Kay S.

For my health

Quick Facts

Favorite Health Food: Cabbage

Favorite Sinful Food: Dr Pepper

My Preferred Method of Exercise: Wishing really hard

My Approach to Weight Loss: Stop wishing, start working (complaining optional)

Fitness/Exercise Apps: Apple Fitness

Fitness Devices: Apple Watch

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TIME PERIOD: All 60-Days 30-Days
Unofficial Weigh-InVerified Weigh-InDietBet Runner-UpDietBet WinnerRound WinnerRound Runner-Up
-0.4% Since last weigh-in
-1.8% 1-Month Change
-14.7% Lifetime Change

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Apr 14, 2021

What do you feel you could have done better this week?

I have been taking a break from running because my dumb ass kept wearing shoes that didn’t fit. So I have a bunch of blisters that need to heal. I obviously could’ve taken better care of my feet.

How many days did you exercise last week?

7

How would you rate your diet last week?

3

What are your goals for the upcoming week?

This week is a throwaway. I have my training. So I know everything’s going to be messed up. My biggest goal is to get my yardwork done and get through training without having a mental break down.

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Mar 12, 2021

Non-scale victory of the week!

So I'm writing this post as a way to vent a little. Kind of a way to mix telling someone and screaming into the void. And the screaming into the void part is important because I don't want most of the people in my life to know. I sound all dramatic, but it isn't anything crazy. Just super frustrating. Food. We all have our own relationships with food. And then there is our relationship with food combined with other people. And our cultural food relationship. No matter how much of this journey is diet based, no one can deny food plays a huge role in all our lives. And my relationship with food just hit the rocks. Hard. I've been having a health conundrum for the past couple years. I say conundrum because that is more accurate than "issue" or "problem." I'm itchy. It sounds so silly. And I NEVER would have paid it any attention except I started itching more. And more. Then one day I realized that any tight clothing, like the compression panty hose I had to wear at work, left marks on my skin. Marks that would raise into hives and itch like crazy within minutes after the pressure was removed. Soon it was any pressure. Draping the grocery bags up my arms so I could carry 8 bags in one trip? Hives up my arms. Dog scratches me when we're playing? A row of hives that look like a gift from Freddy Kruger. And the itching got worse by the day. And it was EVERYWHERE. Using the bathroom was a race to get done before I had hives in the shape of the toilet seat on my bottom. It was getting to be too much. Finally I caved and went to the doctor. After first being told I was probably blowing it out of proportion and given a condescending pat on the head, I got in with a doctor who took me seriously. He couldn't help it. Instead of doing my best to be presentable, I went ahead and scratched anything that itched right before the appointment. Which meant I was COVERED in hives when I came in. Now the craziest part of these pressure hives is how fast they disappear. They appear in less than 60 seconds and are gone with no trace in 10 minutes. Completely baffled, my doctor put me on an antihistamine regimen and scheduled a follow up. And then... This is where the pandemic comes into play. The reason I've been dealing with this mess for almost 2 years now. I actually had to call my doctor's office the morning of my follow up to tell them I was 100% sure I had COVID. The response was a bit demeaning. No one in my county had the virus. It was still mostly in China and Europe. The receptionist, annoyed that I was cancelling less than an hour before my appointment was quick to point out that I most likely had the flu. "Have you been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus?" Yes. She wasn't expecting that. I live in Michigan. Only a few cases had been reported and they were 100 miles from our town. But I'm not your average local. I'm an international flight attendant and I had recently returned from a 2 day training in New York. Where I sat next to a woman who had been on the last flight out of Italy before they closed the border a few days before. And she wasn't feeling well. Yeah she took out half our training group and they had to close the facility for a few months. When I explained this to the receptionist, her tune changed. She wasn't trying to be rude, apparently they'd had a lot of concerned coughers demanding to be tested and all came back negative. I was the first positive test in my town. The second in my county. (And I would like to note that I isolated well and fully and did not spread it to a single person in my town.) Unsurprisingly, I was not rescheduled for an in-person appointment. After my COVID was gone, I was reduced to e-visits for nearly a year. I did have one in-person visit before they went online. They put me in their procedure room and the doctor