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And we’re back with the updates! Hello, everyone! I’m trying to pull this blog out of hiatus kicking and screaming and staying engaged. Doesn’t everyone feel when they stay engaged they stick with it? Let’s stick with it! And now let’s get to it! Gains and Losses I’ve been waffling a little bit, but I’m…
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Belated happy 4th to all of my American readers! The holiday was yesterday, full of BBQ, potato salad, adult beverages, and fireworks. Our neighbor seemed bound and determined to set our house on fire with roman candles. Thanks, dude. But let’s get to it with this edition of Scale Tales! Lex’s Losses Well lookie there!…
It’s that time again! Progress photo time! To recap, I’ve included all the photos of my tracker to date. Apparently, the weight tracker booklet that Weight Watchers gives you is super top-secret. They never say what your weight is out loud. Just how much you’ve lost or gained. And then when they ask you in…
What’s that you say? We just had a Scale Tales installment? Well, this is a particularly special one that needed an update!
You might want to sit down, or stand up and then sit down, how’s your heart doing? Feeling okay? Okay. Here we go!
Lex’s Losses? 15 Pounds Baybeeeeee!
As you know, I got on the scale last week, and gained 0.8 of a pound. Not bad. But not good. I knew it would all be okay in the end. I’m still struggling with remembering to track what I eat, but I think in hindsight, I’m actually getting a pretty good hang on what’s what. The only thing I struggle with is when I have something I haven’t had before and don’t know what’s in it.
So, I said to myself “If I can lose one pound at weigh-in, it’ll be a win.”
Whelp, wasn’t expecting to lose 4.2! When the leader told me, I thought she was talking to someone else. But then I noticed she was writing in my book. I was in a state of shock when I got another sticker. I was like “Are you sure that’s right? Are you sure you mean me?”
What does this mean? Little did I know at the time, I lost 5% of my body weight. No way! I can’t tell what was a bigger deal. No one knew at the time, hell, I didn’t know at the time! But I need to let my leader know next week because she will flip out.
Ladies at the meeting are now chatting me up more because they want to know my secrets and hope my good attitude will rub off. One lady hit her lifetime goal last month (that’s what they call it when you reach your goal weight) but now that she lost it all, she’s having issues with backsliding now that the program is technically “over” for her. My Weight Watchers Partner In Crime, Chris, who recently started are like the gruesome twosome of the group. The lady who hit lifetime said to us “I’m going to sit in your section because you guys are rocking the program and I hope it rubs off!”
What Has Lex Learned?
I think what I take away from all of this so far is even if I’m trying to get back into the rhythm for Bitter Little Pearl, just taking the step to start it again pretty much the moment I started back on the program helped me stay focused. Even if it feels like sometimes I think my tales are spreading out into the great wide ether, I know somewhere, someday, someone’s going to hear and understand that they’re not alone in any of this.
The biggest thing I learned, and this is going to sound weird, while people have the ability for compassion, it actually doesn’t come naturally. Being negative and closed off comes more naturally than being positive.We need to work on our metaphorical muscle of positivity.
My dear friend in my writing life Cate Ashwood is a superhero at compassion and empathy. She also works in healthcare, and lives for helping people without a motive that will benefit her. She’s an inspiration to me with her overflowing constant positivity, but she hits snags sometimes when the cold hard reality of some really tough situations darken her door.
In fiction, if the tough hero goes soft, he loses his edge to fight the bad guys. For Cate her softness is her edge, and if she toughens herself up, the only bad guy she can’t fight is herself.
Without all the crazy details, Cate’s had some hard knocks in her life, but she refuses to let it stop her in taking the next step. She may get a little unsteady sometimes, like we all do, but after a moment, she gets back on her feet. She has worked hard and fought hard for being positive.
Being positive is a struggle, but it is one worth winning.
So, join me and together we can take up our swords and shields in the fight to be positive, and do something positive for ourselves!
Till Next Time! Stay Happy, Healthy, And Slay The Dragons Of Negativity!
As one of my favorite YouTubers CGP Grey says “Hello Internet!” only it’s me, Lex Chase with this edition of Scale Tales and various updates on the Status of Good Ship Bitter Little Pearl.
Lex’s Gains (Rut-roh Shaggy!)
Last Wednesday, I gained 0.8 of a pound after all was said and done with my emergency colonoscopy which I talked about over yonder here! I was expecting to lose buckets of weight for obvious reasons that are obvious, and nope. Wasn’t gunna happen. I know what I did though. I ate stuff that I really shouldn’t have. Like chicken fingers and potato wedges from Publix the morning before prep time, and it had just been a downhill slide afterwards.
I haven’t tracked points, I haven’t measured anything, I haven’t worn my ActiveLink, and I haven’t gone to the gym in the last two weeks. I know I did it, and I did it to myself, but I can’t dwell on it but can only work on getting better.
The good news in all of this is I weighed myself this morning just to check-in where I was at and the scale is finally moving in the right direction. There’s about a two-pound difference between my scale and the one at the Weight Watchers center, so I trust theirs over mine. As long as I stay on track this week, I’ll be celebrating my tiny victory.
Lex Is Getting Better With SuperBetter!
Let’s talk a minute about this freaking awesome app and site my brother discovered via a TedTalk. The short version is Jane McGonigal, a video game designer, posed the question of how do we get gamers to tackle real world problems in making the world a better place. So, Jane made games that inspire gamers to go out in their lives and be better people. When she had suffered a concussion that left her depressed and bedridden, she created SuperBetter to encourage herself and others to improve their lives.
