Monday, August 01, 2016 

Auto-correct my brain

Maybe I can get away with my brain trying to auto-correct what my stomach already knows.   The last month and a half have been very stressful with many new changes coming and things that I have no control over.   My self-protect mechanism is comfort food.  I am finding out ( slower learner alert ) that my stomach already knows that this will cause reflux, shortness of breath, bloating, brain fog, and loss of energy.

There are so many changes going on in my life right now.  I need to be on top of my game and the only way I know how to do that is to go back to being a vegan.  I am trying desperately to make salad one of my comfort go to foods.

Stay the course.  I am making my list (checking it twice) going to find our if it's naughty or nice. 

Wish me luck ....I'm on my weigh!


Tuesday, April 05, 2016 

Listen to Your Gut

I love food....but it does not love me back.  So I am finding out what I can eat and not eat and still feel good.

I know from experience that chocolate mint is not good for me.  It doesn't matter if it is coffee creamer or candy I will pay for it with either gastric problems or even shortness of breath.

I know that I can safely get away with one cup of coffee in the morning.  Any more no matter what time of day will give me re-flux.  I'm becoming a fan of herbal teas.  They warm me up and don't cause gastric upsets.

So I have been a vegan for 2 weeks now...with a few minor slip ups.  I have lost 8 pounds, my BP is lowest that it has been in years, my ankles aren't swollen, and I have been sleeping better.  Over all I would say it is a win/win solution.

I can't say that I don't miss sweets, bread, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and eggs but I feel so much better without them in my diet that it doesn't seem to be a problem.

I'm not much on exercise yet.  It is still cold and windy to walk.  I need to start walking again with Leslie Meyer and her walking indoor videos.  I'm hoping as I continue to lose weight my desire to move more will follow.  

I've tried so many eating plans and failed so many times that it is hard to get excited about one more adventure in eating.  Hopefully now that I see improvement in my physical health it will motivate me to stay the course.

Wish me luck....I'm on my weigh!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 

Health Scare....Will it be the reason I finally change?

I always start out so follow through not so good!

I had a wonderful week chasing after my 3 grandsons and I thought ...wouldn't it be nice to live closer so I could see them more often and be an active part of their lives.

It took me a good week to recover....not good I thought.  So I said to myself, "Well, when the weather gets better it will motivate me to get healthy."

Hello Spring!  My eating is much better but only because I had an episode of Atrial Fibrillation with my heart rate in the 140's for several hours.  Charlie gave me a Toprol pill that he takes for arrhythmias and it stopped within 30 minutes. " Good I thought, I'm glad that's over. "  Two days later, I found out from the ER doctor that that tablet could have killed me!"    Good to Know!!! I won't be doing that again!

From experience I realize that there is a 1 to 1 correlation to my cardiac issues and what I've eaten.  Chocolate, coffee, cheese, and dairy do not love me as much as I love them. Sure enough my blood pressure has been elevated and I began having "a sharp pain" on the right side of my chest.  I figured it was chest wall pain from coughing or lifting boxes.  It got better so I didn't pay any attention to it.

Sunday was Easter....a full day with church and visiting friends.  During church I starting jaw pain on my left side.  It was like a spasm and only lasted about 15 seconds.  It was intermittent and I thought...."Oh great, now what?"  Every time I thought it had would sneak back again.  I should have told Charlie put I figured he would freak out so I didn't.

Monday.....I called my doctor to get a refill on my blood pressure medications.  I was afraid he would make me come it before he would refill them.  I have been on the same BP medications for 30 years now so I'm seriously wondering if I have become immune to them.  Surprise, surprise, he actually renewed the prescription without insisting I come in.

I called Charlie to see if he would pick them up for me at the pharmacy and casually mentioned having jaw pain.  Next thing I know I'm sitting in the ER as jaw pain is a symptom that should never be ignored as it is a symptom of a heart attack!!  

Long story short....everything is fine.  Good EKG, no elevated cardio enzymes and no more running out of BP meds.  The ER doctor looked over my medications and said the drugs that I'm on in combination are good for my heart and my occasional arrhythmias.   He even liked my supplements and said they were excellent quality.  He thinks the jaw pain could have been from reflux and asked it I had been drinking more coffee that usual.

So I am eating a vegan diet meat, diary, eggs.   Lots of salad, fruits, veggies, water, and occasional Crystal Light.  My one treat is a small 250 calorie container of crunchy peanut butter I eat with apples.

No more chest pains....BP excellent, pulse in the 60's and regular.  I've lost 7 pounds, no swelling in my ankles or legs and no shortness of breath.

I have "White Coat Syndrome"  every time I go to the doctor or ER my BP goes sky high.  During my Non Cardiac BP was really elevated 200/140.   That was my nerves and my stress level going through the roof.  

Looking back I am glad I went to the ER.  Knowledge is power.  I know what I need to do.  Now I just need to do it.

One thing I know I need to do is to write every day.  I need to cut out my emotional eating so I'm hoping my blogging will help keep me focused on my goals and keep me from grazing at night.

So ....I am older....hopefully wish me luck I'm on my weigh.


Monday, November 16, 2015 

The Light has finally broken through.

Hello long forgotten weight loss blog....

   I would love to tell you. I haven't been blogging because I finally reached my goal weight but that certainly wouldn't be the truth.   The truth is I haven't really been trying.  I cut back and say I'm eating the things I should but then a special occasion comes up or I think I deserve a treat and I indulge till I bulge.

