November 27, 2006

Gobble Gobble…

Posted in eating habits, Food, Updates, weight at 1:59 pm by way2much

Well, Thanksgiving came and went. When I went to Weight Watcher’s meetings I would dread hearing from the whiners about the upcoming holidays and what they should do about all the food they will be faced with.

Blah Blah Blah….just don’t eat it!

Hah – easier said than done – as I soon experienced. Before I was weight conscience I never gave it much thought – you know – how much I gained over the season and if I will lose it or not. But a few years ago, I noticed I gained and I didn’t lose it – and a few months went by and I gained some more. If it wasn’t the treats during the holidays it was the BBQ’s in the summer and pool side snacking that did me in. I couldn’t win!

But I got through Thanksgiving this year.

I had Turkey – but only a few slices…

I had turkey soup, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, stuffed mushrooms (2), cranberries, salad, and corn. Before the meal though, I had some antipasto (we’re Italian!) I promised myself I would only make a small plate and I did! BUT I added a few more pieces of cheese here and there! I wasn’t even hungry for the main meal but I had a taste of (almost) everything!

Of course we have the “pack your leftovers” routine after the meal. I was too stuffed to even think of it, but my mom wanted to clear up the dining room table and the kitchen, so I had to! First thing I packed was a stuffed artichoke (’cause I didn’t get to have any at the meal). I grabbed some turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and stuffed mushrooms and some left over antipasto salad. I became concerned about how much I must have gained so far!

Then the desserts came out. A member of our family mentioned we had one pie for each of us! That would be 11 pies my friends! I contributed with 4 that I made (that’s without a working stove!) I made an incredible Oreo Cream Pie that my family absolutely goes crazy for – so I made 2! Because just between my son and husband they can eat a pie by themselves. I also made a chocolate pudding pie and a pistachio pudding pie. There were more pies, such as caramel apple, coconut custard, pumpkin, and a cheesecake. There was a mini-sugar-free pie for my brother’s mother-in-law and I had made her individual sugar free pudding as well. There were 2 more but I can’t remember what they were!

I only had a sliver of cheesecake! I was too stuffed to eat anything else. No one had much dessert! So I packed some leftovers!

Now for my good news. The leftovers are gone, and I have not gained an ounce. That is right – last year I may have gained 5 pounds over the weekend, but not this year. Nothing!

But I still have to get through Christmas!

November 18, 2006

Missing: Inches!

Posted in exercise, friendships, health, Updates at 12:35 am by way2much

I have not given up on my health.

It just seems like I have – what with no blogging about it and all!

I have been walking every day – approximately 3.8 miles a day to be exact! I usually walk 5 days a week – but there are some days I do miss.

I was getting discouraged. The scale still reads 175 – some days it is down to 172 but I would say my true weight is 175. That is frustrating! Why can’t I lose more than 5 pounds.

Then just the other day I decided to measure myself again. I measured myself back in July when I started this online journal. I couldn’t believe what I saw. I lost inches – actual inches! One each on my calf, thigh and upper arm! Two each on my hips, waist and chest! My clothes have been fitting better, but I really didn’t give it much thought.

So I will continue to walk for a number of reasons:

  1. I am no longer out of breath when I do my laundry – which is one flight down.
  2. My back feels much better than it has been in a while
  3. I enjoy the conversations I have with my friend as we stroll the neighborhood.
  4. It actually seems to be doing some good – weight-wise that is. I guess I gained muscle – which weighs more than fat therefore the scale only registers the 5 pound loss.

Hopefully I will continue to lose – inches and pounds! The winter months are coming and I still intend to walk! I bought new sneakers and all! I need to find an indoor activity as well though – just in case!

October 2, 2006

I Can’t Believe My Eyes!

Posted in family support, Updates, weight at 4:05 pm by way2much

OK – the other day I was weighing myself – because that is what I do!

It was Saturday morning – I just got up so I had no contacts in my eyes. I stepped on the scale. HMM – I thought to myself. And I stepped off and then on again.

I took my shower, put my contacts on, then stepped on the scale. Hmphh – I again think.

I put my clothes on then step on the scale.

“Why the hell are you weighing yourself so many times this morning” comes the voice from the bed.

“Because”, I reply to my husband, “it registers a loss and I just wanted to make sure I saw it correctly!”

So woo-hoo – it is only ONE pound – but a loss is a loss!

Actually it reads 174 – so altogether it is 6 pounds in 10 weeks! or 4 pounds this week OR 1 pound in 6 weeks (remember my problem stalemating and then gaining!)

So I am happy – guess the walking is working. And my face looks thinner too, even though my mother declared that I have fat arms in front of the whole family the other day! Thanks mom! I am surprised my blood pressure was so low!

September 19, 2006

Did I Just Complete Week 9?

Posted in eating habits, exercise, Food, health, Updates, weight at 8:57 pm by way2much

What is wrong with me?

