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A Little Good News

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I have been taking blood pressure medicine for years. My doctor put me on it because I had "borderline" HBP. Well, I started to have some problems with the medication (chronic cough), so he told me to stop taking it and come back in six weeks.

Well, I went in yesterday, and guess what?! I don't have high blood pressure!!

I wish I could say it's because I lost weight, but it isn't. In fact I weigh a lot more than when he put me on the meds in the first place. I don't know what happened and the doctor can't explain it.

The bigger thing that's good about it is that I didn't realize how much it bugged me that I needed to take medicine. Sometimes you don't realize how much something gets you down until it goes away!

Since my doctor can't explain the improvement, I just have to take this as a sign and keep working at the things I want to change.


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HINCTYBEAT 4/26/2012 2:39PM

    Great news on your BP also! even though your weight may be up since getting the medication, you must be in better shape, which is just as important!

Your heart thanks you :)

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KIYOSHI04 3/9/2012 10:01PM

    yay you!
glad you are off of them!!

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GEMINISUE 3/8/2012 7:12PM

    That is good news! Sometimes, I think drs. put people on meds. too soon. Never knew they started people on meds for borderline HBP. Well glad your off them!

Onward & Downward

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Why I Don't Lose Weight

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I read an interesting book called "Why I Don't Lose Weight" by Dr. Wilfred Aguila. It talks about conquering the cycle of obesity. He talks about how we become trapped in it and provides some insight into how to break out of it.

One of the things that he says is that losing weight is not a goal, but a milestone. The goal is actually keeping the weight off. I'm oversimplifying like crazy, but it was a unique perspective and one that really spoke to me. I'm still thinking about what it all means, and I'll probably reread some of it to see if it still makes sense.

A couple of things that he says are important are having a community of support and not putting any foods off limits (sound familiar?).

Dr A is a bariatric surgeon and struggled with obesity himself, so he knows about quick fixes and the physical and emotional toll that the struggle takes. He has lots of examples from his patients too.

The book is just over 100 pages and a relatively quick read, but worth it I think. It's a little pricey at $14.95 on Amazon, so I would recommend borrowing it from the library (or requesting it through interlibrary loan if your library doesn't have it) if you want to read it.
(I'm a librarian -- I am required to say that last part.)

It has certainly given me food for thought!

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KIYOSHI04 3/7/2012 3:29PM

sounds interesting.

my eyebrow arches when a diet says DO keep food off limits.
so many people, even those who DO keep foods off limits, put the weight back on.
wouldnt it be better to learn to LIVE with those foods?
thats what im trying to do...learn to live with food.

i didnt know you are a librarian. i cannot tell you how much of my life has been spent in libraries.
every single friday evening or saturday, i was at the library until i was probably 23 or 24.
last week or so, i had a few hours where i couldnt be home and i went to the library after not going for about 8/9 years. i cant tell you how much i have missed it.
first task in virginia well one of the first. ...is find library and get a card.

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SHERYLDS 3/7/2012 3:05PM

    whenever a diet says: not putting any foods off limits
My eyebrow arches....
For a lot of us, some food are trigger foods and set off the binge cycle. Lots of studies have concluded that processed foods and refined sugars enhance even more cravings and create a binge cycle. So read everything with healthy reservations. everyone is different

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/7/2012 12:20PM

    yes. there was a report on a guy who lost about 200 lbs or even more, don't quite know the details, went from a real colossal-sized body to human proportions. had to have skin folds removed operationally. and then.... well, he blew up like a balloon, just awful. seems there is something in the brain to keep the weight on!
i'm going to check this book out. thanks for the tip!

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MOPPIT 3/7/2012 12:17PM

    Sounds interesting. Thanks. I'll have to read it. emoticon

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Vacation's Over

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The cruise last week was a total blast. My husband and I had a wonderful time on the Beatles Tribute Cruise. We met so many wonderful people!

I wore my pedometer every day and got in over 12,000 steps a day! One day I even got over 14,000. We were on the Oasis of the Seas, which is huge, so just walking from one place to another was great exercise. It was so nice to be able to sit in the sun someplace warm instead of hibernating up here in the north. Very relaxing!

