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January 12, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

Results . . . and Results

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I saw my nurse practitioner at my doctor’s office last Monday morning to go over the results of the Holter monitor and echo cardiogram, and she said it is mild MVP, which I already knew was not a big deal as long as it’s mild.  I’m supposed to make an appointment to see the cardiologist, but I kept forgetting to do that last week.  I’ll be sure and do it today.  I have to have blood work done again, too, though I don’t really understand why my NP wants it again so soon, since I just had it done in September and everything came back great.  But, ok.

The cardiologist wrote in the report that a stress test might be a good idea, so I guess maybe he’ll order one.  I’ve never had one, and how well I will do can vary greatly, depending on whether my back is bad that day and whether it’s a bad fatigue-day or not.  Too bad I can’t predict those in advance.

I live in a second-floor apartment, and I use the nightly climbing of the stairs when I get home as a gauge as to what level the fatigue is.   Climbing stairs at my weight will always make me somewhat out of breath, but on the bad fatigue days, it’s so much more pronounced, along with aching in my legs.  I’ve been making a more concerted effort at sleeping more regular hours (instead of broken sleep, like I’ve been doing for a long time) and not forgetting to take my vitamins.  Those two things do make a surprising difference.

scale1I’m sure he will tell me to lose weight, and of course I am aware of how that will help in so many ways, but one thing that I’m finding comfort in is that MVP isn’t caused by obesity.  In fact, one article I read said that a large percentage of people who have it are tall and thin.  Well, I’m tall.

But of course, while I don’t buy into the blanket belief that a person cannot possibly be both healthy and overweight (my blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol have always been perfect and I have no heart disease), I do know I will feel a great deal of relief when I weigh less.  Moving around will be easier, my back will hurt less, I’ll have more energy, and I’ll be able to scratch any part of my back that itches without needing a back scratcher or something similar.  (That’s one of those weird little things one might not think of if they have never been very overweight.)  I miss being flexible, and being able to sit with my feet tucked under me on the couch, and not being embarrassed when I have to pick up something I’ve dropped on the floor and my difficulty is obvious.

So, I’ve been trying for a long time to adjust my mindset to start a diet again, and this, I guess, helped.  I started Friday, in a moment of deciding whether to go to the health food store while I was out on my lunch break to buy some of my gluten free bread.  Bread is one of those things that I am much better off not having in the house if I’m dieting, because the temptation to make “melts” for every meal is too great.  (And grilled cheese or toast or a cheese sandwich as a snack.)  I was questioning whether I was ready  to start the diet yet, feeling a little unprepared mentally, but I had already gone as far, a few days earlier, as to make a shopping list of the foods I would need in order to eat right for a week or ten days.  I opted to skip the bread and went directly to the grocery store, where I bought the items on my list, and it was officially “on” from that moment.

I weighed myself first thing Saturday morning, and by this morning I had lost three pounds.  It was such an awesome feeling to see a drop immediately (the first half-pound was gone by Sunday morning)!  For a few years, as the PMDD and gluten intolerance symptoms were reaching their peak before I figured out what the problem(s) was/were, I had the damnedest time trying to lose weight.  I would start a diet, and even after a week or two, would see either no change or a weight gain.  Well-meaning people would tell me that “muscle weighs more than fat” and that it must be all that exercising I was doing, but all I was doing was walking, not building muscle.  Doctors gave me “the look” – the one that says they think you’re a whack-job.  Some people thought I must not really be dieting, only claiming to, or I was doing it wrong.  Once I went gluten free and started taking Yaz for my PMDD, I automatically dropped several pounds without trying, and then remained at that new weight, though still way too high, until very recently.  I wasn’t aware I’d begun to gain again until I was weighed on the doctor’s scale the last couple times.

I’m thrilled to see that immediate result.  It gives me the “want to” to keep working at it.  It’s the way it’s supposed to work.


  1. Comment by HF:

    I’m glad to hear the MVP is “mild”. Hope you can carry on looking after youself with the vitamins and the weight-loss continues. From personal experience I know the minute I decide to “diet” I am constantly starving!

  2. Comment by woundeddeer:

    Great to see you back, and glad to hear you are well. I hate dieting, but changing eating habits into a “lifestyle” can be just as difficult sometimes. If I can suggest daily walks and yoga, I think that would help a lot, I know the yoga made a big difference in my body.

  3. Comment by lifeischange:

    Thanks, HF and woundeddeer, for your comments.

    HF, the diet I’m doing is one where you eat five or six small meals a day, so it seems that every time I get hungry, it’s time to eat again. lol.

    woundeddeer, I actually have been wanting to learn yoga for awhile now. Getting on the floor (and then getting back up again) is difficult these last few years, but I am hoping that once I lose the first 30 or so pounds, it will be easier. Walking is also great exercise, and I’ll be blogging soon on what else I plan to start doing soon, exercise-wise (hint: it involves dancing).


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