15% Weightloss in Obesity & Lower Cholesterol via Calorie Counting & Nutrition
2010 has been a year of change in many ways. At the very beginning, I wanted to remain anonymous behind a cute screenname - “Phat in my 40s.” But a friend gave me the boost I needed to let you know who I am, Lisa Emrich, musician and blogger living with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
My journey began in January 2010 at...
I began educating myself on what my specific numbers mean.
Making little changes to diet might not be as hard as I originally thought.
It’s good to know how the body uses energy.
Sometimes a snowy diversion is needed, especially during “snowpocalypse.
Did you know that losing just 5-10% of your starting weight can be significant?
Uh oh, bumps in the road are possible when you least expect them.
In March, we discussed dying on HealthCentral...
I learned that I have high cholesterol.
Yippee!! First signs of success with a 5% weight loss.
Do you wonder if cycles can be found in your fluctuating weight?
I learned that vitamin D becomes trapped in the cells of obese people and can’t be used properly.
Temptations can abound in even the simple places.
I partook of chocolate cake and immediately retained 2 pounds of water. Boo!
May was Mental Health Awareness Month...
We discussed obesity-related news...
Trying to stay motivated through temporary ups and downs. Plus a 10% weight loss.
In June, I went on a cruise to Alaska.
Sometimes animals know more than we do.
Looking backwards can sometimes help us move forward.
When concrete evidence differs from the internal judge and jury...
Keeping track of weight trends, look to doctor’s records.
Sharing successes and struggles help to keep us moving forward.
I finally crossed that 15% weight loss line. Yippee!!
More stories of travel and weight loss...
You can do it!
Steroid infusions have kept me bouncing around 230 lbs. for weeks.
Appreciating the small changes which have gotten me here thus far.
Obesity may not be the only reason to change eating habits for some of us.
Here it is the end of the year and I let December pass with only one post. I meant to write in the middle of the month, but I was too busy preparing for a trip over the holidays. Plus, I gained weight after another steroid infusion and I was a bit depressed about that. The extra water on my body after infusions makes me very uncomfortable physically and emotionally drained.
But I had a wonderful trip visiting relatives back home. While there, I ate whatever was offered (and then some on some days). I thought for sure that I would have gained even more weight on the scales. However, I dropped 1.5 pounds from the height of the spike this month.
From here forward, I will not be getting steroid infusions every four weeks like I had been since early August which is the time when I started struggling with my weight loss progress. It has been difficult to see the scales bounce around without making significant downward progress.
I’m hoping that the lack of steroids will remove the chains I’ve felt over the past six months. Only time will tell...and I plan to continue sharing and discussing my journey in the coming year.
I wish everybody a safe New Year’s. Until next year...
December 12, 2010
Weight: 230.0 lbs
December 19, 2010
Weight: 231.0 lbs
December 24, 2010
Weight: 235.8 lbs (after another steroid infusion)
December 31, 2010
Weight: 234.2 lbs
Blood Pressure: 121/76