weight loss

Wednesday Check-in: Shrinkvivor Week 2

Shrinkvivor Challenge at the Sisterhood!I’m just going to start off by saying that I am so incredibly mad right now.  The scale was NOT my friend this morning!  I worked my tail off this week.  I drank tons of water.  Cut out nighttime snacking.  Stayed way below my calorie limit (and wrote down everything I ate!).  Racked up some miles the last two days.

We had 2 challenges this week – one physical and the other non-physical.  Our physical challenge (which was for tribe immunity) was to rack up some miles!  Either running, walking, elliptical, etc.  Anything beyond your normal day to day walking around (so no pedometers).  I racked up 6 miles.  Of course I would have liked for it to be more but with the pain I’ve been having, I’m excited about 6.  The other challenge was to drink water.  I’m not a huge water fan – mainly because it makes me live in the bathroom – but I did good and swapped my Coke for my water bottle!  I probably averaged 50oz of water a day!

So I really felt like I put a lot into the challenge this week.  And for what?

A loss of .6 lbs.  That’s it.  I feel so defeated. I feel like I’ve let my tribe down even though I put everything I have into this challenge.

I should probably pack my bags for Exile Island.

Here are my stats:

Starting weight: 164.4

Challenge Goal Weight (11/2): 128

Last week’s weigh-in: 133.4
Today’s weigh-in: 132.8
Change: -0.6

Overall Change: -31.6

Challenge Change: -0.6

holidaysjust for fun

Let’s Talk About You Tuesdays

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This week’s Let’s Talk About You Tuesday was inspired by last night’s trip to Lowe’s.  They were putting up Christmas decorations.  Seriously.  I’m all about getting in the Christmas spirit early but September is a little early for me but let’s go with it!  Here are this week’s Christmas-inspired questions 🙂

1. When do you start listening to Christmas music?

2. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

3. Do you make a list or just buy when you feel inspired?

4. Do you spread out your shopping or get it done in a weekend?

5. Do you venture out on Black Friday?  Are you a crazy early bird or wait for the crowds to die down?  Or do you just wait on Cyber Monday?

6. When do you put up your Christmas tree?

7.  Clear or multi-colored lights?

Edited 9/22:  Totally realized that I never answered my own questions!  Oops 🙂

1. When do you start listening to Christmas music? November 1

2. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I’ve bought 1 gift for Abby but that’s it.  Maybe I’ll get started this weekend.

3. Do you make a list or just buy when you feel inspired?  Make a general list but let inspiration speak to!

4. Do you spread out your shopping or get it done in a weekend? My wallet forces me to spread it out!

5. Do you venture out on Black Friday?  Are you a crazy early bird or wait for the crowds to die down?  Or do you just wait on Cyber Monday? Of course!  I’m not out at the butt-crack of dawn but relatively early to check out deals.  Its mostly just for fun!

6. When do you put up your Christmas tree?  Weekend before Thanksgiving since we usually travel.

7.  Clear or multi-colored lights? Multi-colored per the insistence of my husband 🙂

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chronic illness

My visit to Duke’s Center for Endo

Yesterday I had my big visit to Duke’s Center for Endometriosis Treatment & Research on the Durham campus.  I was up a little after 5am and we were on the road at 6!  My appointment was at 10am but we had to count in time for an early arrival for paperwork as well as dropping Abby off with her Pops and any traffic we may encounter.

We actually arrived early and got taken back early!  A first for me and wait it gets better – the doctor actually came in early!  No hate for my doctor as she is completely worth the wait but I was pleasantly surprised!  Of course my excitement didn’t last long.

One of the first things he said after looking over my medical history was, “You’ve been to the CEC?  They are trained me.  If they can’t help you, I can’t help you.”  Thanks buddy.  Appreciate the encouragement.  I tried really hard to fight back the tears.  This was not what I was looking for.

He seemed shocked by the fact that my doctor found endo at my hysterectomy (which was just a year after my excision surgery at the CEC).  I think he asked me four times if I was sure that it was endo.  Yes, doctor, I am sure.  He said that he won’t believe it until he sees the pathology report.  The tears begin burning my eyes at this point.

The visit did get better from here.  He wasn’t saying that he didn’t believe that I didn’t still have endo or that I wasn’t really in pain.  He believes that adhesions are probably what is causing the pain versus endo itself (which I can agree with) but I am not a candidate for surgery as at this point as it would only make things worse.  He is, however, going to take me completely off estrogen and instead up my progesterone to suppress any endo that may be remaining.

He also believes very strongly that I have Interstitial Cystitis (IC).  Dr. H has thought that in the past however my PST came back negative.  Since IC is considered endo’s “evil twin” as they almost always exist together, he is going to start me on treatment anyway.  Its worth a shot right?  What’s another pill (or 3) a day?  He stated that IC is one of the most under-diagnosed and under-treated illnesses out there, especially since it can be a source of major pelvic and abdominal pain.

In addition to adjusting my HRT and starting Elmiron, he also suggested physical therapy which he referred to as “vaginal physical therapy” which completely scares the beejeezus out of me!  What the heck is that?!  Some form of torture?!  I’ve done some research and I’m still very unsure about the whole thing.  I’m just not sure I can be comfortable with that.

If none of this provides relief, a nerve block will be next which I will have to do much more research on before I ever commit it it.

After discussing the options, he sent us on our merry way.  I am still trying to digest everything.  It was a lot to have thrown at you at once.  He said that at this point there isn’t much we can do for the source of pain (adhesions and endo) but instead it will be more pain management.  Of course, we hope that we get lucky and the IC treatment takes the rest away.  I was hoping for a more positive and encouraging post to deliver after my visit but this is all I have!  I will keep you up to date on how the treatment works!