Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Weekly Weigh-in: -31 pounds!

Wow, this is getting good! I'm a little over 25% of my way to my goal weight of 143. I still have 91 pounds to go, though, so it's going to be a long haul. On the other hand, I guess it's a milestone in some ways, because I now have less than 100 pounds to lose!

Good stuff I've noticed so far:
  • My largest size pants (26W) are really, really baggy.
  • Pants I haven't worn since I started working again fit nicely, and are even a little baggy in the thighs. How weird, though, how differently clothes are sized!
  • No more worries about blouse buttons popping!
  • Feeling really good on all levels! Physically, I'm feeling terrific and have much more energy than I used to. Mentally, I feel really positive. Sticking with exercise especially makes me feel happy, even when it's not progressing quickly and when I experience setbacks (tweaking a muscle, going on vacation), because it's a miracle to me that I'm doing it at all.
  • Compliments from friends and family.
On the blood glucose front, well, I'm perplexed about my fasting numbers. I don't know what it was that I ate at dinner last night--we ate out at "Whole Paycheck" (what we at work call "Whole Foods," since it's our unofficial company cafeteria), and was it the cioppino? The pickled ginger with the sashimi? The tabouli salad? The two slender, crunchy bread sticks? The two bites of pineapple and one bite of honeydew? All of the above? Anyhow, post-meal was 152--not great, but in range for a post-meal. However, my fasting this morning was also 152 (it had been dropping into the high 130s after starting metformin), as was my post-breakfast. And it's so weird, because we did a lot of walking around last night, and I started doing some weight exercises. I started taking metformin on Saturday, so you'd think by Tuesday it would be showing something. This is so frustrating, to be doing everything nearly perfectly, and to be having great progress with weight loss, and yet to NOT have the fasting numbers I want. Maybe I ought to try some middle-of-the-night testing to see if the numbers are dropping too low....

So yes, last Thursday my doctor prescribed metformin, 500 mg. in the morning for starters. I had a headache over the weekend, but it's hard to say that was whether I was stressed about starting it or something else. I did not have the unfortunate gastrointestinal symptoms people tend to have, but on the other hand, we're starting with a low dose. I don't think it's the extended release type. I've also felt a bit more tired than I had been feeling, getting out there and exercising has been a little more challenging, but I know those are other side effects, so I'm just pushing through it.


Lori said...

Congratulations on your progress!

Pubsgal said...

Thanks, Lori!

...to Lose 55 Pounds said...

Congrats on losing over 30 pounds! You're doing great and the compliments are well-deserved. Just keep working towards mini-goals and the remaining 90 will be off before you know it. It's always daunting looking at the "big picture" but if you look at it in smaller chunks, it's much more manageable.

Thanks for checking out my blog and suggesting it to others. I love when new people find me! =)

Good luck with the rest of your journey!

Pubsgal said...

Thanks, "...to lose 80 pounds"! I enjoyed reading your inspiring story.