Wednesday, December 26, 2012
So I was sick a couple of days last week, and the doctor said I could go back to work Friday, which I did, and felt OK. Then my fever started to spike again over the weekend, and had drag myself to work to finish payroll. I was really dragging, called my doctor for an appointment, got in at noon and was diagnosed with walking pneumonia.
So I missed our family get together yesterday, but the silver lining there was not watching my nordic family eat lutefisk. Plus the lack of eating junk. It was a bummer though not to be able to visit my mom in the nursing home on Christmas eve as I had wanted, since the doctor suggested that I stay away from seniors whose immune systems are weakened, which describes my place of employment, so I can't go back to work until next week.
"Santa" brought the family an XBox with kinect, and I sit here watching my 14yo getting good at the sports game. I tried the bowling, and was winded and needed a nap after 3 games.
I've drank lots of seven up, and mosty eat crackers - I just don't feel like eating anything. I know 7up is a no-no, but the only thing that seems to settle my stomach. So my Christmas dinner has consisted of crackers, rice, and 7up. And I still try to get my water in.
I suppose it could be worse. I could have the full blown pneumonia that I had about 12 years ago and spent 3 days in the hospital. So I just hope this latest batch of "strong" antibiotics will break it all up,
Hope everyone else had a merry Christmas.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Off and on I get these headaches, and they don't last very long. Last week I had one that lasted 3 days. I suspected BP could be a cause, so I had it checked. Sure enough: 175/115. The 115 would be a good number if it were on top.
So an ACE inhibitor gets added to my daily regimen of pills. Was hoping at some point to DECREASE my meds... But headache gone and had a relaxing weekend despite my dawgs getting clown-stomped by LSU.
So I'm thinking it's a good time to get back on plan -- again. My body giving me a nudge hopefully will help me keep on it for a bit longer.
Today kicked off a wellness campaign at work, so the timing is good.
Monday, August 20, 2012
The past couple of months have been exciting yet stressful. Our oldest daughter graduated from high school, just this last weekend we dropped her off at her next stage in life: college.
It was tough driving into the university with 4 people and leaving with 3. She got some schollys, and completed running start which allowed her to complete her AA degree and HS diploma at the same time.
The excitement was tempered a bit with stress in wondering where all the time went. I found myself eating for no reason. I felt myself wishing I could have done more, wanting to do more with her as she was growing up; feeling inadequate in preparing her, or that maybe she was successful in spite of me.
I gravitate between that and knowing that I did the best I could, laid a great foundation, and she will take it from there. She knows that we are here for her. So contentment has set in now that the wheels are in motion and she has had her first day in her classes, and is genuinely excited after she too was quite emotional.
She said she is determined not to get the "freshmen 15" even though she is entering as a junior. She lives on a 4th floor dorm that was built before ADA so no elevator, so she will get a lot of exercise. She is committed to eating well.
Therefore I am determined to get back on myself, one day at a time.
Friday, April 13, 2012
I have successfully made it into day 5 of Engine 2 and firing on all cylinders. Have n0 cholesterol intake and in addition managed to keep my sodium intake in triple digits. And, with my normal Friday weigh-in, I have lost 2.8 pounds in these 5 days.
In tracking my food I notice that my calorie intake is lower, and cutting the oils has made a difference. I never feel hungry during the day and feel full at the end of the day, and don't feel famished when I wake up in the morning, so I'm getting more quality nutrients out of my calories. I limit myself to one "nut serving" per day, either a nut butter or a handful of almonds.
Reading "The China Study" this week is turning me off of cheese and dairy to the point that it's becoming less and less of a temptation as it sits in the fridge for the rest of my family as they are not doing this with me.
So I'm off to a great start as I enter the first weekend on this plan, and hope to avoid the pitfalls that weekends usually bring.
Monday, April 09, 2012
With the failure of staying on plan over the weekend in my rear view mirror, I turn my eyes forward and get back on today as I begin the Engine 2 diet.
One thing good I did do yesterday was make a big crock-pot of 16-bean chili that I broke into 12 1-cup servings after getting home from the Easter celebration at my sister's house. I have one of them in my lunch today. Others will be in the refrigerator or freezer with other meals I have created that are compatible with this plan.
Biggest obstacles are the Easter candy that someone put out in the office area here at work, in addition to not being able to clear out the refrigerator and pantry of the cheeses and other "forbidden" items (cheese being my biggest "addiction"), since the rest of my family is not doing this; thus I am on my own.
I had about 2-&-1/2 weeks of prepping and planning, experimenting with making lower sodium versions of some of the E2 recipes, or making E2 versions of my usual recipes. Some turned out good, others not so good. Finally got to get my herb plant starts into the ground this past weekend as Spring finally hit W. Washington, so will have actual fresh herbs to put in my recipes in a short while which will make a huge difference.
I still need to find some nutritional yeast and the vegetarian worcestershire sauce many recipes call for, or find decent substitutes.
I saw my doctor last week and got her blessing for my going forward. She had read the China study, but had yet to see or read Forks over Knives, and had not heard of Engine 2 diet. She said I was too recent with my cholesterol testing, which was 132 (aided with cholesterol meds) so did not get a pre-E2 blood test, but have weighed in this morning and got a starting BP, saying where I was I can reduce the mg of my BP meds.
Usually after a bad day like yesterday I stay off the wagon for a while, but already having a plan in place probably saved me. Anyway so off I go.
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