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Mix of feelings

Friday, July 20, 2012

I have such a mix of feelings today. I'm proud of myself for losing what weight I've lost and for watching everything that goes in my mouth and for stepping up in exercise....but....

don't know if it is the heat as we have had a high temp of 106 today..We ran a fan outside for our outside dog yesterday but today we put them in the laundry room which has a/c..poor things are suffering.

Don't know if it is because I'm not sleeping well (also probably due to the heat)

My back has hurt an unusual amount lately..and I put up 22 pints of tomatoes today which aggravated it more..

Or more likely the things I'm feeling is due to the medical test reports. I've had a bad liver count for 2 years now. About 4 years ago the doctors tried to put me on meds for cholesterol and I had very very bad leg pains but my liver counts were ok then..and I went off the meds then. I have been on priolsec for year due to ulcer and acid reflux from too many rhumitoid meds I've taken over the years..Well 2 years ago I had a terrible time with my stomach and they tested my liver functions and it was way off..they did ultrasound to check the gall bladder and liver and thankfully no gall stones but that might have been better to have had rather than an enlarged liver..was told it was probably just a fatty liver from being overweight..well in the meantime they changed my BP meds and failed to notice that it had a diuretic in it which causes a terrible cough in me. so coughed for a solid 2 years..just got that taken care of by having them change the BP meds back to the dose without the diuretic and my cough has disappeared..but when I went to the clinic last week to get the BP meds changed, they decided to run another liver and cholesterol panel..well cholesterol is up and the liver functions are up...and this is after losing this 20lbs..I'm so upset over this..I go back in next Thursday and know they will set up another ultra sound..which know it will show the same thing...not sure there is much they can do for the liver..I'm wondering now if I need to get off the prilosec..I asked them before about it but they say no stay on it..but know most meds go through your liver and are processed there..I do know too that if I do get off the prilosec that I will get terrible acid reflux and won't be able to eat until my stomach gets back somewhat to normal..I guess I would lose more weight that way..I'm really just weeping over this..thought if I lost weight and got more exercise I would begin to see a difference in my health and instead it has gotten worse.. emoticon

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CAKAROO 7/21/2012 12:44PM


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MISSY455 7/21/2012 3:20AM

    emoticon There are some different choices in medications that work like the Prilosec, with different side-effects. Hopefully, you can work with your doctor to find something that helps without aggravating you further.

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MCJULIEO 7/20/2012 11:46PM

    Oh dear, the body is a complex thing, isn't it?
Hope you can everything sorted out, and start feeling better soon...

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hair cut

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Several people asked to see my hair cut..it really isn't much different than it usually is as I keep it this short in the summer..and it had gotten raggedy and scraggly so was needed. Also I can tell from this photo the weight loss. See the comparison here. . And this photo shows my hair needing a cut..but this was me 20lbs heavier..there is a difference.

I've been rather tired lately..think this triple digit temps and high humidity is getting me down. I've not slept well either..and still sticking to my routine as usual..Usually I have the sleepless nights when there is a full moon and why I wear a sleep mask..but I've just been aching more than usual which I usually don't ache that much in summer. I need some energy..

O and found some almond butter I think I can eat in place of the peanut butter which upsets my tummy..and not as many fat grams or calories..Also when the weather is cooler, hubby fires up the huge smoker and smokes turkey breasts and ham so have thawed some of the turkey out to give me a protein boost that I need.
But overall I think I'm healthier now and doing much better..I just want to keep it up.

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MISSY455 7/20/2012 2:13AM

    You look great! You can really see the weight loss in your face :-) Love the haircut too!

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NIMAWEYGH 7/20/2012 1:12AM

    OMGoodness I love the new do Barb. And WOW you can sure tell the difference in the 20 pounds. With the temps we are having a 20 pound loss sure makes a difference there as well.


Keep up the wonderful work emoticon

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MCJULIEO 7/19/2012 10:52PM

    Definite difference... Way to go!
(and I like your haircut!)

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ANGRITTER 7/19/2012 8:05PM

    I can definitely tell the difference - in your hair and your body, especially your cheeks and neck. i can only hope that after I lose the first 20 that my neck will look as presentable as yours does. I think it is the least favorite part of my body. And my feet are my best.

Isn't that sad? I can't wait until something other than my feet are my fave. Of course, I have pretty nice legs if you like the squat German type - very muscular and tight, but a little flabby at the thighs. (I broke my leg last week, so it will take longer now.)

But we do what we can do to fix what we have to work with. Anyway, I love the summer cut and think you are beautiful!

Take care,

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LITTLEMERED 7/19/2012 8:02PM

    It looks very nice!!! Beautiful!

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SLUNDQUIS 7/19/2012 7:55PM

    Isn't it funny how the little changes become permanent and you still don't feel like you are missing anything? It's what life style change is all about.

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Chef Sonny

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I'm so blest to have a husband who is so versatile. He can do so much around the house..He has completely remodeled our house and keeps everything in working order. He has build a new gazebo area this summer like a pavillion over our firepit (which he also built). and he has built alot of our furniture..

When we first got married (over 33 years ago) he and I enjoyed cooking together. He was not used to eating good fresh vegetables as his mom raised him on beans, potatoes and fried meats..Since we married, I've gotten him eating all kinds of veggies and he loves them. We combined families and raised 3 sons together and so it became a necessity to have a garden. I learned to canning and freeze our produce for winter use as the boys were eating machines. Well gradually over the years the pounds crept on and my RA kept me from being as physical as I had been..
Well several years ago, when we both retired, we decided to only grill our meats and to steam or grill our veggies..it has made a big difference in both our weight. Of course you know men can drop the weight off faster than women and has always been the case with him..
Well the last 2 summers he has taken to doing some canning and freezing of his own..it used to be just my job..so thought I would put up a photo of my young looking old man preparing okra for freezing and for our lunch today.

We are forever young!!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/18/2012 10:23AM

    Aw that's so sweet! Could I ask what you do with okra? I've only tried it one way (boiled to death) when someone made it for me and I HATED it, but my boyfriend loves it so I'd like to cook it for us.

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ACYCLINGMIND 7/15/2012 6:45PM

    That's a beautiful thing, isn't it? I moved in with my dad for a summer. At the beginning his standard vegetables were broccoli, potatoes and carrots. He shopped only at the grocery store. Now we go to the farmer's market weekly and eat everything from zucchini to cucumbers. They may seem like normal veggies but they weren't to him! I love it when people branch outside their normal and experiment with new things.

I'm impressed you have your own garden - how much more fresh and local could you possibly get? And tasty, too!

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 7/15/2012 6:43PM

    Congrats on being together for 33 years! I hope you continue to enjoy being forever young! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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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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