Thursday, April 21, 2011
Yes, before taking on this new adventure I did consult my physician who ran many tests before I started. I promised no fad diets, diet pills or radical weight loss measures. I was eating what I thought was good for me. Turns out that I made some poor choices. I am so happy that I have been logging my food and really paying attention. Yes, turns out that I made some poor choices. I overdid a good thing and I am paying the price. At least now I know and can make the changes I need to make.
Too much protein - kindey function is out o f normal range
Too much soy = too much estrogen = uterine fibroids.
Vitamin K - INR fluctuating, normally within range and spot on (You have to be on Warfarin to understand that oneunless you are in the medical field.)
Yes, I logged, I analyzed and figured out that I am causing my own health problem with some of the healthy choices I have made. I am so glad that I took a good look at my eating habits and finally put together why all the tests I had recently were showing poor health instead of good health. I figured out the culprit was CLIF bars for the most partt. Yes, CLIF Bars. They are high in protein, vitamin K and it is made mostly of soy. This was the only new food I have added to my daily diet within the past year.
The vitamin K messes with my INR level (blot clots = warfarin)
The soy was pumping estrogen which is the food of fibroids - I was ready to have a hysterectomy I have been in so much pain. Fibroids are painful!!!!
The high protein was putting my kidneys at risk (kidney cancer survivor here)
Just glad I took the time to analyze what I logged and to determine what I was doing to jeopardize my health. It isn't all about weight loss, it is about eating right, exercising and being healthy. I think Sparkpeople may have just saved my life because I am logging my food, educating myself further and paying attention to what I eat.
Looking forward to my 3 month check when the doctor will see an improved kidney function, an INR that is staying within range ( currently have blood test every 2 wks.), a fibroid that is shrinking and a lower cholesterol level.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This is week one and it has actually been 10 days since the original weigh-in. Down 7.2 pounds. Seems drastic for 10 days, but I gave up my 2 Cokes a day and dessert that in itself was a major feat. I am also well aware that the weeks ahead will not always be so victorious. This past week as not been filled with trips to the gym, in fact little activity at all. After I "fell off the wagon" so to speak I was still eating fairly healthy so it was not hard to get back to eating right. "SNOW" tends to help me lose my motivation to get out to the gym. I would rather curl up on the couch with my honey.
New strategy for the coming 11 weeks it to get to the gym, continue to log food, eat healthy, stay off the caffeine and desserts. I will be lucky to lose 2 pounds a week. If I were to keep losing at the rate of 7 pounds a week I would lose waaaaaaay more than I would need and of course would gain it all back in a heartbeat. Slow and steady wins the race.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Mon - Chicken Breast, balsamic asparagus, warm grapefruit
Tues -Subway ( no worries it will be a low-fat choice) Sandwich and apples. No time to get home from weigh-in to make dinner before Nutrition class
Wed. Pork Tenderlion, warm asian slaw, apple slices
Thurs. Black Bean Quesadilla, cinnamon oranges
Fri -Cod, garlic and chive mashed sweet potatoes, chobani yogurt (blueberry)
Sat - BBQ Turkey Roasted, mixed vegies, strawberries
Sun. - Easter Brunch - Good luck with that one: Make the healthiest choices that I can make.
9 days with no Coke and not even craving caffeine or sweets!!!Yes, to caffeine withdrawal headahches.
Weigh in for LTF 90 Weight loss tomorrow night. No problem. I am feeling good about this one.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I think it is great that my husband's family gets together every Sunday for lunch at his parents house. It is great family time as we see his in-town siblings and their children.
The downside, 581 calorie lunch and I worked hard to keep it that low. My mother in-law knows about the 90 Day challenge and last week she was great. She even made me a chicken breast and had fresh veggies. Then she brought out DESSERT!!! This is my weakness, but I held true to my goal. Great, a supportive family, minus the dessert scene. Today not so supportive. She made pasta - ok, I chose the whole wheat version, but then came sauce from a jar and the meat she added. I took a very small portion. Salad - great, but it was Caesar from a bag and loaded with dressing. Again, a very small portion. Of course there has to be bread. I very small slice of garlic cheese bread. I did the best I could. At least I had control of portion sizes.
Of course, what comes next??? Blueberry pie, with whipped cream and ice cream. As if that is not bad enough out comes the Rice Krispie bars. All of this was placed in front of me. I politely declined.I logged my meal the best I could when I got home and almost fell off my chair when I saw the calorie total Of 581. Of course it does include my dessert - Fage greek yogurt with cherries. I can't totally ignore that sweet tooth of mine. It is my version of cherry cheese cake!!!
Tough day at the in-laws. I am really dreading the next ten weeks of Sunday lunch. Would I be totally rude to bring my own food??? Having the family here is out of the question, this is her deal. She looks forward to all the cooking. She also is well aware that both my husband and I are doing the LTF 90 day challenge.
He of course caved to mom's cooking, dessert and all. No, he doesn't log so he is clueless of the damage that will show on the scale at Tuesdays weigh-in.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
My new husband of 3 months (loving this whole newlywed thing" stopped by the local Co-op today to pick up some brown rice tortillas. While there he noticed a class on how to make Kombucha. He asked what is was and the clerk told him all about. Interested, he bought a bottle of GT's Organic Raw Kombucha for us to try. Not bad. It is a tea, but I thought it tasted like beer of which I am not a fan. I still enjoyed. Although I think I maight enjoy a flavored one instead. From the label, "Kombucha is a handmade Chinese tea that is delicately cultured for 30 days."
It is pricey, but if you really enjoy it you can learn to make your own. Time will tell if I decide to go that route. For now I will enjoy GT's.
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