Monday, February 27, 2012

What's for lunch? Split pea soup!

Today we polished off the last of our week's supply of homemade split pea soup. It was a nice change from beans but now I'm looking forward to a week of chopped mixed greens.

We're also pretty much out of food so it looks like dinner tonight will be omelets with goat cheese, shallots and pickled tomatoes and peppers. Tomorrow night is a trip to YDFM.

Those of you who have been reading And Topher Too for several months already know we are not a weight loss blog (rather, we are a healthy living lifestyle blog) but weight loss has recently become a topic as I make a bigger effort to lower my blood pressure. The resolution started back in November when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure during a physical exam. My doctor's first response was to prescribe a blood pressure pill. When I returned a month later the medicine had not made a noticeable enough difference so my doctor changed my birth control pill to a low estrogen option. Even that did not bring my diastolic reading (bottom number) to the needed "below 80" number; I was stuck around 85. That is when I decided to lose weight. 11lbs in two months would put me at 134lbs by my 34th birthday.  Well, I'm 34 days in and I've got great news and news I'd hoped would be better.

The great news is: holy cow it worked!!! I've lost 5lbs pounds in five weeks and my diastolic reading has dropped 20 points. It's now averaging 66! I hadn't even dreamed 5lbs could change my blood pressure so dramatically. Hooray!

The news I'd hoped would be better: I'm holding steady at 140lbs. I just can't crack into the 130s. I've even added a 4th day of exercise by signing up for 8 weeks of kickboxing. I'd been warned the last 5lbs would be the hardest... so I'm not giving up just yet. My fingers are crossed that more exercise, less booze and another 4 weeks of determination gets me where I want to be. If it doesn't - then fine - I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. 

Weight Loss Check-In
Day 34, start of week six: 140.2lbs (4.8lbs lost)


  1. Remember that by adding a new class, you'll be building up more muscle. Thus the weight may not seem to drop but you could still be toning and losing inches! It's all about feeling great and not always about the number on the scale. I haven't been with you very long but it seems like you're on a good path!

  2. Wow...congratulations!! When I was on the pill my cholesterol was through the roof even though my weight was normal. After going off of it, it was back to normal within 6 months. Crazy.

    Also, LOVE split pea soup. =)

  3. Cutting the alcohol is definitely something that has helped trim my tummy fat. Up until last weekend, I hadn't had any alcohol for 2 months (since Christmas) and let me tell ya, it is a very noticeable difference. Congrats on the 140! That is awesome!

    1. My goal has been no alcohol Monday thru Thursday and to go easy on beer on the weekends. I've got about a 75% success rate.... But as of Wednesday's weigh in I'm finally 139.5lbs! Woo hoo! Slow and steady wins the race, right?