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New Research: Eat More Fat

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

www.weather.com/video/experts-eat-mo
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KATELJM 10/29/2014 11:59PM

    Our skin (inside and out) needs that fat to stay flexible. The trick is reserving calories for fat and choosing wisely.

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WALLAHALLA 10/28/2014 5:48PM

    Not to mention we need fat for all those fat-soluble vitamins!

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BUDGETMAW 10/28/2014 9:11AM

  You don't get much more mainstream than the National Institutes of Health - and the Weather Channel! Kind of hard to argue with experts like that. The NIH, that is, not the Weather Channel.

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The cats, my low carb,

Friday, October 24, 2014

For a nonworking person I sure have had a busy week!
Diabetic cat has been the most work this week, starting insulin shots, figuring out how to feed him separately in a way that doesn't stress him, taking him to the vet to check his glucose levels. Taking other cat with UTI in for a recheck today to find there is still blood in her urine, getting a different antibiotic for 10 days and then a recheck. Taking DD's dog in Monday for a check on her glaucoma (very improved) and forgetting to get her yearly shots (had a migraine that day...migraine brain I call it when I forget things or don't think right during a migraine). So took her in today to get those shots. I was at the vet four days this week!! And will be back Monday for another glucose check as Etienne's glucose has not come down a bit! 480 was the number, non fasting...four hours after the insulin shot and his morning meal (special diet). Monday is a fasting test so we'll see. If not better then either increase in dosage or change in insulin.

Morning routine with the pets has gotten more complicated and longer, as has evening. I dread my next trip out of town, as DH will have a hard time managing this and getting off to work in time! Take the dogs out first thing, come back inside, medicate Hallie (thyroid pill and this week antibiotic for UTI), insulin shot for Etienne. Feed Etienne in his special food area (zipped in for an hour so he is by himself yet in the same room), feed the other cats. Go get the dogs if still outside, feed them and put Carolina's heart pill in her food, take them back out if they need it, put eye drops in Audrey's eyes for glaucoma. Wash dog food bowls, rinse out cans of pet food, get my breakfast, then about an hour after first feeding cats, clear up their bowls and let Etienne out of his feeding area and clean it up. And then I clean out the litter boxes.
Repeat in the evening.
This is my life for the next x years!!

Talking to my son, he mentioned that we may have to euthanize Etienne if we can't get his diabetes in control, that cats can be very difficult to regulate. People can be, too, but cats are even more difficult. I knew that and brought it up to my husband. We are giving this our best try but the poor cat is down to 6 and a half pounds as of Monday and has no fat left. It's hard to pick him up he's so bony. He doesn't groom his hair anymore and though I brush it with the Furminator, I've had to cut matted places out of it. And his skin is flaking. If he goes downhill we won't have a lot of options. My son, by the way, is a non practicing veterinarian. He works on The Hill as a Legislative Assistant but is my go to person for advice on my pets, in addition to my vet.

My life:
Low carb is going fabulously. I got light headed for a week or so and then in thinking about realized that is was my blood pressure. Back in August my BP was normal while on low dose BP meds at my last checkup and I lost 5 pounds that month, 5 pounds in Sept. and am still losing. So I stopped the BP meds last Monday and checked my BP daily for a few days. Rechecked it yesterday: 117/75. It has been great! So the lightheadedness was because I no longer needed the BP meds! Now I can't wait to get my labs done in Feb and check my cholesterol!

Another thing. Before low carb I'd be getting energy dips mid afternoon, sometimes mid morning, depending on my breakfast. Now I don't get those, unless I've had a horrible night's sleep. But before it was a daily thing!! Today I have breakfast at 6:30 and due to two trips to the vet, and other errands that kept me busy until I got home and got lunch at 1:30 I had no problems with my energy flagging at all!! It feels great to not have those energy drops that would have me reaching for candy bars or chips so I'd get a burst of energy! Breakfast: eggs, sausage, with peppers and onions. Lunch: grilled tilapia with grilled zucchini and a salad with ranch dressing. Yum!! Not sure about supper yet, plenty of leftovers in fridge, depending on hunger level (broccoli, sloppy joes, roasted chicken, boiled eggs, lettuce), or an Atkins shake if I'm not very hungry.

I missed exercising yesterday...was planning on an evening yoga session at home, my favorite time to do yoga, but we had to sort out paperwork that needed to be notarized and fed exed today to our relocation company for next month's house closing (this means we don't have to attend the closing). So if all goes as it should, in a month the house will be sold.

  
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WALLAHALLA 10/25/2014 9:35PM

    I hope you are getting enough rest with being so busy and so many stressors.

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WOUBBIE 10/25/2014 1:46PM

    Oh, poor little kitty! I hope he starts responding to the food and meds soon.

Couldn't agree more about the health benefits! I've never been on BP meds but it is very common for people to have to cut them or drop them shortly after starting low carb.

When you google "causes of high blood pressure" you get things like this, from the Mayo Clinic:

"For most adults, there's no identifiable cause of high blood pressure. This type of high blood pressure, called essential hypertension or primary hypertension, tends to develop gradually over many years."

