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Lessons Learned

Friday, February 18, 2011

Lessons learned

Well, here I go again. I started this program last April and then dropped off. Started again in the summer for a couple of weeks then life got the best of me. I tried several restarts and then something always got in the way. Over the course of these past 10 months, I have learned some interesting lessons. I have faced a few health care challenges as well. I have tried “eating right” on my own, eating whatever the heck I please, and the Slim Fast program. All to come back to the realization that for me, Spark People works. It is certainly more time consuming but it works. So here are a few of the lessons Ive learned.

Last April I was diagnosed with heart disease. Im ok but as we all do, really need to be good to my body. The heart loves a healthy BMI. It likes to be challenged at least 3 times a week. It LOVES when we give it colorful foods. Five different colors of 5 fruits and/or vegetables every day makes the heart very happy.

After dealing with the heart problems, I struggled with heart burn. I was drinking far too much red wine. Yes, the heart likes one glass a day but for some reason, I cant seem to drink one without slipping into the entire bottle. Then my esophagus burns, I have to eat simple carbs to make it feel better and I feel like crud. So, Im off the wine altogether.

Next was a problem with my bladder. Lots of spasms and (yuck) wet panties. I finally sought medical care and started medications that reversed the problem altogether however, found that getting down to a healthy weight will get me off the meds. Another discovery I found. My favorite love, diet coke – counteracts my new medication and Im back to bladder spasms. Hmmmm, apparently the body doesn’t care much for saccharine ridden acidic, carbonated beverages. I got to thinking about the Diet Coke. As a nurse, we use diet coke to declog feeding tubes. It is fantastic at breaking down foods and other “crud”…. Hmmmmm, I wonder what my favorite friend is doing to all of the wonderful nutrients I put in my mouth with it? So bye bye Diet Coke (ok, not completely but instead of 2-3 a day Im down to 2-3 a week) HEllllllooooooo water.

So then we come around the corner to breast cancer. I got a call from my provider telling me I had a highly suspicions lesion on my mammo. You know it is serious when Kaiser “squeezes” you in to an appointment. So I freaked out, poured a glass of wine, drank the bottle, had a diet coke and some chocolate and then started researching. First of all, the next day, I felt terrible. From the research I learned that overweight women and those who drink more than 1 glass per day and/or more than 3 times weekly are significantly at a higher risk for breast cancer. Wow. Even drinking one glass of red one a day (which by the way is heart healthy) puts you at higher risk for breast cancers. Back to the 5 colors 5 a day. The boobies love lots of fruits and vegetable with varying color. (Apparently my girls are ok for now but with a nation wide incidence of 1 in 9, I think I owe it to them to eat right)

Along this path, I grew tired of meal prep and planning so I decided to try optifast. I also toyed with bariatric surgery. Then I found out it had a 4000 price tag and started researching and found that Slim fast is very doable and at a much lower cost. I did well on it but then of course, there just isn’t as much variety or the 5 a day 5 colors that the ticker and the boobies like. Plus, a shake or a bar are just not all that satisfying. (See the picture below for a demonstration of this)

So here I am, Im back. I just ate my first “Spark” meal lunch. At then end of the post there is a picture of my Slimfast lunch and my sparky lunch – Hmmmmm, what would you like to eat ?

So Yes, Ive learned a lot. I still have to concur 200 pounds. Im a few away and staring down that bad boy. I just have this mental roadblock and think that once I concur the big 200, I will be able to continue my path.

This is a long blog but bear with me just a bit more. What I do know for sure, when we feed out bodies well and give them a bit of exercise, they feel better. Our energy levels rise, we enjoy sex more, we have less disease, less depression and not only longer lives but better lives.

Thanks for reading.

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    Wow!! You have had lots going on the last few months, haven't you? I've thought about doing some of the "diets" out there myself, but it is so much more sensible (and satisfying) to do it the old fashioned you said "lots of colors" emoticon

    I'm with you on the Diet Coke. I gave it up totally for 33 days but after one stressful day at work I'm back on, but only occasionally. And yes, I've opened up more than one PEG with it emoticon

    I hope all your health issues are resolved. Let's make 2011 The Year of Success!!

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