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Monday check in

Monday, October 15, 2012

I've had a very busy week since our return from vacation....Still tired. The sleep study is tonite, hopefully I can get going on the right pressure for my apnea after that.

I'm struggling with the diverticulitis again. I'm really discouraged about it. I worked all week to add fiber...and here I am again in pain. Not the chills/fever kind of pain (yet, sigh), but I feel just like I did before that happened - constant low abdominal pain, almost like being painfully constipated, but that's not the problem.

yep, I'll be calling my provider today to see what they say. More antibiotics? oh the joy. :(

Despite feeling crappy, good things have happened. I got to see my oldest daughter this weekend and really enjoyed that...my dance life is going well and I'm happy. I just don't feel good and that's hard to stop thinking about when it's constant discomfort.

I told a friend, NOW I know why sometimes older people....you ask them how they are and it's a litany of their aches and pains. It's hard NOT to whine about it! But, I've done that here today, so hopefully I won't feel that need with others today, LOL>

  
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GOPINTOS 10/16/2012 9:17AM

    Hope you have a great Tuesday!

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IAMFRANSGIRL 10/15/2012 11:03AM

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Your body could just be adjusting to the extra fiber? My mom has Crohn's disease and when she was told to add more fiber that's what happened to her. Then she tried less gassy fiber like prunes,squash and sweet potatoes. I hope you're feeling better soon.

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FATBASTICH 10/15/2012 9:20AM

    I hope you feel better soon.

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MACMOM57 10/15/2012 8:42AM

    Feel better its so hard sometimes to emoticon do anything when you feel bad.

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This Fiber Thing Is Harder Than I Thought...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Following my bout with diverticulitis, I was to begin adding fiber to my diet - eventually working up to 30 grams of fiber a day. The doc said "eat more fruits and vegetables".

Been working on that and .... it's harder than I thought.

Added a piece of fruit at breakfast, a snack with carrot sticks/snap peas...at a big ol' salad at lunch.....and was at about 15 grams of fiber.

Really?

Next day I did the same, and added a Fiber One bar (Jodie and I call them Fart Bars, LOL THAT SAYS IT ALL!) and that pushed me up to around 24 grams that day.

Getting up to 30 gm a day is taking work! The nice thing? Replacing other food with fruits and veggies means my calories are way down comparatively.

Perhaps we'll see some benefit from that, eh? Would be nice...but I'm not even focused on the weight loss as much as I am HEALTH right now. The arthritis, the diverticulitis thing, sleep apnea.....I feel like I'm getting older and breaking down .... no likey!

So feeling good is the goal....being able to do what I want to do!

  
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TERRYT55 10/19/2012 3:42PM

    Hi Lisa.......Have you tried Fiber One Cereal? The original kind, not the flakes. It has 14 grams of fiber in 1/2 cup. I sprinkle it on Plain Greek Yogurt along with berries most mornings for breakfast. 3/4 cup of frozen blueberries has almost three grams of fiber so I start the day with at least 17 grams.

Take care

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LEXIE63 10/15/2012 12:16PM

    The less calories when you eat more fibre - specially when you are gaining fibre in the form of fruit and veg rather than wholegrain pasta, rice and bread - is a benefit I discovered as well. :-) Another silver lining!
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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SUSIEQ911 10/11/2012 11:55AM

    Kashi cereals have quite a bit of fiber.

Or you could always go the Benefiber route to round out your numbers?

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DIANE7786 10/11/2012 9:38AM

    Add 1/2 cup beans to soup for 7 gms of fiber.

Did you see this list of fiber in foods?

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
resource/reference_fiber.asp


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FATBASTICH 10/11/2012 9:02AM

    seeds help - pumpkin, for example. but then you need to be careful with sodium. good luck!

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Disneyland and the Obese Guest....

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

We spent 4.5 days in Disneyland and California Adventure. Before leaving, I was concerned about fitting into rides, etc. Here is my experience in short form - in parts, there may be "too much information" - but I felt it applicable and wish I'd thought about those things so I'm saying it anyway!

