Wow, it’s been a while, no?

I admit it, I stopped blogging. I lost my mojo. Between my injury to my shoulder and falling off of the wagon I just couldn’t get it together. Then there’s Spring, which is my worst time of year. For the past couple of years Spring hits me very hard. I fall into a crippling depression, my body hurts and I have zero motivation. It took me last month to realize that Spring is my Winter. So I went to see my doctors and we discussed this. First my weight loss doctor on the 18th, and to my surprise, I dropped another 4 lbs, putting me at a grand total of 27 lbs of weight loss since late October. Then I saw my exercise doctor last Friday, and finally my primary care doctor on Monday. 

With my weight loss doctor (who is brilliant), he wanted to run a complete blood count on me to make sure my levels on everything was okay, and we discussed going on Phentermine for the continued support of weight loss. I had been iffy about it in the past because I really did not want to use pills to lose weight, but my doctor had mentioned the use of Phentermine to help with mood and depression, so I was willing to try it. I am on a half pill of 37.5 mg a day, under doctor supervision. At first the side effects were massive bloating if I ate too many carbs, and no appetite whatsoever. Now it’s not a problem. No constipation…yet. Yeah, TMI I know. We will see how it goes. Last Friday I went in to see my exercise doc (same place my weight loss doc is at) and my weight loss doc pulled me aside to go over my blood panel with me (this is what I appreciate about him – I don’t have an appointment with him but he takes the time to see me to show me – what a doc!), and everything looks good. Progesterone is on track but I need to keep taking my Progesterone pills to keep my hormones in balance. So we will continue to monitor that and with the help of the Crave Arrest (amino acids) and Phentermine, I will continue to lose weight. We also decided to change up my nutrition plan – no more than 95 grams of protein a day, which is so much more doable for me, and under 100 grams of carbs a day (ideally 80). This doesn’t put so much stress on me. The doctor said if I can still lose weight without really sticking to the plan and the exercise has helped, then there’s no need to go super low carb. Yes, I am losing weight slowly, but there is progress made every month. Small numbers, but no gain since I started. That is a great sign.

When I saw my exercise doctor I told her how I had been doing with my physical therapy with my neck/shoulder. I am just about done and doing better, but will have to go to PT throughout my life here and there for it. It’s been an on-going issue for years. I told her I have had trouble with the recumbent bike. It leads to really bad ankle pain that makes me jump off of the bike…and so she had me walk for her…and I found out that I pronate or supinate on my left ankle, and I roll my right ankle as I walk. She suggested that I see an orthopedic doctor to see about getting some good orthotics. I told her that weak ankles run in my family and I have sprained my ankles numerous times, in fact, I nearly BROKE my ankle (left) years ago. I compensate with my left side, and put all of my weight on my left side, so something needed to be done.  She also wrote me up a new exercise plan after I told her I hopped on an elliptical (for the hell of it) while we were staying overnight at a hotel…told her it was tough but fun. I tried the elliptical at work, but it was too hard so I didn’t do it. She said try to do the elliptical at 5 minute intervals 2-3 times when I am at the gym. Goal is 2-3 days/wk, but my primary care doc says otherwise (will explain below). I have been working out on a NuStep recumbent bike at PT that is SO much easier than a pedaling recumbent bike – plus you have the arms which is nice.

Then on Monday when I went to see my regular doc, I told him what my exercise doc said, and instead of seeing an orthopedic, he wants me to go to physical therapy (GROAN) for my ankle and wrote me up a script, to see if I can get assessed there first, which makes sense, and rehab my way of walking. When I was very little (like 2 years old), I was put into leg braces for walking funny and according to my dad, it did nothing. Over the years, like I said above, I have sprained my ankle (left a few times, not sure about my right ankle) numerous times. So I hope that PT for my ankle will help me, and maybe some good insoles/orthotics might help. I wear Nikes and while everyone is giving me their unsolicited advice about buying expensive shoes or going to a specialty store to get fitted for specific shoes, I am hoping that the Nikes I just bought will be helpful and maybe I can get some orthotics that will work with them. I don’t necessarily have the money to spend on new shoes at the moment… Also, my primary doctor said no more gym until I am done with rehabbing my ankle…so…there is that. Which sucks, but I haven’t been to the gym since March 12th, and have strictly worked out during PT anyhow…

Overall I am still on track. Some days are better than others. 

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