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The end of day thirty-seven and the start of day thirty-eight…
Morning weight:  324lbs.
I am now down “49/56”.  As in, 49lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 56lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s weight is a 13lbs increase, up from 311lbs yesterday.  And, the explanation follows…
I mentioned last week that on the day of my colonoscopy my weight was 330lbs at the hospital where I got the procedure.  I also stated my weight was 309lbs at the doctor’s office earlier in the same week.  Well, it turns out when I jumped on my scale this morning it said I’d gained 5lbs (316lbs) since yesterday (311lbs).  Given that I didn’t go for my swim, had only in the low 22K for steps and drank some “low-sodium” broth and then a 32oz bottle of ice water before going to sleep, I expected it to be a plateau or slight gain.  I did not expect a 5lbs gain…
I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to move my scales for a “reset”.  Instead of having them on a sports mat, I have put the scales back on a concrete surface in a corner of the mats.  I made sure to keep the lip of the scale from the edges of the mats.  I then weighed myself in the various positions (toes off the edges, toes at “8” and “4”, toes at “0”).  I did the positions both individually (by stepping off the scale in between) and together (transitioning from one to the next without stepping off).  What I found was toes off the edges: 340lbs.  Toes at “8” and “4”: 335lbs.  Toes at “0”: 324lbs.  I am assuming I haven’t gained any weight since the colonoscopy, and will, therefore, use the 324lbs going forward.  I will also leave the scale off the mats for the duration and continue to use the “0” toes position for the duration.
This is a “terrible” psychological setback.  Even though I KNOW I haven’t gained 13lbs, it “hurts” just looking at the scale.  LOL  (Aren’t I turning into a back-of-hand on forehead drama queen?)  The practical effect of this is there is (in my head) far less incentive to go another week, let alone two weeks to try to reach 50 days.  At 311lbs, two weeks would almost certainly have been enough time to get below 300lbs.  It is almost impossible to get to 300lbs from 324lbs in that amount of time.  And this is the problem of setting goals beyond “one more day, just one more day”.
A Blend Day:  Hil bought a bunch of bananas and then wasn’t able to eat them all, so three started to go black.  She didn’t want to waste them so she tossed them in a blender with some pinto beans and made me a “protein” smoothie.  Bananas don’t juice well because they have a low fluid to fiber ratio, so “blending” is the best you can really do with them.  Bananas are not considered a “juicy-fruit”.  This is why they are not recommended for folks breaking a strict juice (or water) fast.  They sit like a weight in your stomach and don’t “pass-through” easily.  The taste and texture wasn’t much to speak of, so I added some apple and green “V8” juices to the mix.  It slightly improved the taste, but it definitely made it drinkable (instead of frozen yogurt-like spoon-able).
Wrapping this up:  I have to make my veggie juice and my ginger / mint tea.  I’m then off to the pool for my swim.  And it’s back to “day by day”.
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On This Day In:
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2016 Paying Attention
2015 An Awful Ordeal
2014 What Are You Doing?
2013 Lives > 1
2012 Strange To All The World
2011 Unnecessary Stagefright

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The end of day thirty-five and the start of day thirty-six…  Week 5 completed!!
Morning weight:  313lbs.
No weight change since yesterday.  I am still down “60/67”.  As in, 60lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 67lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is the second time in one week (just five days) in which I’ve had a plateau.
As expected, the plateaus had to start happening more frequently…  The question is: what is the reason?  That’s hard to guess-ti-mate.  It could be because I had the colonoscopy yesterday and I celebrated with a banana / strawberry smoothie.  It could be the meds from the colonoscopy artificially reduced my weight by increasing my water loss for the two days.  It could be that I didn’t go for my swims the last two days – so fewer calories burned.  Or, it could just be it was time for a plateau.  There is really no way to tell.  All I can do is wait to see if the weight loss starts again or if the plateau holds for another day.  I can say my tummy is still not “right” and I didn’t have my daily “BM”.  So I won’t be surprised if my weight goes UP tomorrow morning.  I guess that too is to be expected.  LOL
Today, my wife went to the supermarket and bought me a medium size watermelon to break my fast with tomorrow after noon.  Alternatively, I can juice it and try for a few more days to see how it goes.  The week coming up looks pretty quiet, so I am torn about continuing or not.  At the moment, I’m leaning towards continuing day-by-day and see how it goes.  This is what makes plateaus hard.  If I was still dropping weight every day, the decision to continue would be easy (well, easier) —  I’d just keep going.  I guess I’ll just have to see how I feel in the morning.  Decisions, decisions…
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On This Day In:
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2016 Come Again…
2015 At Five
2014 Touching The Past
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2013 Children Will Judge
2012 Liar, n.
2011 Freedom To Doubt

