Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Scream, rage, pound head and marvel at body mechanics

Let me first say , this post is sponsored by the folks at "You only think you know PMS, Frustration and fear- now learn their true meaning through Menopause !!". Proud sponsors of the Hot Flash Olympics and the Neighborhood Knitting and Terrorist Society.

Yesterday, through the Sunday slip up of eating one too many servings of carbs , the scale went up 4 pounds. This morning, just because this seems to be a fun trend to torment me with, it is up six more pounds . You read correctly- 6 pounds. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that is a 10 pound gain in roughly 72 hours. Can I get a Whoot whoot ??? Can I get an Amen ? Can I get a punching bag ???

The reason for this spectacular gain can be summed up in one word. Menopause. Now while on the surface that word means you no longer get monthly visits and all that entitles, it does not describe the full experience your body goes through. It's not a change that just determines whether or not you carry tampons with you, but rather one that affects every single system in your body. When you get through it, nothing will work in the same way that it did before you went through it. In the process, ,it takes your thyroid, adrenals and liver for the ride of your life. I have been poised at the brink of change for a couple of years now, but something about my body over the last 3 weeks is trying to tell me that this is indeed the big one. I believe I have entered into that year where your cycles have stopped but must go a full year before you can be pronounced as post menopausal and never have to worry about things like birth control or pregnancy tests.

So do I give up the weight loss and let my body deal with only one major change at a time ? I don't think so. I do believe that it would be wise to skip the heavy cardio type exercises for now and focus on simple walking and stretching like yoga. I think I also need to find more ways to just plain laugh and meditate, mto help me get through the process. I still have to keep at it for my son, and the efforts will benefit me in the process, but I think I need to simply lower my expectations of myself for now.

So here is yesterdays stats and food porn. Note the abundance of Snickers, Twinkies, Sun Chips and deep dish pizza. Not to mention the hours and hours of sitting around eating bon bons and walking talk radio

Filling foods 14

exercise-55 min
Wii fit 15 min ( Yoga 15 min)
Bike 15 min
walk 25 min

water 18 (144 oz)

1/2 c cottage cheese, 2 T flax, 1 c strawberries
17 almonds, water,coffee

Bocca burger, 2 c romaine lettuce,1 T seed mix
1 c nonfat yogert with cocoa powder and splenda

Chicken cubes and green beans stir fried in olive oil ,orange infused balsamic vinegar and garlic powder
(grabbed the wrong thing out of freezer, so adapt,adapt,adapt)
tossed salad( romaine, cucumbers, mushrooms,green onions, avacado,black olives,seed mix)
Diet Sierra Mist

1 fat free cheese stick, califlower
sugar free jello, sugar free pudding, 10 chocolate chips
apple, 100 cal pac almonds, sugar free pudding

Fruits 3
veg 7
lean protien 2
dairy 3
healthy fats 2


karen said...

I'm so sorry you're going through all of this at once ... but if it makes you feel ANY better your "Neighborhood Knitting and Terrorist Society" literally made me spurt Diet Mountain Dew out my nostrils. Luckily it's been sitting around for the past 7 hours so it's gone flat and the carbonation is no longer there to make the nose hairs feel like they're burning :)

skinnyhollie said...

Stop focusing on the scale! It is EVIL! You are eating healthy foods and exercising - you are getting healthy. The scale will catch up eventually, but until then don't let it drive you mad and discourage you.

Sugar Bush Primitives said...

Hugs to you. I still say that it is water and it's going to "whoosh" off.

Just spend a little more time with Megatroid to distract you. :)

Squishy ! said...

Hmmm..... I think that I would skip the scale for a while and just keep up all of the good things that you are doing. That scale seems to be doing you more harm that good, Sweetheart. Your exercising and food choices are great. They make you strong and healthy. The scale just sounds like it's making you a mite insane (not that I'm one to talk, mind you. lol).

cindy said...

I am sorry you are going thru this, you are eating healthy and working out so you are doing your body good. As well as your family will be healthy for all the effort!