Monday, February 10, 2014

WAKE UP CALL



Pain is a great motivator, and a few years ago I experienced gall bladder attacks that were so painful when I ate ~ I basically stopped eating.  For several months I thought I was just having indigestion.  So I started eating very small portions of food that didn't seem to cause me pain.  As a result, I lost almost 40 pounds before it was diagnosed as a gall bladder problem..  So November 11, 2011 I had gall bladder surgery and was thrilled with the weight I had lost.  I kept it off more than a year, and then as most things do...no more pain, I went back to some old habits.  Slowly, but old habits.  I don't like to weigh when I'm being bad (anyone else?) so I kept telling my self I was OK.

Fast forward to my annual blood work a week ago ~ I've gained back half the weight, and my cholesterol  is the culprit.  It really soared and now I'm back on medicine for it.  Ug!!  So that was my WAKE UP CALL.  My doctor who I really like is giving me three months to lose some weight, go back to my regiment of exercise (Had scuffed  off on that too) and get a new blood test in three months.  How convenient...that would be my birthday, May 1st. HaHa

Above is a typical day for me now.  Breakfast ~ small slice of squaw bread, a pile of spinach, and a poached egg.  Lunch ~ a small but wonderful salad ~ Dinner ~ Tilapia, Roasted asparagus, onions and sweet potatoes.

I know some of you face the same battle, and are doing your own lifestyle change.  What makes me so mad, is I KNOW BETTER..and I know what I should have been doing, so I'm back in the "saddle again, back to fruits, veggies, fish, whole grains...etc. Back to drinking tons of water (64 oz) a day.  I'm weighing myself again.  And am happy to report since my appointment a week ago, I'm down 3 pounds.  Cutting out my baking, and bad carbs works!

I want to be an encouragement to any of you out there facing the same battle.  So from time to time I will post what I'm eating, how I'm exercising and how the weight is going.  I'm going to need your encouragement too.

Happy Trails!

26 comments:

  1. Way to go, Sister!! Old habits die hard, don't they? Louis Dean used to eat a 2,000 calorie diet with low fats, carbs and sugars. He's gained what he lost but men can seem to get away with that easier than women. After being sick for over a week I hope I lose a few pounds and will stay motivated to keep them off and exercise more. I used to count every calorie and execised every day. Then Amber got pregnant with quads! 'm sure the lifting counts for a weight workout? Right? Good for you!! You did it once. You can do it again!

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    1. Isn't that the truth...Don drops is so much easier than me...but then he's not a "cheater." I am so hoping your are completely well soon. Believe me I've seen your videos...You are exercising every time you see the quads...and you do that often. I hope I can keep my newfound motivation.

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  2. It would just be easier if food wasn't so delicious! haha. :)

    You can just give all the cookies away...and kill two birds with one stone! :) Dieting and random kind acts!

    I think everyone in the country put on a little weight, even if just over the holidays! I know I did! And I think I stress-ate over the last year. Happily, I've taken 5 pounds off since the first of the year. I think most of it has to do with all the water I'm drinking!...and I love how you put fruit in yours..it looks so pretty!

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    1. Betsy, I'm more worried about the cholesterol count than the weight..but when I lost the weight, I didn't have to take meds. I want to get back to that. Doesn't that water look good...I have done my 64 oz today...excuse me gotta GO! HaHa

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  3. Hi Wanda, I will love for you to share with us. John is diabetic (for the last 3 years) and we get so tired of the same foods. Winter is the worst since we can't get good fruits/veggies locally. It is wonderful that you have already seen results. I would love to lose weight too...I have to remind myself to walk more and drink more water.
    Blessings to you this evening.

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    1. One of the reasons my dearest has kept off his weight, he was borderline diabetic, and so for three months he's been good. He has blood work Wednesday ~ Hope it's good report.

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    2. I hope he gets a good report, too. Keep me posted.

