. So, hopefully this works out and I can make it all pretty and stuff. lolz ^^;;