NIELSENSLADY's SparkPeople Blog NIELSENSLADY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 31 of 2018 (Scale Going Up Bank Account Going Down) I"m holding at 253. <BR> <BR> Bread hates me but I'm still stubborn. <BR> <BR> I struggle to digest proteins. All the foods I need to eat to be able to be nourished won't digest for me. I usually eat something with bread at breakfast. I can't do eggs or fatty meats. I don't drink regular or almond milk. Just not a lot of options. <BR> <BR> We've had -80 in our bank account for the entire week. I still have to borrow from my parents. <BR> <BR> Both my parents have retired officia... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 01:59:34 EST Day 16 of 2018 (New Medicines) So I'm about a week into my meds for January. <BR> <BR> I'm on Sucralfate and Xifaxan <BR> <BR> I can tell a difference. I'm less bloated at night and my palpitations have calmed down. <BR> <BR> I still have gas attacks and bloat will come and go in waves but it doesn't stick as long. <BR> <BR> I have some smelly gas though. LOL. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> The side effects so far for me are headaches, and gas. My CNS feels a little strange too like I have little movements when I'm tryin... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:07:17 EST Day 12 of 2018 I laid around until this evening. <BR> <BR> I reached all 3 activity goals on my IWatch (Not sure what you call it) <BR> <BR> Surprisingly my heart rate reached 140 when exercising to Walk Away The Pounds (didn't know it could) <BR> <BR> I got a good sweat. <BR> <BR> Heart skipped a few times but I kind of slowed down and picked back up when I felt comfortable. <BR> <BR> Its always so strange and uncomfortable. I could do more if my heart didn't hiccup. <BR> <BR> I want to workout. I... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:28:23 EST Day 10 of 2018 Today was rough. I thought I'd feel better after my SVT diagnosis but I'm still depressed about it. What are my abilities? Will I ever be able to travel without being scared? Can I go mountain climbing? Can I run a 5K? I don't know but it makes me sad thinking I can't <BR> <BR> I have not taken a Beta Blocker yet and last night was rough. I ate some of my sister's artichoke dip and was bloated for hours. My heart skipped and pounded all night. Then my stomach was upset during the da... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:23:33 EST New Heart Diagnosis Finally after 12 years of questions. 3 cardiologists, and lots of $$ spent later, I've been told that I am having SVT runs. So diagnosed with palpitations along with PSVT. I knew there had to be a vagal connection all these years. <BR> <BR> Now I have to figure out how to live with it. I'm already on two permanent medications that I'm supposed to time appropriately. Now I'm adding this to the mix. Not sure how to work that one out yet. I probably need the beta blockers because I have ... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 22:29:45 EST 9 Years Later Sparking! What's Changed? So I know my Sparkversary is this month. 9 Years! What's happened? <BR> <BR> My weight: Unfortunate and Fortunate. I'm the same weight that I was 9 years ago. In 2010, I lost 55 pounds, became pregnant. After having my son. I started having issues with Vitamin Deficiency. I ate sugar to replace energy and I gained 60 pounds in 8 months. I was actually at my highest in 2014 at 286 but I have since lost to 250 again. <BR> <BR> I'm older. In 2009 I was 28. In 2018 I am 37. <BR> <BR... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 01:58:15 EST Happy Halloween This is the first October in YEARS since I remember it reaching 30 degree weather in GA! Ha! I was so cold today. I'm such a wuss! <BR> <BR> It would be nice to have a Halloween where we don't sweat! <BR> <BR> The specialist visit went well. I have 3 days of testing in December. I'm not sure how much it will help but they have questions they want to have answered so I'm down I guess. <BR> <BR> I think I need to be on a hiatal hernia eating plan plus eating with malabsorption. This m... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 23:45:56 EST One Week Until I See a Digestive Specialist I've been waiting about 5 months but I'm finally going to see a digestive/motility specialist next week. They are supposed to be some of the best in the state/country. We'll see. I've been miserable. I have these issues with deep belching no matter what I meat, even if its meat. <BR> <BR> What worse is diarrhea daily and I wake in the middle of the night with my heart racing that only seems to slow down when I do all this deep belching. I sound like a man who just drank a six pack. A... