Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Vida Loca!

Welcome, one and all to Jim's what, two and a half, weeks in review? Hmm, with it being two and a half weeks, maybe I shoulda had Charlie Sheen guest-blog for me (FTW!). When last we talked, school had just let out, and I was getting ready to head out on a trip to Washington DC. I was still on the dark side of 270, and my Diabetes meds had been radically altered.

Today, we meet in the (shudder) food court of the only mall of consequence in the Milwaukee area these days. I just had Chicken Teriyaki from Little Tokyo, and I am typing this on a nice shiny(ish) Macbook that I managed to pick up used and non-functioning. One hard drive replacement later, lots of software installing and updating, and I have a fully functioning Macbook to tote around and use instead of my HUGE Acer.

Of course, nothing about that had anything to do with weight loss, and I guess I am avoiding the topic, so lets get into the details, shall we?

For the past couple months, I have had intermittent problems with my right knee hurting, locking and buckling. Having been through this a few years ago with my left knee, I knew the diagnosis before I even went into the MRI machine: torn meniscus. Thankfully, this one is not too bad, and I start physical therapy tomorrow in order to hopefully delay the need for surgery. With my left knee, I waited too long to get it checked out, so after a couple sessions, the physical therapist and my orthopedist agreed that surgery was the better option.

Now, that being said, I haven't gotten a whole lot of exercise lately, in DC we did a lot of walking, but that was largely offset by the richness of the meals. We went to some awesome places for meals as a part of our program, so the walking didn't accomplish much for me.

I haven't been hiking in months, because of my schedule and Mike, my hiking buddy being down with Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs (we talked over the weekend and decided that come heck or high water, we would hike before the month was out.

Water intake has been ok, but it definitely needs to improve. I am drinking less soda these days and more iced tea (unsweetened). I have been getting my meals under control since returning, and have been having more and more veggies. I have developed a great liking for roasted veggies (toss your choice of veggies in olive oil and your choice of seasonings, place on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, yum!) I make up a batch of the roasted veggies and they comprise the bulk of my meal. I also have learned to make Tempura and homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce (both are a lot easier than I had thought), so I will occasionally make may own Sweet and Sour Chicken or Sweet and Sour Veggies. I want to get some jumbo Shrimp and try making Sweet and Sour Shrimp one of these days.

OK, so to the numbers, shall we? When I got back from Washington DC, I tipped the scales at 280 (YIKES!). This morning I am back down to 276, and I am making it my goal to break through 270 by the end of July. My blood sugar has been hanging around 120, and my blood pressure has been great (112/70 last time I was checked).

So, what will I be doing differently? well, most of the changes I have already made. More veggies, and more water. Add to that the exercise from my Physical Therapy regimen, and I should start shedding pounds a little more rapidly.

So, hopefully, my next posting brings better news and smaller numbers. Until then, drink up my hardies! (Water, of course!)




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