And yet, as soon as you drop most of the carbs, your blood pressure begins to normalize...... I'm just sayin'...

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LYNNIERN 10/25/2014 7:58AM

    Oh my gosh, you have so much going on and your poor cat, must feel just miserable with that 480 blood sugar.

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Monday

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Aqua Exercise:
The temps outside were low 60s when I left the house, which felt a bit chilly to me. The pool was heated but the air above was not, even though it's an inside pool. I felt chilled every time the upper part of my body was out of the water!! The temperatures here seem to stay cooler longer before heating up during the day, in comparison to Baton Rouge. And I'm not sure I will be able to keep doing the pool as the weather cools down, as I'm going to be adapting to a bit colder climate here! The other exercisers say that when the heat is on the air above the pool feels good but the water can feel cold. Sigh. Don't think I'm brave enough!!

DD: She cooked burgers (seasoned beautifully) on Sunday so I had one for lunch. Then she cooked tacos for dinner and I had mine as meat in a salad, since I'm doing low carb. It was great! She's working on planning a road trip for this weekend, waiting to hear from her aunt in Indiana to see if the schedule will work with her.

I'm down another pound today, in addition to the half pound I lost this weekend. So low carb is going well for me!! That makes 27 pounds lost. Working towards my 30 pounds lost badge!

  
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FLORIDASUN 10/24/2014 3:53PM

    Sounds like your low carb is working...hurray! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 10/7/2014 3:20PM

    You're really melting away! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 10/7/2014 3:04PM

    Congratulations! You're doing great!

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ONTHEPATH2 10/7/2014 2:36PM

    How awesome!!! congrats on the weightloss! I hear you on adapting to the cooler climates. I haven't been in the pool since it cooled down, mainly because I can still exercise outdoors. I've been walking outdoors and doing my strength training at home. Be Brave, give it a shot! If it is too cold you will have to get creative and find something new to replace it!
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MJRVIC2000 10/7/2014 9:13AM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Adjusting to DD living at home

Monday, October 06, 2014

DD returned home after two years overseas in the Peace Corps. She arrived home at the very first of September and spent a couple of days here then left for a "tour" of the southeast/midwest, visiting friends and family. After a month of travel she is back home. She is also job hunting and while on her travels spent time in DC networking, attending a job fair, etc as she has noncompetive status for a year for federal jobs. So we hope that she gets a job!!! In the meantime she is with us, in a small town that we moved to in April, where she has no friends. And for a 26 year old that can be boring! And she has no income for now (Peace Corps pays a stipend when they finish but she is being very careful about spending) so the good news is by being with us she is not going out with her friends and spending a lot of money. The bad news is she is stuck here with us. And from experience....two adult females in the same house day after day can become a problem. So my routine has gone awry and I am working on adjusting and giving her space and she is doing the same. We have both learned over the years to respect each other's privacy and that we both need time away from each other!

My problem, a big one, is that my mother and I have a difficult relationship, due to my mother's mental health issues which she refuses to seek help and address. After years of dealing with her, luckily from a distance of 700 miles, I've come to terms with the fact that I will never have a relationship with my mother that many daughters have with theirs. My sister and I have discussed it many times and are each other's support, our brother hasn't come to terms with it. Such is life. Regardless...whenever my daughter and I get into a spat I see parts of my mother in me!! And I know it's not true. I give my daughter her privacy! I respect her choices and her decisions! I encourage her! I don't criticize her! I don't try to manipulate her! In essence I am the total opposite of my mother! But it still is always there: the fear that I will become my mother. Yet I don't have the mental illness my mom has.

So....I am working this month on adjusting my schedule to adapt to having my daughter, a grown young woman, in the house. Since I don't work and am here a lot that makes it more difficult. But we can do this. I watch what I say at times. It's not worth saying something I might regret later (shades of my mom!), something that really isn't necessary that may appear to be nagging. Or the timing of when to say something..with her it's better to talk about things later in the day as she is so NOT a morning person!

So we can do this! And she is a great daughter and we are so proud of her accomplishments and that we can support her during this transition time in her life! I just wish DH wasn't out of town this week and then again next week, as he provides a nice balance the two of us needs, as she and I are, in some ways, a bit too much alike!!

So life stresses: waiting to sell our house in BR. Waiting for DD to get a job. The ongoing stress of my mother.




  
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DIANNEMT 10/24/2014 5:43PM

    Blessings to you--enjoy this time with her--even though it is hard!! You will miss this time in the not-to-distant future.

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WOUBBIE 10/7/2014 11:48AM

    None of us is perfect at parenthood, but at the very least we get points for trying our hardest. My younger son has some problem issues and I came close to blowing up at him last night. I apologized this morning; I don't kid myself that that made it all better, but at least he knows that I just let my inner child get the best of me last night.

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LENIASTY 10/7/2014 9:55AM

    Dear Marcia, It sounds to me like your are being a wonderful Mum, very sensitive to your daughter's needs. I am sure she recognizes this, if not now she will do in time. My DH always says that one never stops being a parent, even when your children are grown up and settled you always have the need to support and protect them....