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:52:08 EST Sparkpeople App I've been playing around with the app. The community feed is much like instagram now. You can post tons of pics and most people use it that way so there just isn't as much blogging as there used to be. <BR> <BR> I kind of wondered what was the difference between pep and Sparkpeople. Doesn't SP own both. But the feeds are different so I don't know. <BR> <BR> Anyway. I found one sparker who has inspired me to start losing again. I'll probably stick with the same meals regularly for ... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:00:35 EST I did a bear crawl in my hallway and my BIG Goal Weight I've been reading on social media that doing a bear crawl is good for getting your mobility back. I don't know about that but I did a bear crawl in my hallway in my underwear. I went up the hall for 20 feet and then went backwards. My son thought it was so awesome that he did a bear crawl in his underwear. LOL! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a struggle for movement. I just didn't feel like I had it in me today. <BR> <BR> I decided if I could pick a goal weight, like a weight where I can sa... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:21:53 EST KB Challenge! Can I do it? The challenge is 300 swings per day. For 30 DAYS! <BR> <BR> So far I'm 2 days in with 600 swings total! <BR> <BR> In 30 days that is 9,000 swings! <BR> <BR> The real challenge that I won't do would be completing swings on the minute. I'm not doing that. I do 20 swings at a time and I pick it up again when I have my breath back. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling it in my legs so far with 15 pounds. I also practice a few snatches while I'm at it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:53:16 EST Picked up my Kettlebell again I decided after letting it sit for a few months, that I picked it up again and began swinging it. It was still pretty easy surprisingly and I'm glad for the movement. I've been a stagnant 255 for months now. <BR> <BR> I can't really diet anymore and there isn't much I can do about nutrition. Seriously! My malabsorption is so bad that I just can't do a super healthy route. I just eat what I'm able to eat and that's it. That's my life now. I don't really eat fast food anymore. I stil... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 02:44:24 EST Almost two months since I last blogged I don't know why but time has gotten away from me since March. I think its because I'm tired quite a bit. I have trouble sleeping at night so I go to bed late and wake up late. I get 8 hours usually but I would have to wake up in the middle of my sleep cycle to take my son to school and then I would come home and sleep more. Then lunch, then picking him up, then take care of him. My 5 year old is very hands on. He wants me in any room that he is in. Sometimes I just sit in the living r... Tue, 23 May 2017 01:28:39 EST Its been a minute so I'll blog Update. I'm almost 26 pounds down. YaY! <BR> <BR> My stomach is messed up today. I think its because its been messed up everyday for the last two weeks. My 5 year old was sick for three weeks and I've been nothing but worried and I've been tending to him. He finally made it back to school after a shot of penicillin last Friday. He had strep for going on three weeks. He had taken and antibiotic before but I guess it didn't work. We had to give him a shot and he didn't love it but it di... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:19:11 EST NEW CHALLENGE <em>334</em> I'm pretty stoked. I don't know how long I can maintain my enthusiasm though. LOL. <BR> <BR> I am participating in a 16 week weight loss challenge that is hosted by a local family gym. My sister signed up last night at her gym and I felt compelled to do it. I'm totally doing it for me but I'm also doing it for her. She has hated herself for too long. She hates being in her own skin and I know she needs this. <BR> <BR> Plus there was a young man who showed some liken... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:52:08 EST We shouldn't exercise for weight loss! Hello! <BR> <BR> I don't want to write a long blog here but I wanted to grab your attention on my latest epiphany. I probably should have realized this years ago but my attitude on the subject of fitness and weight loss were all connected. <BR> <BR> Until my 30's I thought that exercise was only for people who were fit or trying to lose weight. That means I didn't know that people went to the gym for no reason other than they enjoyed it or that they genuinely want to improve their health.... