kingkeld's Journal, 30 January 2014

Good morning!

First of all, thank you so much for all your supporting comments yesterday. It means a lot to me to know that the "Fat Secret Army" is collectively crossing their fingers for me. Thank you.

I still got the beat.

So far so good. The heart seems to be in rhythm. Let us hope that it stays like that.

It wasn't much of a hassle to have it done. The actual procedure is quick, and since I am sleeping tight, I don't have any recollection of it.

Or do I?

When I woke up, I remember feeling a "sizzling" through my body at some point. Nothing traumatizing or anything, nothing painful either. Just something I vaguely remember, like something from a long time ago.

I asked the nurse about it, and she said that I did react to the shock by mumbling a few words. It's not completely uncommon, but doesn't happen all that often either.

I don't know if it's just a normal reaction, if I didn't get all that much to sleep on, or if it's something else. It doesn't really matter. I just think it's an interesting little thing that happened.

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I didn't FULLY make it a fast day yesterday. I got hungry, very hungry, through the day. We were waiting for 7 hours(!) after the shock before I was released. We weren't home until bed time.

The end result was lunch at the hospital, a couple of meatballs (which Wife was so sweet to bring), some grapes, and half a liter of Skyr on the way home in the train.

Total calories: 1250.

Also, of course, I barely moved yesterday. I was sitting down ALL day, except walking to and from train stations.

This gave me a total calorie burn of 2500 calories.

So, total, a deficit of 1250. Too much food for a fast day, and too little food if we're talking about eating enough for a "normal" day.

Still, it's all good. I needed a 1200 calorie deficit to nudge me a little in the right direction.

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My spreadsheet dictates and RDI of 3050 calories today.

That's what I need for maintaining weight and rebuilding muscle, and I'm gonna go as close as I can, with a healthy portion of focus on my macros.

190g of protein, 65g of fat, 40g of fiber. The rest carbs. It's an easy food day.

Wife has the day off, so we can maybe have lunch together. This always helps my calories up a bit, and wife being with me helps me from not taking it too far. :)

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Today is workout day. I'm going there as soon as I'm done writing my journal. It should have been yesterday, but obviously I was at the hospital all day.

Once again, I have checked and double checked with the doctors and specialists in regards to my heart condition and exercise. There are absolutely no restrictions. I specifically asked about HIIT and strength training, and they both told me that it's good for me.

So, exercise it is.

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What is BAD for me is stress. Stress releases adrenalin in the brain, and it causes instability in the heart. This is what I do NOT want. Sadly, this is what I have quite a lot of right now.

I asked the doc about it, and was told to try to remain calm most of the time. Easier said than done.

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Speaking of stress, today I have another "out sick" meeting. I am truly dreading it, because I honestly don't think my boss sees me as sick. I have allied with two people from my union that will be there by my side.

This is SO unlike me. I have never before been in a situation where I didn't handle it myself. I have never before been in a situation where I didn't feel that I had the reigns.

I'm glad we have the support of the unions when the sh*t hits the fan now and then. It's a good thing.

Anyways, I can't wait to get it done and over with.

Next step in all this mess is me seeing the doctor tomorrow, asking for further help on my stress. I need help and there is nothing I want more than to move forward and get better.

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So, plans for today:
- Workout.
- Walk/Elliptical depending on the weather.
- Lunch with Wife.
- Dreaded meeting.
- Hopefully relax and enjoy that my heart beat is still groovin' right.

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Today, I'm thankful for:
- Working out.
- Feeling my heart doing right. I can easily tell the difference. It's a good feeling.
- Morning coffee.
- Wife.
- UNIONS!

Happy Thursday! Life is good and groovin'!

190.7 lb Lost so far: 151.0 lb.    Still to go: 3.3 lb.    Diet followed 100%.
on diet kingkeld's own diet   losing 9.3 lb a week

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glad to hear it went well and you are back 'on deck' everything else will work out in time Im sure 
30 Jan 14 by member: Kingstephen
everything will be fine.Just relax 
30 Jan 14 by member: namramn1
So pleased the heart shock went well - how interesting, remembering a sizzle. Stress and work... You would think that work would realise, that having a meeting immediately after your shock, may put you back and necessitate in you having even more time off sick! Try not to worry... Although you definitely need to investigate other employment options, that won't put you under so much stress. Maybe time to seriously do some research and networking, at your gym and other gyms, while you are off. Hope it all goes ok xx 
30 Jan 14 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
I've woken up with a really bad headache. Not sure if its because I managed to eat 200 calories less yesterday which is a good thing but I also woke up very hungry. Having a cupa soup to fill me u[ quickly. 
30 Jan 14 by member: ShirleyAlph
I know that as a bass player, you know how to keep the beat! Hope your day goes well. While you're at the dreaded meeting, try to think about the fact, that whatever your boss yammers on about isn't nearly as important as .... your health, your great wife, having the beat back, or good morning coffee. Let him have the stress; let your union reps do their thing; breathe slowly and try to remember how great your life is.  
30 Jan 14 by member: TXSnowman
Glad that the procedure was successful and also glad you have union reps to be there with you. It doesn't matter if you look 'sick' or not. You likely look the picture of perfect health, all skinny and trim, etc, but they can't see your heart condition can they? Hope it all goes well.  
30 Jan 14 by member: sarahsmum
Hopefully this one sticks and maybe you can finally get some good sleep and relax. 
30 Jan 14 by member: iamachristianjesusfreak
Good news on the medical front and good luck with the company.  
30 Jan 14 by member: Draglist
Relieved to read it's over and done .. get some rest, nurture yourself and you'll get it all back. 
30 Jan 14 by member: FullaBella
Stick to your guns at work and try to get more time off for stress relief - it sounds like you can use all the time off you need to "de-stress". I'm glad your Union is behind you. It's hard for your boss to see you as sick, because you look just fine. Somehow the Union needs to get across to him that you NEED the time to recoup. Wishing you luck in your meeting. 
30 Jan 14 by member: Lynn1958

     
 

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