Monday, September 22, 2008

Life After -90

Today is a bit of a ramble.
As most of you know, I’ve lost more than 90 pounds from my heaviest weight over the last year-plus. Recently, I've had people who know me walk right by me without recognizing me. That’s kind of a cool thing. But you want to hear something kind of sick? I feel pudgier now than I did when I weighed 260 pounds! I’m a lot more aware of the areas of my body that are the last to show the loss. You know what I’m talking about—those evil grandma wings on the upper arms and right around the middle. And no amount of tricep exercises or ab exercises is going to solve the problem. I just have to keep losing and wait for my skin to (hopefully) catch up. As a matter of fact I’ve actually over-developed my triceps in a desperate attempt to get rid of the wings (it didn’t work). So now, after much whining to my workout partner, I’m working on just enjoying the success I’ve had instead of feeling frustrated about the last 18 pounds or so I have to go.

What does the TMK stand for?
I've had a couple of readers ask me why I use TMK instead of my name? Well, for many years I was part of someone else’s blog. It turned into kind of a running gag because I was always referred to as “K” and my picture was never shown on that blog or anyone else’s (that was part of the gag), just parts of me that wouldn’t be recognized. The first time I left a comment, I signed it “The Mysterious K” as a joke and it just morphed into TMK. (The photo in my profile is the first photo of me that’s been published on a blog anywhere that I’m aware of. I decided to “out” myself a few weeks ago.)

I told you this was a ramble.
I was flipping through some photos over the weekend. Trying to find some “before” photos of myself. There aren’t very many because I’ve pretty much avoided being on the lens-end of a camera for the last 15 years. I did find one of me with a very popular Seattle Mariner who was the subject of a photoshoot I was art directing a few years ago. I didn't realize how fat I was until I saw myself standing next to this very large athlete and I looked bigger than him.

And some diabetic content.
I got my quarterly lab results back and my Ha1c was 5.4% for the second quarter in a row, on 75% LESS medication. I’ve had completely normal blood sugar levels now for 9 months! I’m waiting for my new doctor to get back from her sabbatical so I can discuss getting off the meds altogether. The other thing that was interesting is that while eating a very high protein diet my kidney function has improved. I was told by the doctor I fired last year that I would destroy my kidneys if went down this dietary path. Not!

P.S. A shout-out to Dorothy. I walked right by you on the stairs this morning and didn't realize it was you leaving the studio.

7 comments:

L J said...

Hi there- De-lurking to tell you how much I am enjoying the content of your blog... and to tell you that you were the "kick in the pants" I needed to get me started exercising. If I hadn't seen your progress, I probably wouldn't have started.
Just a little back ground... I did meet you at Third Place books, a few years ago now. Then saw you the next year, tho didn't speak to you... but I did say Wow! Cause I noticed your weight loss. I have been following your blog and started going to Curves in April as a result. I have only lost 5 pounds, but it's a start. Have to continue changing my diet.
Best of luck to you!
Thanks!
Lana

Dorothy said...

Hi Back! I sort of wondered if that was you but only because of the context I could have expected to see you. Otherwise --- no way! You look great!

Thanks for recommending Kristn in your blog. I've battled dysthymia forever and the only thing that helps is regular exercise. But sometimes that is so hard to maintain when I am feeling blue. I so needed structure and accountability and never would have thought that a regular person could find a personal trainer --- thought that was only celebs. I was desperate and there you were talking about Kristn... What a difference!

Marianne said...

Good for you on your lab results!
You look great in your photo! (I knew about The Mysterious K... :^)

Sylvia said...

You look terrific! Having enjoyed photos of Frankie on the other blog, I'd love to see/hear how she's doing.

KnittyOtter said...

I'm glad things are going so well for you. Change is hard and you just seem to keep going at it. Someday when I grow up I wanna follow what is right for me. Until then I'll keep reading in the hopes that some of your stick-with-it-ness will rub off on me.

Congrats on your blood work and getting a new doctor. Life is too short to deal with bad med advice. I hope you can drop the meds soon. That would be freaking awesome! :D

*OtterHuggles*

karen said...

hey, grandma wings are a small price to pay for the strides you've made! i'm very impressed, and proud of you. by the way, i have been told that the galvanic spa that i use for my face/skin is also a chicken-wing tightener, though i have yet to try it that way...it's one option, i guess! great job, and thanks for being an inspiration. thanks to your influence, my tabata interval timer is on the way, so maybe i'll have good fitness news to report to you once i start using that!

kimber said...

Wow! I didn't know you were blogging
!! It's good to hear your voice. What suggestions do you have for those of us who can't afford a personal trainer, but are completely inspired by your morph?