Down 1.5 – I’ll Take It

At this morning’s appointment I was down 1.5 lbs from the last time (which was only a couple weeks ago). I’ll take it. *sigh*

The appointment comes at the six month mark on the medical study, and I’ve lost a total of 28 pounds on the study alone according to their numbers. They seemed pleased at that count this morning. So I’m feeling less guilty about my lack of motivation over the past few months.

This morning I had an elevated heartrate which caused some concern. For the past six months I have faithfully clocked a heart rate of about 60. It has never gone above 63, and never gone below 58. This morning it was 80 bpm. I admit I do feel jittery this morning – almost like I took NoDoz or something (I didn’t). I have no explanation for it, and they did a couple more tests on me. Finally, she sat me down at the end of the appointment saying, “I just want to do it one more time. Just relax.”

And so I did. I closed my eyes and deliberately thought of calming things. The first time she did my BPM it was 78. She waited one minute and did it again and it was 74. Waited another minute and did it again – this time I came in at 64. “Wow! I’m impressed!” she laughed. I basically reduced my BPM by 16 counts in just a couple minutes. With that they let me leave. But I’m still jittery even sitting at my desk right now.

Update at 12:35 p.m.: My bpm is back up over 80 now. It’s more like 88. Will keep an eye on it over the next couple of hours and call the medical study doctor if it remains elevated through the afternoon.

Update at 1:37 p.m.: It’s back to 80 bpm, and from what I’ve read online, the normal adult resting heart rate is 60-80 with 60 being the heartrate of an active athlete. So, considering that 80 is truly “normal” for the average non-athlete (i.e., me), I’m not going to worry about it. And, since my blood pressure this morning averaged out at 118/78 (which is great), I’m moving on.

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  1. Denis – I didn’t say I have an explanation for the jitteriness. I feel fine – I’m not anxious or worried, nor did I imbibe any caffeine today. I don’t know why my bpm is jittery. It just is, and that jitteriness is showing itself through a general senstation in my chest and my hands are shaking slightly. But emotionally I can’t explain why I might have an elevated heartrate.

  2. Actually, the post does say you “have explanation.” I think you left out the “no.”

    But in any event, could it be caffeine-related? Or caffeine withdrawal?

  3. I’m sorry, I miss read this:

    “I admit I do feel jittery this morning – almost like I took NoDoz or something (I didn’t). I have explanation for it,…”

    I guess you meant, “I have NO explanation for it.” Never mind. Just hope your jitteriness goes away.

    Glad to hear you lost more weight and that they are pleased with your progress through 6 months. If you lose another 28 pounds in the second half of the study, that will be more than 50 pounds for the year. That’s great.

    As I’ve said before, it took you ten years of marriage and my cooking to put the weight on, losing that much in one year is great! Keep it up. Just don’t eat anything I cook at home and you’ll be okay.

  4. Yeah, I see the typo now – it has been fixed to read: “I have no explanation for it…”

    Dad – I’ve never had issues from caffeine withdrawal other than headaches.

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