Tuesday, June 17, 2014
It's been 5 years since I joined SPARK. When I first joined I had a goal in mind, and I began to lose weight. I met lots of nice people on the way, each of us trying to get healthy. We were kindred spirits in the battle of the bulge. Then as time wore on my enthusiasm faded. I stopped logging in every day, the pounds crept back on. I stopped logging in all together.
After many months I refocused and started over. I began logging in, tracking my food and water. Determined to reach my goal, I tried to stay on track. I saw results, slowly, but with the encouragement of the others on Spark I felt that I could do it this time! Yet, as time passed my focus waned, and again, I stopped my journey. Over the next few years I would repeat this charade several times.
Then, on March 27th, 2014, my dad died. He was 79. He died of complications due to non-alcoholic cirrhosis, also known as fatty liver disease. It was not a good death; he had been sick for years, in and out of the hospital so many times none of us could even begin to count. He had to go to the out patient ward weekly to get fluid rained from his abdomen, a process known as paracentesis. He was drowning in his own body fluids. His organs could not keep up, and his body slowly shut down.
Two weeks ago was his birthday, had he lived he would have been celebrating his 80th. I had an appointment with my endocrinologist on that day. I know my doctor pretty well. He's the doctor who found my thyroid cancer two years ago. I was very emotional that day, and told him about Daddy. He did a thorough exam and gave me the facts...I HAD to lose weight, or I will end up like Dad. My BMI said I was morbidly obese. I was at an all time fat high at 256 lbs. He recommended I follow the DASH diet but to keep it at a thousand calories a day. He also wanted me walking an hour daily. This all seemed drastic, but I knew he was sending me a very clear message...if I didn't lose weight I was putting my self at risk. I was killing myself with food.
So once again I have turned to SPARK. Some how it is different this time. I am not following the DASH diet, not that it is bad, but I don't need a "diet" I need a "lifestyle". I am watching what I eat, and eating healthy. I am logging EVERYTHING I eat. To date I have lost 14 pounds. Not bad for two weeks! Some people may say it is too drastic, or I am losing it too fast. Some people may worry that I am not eating enough. But I feel OK. I am eating healthy, and I'm not starving myself. If I feel hungry, I eat. I know that I will not continue to lose at this pace, and that is when I plan on exercising. I haven't really yet, but I will. I HAVE to. It is no longer a journey, or a goal. It is a requirement. I do not want to die like Daddy did. I do not want to put my loved ones, or myself, though that. Dad did not deserve to suffer like he did, and I am determined to not let his death be in vain. In a way, by losing his own life, he has saved mine.
Friday, January 21, 2011
I subsribe to a Christain humor website called Cybersalt. It has cute, insightful and funny pictures, stories, etc. I liked today's quote and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!
Today's Illustration - "Gardening God's Way"
Featured Illustration items are well suited for introducing or illuminating a point in a sermon, speech, or devotional. Funny, moving, or perhaps even graphic, the point of them is the point you make with them.
Plant three rows of peas
Peace of mind - Romans 14:5
Peace of heart - Acts 15:9
Peace of soul - 1 Peter 1:22
Plant four rows of squash
Squash gossip - Lev 19:16
Squash selfishness - Luke 18:11-14
Squash grumbling - John 6:43, James 5:9
Squash indifference - Mark 14:32 - 41
Plant five rows of lettuce
Lettuce be kind - 1 Peter 2:1-3
Lettuce be faithful - Dan 3:16-18
Lettuce be obedient - 1 John 3:22
Lettuce love one another - John 3:16
Lettuce financially support our church - Mal 3:6-12
No garden can be without turnips
Turnip for service - Acts 3:1
Turnip for meetings - Heb 10:25
Turnip to help one another - Rom 12:13
We must have Thyme
Thyme for God - Psalm 3:1-8
Thyme for prayer - Psalm 54:4
Thyme for each other - John 15:12-14
Thyme for Bible study - Ezra 7-10
The Cybersalt Digest is a ministry of Pastor Tim and Cybersalt
Thursday, October 21, 2010
OK. I am starting over. Again. For the hundredth time. But I have to start somewhere, so over again will have to do. I am back to the 230ish that my body seems to want to be. I don't want to be that. I would like to be 180ish. That is my goal. Not only that, I would like to be 180ish by my next birthday. I just turned 49. So basically I want to lose 50 lbs by 50 years old.
Fifty by fifty. Can I do it? I have tried to go below 200lbs may times in the past 10 years with no success. I got close, but never went under. Getting older is harder than I thought it would be. In my 20's and 30's I could lose weight with ease, but now it is a constant struggle, and if I slip the weight FLIES back on. But the thought of being fat into the next decade scares me. I want to decrease my risks for all the obesity related diseases. I want to be a size 14, or dare I say, 12 again. I want to look and feel sexy again.
