Thursday, November 21, 2013
Doctor put me on the DASH Diet weight loss solution to lower my high blood pressure. Read the book and stocked up on groceries according to the meal plans. Phase 1 is restrictive in what you can eat and lasts for two weeks. I started the DASH diet on Sunday, 11/17/13. The only "cheats" I have had are not giving up my hazelnut creamer in my coffee (2 cups of coffee each morning with 1 tbsp creamer each) and eating Dannon light & fit greek strawberry yogurt. I've read countless testimonials of how much weight people lose in just a few days, and thought "yea, right". I was going to wait until this Sunday to have my weigh in, but decided to weigh this morning...down 4.8 pounds!!! Could not believe it....kept stepping on the scales just to make sure! Really gave me motivation! So hopefully Sunday's weigh in will be even better! Was really tempted today to have a soft pretzel, but remembered my excitement over losing 4.8 pounds in only 4 days....no pretzel for me! No carbs, no sweets/sugar, gluten free...no hurting belly after eating! Thought I would have carb and sugar withdraw headaches, but nothing really to speak of. Do keep track of my calories (on Spark People) and each day is less than 1,000 calories, usually around 700-800, yet not hungry. Feel satisfied, motivated, and energized, and realized that I can do this! So...WOOHOO for me!
Monday, November 04, 2013
Some days I am so good and everything goes right and other days I am just horrible and not on track at all....My best times for tracking and eating properly and healthy are at work. Once I get home it all goes out the window.....just can't seem to find my willpower or motivation or whatever it is that I am lacking. I hate to talk negatively to myself, and that is what I end up doing, which just makes me feel worse, which makes me eat the wrong foods. Feel like I am spiraling downward.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Went to the doctor's today for my physical and annual exams. Lost 1.2 pounds since I was there last week, and my blood pressure was down! Woohoo for me!!! Have been trying to eat healthy, although this evening I didn't do too well with that. My weigh-in day is always my "anything" day, so that was today....if I have a craving for something I wait to have it on my anything day...and by the time that rolls around I have forgotten all about the craving! Works for me!
Purchased the DASH diet book that was recommended by my doctor. DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. Made the stuffed pepper recipe. Was good, but not like the stuffed peppers we all think of. My husband did eat it. I was prepared to make my supper and his different supper. He said he would eat what I was eating...that if it was good for my blood pressure that it was good for his too! He is such a sweetheart!!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
It has been a week since I've been on SP. Have not been able to use my right hand and type...Have been having trouble with my hands the last few months and finally today saw my doctor. Have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, but right hand is the worst and now is really bad. Can't use thumb anymore and now have to wear brace until I can have surgery...makes it hard to type! Didn't realize how much we use our thumbs, something we just take for granted! From getting dressed to undoing seat belt, I have found just how much I can and can't do...frustrating and very painful at the same time. So must take it easy and be patient and realize my temporary limitations.
Also been diagnosed with hypertension, and have been put on medication and the DASH diet to lower my blood pressure. Was told that even losing 10 pounds could help lower blood pressure. Got the DASH diet book downloaded to my Kindle so I can start to read and follow it. So tonight was "the last supper"....pizza with extra cheese!!
I've done pretty well (for the most part) with my eating choices and my tracking, but now feel that my health really depends on it. So no more "well, maybe I'll just eat a little of this, etc. etc." NOW is the time that I really have to buckle down and get serious. The high blood pressure explains why I have been plagued recently by many migraines and can even affect your kidneys, which I just recently had kidney stones.
I have renewed my commitment to myself to eat healthy and exercise. Before I was kind of doing it because I knew I SHOULD. Well....now I HAVE TO, so tomorrow morning I start my new journey to my healthy life....I know I can do this, I don't have a choice anymore....I'll be successful!
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