Wednesday, September 28, 2016

More confessions

In my Confession and Plan post, I mentioned a few health issues. Well, the list goes on . . . I had such an intense pain in my toe that I thought I might have fractured it. The blood work and x-ray don't really point to anything, but the symptoms point to severe arthritis. This is not run of the mill arthritis, which hurts a lot. This is "wake me up at night pain" when my toe touches the sheet, bumps the mattress, or I flex. Guys, these are symptoms of gout. I don't have full-blown diagnosable symptoms, but I know what I eat and drink. I'm on the path to having a really debilitating disease that is avoidable with life changes.

So what it is the problem? Why can't I make these simple changes in diet? I was an athlete, so the walking is going quite well (ignoring the pain in my toe may prove to be a poor choice, but exercise helps arthritis). I can give or take sodas and desserts. In fact, I really only crave a Coke when I eat fried or processed foods. I prefer fresh veggies and home cooked meals. Skipping fast food and then the soda is really easy for me. Ice cream used to be my daily treat: 1/2 a cup a night, and I could skip all other sweet temptations throughout the day. I've become increasingly lactose intolerant since my gallbladder was taken out. I've heard that happens as people age. Also, I'm predisposed because of my Mediterranean background.

I have a number of great skills for losing weight through exercise and healthy eating, but there is one thing that has tied my hands and is the cause of all of these issues. I'll explain more in the next post.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Confession and Plan

I went to the doctor and the numbers don't lie (even if I pretended the mirror was). I knew that my body needed attention. I'm tired all the time. I can feel my veins pulse when my blood pressure is too high, my heart will beat too hard, I snore, my clothes don't fit the way I would like, my arm goes numb when I sleep, and on and on. These are really big warning signs. I'm only 44. How did this happen? Excuses and no personal accountability.

Confession:
  1. Weight highest it's been since pregnancy
  2. Cholesterol iffy even on meds
  3. Blood Pressure iffy even on meds
  4. Prediabetic because of all of the above 
  5. Reason for the above is simple: I eat too much and don't exercise enough.

Plan:
  1. Confess publicly so that I can have friend support. (Don't be offended if I turn down foods or drinks. Do call me for a walk, an activity, or to play with art instead of lunch or drinks.)
  2. Daily walks
  3. Add weight training
  4. Track eating and modify diet for diabetic friendly eating.
  5. Celebrate milestones and keep going till I reach my goal of better labs and a healthier body.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Brave Girls Club

Tomorrow, Brave Girls Club launches a new online class, Soul Restoration. "You don't need to change--you just need to restore," Melody Ross.
I'm in the midst of a major life shift. One kiddo just left for college, and the other finishes high school this year. I left a job I love because I found it impossible to balance family, life, friends, health, and teaching. After spending months in Virginia helping my mom through cancer, I realized that I couldn't juggle so many balls as once. For now, teaching is the ball I put down.

Many people juggle more balls than I do or ever will. I don't know how they do it. My husband and I are pretty happy with a simple life. When I was working 12 hours a day and another 10 on the weekend, our life was not simple.

I'm looking forward to taking the Soul Restoration class as I make peace with the changes in my life. I'm my own worst critic. If I'm going to really enjoy the next century, then I need to get back to the real me--not the one I think everyone else thinks I should be.