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Getting that sunshine

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

I had to brilliant idea to walk my dogs as I got my cardio and vitamin D in for today before leaving for work. Although they enjoyed sniffing in new areas, I discovered that Hezakiah's leash finally gave out after having it for eight years and Habakkuk discovered what tree sap smells and taste like, hence I had to clean off her little mouth from all that sticky stuff. But I am making my effort to do outdoor walking and get as much sunshine as I can emoticon

Some wonderful fellow Sparkers gave me some great ideas and tips on lowering my cholesterol. My new book to my nutrition library will be delivered tomorrow, "Eat This, Not That". I am determined when I meet with my primary care doctor next week to be armed with knowledge and I boldly declare war on my obesity. I am giving my Dad my menu preferences for Thanksgiving, plan on loading up on veggies and some low sugar fruits for desert

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KNH771 11/9/2010 4:07PM

    You know, black women sometimes have lower Vitamin D just because of all the melanin in the skin blocking absorption. You might talk to your PCP about doing a vitamin D infusion. It sounds painful, but it's cheap and painless. The doc prescribes a megadose of vitamin D - usually one small pill a week for four weeks. Sometimes that's all you need to get your levels up. Then it's easier to maintain the levels.

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INSPIRE12 11/9/2010 3:55PM

    kelly i love that book.althought I am still struggling with eating I am doing better.Keep up thegreat work.

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FERGSGIRL2 11/9/2010 2:36PM

    I am so proud of you Kelly, and you are always encouraging to me!! thank you for sharing! YOU really can get that cholesterol under control and I truly believe that Omega 3 capsules help! My last blood work was a sign of that! Keep up the good work; you are well on your way!

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CBARRETT10 11/9/2010 1:40PM

  Well done! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRIGFROST 11/9/2010 1:23PM

    emoticon emoticon Looking Good Lady...

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PLAYBLUES22 11/9/2010 1:21PM

    Sweetie, sounds like you have everything under control emoticon

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Needing more sunshine

Monday, November 08, 2010

Got a wake up call from my primary care physician this morning. Nobody likes it when the doctor comes calling, but I was expecting some feedback from my annual exams I had last week. Sure enough my cholesterol is up and I am lacking again in Vitamin D. I need more sunshine emoticon The cholesterol part bothers me, because I have always had high numbers, so once again it points to my diet. I think eating a high protein diet as I have been on the past eight weeks plays a heavy role. I blew the dust off my books, Eat to Live and Hallelujah Acres off and I am in the process of reviewing them. I faked myself out by saying going on a totally plant based diet is not for me, that it is too hard. Well the proof is in my lab result numbers and I again need to make another change. The protein shakes work well for me due to nature of my job, they taste good, easy to transport and get into my system for my quick late night lunch hour. Now I have to tighten up what I eat for my meals. I slacked off this week, now it is time for me to get my rear in gear again, so to speak emoticon

I will meet with my doctor next week to go over the results, but in the meantime I am doing some serious menu revisions until I sit down and talk with nutritionist later this week. Bring on the broccoli emoticonthe spinach emoticonsome low sugar fruits (something I have been missing since September) emoticonand the healthy grains.

I picked up some more workout pants to layer up so I can go walking outside in my neighborhood. It is free, it is a bit hilly so I can really give my glutes and quads some attention. emoticonIt is also a way to get that much needed vitamin D emoticon

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CURVYCC 11/10/2010 6:12AM

    Back to basics for us Kelly. We must eat those veggies and beans that we grew up on. Momma knew what was best for us. We just have to cook them the healthy way (no hamhocks, neckbones, and saltpork; use turkey, veggie or chicken stock with reduced sodium content). We can do this!

Play outside while the sun is up! Take a walk and explore the neighborhood as the colors and the seasons change. We know what to do, we just have to do it!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 11/9/2010 12:02PM

    oh so excited for you!...i can't do anything 100% this or that, but moderation has worked sooooo well for me....

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BEVPRESLEY 11/8/2010 11:19PM

    Sounds like a walk in the sunshine is just what you need. emoticon

I love "Eat This, Not That", it has some great suggestions.

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KNH771 11/8/2010 12:41PM

    It is possible to have a high protein diet without having a high cholesterol diet. You can try increasing lean proteins such as legumes. Watching macronutrients is just as important as watching calories. (And some cholesterol stuff is genetic - doesn't matter what you eat). Hopefully you'll figure out some balance. Good luck!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 11/8/2010 11:53AM

    You don't have to go completely plant based. I brought my cholesterol and triglycerides under control with simple balanced portion control. Heavy on the veggies and a salad besides; no white bread (you have to make those carbs count) and the book that helped me the most was "Eat This Not That". But I don't remember who wrote it.

