July 31, 2006

Monday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities at 12:37 pm by way2much

EXERCISE: morning stretching

BREAKFAST:

  • 1 cup plain oatmeal – nothing added
  • vitamins taken with water

LUNCH:

  • 2 slices multi-grain bread – lite
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter – because I need the protein
  • 1 tbsp? jelly

SNACK:

  • consumed before my lunch – cannot move this line because I seem to have a problem editing (copying and pasting or just trying to move a sentence) my post once they are typed.  4 Tsp? macaroni and cheese – not to throw out the remainder of my children’s lunch
  • Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade pop – raspberry – pure sugar 18 grams for a total of 100 calories (2 points WW – if I was pursuing that!) not sure it was worth it. (6:00)

DINNER: unfortunately dinner will be around 8:30 – because we want to eat as a family and my son is at football practice until then. We didn’t manage to eat earlier. Not sure what is on menu – we will run to pork store to grab a marinated something or other to throw on the BBQ.

  • 6 oz. London broil
  • serving of steamed vegetables
  • salad with vinaigrette dressing (greens, onions, tomatoes)

DESSERT:

ACTIVITIES: My husband is home – so not sure if we are doing anything as a family – I will be sure to bring any sneakers if we leave the house – he likes to stop at parks and such to walk around, and sandals just won’t work! He is mowing the lawn right now! But that isn’t helping to burn any of MY calories!

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: 

  • had a bit of a problem falling asleep
  • had some of the choking/tight chest feeling while still awake but was able to fall asleep with no incident
  • slept through the night (I feel like I am writing about a baby!)

HEADACHE: none

  • around 2:00 took 2 ETH (excedrin tension headache) pills – not sure it is from tension (my kids were arguing as usual) or hunger. My daughter needed it too (one tablet)

SINUS: slight congestion – not enough to take any meds

OTHER: 

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July 30, 2006

I know I am an emotional eater!

Posted in Doritos, eating habits, Food at 1:33 pm by way2much

AARRGGGHHH

OK – That really didn’t make me feel any better since I just typed it and didn’t actually scream it out loud.

I am so aggravated – I can’t even put into words how I feel.

My kids are fighting like cats and dogs.  I only have two but they can really get under your skin.  It is my son’s first day back from camp! And already they are at it.

I did some screaming and yelling – things I swore before becoming a mom I would never do. I would speak calmly and rationally and tell them they need to settle down – BULL SH[T!

I went off on them.  They are now walking around like someone died. I am frustrated beyond belief. They have been sanctioned to their rooms and they are required to work on their own until I can see floor!

My husband says that I should beat them! We had decided we would spank our children but not beat them or do further physical punishments. But, I just threatened pouring a bottle of soap down my lovely 11 year old daughter’s throat if her attitude did not stop!

My husband would never lift a hand to them.  I am not a person who believes a child should not be spanked – I believe some should be severely beaten (oohh the political incorrectness this post possesses). I do not think disciplining a child is abuse.  Going off on them and leaving marks, scars and bruises, whether physical or emotional is abuse.  A smack on their a$$ or grabbing of the arm is not bad.  I will not get into whether or not it works – it does for me and that is all that matters. I feel a lot better – especially if I finish off with a bag of Doritos!

All kidding aside. I am not hungry, I am actually a 7 on the hunger scale, but sitting at the kitchen table trying to regain my composure, I almost automatically got up to rummage through the pantry and refrigerator to put something in my mouth.  I would have stuffed my mouth until I calmed down.  But instead – I sat at the table, got sick of the idea that crossed my mind and took a few deep breaths. I have a cup of cold strawberry-kiwi lemonade and I took a sip of that instead. It tasted good and refreshing.

Now I must oversee the organizing that is supposed to be happening. But first I will lie down a bit  – as this whole episode got me completely exhausted.

