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Slightly Chubby but Healthy!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

emoticon So, the test results!! Thankfully we are healthier than ever! The hubster and I had good test results - so good that the doctor didn't even go over them with us. Overall, my results we very good. There were a few things that were slightly off - just a few mg over/under the normal amount. But the doctor didn't seem to be too worried about the slight overage/underage. So, here are the only ones that were slightly off:

B12: over!!! This is crazy because I have been reading that B12 can be very low in vegans. B12 is thought by some people to only be found in animal by-products but this can't be true since I have very high B12. Actually it was only 55pg/mL over - nothing to worry about though since this is a small amount considering the range for my body.

Glucose: Normal! Yay! I have finally had a good test result with sugar. This means a lot to me since I was previously hypoglycemic... Must be all the natural, organic fruit we are eating.

BUN and Creatinine: These two were marked as low. Not sure why these were low along with my B12. But seeing that the doctor wasn't worried about my liver/kidneys, I guess I am healthy.

All cholesterol was in healthy ranges for both my husband and me! My husband was tested 7 years ago and was tested as having slightly high cholesterol. His father has had a few heart-attacks (not overweight but family inherited diseases) so he had to be tested when younger than the normal suggested 30 years of age. He was actually put on a light medication that made him sick 7 years ago so he stop taking them after a few months. Thankfully, even though he isn't taking the medication, he does not need anything! Yay!

This may seem crazy but as a wife - this information is a true blessing from God! We didn't eat the best the week before the tests- the hubster had a business conference to go to the night before the tests which was a catered dinner. So the results may have even been higher than normal. It makes me feel so proud to do all the research and studies to find the healthiest foods possible and make an exercise routine out for the two of us so that we are healthy. I'm just smiling ear to ear! Now all we have to do is have the hubster gain a few pounds and I need to lose at about 20 more.

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IMVEGAN 5/16/2010 4:22PM

    You have been eating so healthily and your body loves you for it! Great job.

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HKBATEMAN228 5/12/2010 9:28PM

    Glad you now have some tangible results from all of your lifestyle changes!! Congrats!!

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HKBATEMAN228 5/12/2010 9:28PM

    Glad you now have some tangible results from all of your lifestyle changes!! Congrats!!

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SUGIRL06 5/12/2010 8:36PM

    Congrats on all the great news!!!

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SHANNONSTILLS 5/12/2010 8:16AM

  you are doing great, keep at it

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MEG200622 5/12/2010 8:16AM

    Congratulations! That's incredible for the both of you! Keep up all of your good work!

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KARVY09 5/12/2010 8:16AM

    Congrats on the great checkup!

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Don't let the cold slow you down!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

In the Northern Hemisphere we are working towards summer but Southern is working towards Winter. Either way, you might be experiencing some cooler weather such as we are right now. Usually we let the weather slow us down but not this weekend. We are working towards another month filled with at least 20 minutes of exercise (anything from a walk to a 10K run) each day! April 2010 we completed every day! Yay! It's the little changes that can make a difference in one's life. So, if you haven't created a challenge this month, it's not too late - challenge yourself to do a month challenge of some sort of exercise each day. You can do it!

If you experience cooler weather: Try running outside in the rain (we ran 5K and walked 1 mile in 40F and pouring rain). You might be surprised that it is refreshing running in the rain. Or, try some workout videos online. We did a 15 minutes abs, 10 minute cardio and 10 minutes worth of tai chi. It's a nice break from pounding the pavement outdoors and works those muscles that have been sleeping lately.

Good Luck everyone and have some fun through movement!
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SUGIRL06 5/11/2010 12:29PM

    Oh boy. Its supposed to rain today and I was hoping to run 4 miles. I'm such a wuss when it comes to rain. I don't even like walking to my car in the rain!!! I can feel the anxiety just the thought of jogging in cold rain. We'll see. I'll let you know...

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Health Check-Done

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Yesterday my husband and I went on our yearly *cough, cough* doctor's appointment for a checkup. It's been a while since we had taken the voyage to the doctor's so it was about time we got our booties there. Rather it be mere laziness or afraid of learning the truth about our health, we have not wanted to go. Thankfully we have been getting things together and planning so that we don't miss out on health conditions that might occur early on and were not caught due to the easy task of going to the doctors. Although we wish it were faster to visit a doctor in America, taking us 2.5 hours in total for our visit, we were able to get off from work and get there. It's just a little price we wanted to pay to be able to check up on our progress.

We both had our physicals and also had blood taken to test our cholesterol and B12. Thank goodness for butterfly needles - seriously they do not hurt and you will not feel much more than a little prick. Note: Look for doctors that have butterfly needles if you are scared of blood being drawn - your fears will go away! In addition, being that a woman, I had to have more done which included a Breast Exam, Pelvic exam and Pap smear... oh the fun! Actually I have had these exams once each year since I was 16 years old so I'm rather used to them... but they are a little nerve racking for newbies. Personally I would rather know about any problems though early on just in case instead of worrying about my self-pride and privacy "down there".

News so far:
Throughout my examination I was surprised to hear that nothing was serious about my health. Actually my doctor didn't have anything bad to say about anything. The nurse took my blood pressure which I was sure it was going to be high since I was a little nervous going to a new doctor but it was low. Actually I was told that it was low reading at 98/60 but not to worry to much about it. I have to do more research about this... anyone know what this reading means?

In addition, I learned that my weight scale has been wrong for who knows when... my husband was correct in stating that we should get a new scale. Our weight was about 5 pounds off - so if I look at mere numbers I am 5 pounds lighter! haha Not really the way I wanted to lose those numbers but I will take what I can get. I also found out that I am 58 inches - which means I'm around 4foot 10inches... that means that I still have to lose around another 5 pounds to be in a "healthy weight category" for my BMI. Right now (with the correct weight) I am 124.