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 11:09:13 EST EGD and finally some information I had another procedure completed this week. It was an EGD. Its my third one ever. I used to dread them because I was fully awake the two times before but this TIME, they gave me propofol and I slept through the whole thing. It was great. Such a relief! <BR> <BR> They came back with some results this time. Copious amount of bile in my stomach. I had not eaten in 12 hours and there was a ton in there. So now I've been given Questran. I was nervous about taking it but I've tried a sma... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:07:39 EST Stomach not improving but going on nonetheless Well I had a clean colonoscopy. I have an EGD scheduled on the 25th. I have been having cramps on my left and right side. <BR> <BR> I have constant night time bloating and belching. My bloat gives me heart palpitations daily. Some nights I feel ok and others I swell like a balloon. I called again today to inquire about a possible bacterial infection. He tried to treat it with an antibiotic but it did not work. <BR> <BR> I called the doc to request a test for bacteria but I haven't ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:51:29 EST Accomplished one resolution I finished my first book of 2017. It was The Swing by Tracy Reifkind. Its basically how she lost weight through healthy eating and swinging a Kettlebell. That's it. Her free workouts on Youtube are based on On the minute training. When you first begin, you are swinging a bell for 10 reps in 20 seconds followed by 40 seconds of rest. Eventually the workouts will go up to 2 full minutes of training with 30 seconds of rest or 45 seconds. I forget but so far I did my first 100 swings of 20... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 23:18:45 EST Goals for 2017! I've decided to set some overall goals for the year. Because what's a new year without some goals to work for? I have a colonoscopy on the 3rd. I am guessing I don't have Crohns or Colitis but instead IBS. I know that I have some bacterial issues. I will have to keep naturally working at it and avoiding sugar, wheat, fried foods and lactose as much as possible. <BR> <BR> I used an app during the holidays that helped me earn a FREE air fryer! Now I can cook some healthier tasty option... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:35:16 EST He passed the exam! Great news! He passed! He starts the new year as an IT Project Manager. We're all so excited! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:28:08 EST Husband's promotional exam in the morning If you catch this blog tonight, please leave thoughts and prayers with my husband who is taking a very important exam in the morning. If he passes, he will get a significant raise. We really need this!!! Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:26:39 EST Weight finally moved (Insulin Resistant) and other stuff I finally got my weight moving again. It was like a cork in a bottle of wine that was stuck. LOL. <BR> <BR> So I've made it to my lowest weight so far of 265.4 and I'm fluctuating three pounds or so in the last few days just due to holiday eating. I'm not going overboard with my eating but I'm having a nibble here and there. I know all that adds up. <BR> <BR> I know that I'm dealing with some insulin resistance combined with age and hereditary issues dealing with my weight loss. My dad ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:44:53 EST Scale hasn't moved in two weeks....why?? I have just a quick question. <BR> <BR> I'm not a small size. I weighed 279 just three weeks ago. I was sent to the hospital with a high heart rate the day after Black Friday. I have a lot of stomach issues and I believe they were a connected issue. Anyway, I got home and I went to work on my diet. I've majorly cut back on sugar and fried foods. The first week I don't even think I ate about 1,000 calories daily and I lost 9 lbs within a few days. <BR> <BR> But here I am 2 Saturdays l... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:17:35 EST Thyroid Update Well I got news that my thyroid was normal despite some nodules on my thyroid. I have to go back in a year to get them checked again. I guess I'm not too worried about them. My sister has them. My aunt also has them and they both have had them for years with no issues. <BR> <BR> The only thing that I find strange is the fact that my numbers were off in the emergency room and now they are normal again?? How does that happen? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I wasn't really experiencing symptoms of h... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:35:54 EST Well I took a wrong turn in improvement Thanksgiving was a pretty good day. My poor son played very hard. It was 80 degrees. He hit his head and had a small egg or knot but kept playing. All of a sudden he fell again and would not get up. My mom lifted him and brought him to me. He was soaked in sweat. I held him for a while and he told me he wanted to go home and then he fell asleep. He slept for about an hour. He woke up and seemed fine until later. After we got home he was watching his daddy's ipad when he began to comp... