Thank you, Susie for your reply and reassuring words. I have stayed on track since this past misstep and continue to take each day as a new start. I am so glad to hear that your Afib episode has been a one and done event. I am hoping for the same. My doctor wants me to finish the Eliquis I have and then be done with it. She wants me to stay on the Cardizem and to lose 10 to 20 pounds to help with blood pressure. It is not high but as been creeping up slowly over the last ten years. I am taking both suggestions to heart (no pun intnended, LOL) Merry Christmas to you and yours.
I will skip down to your AHA moment! Woo Hoo you!!! Since joining spark I have always believed when I screw up the next bite I take I can be back on track! I have always logged my nutrition. I admit sometimes I make some bad choices but it always helps me to log good or bad.
Back in 2009 I had an AFIB episode. My first and only. However, my doctor suggested I stay on my Diltiazem just in case! Good luck, Hopefully it was just a one off.
Susie South Central WI
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I have always treated weight loss as an "all or nothing" endeavor and any misstep from perfection always sent me to the fridge destroying any success I had enjoyed. I have finally internalized that this is a lifelong marathon and not a sprint. On November 7th, I had a severe and very scary episode of Atrial Fibrillation. My first, and so far as I know, only one. I felt a snap in my head followed by extreme vertigo, followed by a momentary loss of vision, followed by the worst hot flash (extended for several minutes) I had ever had, followed by some dang hummingbird trying to get out of my chest. My heart went up over 210 bpm and stayed there for over an hour. I spent several hours in the ER and was finally cleared to go home. All is well now, and so far, there have been no other episodes. I am on Eliquis and Cardizem for the forseeable future. My doctor asked that I lose some weight to help with blood pressure which has been very slowly rising over the years, so I am complying. To get to my aha moment finally. This past Friday, I was hungry all day, really hungry. I fought it most of the day eating extra fruit, yogurt, veggies, but finally caved and ate anything I could get my hands on (not good). This was followed by a birthday dinner for a friend of mine at an excellent restaurant. I was still hungry and indulged in the pre-dinner bread basket . All of my "stuffing" finally caught up with me, and I was filled to the rim after eating less than a third of my dinner. Fortunately, I stopped eating, could not participate in the indulgent dessert and came home with a bulging "doggie bag". Now this is where I can stand up and CHEER! I DID NOT let this "fail" get inside my head. For the first time ever, I got back on track right away, that night and the next day and the next!! WHOOT! The best news is that on my weekly weigh in this morning, I was down 1.5 pounds. I am so freaking proud of myself. Maybe I do have this finally figured out.