Monday, July 20, 2009
Weight Loss, and Weaning
Today was a big day for me. I got on the scale in the morning and found that, after weeks of plateau and struggles with lapses and relapse, I'd hit a new low! I now weigh 217.8 pounds!
The most obvious, tactile indicator of my progress is my jeans. I've been wearing 38" waist jeans for a couple of months now. But they're getting loose on me. I haven't worn 36" pants since High School. Frankly, I didn't think I would again. I figured that my waist...at least the part the belt goes around...wouldn't be getting much thinner. But maybe not...
I also went in to the doctor's office this morning, for a checkin and a checkup. After going over my weight loss and diet changes, and checking my blood pressure a couple of times, my doctor and I decided to start cutting back on my blood pressure medications. We're dropping the Triamterene now. In a month, I'll get some blood work done, to check my Potassium levels (Triamterene lowers Potassium, while my other medication, Lisinopril, raises it). If they look good, and my blood pressure is still under control, we'll cut back on the Lisinopril too. Maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to get off the meds altogether.
As I said, it's been a good day. I feel fantastic about my progress. The bummer of the plateau is behind me.
Breakfast: granola with organic strawberries and 1% organic milk
Lunch: leftover veggie lasagna, leftover collards with brown rice.
Snacks: one Hershey's dark chocolate single, chips and guacamole, cheese and crackers at a social event at work this afternoon.
Dinner: leftover spaghetti with meat sauce, steamed corn and green beans.