I have started tracking my nutrition and fitness, and I am going to try hard to do it faithfully every day. I am also trying to exercise daily... that is one thing I am bad about. I could probably write a book on dieting and nutrition, I am good gauging portion sizes, and I know how to cook and eat healthy. I don't always do what I should, but I am aware of that, and that helps in the battle. However I am somewhat lacking in knowledge when it comes to exercise, and lacking even more in the motivation department. I do not know how long a mile or km is , so when I walk or hike I am clueless on how far I have gone. I don't know how long or hard I have to exercise to burn calories, I only know it seems like the effort put in to it hardly seems worth it. I HATE to sweat, always have. I hate feeling hot, and feeling wetness drip down my face, neck, etc. grosses me out. So exercising is a real challenge for me. But I am trying to overcome all my obstacles and dump my bad habits for healthy ones. I want to feel better, not just look better, and they say exercising is the key, so I am taking up the gauntlet, and excepting the challenge. To be a better me I need to work hard and stay committed, and that's what I intend to do. Wish me luck!
Friday, March 12, 2010
I am anemic. I probably have been for some time, but my old doctor never diagnosed it. I went to a new doctor in January when I had bronchitis. I had some other symptoms, one of which I was getting extremely dizzy upon standing. I have had terrible fatigue for a long time, and it had been getting worse. She took blood for a series of tests and found out not only was I anemic, but also dehydrated, and I have some other things going on as well.
A few weeks ago I was put on 325mg of iron three times a day. I was told by the nurse I could get it over the counter, which I did. But the dosage was 65mg. So I called the office to find out if I should take a bunch of these 65mg tablets to equal 325mg. The gal in the office said yes, I should because that was the correct dosage. So I did. A couple of days later I was sick, I thought if I even LOOKED at an iron pill let alone take one I'd throw up! I skipped the next day's pills. I was in a store comparing prices of iron supplements when I noticed something on one of the bottles that about knocked me over...325mg of iron is the equivalent of 65mg of ferrous sulphate. Ferrous sulphate is a type of iron! I was ODing on iron! I couldn't believe the over sight of the doctor's office not to tell me that, and also my good fortune of finding that information! I tried to verify it on the internet but the recommendations for iron dosages is hard to pinpoint. I spoke to my Dr. about it and she prescribed me an iron supplement with something in it to help digestion. It is pricey, but it is not tearing my stomach up like the OTC stuff was on the correct dosage. I wish I had the RX from the beginning, but I at least learned some things...
1. NEVER take your doctor's advice for grated, if something seems amiss then check into it. It may keep you from getting sick (or worse!).
2. Iron supplements ARE NOT all the same. There are different types of iron, and the dosages vary. ONLY take an iron supplement under the advisement of your doctor, because over-dosing on iron CAN BE FATAL.
3. Tofu and lima beans actually have more iron than beef! (Who knew?) Clams and seaweed have some of the highest iron counts in food.
4. Take your iron (either supplements or iron rich foods) with a food high in vitamin C. It helps the body absorb it.
5. Too much fiber can inhibit your ability to absorb iron. So will caffeine, and the tannin in tea, and some medications.
I have been on iron for a couple of weeks now and I already feel so much better! The dizziness is gone, and the fatigue has lessened. I will have to take them for many months, and the way my menstrual cycle is I may have to take some amount of iron until my periods stop. But I am glad that my condition was diagnosed and I am being treated. Again, please do not take iron unless you are told to by your doctor. I hope this info is useful to you, thanks for reading!
Thursday, March 04, 2010
My mom sent me the following in an email. Even if it's not 100% correct, it should still give one pause for thought. I have cut back my soda a lot already, and now I have more reason to do so.
Water or Coke?
I could not believe this..... Very interesting
#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated..
(Likely applies to half the world population)
#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak
that it is mistaken for hunger.
#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.
#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs
for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of
water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain
for up to 80% of sufferers.
#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term
memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on
the computer screen or on a printed page.
#8.. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of
colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water
you should drink every day?
#1. In many states the highway patrol carries
two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from
the highway after a car accident.
#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke
and it will be gone in two days.
#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the
toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour,
then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes
stains from vitreous china.
#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:
Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds
Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour
a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
away the corrosion.
#6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola
to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
#7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into
the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake.
Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix
with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
#8... To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke
into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
through a regular cycle.. The Coca-Cola will help loosen
grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
#1 the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major
contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.
#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the
commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place
cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean
engines of the trucks for about 20 years!
Now the question is, would you like a glass of water?
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