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:26:53 EST Tummy Improvement - Hopefully it sticks For the past two years I've suffered with diarrhea and nervous stomach. I knew I had intolerance issues but I did not bother with labels for many years. I was going to the doctor and taking medication but it didn't do any good. It wasn't until I had a quick talk with my doctor's nurse, who has similar tummy issues gave me insight into the decisions I was making. I thought I was careful. Turns out I wasn't that careful. I also got a free book from my doctor on lady who also did personal r... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:25:41 EST I'm a difficult person Tonight my husband came home after he was taken out by a vendor who was trying to sell something to the company he works for. My husband is one of the go to guys that vendors try to schmooze for a sale. Its got its perks. This year, my husband has been taken to several nice restaurants in the area. He spent some time in LA a couple months ago. He was given tickets to a PGA tournament. He's gotten a free pass to play at one of the nicest golf parks in Savannah on Saturday. As for me, I ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:05:46 EST New Medicine Troubles: Graphic Talk (Warning) For the last two years, I've had chronic diarrhea. I've been in and out of my doctor's office trying to get it fixed. I go at least five times a day. A bad day has usually been about 9 times. We even bought a bidet on Amazon and I love it. I was on anti-fungals for a while for yeast because my yeast count was excessive. I was on Anti-bacterials for a while. That didn't help. It would all help at first but things would go back to the way they were. <BR> <BR> So my doctor took my gallb... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:26:16 EST School has begun for my little one. I can't believe that I've been blogging on this page for almost 8 years! I've been on here almost as long as I have on Facebook. LOL. If I'd dedicated myself to being healthier as long as I've been dedicated to social media, then I would have been in better shape by now I think. While I've been on this site this long, I've not been dedicated consistently for more than a year at a time. I've obsessed about losing weight since my mom sent me to Weight Watchers in 1990. LOL. <BR> <BR> I too... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:33:49 EST One HOT Summer This summer reminds me of when I was pregnant in 2011. We are getting close to breaking 100 degree weather although I don't think we've done it quite yet. We had like 100 consecutive days of 100 plus degrees in 2011. <BR> <BR> I have a new work project where I've joined up with a group of other ecommerce sellers and we're working on building our business. I made a small investment because I know the man and I trust him because he's been so helpful already in helping me make some dough f... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 01:14:49 EST Wishing I could offer up some great news I can't remember the last time I've been able to give an update where I'm helping turn things in a better direction. It can always be worse and I'm always afraid of what could go wrong. Its not all about me though but I don't always do the best a reacting to life stressors. <BR> <BR> I am hoping Joey is maybe a couple of months from Pre-K. From there I am hoping I can begin officially on a work schedule again. I've tried sooooooooo many things but really I need a few hours of uninterrupte... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:58:26 EST Spring 2016 Update Hello!! <BR> <BR> I admit I'm liking this new page layout! It is indeed like Facebook but it works for organization. Just needs some getting used to. So far Spring has been good! <BR> <BR> My son is potty trained <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> That was such a huge hurdle but he does not miss his diapers and I'm so glad. I've got him signed up for 4 different Pre-K programs so far. We are on the wait list for 3 of them and I will hear back from the 4th in about 2 weeks or so. I hope we ge... Sat, 21 May 2016 01:23:22 EST One week post surgery It has been a strange week. I'm trying to adjust to what was going on. <BR> <BR> Day One: I was in horrible pain. I had to take five treatments of pain meds. I did some good sleeping but I was in so much pain from the gas in my system. <BR> <BR> Day Two: I was on pain pills and felt good enough to go out. I mostly felt like I'd been in a fight and was punched in the stomach too many times. My back still hurt but not as much. <BR> <BR> In two days, I gained 5 pounds <BR> <BR> Day... