Wednesday, March 25, 2009


I haven't posted a blog in about a month and half now. Because I am a slacker and I am really bad about not finishing what I start....

Yesterday, I did my employee wellness screening (required by our insurance at work). I forewarned the lady who did my blood pressure that I would need a larger cuff. (We all know I'm not skinny!!) Well, the first time she tried to take a measurement, that thing squeezed my left arm so tight I thought my arm was gonna' fall off! So... she decides to let me rest a minute then uses my right arm to take the measurement. Not much better, and it still hurt like hell! :( My blood pressure measured in the prehypertensive range. But, the only time I've ever had a serious problem with my blood pressure was during the last part of my pregnancy with Evan. Normally, my bp runs in the 110-something / 70-something.

Next on the agenda was having my blood drawn, so they could check my blood glucose, cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides. I already know that they're gonna' have a hard time finding a good vein. My veins are small, and they like to roll, almost like they're playing hide and seek with the phlebotomist. Well, I wasn't stuck once. I wasn't stuck twice. I was stuck THREE TIMES before they found a good vein..... (On the inside of my right wrist, might I add!) Blood test results should arrive in the mail within 4 weeks. I'm not concerned about blood glucose. I have never had a problem with that. But I'm pretty sure the other numbers are gonna' be bad.

Next they measured my height. I am not 5' 5" as I have thought for years. (BTW, my driver's license says I'm 5' 7"!) I have lost an inch somewhere along the way. (If only it could have been an inch off my waistline instead of my height!) I am 5' 4". And last, but certainly not least, I had to get on the scale. Normally, I would not make my weight known. But I will here, simply for the fact that maybe it will hold me more accountable to myself and my family. I owe them the best me I can possibly give, after all. I currently weigh 293 lbs.

All that being said, I know I need to get off my fat @$$ and work on adopting a MUCH healthier lifestyle than what I am living now. I am looking for any advice, words of encouragement, etc. that anyone can offer. Basically, I need to lose HALF of MY SELF in order to even get in the ballpark of an "ideal" weight for my height and body frame.

Wish me LUCK (cause I'm gonna' need it!) and keep me in your prayers, because I know I can't do this on my own. If God is with me, at least I've got a fighting chance!!!

Love and Best Wishes,


Steph said...

Hey Amy! It is all about choices. Do you go outside and play with your kids or sit on the couch and watch a movie? Do you drink water or a sugary-calorie laden soda?

The key is to not beat yourself up when you make a poor choice. Pick yourself up and continue on.

Change one thing in your routine. I know that my husband cut out regular sodas, and he lost 10 pounds. He was going way over his daily caloric intake because of those drinks.

I know that you can do it! Just remember that the weight didn't come on overnight, so it isn't going to disappear overnight either!!!

I am here for you!!!

Monica said...

brave girl, good for you!