I'm 247 pounds and stand just over 5 foot. The majority of my weight is in my belly.

* I was able to fit into every ride I wanted to try including: Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Little Mermaid, Matterhorn Bobleds, Buzz Lightyear, Big Thunder, Grizzly River Run, Pinnochio, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many more. There was a time or two I worried about the bar not locking down, but it did every time and I was not uncomfortable - the bar didn't squish me in.
* If you have knee problems, I would suggest avoiding the Matterhorn Bobleds. I fit, barely, but my knees were drawn up at such an angle due to my size that my knees were not happy. I wouldn't repeat this ride due to the knee factor.
* I was treated with great kindness and respect by every single cast member I encountered over that 4.5 days. I can't say enough about Disney customer service- it's the best I have ever encountered anywhere, period.
* Even with good shoes, my feet hurt.
* After Grizzly Run, we were soaked and I do mean soaked, like "squish squish" with every step. I SHOULD have returned to the hotel, got dry shoes and new socks. I did not, and I ended up with blisters on both feet because of it and that was a big mistake. If I had it to do over again, I would have brought flip flops for that ride, stored my shoes/socks in the nearby lockers and not had that problem. But I didn't know, now I do.
* No where in Disneyland or nearby area could I find any kind of hemorrhoid cream. Suffice to say, many obese people struggle with hemorrhoids, and the heat and constant walking caused serious bleeding hemorrhoids almost every day I was there. Unpleasant. Note to self, expect this and take some with me next time.
* I specifically chose comfort over fashion, but I still slipped up in a couple of clothing choices - which lead to chafing issues. Those loose, comfy shorts? Miserable choice once you start walking and sweating. Best choice? The workout style capris I brought - they have "cool max" technology and I stayed comfortable with no chafing.
* Best decision we made: Going at open of park to about 1 pm, then returning to the motel during the heat (which we are NOT used to) of the day until about 4 or 5 pm. We were then able to last much longer into the evening, felt refreshed and much happier. Trying to stay all day? We were extremely hot, miserable and crabby.
* There ARE healthy food choices in the parks, stands with fresh (and DELICIOUS) fruit. Yep, it's more expensive than at home, but hello, you're at a theme park, what do you expect?
* The biggest and only real complaint I can think of? Rude guests. People can be incredibly rude - but, let's face it, we have that here at home in the grocery store! Avoiding the heat of the day, we were able to be more tolerant of people's ugliness. When you are hot, and crowded and someone is an arse? It's much harder not to snap back!
* We stayed at the Carousel Inn, literally across the park from the main gates, 5-7 min walk. Very, very clean and friendly.

I saw many overweight and seriously obese people on our trip. It was a great reminder of as a society, where our health is headed. I don't judge those people, I'm ONE OF THEM! I was glad to see them out there enjoying life, because I know for every one who is doing it despite their weight, there are likely two staying at home waiting to live their life when they "lose the weight".

I had a fabulous trip. Loved every minute. SUPER enjoyed visiting with Terry55!! Once I get around to sending pics to my computer, I'll post some. Thanks for sharing some time with me Terry, I really enjoyed it!!

  
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KATCHAGIRL 10/11/2012 3:08PM

    I'm really glad you had a good time, overall, and that you learned the "Do's & Dont's" so the next time will be even better!! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 10/11/2012 9:48AM

  Glad your experience was so good! And good suggestions.

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TERRYT55 10/10/2012 7:29PM

    Hi Lisa! I'm still telling anyone who will listen what I great time I had meeting you and Jodie. I am so very happy that you two enjoyed your visit to the parks and were treated well. I am sorry about the rude guests......I encounter them from time to time and would love to just send them home emoticon

Welcome home and thanks for meeting with me.

