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Update to the Update

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Well already with one day's change in the BP meds and my chest feels clear and haven't once cleared my throat or hacked any..I'm to test my BP daily until my appointment on the 26th so know it is going to be even better. But now I'm facing another challenge...I can't do peanut butter to up my protein each day...it gives me gas and a belly ache...I remember before it did that with me..so may try the greek yogurt someone suggested or maybe try the Ensure if I can find a low or no calorie one. I need to find a good source of protein that is low fat and low calorie..any suggestions?

One thing I was discouraged about htis morning was my weight..today was my weigh date and I weighed less at the doctor's office on Thursday than today but still even showed a half pound loss for this week so still in the running on my 5% challenge..I may not lose 5% in 8 weeks but at least I hope to lose some each week..so not going to moan about just losing a half pound..every bit counts.

Now for the other good news. ..like many of us here, I have fat clothes and thinner clothes but they are by no means skinny clothes..just one size difference really. I had been wearing a size 20 stretch jean and last winter they were a little snug. I had 2 pairs of size 18 in my closet from when I was down to 178lbs 2 years ago..well put a pair on and my goodness they fit and aren't even snug...and I'm only down to 196.5lbs...so apparently I've lost this weight in my butt...I'm so thrilled so the scales not moving much is nothing compared to the feeling of being able to get into these jeans again..

So I'm jubilant!!!

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CAKAROO 7/17/2012 6:19AM


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RADFEN 7/15/2012 10:53AM

    emoticon Excellent!

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MISSY455 7/15/2012 12:54AM

    emoticon emoticon on the Non-scale victory!!! Also, emoticon on the emoticon victory! Any loss is emoticon

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NIMAWEYGH 7/14/2012 10:30PM

    Barb you know all nuts are full of protein and turkey is also. Have you ever tried any other nut butters. I love Blue Diamond nut butters like almond and cashew.

I am so happy the B/P meds are already working that is wonderful. Dh does the Ensure with protein but not sure what the calories are on it. I cannot get past the smell of ensure so you might try Gluserna as well.

Hey gal EVERY 1/2 pound still counts. emoticon

WOOT WOOT Barb is in her skinnier jeans. emoticon Don't ya just love it when you get into those clothes you thought were off limits.


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READYBETTY 7/14/2012 5:46PM

Rock those jeans!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/14/2012 4:41PM

    emoticonYou should feel jubilant.


I buy Lean Cusine now and then. It has good protein in it. I don't know why I didn't think of it the other day. You might want to look into that. I buy it at Walmart since it is lowered price there. Also I was wondering if you can tolerate cheese. That is one snack I keep around.

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Doctor appointment UPDATE

Friday, July 13, 2012

Well went to my 10:45 appointment this morning at my local clinic and had been fasting so they could draw blood to recheck my liver..was told if my liver functions are off again then will be doing ultrasound next..but she did change my BP meds and when I got to the pharmacy he had a toll free number to call to get a discount on my co-pay..instead of $34 copay it will be $4 for a year and a half..so will call the number in just a minute to start that..Then I will go back to my local clinic in a couple of weeks to discuss next step on my liver..but she said losing the weight I have lost will help a whole lot and to continue..

But another thing she told me and think she is right ....was I am not getting enough protein..and when I run my nutrition counts here on SP after charting my calories that is one of the things it seems I'm not getting enough of..so she said to eat peanut butter with my fruit for snacks and it should help with the dizzyness..

Getting on top of these health issues with the help of SP and everyone here is really doing me some good...

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MAZACK 7/19/2012 9:23AM

    When I run the log on food I eat it rarely shows enough protein. I knew that when I get some weird dizzy weak spells eating something with protein in it helps. At my last checkup my liver functions were completely normal for the first time in years. My kidney functions aren't completly normal and on ultrasound my doctor says they are "aging". The reprt says I have cortical atrophy. I get rechecked in August.

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GAYLE119 7/14/2012 1:51PM

    good for you! emoticon
glad your copay went down too! emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/14/2012 1:22AM

    A lot of people lack protein. I battle with that myself. Hope the new meds work, and great about the new payment plan!

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MISSY455 7/13/2012 11:40PM

    I hope the change in meds helps with the other issues you have been suffering from.

