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Old 01-14-2012, 09:48 AM   #16
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This has been a really busy week! My DD sinus infection came back and had to take her back to the dr's office. DH's breaks went out, so I had to rearrange my schedule to get us both to and from work while the repairs were done. I had my dr's appt yesterday. DD has a birthday party for the family this Sunday (Go Packers!). Never a dull moment.

I kept to my vegan commitment pretty well. There was one night I just grabbed what my mom made for dinner for the kids because I got in so late. Fish (frozen breaded kind), baked french fries and some veggies. I was so hungry I just ate it. I didn't notice anything right away, but felt sluggish the next day. Kinda blah.

I had some cramping and pain in lower left abdomen yesterday, so think I was ovulating and my cyst acted up. I haven't lost weight this week, but think that that has something to do with it. Plus all the stresses of this week.

The dermatologist said my back is fine. It actually started getting better on Thursday night (lighter in color). She had a name for it but I can't remember. She said it does freak people out. She did a full check and said the only item of interest is a mole on my right shoulder. Slight chance of future problems, but to just keep an eye on it.

Next week at this time I'll be in DW! Yeah! Keeping fingers crossed for good weather!
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:51 AM   #17
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Leaving tomorrow. Let's look at our list:

Packed: Mostly checked
3 of us with sinus infections: check
Winter weather advisory with 5 inches of snow: check
Search hours and hours for my camera battery and charger with no results: check

Looks like I'm right on schedule!
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:40 PM   #18
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Thanks for recommending "Forks over Knives". I've never heard of it. I netflixed it, and dh and I watched it the other night - great movie. Just the motivation we needed to add more fruits and veggies to our diet. Have fun at Disney - Orlando's temp today is 76 - don't give up on that camera battery, it has to be around somewhere.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:23 AM   #19
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I just got back yesterday. Wow, I'm what would best be described as happily exhausted! I did find my battery and charger. Whew! My sinus infection did cause pain on the decent. Quite a bit, actually. But the medicine and flight earplugs made it doable and no broken ear drums.

Weather was fabulous. Near record highs in the low 80s. I could definitely get used to that.

I have to admit, I didn't adhere exactly to my diet there. I did pretty good, though, considering. Had some grilled veggie subs, veggie burgers and salads. I did have some chicken and fish dishes that were really good. The new lunch buffet at CSR is fabulous. I'll go through some specific meals later. The temptation of desserts on the dining plan is hard, though. I got fruit a lot, but did grab a few carrot cakes and brownies. (Yummy...)

So a 9 day DW trip resulted in (drum roll please) .... a 2 pound gain. I weighed myself the morning I left and was 190; I weighed 192 this morning. Not too bad considering everything.

Back to reality and the cold tundra. Getting off the plane was a rough gig. I could actually see my breath in the jetway. Brrr!
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:05 PM   #20
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Good for you going to WDW! Sounds like you had a good trip. Gaining 2 pounds is not bad.

Never heard of, "Forks over knives", I'll have to look for it.

Do you think you are drinking enough water? Sometimes headaches can come from dehydration.

You're doing great!
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:58 AM   #21
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Had a good week. Very busy. And every time I had a chance to post here, the browser would just lag and take forever to load, so I gave up. Headaches seem to be getting better. I've always drank plenty of water; I have one of those brita bottles with the filter built in the cap. Anyway, I think it's a combination of sinus pressure and hormones. Maybe some eye strain added in, as I'm on the computer alot.

I brought a greens salad, dressing and fruit salad to a superbowl party I went to last night. Good thing; there were sloppy joes, cheese, chips, the salad had bacon... I would have eaten it all a few months ago.

I'm trying almond milk now. I like it better than the soy. I had some soy milk yesterday that I had just opened the day before and realized after I had eaten it that it had gone bad already. I dumped the carton and big chunks of 'curds' came out. Really grossed me out.

Oh, and I tried quinoa this week. I like it. Really yummy and I felt really good after eating it.

I need to get back to my exercise routine, so that's what I'll be working on this week.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:53 AM   #22
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What a week. Both kids plus myself had the sickies. It was a bad sinus cold with coughing and headache. The beginning of this week I was up two nights with sick, coughing kids as they tag-teammed me. Then there was a case a whooping cough in my DS's school, so even though I figured he didn't have it (he's been coughing for 2 weeks), I took him to the doc. Actually, I had to since they were sending anyone home who had a cough, but I would have anyway. So, yes, sinus infection and got antibiotics. DD just started hers and will fill her prescription tonight, as she isn't getting better.

So why am I writing this. Because I lost it at lunch on Wednesday. I hadn't slept well in days, was sick myself, and lunch was late due to the doctor visit. So I picked up McDonald's cheeseburgers and fries with a Coke. (Oh, the horror! ) I will tell, though, that it just tasted soooo salty and I felt like sh*t afterwards, but whether just from being tired and stress or from the food (or a combination) I just don't know. I've had other less than perfect moments as well: a donut, some chips... But surprise, when I got on the scale this morning I got a 189. Really? I did not expect that. So I supose being good 90% of the time is still better than not trying at all. I also took my bp pill only 2 times this week and was taking sudafed like candy (which raises bp) and still hung around 120/80. So I'm inspired to keep trying (just keep swimming, just keep swimming...)