Sunday Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities, weight at 11:04 am by way2much

Today I should be getting ready to go to Church – I am feeling lazy though.  I need to do tons of cleaning and laundry. We shall see what I get done. I have one hour to make the last early day Mass. I will head in the shower and see how far I come. My kids need to shower as well, so it is not looking good – looks like an afternoon Mass for us.

I weighed myself as usual – I am somewhat pleased – but I will not report on that! I will wait until Tuesday.  The reason why I am pleased is because I have been having those delicious desserts and yet still show a loss! Finally.

EXERCISE: morning stretching – felt good to do again – especially since my back has been bothering me.

  • evening stretches

BREAKFAST:

  • French vanilla coffee – from bagel shop (Large) – has calories (wasted – wasn’t as refreshing as I hoped – could be because I am not able to enjoy it due to my children yelling at each other)
  • 4 ounce apple juice with vitamins
  • 1/2 square raspberry/walnut square

LUNCH/SNACK: eaten close to dinner, because I was about a 3 on the hunger scale and I didn’t want to eat junk,

  • Treasure piece of chocolate – to satisfy a sweet tooth craving
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fiber one cereal

DINNER: will make macaroni and homemade sauce that I prepared on Friday with some meatballs.

  • 3/4 meatball
  • approx. 1 cup penne macaroni w/ homemade sauce
  • 10-15 thin slices of pepperoni
  • approx. 1 Tbsp port wine spreadable cheese
  • 8 Ritz crackers
  • kiwi strawberry lemonade (0 calories)

DESSERT: 1 cup Chex mix while watching HGTV’s Design Star!

ACTIVITIES: laundry – now isn’t that alway fun! (have to go up and down stairs – but I wouldn’t consider this exercise as I do it often enough for it not to count as much – as in burning off excess calories.)

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: 

  • woke up once to use the bathroom
  • had choking/closed throat sensation a few times while trying to go to sleep (after midnight – closer to 1 AM) 
  • chest palpitations as well 

HEADACHE: none

SINUS: slight pressure

OTHER: back pain (lower right – no shooting pain, but numbness in right food and pain by the knee)

July 28, 2006

Saturday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities at 11:42 pm by way2much

ACTIVITIES: Saturday morning I need to head out to Baiting Hollow to pick my son up from camp. I will hit Briermere Farms again. I intend to purchase some dessert to take to my mother-in-law’s. My brother-in-law wants to visit and she is not up to hosting alone.  She just had a full hysterectomy and she shouldn’t be doing much work.  She lives close to the camp so I will pick Dan up, head to the farmstand, and go to my m-i-l’s. I would have to bring a change of clothes for him as I am sure he will be all grimy so he will need to take a shower at hannah’s (what my kids call their grandma).

So my whole dietary plan may go up in the air.  I know I will not be stretching. I should, but I won’t. I will be lucky enough to wake up in time to shower and run out the door to be at the camp by 10:00 for closing ceremony. (It is nice to see.)

EXERCISE: no morning stretches

BREAKFAST: 4 ounce apple juice w/vitamins

LUNCH:

  • 2 slices 15 grain bread (4 points on WW)
  • 2 slices ham
  • 2 slices turkey
  • smear of mayonnaise
  • 16 ounce iced green tea (no calories)

DINNER:

  • one sausage
  • peppers and onions
  • hamburger w/bun and one slice cheese
  • small scoop of potato and egg salad
  • one small scoop of macaroni salad

SNACKS:

  • one chocolate chip cookie
  • small clementine
  • one oreo cookie – a moment of weakness

DESSERT:

  • fruit and almond tea – no sugar/honey
  • 1/12 slice of blueberry cream pie
  • bite of apple turnover

SINUS: no

HEADACHE: slight – again I think from humidity/dense air

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: went to bed after midnight, but had no problems other than getting up to use the bathroom – I am seeing a pattern with that.

OTHER: throat is feeling better – like swelling has gone down somewhat (if it was swollen)

Friday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities at 1:04 pm by way2much

EXERCISE: no stretching

BRUNCH:

  • zucchini omelet made with 2 whole eggs
  • 6 ounce apple juice with vitamins
  • 1/16 slice of apple crisp – may be considered 1/12 as the pie was high!
  • Crystal-Lite strawberry kiwi drink – dee-lish!

