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(20 Feb 2013) The Final DASH

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"You may delay, but time will not." - Benjamin Franklin
Tick, tock. Tick, tock.

Over the past couple of months, I've let my eating plan fall by the wayside -- since Christmas, if truth be told. I've continued to be careful about some things but have been careless about others. I'm happy to report my blood glucose levels, though still on the high normal side, have improved. However, at my doctor's appointment this morning, my blood pressure was elevated, even though I had lost 1 1/2 lbs since my last visit. That loss, incidentally, was just part of what I'd gained since Christmas gone. I've had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, three weeks apart, and for a few weeks, that required a lot of sitting around until casts came off and stitches came out. That didn't help.

Yesterday, I discovered The DASH Diet. This common sense plan focuses on whole grains, fruits & veggies, low-fat dairy and protein as well as low sodium food choices. Originally developed to help treat hypertension, it is certainly a very doable, very healthy plan-for-life. I've had to alter the serving amounts to make it a weight loss program as well, but I think I've discovered a plan that's easy to do, affordable, and one that makes sense. My doctor gave it a resounding thumbs up.

I've joined the DASH team here on Spark and look forward to sharing my experiences with them and learning from those who've been on the program for a while.

I still sigh when I think that I'm in almost exactly the same place I was this time last year. Tick, tock. Time's a'wastin'! It'll be summer again before we know it and I do not want to be slaying the same dragons in June that I'm fighting with now.

I need to lose at least 60 pounds. Still. I'm so tired of starting over, but if this DASH program is as easy to follow as it appears it would be, I'm glad I started searching again. One of my favourite mantras came from Spark: IF YOU'RE TIRED OF STARTING OVER, STOP GIVING UP!

I'll never give up. I'm here for the long haul. I dug my pedometer out this morning.

This long haul is going to be my "final DASH" to a healthier, happier me!



Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BAKER1009 2/21/2013 11:19AM

    I'm proud of you Nancy for NEVER giving up! We've all taken a few steps back from time to time, but you've never stopped stepping and that's what counts! i wish you the best of luck with this DASH to a healthier you!! I support you 110%, as always!


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ANHELIC 2/20/2013 6:39PM

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COCK-ROBIN 2/20/2013 1:24PM

    You can do it!

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TWO-TOO-MUCH 2/20/2013 11:21AM

    Thank you, LAHUDSONCHEF, for your encouragement and tips!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 2/20/2013 11:12AM

    A tip for sticking with the DASH diet (especially as it relates to the sodium levels in foods) - FRESH, FRESH, FRESH!

Stick with the freshest foods possible (avoid cans and other prepared/packaged foods)...don't get the (fresh or frozen) chicken with "broth" careful with shrimp/oysters as they naturally contain a LOT of sodium.

It is a great eating plan, and should help a lot in more than one area.

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