You can call me "M." I, like many others before me, am trying to lose weight and get healthy and fit. This is my journey to a new me.Height: 5'6"SW: 188.5 lbs (March 29th, 2012)CW: 195(ish?) lbs (as of August 16, 2014 - because I gave up for a while, but I'm not ready to face defeat.) GW1: 175 lbsGW2:165 lbsGW3: 155 lbsGW4: 145 lbsGW5: 135 lbsUGW: 125-130 lbsI'm very friendly, so feel free to talk to me about anything :)
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The lunch I made today was the bomb diggity.
Spinach, shredded carrot, cucumber slices, chopped bell pepper, and chicken with just a lil bit of lite ranch dressing. Soooooo yummy :)
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GUYS I FIGURED OUT WHAT I WANTED TO POST ABOUT LAST NIGHT!!!
So it’s actually a health related thing. Earlier this summer, right when I came home for my summer break, I started experiencing really bad heartburn on a daily basis. I mean it was brutal and it sucked. I had to keep a bottle of Tums/Pepcid on my desk next to bed in case I woke up in the middle of the night because it was that extreme. When my parents left on vacation the first week I was back and I didn’t know where to find that bottle, I had one really bad night where I was worried I was having some kind of legitimate heart problems. Basically, it was a mess.
I went to my physician to do a physical for med school when I mentioned this issue in passing, and she told me that I needed to avoid a LOT of different kinds of food: tomatoes (first and foremost), all types of fruit (except like bananas and watermelon) and fruit juice, any acidic veggies, chocolate, any and all spicy foods (really anything with a lot of seasoning or flavor). She said to try it for about a month, and see how I felt after that amount of time. She was particularly worried because she thought it might be pre-gastritis, given that gastrointestinal issues are rampant in my family (both my mom and my sister have had serious GI problems, my mom especially). The problem is, I was still having heartburn for the duration of that month, but I was also limiting the healthy foods that I could eat (although the not eating chocolate and stuff was probably a good thing, I cannot deny it). So I had to stick to mainly bread and other grains, which made me lethargic and didn’t help with the heartburn anyway. After that month, I decided that since cutting those foods out wasn’t helping me, I was going to reintroduce them to my diet (except I tried not to go too crazy on the chocolate). But I also started to lose a little bit of weight at this time, and the heartburn started to get better in terms of severity and frequency.
Now, after losing probably 20 lbs from the weight I was when I came home at the conclusion of my school year, I haven’t had heartburn in a few weeks. It’s improved immensely over the last week especially.
Moral of the story: losing weight and eating healthy has real, palpable effects on your health, even before you can see progress in terms of inches, pounds/kilos, clothes fitting, etc.
And it is SO worth it.
There was something else I wanted to post as a separate thing from my journal but now I can’t remember what it was? :/
Ah well. Perhaps it’ll come to me another time.
Goodnight lovelies :)
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My last meal of the day: kiwi, mango, and watermelon fruit salad, of course with a tall glass of water :)
(I couldn’t finish it all so I had to wrap half of it and put it in the fridge!)
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Here’s today’s daily journal! It’s a little weird because I woke up really late today (I slept until 11-something and didn’t get out of bed until after noon), so it’s kind of weird and off. Still, it was a good day :)
Coffee (no sweetener)
2 large eggs
approx. 1/8 sweet green pepper
handful of baby spinach (10-20 leaves)
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup shredded wheat cereal
1/2 cup 1% milk
1/2 fruit salad (because I couldn’t finish the whole thing)——
I tried to get some exercise in because I had a bit of spare time today. I didn’t go to the gym in the morning like I had originally planned, because I woke up so late. Instead, I worked out in my apartment. And it was definitely better than nothing!
Net calories: 550
Again, this number is really low right now. In about a week (maybe even in the next few days, honestly) it’s going to increase dramatically because I’ll start reintroducing grains and other lean meat besides chicken into my diet. In fact, I’m planning on making turkey burgers soon if I can find a good recipe that will help me make them in a pan (living in a small apartment without a balcony in the middle of the city isn’t exactly conducive to grilling). So yay!
I’m starting to feel a little better about myself already, and I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I can already tell how happy I am that I decided to change my lifestyle again :)
Stretches that improve different aspects of your body.
i hate lower pain pain. bless this.
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