SuperBetter is unlike My Fitness Pal or other weight loss sites or apps. With SuperBetter you create your own goal of whatever you want from coping with depression, losing weight, or even finishing a novel, or even going out with friends for an afternoon when you really don’t want to. It’s a very easy to use interface, and like a game (that doesn’t require any hand-eye coordination LOL!) you go on Quests (like something as simple as drinking a glass of water), you fight bad guys with really creative names (like battling self-doubt), and you get Epic Wins when you make a goal. You even have a superhero secret identity! How cool is that!
SuperBetter makes it simple to gain your Epic Wins by inspiring goals you can do in 24 hours, 30 minutes, or even 5 seconds. Every little moment goes a long way.
Regrettably, there isn’t an Android App yet, but there is one for iPhone. I don’t mind using the site for now though. But for anyone struggling to get a goal I recommend it. If you need a superhero ally to help out you can find me under Kratos Obsidian!
State of Bitter Little Pearl
Instead of beating myself up on how far behind I’ve gotten with maintaining Bitter Little Pearl, I realize I had a pretty damned good excuse. I also know I need to be kinder to myself. I don’t do so hot when I feel like people are depending on me and I can’t deliver. A promise is a promise, you know? Over on my writing blog, Lexchase.com, I regularly interview other writers, and because of my procedure, it was put on hold for a bit despite having a full plate. When I mentioned what was up to my fellow authors at Dreamspinner Press, the resounding comment is “You need to take care of you! It’ll be here when you get back!” My peers at DSP continue to blow me away with how generous and understanding they are. I’m constantly thankful for being with such a wonderful company.
Tomorrow, since it’s Recipe Day, I’m determined to get the German Chocolate Cupcake recipe posted. Seriously, trust me, they will change your life. For all the diabetics out there, this one is a pretty big deal and I hope you enjoy it. From then on, it’s back into the swing of things. I hesitated on posting a standing schedule for public knowledge even if I have one in my Google Calendar. I was trying to see if I could stick with it before I went public with it. So far so good.
That’s All For Now! See ya next time for a new edition of Scale Tales!
Hello everyone! It’s me, Lex Chase, and I have arisen from the ashes like a coughing and hacking phoenix wondering who the hell would dump a pile of ashes on my corpse.
Where have I been? What have I been doing? Did this blog die? Did I die?
Let’s Have Some Straight Talk
On May 31st, I mentioned there would be a delay on the new BLP Recipe over Twitter and Facebook. Not a peep on June 1st or 2nd and then June 3rd rolled around and my world came to an immediate full stop. I called the doctor ASAP.
Now, Let’s Be Honest About Some Medical TMI
At 6:30 am on June 6th, 2013, I underwent an emergency colonoscopy. I’m 34. And the doctor said I was much too young to be on her table. The chronic medical condition that I alluded to here in my post Adventures With Metformin is in fact severe constipation. I’m not kidding when it’s to the point I think I’m going to have an aneurysm every time I go.
And then on the day of June 2nd, instead of my usual routine, I started eliminating blood and blood clots. And it was off to the doctor I went.
You’re Going To Put What Up My What?
The good news in my medical misadventure, I’m actually okay! The worst of it is I have a mild case of diverticulitis, which we caught super early and should be no problem if I keep an eye on it.
But as funny, or gross, or not appropriate to talk about at all, getting a colonoscopy is no joke and not something to put off. We have these commercials now talking about colon health, or Jamie Lee Curtis pimping yogurt to make us be regular, and we all laugh. And we all ignore it.
For women, it’s like getting a mammogram. We’ve finally gotten to the point that it’s nothing to be afraid of and it’s socially acceptable. Wouldn’t you like to see an end to breast cancer walks every October because there’s no longer a thing such as breast cancer?
Getting your colon checked out? People giggle. People don’t want to talk about it. People are genuinely afraid or find it a violation of their person.
Start Talking About It
The part that freaked me out the most was the prep. Mixing Miralax into juice and having to choke it down was not my idea of an awesome time. Turns out if you mix that stuff up well enough, you can’t detect it at all. Just as the night progressed I was so over drinking juice!
The most enlightening part of my whole adventure was looking up tips for what to mix Miralax with. I found a message board for those with Chron’s Disease and they cracked jokes with each other that it was just another day. They asked about what new flavors of Gatorade to try and got quite excited by the ‘Green’ flavor or the ‘Orange’ flavor. One guy made the comment about making his juices exciting while he ‘peed out of his butt.’ I laughed and giggled until five minutes later I spit giggles all over again.
The thing about these guys, is they were kids all kids younger than me, and have done this upwards of six to ten times in so many years. And here I was at 34 and my doctor said I was too young to see her.
So, if these kids can talk about it, why can’t adults that are old enough to be the parents of these kids?
Take A Step, Take Charge
My mom had been on me for years to go see a gastrointestinal doctor about my problems. It wasn’t until there was a problem, I finally decided to go. Luckily, my story has a happy ending. But for others, waiting until there’s a problem is always the worst thing to do.
Don’t wait, and don’t put it off. Imagine all off those women that were too scared or too offended by the idea of getting mammograms, and see what we have now every October. Now imagine all the men and women alike too scared or offended to get a colonoscopy? What month should we put on our calendar as colon cancer awareness month?
Would we still be giggling then?
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