sat as far away from me as possible. No vitals we taken and no one touched me. Everyone was masked. This was almost 2 months after I was released from isolation. They weren't taking any chances. There was a lot still unknown about the virus at the time. It wasn't until just recently that I was allowed back in the building. They kept pushing the e-visits. But those were useless. So I just had my anti-histamines renewed and pretended it wasn't a bandaid. Now here we are. I was due for an annual check-up and there was no way they could do that over the computer. When the itching came up, I explained that it was still a problem. The decision was made to send me for allergy testing. To an ENT. That will be relevant in a moment. I go to the ENT, he decides to do 2 different types of allergy tests. A chemical spot test (which I haven't had yet) and a blood test for common food allergies. I've never really been keen on the allergy issue because, being an international flight attendant, my life was incredibly varied. Until COVID grounded me. The last year being home has seemed a lot like the same day on repeat. But how could it be allergies when I ate different foods, drank different things, used different soaps and shampoos, slept on different sheets in places that used different detergents? It couldn't. Right? So I was expecting the food allergy tests to be a non-starter. Maybe a blip or two like bananas and grapes. Foods I've had issues with in the past. I was NOT expecting the call I got. It turns out it might be allergies after all. Because I tested positive for allergies to almost EVERYTHING. To the point it freaked out the woman who had to call me with the results. To the point that my new Epi-pens got called in immediately. All 12 refills of them. It didn't matter that I was eating different things in different places. Because I was just trading one allergy for another. So the ENT is still planning to do the spot test. Can't wait for THAT result. Probably allergic to air or something. And I'm left needed to upgrade to an actual allergist because there is no way I can leave this to a guy who specializes in tonsils and ear infections. Not to knock that. He took out my tonsils and checked me out after my ear drums ruptured on a Hawaii flight. But if I'm allergic to even HALF the things on the list he gave me, I need to see someone who lives and breathes allergies. Because that might me my new way of life. So back around to the beginning. My relationship with food. My need to tell someone not in my life. Well it's all pretty screwed up isn't it? Obviously food and I are going to have to find a way to co-exist. But it won't be easy. I didn't list the allergies because the list is LONG. Imagine what you ate last week. Well pretty much all of that. Bread, potatoes, eggs, milk, peanuts, tomatoes, and on and on. So food for me is screwed. And eventually, when the world starts turning again, I'll have to deal with how it affects my relationship with other people and food. The people who will want to meet for lunch or offer me some of whatever they have. People I work with who wonder why I never eat anything on the plane but carrots. And then, if I explain, people might treat me differently. I know they will. I know how many went bonkers when I went vegetarian and were always worried if a restaurant would have something for me. Or making sure they had something at their house if I came over. Like being vegetarian was akin to being delicate and allergic to normal. And now I really might be allergic to normal. Well this rambled on and on. But I got it out. And now I can move on. There will be much bitching and moaning from here on out.

How many days did you exercise last week?

7

How would you rate your diet last week?

4

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Feb 25, 2021

Non-scale victory of the week!

My pants are loose. And I had to explain my weight loss to the plasma center so they know it was intentional. Both great feelings. Realistically I know I'm doing well. We are at the end of round 2 and the goal is 6%. I am at about 8%. So I've reached NEXT month's goal. I've lost about 23lbs and might even drop one more before official weigh in. So I'm doing well in the game and making good progress in general. I'm just struggling with the voice in my head telling me I should be pushing harder. Especially when it comes to diet. Now obviously my diet could be better. I could be eating less and making better choices. I splurged and had Jimmy Johns twice this month. (Wasn't even good except the chips.) But I also try to remember I'm going into this as a lifestyle change and not a crash diet. If I get too stingy now, I'm going to end up quitting or gaining the weight back. Yes I want bigger numbers on the scale, but I'm not feeling deprived right now. And that is important. Also, can't forget that there is a limit to the loss. over 30% and you forfeit. I don't want that. I need to stop looking at who are doing better and focus on myself. Besides, there are a lot of people who haven't made goal yet and would LOVE to be where I am right now.