The only problem now is having to go back to work! I could really get used to the sun and fun. If only I had the financial means to live a life of leisure. Oh well, maybe someday.

I may have gained a few pounds and I haven't weighed myself to find out. My usual weigh-in is Friday, so I'll see how things are then.

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KIYOSHI04 2/28/2012 1:57PM

    so glad you had a great time. lots of walking!!

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SHERYLDS 2/15/2012 10:18AM

    welcome back
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~Robert J Collier

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FRANNIEDID 2/15/2012 9:13AM

    Wow, a Beatle Tribute cruise, that sounds awesome! If you got to do that all the time you wouldn't appreciate it nearly as much! Okay, maybe not but I am just trying to make going back to work sound better!

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GEMINISUE 2/15/2012 7:45AM

    So happy for you, Cruise, exercise and most important warmth and fresh air

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KANOE10 2/15/2012 6:53AM

    Good for you with all of your steps! It sounds like a wonderful vacation. Good luck returning to work today..It is hard.. emoticon

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CCASKEY37 2/15/2012 6:43AM

    Sounds like a great vacation.

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

We're off today for a 7-day Caribbean Cruise. It's a Beatles Tribute Cruise, so there are lots of activities planned. I hope to have a lot of down time as well. I had to work so much overtime to be able to take some time off. I work at a university so taking time off during the semester is not encouraged, but my husband can never get time off during the summer so we try to take some kind of vacation every other year during the winter.

I checked out the ship's fitness center online so I know where everything is. I know exercise will help me relax and feel better about myself. There is a jogging track around the ship that is .43 miles. I hope to do at least 4-5 laps every day. I just want to forget about work stress for a while!

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CCASKEY37 2/7/2012 7:44AM

    I'm so jealous. I almost bought a transatlantic cruise the other day. (13 days from Puerto Rico to Spain for less than 500 each) Unfortunately after plane tickets and fees and so on, it came to over $6000. Oh well, I bet YOU have fun.

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ARTJAC 2/5/2012 10:17PM

    have a good trip

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PARAMAGIC66 2/4/2012 3:58PM

    Have a fabulous trip. Enjoy a little relaxation.

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GEMINISUE 2/4/2012 10:06AM

    Have fun!

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ELPHYY 2/4/2012 9:48AM

    Sounds like so much fun! Enjoy yourself! Take lots of pics!

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SHERYLDS 2/4/2012 9:45AM

    hope you have a fabulous time...
go crazy with the exercise and stay sane with the food

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Discovering the joy of smoothies

Sunday, January 08, 2012

My local grocery store had a promotion going on where you accumulate points for your purchases and we earned enough points to get an immersion blender. This is the greatest small kitchen appliance ever! My husband is a professional cook so I pretty much stay out of the kitchen whenever possible (which is just about all the time).

That said, I absolutely love to make smoothies with this gadget. It's so easy to use, and even better, clean-up is a breeze -- nowhere near the production of getting out the blender and taking it apart to clean. It even came with a neat measuring cup, so I know exactly how much I'm getting. So far I'm just doing various fruits and vanilla Greek yogurt, but I am slowly expanding my repertoire. Less than 200 calories of pure and extremely filling goodness! This is the kind of fast food I can really get into.

Thanks, Tops!!


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CCASKEY37 1/11/2012 12:14PM

    I hide a scoop or whey protein in my breakfast smoothie. That way I can still get it in there without eating extra meat.

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KIYOSHI04 1/9/2012 12:35PM

    wow, awesome. i had no idea tops did that.
i dont like smoothies--texture, maybe? i like milkshakes, but every single smoothie ive ever had has been thrown away.
im glad you are loving them, though. and even better that it sounds like it was for free!

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    I like smoothies, too. Have you tried kefir, it's like a yogurt, but watery. with different probiotics.

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LANDU5 1/8/2012 8:12PM

  Will you be sharing recipes?

I tried Greek yogurt for the first time today, it was plain with a smidgen (???) of 16 grams of sugary strawberry yumminess. It was delish, but obviously not the best for losing weight.

What brand of yogurt do you recommend?

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    Sounds great!

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SHERYLDS 1/8/2012 7:05PM

    check out

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