DINNER: heading to my mother-in-law’s for BBQed London Broil and other goodies.

  • 2 thick slices of london broil
  • 2 small ears of corn
  • salad with fat free dressing
  • popcorn shrimp

SNACKS:

DESSERT: I am bringing a peach pie to her house since we cannot eat the whole pie! I will bring some apple crisp for my father-in-law but I will not have any. Problem is if I keep these delicious pies to myself – we will eat them!

  • 1/8 piece of peach pie
  • tea with tsp sugar

ACTIVITIES: monthly bills – always makes me nauseous! that and feminine issues are making me quite bitchy! doncha wanna be me!

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: no problems

  • but woke up once to use the bathroom
  • while lying awake in morning had the choking/closed throat sensation.

HEADACHE: slight headache – no medication though – think it is due to high humidity

  • took two Excedrin tension headache because it is not going away and I hope for it not to get worse (1:30)

SINUS: pressure

OTHER: slight stomach cramping, back pain

July 27, 2006

I Never Gave My Thyroid Much Thought

Posted in health, thyroid, weight at 8:33 pm by way2much

I never gave that bowtie shaped organ much thought until I saw one search term used to get to my site. It was “choke feeling and thyroid problem”.

I already mentioned in another post that my mother thinks I may have a problem with my thyroid. But I really only dismissed it. I am already paranoid about other things. I don’t need to zone in on my thyroid too.  I have been to the doctors; they know my complaints. I feel like a whiny baby if I harp.

But today is a new day. Well it is night, so tomorrow will be the new day. I am going to call my doctor and make an appointment.  After seeing the search term used I decided to look up thyroid disease. I found this wonderful website that tells all about the thyroid – click on this link to get you there. It states that women are 7 times more likely than men to get thyroid disease. It also states that half the people with a problem are not diagnosed. That means they are walking around unaware of their problem. Or aware and just dismiss their symptoms!

The site goes on to say that people are misdiagnosed due to other instances or factors going on in their lives. When I first  had problems after my son was born, the doctors immediately did what the article said.  They told me I was new to motherhood, I was bound to be tired, I would gain weight, I would be depressed. This is normal. Of course your heart will beat faster, you are nervous about your new role, etc. When I read this, I flash-backed to that time where they poo-poohed me away.

This article also includes a link to Thyroid Disease 101. Here it mentions that the thyroid can become swollen and cause difficulty swallowing or breathing.  HMMM.  Does that sound familiar or what? I never put the two together and neither have my doctors. They just shrugged it off. I will answer these questions and hand them to the doctor. I will be armed with information when I enter into their office tomorrow. I will not be soothed or smooth-talked out of having the test done. I want answers. I need to start somewhere – and since I have some of the symptoms regarding thyroid disease, why not start there?

Migraines – what a pain

Posted in health, migraines at 3:30 pm by way2much

Ever since I can remember I suffered from severe headaches.

It would be excruciating and not being able to explain the pain better than “it feels like my head will explode at any given time” was a bit frustrating, to me and to my doctors.

It was never just a pulsing, or a throbbing, it would be this intense pressure with everything else combined.  I would feel like I need to throw up.  But never did. 

I didn’t want any light.

I didn’t want to hear a sound.

My dad would walk into my room and I would be crying and he would say, “Let me make it better.”   He would take his massive hands and grab the back of my head with one and the front on my forehead with the other and press hard. I would get a second of relief but once his grip let up, it came rushing all back.  I forced a smile and a thank you and he knew he didn’t fix it, but at least he tried.

I am not sure what medicine my mother would give me. Was it Bayer, Tylenol – I don’t know. I suffered through my teen years. The only thing to alleviate the pain was falling asleep.

