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Heavens Above!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Heavens above, yesterday was quite a day! One of those days that makes you look forward to a long, hot, soak in the tub and a glass of wine in the evening.

I had been waiting on a local handyman to come and do a few things in the yard. He was here a week ago and did some planting. I had other little jobs that were not urgent so between last week and today, he was working for other people on their urgent projects. I had a meeting scheduled for 10 to noon yesterday and first the guy who mows for me showed up at 8:15 and the handyman at 8:45. I got both settled with instructions and left for my meeting. The meeting ran long and I got home just in time to answer questions of the handyman about where to plant new shrubs and greet the housekeeper and get her started.

The afternoon brought itís own multitude of problems. The last job for the handyman was to replace a battery in one of the smoke detectors. Needless to say that the smoke detector didnít want to cooperate and continued to ďbeepĒ. So I had to call the electrician. In the meantime, we had a power outage and while my automatic generator came on, it didnít run very long. Ten minutes into the outage, my smoke detector corrected itself and quit ďbeepingĒ and a few minutes later the generator quit without the power coming back on. By now, I am glad that I had called the electrician. My husband decided to escape the turmoil and go for the mail. As he drove out of the drive, he found the power outage problem. It was a tree down on the lines. I called the electric company and they sent a crew out to remove the tree which in turn restored the power. The electrician never showed up so this morning I have to call him and cancel and call the company that services the generator.

Just one of those days. All small stuff, but a day crammed full of the small stuff.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/26/2012 10:54PM

    Sounds like you have a poltergeist. LOL.

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WILD4STARS 5/25/2012 10:17AM

    Sometimes it's the small stuff that makes us weary!

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Yummy!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Breakfast this morning was a bowl of mixed fruit with chia seeds. It had cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit and chia. Then one tablespoon of almond butter.

Lunch was this.

A vegan panini of red roasted pepper, mushrooms, spinach and Daiya cheese. Yummy!

  
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DS9KIE 5/13/2012 9:20AM

    yummy

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/7/2012 7:26PM

    I will be over for breakfast and lunch. LOL.

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BURRITAELITA 5/2/2012 7:54PM

    Yum! I don't buy Daiya cheese, but if you served it to me, I'd eat it! (I try to avoid the fat it carries.)

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LOSER05 5/2/2012 3:54PM

    looks delish

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LEYETTE 5/2/2012 3:49PM

    Looks delicious!!!

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JUDITH316 5/2/2012 3:33PM

    Your breakfast and lunch is my kind of food, I eat exactly like you do and enjoy a great variety of fruits, fresh veggies and lean meats, fish and chicken..My lunch was a mini vegetarian pizza...Your photo of your pizza had me drooling...Yummy.. Keep up the great work, you are doing great emoticon emoticon

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Physical Therapy

Friday, March 09, 2012

I went for the first physical therapy appointment for the pain in my back today and must say that I am pain free for the first time in many months. I know it wonít last, but for now it feels good. They did traction, ultrasound deep heat therapy, massage, and tens unit and heat combined plus exercises. They sent me home with exercises to do twice a day and will evaluate how I am on Monday. For right now, I am happy and feeling good.

I have a board meeting tomorrow from 8:30 to 12 noon and not sure what the afternoon holds.


  
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NEWNAC304 3/13/2012 2:12PM

    I'm glad it helped.

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GNABNSHAPE 3/12/2012 6:49AM

    I'm so glad the therapy is working for you. I hope it takes your pain away for good.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/11/2012 10:13PM

    It sounds like a great physical therapy session. I'm so glad that you got some relief. I know how bad back pain can be.

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55WALKER 3/10/2012 5:27AM

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Pain free, even temporarily, must feel delectable! And just knowing it can happen once and will happen again- happy for you!

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Results After One Year

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I have been hesitating to post this blog because I don't want to frighten or discourage anyone thinking about going vegan. But here's what happened.


2/29/12
I had my annual physical yesterday which went well. The strange thing was that I have been eating a vegan diet for almost a full year in order to lose weight which I did. I have blood work every six months because of thyroid and six months ago, my blood work showed that my cholesterol had jumped UP dramatically. My Triglycerides jumped up 159 points and my HDL (good cholesterol) dropped 27 points. And yesterday after almost a year, they were essentially the same. Not what I expected. It makes no sense to me, but my numbers were better eating meat and dairy. However, my diet was always very healthy and clean. So my doctor has challenged me to go back and add in fish and to consistently exercise 5, preferably 6 days a week for at least 25 to 30 minutes minimum to see if exercise will lower the numbers. My numbers were not high enough for her to want to put me on any medicine before the vegan diet, but were creeping up. So I have decided to eat what I want whether it is vegan or contains non vegan foods and see what happens this next six months. Crazy, huh?

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/9/2012 1:37PM

    I had similar results when I was a vegetarian in high school. I ended up with severe vitamin deficiencies and had to take vitamin k shots for YEARS. It works for some people but not for me.

