A couple explanations were thrown out including diabetes (a hereditary disease in my family) and pitting edema which I am very familiar with from both my pregnancies.
So I spoke with my doctor's nurse and she looked up the results from my last blood panel (about a year ago when I weighed 325lbs) and commented that she was surprised at my weight how normal all my numbers were. At 325lbs my blood glucose level was perfect, my thyroid, cholesterol, etc was all great. My blood pressure was around 117/80 (120/80 is normal) so my blood pressure was awesome!
She then asked me about my eating and sodium levels and exercise. She asked me if 'i was able to exercise' (mind you I didn't tell her I was 50lbs lighter than the last time they saw me.) I told her I do about 100 jumping jacks every day, 20-30 modified pushups every other day and squats every other day. What did she say? She said, 'wow'. I then added that I do zumba 1-2x a week and she says 'wow' again and that is when I tell her about eating well and having lost 50lbs. I told her about the gallon + of water a day and the headaches too and she told me I need to lessen the amount of water I am drinking. That if I am retaining after drinking that much it is because my kidneys can't handle it and the water is being stored in my cells including my brain which she says can account for the headaches with too much water intake. And it can eventually ruin your kidneys if you drink too much water also.
So, I'm going to keep the water at a gallon. I feel good at a gallon with no headaches to speak of.
Which brings me to another subject. Obesity related ailments. Everytime someone says wow when I tell them the physical exertion I am capable of I realize how much I take my body for granted. I mean there are people out there at 275lbs who get winded just walking or climbing stairs let alone doing a full hour of full impact & toning zumba. These same people may have knee or joint issues that keep them from being able to do calistenics such as pushups, squats or jumping jacks.
I have always been extremely lucky. Even at my highest weight of 372 on the day of Buzzy's birth my blood glucose level was normal, blood pressure was normal, all aspects of blood panel were normal and I didn't even have any signs of anemia (lack of iron). I need to take care of my body to ensure it stays healthy. To ensure I never dewlop diabetes, heart disease, weight related arthritis, etc.
That being said the nurse says my finger incident does sound like pitting edema and to back off the water. If that doesn't work than she will bring me in for tests to determine what might be the issue.
So far 920 cals consumed. Including two fruits for snacks and veggies included with box meal for lunch. Half a gallon consumed and I've been peeing like crazy.
Lastly, my scale needed a new battery but before last Friday and the last time it worked I saw 281.6. Not pretty and when it died on Thursday I decided to use that as an excuse not to post my weight. I've decided to go ahead and face it though and will be updating my sidebar from 'no weigh' to 281.6. Today I saw 276.4 so heading in the right direction again. Tomorrows weight will be posted as well. Enough craziness as Allan calls it. It's time to be serious. I've been serious for a week. Gonna keep the momentum going.
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