I have struggled for a long time to get enough protein. I don't eat red meat because of allergies, and can only eat so much chicken! I have found Greek Yogurt to be a huge bump in the protein grams. It has 2x the protein of regular yogurt, and I like it mixed with fresh berries and a gluten-free granola. I do eat the fat-free most of the time, but if you can afford the fat grams which are in the peanut butter, you can afford the fat grams in the full fat yogurt. If you haven't tried the Greek Yogurt, it is definitely more sour than regular. It took me eating it a couple of times before I could say it was good. Now I prefer it over regular yogurt.

So glad the doctor noticed all your hard work on the weight loss! Way to go!!!

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NOLACHERIE 7/13/2012 2:34PM

    Not sure what your symptoms have been but thought I'd share this post from my daughter, who has been having TONS of problems, including elevated liver enzymes.

"Ladies be very aware of your medications. I have had elevated liver tests for the last six years. I've been losing hair, bruising easily, extremely fatigued, had high cholesterol, and itching among other things all due to my liver. I've been to every doctor I can imagine and been told not to worry about it and that it was probably just fatty liver. I've had 2 CT scans, 3 ultrasounds, countless bloodwork and my liver enzymes have just gotten worse over the years. Three weeks ago I had a liver biopsy and got the results yesterday. My birth control pills have been slowly poisoning me. I can never take any form of estrogen again. If I hadn't pushed for answers I would have had damage that could not have been reversed. Be aware and take control of your healthcare! I would have never thought it was my birth control pills."

Hope this helps & you won't have to go through a long complicated search for your problem like she did.

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NANCYPAT1 7/13/2012 2:04PM

    It is critical to get on top of the health issues early. Tracking will help you identify problem areas and give suggestions for dealing with them. I find that I am MUCH better able to stay on top of my health when I track faithfully. I hope you appointment has a positive outcome. I have had my meds changed because of potential kidney problems - fortunately the changes have worked and kidneys are working right almost as soon as BP and diabetes meds were changed. It is a blessing that they can measure liver and kidney functions BEFORE they become too out of whack.

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Pulmonary appointment day

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Well had my appointment this morning at the pulmonary clinic and to adjust my BP meds I have to go to my family doctor..but was told that the BP meds I'm on has a diuretic which is probably one of the causes of my cough..Also my doctor which I didn't like there is leaving and they reassigned me to a new doctor which I won't meet until January. I usually just see a nurse practitioner anyway..But think I may like this new doctor there. But the nurse seemed to think the light headedness was from not eating enough...or spreading my meals too far apart. I explained about sparkpeople and how I have my snack of usually fruit midmorning and mid afternoon. and I've cut out my sugar so didn't think it was my blood sugar..then she asked if I was getting enough salt..yes salt...she said we all need salt...just not a bunch of it..well I had cut most of my salting from the shaker off years ago so don't think it is that...still I think it is the BP meds.

After our 60mile drive (one way) from there, stopped at my local clinic and so now have a 10:45 fasting appointment in the morning..They will have to do all the blood work to check my liver etc..and see if all is in order and then hopefully can get this BP meds adjusted..

Got some good walking in today too by being over in the town where the specialist are...took in a design I wanted to do in a rug but needed enlarged so got it enlarged at Office Depot..yea!!! and then went by Walmarts and got the vitamins the reflexologist suggested I needed but the trace minerals..so will start them tomorrow after the doctor's appointment. I also picked up 2 bottles of tea tree oil to try to make my own deoderant and also the solid hand cream..so will be trying that tomorrow as well.

So all in all it was a good day.

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GAYLE119 7/13/2012 1:47PM

    hope all your tests come back normal and they can figure out why you're coughing emoticon Have a great weekend emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 7/13/2012 10:36AM

    Are you on statins for high cholesterol at all? A cough is one of the lesser known side effects from statins.

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CAKAROO 7/13/2012 6:14AM

    hope all goes well at the doctor on Friday

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MISSY455 7/13/2012 3:02AM

    I hope everything is okay with your tests.