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F.SILVI 3/8/2012 12:41PM

    E - you have to find what works for you. every body is different and will respond to the same thing in different ways. Hang in there. You have made a lot of progress this year in listening to your body.

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SO-BE-IT 3/7/2012 12:17PM

    No it's not crazy. Everyone's body works differently and not everyone will benefit from a vegan diet.

My LDL is high as is my weight. I did weight watchers, loved it, lost weight and my LDL went up 40 pts and my HDL went down..can't remember the amount.
Left weight watchers and did the Rice Diet. My LDL has went down 60 pts.and with the help of krill oil both LDL and HDL continue to improve.
I just started juice fasting to fasciliate my health but I already know that when it comes to food again I will be eatinf Rice Diet...which btw is far more than eating rice.

Look forward to hearing what you discover about your body.
It's just part of the journey... emoticon

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Challenge: Transforming vs Evolving

Monday, January 30, 2012

I had to look up transforming in the dictionary because somehow, it just didnít sound right. Webster tells me that transforming means to thoroughly or dramatically change in form, appearance, or character. Thatís not me. Boy, is that NOT me. In March of 2011, I became fed up with carrying around extra weight which was certainly aggravating my degenerative disk disease and arthritis. I had previously tried several diets none of which worked. First, hereís some background. In 2008, 09, and 10, I had issues with allergies including mysterious skin allergies. I went through many anti-inflammatory drugs, biopsies, internists, allergists, and dermatologists. I was on Prednisone off and on for years. The doctors all told me that I was having an allergic reaction to something, but they didnít know what despite various tests and none of the drugs they tried worked. Finally, one doctor discovered that I was very low on Vit. D and began me on a prescription dose. It took a couple of months, but it worked. My skin cleared up. A few months later, my internist, discovered that I was Hyperthyroid. Strange that after years, those two items showed up from blood tests that had been run by many doctors over many years and never showed up before.

All this seems to have nothing to do with my weight loss. But I believe it does. By March of 2011, I was relieved that I had solved one health problem, but was still over weight and suffering from back problems. My pain caused me to move less so I saw my weight creeping up even more. One night, I pulled out Dr. Joel Fuhrmanís book, Eat To Live and began to read it again. My husband encouraged me to give it a try but he reminded me that I needed to forget the word try, and just do it. Changing my way of eating meant that I was cooking for me and he was cooking for himself. He doesnít mind that because he is an excellent cook and enjoys it. He also doesnít mind eating a meatless meal from time to time.

Eat To Live is a low fat vegan plan. I had already given up soy because of the thyroid issue and so then I gave up meat, dairy, and oil. To my surprise, I started losing the weight. This was great! I liked to lose weight and had always loved vegetables so it was win-win. I am now within five pounds of a perfect weight for my height and bone size and have come to a stall. I wouldnít be unhappy at my current weight, except that I still have soft, fluffy, floppy areas.

Okay, allergy problem solved. Weight, mostly solved, but now I need to add in muscle, strength, and endurance. Will this quest never end? Seems not. I need to develop a consistent exercise program that will build muscle and strengthen core muscles.

I have decided that the word that must represent my journey is not transforming, but EVOLVING. Another word for never ending, starting over!

  
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FTLSWEETIE 2/2/2012 8:29PM

    Earnie ~ I'm so sorry that I didn't get to your blog until today! You have come a long way baby:-) Kudos to you for sticking to your plan. I am also in the same boat of having those floppy, flabby areas that still need to be firmed up, but I made a goal and I'm sticking to it. I know you will reach your goal and get all toned up because you are determined!

Big Hugs,
Paula

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/30/2012 9:14PM

    You really have done amazing to transform yourself. You hard work has paid off.

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1TRULYBLESSED 1/30/2012 5:01PM

    I am convinced that a lot of our country's health issues are food-related. So glad you discovered what some of your "triggers" are and have been able to develop a diet that's working for you! I believe your evolution will ultimately end in a remarkable transformation!
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LOVELYLILLADY 1/30/2012 1:11PM

    I have been sick on and off my whole life. So I completely understand. How wonderful your medical issues were solved. It always takes that one doctor who knows something the others don't. Weirdly enough it was my gyny that figured out I was hypothyroid not my gp. Your blog makes me feel hopeful about my future. I am following the Your are What You Eat lifestyle by Gillian Mckeith, which sounds very similar to Eat to Live.

Good for you! (Also, I think adding strength training and consistent exercise will help with the last few pounds!)

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ESCHIWAL 1/30/2012 12:03PM

    What a great blog, how wonderful to find what works for you~

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SUSANSCHLOSSBER 1/30/2012 9:35AM

  It is a never-ending quest. You're doing great so don't give up on yourself. The worst is behind you. Toning up can be fun actually. You'll like how you look and actually see results. Good luck!

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