SwtDivaHou's Journal, 02 February 2009

Well...Last week seemed to have been a good week. I am allotted 33 points but it seems that I stay at or below it with the lowest being 28 points. I saved my flex points for this past weekend, once I log everything, I'll see where my points fall. I did step on the scale this morning just to see and it didn't drop much but I have most definitely lost inches. I am wearing a safety pin in my slacks today because I can pull them down without unbuttoning them. I have less dents and dimples in my thighs and I can see and feel the muscle in them. I wore a dress this weekend and couldn't stop looking at my legs. (I know that is borderline vain...if not just plain old vain.)I had on capris yesterday because the temp rose and was so proud of my calves because they were so nice and toned. lol.

Anyhoo...I believe my exercise and change in diet has also contributed to my skin, woman evil curse, and hair. I have always had nice clear skin but my hair has always been a problem for me. What I have noticed is my hair is stronger and healthier - even shinier. It looks really good and it is growing faster than before. Now this may have something to do with me taking vitamins as well, but I think the exercise and change in what I put in my body is a result of this change. My skin (all over) is softer and during the time the evil curse brought down on us by our Mother Eve decides to pay a little visit, the water intake and less sweets has reduced the cramps and seemed to have made her stay a little shorter. I will have more information on that after my visit with my GYN on Wednesday. She may be able to provide more insight on that. I have really been paying attention to my water intake and it seems like I am drinking about 80 to 96 oz of water a day - that is not including the "water" in my smoothie. This is straight water with 16.9 oz of it being mixed with Crystal Light or Slimquick (I need to add that). Hmmm...now that I type this, I wonder if that is aiding me in drinking more water and if it is curbing my appetite. Since I have been doing the drink mix, I notice my caloric and points are down. That is certainly something to think about.

Has anyone else noticed a change in hair strength or look or their skin?

In regards to the superbowl...I ate badly but hey! It was the Superbowl! I was secretly rooting for the Steelers and really wanted them to win - which they did, but because I like to keep the day and game interesting, I rooted for the Cardinals. My son (the youngest) is a football fanatic and told me the Cards burned (I think that is the new slang term for sucks) and the Steelers were the dominant team and they would be the Superbowl Champs. So I asked my little "piggy" (all of my children have nicknames - his is piggy because he ate a lot when he was a baby and now he is tall and skinny, the other two are Chicken and Peanut - for some reason Peanut didn't like Duck - lol) if he wanted to place a wager. This is something we do every year. Last year I won $10 from him but didn't have the heart to take it. We bet $2 each quarter - Whomever's team was leading in that quarter would win the $2. This was piggy's idea so I went for it. I could take at least $2 from the kid. He needs to learn gambling is bad. Needless to say, he did not learn that lesson because the Steelers were in the lead at the conclusion of every quarter, so I am down $8 and he will be gloating in the next week. He can, I did it last year because he was so sure that Tom Brady was "a much better and experienced quarterback than Eli Manning, Eli is not nearly as good as his brother Peyton!" I was like, dude you are 9 years old! What makes you an expert? So I gloated for at least two weeks that my team won while telling him that Pretty Boy Brady choked at Superbowl and apparently his team thinks he's too pretty which is why his line didn't block for him. lol.

Oh' well everyone, off to the gym for an hour of Kwando, then a 45 minute step instructional class.