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Theatre Sunday

Sunday, November 07, 2010

What a lovely way to cap off a cultural weekend by taking in another play in Kansas City theatre district. This evening's event took place at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, just a block away from Saturday night's play. The play was called "Harriet Jacobs" and it is a memoir of a North Carolina slave girl. It was well written and well performed by some talented actors. I like this theatre better, it was smaller, free parking, you were allowed to take beverages into the auditorium and had better leg room. The bonus part of the evening was we were able to move up close since it wasn't sold out.

emoticonI really enjoyed getting out and seeing some of Kansas City culture. It is close to my one year anniversary here and I have gone full circle, experiencing all the season, the highs and the lows. I hope to get out more and see what life has to offer and i shake my head at what I have been missing. Plays come and go in Detroit constantly, but I never really took advantage of what my hometown has to offer. This is all about the "Evolution of Kelly", my weight loss journey, my job, my social life. After a year without my Mom here on earth, I am fortunate to still have a job to support me, a car in the driveway, a roof over my head, food in the pantry and I am still standing. Sad sometimes, but I am still standing.

Thank you God for allowing me a little pleasure in being able to take myself out to a play emoticonI give You all the glory, all the honor and all the praise! emoticon

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 11/9/2010 12:01PM

    yes, i am so happy you are going out and doing things that make you happy!...i need to do more of that myself...i miss seeing plays...

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CAROL3SAN 11/7/2010 11:41PM

    Its nice to get out from time to time. Have a great upcoming week. emoticon

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YEDWARDS1 11/7/2010 11:32PM

  Hi, I really enjoy your comment.

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

After another great meet-up with the KC Fit bottomed Girls, I am now getting ready for the theatre tonight to see "Cats" emoticon emoticon This will be my second Broadway play that I have seen and it is appearing here at the Kansas City Music Hall. It is kind of chilly here so I will dress accordingly. I started to undo my hair, but I am not quite done, so I will pull it back in a bun and finish up tonight when I get back. I plan on wearing my hair down for about a week until I see Cathy again to get it rebraided. emoticon

I call this my cultural weekend. I am looking forward to getting out and seeing something different, stepping out of my normal Saturday routine. It is my hope to do things culturally on a more regular basis, getting out and seeing life's best has to offer. I know I wouldn't have thought of going to a play tonight on my own and I am glad my friend thought enough of me to ask me to attend with her and some other friends emoticon

So here is the musical "Cats", a long time Broadway play viewed by thousands of fans all over the world. emoticon

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CRYSTALANGEL28 11/7/2010 6:26AM

    Hope you enjoyed the show. i saw Cats in London 3 times & loved it.
Hope you have a relaxing day.

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SARAHFAILLA 11/7/2010 1:01AM

    I have never seen it but would love to! I hope u have a great time!

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DARKWILLOW 11/6/2010 10:36PM

    I hope you had a wonderful time. I saw Cats a few times years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Fierce Friday

Friday, November 05, 2010

End to another productive work week. Have to head into work a bit earlier, seems like my check was shorted eight hours and I will need to get my supervisor to correct it. I do not work for free! I was still able to pay my weekly bills and then some. This will be my cultural week for me, I am seeing the Broadway musical Cats that is appearing here at the KC Music Hall and a going to see another play Sunday evening "Harriet Jacobs", a play about a slave from 1851 memoir. I do not go to plays that often and I am looking forward to have a great cultural experience, giving me something different to do emoticon

I stocked up my pantry with more carb free items, rice drink for my protein shakes and some fresh produce. I pulled out my book from Rev Malkmus and Hallelujah Acres to refresh my efforts in moving to a more plant based diet. I am thinking with all this high protein and dealing with red meats in my body may be contributing to the flare up in my knee joints. I want to be pain free to move better and really begin running 5k races.

So here is to a fantastic fall weekend in KC. The weather is shifting and I guess it is time for me to pull out my heavier jacket, I felt that wind blow me away last night walking to my car! emoticon

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 11/9/2010 12:00PM

    i have heard over and over again that eating meat can cause inflammation in the body...thanks for reminding me...i am also trying to go more towards a plant based diet as well...

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DIVA14K 11/5/2010 2:27PM

    Sounds like you'll be having a great weekend. Enjoy!

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