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 23:41:46 EST Feeling better today. Down a couple pounds Hey Y'all! <BR> <BR> I'm better today. I'm down a couple pounds too. I'm trying to figure out a plan that I can do that's not too restrictive. I know I need to track but I'm trying to decide to track calories vs macros. For some reason macros is harder for me. I think its because I have sensitivities to a lot of fats and proteins. Plus calories is just one number to track. LOL. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for something that I can be happy with and that will get me results currently. I can ... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:31:18 EST Debbie Downer kind of evening... Having a depressed kind of evening. I have my surgery on Friday. They will remove the gallbladder. I've done one of these laporo surgeries before but I still get really nervous. <BR> <BR> The last two weeks have been rough. I have pain on the right and the left side. It feels like there is a downright knot in my back, right in the middle. I'm thinking my hiatial hernia that I suffered from in 2002 has become aggravated again. Although I don't know why now. I've struggled with tummy... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:42:25 EST New Fitness Class! My lil Joey update! I found some money! Landed 2 new jobs! When I came into 2016, I'd hoped to finally have a break in my mommy Joey routine. We've spent the last few years at home. He had part-time pre-school but I dropped him from the program once he wasn't being moved forward due to not potty training. I just wanted things to finally be different. My age keeps popping up in my head as if I'm seriously feeling like I'm missing out on living. Being a stay at home parent can weigh on you psychologically. <BR> <BR> I went to a school fair this... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:16:26 EST Dang y'all 7 years on Sparkpeople! I just realized I celebrated 7 years on Sparkpeople! I would have never thought that joining this website while I was supposed to be working in the office would have turned into a place I still come back to 7 years later. <BR> <BR> I am proud of my dedication to the site. However, I'm not sure I'm better off when I reflect back on 7 years ago. <BR> <BR> I probably weighed about 230. I weigh 256 right now. <BR> <BR> I had a job as a grad assistant. I have no job now. LOL. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:09:28 EST Les Mills on Demand I don't know if there are any fans out there of the Les Mills workout series. I love their Pump workouts and I've always wanted to try out Combat. Well now they've got workouts on demand for $12 a month which I think is so cool. I think there is a free 10 day trail too. <BR> <BR> Still waiting on my gallbladder results. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of taking a job and dropping my son off a couple days a week with someone who keeps children locally. I can't get him to preschool because he isn'... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:54:31 EST The Science of Weight Loss Convo I was excited to see I had dropped 6 pounds in a day since Sunday on the scale. However I didn't like how I did it. My son and I had the most horrible disgusting virus. We were both miserable. My husband had to take off from work to take care of us. And thank goodness for zofran. I spent all day in bed. At first, I thought I was going to have to go to the ER at 3AM because I was physically unable to drink water to keep up with the amount of water that I was losing in diarrhea. I belche... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:14:22 EST Happy New Year 2016! This end of the year I decided to stay in. The reason being because after two months of eating and being nauseated and the diarrhea, I'm actually burned out on food. LOL. I can't believe I'm saying that but yes, I can't do it. I quit. <BR> <BR> I spent a good bit of my holiday, nauseated with no appetite. I ate stuff but I could not enjoy it a whole lot. I never felt hungry, really the entire two weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm back on medication for a few more days but it didn't help much. My ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:09:17 EST Getting through the Holidays! Well November is gone again! It was fun but it was a stressful month. I can no longer pay for my 4 year old's preschool. So he's home with me. He was only going 2 times per week and was part of a 2 year old group. He'll be 4 in January. The reason he was in that class is because of his blatant refusal to use the potty. I've told him though that after he turns 4 he's losing his Ipad privileges until he uses the potty. I haven't let it stress me too much but its coming time to qualify f... