Wednesday, March 06, 2013
My recent bout of "The Troubles" (written about in several previous blogs), which I've re-named "Mother Madness" has earned me 3 extra pounds! I no longer come home and eat a pint of ice cream after dealing with my 90 year old, very independent and uncooperative mother. I'm thankful for that! However, I do still seem to compensate by overeating certain "comfort" foods. sigh
I'm stuck. Too old to be emancipated, lol. Can't divorce her. Have no siblings. If I ignore her, she's on the phone with a barrage of nastiness to both my sons, who are always wonderful to her and help me a lot. (She did tell someone at the grocery store the other day, where I take her at least once a week, that "I have no children" - I should have recorded that and made it official, hmm?)
I was only about 2 lbs from goal and now I'm 5 lbs from goal. While talking with my primary care physician this week, about my recent struggle to keep my blood pressure in line, we made a discovery that confirms what I already knew.
He took my BP first. It was a little high. Not unusual for a doctor's office visit. Then we talked about my mother a while and he took my BP again and it had gone UP 40 pts!
When stressed, my mind empties of all the good, healthy lifestyle proven ways of staying in a healthy zone, and I curl up and eat, don't exercise, etc. etc.
So, I'm promising myself to get a grip here! I'll go back in 6 months for the full blood test ritual and blood pressure, of course. I know what to do. I've developed my own plan over a period of a year's worth of trial and error. Now to JUST DO IT!
While in this process, I'm lowering my goal by 5 lbs too. I was at the top of my accepted range with the first goal. I know I'll be safer and healthier if I reach a slightly lower goal.
So here I go. Back to swimming, walking, cutting out starch and sugar as much as possible and consuming all the veggies I can! AND measuring blood pressure, blood sugar, logging food - every single day.
I've been down this path before. The tracks should be easy to follow, lol.