Sunday, October 21, 2012
Well, the past weeks are ones I wish I could just erase from my memory but alas that is not the case. I've been sick off and on and have been to the doctor too many times and have been prescribed too many medications. This ended up with a five hour stint in the emergency department on Thursday night where they believed I had a blood clot! Turns out I didn't but I wasn't getting enough air so I was hooked up to four masks to help me breath and have been sent home with asthma inhalers and more prednisone. Turns out the antibiotics were actually doing me more harm than good and I was heading to very dangerous ground.
Anyway, I was treated so well at the hospital and I had a young female doctor who went over my medical history. Since I am not a smoker and never have smoked (well, except for the time when I was twenty two and stole a smoke and nearly choked to death on the fumes!!! - which taught me two important life lessons - don't steal and don't smoke!) she asked if I had any other health issues. I mentioned depression and then I piped up "well, I know I am overweight" and she said that most patients won't acknowledge that at all. So I went further and said, actually I am morbidly obese according to my BMI and she smiled and and said, let's leave it at overweight instead of labelling yourself.
Wow, that really struck me. Yes, if you go by my BMI alone (I am 5 ft 6 inches) and weigh 234 pounds I am morbidly obese. But that is putting a label on me which in itself makes it harder to break free from. So I told this doctor about Spark and how I was trying to change my life around. She was so pleased to hear this and was very encouraging. I told her how good I felt last year when I was exercising a fair bit through walking and I was eating much better and she asked what it would take for me to get back to that point and I said, not much, really.
"NOT MUCH REALLY"? But it is true. I could begin to walk again and I know from experience it won't take me long to get into the groove. I drink my water now (yay!) and I do know the basics of eating healthy.
I left the hospital feeling like a $100! And, I've continued to feel that way. I went out on Friday and stocked up our freezer and fridge with healthy items. I am going with my husband and dogs for a walk today, I am cooking a huge turkey and roasted veggies today (I will freeze leftovers), I am excited to be going back to work and I am excited to be back on Spark. YAY!
Look forward to catching up with all of you!!!!
P.S. I am not spell checking because my computer locks up everytime I do and I lose what I have written...time to bring it in to be serviced I think!
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
I've recently become friends of a fellow Newfoundlander who is realizing now that prices of healthy food can be a deterrent IF you are living on a budget and in a relatively isolated area. Check out her blog
I went to one of our two grocery stores on Saturday with meal plans in place for the week and it was a sad reality check. I bought apples, but I wanted grapes, broccoli, parsnip, bananas, and sweet potatoes but none were to be had. I am not complaining as this is our reality and I can only imagine what it is like in communities further away who drive 2-3 hours to our town to pick up supplies.
So, yes, meal planning is great and I so envy all of you who live near farmer's markets, etc, but it is so easy to get off track when Coke is 1.25 for 2 litres and milk in the same size is almost $4. I can see where choices have to be made by families and it is not always possible to make healthy choices if your wallet is empty.
It all comes down to being very flexible and not succumbing to those yummy smelling chocolate cookies that are place strategically around the produce section to appease you when what you really needed was some veggies! ha! I, of course, bought the darn cookies and ate three in the parking lot before driving off in a huff! Hey, I'm being honest!
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