Sunday, March 03, 2013
I have lost 110 lbs so far. I have more to get rid of but have found myself struggling with effort and motivation the past two months. My weight loss has slowed considerably and my personal life and health situation are equally depressing. Recently I have made some changes and have begun some mini challenges that I hope will kick start me once again into a more productive direction.
This morning I came across a story that made me stand up and take notice. The woman in it truly inspires me to keep up my efforts no matter how depressing life seems to be right now or how slowly the remaining pounds leave my body. She gives me HOPE!! At one time she was 250 lbs and on 25 medications. She had a host of very serious illnesses including ones of the heart and kidneys. Now she no longer takes any medication. Here is her AMAZING story. Let her inspire you too!
Name: Betty Lou Sweeney
Before Weight: 250 pounds
How I Gained It: I had been on diets my whole life. I'd lose weight, and then gain it back, plus more. It had become a vicious cycle for me. I must have tried every diet out there, and they all worked, but slowly the pounds returned. I just couldn't keep the weight off.
I was an unhappy child due to being raised in more than 12 different foster homes and living in and out of the orphanage many times. I wasn't adopted until I was 15 years old. In that time, I had been abused many times. My friends were animals and food.
As an adult, I loved sweets and fast food. I would consume six donuts or rolls on the way home from work, just an hour's drive. I ate ice cream bars, lots of fried chicken, fish and chops, with all the trimmings. My potatoes were heavy with butter.
I never felt attractive and was told so often what a loser I was that I believed it. I never liked myself, except for those times when I had gotten down to a size 10 or 12. I could never maintain it, so it did nothing for my self-esteem.
Breaking Point: In May 2009 at age 69, I got another bladder infection, but this time the infection went to the sac that surrounds the heart. In treating that infection, I reacted to the medication and my kidneys shut down. I put on 30 pounds of water weight overnight and was having a very hard time breathing. I became septic and my temperature soared to 106. At first, I reacted to every medicine and got sicker and sicker. Finally a medication kicked in, and I started to get better. My doctors told my husband that they almost lost me. I felt my family deserved better than this.
How I Lost It: I am a registered nurse, so I asked one of the dietitians at work to give me an eating plan they would give to a newly-diagnosed diabetic who needed to lose weight. I wasn't diabetic yet, but knew I needed to keep my blood sugars stable. On that day, I changed the foods I ate, the way I cooked them and my portion sizes. I got down to about 210 pounds when an Anytime Fitness center opened near my home. I joined, and over the next couple of months I got down to 200 pounds. The weight was coming off so slowly, so I engaged the help of a trainer. When we started, I couldn't get up from a chair to a standing position on my own. Everything hurt from my arthritic joints. Dave, my trainer, was very patient and encouraging as he slowly helped me get better.
Today I am able to do a pull-up (never could do those, even as a child!), 20 push-ups and sit-ups. I have run many 5K races and two half-marathons. I set a Guinness World Record for the longest time in an abdominal plank in 2011 at age 71. Shortly after, a man broke my record, but I believe I still hold it for women. I feel younger than I have in years. I have pushed through several injuries, including a dislocated shoulder, a fractured left hand, a pulled calf and, most recently, a torn hamstring.
Now, I eat raw vegetables, fresh fruit, yogurt and protein powder to help me get enough protein in to sustain my workouts. I eat chicken breasts with no skin, fish or very lean pork. All meats are either baked, broiled or fixed in a hot air oven where all the fats drip away. I never eat sweets these days because when I did I found I craved them for almost a month. It wasn't worth the scare it put into me. I don't miss them and can be at a party and not even feel tempted anymore. I have learned to love the taste of the food itself without all the crap I used to put on top. I have more energy, I'm not sluggish anymore and I now like myself, which is something I never did for 69 of my 73 years. My self-esteem has soared. I can now talk in front of a group and be at ease, as I feel I have a story to tell that could save someone else's life. I have never been happier in my life. My trainer is like a grandson to me, I love him so much. At this point who knows where my life will take me!