College was no better for me.  I would try to warm towels in the microwave and place on my forehead. I would take some more medicine -over the counter type and pray that the pain would go away. My boyfriend (now my husband) would sit by not knowing what to do. I would cry. Crying made it worse, but I couldn’t help it.  I wanted it to stop. Why would I get these headaches, what caused them?

My pediatrician said it was puberty. Deal with it. No one suggested more testing.  I had to deal and suffer and wait them out.

The worst times were when I was pregnant – because I chose not to take any medicine afraid it will go into my child’s bloodstream as well. I suffered immensely. I was now in control of my own health in terms of finding a doctor I was comfortable with.  It was hard. I went through a few, especially since I moved to another area as an adult, I had to find my own way around. I chose my husband’s doctor but hated him immediately. I went to a woman’s clinic, but it was far from my home. I loved them there but it was too much of a hassle. What topped that decision off was when I became pregnant my second time around. My GYN was not OB! So I had to find another doctor.

I am now satisfied with the doctors I see. Although my primary care doctor dismisses much of my complaints.  I see his associates and I love the nurse practicioner. She is amazing.

I have had Cat Scans – which show everything to be OK – any ideas of brain tumor or otherwise were dismissed. I was relieved. They did say that I have a deviated septum.  So this could be the reason for my sinus problems. I get sinus headaches as well, but I can tell the difference between sinus headaches and migraines. My doctor suggested taking my medicine immediately – I used to wait until I was sure it was a full blown headache and not just a small one.  But they said do not take that chance – take the pills immediately.  So I did.  And it worked. I am not sure what I used to take as some of the pills did not agree with me. I know they contained, Caffeine, Acetaminophen and Codeine. But I have Fiorinal in my cabinet now and I have not had to take it in years – knock wood (not that I am superstitious – oh who am I kidding!)

My headaches were so bad that I would become dizzy, nauseous and scared. I would take a hot bath to relax myself as sleep was the only cure.  My husband would wait up at night, keeping watch so I do not fall asleep in the tub and inadvertantly drown.  I always fell asleep and he would always gently wake me up to get dried off and into bed. He was always hesitant afraid my headache was still there, but if I was able to fall asleep, it would usually be gone when he woke me. I was very fortunate not to have drown.

My husband started to work nights and made me promise him that I would not do this when he was not home. My mother had bought a heating pad that you warm in the microwave, so instead I would take a hot shower and breathe in the warmth.  I would crouch in the tub as standing would be exhausting.  I would leave the shower, heat the pad and lie in bed with it over my eyes and think of anything soothing. Usually it was the crashing of waves hitting the shore.  It always worked. Keep in mind I had 2 children.  They were so good. Mommy had a headache, they knew to sit and watch TV and behave.  It seems like a life time ago.

I think the turning point was when I moved to my new house. I was 28 and I just got fitted for contacts instead of my glasses. Everything was new.  I suffered fewer and fewer headaches, but I still got them. I could swear it was the contacts that made the difference. But who really knows? I still suffer from headaches, but they are not the excruciating migraine type. But as soon as I feel one coming on I grab for the Excedrin Tension or Migraine medicine. I take 2 pills. I don’t wait to see if it will be a bad one or not. I just take the pills. I don’t usually like to take medicine, but for my headaches – I don’t like to take the chance on not taking them. I swear by the Excedrin and I swear that Tylenol makes it 10X worse.

My daughter is 11 and has been suffering from headaches for 2 years now. Yes perhaps puberty is the onset of it. But the doctor says give her Tylenol. Guess what? She says it makes it worse! And I believe her. I used to give her Motrin, but they say that is not good for her. She is now over 5 feet tall and over 80 pounds. I give her 1 Excedrin and she is fine.

Hmm. Makes you wonder.

Thursday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health at 2:56 pm by way2much

Boy my titles are boring!