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  4. I had parents who were brittle diabetics with uncontrolled blood sugars that fluctuated and on two occasions put them in a diabetic coma. So I know better. When daddy died, I found out I was diabetic. I was so upset because I didn't want to be like them. I got off 30 pounds in about 6 months. Now, I'm back up to my peak weight and I am disgusted. Give me your foot ideas. I need the encouragement. Ugh this is so hard. I really do need to make it a point of prayer.

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    1. OK ~ We're here for each other. The main thing is not getting discouraged when the weight doesn't come off as fast as we want. Bad day..start over the next day! Will email you some of my food ideas.

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  5. Yup.....must be a woman thing...gain....lose.....
    Keep an eye on that cholesterol....my boyfriend has been on Lipitor EZ for about 12 years....he takes it very seriously...
    We're all pulling for you, Wanda!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thanks Linda...You know I've got some food ideas from you. I'm on a small dose of Lipitor to see if that and my weight loss and exercise will work in the three months.

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  6. You have the right attitude, Wanda...you're grabbing the bull by the horns! I've had high cholesterol for the past few years and my doctor has not put me on medicine yet. I start to lose weight and then fall back into my bad eating habits when I don't see a weight loss. Now I'm determined. I'm well over 3 weeks on a low carb diet (on which I lost 40 pounds a few years ago...and gained back after 3 years), and I have a lot of confidence because I have not caved in ONCE!! Yay!

    Good luck to you. I support you totally and would love to hear how it is going once in awhile! :)

    XO,
    JAne

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    1. We're in this together Jane. I will try to encourage you and I know I will need some. The first few weeks are usually easier for me as I tend to drop weight fast at first....it after a few weeks it isn't fun any more. But I really don't want to take meds. So I'm going to really work on it.

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  7. That looks a good diet there Wanda, very tempting. Unfortunately its the pastries etc that put the weight on. With all that nice weather you have daily walks should be fun. Stick at it, its hard but worth it.

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    1. You are so right Dave...I need to limit my baking, and my time in the kitchen..HaHa. Yes I have NO excuse for walking...it's lovely here.

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  8. I hope that you do well Wanda, it is hard thing to do so you deserve a well done for not putting all of the weight that you lost before back on. Take care. xx

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement. Yes, I need to remember I'm already half way there!! Yeah.

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  9. Oh, Wanda. I am right there with you. After deciding to put our house on the market and all the roller coaster that followed, I gained 15.2 pounds... I knew I was gaining, but didn't weigh because we had put the scale away for the house to look more "show worthy". MISTAKE to stop weighing. I was stunned when I dragged the scales back out. All because I did the same thing you did. Blast it! We can't just lose and go back to our bad ways. LOL! I'm on the wagon, too, and have managed 8 lbs. so far... Keep on keeping on! hugs and blessings ~ tanna

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    1. I'm with you...I should have been weighing. Weight does flux so I need to NOT get discouraged if it goes up a pound, or stays the same for a while. I am keeping a record.

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    1. Thanks for being my Cheer Leader!!! Don and I continue to hold Ann in our prayers. Sending hugs.

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  11. I'm pulling for you. My last check-up showed that I absolutely had to lose some weight so I've made some changes, mainly cutting down on carbohydrates and increasing my exercise. I was already walking 2 miles a day and doing aerobics on an irregular basis. Now I do about 3 miles a day and do aerobics every day and have added little one pound weights. So far I've lost 15 lbs. I'm thrilled.
    So I'll be cheering you along.

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    1. That's the key isn't it? Less carbs and more exercise. I'm going back to the YMCA. It was easy to miss a day, then a week.....But back on track now!~ Thanks for your encouragement!!

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  12. Kudos to you Wanda, as I hang my head.
    I have been so bad since the Christmas season.
    I have got to do better!
    3 pounds in a week is awesome. Keep it up. That's a lot of water too.

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    1. I tend to drop weight fast in the beginning..first few weeks, then I hit a wall and get really discouraged... Want to push though the wall this time.

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