Diet Calendar Entries for 02 February 2009:
1266 kcal Fat: 15.40g | Prot: 63.82g | Carb: 214.91g.   Breakfast: Philadelphia Fat Free Cream Cheese, Cinnamon Swirl Bagels, coffee, sugar, powder creamer. Lunch: Shrimp Spring Rolls, fish sauce, Steamed or Boiled Shrimp, vermicelli noodles, broiled chicken, lettuce, grilled onions, rasberry lemonade Crystal Light. Dinner: water. Snacks/Other: Banana. more...
4580 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sitting - 5 hours and 30 minutes, Dance (slow step) - 40 minutes, Dance (fast step, aerobic) - 50 minutes, Walking (slow) - 2/mph - 1 hour, Driving - 1 hour and 45 minutes, Desk Work - 3 hours, Resting - 2 hours and 15 minutes, Sleeping - 9 hours. more...
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I've learned that, when we lose weight, our estrogen level drops. That, I'm sure, is good for all sorts of things! It sounds like you're doing great! You're getting in all your water, losing the pounds, and feeling great about your body! Enjoy yourself! We should all enjoy our bodies at every point of our weight loss! And you are doing that! Yay!!!!! 
02 Feb 09 by member: debbra
Actually estrogen levels RISE when you lose weight. Estrogen gets stored in fat instead of being released and shared throughout the body, so when you lose weight you have an abundance of estrogen in your body. Some weight loss surgery patients are required to get on birth control before surgery because it becomes so much easier to become pregnant, and they don't want that to happen soon after the surgery. 
02 Feb 09 by member: catglaw
Interesting Cat..so our estrogen levels rise? Estrogen levels are needed to balance us out right? I never really got into the medical aspect of it. I just remember my mom having to take estrogen supplements when she went through menopause. Will this help make menopause easier to go through? What are ya'll's thoughts? 
03 Feb 09 by member: SwtDivaHou
Huh? I had heard the opposite of what Cat said, but I'm not a doctor. I have a friend who had breast cancer that was brought on by Estrogen replacements at menopause. And she had to be taken off it, of course, after she got the cancer. She warned me to lose weight because she had heard from her doctor that being heavier can cause too much estrogen in the body. And that, therefore, losing weight can help avert breast cancer. But I don't know for sure. I'm just relaying what I heard from her. 
03 Feb 09 by member: debbra
I don't know anything about estrogen levels but I'm dying to hear more of people's thoughts on the hair thing. My skin is nice from all the water but my hair falls out like crazy. It's not even hereditary either. I've gotten checked out and I have to go see an internist to get blood work done to see what else might be causing it, but it's been happening for years. : ( Anyway, you're hilarious! I love your stories about your kids. "He needs to learn gambling is bad." Hahahaha!!! Oh and you are too cute checking your legs out while wearing your dress and capris! Work it, girl! You earned those hot new legs. Show them off! 
03 Feb 09 by member: FakePlasticLala
Well this is a good forum to open up. I think I'll do that and see what everyone says. 
03 Feb 09 by member: SwtDivaHou
Hmm...here is what I found on the Breast Cancer website: Get more exercise. Exercise has many healthy benefits. Research has shown that 5 hours of exercise a week may lower the risk of breast cancer. Over time, exercise may be able to lower the estrogen levels in your body. With less estrogen around, there is less stimulation of breast cell growth, which is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. Other research on exercise and breast cancer has found that exercise also can help boost the immune system, limit weight gain from chemotherapy, and help ease treatment side effects. Maintain a healthy weight. Overweight women have an increased risk of getting breast cancer after menopause. And being overweight can increase the risk of breast cancer coming back in women who have had the disease. There are probably several reasons that being overweight is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Extra fat cells make extra estrogen that might stimulate breast cell growth. Plus, overweight women tend to exercise less and eat higher-fat foods. Regular exercise can reduce fat in the body and help with weight loss. As we age, it's harder to keep weight under control because our metabolism slows down and we tend to get less exercise. But if you can stick to a low-fat, low-calorie diet and stay physically active, weight is much easier to control. Reduce your exposure to estrogen. Prolonged exposure to estrogen without a break can increase your risk for breast cancer. To reduce or eliminate sources of extra estrogen from your diet and environment, try the following steps: Shed any extra pounds and try to keep those pounds off. Extra fat cells make extra estrogen. At a healthy weight, estrogen levels tend to be lower. 
03 Feb 09 by member: SwtDivaHou
Interesting info....thanks for sharing! 
03 Feb 09 by member: Grl Gone MADD
Actually, that is one of the main reasons I want to lose weight. I'm afraid of breast cancer. We have it in the family. Also diabetes. I've managed to avoid those things so far, but I know the older I get, the more chance I have of getting one of those dangerous diseases if I don't lose the weight. Thank you for looking into that info. That's what I had thought! 
03 Feb 09 by member: debbra
I am losing weight for my health... my heart does a lot of flittering when I eat unhealthy and start gaining... don't like that feeling at all! so here is for our health! 
06 Feb 09 by member: D2na


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