Anyway onto the facts:

Exercise: did not do my morning stretches

Breakfast: did not wake up in time to consider what I ate breakfast

Lunch:

  • 1/2 cup Fiber One cereal
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

The following I ate after 1.5 hours after yogurt:

  • 2 slices 7 grain bread (lite)
  • 2 eggplant slices
  • 2 fried zucchini flowers
  • water with vitamins

Snacks: snack size bag of Doritos; 2 handfuls of baked potato chips

Dinner: will prepare sausage links and roasted potatos

Dessert: 1/16 of pudding pie

Headache: very minor

Sinus: none so far

Sleep Problems from the night before: I did not sleep through the night, got up a few times. Woke at 8 AM – took 2 Pamprin for stomach ache and headache.  Went back to sleep and woke at 11:30. Was exhausted from previous day’s activities and I think I become slightly anemic this time of the month.

Activities: took my daughter to guitar lessons and lacrosse practice – she’s burning calories, but I am not!

Other:

July 26, 2006

Wednesday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities, weight at 11:43 am by way2much

BREAKFAST:

  • 4 ounce apple juice with vitamins
  • serving of oatmeal w/ tbsp of hazelnut cream – we need flavor somewhere!
  • hot black coffee – left an acidic feeling in my chest – drinking water to calm it down.

LUNCH:

  • 1/2 cup pasta primavera salad – finished it up – I need more!! I need the recipe!
  • water
  • hunger scale: 3.5 – don’t know what else I should eat?

DINNER:

  • 2 hamburgers w/ sliced pickles, cheese and ketchup
  • few potato chips
  • water

SNACKS: handful of baked potato chips

EXERCISE: walked to the beach at my son’s camp – had to be approx 1/2 mile at least. We had to walk back – up steep hill 80 steps worth. I thought I was going to die!

  • morning stretches

ACTIVITIES:

  • tended to my garden but cannot weed or dead head – don’t want to kill my plants this week! I guess I could wear gloves!
  • heading out to my son’s camp for family evening. I must remember to wear my sneakers and not flip-flops and to bring plenty of Bounce sheets to ward off the mosquitos – the place is a haven for them! I miss my son! Can’t wait to see him!

HEADACHE: none so far

SINUS PRESSURE: no pressure, but back-drip and slight morning cough

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: Yes – fell asleep with no  problems but for a few hours I was still aware of what was going on around me. Woke in the middle of night a few times – fell asleep fast again, but woke constantly. Woke up feeling normal as in not sluggish or still tired, but not with a bundle of energy either.

OTHER:

July 25, 2006

Tuesday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, heart, Meals/Activities at 6:01 pm by way2much

Exercise: slacked off on morning stretches; did evening stretches

Breakfast:

  • 4 ounce of Cran-Raspberry juice with vitamins and Tylenol
  • one pancake to finish up my daughter’s syrup – don’t say “gross”!
  • black coffee

Lunch: skipped lunch, but had 3 cheetos at the movie theater! (NOTE: this is not due to my lack of weight-loss this week, it is due to sheer stupidity and the fact that I had breakfast if you would call it that late and was in movie theater for lunch – decided to wait until dinner to eat anything else – which should be soon (5:55 PM – wow is it that late already?)

Dinner:

  • one hamburger w/cheese on a roll – ketchup
  • one hot dog on a roll – mustard
  • pickle
  • mashed potato
  • zucchini
  • cup (because I am THAT sophisticated) of red wine

Snacks:

  • 3 pieces of Cheetos
  • pancake while waiting for dinner! (which happened to be at 8 PM)

Activities: went to the movies – OK so it won’t burn any calories, it was still something!

Headache: slight – due to sinuses

Sinus Pressure:  a definite yes! took Tylenol Sinus in morning

Sleep Problems from Night Before: I fell asleep fast from pure exhaustion but I did wake up 2-3 times with the same feeling of “stopped breathing” not a choking feeling (as when I haven’t fallen asleep yet) but I needed to cough and swallow to get my heart beating again (?) I can’t explain it to good. This all before midnight – after that slept OK (to the best of my knowledge until morning)

Energy Level: not peppy, but not sluggish either

Other:

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NOTE

Realized I am not drinking enough water today. Only took a few sips here and there to constitute one glass if that much.

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