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eeek! Health entry

November 19th, 2008 at 02:55 am

Just wanted to share an achievement today:

I weighed myself this morning and I am 3 kg lighter than I was... whenever it was that I weighed myself last. (i think about three or four weeks ago). Pretty good! Especially as I have been quite lazy and not exercised much. The only exercise I have had for the past month is swimming in the river - not exactly heart pumping...

I have been eating much healthier. Seeing as it's summer (and excrutiatingly hot at work) I haven't felt like eating at work, so I don't get horrible hunger pangs at 9am anymore. I have also experimented and noticed I can now get by on a cup of strawberries, a banana, half a grapefruit and a coffee, which lasts me from 5am - 2pm. Then I will usually have another piece of fruit, a sandwhich or coffee and then I can get by till dinner. I've also tried to avoid dessert. It's hard - I'm one of those 'dessert people'. But I have managed to have just four squares of chocolate OR a cup of tea OR a frozen yoghurt. Really aiming for the cup of tea, but chocolate is just so tempting... I will try much harder though.

I have 5 kg to go to my goal weight, and 9 kg to go to my 'dream' weight. And then of course there's my 'unattainable dream weight' of 17kg to lose. Pfft. As if. But it's nice to have an unattainable dream, isn't it?

I do have a reason for not exercising lately. My leg has been KILLING me. I have made an appointment with the doctor tomorrow. I still don't know what it is. He said it was the beginnings of a shin splint (didn't show up in the xray) and that it would go away with rest. I've been resting for quite some time now and it's not gone away, so I'm thinking it's something else. It's quite odd because it's sort of a muscular pain, like a dull achey feeling. I can't actually locate the exact point of pain, it's basically my calf muscle/shin area (but not the bone) I've noticed when I apply pressure it goes away for a minute or two. The only thing I can think of is a blood clot, which would make sense seeing as I've done so much flying in my life.

Anyway, we'll see won't we?

Other things I have to get checked out are:
Iron Levels (nearing the 5-6 month mark on being vegetarian now - apparently that's when my iron levels should be nicely depleted if I'm not eating properly)
All regular checkups (cholesterol, white blood cells and all that. A year ago my WBC were low and cholesterol on the highger side of normal)
My right eye (constantly has faint red veins - not that worried but thought I'd get it checked out anyway)
Blood Pressure*

*funny story: I was in the doctors with a friend, as she was worried she was pregnant (she finds out today if she is or isn't). He observed that she was red in the face and she said it was because she hates going to the doctor and gets nervous. He took her blood pressure, which was 180/96. Apparently that's high. He said to her, 'that's not normal' then he looked at me 'how old are you?' '21' i replied. 'look, you'll be normal, i'll show your friend what a normal blood pressure is meant to be' so he measured mine. HAHA. Mine was 168/89.


So that prompted me to make an appointment for tomorrow afternoon. EEEEK. Not particularly fond of doctors myself.

Big Grin

6 Responses to “eeek! Health entry”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Good luck with the doctor! That is quite high for both you and your friend. Could you possibly be taking in too much sodium? If you're using some of the "prepared' vege foods, they can be quite high in sodium - which is why I try to limit them as much as possible (plus other reasons.)

    Congrats on the weight loss!

  2. whitestripe Says:

    frugaltexan: no we only eat takeout once a week or less, and i cook from scratch for every meal, i only use salt sparingly, probably once or twice a week in meals when i 'feel' like it.

    and thanks (about the weightloss Smile)

  3. shiela Says:

    Hey great job on the weight loss.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Congrats on the weight loss! I too am slowly losing weight without exercising. I can't understand it... And I coincidentally have a visit with my doctor today, for my annual exam and to discuss a host of health things that have popped up in the past year. I'll be thinking of you, and hope we both get good news! Smile

  5. Koppur Says:

    Congrats in your weight loss! You're doing fantastic!

  6. go.Xtina Says:

    Congrats! I notice in the summertime, I tend to lose a lot of weight and in the wintertime, I gain a lot of weight. :P I get those winter hunger sometimes. ^.^

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