Miraculum's Journal, 29 June 2018

Okay, I'm back! I fasted from 9:30 p.m. last night until 5:30 p.m. this afternoon
-- 18 hours. Somehow, knowing that I had loaded WAY too much food "onboard" yesterday, I was determined to stay busy and not eat till dinner this evening.

Once I decided that I'd be eating today's food during a certain "window," I put food out of my mind and got busy with some bits and pieces of stuff I've been putting off.

I just weighed myself, 9:45 p.m., end of day, after eating. I figured I'd record "maximum damage" today. TWO-TWENTY? How is it possible to gain 14.5 pounds from my morning weight a week ago Tuesday? Well, it's an interesting place to (re)start from!

As I told the cardiologist this morning, reporting that I'd gained weight this week, "It might be fluid, but I'm very familiar with the 'delusions of the obese'!" (That got a little smile from him, but the doctor hardly missed a beat when I said it.)

Speaking of which, the cardiac consultation this morning turned out well: The damage pattern is attributable to an old infection (gone now) that resulted in cardiomyopathy (literally, "heart muscle sickness"). However, this is not something that usually progresses to "congestive heart failure" (which puts people in the hospital and can be fatal). The doctor prescribed a small dose of Coreg (carvedilol), a beta blocker.

I'm cleared to begin swimming laps and lifting weights ... and I do mean "begin." It's been a long time since I've engaged in regular exercise of any kind, so I'll ease into it.

Who knows? I may just get me one of those fancy Tanita (brand) scales to track my fitness project. I expect the first printout will say "Decomposing Body on Scale." It can only improve, right?

I'll keep y'all posted on my progress, although I don't know if I'll figure out all the parameters that Chesgreen reports on!

Thanks for the support this week, my friends!

As my friend Scarlett says, "Tomorrah is anothah day!"
220.0 lb Lost so far: 65.0 lb.    Still to go: 52.0 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entries for 29 June 2018:
1223 kcal Fat: 110.07g | Prot: 43.07g | Carb: 16.63g.   Lunch: Coffee, Kroger Heavy Whipping Cream, Bacon (Cured, Pan-Fried, Cooked). Dinner: Asparagus, Pork Loin (Tenderloin), Butter (Salted). Snacks/Other: Boar's Head Sweet Slice Smoked Ham, Sprouts Farmers Market Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil, Almonds. more...
3762 kcal Activities & Exercise: Resting - 4 hours, Watching TV/Computer - 6 hours, Sleeping - 7 hours, Reading - 6 hours, Driving - 1 hour. more...
on diet LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet   gaining 35.0 lb a week

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Glad you are back. It is easy to be disheartened but put all that behind you. Work to the future. Diligence, patience, planning will help you move forward. 
29 Jun 18 by member: kattay
Great news on being cleared for the exercise. Unfortunately for me swimming makes me hungry, but lifting weights suppresses my appetite). Glad to see that your fast helped you 'put food out of your mind' (or at least the possibility of eating food during the fasting period). Onward! 
30 Jun 18 by member: adefwebserver
You can only go forward! It sounds like positive news and you have a good plan for the future. You can do this!! 
30 Jun 18 by member: momma6224
Awesome to hear M...purposeful walking is often underrated as a "fitness exercise" too...great benefits!! 
30 Jun 18 by member: Steven Lloyd
Adef, swimming is definitely an appetite suppressant for me. I had a great routine going (uh ... 35 years ago!): At work by 6:30, our by 3:00, in the YMCA pool (or the gym) by 3:30 right on my way home from work, home by 6:00, very light dinner, and in bed by 10:00 so I could do it all again. The most discipline I'd ever had, and my body was a completely different shape. PLAN FOR JULY: keep reducing average daily carbs and calories, and establish an exercise routine. 
30 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
Good plan for July! Good plan for all of us! 
30 Jun 18 by member: Texasgranny6
Great plan! 
30 Jun 18 by member: adefwebserver
If you go to the ymca try the weight machines first. My trainer said to start there and do one on each weight setting until I’d found the weight I felt comfortable with to start. Challenging but not enough to wear myself out at the beginning. I guess the machines help with posture so we learn the correct way we should be doing things. I started with 10-50 on upper body, 30-140 lower. One lady in my group was as low as 5#. We are very proud of her because she knows her limits and isn’t trying to push herself to get to our numbers. Another lady is just above me. I’m competitive but am satisfied that I can stay 10-15# under her comfortably:). I do feel odd when the person next to me is doing 100 to my 30 but hey, I’ll be there one day! Maybe.... hopefully... we’ll see ;). Good luck and I hope your health gets better quickly! 
30 Jun 18 by member: peeperjj
peeperjj, I like working out on machines, too, especially Cybex that gives immediate feedback on how fast/slow to do each part of a rep. We have light free weights and a bench at home, so I can use those, too. I'm relieved that my cardiac issue is *not* related to diabetes and doesn't seem to be a progressive type. Exercise plus the medication will definitely improve my pulmonary reserves and exercise tolerance. 
30 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
I like cybex too (treadmill I use is cybex). The machines at my Y are similar to weight benches I guess. Seat, back, weights and whatever you use to pull the weights like the arm things. I’m not explaining myself well I know :/. Not computerized though. Just put a pin in the highest weight you want to lift... then lift/push/pull. I’d love to have one that I could set and it kept track for me like the treadmill does (based on my height, weight and age).  
30 Jun 18 by member: peeperjj
It is absolutely water. I have gained the same amount on week one of vacation. Taking a break at my inlaws for a week and then driving back (and visiting several folks where I might get into trouble again). But after that, I'll be back to it. 
01 Jul 18 by member: Draglist

     
 

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