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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thank you everyone for your concerns about my headaches. I have a history of migraines, usually only when I'm pregnant (nope, not pregnant now). These headaches lately have been different, not full blown migraines, no aura. I keep a log of my medications and symptoms. Now, on SparkPeople, I also keep a log of my exercise and food.

I have adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. There's a chance one of the medications I'm taking for the adrenal fatigue may be adding to my headaches. I also have insomnia, and some of my headaches are brought on by fatigue. Because of my migraine history, I also think hormones play a part, especially with the timing of my headaches. I'm pretty sure my eating habits are fine. I've recently increased my carbs a bit, and I've eaten like this a long time without so many headaches. I carefully pay attention to my body and eat frequently to keep my blood sugars up. I've pretty much narrowed it down to one of my meds, florinef. I'll have to talk to my doctor's office to see about weaning off.

Thank you again for all the well wishes and prayers. My Spark Friends make getting through rough times a lot easier.

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TLROYER 4/15/2010 9:22AM

    Take care! Hope you can figure out what's causing the headaches. Terry

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LOSETONEED 4/14/2010 9:09PM

    Headaches are no fun, especially migraines. My mom had them and she would suffer so much. Hope you get to feeling better. Take Care--Terrie

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/14/2010 4:51PM

    Keep us updated on what you find out. I know what migraines are like. Hope the rest of your day goes better.

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/14/2010 4:41PM

  Good Luck - talking to your doctor is the best path, especially if you think it's one of your meds (which is a pretty good working theory)

Hope you feel better soon!

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The Difference Between My Plan & My Husband's

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My kids reminded me of some funny differences between my wellness plan and my husband's. They wanted me to blog about it, so here I go.

Brian: "Visualizing exercise" Me: Actually exercising
Brian: Donuts to carb up before biking Me: I do the low carb eating

Well, these are the only two "funny" ones. It really isn't too funny at times. He is trying to change, and I remind him to take baby steps. Here are some other differences:

Brian: Doesn't sleep well, naps a lot
Me: I don't sleep well, sometimes. I usually don't nap, but still have the energy to get through the day, including exercise.

Brian: Feels sick ALL the time.
Me: I have good days and bad, but again, I have the energy to get through most days, including exercise.

Brian: Feels weak and gets winded quickly.
Me: I haven't been able to do a bike ride yet that actually challenged me physically. My workouts usually include 30-35 min of cardio, weights and stretching.

Brian: Loads up on caffeine and junk to get him through the day. He is improving a little. I did talk him into an apple on a couple of occasions, but his usual is junk and caffeine still.
Me: I've been sticking to my low carb eating pretty well. Even when we went on a date, the one beer just put me 1 carb over for the day. My cravings are way down, which is why is wasn't so bad avoiding pizza and dessert all weekend. I also haven't had much coffee this year, which is saying a lot for a pharmacist. I changed to green tea in 2010.

Brian: Struggling to find clothes in his closet that fit. He has no idea what his weight is. He thinks 265, I'm guessing at least 275.
Me: I'm down 10 lbs and fitting into clothes that stopped fitting a few months ago.

I love Brian dearly, and I keep reminding him that I want him around a long, long time. So, he is starting to try. I'm making his lunches now, but I do see in the checkbook when he goes through the drive thru. He swims a little every night. I hope to get him out on little walks too, or even bike in the evenings to build up his endurance, slowly. He also helps me a lot when I feel weak. He tells me "no" when I need him too. He used to talk me into the bad eating.

I joke with him that we'll see at the end of 2010 whose plan worked better, "visualization" or "actualization". I have a feeling I'm a good bet for coming out on top!

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FREELADY 4/18/2010 7:41AM

    You have a beautiful page and a delightful family. Love your creative, expressive writing!

One thought . . . have you considered whether your husband might have sleep apnea? The sleeping poorly/napping constantly/low energy cluster is often due to this issue. I have SEVERAL good friends who found tremendous relief after being tested and now using a breathing mask while asleep. This can be very important for good health & safety also.

