After yesterday's disaster on the scale, I made up my mind to boycott it for a couple of weeks. Trainer Rob looked at my food journal and it seems to be in order. “Aunt Flo” isn't in town, so it's not that. When I got home from work, I noticed that my legs and feet were really swollen. I am retaining water like crazy. Especially in my legs. As the day goes on at work, it gets worse. Not even my 1 gallon of water per day helps.
This morning, I woke up and my water retention hadn't been relieved. I got on the scale (I know, I know…) and I was up ANOTHER pound from yesterday, so 7 pounds from last week's weigh in! CRAZY.
Instead of being super upset about it as I was yesterday (in tears, I hate to say…), I called the doctor. My doctor has seen me at my lowest weight (not-very-low-215) and at my highest weight of 455. He has been my doctor for years, and knows me very well. I decided it wouldn't hurt to go see him.
I told him about my workouts, my food, water intake, etc. He took one look at my legs and feet and said “yep, you have pitting edema.”
My blood pressure was normal and I had no symptoms of anything else, and he frankly didn't seem surprised at all at this swelling. He said that at my weight, it is really easy for the body to just want to hold onto the water, even when activity increases. He put me on a diuretic and a potassium pill and told me that in 5 days, it would help my body “regulate itself.” He drew blood for liver, kidneys, thyroid, etc, but I had that done a couple of years ago and he said he bets nothing has changed, and to keep on working out and doing what I'm doing.
Can you say RELIEF? For one, the edema isn't pleasant. You get a permenant case of cankles. Legs are a little sore all the time. I am so glad he didn't think it was a big deal either- just one of those things!
I appreciate all the encouragement you guys left for me in yesterday's post. Very much appreciate it. I wanted to let you know that I am not going to be weighing in for the next 2 weeks. Next weigh in will be June 28.
So, in other news, today is the start of the Plus Size Bloggers Summer 15 challenge. Bad timing for me, but I'm going to do it anyway. Basically, the goal is to lose 15 pounds by September 7 (12 weeks). I am going to say my official starting weight is last weeks non-water-inflated 394, despite me having weighed in today at 401.
That's all for now. Just got back from the gym.
How are you doing on your exercise and eating so far this week?