Why didn’t I post what I have been eating and doing for the past two weeks?

I know – the kids started a new school year and threw me all off.

Right now I have terrible cramps causing me to live off of Pamprin or Advil!

My sinuses are killing me – I note the correlation of lack of vitamins and congestion. Don’t ask – I just see a connection!

I am now dosing up on Sudafed PE and back to taking my vitamins.

I walked another 2.5 miles today, but did not eat anything as bad as a bag of chips – no matter how small they were! For breakfast I had a big bowl of Raisin Bran. I then had a bag of Cheese Nips crackers for a snack. Approximately at dinner-time, I enjoyed a peanut butter and fluff sandwich on 2 slices of white bread – OK so that wasn’t good. And finally, for dinner I had the remainder of stew that was left over from who knows when!

So now the big question, what do I weigh? It is after all Tuesday!

I gained somehow, some way – I am 178! (but it is that time of the month – where bloating and cramping prevail).

Stay tuned for my post on my mammo – that exciting first comes this Friday!

A Misunderstanding

Posted in doctors, health, humor, medical humor, Updates at 3:25 pm by way2much

A bit of an update on my health conditions. But first a joke that may make you smile. I certainly hope it does not offend anyone!

 Nursing Skills

A male patient is lying in bed in the hospital wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose, still heavily sedated from a difficult, four-hour, surgical procedure.

A young student nurse appears to give him a partial sponge bath.

“Nurse” he mumbles from behind the mask, “Are my testicles black?”

Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, “I don’t know sir, I’m only here to wash your upper body and feet.”

He struggles to ask again, “Nurse, are my testicles black?”

Concerned that he may elevate his vitals from worry about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and sheepishly pulls back the covers. She raises his gown, holds his penis in one hand and his testicles in the other, lifting and moving them around.

Then she takes a close look and says, “There’s nothing wrong with them, sir.”

The man pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her and says very slowly, “Thank you very much. That was wonderful, but, listen very, very closely…..Are – my – test – results – back?!!?”

That was cute, so I had to share it. It also brings to mind my test results. I called my doctor for my blood test results. She had to call me back. When she phoned, I thought for sure something was wrong somewhere. But lo and behold I am fine. My blood work was good!

I am relieved yet now I am confused. I had most of the symptoms for a thyroid problem…so what gives. I did ask for a copy to be sent to me personally. I will have the doctor my mom works for look it over. Plus, it never hurts to have that information at my fingertips. After all I am trying to stay on top of my medical conditions (or lack of!)

September 11, 2006

Week 8: Summary

Posted in doctors, eating habits, exercise, Food, health, heart, Pampered Chef, Updates at 11:29 am by way2much

This is the first time I didn’t log everything I ate. Not only did I skip a day, I skipped the whole weekend.

I am disgusted once again.

I didn’t do too badly this weekend.

I don’t remember what I ate on Friday. It wasn’t obsessive. But I did go food shopping and for the most part I was good. I didn’t buy anything I didn’t need and it was mostly healthy food.

Except for the bag of Cheetos.

And pretzels – but they aren’t that bad.

I bought vegetables and fruit.

Saturday I went to my son’s scrimmage game and my in-laws bought me a bagel with cream-cheese. I really need to stay away from bagels, they are too fattening. I had a cup of coffee (regular) in the morning, but in the evening I had a slight problem sleeping.

After my son’s scrimmage, my daughter and I went supply shopping again for school.  We got home and I made pork chops on the grill. We had some mixed veggies on the side. We then went to a friend’s house for a birthday celebration. I stayed until 1 in the morning and I had 3 dixie cups of frozen lemonade (Mike’s hard lemonade). I had a slice of cake and delicious blondies (about 3). So I snacked a bit this weekend.

Sunday, I enjoyed my day at our local town fair. I did not set up a booth this year. Usually I display my Pampered Chef items, but I met a nice group of woman there last year that did the same. I contacted them and heard they reserved a booth again.  I declined – no sense having two booths of the same. Besides, I don’t have any of the new season products to display – yet.

My daughter had to cheer at a 1:30 game. She had to be there at 12:30 but I thought that was ridiculous and got her there at 1. It was a good thing I used common sense as the coaches hadn’t arrived until 5 minutes prior.  So we spent the morning browsing the stands – nice leisurely walk.  I went to the game and pulled her out early (3:30) because she was upset that she only spent 1/2 hour at the fair.

NOTE: She slept over her friend’s house and met us at the fair  She got there at 12 and only saw a few vendors. We left at 12:30 so she can change and get ready for the game. The game should have started at 1:30 but was delayed until 2:00. The girls were not doing much cheering, so it was basically a waste of our time. Therefore, I took her out and went back to the fair.

We did more walking around and we even walked home (approx. 1 mile).  I had a hot dog for dinner. I also had some chips (not much). I had 3 mint cookies before going to bed. I even had a midnight snack finishing 1/2 pork chop that was left over.  I had problems in the middle of the night, feelings of stopped heart-rate, etc. I did have a coffee Sunday morning as well. So I am realizing my problems truly lie with the caffeine intake.