After Weight: 135 pounds
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE! WE all need to FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT for what we want and NEVER EVER GIVE UP!! This woman is living, breathing proof IT CAN BE DONE, regardless of age, and/or condition!!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Benefits of Drinking Hot Lemon Water in the Morning
Hot lemon water may not be your go-to drink of choice when starting your day, but it could yield the best results for your health. The morning hours serve as our foundation for how our bodies respond for the remainder of the day. Our morning routines are critical in maximizing optimum body functioning. Reaching for that cup of coffee first thing may not be the best option. Hot lemon water carries so many nutrients and actually provides that “pick me up” in the morning that you crave. Try a week or two of drinking hot lemon water in the morning. You will see a difference. You will feel light, alert and more responsive. Take a look at the many benefits of drinking hot lemon water.
Start every morning, rain or shine, sick or healthy, at home or on vacation...with a mug of hot water and the juice of half a lemon. Repeat in the evening if possible.
1. Stimulates your digestive track. The hot water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract as well as the peristalsis, the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.
2. Helps your body absorb nutrients.
3. Cleanses your palate and freshens your breath.
4. Flushes your kidneys and liver of toxins. Hot lemon water acts as a natural diuretic. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your kidneys and liver healthy.
5. Helps you to stay hydrated.
6. Helps with weight loss by suppressing your appetite. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, when you start the day off right, it's easier to make the best choices for yourself the rest of the day.
7. Boosts you're immune system Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds. Potassium stimulates brain & nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
8. Helps keep your skin clear. Vitamin C from the lemon helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps your skin.
9. Balances the body’s pH. Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they're alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health because it helps to decrease inflammation and prevent disease.
10. Hydrates the lymph system.
11. Helps with acid reflux as well as bloating.
12. Relieves respiratory problems: Hot lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs by thinning out mucus. It’s also thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Yeah today was that time again. I LOVE seeing my doctor! It just makes my day.
Found out I have a sinus infection that I didn't know I had. Thought I was just congested. Prescribed antibiotics. Found out I have fluid behind my eardrums. No wonder I haven't been hearing well the last few weeks. Thought I was just tuning out the husband. However I guess this calls for a trip to the ENT. Have I said how much it thrills me to see a doctor. ANY DOCTOR!
Everything else was okay except my BP which was an exciting 180/100. And yes, this is with meds. The doc and I already know what the cause is... STRESS & ANXIETY not to mention EXTREME White Coat Syndrome. I see any doc and my numbers, if they are not already over the top, sky rocket, and I do me to the moon and back! As for the stress and anxiety, my doctor adds that after years of living highly stressed one's body becomes accomplish to it and eventually the BP begins to react. As it keeps adjusting to more and more stress, the anxiety and therefore the BP keep going up, and up, and up. My doc's advice: Rid myself of the STRESS. Yeah, right! Like that will happen anytime soon. 2 years ago I was sent hurdling to the ER with a BP of 218/160. After a barrage of tests it all came down to the S & A words. I was told to go home and decompress. Learn to drop the rope and RELAX! Obviously from today's numbers I haven't yet learned to do that. So here I sit wondering, do I lock myself up in a box nice and tight, or just the husband and daughter?
It was suggested back in 2010 that I try an anti depressant but silly me, I researched them on the net and scared the daylights out of myself. Not sure why the doc doesn't suggest an anti anxiety medication but he doesn't. He has suggested however seeing a counselor which DH has denied, stating repeatedly we can't afford it. My doc than said I might try some wine but when he found out I have dependency issues running rampant in my family, that recommendation was quickly retracted. Now I am just told to relax, don't worry and be happy, like I can snap my fingers and do just that. Oh how I wish!
Seriously though I need to find some way to chill out, calm down, let go, relax, find my inner zen, and learn to bring my numbers down or I am going to literally explode one day, most likely right there in the docs office.
My next appt is scheduled for late April when I get to have even more fun with a lab tech and a needle with a passion for poking my arms and hands multiple times trying to find a vein that just isn't there. Anyone want to guess what my BP will be then?
Monday, February 18, 2013
For my daughter to show me what her sudden change of heart was all about.
"OR is this just another attempt to gain financial support and/ or favors like she has done before?"
She called yesterday (Monday) asking if I had given anymore thought to giving her $150 a month for a year so she could quit her PT job and focus solely on school. I told her after last week's explosive conversation that I didn't feel the need to. She asked me to seriously reconsider and talk it over with her dad. I told her I would inform her dad of what she wants. So I told him after supper as well as discussed with him how I feel about the situation (not in favor of it). He agreed to it anyway. $150 a month, not a penny more for 1 year. As for me, I now feel I got played once again. By both of them!
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