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The end of day thirty-four and the start of day thirty-five…  End of week 5 in sight!
Morning weight:  313lbs.
I am now down “60/67”.  As in, 60lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 67lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lbs loss, down from 315lbs yesterday.
Today I had my colonoscopy / endoscopy at the local hospital.  They took my vitals and my weight (on their scale) was: 330lbs.  I asked how accurate the scale was since it is different than my home scale and, at my visit to the urologist on Monday, his office scale put my weight at 309lbs.  The nurse said it is a professional-medical grade scale and is calibrated every quarter by the State hospital inspectors because it is used to calculate the anesthesia for procedures.  He said it should always be within 1 or 2lbs of totally accurate.  This weight is significantly different from my scale, but I don’t have access to their scale on a daily or weekly basis, so I will continue to use the weights from my own scale.  As an experiment, when I got home I tried to duplicate the weight by moving my feet and leaning forwards, backwards and to the sides.  I was not able to get within 5lbs of 330lbs, no matter what I did.  As I said, I’ll just have to stick with the girl I came to the dance with…
Results:  I don’t know.  The doctor said he found a single, small polyp in my colon, which he removed for biopsy.  He also said he found something in my throat / esophagus.  Unfortunately, I was still pretty doped up and didn’t catch what he was saying.  My wife said she didn’t either – except I’m to call next week for a follow-up appointment.  By then the results of the biopsies should be back.  So, time will tell…  My wife also said the doctor said I won’t need the procedures again for five(5) years.  Since I am currently on a three(3) year follow-up, that’s a good thing.
Prep Notes:  Just a quick recommendation to anyone who has to take the “Suprep Bowel Prep Kit” for your own future colonoscopy, it is foul tasting at room temperature with tap water.  The mixture says to keep it non-refrigerated and to mix it with cold water.  I had the first batch (there are two you have to take) at room temperature with “cold” tap water.  EEYYUCCKKK!  It makes you want to retch.  This morning, I mixed the second batch with ice water (sans ice), and it was tolerable.  The flavor is cherry cough syrup with a healthy bit of sea water mixed in.  Still yuck, but not as bad as when warm / room temperature.
A second thing I feel worth mentioning is the main / first ingredient is Sodium Sulfate which is considered a “neutral” salt.  Now, because I’ve been fasting, I’ve had very little salt in my diet over the last month.  (Yes, I know my “veggie-broth” contained salt and pepper.)  The “salt” is considered to be an electrolyte – similar to what you would find in Gatorade.  There is a caution in the attached medication guide that the kit can cause arrhythmia in those persons subject to them.  Well, I have AFib, which is a type of arrhythmia, and guess what?  Last night I woke up with severe palpitations which lasted from 12:30am until just before 4:00am.  They were bad enough I had to get out of bed and sit up to feel comfortable.  Which is why you should ALWAYS read the medication guides before you take the meds and ask your doctor about them.  In my case, didn’t and did.  I didn’t read and I did ask my doctor.  However, I didn’t ask him specifically about this Rx.  I did make sure he was aware of my AFib in advance.  Next time, in three or five years, I will be a little more aggressive about my questions.  A word to the wise…
Tomorrow at noon will be the end of week five(5).  With the news from the hospital scale, I’m now a bit disappointed.  I know I shouldn’t be, but facts are facts even when they are ugly.  If I am really 30lbs away from 300lbs, I won’t get there in a week or two.  If I choose to go with my home scale, I’m within a couple of weeks of breaking 300lbs and being able to think: “I lost 80lbs!”  This is where ego and vanity and a sense of accomplishment intersect and get twisted.  What started out as a seven(7) day juice fast to jump start a change in behavior is becoming (between my ears) something else.  The question I have for myself is:  “Okay…  Then when is enough, enough? 50 days?  100 days?  80lbs?  100lbs?”  Perhaps I’m just tired from last night’s lack of sleep, but I don’t have a good answer.  At the moment, it’s still Saturday at noon…
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The end of day thirty-two and the start of day thirty-three…
Morning weight:  315lbs.
I am now down “58/65”.  As in, 58lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 65lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lbs loss, down from 317lbs yesterday.
Scale Issues:  Some of you may recall back on Day 22, I talked about moving weights around and putting down some new floor mats in my “workout” room.  When I did that, I somehow “messed” up my scale.  It was showing my weight as down about 15lbs below what I had in the morning.  I tried various things to get the scale to “fix” itself, but it would not cooperate.  In the end, I had to reposition my feet to get it to come close to where I was in the morning.  This “new” position was the one shown in the photo on Day 27.  In it, you can see my heels touch and my toes are positioned near the curves of the rubber (at roughly 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock on the face of the scale).  Prior to Day 22, my heels were touching and my big toes were touching at the “0” (zero) on the scale.  This was my way of trying to designate where my feet should always be place for a consistent weigh-in.
Well, to make a longer story short(er), this morning I suddenly gained about 12 to 15 lbs!!  This was with my toes splayed (as in the photo).  The bottom line was the only way to get a weigh-in that was close to yesterday was to go back to the original position with my heels and toes touching and big toes at the “0” (zero).  I don’t have a clue what happened.  I did not move the scale.  I did not bounce on the scale…  I just don’t know.  So, it appears I am back to my original foot positioning.  Which I am happy about because I felt it was a more accurate way of getting my feet in the same position every day for the weigh-in.  Future photos (if I post any) will appear with heels and toes touching.  …Subject to the scale-gremlins and other unknown factors.
Other Thoughts:  My wife said: “Wouldn’t it be nice if you could break 300lbs!”  I replied that would probably take another 10 days if I continue to lose at the current rate.  She replied she was happy where I’m at and with my breaking the fast this Saturday as she’s tired of it (the fast) and of eating alone.  We then talked about how I’m thinking about food more and more.  She said it is probably because I’ve emotionally committed to ending the fast and I’m losing focus.  I laughed and agreed…  Day by day.   Four(4) days to go.
Tomorrow and Thursday will be two more “Life” days.  (A “Life Day” is what happens when you plan something – a nice, quiet fast, for example – and then LIFE gets in the way to change your plans.)  I have to change my fluid intake to accommodate a clear fluid day due to prep for my colonoscopy on Thursday afternoon.  No “red” juices – grape, black cherry, strawberry, etc.  No veggie-juice with “sediment”.  Plus, I have to drink the “Bowel Prep Kit” mixture to fully flush my system.  It’s actually a two-fer.  I have part one at 5pm tomorrow (plus two 16oz of water within an hour) and then part two (same thing again) in the morning 6 hours before the procedure.  After all that, I should be weak as a newborn puppy…  Well, a 300lbs plus puppy.  So, anyone reading this:  keep me in your positive thoughts and / or prayers…
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On This Day In:
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2015 Get Change
2014 Trapped (Again)
2013 Someone Else Believes
2012 The Practical Value of Science
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The end of day twenty-seven and the start of day twenty-eight…  The end of week four!
Morning weight:  325lbs.
I am now down “48/55”.  As in, 48lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 55lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 4lbs loss, down from 329lbs yesterday.
Today my scale is bouncing between 323 and 325lbs.  This is only a couple of pounds less than the the previous day’s (scale) weight and the top end is 4lbs less than what I said my weight should “probably” be (yesterday) of 329lbs.  I continue to not believe that this far into a fast it is possible to lose 4 to 5lbs in a single day without most of it being water weight.  However, this is the third day in a row the scale is showing a drop of 4 to 5lbs – and it’s not going up or holding fast, so I have to assume it’s accurate.

