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We’re Doing Whole30

A month or so ago, I went to my doctor for a check up.  My numbers were all good, but I felt I needed to really get my eating habits under control. After a discussion about how much I weigh and where I carry my weight (mid-section) and my family history, I asked her thoughts on my health risks and diet plans.  She suggested Whole30 to help focus on and get control of what I actually eat.  I liked the idea of eliminating foods to find out what triggers certain conditions, such as my eczema and my husband’s gastrointestinal issues.  Also, we seriously needed to adjust our eating habits.  Let me say, in anticipation of giving up all the ALL THE THINGS, I ate ALL THE THINGS during the month of May and gained an additional 3-4 pounds on top the weight I already needed to lose. #Fail.

Anyhoo, on June 1st, my husband and I began our  journey. Listen, my husband is not a veggie lover, not a good thing on Whole30. To avoid the monotony of eating meat and a salad every day, I’ve been introducing foods we don’t typically eat like beets and cauliflower rice.  Hubby and RJ both hated the roasted beets. Also, my rice loving husband wasn’t overjoyed with the cauliflower impostor either. He is sticking it out, though. I must say it is easier having him on board especially since the food is so restrictive.

Last weekend we went to a baseball game and due to my lack of planning, I wasn’t able to cook us dinner before we left. Let me tell you, sporting events don’t really cater to the Whole30 crowd.  The struggle was real. I came close to saying forget it and eating RJ’s waffle fries from Chick fil A.  My husband, literally, knocked the fry out of my hand. We have tickets for a game in a couple of weeks and I’ll be sure to eat at home before we go!

Right now, if you asked me if I’d do this again or continue beyond 30 days, my answer would be no.  I feel like it’s too restrictive and not something I can fully maintain as a lifestyle or that I want to maintain as a lifestyle.  At the end of the 30 days, maybe my outlook will be different…I doubt it.  I do want to end these 30 days with a better relationship with food and to be more mindful of what we consume.  So far the most eye-opening thing has been realizing that sugar, in whatever form, is in damn near EVERYTHING on the store shelves.

Now, that we’ve had a week to get a handle on what we can and can’t eat, I’m ready to add in the exercise piece. Honestly, I’m not sure if Hubby and I could have exercised at all this week anyway because we’ve both been sluggish. Apparently, this is common in the beginning as our bodies adjust to the food changes.  Hopefully, we’ll enter next week energized and ready burn some of the healthy fats we’re eating.  Wish us luck and willpower! I’ll do another post on our journey once we’ve completed the 30 days and my final thoughts.

Have you ever done Whole30? If so, were you happy with the results and has it become a way of life for you?

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36 Years

Today is my birthday and I took the day off to enjoy some “me time”. ‘Cause why the hell not?!

 

Me at about 10 or 11

As my 35th year progressed, the vision for what I wanted for my family came more into focus. I became more determined to stick it out an accomplish the goals I set in my head and more willing to accept the fact that those goals won’t be obtained overnight. Patience maybe a virtue but it’s not one I tend to possess. However, I was tired of complaining about the same things knowing good and well I had the power to change them. Once I got focused, I could see things start to work out according to my plan. For a while, it was a little scary and I kept waiting to be derailed because there was no way it could be that easy, right?! What’s funny is issues did arise, problems with land my parents own in my hometown, my car being totaled and having to have a car payment again, stress about a lump/cyst in one of my breast, but they worked themselves out. My brothers and I set up a plan for land, Hubby & I found a used car for a great price with low mileage & payment & a mammogram and ultrasound determined my breasts were healthy. Everything seems to be signaling that we’re on the right path. In my mid-thirties, I’m realizing that not every test is a setback. Take my car for instance. I didn’t want a car payment, but truth is my previous car was getting older and needed work. Now we have a much newer car covered under a warranty.

I’m excited about this 36th year and the new things I will discover about myself and  what it has in store for my family.

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Let’s Play Catch Up

Hellooooooo!!

This morning I was got up with the goal of going to a Bodypump class.  Then, Hubby called to talk about something going on with one of RJ’s classmates.  After that , the thought of the going to the gym went away.  I ate breakfast, looked through my Feedly feed and decided, “I’m going to blog today!”

I had to actually look at my home page to see what my last post was about.  Turns out it a “random”, but the main thing that it was the day before I got my cardiac event monitor.  So, I’ll catch up up with that.  I wore the monitor for one month.  The monitor would automatically pick up on and record events.  However, I could also manually record events if I felt them.  I only manually recorded an event once in the 30 days.  I was thinking that the $200 I had to pay for the monitor was a waste and my doctor was going to tell me I was crazy.

About a week after I mailed the monitor in, my doctor called me.  He had received the 30 days of recordings from the monitor and was ready to discuss the findings.  He said the monitor recorded 6 events during that month! I was shocked because I’d only felt the 1 I manually recorded.  *The monitor makes noise when it records.  I’d heard the noise several times, but because I didn’t feel anything, I thought it was just a test.  It happened in church once and people at first people thought I phone was ringing and then I think they thought I was dying!*  My doctor told me I have Sinus Trachycardia.  It’s a condition where my heart rate excels sporadically, due to exercise, stress, fright or a little of anything.  He said I could go to the cardiologist and work with him to make it stop, take beta blockers to slow the heart rate or do nothing at all because it won’t kill me or get worse.  So, I’m doing nothing.  I’m just happy to know that what I was experiencing was not just in my head and I that I was able to prove that to my doctor.

