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Old 05-29-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Back on track with a new found determination

I am here to say that I am ready to be back with a vengeance to get my health in check and finally lose this weight that I have gained back over the last 6 years.

I started back in January after an asthma attack and a couple rounds on steroids as well as holiday eating brought my weight up to the highest ever in my life at 262. I was doing fairly well; I knew I had this hernia that needed to be fixed and I was hoping to lose as much as I could so that when I planned to get operated on in July, I would have some of the weight off. Well, life happened with the busiest time at work for myself and stopped losing weight for the months of March and April. I did not gain weight, it just hovered around the 20 lbs. I had lost in the first 6 weeks.

Fast forward, the weekend of Easter almost saw me in the hospital with an incarcerated (stuck) hernia about the size of my fist. Needless to say, two weeks after Easter, I had my surgery; followed by a bout of bronchitis (almost pneumonia) from the surgery.

Two days ago, they called to review my bloodwork. My cholesterol went up to 229, HDL 57; LDL 149. I do have borderline high blood pressure so the doctor wants me to lose weight, follow a low cholesterol and low salt diet. (He did not say low fat, although I know him well and that is what he was thinking) He also wants me to take Lipitor (I don’t think so – so the diet has to work).

Here I am now. I am following Atkins with a Mediterranean flair. (Dr. Steven Parker)
My goal :
  • Starting weight: 238 – lost 5 lbs because the operation – lose 25 lbs when I go back in 5 months for a recheck - 5 lbs a month – very doable
  • Using only good fats (olive oil, fish oils), very little butter, salad dressings homemade with olive oil
  • Eating mainly fish and poultry, red meat only once or twice a week - Limiting my daily intake of eggs (2 - daily)
  • Lots of salads and low carb vegetables
  • Nuts - (walnuts – good for lowering cholesterol) after the first two weeks.
  • Start exercising – starting with just walking or using my exercise bike at this time until I can exercise more once fully healed. (Before the operation – the hernia caused such pain, I could not even walk through the grocery store with almost passing out from the pain)
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Start weight: 261.8
Goal #1: 251.8 (-10 lbs.) met 1/21/2014
Goal #2: 241.8 (-10 lbs.) met 2/19/2014
Goal #3: 231.8 (-10 lbs.)
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:32 PM   #2
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Welcome back. You're in the right place and you've certainly got it all figured out!!

Good luck!
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:38 PM   #3
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Welcome back. Great that you are on your way.
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:17 PM   #4
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"Back on track with a new found determination". Back!! Now, don't lose it!!
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:41 PM   #5
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Looks like you have a plan!

Wishing you great success!
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:43 PM   #6
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:42 PM   #7
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Day 1:
B: 2 eggs and 4 slices turkey bacon cooked in 1 T. olive oil
L: grilled chicken salad with 2 T. ranch dressing
D: grilled lemon pepper tilapia sautéed in 1 T. olive oil; 1 cup broccoli with 1 T. olive oil and vinegar dressing

1221 calories
Fat: 92.75 g (68%)
Protein: 82.23 g (27%)
Carbs: 13.03 g (5%)
Sodium: 1710 mg
Cholesterol: 635 mg

I plan on changing the eggs to one yolk and 3 egg whites to lower the cholesterol. I cab't use egg beaters- something in it makes me ill.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:49 PM   #8
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Welcome back!

And just a heads up, don't be afraid of dietary cholesterol... it won't increase your blood cholesterol. Carbs elevate cholesterol. So enjoy those egg yolks
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:55 PM   #9
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I am not too concerned. I think losing some of this weight from around my waist will help a great deal. I have never had higher cholesterol before. It is only 229 so to me that is not too high to change quickly in 5 months. Some would not even think that that was high. I might have been concerned if it were close to 260 -270. That is why I am going to change this with diet only. I am going to wait before taking any statins.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:59 PM   #10
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Getting sick can really aggravate weight problems! Sorry you experienced this.

It's great that you have a plan and are committed!!
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:37 PM   #11
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Welcome! It sounds as if your head (and heart) are in the right place. Grrrr! Go get 'em!
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:46 AM   #12
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Down 2 lbs water weight this morning. A little surprised since I was down about 5 lbs since the operation. I thought I would not have the water whoosh this time.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:16 PM   #13
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Statins provide no benefit to women. Don't take them.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:57 AM   #14
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I don't plan on taking them. I have read and heard too much about them. The thing that gets me is that it not too high over 200. That can easily be reduced by diet and exercise.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:26 AM   #15
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You sound very determined...good for you. Keep up the good work and you will see the results you want.
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