Thursday, August 06, 2009

Not-so-annual check up

I went to my "hey, you really need to go to the doctors" appointment this week as it has been... oh, since January 05 since my last annual visit. I'm bad about making appointments and was nagged more than anyone can tolerate being nagged (I say that with a lot of love!<3) and finally called in April or so to set up an appointment with a new doctor. Her website shows a 2-3 month waiting period for annual exams for new patients, so I was stoked when I got one for November. Score! Hey, I was just happy to have made said appointment to end the nagging, but apparently this was only the beginning as I had to deal with a barrage of "did you ask to be put on a wait/cancellation list?" questions and "you should really call to see if you can move up your appointment" urgings to finally "CALL ALREADY!"

I like to watch people push the already lit buttons on an elevator.. The door will shut, you will get to your destination, and repeated pushings won't make things move any faster. That. is. me. I was moving at my own pace until Dennis Hopper jumped aboard and sped things up for me.

So I called back in mid July and got the appointment moved up to early August... and waited for more questions... none! Time to get the vitals checked, blood drawn, and a few moles checked out.

Basic stats
Weight - 160.8
BP - 120/72
Temp - 98.8

I have a number of moles/freckles around my bra/HRM line that I wanted checked out, and she said most of them look good - none with an irregular shape. But there is one of particular interest that is a bit raised and discolored, so I got a recommendation for a dermatologist. Place bets now for the over/under of when I finally make that appointment sans nagging. ;)

I'm most interested in the blood work results after switching to a meatatarian lifestyle after 8 years as a vegetarian. In addition to eating meat, 50% of my daily calories comes from fat in the form of cashews, almonds, avocados, eggs, bacon, and olive oil. I have not eaten bread, pasta, rice, or legumes in one month and ate it in limited quantities before then. My carbs come in the form of vegetables and fruit and make up about 20% of my daily caloric intake. That leaves 30% protein in the form of eggs, chicken breasts, buffalo burgers, beef jerky, pork chops, bacon, salmon, and buffalo flank steak, which I will be trying for the first time tonight. This is all wild, grass fed, hormone free, no additives meat/fish/poultry. I also consume small amounts of dairy in the form of raw cheese, Babybel light cheese wheels, and cottage cheese. Everything is measured, counted, or weighed and tracked in my public FitDay journal.

So far I'm down almost 5 lbs since July 7th and only a few cashews away from the 150# range again. I feel much stronger, but can't say I notice a difference in how my clothes feel or fit. I'm going to stick with the 20-30-50 breakdown for another week and then I'm off to Michigan for a long weekend where I'll splurge on s'mores and god only knows whatever else is lying around. I'll be a little more lax and not weigh/count everything, but will be mindful of quality and quantity of food. Life can't revolve around a scale and I won't let it control me.


At 11:16 AM, Blogger ultrarunnergirl said...

haha ... only a few cashews away ... love it!


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