Getting Smaller

Tuesday is “weigh in” day for me. I sort of have a ritual when it comes to weighing in.

As soon as I get up, I use the restroom. I take off my watch, take off my shirt, and weigh in in nothing but my boxers. My apologies for the detail, however, I feel that this gives me an accurate weight every time.

Today, I can do all my stuff through the Weight Watchers App. Back in the day, however, I used to go to a Weight Watchers site. There would be a meeting usually, but you always weighed in beforehand. I learned quickly that you are lightest in the morning. I always went to the earliest meeting I could get.

I also had a “weigh in” outfit. Yes, I wore it for every weigh in – until it didn’t fit anymore. To me, if I wore the same thing to the meeting and weighed in about the same time every week, the results would be more accurately measurable.

After staying the same last week, this week the scale showed I had lost 3 pounds. In 12 weeks, I am down 33 pounds! Actually I’m down about 33 1/3 (hence the silly record player picture above), but I was never keen on counting “half pounds” or fractions of a pound. At any rate, it truly is a great feeling!

Sam said that she can tell I have lost some weight. I can never really tell by looking at myself. However, last week when I went to the funeral home to pay my respects to my Godmother, I was able to fit into a pair of dress pants and a dress shirt that were both very tight 6-12 months ago! This is progress!!

Sam is also losing weight, too and looks amazing. We were both saying that we’re probably going to have to go buy some new clothes soon – and we are totally ok with that!

Things will get more difficult once winter arrives. I love my walks around the neighborhood with the kids, and that gives me 30 minutes of activity. I’m sure I am not going to take the kids out in the snow to walk. I will continue to take advantage of the weather and figure out how to get that activity when I am closed up indoors. I’m hoping to hit the 40 pound mark before then.

Physically Unfit

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I had my annual physical this week. “I’m gonna put on my mad face …” is what the doc said to me when she came into the room. It broke the tension.

I knew it wasn’t gonna be a good visit. My bloodwork results hit my electronic chart before the visit, so I knew what to expect. My cholesterol is not where it needs to be. To be honest, I don’t know if the “good” or “bad” cholesterol level is high or low. I just know it wasn’t where it needed to be.

My weight has been a discussion for some time now. Last time I was in, she suggested doing some sort of intermittent fasting. This might work for people who keep the same schedule all the time, but it is next to impossible to do it when you work midnights. For four days, I am on nights, then on my days off I switch back to a day schedule to be “normal.”

Lately, with all that is going on we’ve been making quick and fast meals. We were relying on Hamburger Helper and stuff like that, which you know is not healthy. If we forgot to pull something out for dinner, we would naturally just go grab something. Usually it was pizza or burgers.

My doc wants me to get back on Weight Watchers. I can do that. I know there are plenty of people who have had great success with other programs, but these are usually very expensive, and money is kind of tight right now. So I will do what I can to get back on the wagon.

That means finding healthier choices, more protein, less carbs, and smart snacking. I did it before and I can do it again. It’s just more difficult at age 51. Ideally, I’d love to lose about 100 pounds….

My A1C levels this time around were right on the cusp of prediabetes. This is something I need to get under control. All the more reason to start eating better.

Once I get my weight down, I am sure it will help with my blood pressure. It was pretty high this visit. Granted, I knew it wasn’t going to be a good visit, so I was probably stressing a bit about it.

My doc has me taking my blood pressure twice a day and I am going to follow up with her in two weeks to see if any meds need to be changed. I have a blood pressure cuff at home, but my upper arm is too big for it, so I have to take it on my forearm. Those readings have been a bit high. At work, however, we have an extra large cuff and when I take it there, it is a little more normal. So I am not sure what to think.

I will keep tracking it and hopefully, I can get it back under control.

In essence, the results of my physical have basically helped me write my goals for the new year! Wish me luck – and help keep me accountable!

Doctor, Doctor! Give Me the News …

When I started to feel that awful pain in my back, I called the doctor and made an appointment. When I got there, they had these funky thermometers mounted on the walls at the check in windows. Basically, put your forehead close to it and it gets your temp. It was actually pretty cool. Once the called me back, they take me straight to the scale. I knew I wasn’t going to like the number that popped up. Urgh!

