Friday, September 12, 2014
The last week has been a struggle. My dear friend Gene, who is 87 years old and the most amazing woman I have ever met, has been fighting cancer for about 4 years. She has been in the hospital for the last couple of weeks and has steadily gotten worse. Her son and his family do not live here so I, along with other friends, have been staying with her at night. Finally her family realizes that she needs them and have made arrangements to stay. As of yesterday the plan was to send her home with hospice.
That's the bad part of my struggle. The good part is that three of my very best friends made the trip from Arizona and Texas to visit with me. Although it was a great comfort, I spend much of their visit in tears and since they left I feel even more despondent.
I also overate/ate all the wrong things while they were here.
So today I'm shaking off the pity party and getting my butt in gear. It's a new day and I'm taking advantage of it.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Plan A was a failure. I tried to provide high calorie foods for hubby and ended up eating them myself. He has continued to lose and I've gained 10 lbs in 6 months. Had my checkup today and the doctor was appalled. So am I.
So, Plan B is that there will be only low calorie nutritious meals consumed in our house and hubby will have to supplement with Ensure. This is OK with his gastroenterologist who says that his stomach is not emptying as it should (which makes him feel full long after he eats) and that he should avoid high-fat foods. So no more gravies, sauces, and desserts. Unlike the nutritionist who advised us against Ensure, he thinks it is an excellent idea and recommended three per day.
Hubby loves ice cream, so I don't see him giving that up. That can be his daily treat, and fortunately I don't care much for it. He is not thrilled about Ensure, but he hasn't gained weight since his surgery and so I'll push it.
I'm still struggling with a back injury, but learned that part of the pain was caused by bursitis in my hip. Since getting a steroid shot for that I'm improved and more active. Hoping to get back walking soon.
My main focus this week is getting back into the habit of tracking my food!
Monday, January 06, 2014
Here is what I have to do: I have to prepare meals and entice hubby to eat in order to gain weight. At the same time I have to discourage myself from overeating so that I can lose weight. And I just can't make two separate meals three times a day!
Slowly I think I'm getting the hang of it. Most meals are going to be based on fish or chicken since he is still having trouble eating other meats. Vegetables are going to take some work. He can't eat broccoli or cauliflower or any raw vegetables or fruits. We are accustomed to having broccoli at least 3-4 times a week. Peas, green beans, and greens are going to have to do. He will eat cooked carrots but not many. Salads are out for him, and since I don't like them, I don't see me eating them either.
So far everything works for both of us. It's the extras that will make the difference. I'll bake breads for him and keep away - that's not a problem for me. Desserts are a different story. I'll need to prepare some for him because he needs the calories, but he doesn't need to eat large servings. I'm going to be on a slippery slope there.
Although his nutritionist advised against it, I think he will need to drink an Ensure most days. He was already doing that before his surgery - 3 or 4 a day, in fact, when he could hardly eat at all. Her point was that "nobody wants to have to drink Ensure so he needs to be getting all his calories from food". He actually likes them, so I don't see the harm on days when his calorie count is low.
I'm using Sparkpeople to track his calories as well as mine. It has been a godsend.
So, we are adjusting and, after letting his health issues sidetrack me for a long time, I'm determined to start eating healthy again.
Friday, January 03, 2014
Never attended a reunion. Never planned to. But by June I might have changed my mind. At any rate, I plan to look gooood by then.
I haven't made an auspicious start to the New Year, but I'm gradually getting back on track. I think I have finally cleared away all the goodies that were tempting me. No leftovers today. I've planned baked fish and veggies for lunch and soup for dinner.
The house is so quiet since the grandkids left.
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