Thanks for a very enjoyable blog!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 4/14/2010 10:29PM

    At the beginning of starting my journey, my husband was frustrating me immensely. Now he realizes what I'm doing is helping me and it has inspired him to exercise with me and try to start eating better. It took time but he's a huge help to me now. Just keep setting a good example and encouraging him like you're doing. emoticon

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ASMPP1 4/14/2010 10:48AM

    emoticon Keep on going! He will come around eventually. Mine now eats whole grain pasta and rice, veggies, and some fruit. He gets sick on fast food or doesn't feel well after eating out. We do that a lot less, because of him and our budget.

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THEQUEENBEE333 4/13/2010 5:05PM

    He will only change when he decides its what HE wants (my husband is the same way- thinks carrying a few loads of laundry upstairs is cardio), but it sounds like he is making some managable changes for him now, and thats a start. Good job for encouraging him. Have a great week.

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TLROYER 4/13/2010 4:11PM

    That's too funny that your kids wanted you to blog about it :) Just keep doing what you are doing and stay consistent. He'll come around. Take care. Terry

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SHELLKAYE 4/13/2010 2:45PM

    Men are thick headed and it may take some time for him to come around. My problem with my hubby is that I use portion control and move more, but he can make just one teeny tiny tweek and he looses more weight than me. It just burns my butt somedays when I work so hard at this and the pay off seems so slow. Keep up the good work. Your husband won't change until he is ready. If I remember, I think a while back you blogged that it was hard to get him to exercise with you. Well, you have made progess, he is swimming and thinking about wanting to be healthier. Hopefully with the warmer weather it will help him feel better and come around. I wish the best of luck to you on this and I wish that I knew a way to help you get him to come around. Take care and remember that you are doing great.

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/13/2010 1:26PM

    He'll come around. Just the fact that he's "thinking" about it is a good sign. He just needs a little bit more motivation. Have a great day!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/13/2010 12:58PM

  Keep it up and keep chipping away at him....your progress will help him to come around!

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29ANDHOLDINGON 4/13/2010 11:43AM

    Wow - you just described me and my husband. I have to say that my husband is inconsistent, but is at least lifting weights now and I can get a piece of fruit down him every once in a while - I add extra vegetables into what ever dish I am making in hopes that he can get some nutrients in him. He is a coffee and nap junkie. I drink the green tea. The only time he gets spam or something of that nature is when he cooks it on his own now. He gets sick every time he eats fastfood - you think that would teach him. He is making baby steps and I mean baby steps, but I guess it is better than nothing! Isn't the saying "behind every successful man is an intelligent woman" hmmm - what would they do without us? :) emoticon

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MZLADY77 4/13/2010 11:41AM

    Good! Keep up what you're doing and your husband may follow you one day! Don't be surprise! emoticon

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MYCUTEGIZMO 4/13/2010 11:36AM

  LOL your really funny..

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Bicycling Weekend

Monday, April 12, 2010

We finally got all the bikes repaired and in working order on Friday. Loaded them up in our trailer and headed out Saturday. We first went to Harlan for Stevie's (8y/o) soccer game. The weather was kind of weird all day. It was warm when we loaded up the trailer in the morning. Then it was very cold and windy at the soccer game. It kept going back and forth all day. Stevie's team won, 2-0. Woo Hoo!!

After the game we had a nice lunch at Pizza Ranch there in Harlan. The kids loved the buffet. I did so well!! I stuck to salad with chicken on top. Not one bite of pizza, not even the dessert pizza! We figured we were already part of the way to Des Moines, so we headed that direction. We've always wanted to check out the Saylorville lake area. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, Brian wasn't feeling so well. We ended up at Big Creek Lake. The kids loved the giant playground. Brian sat there with the twins, while I took the older four kids on the bike trail. I really like that trail. We could have stayed longer, but none of the restrooms were open, at any of the parks on Saylorville lake. We found one port-a-potty at Big Creek Lake, that was it. Because of this, that bike ride was a little disappointing. I wanted to go on longer, but Brian wasn't feeling well. We ended up eating at Culvers on our way out of Des Moines. Again, I had a salad with chicken (strawberries, pecans, and blue cheese too, yum). I didn't even touch the kids' ice cream. I asked Brian if I could. He was strong and told me "no." I thanked him for that. He helps me keep on track.

