Hello Everyone! I must admit , the past few weeks have been...interesting. I've officially hit my first plateau of this weight loss go round. Without fail, one of the reasons I haven't been able to lose past 20 lbs in many many many years is because I ALWAYS hit my plateaus at that point. I'm happy to report I'm 18 lbs down, however I've been there now for 2 weeks. The scale has been teetering between 17 and 18 lbs. I have a few tricks up my sleeve in hopes to help me move off of this plateau. In the past, I've stayed on a plateau for as much as 6 months, and I'm super determined NOT to let that happen this time around! I've gotten into a good rhythm with my cardio workouts, but I know for a fact I need to add some strength training into the mix. Starting with tomorrow's workout, I will be trying to do at lest 2 days of strength training in addition to my 4 or so days of cardio. I'm also planning on shaking up my calorie intake to alternate 1200 calories and 1400 calories. I'm hoping these changes will kickstart my body and get this weight down! My goal every week is 2 lbs, so hopefully I will be able to get to some sort of consistency. Ooh and also....I'm not weighing myself for the next 2 weeks. Hoping to avoid any discouragement.
What else have I been up to??? This past Monday was my 1 year follow up with my cardiologist. I know I've mentioned it previously, but I have an enlarged heart, or LVH (Left Ventriclular Hypertrophy). I'm under the care of a cardiologist for cholesterol/triglyceride issues as well as my enlarged heart. Because of the type of enlargement I have, it puts me at an increased risk for abnormal heart rhythms. Well this visit was to reassess all my issues. I had lab work done, an ultrasound on my heart (Echo), and had to do an ETT (Exercise Tolerance Test). It was a super full day! The results of all the tests were ok, but not as good as I was hoping. My echocardiogram showed no increase in the heart size, which is good, but I was hoping for it to go down in size...at least a little. My exercise test, which was me running on a treadmill until my maximum hear rate was achieved, which was 188 beats per minute, was ok as well. I have extra beats that try to throw themselves in there while I'm exercising, but other than that it looked good. He did mention that I actually had less of these extra beats than the previous test from a year ago. Lastly, my lab results were good. Everything is "in range", however I have much room for improvement. I want to have the "in range" results to be achieved, without medication. I know I'm well on my way to getting there, so I'm optimistic it will happen. I have my next follow up in 6 months. I'm hoping to be down 50 lbs from now at that point....Only time...and persistence will tell if that will happen or not.
With everything else going on,the week before last, I started having a pain in my knee. I thought it was just soreness, but it progressed, and I could feel the swelling build up. I spent much of last week just walking and resting my knee in hopes to cutting down on the swelling. I've been icing, elevating, and everything else I know to do to help it get better. While it's still a little irritating, I'm going to get back into the swing of things and work my bootay off this coming week (s)!!