As for your Mum, if it's any consolation there are many with similar issues : my Mum, for instance is great, except that you can never tell if what she is saying is true, as she has this need to lie about most things, sometimes creating very difficult situations. Like the time when I was in my teens and during one of the school holidays I had to have my appendix taken out and was in a clinic for about a week - she told everyone who asked where I was that I had won a trip to France in a competition, so when i returned home people were asking me how did I like France....

When I visited my parents in July (they live in Cyprus, I live in Australia) I discovered that many things that I grew up believing to be true were actually some of her lies, my sister, who also lives in Cyprus and looks after my parents has to verify everything my Mum tells her.

I am sure you will find the strength to hang in there until things are resolved!

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MADAMES 10/6/2014 9:29PM

    Difficult situations, but you are thoughtful and will work through this! I can relate to family conflict, especially as I take over more of the responsibility for my parents!

Hugs and prayers,
Evelyn



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WALLAHALLA 10/6/2014 1:10PM

    At least your are aware of and dealing with the situation instead of being in denial about it. Will pray your daughter finds a job soon!

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KATELJM 10/6/2014 12:30PM

    You're braver than I was. My mom and I argued so much that I was afraid to have children and repeat the cycle. I don't know what happened, but suddenly (after I was 40) she changed her behavior toward me; I imagine she shared something with one of her friends and the friend said, "No, you didn't really say THAT!"

It never hurts to practice active listening skills. As for house rules, well, it is your house. Right now, your daughter's job is looking for a job, and it really is a full-time job. You probably don't want her to become too comfortable at home that she doesn't have an incentive to move out. Your daughter will do fine, she doesn't seem like a slacker.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 10/6/2014 9:17AM

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way!

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GOLFGMA 10/6/2014 9:16AM

    You are doing the right thing. As mothers we would like to give advice, however, you have realized the importance of letting your daughter make her own decisions. Even if their decisions are wrong they learn and we learn to keep back any "I told you so's". Happy job hunting for your daughter and calming the fears for you! emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 10/6/2014 9:13AM

    God Bless!

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End of September 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sept. 1st I weighed 171.5
Sept. 30 I weigh 166.5

Total loss: 5 pounds (10 pounds lost since Aug 1st)

What have I done differently? Low carb.

Low carb is basically more protein, veggies, a fat. No simple carbs. Right now my carb intake is below 30. And I'm not hungry. I cook. I keep a couple of Atkins meals (breakfast ones) on hand for emergencies) and I do use his shakes for one meal a day, since I'm not usually hungry. So if I do a shake for breakfast I'm ready for a lunch I will cook and then finish the day with a good salad with protein (last night it was a sausage). Today I cooked scrambled eggs (with spinach, onions, peppers, & feta) and bacon. Lunch will be the Atkins shake before I head off to book club. Dinner will be...hmmmm, maybe a salad with a boiled egg. Or I may cook that broccoli and have that with the sausage. Haven't decided yet. I also have a big cauliflower in the fridge and a recipe waiting to try it out with.

Exercise: Going well. Still doing aqua exercise. I may cut back this winter as I don't relish getting out in cold weather... Right now my arthritis is good and I have a lot of work out options at home, too. Yoga, dvds, walking outside when the weather is nice. All can be done on my schedule.

So the last month (and Aug.) have been very successful. I am fitting into the next lower size of pants and shirts again. I did this last summer before the move and all that stressed derailed my lowcarb eating and the pounds came back.

So I'm liking wearing the size L clothes as opposed to the XL clothes! I'm liking not being hungry between meals. I'm liking not having that energy drop between meals that I always used to get when I ate simple carbs. You know, the mid-morning and mid-afternoon slump where you grab for some kind of snack to get the blood sugar up! It feels so much better to get through the day and realize that, oh yea, it's time to have dinner, instead of...I'm dying here...get me some food!!!

I'm liking feeling stronger. My core strength is building up. After my rough spell in the spring with the bad arthritis flare and my back going out, I'm back on track and stronger than before. PT helped a lot, too. Now to just keep it all in place and keep moving forward. Knowing my limits and pushing forward at the same time, a crucial key to working out with arthritis so I don't end up paying for it the next few days!!

Looking forward to October.




  
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SHERRYSHELL2 10/4/2014 11:01PM

    emoticon You Rock!!!

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SARAHL817 9/30/2014 4:18PM

    Looks like you had a great month! It's great that you can see that you're progressing.
Here's to a great October!

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WALLAHALLA 9/29/2014 2:45PM

    Great reflection. Keep up the good work!

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MADAMES 9/29/2014 2:44PM

    Great progress!

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TIFFA409 9/29/2014 11:58AM

    Amazing work! Way to get back on track and not give up! I am working on getting back on track too. It is inspiring to see others succeed!

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EVIE4NOW 9/29/2014 9:54AM

  Good job! You CAN do it!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 9/29/2014 9:50AM

    A great month in the books.

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