   I don't like to exercise and have managed to lose or break all my pedometers.  I have arthritis in both my knees so walking is harder than it used to be and let's face it....I'm notoriously lazy and getting more so as I age.

   We recently saw a friend at a conference and when I asked about his wife who has had some physical problems his answer made me stop and think.  "You know," he said, "when you reach 65 it's all maintenance."  Oh no....that means I'm in trouble!

    My weight has recently spiraled out of control because of mindless eating in front of the TV.  I'm an emotional eater and our work is very physical so I reward myself with chocolate or kettle popcorn.

This is what I know about myself :

  1. I'm addicted to salty things like chips, popcorn, and add salt to my food.
  2. I'm addicted to sweet things like cakes, cookies, chocolate.
  3. I'm an emotional eater....I eat to make me feel good.
  4. I graze at night especially after my husband has gone to bed.
  5. I don't sleep well (probably because of my dietary indiscretions ).
  6.  I'm starting to have numbness and tingling in my feet which is a sign of type 2 diabetes.
  7. When my belly is upset it causes me to be short of breath.
  8. I have high blood pressure and have been on medication for 30 years.
  9. I hate having my picture taken.
  10. I'm embarrassed by my appearance .
   So what are you going to do about it?  As you can see by my blog this has been a problem all my life and one that I struggle with.  I have lost probably hundreds of pounds by now only to find them again and gain even more.  I have tried recording and counting all my calories except it makes me crazy and becomes all consuming.  It takes on a life of it's own and I like to think I'm more than just the food I consume.

  On November 2nd I weighed 267 pounds and officially started the " Eat to Live " diet of Joel Fuhrman M. D.   The basic diet it vegan....beans, greens, fruits and vegetables.  No Meat, No grains, No diary, low salt, no sugar (except that which occurs naturally in fruits) no starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes or potatoes.  I didn't like it but I stuck with it during the first week.   I noticed that the swelling  in  my feet and ankles was gone.  My toes no longer looked like little sausages.  I lost 8 pounds!

  I was thrilled.  It's just water weight I told myself as I inwardly did a happy dance.  Last week I made vegetable soup as well as lots of salads with beans and other veggies.  I have this super easy chopper that makes it almost fun to make a salad.  I declined diner invitations and stayed the course.  This week I lost 4 pounds.  I'm over the moon and will stay the course even though this week is my birthday and next week is Thanksgiving. 

This is probably not the best time to start a new life plan of eating but if I can get through Thanksgiving, my birthday and Christmas I should be almost bullet proof. (famous last words!)  

I collect quotes and this one really spoke to me more than anything else I have ever heard.

Discipline:  choosing between what you want now and what you want most!

So wish me luck I'm on my weigh!

Friday, May 24, 2013 

I must be insane!

Yes, I made the first attempt at getting back on track with my diet, eating, lifestyle, and choices.  My first choice was to go through the refrigerator and pantry and get rid of all the RED FLAG foods.  That's where the insanity comes it.  Rather than just throw them away, or give them to a neighbor I ATE THEM!

I decided that if they were no longer in the house they wouldn't be a problem and if I ate them I wouldn't crave them.  Sigh, I'm embarrassed this morning at the whole incident but at least it's out of my system and I won't be buying replacements.

Now to get into a love relationship with fresh fruit and vegetables!  I need to find them "a peeling"  Sigh, how long does it take to make salad your comfort food.  One day down and counting.

Wish me luck, I'm on my weigh!

The Lord will work out his plans for my life-for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don't abandon me, for you made me.
~ Psalm 138:8, NLT

Thursday, May 23, 2013 

Time for a Change

Hello Spring,

So nice to have you back again.  It's been a long hard winter and I have been doing a lot of emotional eating.  I've gained 20 pounds.....and am totally disgusted with myself.  So it stinks and now it's time to make a change.

I need to get back to eating more fruit and vegetables now that they are more readily available.

I need to go to bed earlier.

I need to stop grazing at night.

I need to get back to journaling and blogging.

So here's to a breath of fresh air, fresh fruit and veggies and a fresh start.

Wish me luck I'm on my weigh.

Sunday, March 03, 2013 

Looking for Spring

Hello Long Lost Forgotten Blog,

Some where between Christmas, traveling, new grand baby, the flu, and the winter dull drums (where it's always winter but never Christmas...).  I lost my motivation, my resolve and my mind.  I developed a "Mind over Matter" lifestyle (If you don't mind it doesn't matter!)  Guess what?  It did matter and I'm now I'm 12 pounds heavier, 2 months older, and looking for spring, my youth, my energy, and my ability to dig myself out of the hole I been hibernating in.... (and you thought it was the ground hog that determined spring by seeing his shadow!)  Well, I've seen my shadow, hidden away, and now I'm ready to come up to the surface and start living.

I know what to do, what to eat, what to think, and even how to keep busy.  I do better when I blog.  It keeps me honest with myself and after all I'm the one who is intrigued with my great wit and literary genius.  Seriously, I've read some of my earlier post and I crack myself up.

I've wasted a lot of time, and life is a precious gift.   So it's time to get serious and get back into the battle.  I'm not a betting woman and the odds of my success with my track record would probably be 1000 to 1 against success but I'm willing to do what I need to do to succeed.

So say a prayer for me, I'm on my weigh. 

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