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Wednesday Check In

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CPAP Streak: 2 nights

I didn't want to put it on last night. I laid there...thinking, in a minute....then I remembered I had an appointment with the respiratory therapist next week and likely they will be downloading my info.

And I quickly got up and put on the mask, LOL.

Yesterday was a long day of tummy troubles. I don't know what I ate to cause them, but I have a strong suspicion it was too much processed food. I've been concentrating on fruits and veggies for fiber, so my processed food intake has gone way down...but Monday, I had quite a bit more than usual. Was I paying the price on Tuesday? I don't know. Was if a fluke that had nothing to do with that? Was it something else? I have no idea.

Again, I'm realizing how important my health is to me through all of this. Not feeling good all day, having to run to the bathroom repeatedly, that's not a great way to spend my life.

My weight continues to hover at 246-247. Right now...the focus on moving those numbers is not nearly as great as the focus on FEELING GOOD. Having vitality, excitement about life....not being obsessed with your digestive system and wondering how every bite you eat is going to affect it.

No likey.'s post is brought to you by a determination to again avoid processed foods, work the fiber in at every opportunity to prevent the diverticulitis/tummy troubles, and train myself to wear my CPAP nightly.

Because I'm too young to feel this old!

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GOPINTOS 10/25/2012 8:49AM

    I love your determination and persistence!

Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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KPA1B2 10/24/2012 8:30PM

  I wasn't feeling good Saturday night. I realized I had drank pepsi for lunch & again for dinner. I drink pop very rarely, so I think that much caffeine upset my stomach.

What you eat really does make a difference in how you feel!

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LEXIE63 10/24/2012 8:59AM

    Yeah, it might be best to be wearing that mask thingee if they are using it to get data on your sleeping issues (if I understand correctly what a CPAP is). :-)

Sorry your tum is being a pain again (((gentle hugs)))

Have you considered that one of the terrific things about the Sparkpeople Nutrition Tracker is that it can double as a food diary, so that you can use it to try and track down the foods that disagree with your diverticular disease. :-)

If you scroll down past the list of food you've eaten, there is a section where you can make a note. So if you have some pain, you can make a note of when it happened and what you suspect may be the cause. Over time you can build up a picture of what may be irritating your system. :-)

Hope the pain leaves you alone real soon!

I'm better than I was last week, but am scared to say so, in case sod's law intervenes and I get hit again! LOL
Lex xxx

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JLEMUS1 10/24/2012 8:54AM

    I wear my CPAP every time I close my eyes to take a nap or to actually sleep through the night!! It takes a bit to get use to but the rewards of waking up refreshed is priceless!! Be strong spark sister!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Monday Check In

Monday, October 22, 2012

I had a good weekend...time off (where we stayed home instead of traveling), time with one of my daughters I don't get to see all the time, and rest. It was good!

This week starts on a less-than lovely note...Friday at work "stuff happened" and it was very, very tense. I felt I had to defend myself against accusations I had done something...that I didn't do. It wasn't a pretty day. It makes this morning a little difficult, wondering what I'm walking into. I don't have concern for my job, necessarily, but....I feel like one of the docs wants someone to blame for this thing happening...and Friday I felt like I was in the cross hairs.

No likey. All I can do is go in, do my job, and if, yet again approached on "was it you?" simply re-iterate, no, it wasn't, period.

This weekend was a REST weekend, I didn't workout - I rested and wow, did I need it. We'd been gone several weekends in a row, I had tons of commitments during the week...and wow was it good to sit on my duff and knit, or watch tv, or sleep!

Speaking of sleep, I'm re-starting my CPAP streak....I think I got to around 10 days or maybe 2 weeks, then I went off. So, back on. Let's see how far I can get this time, shall we? emoticon

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GOPINTOS 10/22/2012 8:55AM

    Hope you have a great week!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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Friday Check In

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sooo glad to see Friday dawning!

Feeling better, diverticulitis flare has tapered off. Been successful at adding around 25 gram of fiber a day to my diet, woo hoo!

I've lost a pound a week the last two weeks. Cautiously optimistic. When I didn't feel great about it, I looked at my weight report and realized, I'm down 9 pounds from February, which is better than up 9 pounds, eh?

Glad to be spending the weekend at home - tho a busy weekend. Still, glad not to be traveling. Ready to relax!

Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend!

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TERRYT55 10/19/2012 3:44PM

    Congrats on being nine pounds down.......the next time you're in the grocery store take a look at nine pounds of butter. It makes you realize how much you've lost.

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WALLINMW 10/19/2012 10:25AM

  Stay motivated! Congrats on your weight loss!

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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 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 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!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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IAMFRANSGIRL 10/15/2012 11:03AM

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 a big ol' salad at lunch.....and was at about 15 grams of fiber.


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!
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?

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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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