How many days did you exercise last week?

7

How would you rate your diet last week?

4

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Feb 15, 2021

Non-scale victory of the week!

I haven’t weight trained in over two weeks I gave myself a “couple days” off that turned into a couple weeks. I need to get back to it. But the weight is still coming off, so my diet has been on point and my cardio is helping. I’m going to push to lose as much as I can before I plateau. I wish the mirror reflected a little more of what the scale shows!

What do you feel you could have done better this week?

I haven’t weight trained in over two weeks.

How many days did you exercise last week?

7

How would you rate your diet last week?

5

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Feb 03, 2021

What do you feel you could have done better this week?

This past week has been a royal pain in the uterus. After almost a year of a messed up menstrual cycle after COVID, my system has finally returned to normal. With a bang. Add to that a disastrous reaction to some tainted Midol and it wasn't good. I cut out my strength training for about a week. (I intend to restart tomorrow.) It was all I could mentally do to just hit my calorie burn. I hit the 1,000 burn every day and got in my exercise minutes too. But I KNOW I wasn't pushing myself. Which is obviously disappointing. I didn't quit though. And I would have if it hadn't been for this bet and my buddies. Mostly my buddies. Without them I would have "taken a break", telling myself I had plenty of time to get back on track for the bet. And I probably would never have ended that break. So I'm glad I'm still going. I just have to up the effort. My other issue was my cheat/reward meal. It was way more than it should have been. I'll be paying for that I'm sure. But in the end, I'm down almost 15lbs in 5 weeks. Which is nothing to look down at. I can and I WILL not only make this bet, but smash the goal to pieces.

How many days did you exercise last week?

7

How would you rate your diet last week?

4

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Jan 24, 2021

Non-scale victory of the week!

So we're 3 full weeks into the bet. Technically 24 days, but I didn't start working out and really trying until the first Monday. So far I have lost over 10lbs. (Closer to 12 actually.) Which means I surpassed my Round 1 goal of 8.3lbs lost. And I have a week left! If I can continue to push it, I might only have to lose a pound or two in February. Actually I'll just move the March goal to the end of February so I don't lose my focus. For 21 days in a row I have closed my rings, burning over 1,000 active calories per day. And I have continued with the strength training even when I hate it. And finally, I am approaching a good NSV. My watch is starting to get too loose. It won't be long before I need to wear it at a tighter setting.

How many days did you exercise last week?

7

How would you rate your diet last week?

4

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Jan 05, 2021

What are your goals for the upcoming week?

Whatever. I'm not following the prompts. I want to use this as a real journal. Basically blog like. But they disabled blogs. So here I am. I started this on the first, but didn't really throw myself into until the 4th. No reason. I started with nutrition on the 1st. But the workouts started yesterday. I did upper body strength training on Monday (and will Thursday). Core today (and will Friday.) I plan to do lower body on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Sunday is whatever. Probably a yoga video. Everyday has some cardio. Walk the dogs in the early afternoon. Walk/jog in the evening 2 miles. I'm going to have to switch that up because I give plasma twice a week and there is no way I can do a workout AFTER. So I'll have to slowly move my workouts to morning. I hate morning. But if I do them in the evening on all the other days, I won't have much recovery time. We'll see. Next focus point: water. I'm at about 60oz a day. Way too low. Going to increase slowly though. If I go too fast, I'll get frustrated. That's it for the 5th.

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Jan 04, 2021

Non-scale victory of the week!

I actually set up my gym and used it. Didn't put it off or come up with excuses.

What do you feel you could have done better this week?

This prompt is dumb. We can all always do better. One more set, one more mile, one less bite. How about what can I do better next week? That's what I'll focus on.

What are your goals for the upcoming week?

Just keep swimming.

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Dec 31, 2020

Long-term goal weight

145 lbs

What do you find most challenging in reaching your long-term weight loss goals?

How much I have to lose.

How many days per week do you exercise currently?

0

How many days per week would you like to exercise?

4

How would you rate your current diet?

1

What are your goals for the upcoming week?

Set up my home gym, start strength training, walk my dogs when it is not too cold.

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