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Diet needed

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I'm afraid my blood sugar has headed up, my weight up, my energy way down. I need to make 2014 my year to recoup my health. My husband is doing pretty well. Because of his Barret's disease he can only eat so much at a time and he has to eat it prevent too much acid reflux. So in a way it's helping him to diet. My mom is slowly going out with protest all the way. She's still angry with me for the nursing home but she's figured out how to leave this world her own way. Not taking pills part of the time, not eating part of the time, ripping her clothes off when she decides. For Christmas I brought her a miniature yellow rose and cinnamon roll (which she loves). She did eat the whole roll with some coffee. Then she asked what was that she was drinking as it was really good. The nurse is letting her sleep in if she wants, to eat what she wants, basically because she feels mom is winding down and getting closer to passing on. And mom said she just wants to be left alone so I do understand. I have to fight my instinct to make her do things that she no longer wants to do. My stress is less now because she does have care and I don't have to dread going to her apartment and finding her on the floor dead with broken bones. I've felt so lousy, feeling worse every day. I go to the YMCA with my husband but it's getting harder to do the workout so I know I can't go on like this or I'll end up in the hospital. So I'm using a low carb/high carb diet that worked well for me this summer. Trying to use foods that I will continue to eat, eating smaller portions every 3 hours instead of just grazing all day. I find some of my eating is boredom...just something to do. So now I'm adding taking a short 10 min. walk multiple times a day to get the blood moving. I'm so impatient....I want success now. I have to keep reminding myself that my health is at real risk if I don't keep trying.
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    Thanks so much for all of your comments to my blog. It helps to know I have support. I was letting my bad eating habits run away with me and was feeling horrible. I'm working on eating less and moving more right now and feel better already. I read about a 94 year old lady that still participates in track events and is going strong. It was in the Parade magazine part of the Sunday paper. I'm using her as inspiration when I want to eat just to eat and when I don't feel like moving more. If she can do it at 94, I can do it at 70. I found a Yoga routine that you do while sitting in a chair that really gets the blood flowing and takes the kinks out. Later I can move onto the floor as I get more active. And you're right, exercise does help get rid of the stress.
    1537 days ago
    Even though your stress is less knowing your Mom is cared for, it's still stressful knowing she's winding down. Make sure you're taking care of YOU during this difficult time. Get the rest you need, enough exercise to burn off some of the stress, and enough healthy food to give you the strength to deal with whatever comes next. And know that we're here for you!
    1539 days ago
    I lost my Mom to brain cancer 5 years ago, and in the end, she was much the same - gradually eating less, sleeping more until she just slipped away - but while dealing with her illness and subsequent death, I put on 50 pounds. I've lost all of that and another 50 as well now, so I am proof positive that emoticon but you need a little determination AND A PLAN...
    You mentioned problems with grazing and boredom eating. That's one of my problems too, but I've found that having a glass or water or something calorie free to drink often helps to distract me and take the edge off the emptiness in my stomach. Most of the time, I don't come anywhere close to the 8 glasses of water everybody says we should drink and SP has us so diligently count, so feeding food cravings with water serves more than one purpose.
    Good luck with both your Mom and your diet.
    1539 days ago
    My biggest gain occurred while I was dealing with medical issues with my son. I wasn't even eating that much. It was just emotional stress. Keep working out to keep the stress down and the energy up.
    1539 days ago
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