Yesterday afternoon I talked Brian into another bike ride. This time, it was just him and me. We rode our bikes over the pedestrian bridge in Omaha. Some of my pictures on my profile were taken there last year. We then rode on the Nebraska side, went to the Con Agra park, and then back over the bridge. It was a good ride. I did have my first accident going on a grassy area between two sidewalks. I didn't angle my wheel right going onto the second sidewalk. I caught myself pretty well, protected my knees. I skinned up my shin and right elbow. Not too bad. When we loaded up the bikes, we decided to continue the date and ate out at the sports bar at Ameristar casino. We ate fajitas without the tortillas. That was so yummy, and good on my carb range, which hopefully made up for the beer I drank, not a low carb one. It's fun to be an adult sometimes. We get the opportunity more often now that we have a teenager to babysit for us.

So, overall, it was a good weekend. I ate well despite eating out and I got two bike rides in.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 4/12/2010 9:55PM

    Sounds like a great time! I need to learn to resist pizza - I don't have much willpower when it comes to that. Great job on your exercising and eating.

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TLROYER 4/12/2010 8:22PM

    Great job on your eating! Glad you and hubby got to do some bike riding together. That sounds fun. Terry

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THEQUEENBEE333 4/12/2010 3:22PM

    Sounds like an awesome time! I need to get a bike. havent been on one since I was a kid and my kids have one. I think that is a goal for this summer! Have a great week!

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MOM-OF-SIX 4/12/2010 2:00PM

    I don't think there was any dessert pizza left after my kids went through. They each had at least 3 pieces, the highest number one admitted to was 5 of the dessert pizza. I think we got our money's worth!

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/12/2010 1:53PM

    Good for you on resisting Pizza Ranch pizza. I could not do it. I love it too much. Especially the dessert pizza! I am impressed!! Have a great Monday!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/12/2010 1:38PM

  Not even one bite of pizza? Ouch!

Great job!

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April Goals and Progress

Friday, April 09, 2010

1. Stay withing my carb range: I've done really well with this goal, only going over once so far this month. That one time was due to recovering from a migraine and being on the road. It's hard to eat a salad on the road, and the wraps from Arby's have quite a few carbs.

2. Work out 4-5 times per week: The first week in April, including some March days, I worked out seven times. This week is four so far, but I plan to work out today and tomorrow.

3. Working on my Iowa Pharmacy license: I've looked up all the information and steps I need to take to reciprocate my license to Iowa. Next, I have to wait until we have some money so I can start the process: Pre-registration, registration, law exam. It should take several months, so the cost should be spread out a bit.

As for other progress, I'm proud to report that I've lost 10 lbs while on Spark People. It's the first time I've been under 190 in a long time. I'm fitting into clothes that haven't fit in a while. Still working hard. I've got 40 lbs to go till my first long term goal weight of 150.

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TLROYER 4/9/2010 7:27PM

    Wow, that is wonderful! Good for you for everything you've accomplished. Keep up the good work! Terry

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ASMPP1 4/9/2010 7:22PM

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/9/2010 3:34PM

    You are doing great!! Congrats on the 10 pound loss!! Have a great Friday!!

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My Hubby's Trying!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

My husband seems like a totally different person since he took his certification test two weeks ago. Before the test, he was stressed out, mean at times, ate horribly, and had no time for anything but studying. Now, he's the sweet, caring man I married again. This morning, he actually let me sleep in (or rest in, insomnia again) and he got the kids ready for school. He also cleaned the kitchen! I think besides being over the stress of studying, he has to be feeling a little better from exercising. He's been making a point of swimming several times a week. We went on a walk on Easter Sunday before I had to go to work. On nice days he will go on walks with me too. This weekend may be our first family bicycling trip, if we can get all the bikes in working order. I'm so glad he's making an effort. I think he's trying to eat better too. I'm just so happy he's joining me on this journey!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/9/2010 10:29AM

  Congratulations to you both - keep it up!

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TLROYER 4/8/2010 7:44PM

    That is great news! Where are you going to go biking? Terry

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/8/2010 7:11PM

    That is great to hear! Great to have the "built-in" motivation!

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