Next, they took me to an exam room that had a long table on it. The nurse said this room was for people with back issues. It has all kinds of buttons on the floor so they doc can raise or lower the table as needed. The nurse takes my blood pressure and it is high. I hadn’t taken my medicine before going in, but the number was higher than my normal “high.”

I love my doctor. She is great. She is honest and to the point. Despite all of that, I don’t really like going to the doctor. I worry. I’m not going to lie, my mind tends to go to the worst thing when something is wrong. This hip-back thing has been there for almost two weeks. My first thought is “Do I have a spinal tumor?” or other extreme things. I don’t really know what that is, but it happens to me all the time. It’s probably because of my family history – diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc…

Anyway, the doc comes in and asks whats going on. I’m already not looking forward to the conversation, because I was suppose to lose weight between visits. So I explain what’s going on and she turned her computer screen to me and says gently, “It probably doesn’t help that you’ve put on 25 pounds.” OUCH! Yeah, I feel like a schmuck! She asked if I had done any kind of muscle stretches before I took Ella for a walk. I laughed and said, “When she wants to go – she wants to go, so no, I didn’t.” She chuckled and said I need to find time to stretch before walking.

She had me stand up and she checked out my back. I explained that the pain was in my left hip and back, so it surprised me when she said that my right hip was a bit out of whack. She had me lay on that long table and did some “manipulation” to help it get back in place. I still have some pain, but it is much better than it was. I have no idea what it will feel like after sitting at work tonight, but I am hoping it isn’t too bad. So, it looks like I will be popping some ibuprofen and she said it would be a good idea to see a chiropractor.

It’s been a while since I have visited the chiropractor, but I have a feeling it will help. I used to go often, and it really did help. All those years of lifting my DJ equipment – loading – unloading – loading again – unloading again – I used to really get crazy sharp pains in my lower back. It would not surprise me if my back has gotten worse.

One thing is for sure, I gotta shape up. Please hold me accountable. It is so easy to just pick up something when we are in a hurry. Nine times out of ten, you chose the easiest and not the healthiest things to eat. I need to get better about not doing that.

Hoping to be back to my old (and pain free) self soon …..

Me: From A to Z

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By far not the most original blog idea, but this stems from a daily writing prompt.  What is cool about something like this, is that I can probably return to this idea a few times and come up with some different answers.  The idea is to take all 26 letters of the alphabet and describe yourself with each one.  It shouldn’t take too long.  Why not do your own in the comments?  Here is Me … from A to Z:

A     Always early (“If you’re on time, you’re late!”

B     Blessed (with friends, family, and so many things)

C     Coffee drinker.  (Not sure how I’d make it through the day without it)

D     Daddy to Dante’, Dimitri, and Ella (I love them all so much!)

E     Emotional.  (I am probably too emotional.  I cry at sappy TV commercials!)

F     Friend.  (I have some of the greatest friends.  I treasure those friendships.)

G     Gaining weight. (About 25 pounds over the course of my wife’s pregnancy)

H     Happy. (I am the happiest I have ever been in my life.)

I     Italian.  (Proud of my Italian heritage.)

J     Jokes.  (I love hearing them.  I love telling them.)

K     Kind. (One of the greatest things we can be is kind to one another.)

L     Laughs a lot. (Laughter is important.  Life is better with laughter.)

M     Music lover. (“Where words fail, music speaks.” Music is SO important to me.)

N     Night Owl. (Yeah, I work midnights, but I have always been a night owl.)

O     Old Stuff. (Love old TV shows, old radio shows, old movies, etc…)

P     Procrastinator.  (One of my bad habits.  I tend to wait till the last minute to do things)

Q     Quotes.  (Might be a line from a TV show or movie, or a famous quote to apply to life)

R     Radio Personality. (The thing I wish I was still doing full time.)

S     Sam’s husband. (She has made me the happiest man alive.  She is my one true love)

T     Trumpet. (Wish I was still playing it in a band.)

U     Unique. (The easy answer, but it’s true.  We are ALL unique!)

V     Vague (Like this answer, for example)

W     Weird Al Yankovic.  (We’re both weird and I have all his albums.)

X     XOXO (I always kiss and hug those I love!)

Y     Young (Something I wish I was again!)

Z     Zoo (I love the Zoo.  Love going with my kids.  Favorite animal:  The Otter)