Image of Scale as of 23 Aug 2018 Showing 325lbs

Scale as of 23 Aug 2018 Showing 325lbs

No swim today so I can stay home in case Hil needs me.  She is recovering from her surgery nicely.  She’s removed the bandage, washed the area and applied Polysporin as directed.  The main thing is she was out of bed and moving around.  She got up to watch some of the Giants vs Mets, then more of “The Crown” and then again for “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune“.
Instead of swimming I did 30 minutes of step-ups.  Really, it was 15 minutes, rest, 10 minutes, rest, and then the last 5 minutes.  It didn’t hurt or feel uncomfortable.  I just ran out of energy and had to drink some juice.  No excess energy to draw upon.
Tomorrow, noon, makes 28 full days of fasting (not eating).  Sunday, noon, will mark 30 full days.  That will tie the longest I’ve ever been on a fast (of any kind).  Monday will mark a full calendar month 27 July to 27 August.  I have already wildly exceeded both the initial goal (7 day fast) and weight loss expectation (30lbs in 30 days) based on my previous fasts (1 pound per day).  So, I really don’t know how much longer I want to continue…  I still believe the losses can’t continue at this pace and I will have to hit a multi-day weight plateau soon.  I think that will be my body’s way of saying “enough is enough“.  Looking (slightly) beyond 27 August, I am not allowed to eat food on the 29th as my colonoscopy is on the afternoon of the 30th.  Rationally, it seems I should just continue the fast until at least next Friday (noon 31 August).  That will be the end of 35 full days…  Eight more days should put my weight loss at between 315 and 320lbs (conservative estimate).  Of course, if I continue losing at this ridiculous pace (3, 4, and 5lbs / day), I could be under 310lbs by then…  (LOL!  I’m not going to hold my breath hoping for that to happen…)
It sounds to me like I’m talking myself into another week…
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2012 Simple Sayings
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