So here I am Monday morning – my jeans are tight, my fingers are swollen and I am congested. I have no drive to do anything – really. I think I am PMS-ing but who really knows.

I have a gyno appt. tomorrow. I will get my daughter to school at 7:30 and go straight to the lab to get my blood drawn (finally). Then I have a 12:00 doctor appointment.  I am dreading that, because she always comments about my weight. Just give me my pap and shut up!

August 22, 2006

Week 5: Weigh-In

Posted in Updates, weight at 11:58 am by way2much

The joys of dieting!

Well I don’t think I really did well these past few weeks. 

My schedule was all crazy with my kitchen renovations.

Then this past week I forgot I was PMS-ing! Can you imagine! I forgot it was that time!

I guess this happened because I was taking Advil for my back pain, I didn’t notice the cramping that was going on too.  I also wanted to inhale everything in sight and I couldn’t imagine why – I thought it was stress – but no my friends, it was the calendar and hormones and the like!

So what you are really waiting to hear is “how did I do?”

Drum roll…ah forget the damn roll – I gained a pound!

I am now 176

August 7, 2006

I am Getting Discouraged

Posted in eating habits, Food, Updates at 12:15 pm by way2much

Here I am on the brink of week 4.

I do have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow – so I should just wait and see.

I don’t think I did too bad this week and I refrained from putting anything in my mouth! You see, before this blog, I would think nothing of eating. Anything and everything. Seriously – that is if it is edible!

I catch myself going for food even when I am not hungry and then I think – I have to put this in my journal. Am I really hungry? No – then don’t eat it.  If the answer is yes, I re-evaluate and think what is better to eat.

So why I ask – WHY? am I registering a weight GAIN? I mean this is ridiculous.  I don’t think I overdid it on Friday – even if I said I did.  I didn’t eat in between – and if I did – it was only a couple of grapes and some cantaloupe – food that is good for you.  Could 1 1/2 slices of pizza do me in?

And then Saturday – I  mean I wasn’t a glutton – I could have easily gone crazy!  But Sunday night – I was back at square one. This morning I am registering 2 pounds more than last week – so I lost the 3 overnight!

Tomorrow is my official weigh-in day – but at best I would have stayed status-quo. I am so discouraged.

Yes, I am an emotional eater – so last night I said “expletive” and finished off the bag of Chex Mix, had a bit of apple turnover and drank some water. Stupid – of course.

Now this morning when I should be eating breakfast – I am not the least bit hungry but I should eat something – I am so confused! 😦

Not to mention – my back is killing me – lower right side – pinching my nerve! AGGGHHHH

August 1, 2006

Two Weeks! – Tuesday morning weigh-in

Posted in Updates, weight at 11:12 am by way2much

I have been doing this “diet” for two weeks now.

I was very discouraged about my first week’s weight-loss but decided not to get too defeated. I have a few theories of why I did not lose more than the one pound but I may have mentioned them already. Besides, I won’t harp! 

So for my weigh-in this morning I am pleased to say that I weigh: 175 lbs

this week’s weight loss = 4 lbs

total weight loss = 5 lbs

If I continue to lose 5 pounds every two weeks – I will be satisfied. More would have me enthralled, but we will take it week by week.

July 25, 2006

Updates and Revamping

Posted in Updates at 1:05 pm by way2much

It is Tuesday morning – well almost afternoon!

I am upset and quite bitchy today. But that is how I get before my ‘friend’ arrives. See I PMS for about 10 days and I feel worse on those days than I do when I actually have my period. I tend to weigh heavier and retain quite a bit of water.

My wedding ring is hurting me. I already abandoned my engagement ring. If I wear the two together, I get an infection where they sit. Moisture gets trapped in and a yeast infection occurs. That is one reason why I try to have yogurt everyday, especially during one particular week out of the month.

I am sipping some hot black coffee and I need to get in the shower now. My husband would like to take my daughter and I to see the movie “Cars”!  My daughter is 11 but we still love to see those silly G-rated movies.  My daughter and I absolutely loved “Over the Hedge”

But back to the issue of topic of this entire blog: my health.

I decided to change my categories around to include everything. Doctors hate that I say, I have been feeling “-” way for a while and I cannot give them a time frame and exactly how many times a day etc. So therefore I will document everything. Some things may be too personal so I will leave that in an unpublished post, but for the most part things such as sinus pressure, headaches, etc will be posted.

Keep in mind that this is a blog about health and related issues, but I may get a bit personal and blog in a light-hearted way with a few jokes thrown in. I am not looking for reader-ship although I welcome it and encourage dialogue, especially if you see yourself somewhere in here. (In other words, you can relate!) So, if you find anthing gross or offensive, I apologize, but it will all be about the human body and how it functions – properly or otherwise!

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