Monday, May 23, 2011
I've been on the curcurmin for about a month now and so far have noticed no changes. I started with one capsule daily and increased to 2 daily after about 2 weeks. I'm not sure how long it should take to notice effects but I do know that most herbal supplements will say it takes a couple of months to kick in, so I'm being patient. I'll try a different brand if this one doesn't seem to do anything. I've read too many positive things to give up on it.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Saw my doc today for my regular checkup and discussed with her some changes I'd like to try with my meds. I want to try, again, to get more affordable health insurance. Every time I apply I'm turned down, the main reason - taking "too many" prescriptions (I'm on 3).
This will be the last time I try, if this doesn't help me get better insurance I'll be joining the ranks of the uninsured, probably by the end of next year.
My doc agreed with the changes I want to try -
1 - Lovastatin, for cholesterol, on hold. Flaxseed meal, 2 tablespoons daily instead. (Lab work in the fall to check cholesterol levels.)
2 - Gabapentin, for arthritis pain (I'm allergic to NSAID's), on hold. Try curcumin, a supplement, from turmeric, a natural anti inflammatory and pain reducer instead.
3 - Decrease atenolol, for mitral valve prolapse, to once daily. Monitor for symptoms, go back to twice daily if needed.
I've already started the flaxseed, adding it to whatever I eat for lunch.
I'm most anxious to try the curcumin. The gabapentin leaves me with the side effect of "brain fog" - hard time concentrating, groggy, general "off" feeling. Everything I've read about curcumin sounds promising. My doc said it's definitely worth a try.
Along with these med changes I'm going to really pay attention to my fat intake, more than I've been doing. And finally banish this 5 pounds I've regained.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Three years ago today I reached my goal weight, losing 46 pounds, going from 196 to 150. Over those first few months I found 150 hard to maintain and regained 5 pounds, setting my desired weight range at 152-157. I've stayed in that range, rarely going over, for three years now. I have never, ever reached a weight loss goal and maintained it for that length of time !!! I am so proud of myself !!
Right now I'm slightly above my upper limit, at 160, which is normal for me in the winter. Starting next week I'm going to get back to business and take off that winter weight.
For today, I'm headed out to buy myself a non-food reward to celebrate this milestone.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
So far so good, doing well at getting back on track. Feels good to be back to healthy eating and regular exercise.
I'm using my food journal, getting 6 fruit/veg servings most days, exercising at least 30" most days and really focusing on my sweet tooth. I'm doing 3 day no sweet challenges. I successfully completed two challenges but just restarted another one today (gave in to a piece of cake yesterday).
I finally joined a couple of teams and am visiting them daily, sometimes just to read posts.
Plan - continue what I'm doing; allow some days of only recording what I eat, not calories, etc, just for a break, BUT "eat with awareness", watch portions.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I'm finally getting back on track. Now that the holidays are over, company is gone, and all (or most) of the various stresses that have plagued me the past year or so are are gone or going, I can really refocus on my healthy eating and exercise.
I want to get back to 153, a weight I felt the best and most healthy at. That's right in the middle of what I consider an acceptable range for me (150-155). When I weighed in last week I had hit 163, the highest I've been in quite a while. I've already lost 3 pounds this past week, 160.2 this morning. A great start.
Goal Date - 3/11/11
(third year anniversary of the date I reached my goal - I want to be able to say WooHoo! 3 Years at Goal !!!)
My current plan, subject to tweaking as I go along -
1 - Food journal - record calories, fat, saturated fat
2 - Focus on one problem area at a time - first up, my terrible sweet tooth. I'm doing 3 day no sweets challenges. I just successfully completed the first one and am on day 2 of my second challenge. I'll take periodic breaks and allow myself one sweet in a day since I don't plan to ban sweets from my diet, just want to get my sweet tooth back under control.
3 - Increase fruit/veg servings to at least 5/day
4 - Exercise - 30" most days - strength at least 2 of those days
5 - Join some teams - I quit them all several months ago as I wasn't able to focus on them and felt I was getting no benefit. It's time to join new teams
6 - Continue daily Sparking
7 - Non-food reward every 4th day - even if it's just to take a day off from exercise
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