Well it’s that time again. I’ve written enough about the physical problems that I’ve been having over the past few months, so I’ll just give a brief update on that and then going to my weigh in.
An Update On My Health
I still have all of the symptoms that I’ve been dealing with – hot flashes, physical and mental fatigue, the deterioration of my short-term memory, difficulty focusing, and loss of strength and energy. I went to my primary doctor last week for an annual physical, and according to her check up in addition to all the tests which she ran, everything was fine.
She is even more convinced that all of my symptoms are due to my extremely low testosterone level, and see suggested that I press the specialist to start treatment when I see him next week.
The doctor told me that because of my body structure and genetics, she anticipates that I will be extremely healthy with a BMI of 35 (instead of the “normal” range, which runs from 20-25). She said that she was very happy with the progress that I have made over the last year and a half and that she wants me to keep doing everything that I’m doing.
It was very encouraging to hear that from a doctor that I have been going to see for more than eight years. She knows my medical history and how much I have battled with my weight in the past, and it felt good to hear her say that she was proud of me for all the work that I have put in recently.
So, before I go to the specialist next week I have to take more blood tests. Hopefully, in comparing these tests to the ones that I took back in May, the doctor will have a clearer picture of what’s going on with my health.
My Eating In June
The month of June was extremely difficult for me for a number of reasons. First, I found it very difficult to deal with the various temptations that come with previously being addicted to food. Sometimes I just didn’t have the mental stamina to make the right choices; other times, I didn’t have the physical energy to go prepare a meal that would have been healthier then the option that first jumped into my mind. My wife also went through a pretty rough time during the beginning of the month, which added to the difficulties that I was facing.
As you are able to see in my last post, where I showed you pictures of everything that I ate for the month of June, most of the time, I still managed to make a relatively healthy choice, it’s just that my meals were not as healthy as they were back in January or February. But, as I told you when I wrote out my plan of attack, I would be relying a little more heavily on foods which are convenient first, and healthy second.
Workouts And Running
Another reason why June was a rough month for me is because I was only able to lift weights twice during the entire month! I injured my foot on two separate occasions while running, and this led to me resting for several weeks. Another one of the weeks my fatigue was so strong that I felt it was best for me to rest, rather than risk my form breaking down during a workout and causing an injury.
I was only able to run three times during the entire month for a total of 10 miles. Because of the fatigue, the lack of sleep, and also the injury to my foot, I was not able to begin my sprinting intervals either. So overall, June was a terrible month for being active.
In the middle of the month, I weighed myself and the evil scale said that I was 244.8 pounds! When I weighed myself on July 1, I was 237.6 pounds – this means I had a loss of 7.2 pounds over the last two weeks. Of course, I am not happy that my weight was that high on June 18, but I am glad that things are moving back in the right direction and I’m in the 230s once again.
Here’s a video that I made about my weigh-in the other day, giving my reflection for the past week (since I try to make it a habit to do weekly weigh-in’s on my YouTube channel, even though I don’t write about them weekly here):
I plan to update you as soon as I have concrete results and/or a plan from my doctor’s visit next week. Hopefully, I will be able to recover and regain some of the energy, focus, drive, determination, motivation, and everything else that was pushing me to get healthy in the first place. Trying to get there without all those things in place has been very trying!
photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net
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