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The Great Outdoors

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

(Picture is of the Little Missouri River in my area)
It seems that just being out in nature does your body, mind and soul some good. According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the closer you live to nature, the healthier you're likely to be. People who lived within 1 kilometer of a park or a wooded area experienced less anxiety and depression than those who lived farther away from green space. Other studies by researchers in England and Sweden have found that joggers who exercise in a natural green setting with trees, foliage and landscape views, feel more restored, and less anxious, angry and depressed than those runners who burn the same amount of calories in gyms or other urban settings. So even if you have to drive a few miles to find a little green, it's worth it!

So what is it about nature that makes us so much healthier? being outside increases our Vitamin D intake. Vitamin D is known to prevent cancer, hormonal problems, obesity, and inflammation, and promotes a healthy immune systeym. . And sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D. . Being in a natural setting can also help increase your quality of sleep, as studies show that natural sunlight helps set the body's internal clock that tells us when to eat and sleep, and normalizes hormonal functions that occur at specific times of the day.

Enjoying the outdoors also gives us a break from technology and the on-the-run lifestyle to which we're all so accustomed. When we're outside, we have a clearer, more focused mindset to hang out with friends, or spend some quiet time alone or even play with a pet.

Make being outside a ritual. Go for a morning or evening walk every day. And if you have one, bring your dog.
Try gardening. From a planting vegetable garden to planting a few flowers, both activities get you outside regularly and communing with nature.
Take vacations in beautiful natural places.
Find a trail. Whether hiking or biking is your speed, there are trails around the country for you to explore.
Sit outside. We're always so on-the-go. The next time you need a break, try sitting outside quietly and just appreciate the natural beauty around you! Notice the scents, sights and sounds as you sit quietly and focus on the moment.
Go to a local park.
Commit to the outdoors, rain or shine.

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MAZACK 7/17/2012 2:09PM

    I really like being around water, so relaxing and refreshing. Beautiful picture

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ABRANDNEWME09 7/12/2012 2:48PM

    Looks like a relaxing place :)

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MISSY455 7/12/2012 12:57AM

    I enjoy my weekly 6 mile walk at the bike trail so much more than my normal daily walks. I never associated it with the natural beauty there. Definitely something to ponder!

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MCJULIEO 7/11/2012 11:06PM

    Very good points and suggestions!

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TRILLIUM22 7/11/2012 1:58PM

    I do a lot of my fitness outside. It makes me happy.

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DANAWALKER4 7/11/2012 12:53PM

  I love to walk here in Tennessee. Where I live it is all country. Being out in nature is a great experience. emoticon

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The Natural State

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The state motto of my state is called the Natural State..
Being in the middle of the USA people don't realize what a jewel we have. We have only one large city and it isn't even considered a large city by many standards.
But we have lots of rivers and lakes which are so natural and clear and many of them are cold as ice. We have 2 small mountain ranges...the Ozarks and the Ouachitas (where I live) we also border the Mississippi river. Our land forms here run from swamps, mountains, rolling hills, and flat farmland.

We have diverse natureal resources....oil, natural gas, crystal mines, the only diamond mine in the USA, shale and slate mills, and crystal clear and clean water which is shipped all over the world.
Our capitol building in Little Rock was the model for the one in Washington DC

..we have tons of industry here from chicken and pork processing to the headquarters of Walmarts corporation and other corporations.
But we are known as the natural state for all these reasons..we have a natural environment and a natural habitat and wildlife.

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MINNA72 7/12/2012 4:26AM

    Such pretty pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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GAYLE119 7/11/2012 3:41PM

    Beautiful! emoticon
One of my sons and his wife live in Mississippi and my daughter goes to Ole Miss. I didn't go through to Arkansas.....Next time! emoticon

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CAKAROO 7/11/2012 7:34AM

    emoticon for sharing

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FLEURGARDEN 7/11/2012 7:20AM

    You're right - I never realized Arkansas was so pretty. Looks like I have to add it to the list of places to visit some day. :-)

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MISSY455 7/11/2012 1:32AM

    emoticon for sharing! When we lived in Missouri, we used to go to Paris, Arkansas to see my husband's aunt. I loved the country we drove through. The last picture you posted is really gorgeous. That building is amazing!

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NIMAWEYGH 7/10/2012 10:46PM

    This is our beautiful state and I am so happy to be from Arkansas. Born and raised!! Wonderful blog full of pride.

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ERINMARIE424 7/10/2012 8:54PM

    Beautiful pictures and story!

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