Thursday, September 19, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Yikes – I went “Vegan” over 15 months ago. No animal products. No cheese, eggs, meat, milk. Lost about 8 pounds in the first 3 months. Kept it off for another 6 months. All my health markers improved (Cholesterol, glucose, etc.) Then I started eating fish and some dairy. Then Thanksgiving and Christmas came. Then I realized that French fries and bean burritos are vegan! Then cheer season arrived. Weekend travel, budget hotels, and vendor food makes it impossible to eat healthy, let alone vegan. All of a sudden I gained back the 8 and another 4. I’m only 5’2” people. That’s like 2 dress sizes. My closet can’t handle all that. Neither can my wallet. Mind you, I’ve been walking/jogging 3-4x a week religiously since September. I can only imagine what I would weigh if I hadn’t been exercising.
So here I am in the month of June switching gears yet again. (I must have burned out a clutch or 2 by now) Back to vegan. Fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds. I’ve been following this for about a week. Aside from some birthday cake (for my daughter) and some sushi, I have not detoured. I am not hungry, have no cravings, and am losing weight. I’m only 7 pounds away from my lowest of 2012. I’m still jogging/walking and I’m trying to fit in some weight training now that regular baseball season is over and cheer is slightly abbreviated this summer. I had been previously swayed by the shakes and pills, but I firmly believe that real, whole foods are the best foods and I’m staying away from processed anything. I’m feeling a little tired, probably because I’m off of my daily caffeine. But no headaches and I’m sleeping really well.
I’m so glad that some of my favorite fruits are in season. I hit Costco for mangos and peaches. My breakfast secret is a cherry/banana drink. I take 1 fresh banana and about 6 cherries and freeze them overnight. Then add them to the blender with almond milk and some flax seed. Watch out with the flax seed, though. Add too much and you’ll end up with cherry/banana gelatin that is totally gross! I also made a veggie stew in the crockpot that’s good for a meal each day. Just lots of veggies – cabbage, carrots, onion, green pepper, celery, tomatoes in a vegetable broth with 2 cans of beans. Third meal is a huge salad with mixed greens, green pepper, cucumber, sliced strawberries, avocado and crushed cashews. No dressing required. Snacks include an apple or orange and some cashew/pumpkin seed clusters. It’s about 1200 calories per day. Sometimes less because I’m truly not hungry.
So stick with me to see how this all works out. I’m guessing if I keep this up I should reach my goal weight in about a month. Not sure what happens then. I want to continue to eat this way – I guess my body will decide to stop losing when it’s at its happy weight.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I was going to:
Weigh 120 lbs
Do a back walkover
Grow out my hair
Go on a girls’ trip
I turn 40 tomorrow and here’s the deal:
I weigh 140 lbs
I can do a cartwheel and a round-off with straight legs and pointed feet
I have lots of muscles
I fit into all of my size 8’s and some of my size 6’s
I haven’t had a cigarette since 2009
I have long hair
I got a raise
I ate red meat maybe twice in the last year
I cut out all artificial sweeteners
I can surf
I have been walking/jogging 4x per week since September
I joined the Y and have been going
I take a ballet class 3x a month and smile the entire time I’m dancing
I sing loudly to the radio often
My family loves me more than anything
I get to go on dates with my husband often
I have a sincere affection for the people I work with
I have old and new friends that I love, trust and can depend on
I haven’t peaked
I’ve decided this is actually a good thing
Once you hit the peak, there’s nowhere to go but down
So I’ve decided to peak at 80
I’m only halfway there! I’ve got lots of improving to do
Do I wish I weighed less, was prettier, had a flatter stomach, and looked better in skinny jeans?
Of course I do!
Do I wish I had more friends, more love, more money, and more fun? Absolutely!
Do I wish I had no regrets, no grudges, no vices, and no skeletons? Sure.
Do I wish I had more willpower, more energy, more flexibility, and more courage? You bet I do!
But that wouldn’t be my life.
I need to sit back and appreciate all that I am and all that I have TODAY. I have my health, my family, my friends, my job and lots of other things in my life that I love. And hopefully, I’ll have 40 MORE years to work toward my goals, or BETTER YET, I’ll discover different goals and strive to reach them instead!
Happy Birthday to ME!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
So if any of you have been following this blog since the beginning, you will remember a little post I did a few years back about a health scare I had on my 37th birthday regarding an abnormal brain MRI. Everything turned out to be fine, but it was certainly a scary few days.
Here is my breast cancer scare post:
Mid September I found a lump. I had one back in 1998. Left breast. Had it removed it was nothing. No mammogram, no ultrasound, no waiting around for results, etc. 18 months ago I was getting painful lumps under my left arm. They came and went each month. I got them checked out. Mammogram and ultrasound found nothing. Surgeon was sure they were nothing and said if they get worse to let her know. They went away several months later and never came back, So this new lump, whom I've named Floyd, made himself apparent to me once day while I was stretching out my chest muscle after a workout. A very small nodule the size of a peanut M&M. I didn't really think anything of it. I had my husband feel it, just to see if he could. I decided to have it checked out by my primary physician. I was really expecting the same sort of scenario as 1998 or 2011. Either it was nothing or I know exactly what it is - it's benign and let 's just take it out. So when I spent 3+ hours having a mammogram and ultrasound, getting called back and forth from the exam room to the waiting room, I had a bad feeling. The radiologist confirmed that it was solid and would need to be biopsied. The time span between the first doctor's appointment and my biopsy was just 5 days. The sense of urgency from everyone was concerning. So was the fact that unlike my previous encounters with lumps, no one was saying, "I really think this is nothing." And to make matters worse, I got a hold of my radiology report. While it's great to have all this information, it's best not to get a hold of your radiology report until AFTER you have biopsy results. I googled every word on that report and every numerical classification and STRESSED over every word. The 7 day period of time between the biopsy and my "results" appointment is just inhumane. Insomnia, irritability, diarrhea - you name it. It was a terrible week. Nothing compared to what a woman facing breast cancer has to endure, but crappy nonetheless.
My breast biopsy results were negative and I have a benign breast mass. I had surgery mid-November to have the whole lump removed, and then some. Now the bills are streaming in. My insurance SUCKS. While I was due for a mammogram last April and didn't get one, the one I got last month was not considered preventive since there was a lump, and therefore not covered - all because of one stupid diagnosis code. Ridiculous! I am so lucky that at least I can afford all this garbage. I can't imagine what people go through that don't have the means, or who end up being truly sick. I want to shout out to a colleague of mine at work who is a 9-year breast cancer survivor. I reached out to her earlier this week when I was convinced I had cancer. She was so gracious and giving of her experience and information. She calmed me down and was honest with me about her experience. She offered me her contact info to call her at ANY time and gave me the names of her awesome doctors. She checked up on me even while away on business. I can't thank her enough, and I only hope that she had an equally generous mentor to go to when she was waiting for her results. Everyone should be so lucky to have her on their side. Thank you Sheila!