Thursday, February 06, 2014
When I started this journey last June, I really wanted to lower my cholesterol. Yes, I wanted to lose weight too, but I thought of that as an extra benefit. Who knew all the other fringe benefits that would also occur?
My cholesterol is coming down quite nicely, I have lost over 30 pounds, I have more energy than the bunny, I get to buy new clothes, my food bill has decreased, etc...
Today I had received a benefit that I never even equated with healthy living before. I have a history of gum disease and visit the dentist 4 times a year for periodontal maintenance. I know my hygienist well and she knows my teeth. Today, she asked me what I had been doing differently, because she could not find any tartar to scrape off my teeth. I honestly have not changed my dental hygiene routine. The only thing that the two of us could think of was the change in my diet. My dentist came in and said of course. Healthy is healthy! This was the shortest dental appointment I have ever had.
Monday, February 03, 2014
The main reason I started this journey for hopefully the last time in June was my cholesterol numbers. They were high the end of May. I was really discouraged when in August, they were even higher. I got my results today from the labs that were drawn January 28.
hint, I am smiling!
First number was August, 2nd number January
Total Cholesterol: 244.......196
LDL: 162 ...........123
I am not to my goal yet, but I am so proud of the progress I have made. I had to get my LDL under 130 in 6 months or be put on medication. I will get labs again in 6 more months and hopefully will continue to improve! This has to be the biggest and bestest NSV ever for me!
I must steal from my friend, Michelle. This is definitely a GOLD STAR DAY!!!!!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
I just have to share about the concert I attended last evening. This is my at least my 5th year attending Winter Jam. It is a concert featuring Christian artists and the best part is that it only costs $10 at the door for 10 bands. The best part of the concert for me is being surrounded by 10,000 young people. I totally feed off of their energy. Most of these kids waited for hours outside in the very cold weather to get a good seat. I cannot even begin to describe the emotions. This year the concert included Newsboys, LaCrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Crutch, Plumb, Colton Dixon, Love and the Outcome and 3 new bands that I cannot remember. The tour goes to 47 more cities and we are lucky that there are others close to here, so we are going two more times this year.
Next Friday we are attending the Rock and Worship Road Show. The headliners there are Skillet, Third Day, Jamie Grace and others. I have never attended this one before, but I think it is similar. We are actually taking 6 young people with us. I know one is still undecided in his journey, so I am really excited about this. Last year we only had one kid interested in going with us, this year we have 6. My goal is to keep increasing this number each year. We invite the kids who are on camp staff with us. One day I will have to blog about this fantastic camp staff family. Any way, this is where I feel that God is calling me to reach out right now.
Monday, January 20, 2014
I am far from perfect, but I am really starting to recognize my progress. I am stronger, more confident, have more energy, and a real plus is that I weigh less.
Stinky and I had a great day. The temperature was in the 50's and we played outside all afternoon. I know the push ups are helping because I have been trying all Fall to split wood. Today I actually split two logs. I was able to actually swing the sledge hammer. I was so excited. Stinky even yelled, "Good job, Gramma!" Unfortunately we will be in the single digits here by Wednesday.
I did plan my menus this week, but for tonight I only put ground turkey something with veggies. I went into the kitchen and actually made a yummy dish without a recipe that I know would not have even sounded good this time last year. I just kept adding various spices and experimenting. I have enough to freeze 5 servings for lunch meals in the future.
I wore a pair of jeans today that is two sizes smaller than the jeans that were tight last March. I was even able to be comfortable in them!
Mentally, Spiritually, and Physically...
I AM making progress!!!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Was really doing well today, THEN...
I walked into my kitchen and the whole back of my house was flooded. I turned off the water and couldn't find the source. DS and Stinky were here (he was supposed to sleep over) DS looked all over and couldn't find the source so I called the plumber. It was $100.00 extra for Sunday night service. I spent the next 2 hours sucking up water. Plumber came, couldn't find anything wrong. Nothing, Nil. He had no idea where the water came from. He said that for that amount of water it was a miracle that there was nothing wrong. His only explanation was an overflowing toilet, but still was not sure that is where it was from. I spent the next hour cleaning up water then realized I had not eaten anything all day except a banana and a ham sandwich. So, I felt like I deserved something. So what did I do? I got in my car and drove to Mcdonalds. 1000 calories later I hate myself.
I wish I would have got back on here and asked for help, but no.
I still stayed within my range today for calories, but really am not happy that I really thought food would make me feel better. I have been turning to food less and less for comfort, so I know I am making progress. I will continue to grow. I can do this!
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