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DITA48 10/10/2012 1:28PM

    Thanks for sharing! Very thoughtful of you to think through the challenges and provide your take on it. One of the motivators for me to lose weight is so I can fit on the rides at amusement parks. I've never had an issue at Disney World, Busch Gardens, or Universal Studios, but I almost couldn't ride an older coaster at Cedar Point which is what gave me the scare. After a 3 hour blistering heat wait, I couldn't get the bar to click. Finally the attendant came and helped, and I was able to ride. After that, I always check the test seat. I would very much like not to have to worry about the test seat the next time I go.

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KNYAGENYA 10/10/2012 12:57PM

    I recently returned from Disney World and had some of the same thoughts. I went last year and had horrible foot problems. This year when I went I was 26 pounds lighter and did not have nearly as many problem in the park. I was so happy to be able to fit in the rides comfortably. Thanks for the blog.

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MISSB8604 10/10/2012 11:11AM

    I'm SO glad you had a wonderful time!

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ALIHIKES 10/10/2012 11:10AM

    Thanks for sharing your experience, and so glad you were out there enjoying life (and Disneyland) emoticon

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2BEEFIT 10/10/2012 10:50AM

    I too am ONE OF THEM and I have enjoyed myself immensely at Disneyland. I would love to go again sometime. :) Maybe next year. I haven't went during Halloween and have always wanted to.

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LJANDPAT 10/10/2012 10:45AM

  This was awesome,thank you for sharing. Now I don't feel so scared to do things with my family like I was before.

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MANDYLOVE_76 10/10/2012 10:37AM

    awesome blog and glad you enjoyed yourself.

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GOPINTOS 10/10/2012 10:19AM

    Very much enjoyed this blog! Thank you for sharing! Glad you had a great trip and a safe journey to and from!

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Back from Vacation!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Home again! What a fabulous vacation - I couldn't have asked for more! I have a blog post in mind about visiting Disneyland as an obese woman - my personal experience - hopefully I'll get that out tomorrow.

Today, it's back to real life - work and the pursuit of HEALTH. My biggest focus in the coming weeks? Adding the appropriate amount of fiber into my diet to help prevent another attack of diverticulitis. I don't ever want to do that again! I've had difficulty getting all the veggie/fruit servings in daily - now it must be a priority. They say you don't appreciate your health until you don't have it, and that seems to be a recurring theme for me!

I want health. I want to feel vibrant and alive - regardless of my weight! That is what I really want, and that is what I'm going to focus on daily until I get it!

  
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SONITA34 10/9/2012 11:22AM

    It is in your reach, you just have to grab it

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Last day before Disneyland!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The diverticulitis is finally subsiding and I'm feeling human again. I guess I was more ill than I really realized at first - the doc was so right, staying home was the best choice.

Being so ill, unable to hold down food, etc, I am not feeling my best going into our Disneyland trip. Jodie and I took a moderate walk on Sunday, a walk I could have done in less time without breaking a sweat probably, and I was pretty wiped afterward. But, I made it through work yesterday just felt tired at the end of the day.

It is what it is, no, I won't be a powerhouse of energy at Disneyland, LOL, but I'll enjoy it at a slower pace and it will still be a fabulous trip!! I'm so excited to meet Terry55 - my first meeting with a Spark Friend! As well, Jodie and i haven't had 6 days/5 nights alone, ever, in the 7 years we've been together. Always had at least one kid - or if both were gone it was only for a day or two and of course we were working and/or going to school. So...this is definitely a trip to look forward to, not having to be responsible for kids and listen to the teenage bickering, LOL.

I likely won't be on Spark til my return, tho since i get up early I may make use of the hotel computer to log in. I hope to have good things to share about the trip to the Happiest Place On Earth as a "woman of size", successes and pictures. :)

  
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GOPINTOS 10/2/2012 9:05PM

    Take care of yourself even on your trip!

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Melinda (gopintos)
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TERRYT55 10/2/2012 1:25PM

    I am looking so forward to meeting you and Jodie this week! Happy you get to have some time alone together. See you soon and travel safely!

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SUSIEQ911 10/2/2012 10:22AM

    Have fun!!!

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EGALITAIRE 10/2/2012 8:58AM

    Sounds like it is going to be a great trip for you - have fun

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