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 17:08:50 EST Depressed Well, the last two falls I can't seem to run away from health problems. Its making me very sad and just depressed. <BR> <BR> Last year, I was dealing with a uterine polyp and a para-ovarian cysts. I had two surgeries. I also experienced diarrhea for two months. Everyday, after every meal and several times a day. I took pro-biotics. I went to one doctor who did nothing. Then, I went to another doctor who diagnosed me with yeast. He gave me medication and I got better. Later in the year... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:40:53 EST Approaching week 4 of my journey I am doing my very best to stay focused! Halloween was tough. I did my best to track my food for all of October. <BR> <BR> My weight loss for the month of October from my lowest weight is 11.6 pounds. I gained 1.4 pounds from yesterday but I'm looking to refocus and set new goals. <BR> <BR> From my lowest, I am a little over 5 pounds away from my lowest weight last year which was 259. This is my next mini goal. <BR> <BR> My second mini goal by Thanksgiving is 255. <BR> <BR> My large ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 20:41:12 EST Some good news! Bye 270's My tummy troubles have inspired me to work on my weight again. Not getting any younger. My eating plan combined with 30 minutes of activity everyday have helped me drop 6 pounds in my first week! Bye 270's! I hope we NEVER see each other again. LOL. <BR> <BR> By the way, its actually chilly here in GA. <BR> <BR> Tonight my son celebrates his first Trunk or Treat of the year. If he can keep from getting sick, he's gonna be busy with events up til the 31st. My goal is to stay out of hi... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:10:54 EST October 2015 Blog Can't go a month without at least one blog. How's everybody?? <BR> <BR> I had a birthday. I'm 35 now and my husband had a birthday. I had another stomach flare up which required medication. I'm still on it for a few more days. I'm trying to eat less. I can't necessarily eat super healthy because my ibs actually gives me issues with lots of high fiber foods. I have very quick motility. Ugh! But I am cutting back on my fried foods and trying to cut back on sugar intake. I'm down abou... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 23:08:41 EST Layba Day Weekend!!! I realized I didn't post since last week so here's some new stuff. <BR> <BR> I got Joey some awesome clothes for next ta nothing! Loved it! I had to listen to my sister go off on this guy she's been seeing for five years. Its such a waste of her time and I HATE hearing about it. And of course she goes right back to his house the next day. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I'm down 3 pounds since last week. I've logged food almost everyday. I didn't batch cook on Monday. I have a hard time w... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 01:34:20 EST Day Four of my awareness week I don't know what to call it. I'm just trying to pay attention this week. <BR> <BR> Today was pretty good. I finished eating after 8. This is to ensure I can get some sleep tonight. Eating food can result in some violent night time issues for me. Most importantly, I can't sleep. I was up til 4AM yesterday with bloat and gas. So right now I'm ok. My stomach is grumbly but I don't feel bloated at the moment. I hope this isn't a pre-show to more gas. I have this happen at times too. ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:10:41 EST Day 3 of my week long protein adjustment plan Day 3 <BR> <BR> I am starting to dislike fish! LOL. The longer you have it stored, the fishier it gets. I was trying to prevent cooking everyday but I like my food better fresh but I hate to cook. <BR> <BR> Today I went out and got takeout chicken for lunch. Probably more sodium but 39 grams at lunch. I'll just track via MFP. <BR> <BR> So this time last year I was the same weight. I'm great at maintaining 280 LOL! That is what I weigh as of yesterday. It was around 279.4 I think.... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:50:32 EST Day Two Yesterday did not go so good. <BR> <BR> Not because of out of control eating but because of the dang diarrhea. All day and felt sick going to sleep. <BR> <BR> Today is better though. Had a delicious breakfast and some fish and I feel ok so far. I also ate a nut bar from Nature Made which was good too. <BR> <BR> So far I like that I can eat food and not feel hungry. I still find myself wanting a few chips so I'll probably need to get them out of the house. <BR> <BR> I felt bad about ho... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:39:01 EST