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Thursday, February 10, 2011

I appreciate your comments

I took all your comments and spent the night and day thinking about it.  I have come to a conclusion that is about half way between what you are saying, and what I can do.

For me... food is comfort.  I used to have cigarettes to do the comforting.  That is a entirely different conversation.... however it fits here because............
The only way I could quit smoking was cold turkey... jumping in with both feet and not looking back.

To me losing weight is that same mindset.  I have read and read and talked to my doctor and from everything I know... when you eat plays NO part of how you digest or burn calories.  It is simple math.  Calories in minus Calories burnt.  It's that simple.  Of course you can take advantage of (I can't think of the word so I'll call it) forward progress, metabolism boost or whatever you want to call it and keep your caloric burn going with simple proteins and healthy carbs. 

What I am doing is keeping my caloric intake at 1200 calories or less daily while exercising and burning at least 2500, leaving a deficit of 1300 calories per day.  It takes 3500 calories to lose one pound, therefore if I keep these #'s daily, then each week I will lose 2.6 pounds. 

Now... please understand this is a goal I set for myself when I was working toward transplant, then LVRS ... now it is for my health.  It is a goal to reach that by June.  If I don't the world won't end for me.  It just gives me something to work toward.  It is not unreachable... just big enough for me to push myself.  Much like what I did quitting smoking.... only with food you have to give yourself measured doses of it while trying to do away with bad habits associated with it.  CRUEL isn't it??  lol

I appreciate everyone worrying about me.  I go to the doctor at least once a month and get on their scales.  They take my pulse/blood pressure/oxygen levels and I have my blood drawn more than anyone should...so if I were lacking something they would be the first to tell me to slow down or stop. 

I really had to look internally after I read every ones comments.  I am pushing myself, yes.  I sometimes (hell, most the time) set unreasonable goals for myself, yes.  I go at things 500 miles an hour, yes. 

Seeing myself gain 4 pounds after taking a week off made me realize that I need to push myself.  It's O.K. for me to have a day here and there, but going that far off is not healthy for me, and not helping me.  I was angry with myself.  But it wasn't the end of the world and I can recover from it, get back on track and be fine.

I appreciate everyone comments, I love the fact that you all cared enough to say anything.... I just am feeling so good watching my pants get baggy.  I look in the mirror and see a difference.  That is so good for my self esteem ... which took a big hit this year. 
I will soon enough be able to look at myself in the mirror and have the cannula be the only thing I dislike about myself. 

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, Kellie, we all (the ones who follow your blog) LOVE you and admire you and all that stuff..yes, FOOD is the hardest addiction to give up because we gotta eat...and those of us (I'm not counting you, but I'm counting me...of those of us who will stand up to having addictive behavior--alcoholics? ciggie-suckers? comfort-food seekers, whatever????...who use or used to use something to deal with life and still functioned at a very high level and were kind and loving and giving, but had "something" that helped them deal...) who want to change our behavior and not just go from ONE addiction to another..finally have to face ourselves..in the final, solitary moment...when NO addiction is left...in the dark of the night, when you're faced with yourself, you think, alone...when a drink? a smoke? a snack? is diverting us from what we are afraid of...loneliness...death...life without love...or money..whatever it is..when we finally face it and KNOW we aren't alone (it's a spiritual thing, and I'm learning it, again, that my angels are with me, I am NEVER alone)...We don't need ANYTHING to keep that feeling away...because we are WHOLE in our SELF...
If this it too "woo-woo" for you, --I'm reading this over and you might think I'm totally crazy, but I'm just thinking and sharing about what I've been through recently--that's OK, but I reached out with a sincere prayer for help and within two months found amazing manifestations that gave me help and showed me the way...I found immense comfort, and also found a spiritual "tribe", a "church" I can go to and be fed...just me talking about me...
Love, Savannah

Anonymous said...

P.S. and if you're on a medical regimen that includes steroids, please don't expect to lose 2+ pounds a week...steroids make you gain weight...so if you don't lose, you haven't done anything wrong! Savannah

Kellie said...

I know darlin ...
And, I know all of what you say, said, will say (lol) is out of friendship.

It's good advice. I just will pick and choose what I will use, and what fits me.

I am not nor have I been a spiritual person. This is probably left for another blog... I believe, and I talk to God... but I don't necessarily believe I need to be in a church or praise him publically to reap rewards.

I admire my friends who truly have a relationship with him. I am not one of those.

I am however, comfortable with the relationship I have. I try to live a life to be kind and caring. I try to be the best person I can, and do unto others as I would want them to do to me.

I got wayyyyyyyyy off course here didn't I? LoL

Anyway... I hear what you're saying. I do use food to comfort a part of me that is not being satisfied. I am just trying to substitute healthy choices for the good stuff I really want.

As for steroids... I am off of them. I only have those when a cold or infection sets in and I have breathing issues because of it.


Thank you for your thoughtfulness, and please don't ever think I don't read every word you comment and take it to heart.

:)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Kellie, thanks for your response...I think we both have turned 180 degrees from where we were at this time last year--emotionally, "spiritually", whatever...I have little social support--no partner, kids who are "busy"--and so finding a "tribe" was important to me...I was just sharing that, because it made a big difference to me to not feel so isolated...I felt like a "waltzing whale" on my 2-mile walk today, and my new walking shoes gave me blisters, but I was a happy whale :)..glad there's no popcorn in the house to make kettlecorn with...you know, it's been proven that the carbs/fats, whatever we crave at night, DO make a difference--we DO feel better, somehow we just have to turn to something else until the habit breaks itself...onward and upward, Savannah

Spunkie said...

I am on a medical regimen that includes steroids at 63 I do not think I will ever loss any weight I gained about 50 since I quit smoking. anyone with tips and advice to get me jump started.
Please email me at r.haupt@myactv.net Thanks Kellie for all your info I just can't get started .. always something to side track me ...

Kellie said...

Linda,

I just sent you an email. I know you can lose weight while on steroids. It may take a little longer, but you can.

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