We are still waiting for our blood work to be completed. I'll update everyone later. I am nervous but hope they turn out okay.

My husband and I were talking after we got out of the appointment, while cramming protein bars into our mouths and chugging orange juice. (Seriously, missing breakfast is not a good idea - not sure how anyone can do it even for blood work to be done!) We both mentioned that we felt so much healthier just after having the blood work done and physicals out of the way. It may seem crazy but just bringing everything to light is amazing for the mental part of our adventure to get the healthiest possible. I believe this is why Biggest Loser Season 9 has been working hard to showcase the "know your real age number" and also health problems of each contestant. I think that a lot of us (skinny or chubby like myself) try to ignore things with the body so that we can feel better about ourselves. It's like the flamingo, if you hide your head no one can see you... even if your bright pink body is out in the bright daylight for everyone to see.

I highly suggest if you haven't gone to your doctors, go ahead and get connected with your health. It's easy to look at the weight scale but it's another thing to learn about how healthy you are on the inside. The scale helps with weight but you won't know truly how healthy you are until you have your blood checked and everything looked over by a professional. emoticon

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KARVY09 5/6/2010 5:21PM

    Glad you had a good checkup! I'm going tomorrow. I wish it were the same doctor as last time so she can see that I've lost 93 pounds since my last visit, but alas, I changed health insurance so it'll be a new doc this time!

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Vegan with a Vengeance Cookbook Photos

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Isa is one of my favorite vegan chef's - this is one of her books called Vegan with a Vengeance. It is truly amazing and I highly suggest it to anyone that is looking for something good to eat but doesn't include our little furry friends. It has some wonderful ideas of foods that are lower in calories and good for the body too!

Here are some of the yummy treats we have tried out already from the cookbook:

Lemon Gem Cupcakes with a Lemon infused Frosting! The recipe was really easy to whip together and had very little sugar in it - minus the frosting of course. We loved the cupcakes as a little treat without putting the frosting on them. I made a full batch, half with and half without frosting.

Fresh Mango Rolls were again very easy to throw together and didn't take much effort in the least. We made these on a hot day and they were perfect! Photo below is the rice noodles inside. If you make this recipe, please make sure that you throw the sauce together too - it makes the dish. You can omit the nuts though if you want to subtract some fat - it really didn't taste much different with them in it.

Coconut and Pineapple together! Hello! These are the Coconut Pancakes with Pineapple Sauce. They were amazing! I left the pineapple sauce off because well, I seriously have a thing about warm fruit but the hubster was not ashamed to eat it all. The pancakes were very easy to make and were very fluffy. I would suggest using half the baking soda though because it does have too much in it and adds a funky flavor..

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EEM130 5/6/2010 1:32PM

  I've never had spring rolls with rice sticks/noodles before. Always had with with vermicelli noodles.

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SUGIRL06 5/6/2010 9:25AM

    Those lemon things look amazing! Yum!

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    Yum! I am a huge fan of The Rebar Modern Food Cookbook- it's 99% vegetarian and vegan (I think it has one or two recipes with shrimp), and most of the vegetarian recipes have instructions on how to turn them vegan. I have NEVER been disappointed by a Rebar recipe, and I've made most of them!

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BUTRFNGRZ 5/4/2010 7:17PM

    Everything looks so good!! I am going to have to add that cookbook to my wish list!

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DOLLIE6 5/4/2010 4:25PM

    You like vegan check out Mimi Kirk on facebook. She is a wonder.

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Know Your Real Age

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Finally I had some free time and was able to watch a little show (maybe some of you have heard of it) Biggest Loser. haha I haven't had the chance to watch the episodes for about the last two seasons I think because we are always busy with getting outside instead of staying indoors watching the tele. Today I picked an episode, I think it was the second one, which involved a "real age" calculator. I was freaked because of course I have lead a pudgier lifestyle and wasn't sure what my age was going to calculate into because of some of my bad habits.

Simply go to this site and answer some very simple questions. I wasn't sure about my blood pressure and cholesterol however I believe they are average so my age could have been up or down a little but not really sure about that one. I found out that my average age (enter drum roll) is

2.7 years old! Seriously? haha I had to laugh!
Average Life expectancy is 74 years old
Mine is: 100.4 years old. (I think this is a little low but I will go for being over 100 years old!) Yay!

Go check yours and let's compare our ages. Anyone joining me in pre-school? emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 5/6/2010 9:37AM

    Geeze I really don't know if I want to be 13.2 again!! but I will live till I am 91.8 only 22,200 more days to live!!! Awesome! Life everyday likes its your last!

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ACTIVEALLISON 4/29/2010 12:23PM

    Mine was 1.2! My life expectancy was 94.8. I'll take it!

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2BIT2BFAT 4/29/2010 11:43AM

    So fun!! I went back to being a teenager! 15 baby!! That was great! Thank you!!

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BEC_232 4/29/2010 11:10AM

  Interesting website....I'm 8.4 years old and going to live until 94 years old. I need to drive a lot for my job otherwise I'd be a even younger. That's a pretty cool website. Thanks for sharing.

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BETHIE-22 4/29/2010 11:01AM

    I was 27 years old with a life expectancy of 80. Im really 33 and plan to live till my 100th birthday! Thanks for sharing!

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SUGIRL06 4/29/2010 10:48AM

    2.7?! LoL! Mine was like 18 when I did it. I don't know my cholesterol levels and some other stuff so they add years (?) for that. And I hope you really do live to be 100! Still exercising and eating healthy!

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