The moral of the story:

NO one knows your body like you do.  Pay attention to it and don’t let people or doctors discount an issue you know you’re having.  I’m a Golden Girls junkie so:

 

I’m thankful my doctor was and is NOT like Dr Bud, but some are.

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Sticking To It

One of my Lenten promises was to exercise 3 or more times each week and to be more mindful of my portions and what I eat.  In other words, lose weight and be more healthy and fit.  I figured if I made this promise before God then I wouldn’t renege.  As my Hubby pointed out to me, I’m not good at sticking to things.  *He likes to remind me that I started a program to become a certified wedding planner several years ago and quit mid way through.*  That and the fact that I’ve been whining talking to him about losing this “baby” weight for 2 1/2 years and really hadn’t taken any strides to really do it.  Well, this time was different.  I stuck with my Jillian Michael’s 30-Day shred dvd and my Playstation Zumba and I worked it out.  Trust me, more times than not, I just wanted eat cookies and ice cream and sleep, have 2nds and 3rds of whatever we were eating or a couple of glasses of wine, but I would push through and work out or just have a light snack.

I’m happy to report that I’ve loss a total of 5 pounds and 3 inches! I’m one pound shy of my pre-pregnancy weight. It’s a slow loss, but I’m so proud of myself.   I most pleased by the inches from my mid-section.  This is my problem area.  It’s where I carry my weight, even pre-baby.  After giving birth, it only got worse.  I keep pulling out the measuring tape to make sure it’s real and that I’ve actual loss the inches.

 

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With my progress, my exercise dvd collection has grown.  It now includes Jillian Michael’s Shred with Weights and her ab dvd.  I’m thinking Jeanette Jenkins Bikini Boot Camp will we joining them soon.  *Being is a bikini isn’t my goal, but I really want to try one of her dvds.* Once the weather decides it’s in favor of reflecting the actual season we’re in, I’ll add more outdoor running into the mix.  I would like to lose 5 to 6 more pounds and a several more inches.  *When I began, my BMI indicated I was one loaded baked potato away from being overweight for my height.  I want to lose enough weight to put me at the mid-range for normal weight for my height.*  

It would be nice to have reached my goals in time for the Beyonce concert in August. I’m not setting a time frame. I just want to keep at it and see what happens.  I’ll be happy if I’m still on track and sticking to it when August rolls around.  However, if I can wear a freakum dress to the concert, I’ll be happy with that too;)

 

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The Skin I’m In

Several months ago,  I started noticing a rash on the knuckles of my hands, my neck and a small spot on the left side of my mouth. Initially, I thought I’d come into contact with something I was allergic to. *Last summer I learned I’m allergic to just about everything in the environment, grasses, trees, mold, pet hair you name it!*  So, I reached for tubes of hydrocortisone. When that failed, I went to a dermatologist. Due to my job and insurance change last Summer, I had to find a new doctor (Dr. A).  I met with Dr. A and didn’t like him at all. He walked in the room glanced at my face, sat down in a chair across from me and said, ” You have eczema, use this Rx hydrocortisone cream for a few days and you should be fine…

A good day. No flaking, minimal itching.

Well, I wasn’t! My skin was itchy, flaky and burning, constantly! I found another derm I wanted to go to but they were on taking new patients by referral.  So, I went to my family doctor for a referral. I told him I’d been to a doctor already but didn’t like him at all. He asked who the doctor was and I told him.   Come to find out he had other patients complain about Dr. A as well. *He no longer refers patients to that doctor:)*  I was excited about the new referred derm (Dr. B) until I was told I’d have to wait until November to see a doctor!? Ummmm I was told this in late April or early May! I tried to tough it out.  I found home remedies online such as oatmeal scrubs. I tried Eucerin Calming cream, it burns like Hell, not very calming AT ALL! My girlfriend sells NONI products so I tried a facial spray they make.  Some of these products did give me some relief but not sustainable relief.

So, I was on the hunt for yet another doctor. I kept my November appointment with Dr. B, just in case the next doctor was a bust!  I called the new doctor  (Dr. C) last week and was given an appointment for this past Wednesday!!!  Once there, I explained to the first nurse what I’d been experiencing. As I was telling her my symptoms she was finishing my sentences. So, I was confident that at least she was familiar with my problems. The doctor then came in with his assistant. He was pleasant and took time to answer all of my questions.  He explained that I was going through a bad eczema flare up. I asked him is if it was normal for a 32 year old to just develop eczema out of the blue if they never had it as child?  He said he has patients as old a 80 just develop the condition, so yes. Then he prescribed a plan to get mine under control.  I was given a steroid shot *in my behind* there in the office and prescribed one low dose prednisone pill a day for 2 weeks as well as a jar of Rx cream to apply on my skin.   I’ll go back in 2 weeks for a check up.  The nurse then gave me this  list of dos and don’ts:

Some of them, I was already doing. However, it will take time to get use to #4. I love a long, HOT shower!  Then, I asked her if this was something I would have to do for a month or so or the rest of my life. She said this would be a lifestyle change and I would have to do this for the rest of my life.  I cried! One, I was happy to know what was wrong and to finally have a game plan, but mainly because of #6.  I’d planned to take swim lessons this summer *nope, I don’t know how* . Then, I thought about missing pool time with RJ and not being able to do Mommy and Me swim lessons with him next year.  Oh well, I guess we’ll always have the ocean.  Now, I’m on the hunt for swim lessons in a salt water pool….

After just a couple of days, I’m noticing some changes. I’m not waking up with flaky, dry patches of skin and the itching has reduced drastically! I think I may cancel my November appointment with Dr. B:)

Do you or your kids have eczema? What do you do to keep it under control?