Saturday, October 28, 2017
Total loss 11 lbs in 6 weeks. I"m really happy with my progress. I'm tracking with MyFitnessPal (MFP) instead of Sparkpeople. There's not so many ads & distractions. Just a more straight forward tracker. But, it's linked to my fitbit, which is linked to SP, so my weight in are showing up.
My fist goal was getting under 200. My next goal is 188, which represents losing 10% of my starting weight.
I miss my friends on SP. Why did I stop blogging? I got frustrated with myself not losing any weight. and in fact gaining. Nothing was working. My knee pain was getting worse.
I finally bit the bullet, and got a total knee replacement in May. Let me tell you, it's very painful! They had me up and walking the next day. The first 2 days are hell. The first 2 weeks are torture. I had physical therapy 3x/wk. I called my PT Darcie the Merciless. But after 6 weeks I could walk quite well & even do stairs. I got full extension of my leg. I can bend it 30 degrees. It's been 5 months & I'm walking 10k steps most days. The knee doesn't feel the same as the other.
The other big change was I found a lump in my neck about the same time I was going for knee surgery. I had a sonogram & blood work, and it turns out I have thyroid nodules & hypothyroidism. One nodule was large enough to cause concern, so I had a biopsy, which turned out benign. Once I was put on thyroid meds, the nodule has shrunk & gotten softer. And it got me thinking that maybe that was why I wasn't losing weight.
so I started with MFP, a fresh start, where I could succeed or fail, out of the public eye. And it's been a tremendous success.
Its not just as simple as taking thyroid meds & replacing a knee. There's no magic pill. I'm eating 1250 calories/day plus whatever calories I earn through walking, usually around 300 if I get my 10k steps.
If you remember me, give a shout out.