There was no shortage of disappointment today; however, there were some mad successes, so all’s not lost.
I found out the results of the bloodwork.
*drum roll please*
McLauren wins the mix and should e-mail me her mailing address so I can send it out next week! There may end up being a Tegan and Sara remix on it!!!
The ONLY thing wrong with my bloodwork was that my c-reactive protein is still elevated. It has remain unchanged. 10.1.
My BP was perfect at healthy 110/70. Total cholesterol dropped from a high normal of 199 to a much more satisfying 167 with an HDL (good cholesterol) of 54. TSH, fasting glucose and A1C were all in the normal ranges.
That said, my weight has not budged. I showed her my pretty little obsessive-compulsive calendar for February. Each day lists: total calories burned, total calories consumed, total calorie deficit, sodium intake, fiber intake, workout routine and percentage of calories from carbs, fat and protein. There is not ONE day in which I eat more than I burn. On most days, the deficit is 1000-1500.
She said, “This doesn’t make sense. I can count on one hand the number of patients I have who are as committed to proper nutrition and fitness. You should be losing weight. You’re doing everything right.”
She listened patiently as I told her how frustrated (and even angry) I was that my body was simply not responding to the work I was doing. Her only explanation was my PCOS; however, most people find that weight loss in PCOS patients is successful with a drug regimen of birth control pills and metformin. I’m on both.
She did exactly what every good doc should do:
- She listened
- She empathized
- She gave me referrals
I now have mid-March appointments with an OB/GYN and an endocrinologist whom she highly recommended. She even gave me the woman’s business card.
So…. needless to say I was frustrated to walk out of there with no answers, just more doc appointments to make. I went to the gym. And I ran.
While my running speed was the lowest it’s ever been (4mph), this was the longest I’ve ever run. 5 minute intervals of jogging with just 2 minute walking intervals in between. I ran a full mile and at no point was I uncomfortable or out of breath even though my heart rate stayed steadily around 155-165. I did it without music too, since my iPod was out of juice. I actually sang quietly during the last 5 minute interval to keep myself going–yes, I was that girl. It was awesome. And it was the first time I thought it might actually be possible to run a 5k. All of it.
I took the day off work as a sick day due to the fact that I had the doc appt in the middle of the morning and I just knew it would result in me needing to call at least another doc. It was nice to be able to fit in the gym for stress relief and it also allowed Evan and I to sneak into Verizon and upgrade our phones. We are now proud Droid owners (buy one, get one free!) and have a family plan which should ultimately save us a few bucks on our cell phone bills. Yippee! I still don’t know how to use it and will probably rely on Evan figuring things out and teaching me, but it’s fast, efficient and pretty. Everything I love in an overpriced phone.