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Blood Pressure Crackpot Theory

Monday, November 24, 2014

My blood pressure cuff arrived this week. I want to find out if there is any connection between how much refined carbs I eat and how much I snore and my blood pressure. My husband reports that I have been sleeping quietly. Another non-scale victory. I have been reading about inflammation and I am curious about how it will play out.

  
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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/25/2014 7:17AM

    Woo Hoo on non scale victory.
I also snore due to sinus issues.



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SKATER787 11/24/2014 1:39PM

    Cut out the grains and sweets and you'll be better off. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 11/24/2014 12:55PM

    I found as I lost weight I snored less - although I still have a little way to go!

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Non-Scale Victories

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I had to go see my GP today at the clinic. I was dreading the "you need to lose weight" conversation.

The weigh-in was predictably awful. The first BP the nurse took was 148/98, which was terrible. She took it a second time after I explained that I had "white coat syndrom" which means I freak out every time I see a blood pressure cuff. The second time, it was 128/81, which was nearly normal! NSV #1

Then the nurse asked me how often I exercise and I honestly told her 30 minutes, 7 days a week. She gave me a high-5. Then she asked me how much alcohol I was drinking and I told her the truth, 0. NSV #2 and #3. Woot Woot.

  
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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/18/2014 8:09PM

    Great job!

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SKATER787 11/18/2014 7:24PM

    Excellent! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 11/18/2014 10:50AM

    You are making AWESOME choices - way to go on NSV's!!!
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The Plan

Friday, November 14, 2014

First, some baby love.

The Goal: Maintain until Baby Gabey is weened. Strengthen back and core. Improve mood and energy. Lower BP.

Icing-on-the-Cake goals: Lose weight slowly (half pound per week would get me to a healthy weight by January of 2016)

The Plan: Focus eating on veggies, fruit, meats and complex carbs. Thirty minutes of aerobics and ten of Pilates or kettle bells every day.

Icing-on-the-Cake goals: Tracking food. Thirty minutes of strength training 3x a week.

Here's to being on the Plan for three days. Struggled with sugar cravings, but I was able to quell them with peanut butter (not sure that is much of an improvement, but at least no insulin spike). Also planning on teetotalling, for the baby, for my BP. I am setting a very low goal for myself because I know my body. She doesn't drop pounds when she's feeding babies. I stayed in range for months after my second son without the scales budging. I even gained weight following the Weight Watchers plan. I don't want to bang my head against a brick wall for the next eighteen months. The only thing that kept me going was the alternative of doing nothing and waking up one morning weighing 250 lbs, which is entirely possible.
I am excited about this, I can do it.

  
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KOFFEENUT 11/14/2014 11:11AM

    Your plan of tracking food and doing 30 minutes of strength training 3x/week is awesome, because YOU actually have control over those things! You can totally do this!
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Panicking

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This last year has been a wild ride. My son, G, was born August 2nd, after a rough pregnancy. I threw out my back September 27 (at a wedding) dancing, perhaps too energetically. The last few months I have been trying to heal my back, which is going along nicely. (Yeah remembered physical therapy exercises).

But now, panic. I weighed myself two days ago, 189 lbs. I was in the mid-170s after I gave birth. I gained a ton of weight with my second son, so I kept an eye on things until October, when the entire family got that cold. Then I rediscovered the joys of baking. And how much I love sugar, and homemade waffles and fudge, and chocolate cake made in the rice cooker and sweetened condensed milk straight out of the can and ... And...

So now I am here, my BMI is in the obese range, the holidays are fast approaching and I am breast feeding. Which means I can't do anything low carb (I looked it up), I am stuck sitting a few hours every day, mornings are rough- the precious pre-toddler hours I am recovering from the interrupted sleep or I am nursing, so working out is very hard. Tho' I have been getting about 30 minutes in of aerobic nearly every day. If I don't, I become Evil Mommy.

Realistically, I know with winter and everything else, losing weight right now will be impossible. The most I can hope for is to stop the mad gain. Which is making me panic. I know my BP is high (I broke my damn cuff last September, I need to replace it pronto). And the worst insult is that I am snoring. I snore in three situations; when I weigh more than 180, when I am congested, and when I am pregnant. Right now, I have 2 out of three.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  
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CARMEN327 11/14/2014 12:42AM

    Thanks for commenting, ladies. No argument about keeping my health a priority, but try doing it while not getting enough sleep, and with three screaming kids who won't even let me take a crap by myself. Balance is something I strive for, a little bit each day. The thirty minutes of aerobics is the bare minimum that allows me to have a modicum of patience with my nutty toddler and preschooler. I am under no illusion that it is burning tons of calories, but it stabilizes my mood and lowers my BP, which is a win.

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MM11113 11/13/2014 3:42PM

    You can still get control of things, but you need to make YOU a priority. I know that is difficult, but you don't want to have all the evil health problems descend upon you because you don't take care of yourself.

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PIXIEBURDS 11/13/2014 3:37PM

    You can do this. Keep track of your calories in and stay in range at least 5-6 days per week. If you like to bake go to the spark recipes and find ones that are lower in fat and sugars. Doing the aerobics is great, you might consider doing a bit of strength training at home. You can use cans for weights or detergent bottles etc. Anything is better than nothing, and you don't have to spend a lot of money or leave the house to exercise. We can get through the holiday season. I believe in you.

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SKATER787 11/13/2014 3:33PM

    My message is the same. No need to obsess over low-carb, just get rid of all the flour, grains, sugar and potatoes in the house. If you don't have them you can't eat them. Working out? Haha, few people can do that. Stop believing pipe dreams that the fitness industry and experts are selling. The real key is avoidance of sitting. That is what really messes up your hormones. Get a few dumbbells and use that (standing of course) while watching the kid. Good luck.

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Urgh

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I did well this morning at the work holiday party, but I couldn't resist the bag of cookies my sister left. I feel so fat right now. I did my workout this morning and I felt really jiggly. I love the idea of low-carb, but the execution is a different matter.

  
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CATLADY52 12/19/2013 4:06PM

    Take the cookies (if any are left) and put them in smaller bags of two cookies each. Then freeze them. Take out a bag at a time. All the goodness of the cookies with no way to overeat. And you can enjoy them longer. Try it, you might just have a new way to go. emoticon emoticon

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SKATER787 12/19/2013 12:31AM

    Lower carb is a great idea. That's the minimum everybody agrees on. Try cut out the grains. That's what I'm doing. Some low carbers are against fruits and veg with carbs. I disagree and like fruits too much. So I just cut out grains and potatoes. Of course, when in France have some of their pastries and drink the beers in Germany. But those exceptions are worthwhile and only far and few in between. :)

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DJ4HEALTH 12/18/2013 11:08PM

    Next time take the cookies and break them into small bags and freeze them and then when you want one or two then take a bag out for yourself.

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KOFFEENUT 12/18/2013 10:15PM

    I told someone today I could resist anything except temptation - those cookies wouldn't have been safe with me, either!
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ROBBIEY 12/18/2013 8:06PM

  Just think in a few weeks the holidays will be behind us; I can not wait.

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MARYJEANSL 12/18/2013 8:02PM

  It is HARD to resist holiday goodies. I find that, no matter how much I plan ahead, I am still liable to succumb to temptation. But please don't give up. You can do it - and the only true failure is if you stop trying.

Best of luck to you! Maybe you can avoid some of the parties. I am debating just skipping one of the ones looming ahead for me. At least that would be one party I didn't overeat at.

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