Thursday, February 23, 2012
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's AMANDA!!! I'm back on SP.
Four weeks ago TODAY, (January, 26, 2012) I had a kidney transplant at age 28. My wonderful father was my donor so we have been healing together. I'm already feeling better and I can't wait to fully see all the changes it will do for my life...
Now, over the summer, my diet got turned upside down. Black was white, left was right, I was so confused... all having to do with my end stage renal disease low-potassium, low sodium diet. HOWEVER, post-surgery, I can eat anything I want (in moderation, of course) except grapefruit, starfruit, and acai berry! haha Considering the transplant was only four weeks ago, I've let myself eat what I craved, enjoy having potatoes :-D, and just enjoy while I was in recovery.
That time is done! Today I entered my food into SP and I am ready to get back on the wagon. The least I can do is eat healthy and get in shape as a thank you to my father who donated his kidney for me. I want to be able to keep it for as long as possible!! We're talking a real, REAL reason for a lifestyle change here!
Now onto something else...
During Thanksgiving, my boyfriend of 5+ years proposed to me in front of our families, at a Thanksgiving/Christmas/My Birthday party. He gave me a present to open in front of everyone and inside each box was, well, a smaller box. He was amazing and made a little video from my parents videos.... here's the link if you're interested! youtu.be/xqol60PkODg
Wedding Date: June 29, 2013
So as you can see, I have PLENTY of reasons to lose weight and be healthy. Game ON!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
So I got some unfortunate news on Tuesday. My kidneys (which I always knew were bad) have gotten REALLY bad. There are 5 stages of kidney failure and I am in stage 5, the worst one. I'm meeting with my nephrologist August 4th to discuss what we are going to do - transplant list, dialysis, etc.
UNTIL THEN - I have been sent back into the world having to change my diet around. Everything that I thought was healthy, isn't healthy for me. For example - I have to switch from whole grains to white bread and white rice. I have to eliminate tomatoes!! I can have cauliflower but not broccoli... I am so confused. I've put in a call to talk to a renal nutritionist but who knows when that will happen. Everything I'm learning, I'm learning from good online sources but it's really hard!!
My new nutritional goals are:
1) Limit protein to 60 grams per day
2) LOW sodium (but no # was given yet)
3) LOW potassium (again, no #)
4) LOW phosphorus (....)
The protein I can deal with. The sodium I can watch. The other two - SO HARD! I'm geting a smart phone this weekend (thanks to my wonderful parents) because I think it will make it easier to track things and look up food while I'm out.
I think the worst part of this is that it makes no sense to me. It's easy to eat "healthy" - fruits, veggies, low salt, good quality protein, and good carbs. Easy peasy. But this??? I never would have thought that mangos, papayas, and raspberries would be bad for me!! I just need to get a handle on it...
This is my lunch today. It's my first real meal that meets all the goals.
Salad: lettuce, red pepper, carrots, cucumbers, and low sodium turkey. Dressing is balsamic vinegar and oil and some Mrs. Dash because I couldn't find a low sodium dressing.
Fruit salad: strawberry, blueberries, and a fresh pineapple! Only $2 a pineapple so I bought 2.
Side: 2 pieces of italian bread, no sesame seeds with a little butter on it. (I still need to buy unsalted butter but I forgot).
And a ginger ale. Non-diet!! haha Only good part of this...
If anyone has an suggestions, I'm all ears!!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I've been really busy as of lately. I FINISHED ALL MY GRADUATE CLASSES!!! But there were some crazy papers, quite a few all-nighters, etc. I almost quit my job... (long story!) And the BF's father needs 24/7 care and I've started doing shifts on my own to help them out. Between all of that, phew, it's been crazy!
That being said, luckily, I haven't gained weight, I've been staying at the same number for a few weeks. I am GRATEFUL that I didn't put back on any weight. Now that I have things under control, I am going to step it up!
I started doing the first week of training for the Couch to 5k plan. My new Gymboss interval timer helps a ton and I LOVE it! I have to go running soon before it gets too hot for the day. (I really, really hate running when it's hot out. I'm going to have to start waking up early to run when it's still beautiful!)
This weekend, the BF graduates from graduate school. NEXT weekend, however....... is something I've been waiting to do for almost 6 years!!!
wait for it.....
I'm finally canoeing down the Saco River!!!!!! (I know, doesn't sound as exciting as the buildup.. haha) (here is the backstory for those of you who didn't read it in an earlier blog - the BF and all his guy friends go on MANTRIP every year. They canoe down the Saco and camp on the beaches. There are no bathrooms. Anything you bring with you has to fit in the canoe. ..etc. Also, since I hang out with mostly guys, MANTRIP = Everybody but Amanda trip)
So this year, I finally convinced the BF and a couple other guys to do a "general public trip" meaning girls included. haha However, I'm still the only girl going. I am SO very excited, however, there are two things I'm nervous about. A) pooping in holes haha b) what if I have my period when I go!!
On that lovely note - I'm going to go for my run before noon hits! Thanks everybody for the warm wishes the past two weeks while I've been missing from SP!
Friday, May 13, 2011
I NEED HELP! hahaha
I am doing an in depth musical analysis of "Tamatant Tilay/Exodus" by Herbie Hancock, Bob Marley, Tinariwen, K'NAAN, and Los Lobos.
I am working just off of The Imagine Project CD, I have no written translation. It has to be done by ear.. or else I would have gone to the library already.
Los Lobos only have a small part at the end in spanish that I would love some help with.. but they are not the biggest problem!
Tinariwen, who sing for the majority of the song, are a band of Tuareg (nomadic pastoralist people) musicians from the Sahara region of northern Mali, Africa - song written in the language of TAMASHEK.
I've been working on this project for MONTHS now... but it is down to the wire. I cannot find a translation!
If YOU can help me... or you know SOMEBODY ELSE who might be able to help me, please, PLEASE do! Just let me know and I will send along my email address (if you're more comfortable deal in non-SP terms.)
I apologize for a non-SP blog... however, I know we are supposed to lean on our community when we need help, and baby, I need help BADLY! hahaha
This is due on Tuesday... and as long as I pass... I will be DONE with graduate school classes!!!!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU in advance!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Okay, so I am one of those people that does better with the "community" aspect of SP. I use it daily. I enter in all my food. But besides that.. I think it has become an addiction!!
I stay on MUCH longer than I have to. I make sure I get all the available points for the day. I read everyone's blogs. Read articles. And just sit in front of the TV looking for something NEW to do on SP!
Now, this is hard to admit because SP is awesome. I'm hoping that maybe since it's only been 2 weeks since I've been "back" that's why I'm on it all the time. In the past, I ease up after a while....
I think I've written then deleted and then re-written this blog 5 times. STILL not sure I want to put it up
SP is awesome and I love it. But the time I've spent on here I could have been doing other things... aka exercise and school work.
I just need to find a balance!!
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