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Plan B

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!

  
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IRISHEI 7/6/2014 8:49AM

    Hope Plan B will work out well for you. You have had a lot of changes with dh being ill.
I think you are doing the best you can right now. Take one day at a time. Tracking does help me and if I don't track I over eat. God bless. You can do it! Take care and remember to take care of you too!! hugs, Ei emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon emoticon I do hope your back feels better soon too.

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IMEMINE1 7/2/2014 3:40PM

    emoticon Glad to hear you are back!

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PATRISNA 6/30/2014 1:42PM

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MARCIAC10 6/24/2014 9:41PM

    Glad to hear from you!

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NANA2JONEMIMAT 6/24/2014 7:25PM

    Glad to see you back! You gotta do what you gotta do.

Deanna

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DONNABRIGHT 6/24/2014 4:19PM

    We all struggle day to day. Your plan sounds good. I just brought a box of groceries to our son. Somehow this stuff jumps in the grocery cart and sneaks in to the house and then the potato chips start to call my name!

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MJRVIC2000 6/24/2014 3:24PM

    Get Plan C ready just in case Plan B doesn't work. Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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The challenge

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.

  
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SLIMPAM23 1/8/2014 8:46PM

    I have had a very difficult time keeping up with teammates this past year - so when I saw this blog, I became confused about your husband and had to back track on your blogs a little. I am sorry I didn't not do a better job "keeping up".
All that being said - I am so glad to hear that your husband is doing so well, so soon after cancer surgery! Prayers of gratitude being sent up for both of you!! I'm glad that he continues to improve and can't imagine the difficulty of trying to cook for both of you right now. But you seem to be doing a great job!!
Keep putting one foot in front of the other!! You are doing great!
Pam


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IMEMINE1 1/6/2014 10:10PM

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JUNEBUG1944 1/6/2014 9:36PM

    It is so difficult when you have to help DH gain weight and you are trying to lose. I faced the same thing with mine when he had surgery and lost a lot of weight. I agree with Donnabright, add some ice cream to the ensure for even more calories and a better taste. I would use chocolate ice cream and even some chocolate sauce and blend them...they were yummy...of course, I had to taste them to be sure they were good!

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DONNABRIGHT 1/6/2014 7:24PM

    I had my aunt on Ensure after an illness when she just would not eat anything for about 6 weeks and she loved the chocolate ones. I see absolutely no harm in your DH drinking those. I would try adding a scoop of ice cream to one and see if he liked it to add some calories. Sure sounds like you are getting it under control.

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ICEDEMETER 1/6/2014 6:51PM

    I just came across your blog, and flashed back a decade to when my late husband and I were in the same situation of him having to put on weight and me having to lose. What worked for us was mainly two things:

1) Sauces: mainly hollandaise and cheese sauces. I would make up a batch of each every few days so that he could pour them over whichever part of his meal that he wanted to, and I made a point of playing with the spices in them so that they didn't taste the same all of the time. I also made sure that there was always a selection of shredded cheeses (sharp cheddar, havarti, edam, gruyere) in the fridge so that he could add a handful to most meals. If I wanted to, I could work a couple of tablespoons of sauce in to my own calories for the day, but most times I didn't bother.

2) Starches: rice / quinoa / roasted root veggies (potatoes and sweet potatoes and parsnips and turnips and squashes). I would do a batch of each every few days so that he could add them to his meals without it being a lot of extra fuss for me. They reheat easily, and it actually ended up being an easy way for him to gradually increase his calories as he served them up himself and increased the quantity each week without really noticing. For some reason, cheddar scalloped potatoes were a food that he always could eat, so I always had those on hand (and he ended up adding shredded cheese and extra cheese sauce to these usually, too).

He was not a fan of Ensure or any equivalents, but would eat thick soups (potato/leek, bacon/cheddar, or cream of whatever). Adding some lentils or barley or both increased the nutrition and made them thicker (which, for him, made it easier to eat).

You are absolutely right that it is a challenge, but it sounds like you are both on top of it. All the best to the both of you for a year of ever-improving health and happiness!

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50th High School Reunion?

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. emoticon

  
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BAMAPASSION 1/26/2014 10:36AM

    Right on your heels with the 50th, this year will be my 40th. I've been dreading it as I have gained so much weight since my last reunion. You, on the other hand, look great! If you set your mind to it you will look exactly as you wish for that important date! So come on... walk in that room with the entrance of who you wish to BE!!!! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 1/6/2014 7:25PM

    My 50th will be in 2015 - maybe I'll head up to MA for it!

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CTUPTON 1/4/2014 4:15PM

    You are way too young for that! chris

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MARINEMAMA 1/3/2014 9:57PM

    50th??!! Wow....you look way too young for that! Wow!
I bet you would enjoy it! Who knows! I know you are missing those grand babies! Hope they visit soon!

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BAMAJAM 1/3/2014 12:55PM

  Well-- you might change your mind and go to your class reunion-- and have a ball!

My reunion of my grade school class was truly fabulous for me! It was absolutely like a dream come true to see so many class-mates, and to talk about all those memories.
We shared a magical time. One "girl" remarked-- "This is what heaven must be like."

BTW-- Your grandchildren must be such fun! What a great group---

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2014 already?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Where did 2013 go? I made no progress. In fact, I lost ground.

Well, that's over and done. I'm not even going to analyze what went wrong. Just taking steps today to get back on track.

I actually started yesterday. When the kids left I packed up the remaining sweets to send home with them. Today I will throw out the leftover rich casseroles and breads. Both hubby and I will feel so much better when we get back to a healthy eating routine.

I wish I could say I will get back to exercising today, but I am still having pain issues. I have been going to a chiropractor and it has helped my back, but in the process I reinjured my knee. It has been about a week and it is worse rather than better, so I may have to go back to the orthopedist and hope he can fix it with a shot.

Regardless of what happens with the knee, I will stay firm in my resolve.

  
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MARCIAC10 1/1/2014 1:11PM

    Thanks for the goodie! Time to get back on track! I made good progress but the past month I've lost some ground. I'm ready to get back on track, too!

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NEPTUNE1939 1/1/2014 12:36PM

    Great blog! Time marches on! emoticon I'm big on exercise. emoticon A book you might find helpful is "Becoming a Supple Leopard" by Dr. Kelly Starrett. Exercising in proper form is a great way to avoid pain. It has been an immense help to me with back pain as well as in powerlifting. Happy New Year emoticon Earl

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2014 already?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Where did 2013 go? I made no progress. In fact, I lost ground.

Well, that's over and done. I'm not even going to analyze what went wrong. Just taking steps today to get back on track.

I actually started yesterday. When the kids left I packed up the remaining sweets to send home with them. Today I will throw out the leftover rich casseroles and breads. Both hubby and I will feel so much better when we get back to a healthy eating routine.

I wish I could say I will get back to exercising today, but I am still having pain issues. I have been going to a chiropractor and it has helped my back, but in the process I reinjured my knee. It has been about a week and it is worse rather than better, so I may have to go back to the orthopedist and hope he can fix it with a shot.

Regardless of what happens with the knee, I will stay firm in my resolve.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 1/1/2014 3:58PM

    We can do this - I'm aiming to get through one day at a time!

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