Saturday, October 05, 2013
I stepped on the scale this morning and immediatley jumped back off. After seeing the number on he scale I figured there was something wrong with my digital scale. The battery was weak, the floor uneven, something. So I moved the scale and tried again. It still read 129 pounds. I'm 65 years old and I haven't weighed this since I was in 7th grade! I have been heavy all my life. I'm not used to seeing this skinny person in the mirror. It's a bit scary.
It sees like I've been on a diet all my life. 4 sizes of clothes in my closet, for each stage of a diet on was in. Lose it, then gain it all back and then some. My husband would tell me to join Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. I told him that I didn't pay any one to put the weight on me, I wasn't going to pay any one to take it off, and then I'd start another diet.
This time, I didn't go on a diet to lose weight. I went on a strict diet because the Doctor said I HAD to. Last year, I was diagnosed with Barret's Esophogus. Acid from the stomach backs up into the esophogus and errodes it. It can turn into cancer very quickly. I had two choices. I can either try to manage it with medication and diet or have surgery to remove the esophogus, which is quite painful and a lengthy recovery. (Who wants that?)
I choose the diet. My triggers for pumping out acid were fats, sugar and acid (citrus, tomatoes). I couldn't have any meat or cheese, absolutely NO FRIED FOODS and nothing with processed sugar or processed foods. Only chicken turkey, fish, seafood, vegetables and fruit. No white pasta, whole grain. No white rice, brown. No white bread, whole wheat. I could eat cereal, but nothing with sugar. Natural foods. The doctor also stressed the importance of a PORTION. If a package says four ounces, it means four ounces. If the bag says 14 Veggies Straws, don't eat the whole bag. Stay away from restaurants because you don't know how they're preparing the food or exactly what''s going into it. Remember to excercise.
That was last November. I've stuck with it ever since. Yeh, I wanted to cheat, but I'd only be cheating myself and setting myself back on the road to recovery.
Yeh, I hated going on the elliptical for 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week, but I whipped out all my old tunes and sang along to every one of them to keep my mind off what I was doing. (Much to my husband's disgust.) And the pounds dropped off. Usually, two pounds a week, sometimes more.
And here I am today. The doctor says I'm healthy, but I have to be careful what I eat, because this is something I'll have all my life. The doctor wanted me to go down to 130 pounds, for my height 5'5. Today I am 129 and I can't believe I did it! It only took 50 years, but I did it!
And you can, too! I want you to experience the joy of walking down the street, seeing yourself in a shop window and wonder who is that? And realize it's you! I want you to pick up a size 6 jeans and look at them from the back and tell yourself, there's no way your fat butt will fit into these and they do!
I want you to hear some young clerk in a store tell you that of course you can wear that sweater dress , cause you're skinny! It can happen to you if you want it bad enough, don't you deserve it? Don't wait 50 years and have a health problem force you to do it like I did. It really is true, nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. Experience it!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Yesterday I had problems with the SP website. First off, things went so S-L-O-W-L-Y, I had to wait and wait for every page. Then no matter what I tried to do, get login points, post on the message boards, add an emotion, it would ask for my pass word. EVERY TIME. I kept putting in my pass word and checking the box that says "remember me" but every change I did prompted the pass word thing again. It was very aggrivating , so I just left . Today is still slow, but not as bad as yesterday and not asking for my password every time.
Has any one else had this problem?
Sunday, June 06, 2010
We are still working at removing the wallpaper in my bedroom. It is an attic room that was made into a bedroom so it has sloping walls, which means the wallpaper falls right into your face when you try to remove it. We bought a steam machine to loosen the paper so we can scrape it off, but yesterday was warm and humid, add the steam machine and we sweat ALOT. Use a fan you say? We have fans. Ceiling fans, window fans; it's like working in a hurricane and we're still sweating!
As I mentioned before, the house is 103 years old. Along one wall we came across 103 year old wall board, not plaster like the other walls. The wall board absorbed the wallpaper paste and getting it off is very difficult and slow going. We've been working 4 Saturdays and we're not even half way done yet. Then we have to wash the walls, plaster, sand, prime and paint. I guess I wasn't kidding when I said it should be done by Halloween.
If you're not busy on Saturdays and need a work out come on over, we could use the help. We'll supply the tools, beverages, fans and some great music to work out with.
I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
We live in a house that is 103 years old. The previous owners were elderly and in poor health for years, so aside from basic maintenance they did little to upgrade. I have, with a little help from my husband (very little if you ask me) replastered and painted the first floor with the exception of the kitchen, which we plan to do next year.
When we moved in 7 years ago, we found the receipt for the wallpaper in my bedroom. It was dated 1968! I figured it was time to get rid of the deary, awful stuff. In places it's cracked and dried out, so I peeled away some of it . I counted 7 layers. 7 layers of the ugliest wallpaper I ever saw in my life! I suppose these patterns were in vogue at one time, but not now! At one point in time, some one must have decided to paint over it (around layer 5) so there is a layer of white of paint to remove, too.
If you have ever removed wallpaper you know what a mess it can be. We bought a steam machine that works really well to heat and melt the paste, but you srtill have to scrape the soggy stuff off the walls, it falls to the floor, you walk through it and drag it all over. It's very slow going. We worked for 6 hours yesterday and did only a small portion of a big room. Both my husband and I work. The only day we have together is Saturday. At this rate we should finish around Halloween.
On the bright side, I stretched, bent, twisted and used muscles I haven't used in a long time. It looks like this will be my summer work out. I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
In a previous life, I must have been an Eskimo because I LOVE winter. Today and yesterday I shoveled snow 4 times and I enjoyed every minute of it. What a great exercise, you get to enjoy the beauty of the winter wonderland, the quiet of the muffled sounds and you get to talk to people as they walk by. What could be better?
Remember when you were a kid and romped and played in the snow for hours? When you came inside your cheeks were rosy and you were the picture of health? I play in the snow with my dogs. My neighbors think I"m crazy, but I guess deep down inside I'm stiil that kid.
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