One of my goals this weekend is to get my vacay pics off my cameras. I've just been so busy and trying to do what needed to be done these last few weeks, that I haven't had any time.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:14 AM   #23
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For those who had an interest in Forks Over Knives...

The son of one of the doctors in the movie also has a movie/website/book with more practical info like recipes, etc. I just found it, so am starting to check it out. http://engine2diet.com/ The movie was really good; more practical.

My progress: I'm still moving forward. I'm feeling better now (cold-wise), as are the rest of the family. I still feel kind of drained, though.

I'm starting to get to the point where if I deviate from eating real food, I can really tell a difference. My stomach feels yucky and I get kind of tired and achy after eating something like a piece of pizza. I'm starting to actually look forward to eating, say, a bowl of fruit or veggie taco wrap. I'm so out of my element. I'm trying to avoid eating the same foods over and over again.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:54 PM   #24
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Don't know why I haven't commented on this before! My friend suggested watching Forks over Knives one night when she came to my house in October. Wow! They had seriously valid points and for me it was hard to think about going to the kitchen and frying up a piece of chicken. I always thought life HAD to be healthier without meat, and since that night we watched it I have been vegetaraian. Kind of crazy to just give up all of a sudden, but I feel a lot better about myself.

For me it's been tough sticking to vegetarian and not going straight to vegan already! Everything that they said about milk and dairy, I make vegan meals probably 5 times a week. I don't want to get into yet since I haven't been a vegetarian that long and I don't want to miss any nutrients that I don't know how to replace. However if you want to try vegan cheese I suggest Daiya cheese.

You have been doing great so far! Thanks for the link to recipes, I'll check it out. http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/ This is a blog I read constantly and have made a couple of recipes from. Yes, she is a vegan cook, but I think learning some of these recipes will help with making regular vegetarian recipes since you can just use regular cheese for most of the recipes. It was all delicious.

I'm a huge advocate for giving up soda of any kind. I just don't see how it does anything for you. I gave up all soda in 2007 but admit I do drink sprite when I have the flu because it helps for some reason. That's about 4-5 a year, otherwise it's all water and tea! The headaches may be from not getting the caffeine from sodas, when I gave it up it was bad for about 2 weeks before it finally stopped. One of the biggest benefits to me is that when I would drink too much soda I would have horrible aches in my back during the night. After I stopped drinking soda, they went away. My grandmother gave up soda for a period and said hers had gone away too. I have accidently sipped a few sodas over the years (from somebody elses cup unknowingly) and it actually felt like it was burning my mouth. Not fun at all.

It's a great feeling when you'd rather have a salad or something other than eating out or "junk food".

I will definitely be following your journal, keep up the good work!!
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:16 PM   #25
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Thanks SnowWhite for your words of encouragement. I'm glad you liked the movie. I couldn't watch the pork plant part. I have this thing with pork. It started when I was cooking a pork loin in a crock pot during my pregnancy. The smell of it all day cooking just made more sick as the day went on. 15 years later and I still can barely stand it.

This week was crazy again. I think I should just stop calling weeks like this crazy and just accept it's the norm

Still going strong. I'm having a visit from my friend this week, so will weigh myself when it's done. My headaches are definitely hormone driven. I've had one now for a few days that I can't shake. I can't sleep well, either. I've read about post-mirena cases that follow this pattern. The thought is that all my hormones have dumped, so it's like a withdrawl headache since I don't have the progestins from the IUD anymore.

Forward....
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Sounds like you're doing really well!

I saw Forks over Knives and read the Engine 2 Diet book about a month ago, and it has been life-changing for me! I'm eating a plant-based diet about 90% of the time, and feel so much better now!

Keep up the good work!
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:20 AM   #27
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Thanks, schmass. By the way, your puppy in a tutu is cute.

I've had problems this past week or so. I started craving cheese and then it went downhill from there. My weight's stayed steady, but I've felt yucky and insomnic. Although, that may have been a virus; everyone was sick. What is it about being sick in winter that makes a salad just sound gross? But I'm feeling better now and I'll try to get back on track. I think at this point (around 190 for a while now) exercise is going to be important, too.
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OK, I'm coming clean. I lost it around fat Tuesday. I had donuts, Taco Bell (even though without meat and cheese), a McDonald's fish sandwich, fries and Coke (that tv ad just spoke to me). It just tasted so good. It took about four days for me to start feeling bloated and yucky. So I've been good this entire week. Salads with lots of fruits and veggies in them. Whole wheat spaghetti with veggies like zucchini, tomatoes, onions, yellow squash, garlic, herbs. Brown rice with stir fry veggies. Black bean tacos at home. Oat meal with walnuts and dried cranberries. It's taken a week but I'm starting to feel better again.

I'm still for some reason having trouble getting back into exercise. I think the weather has something to do with it, plus there's been a lot going on this week and it's easy to come up with excuses. So, again, my goal is to keep eating well and get back to my exercise routine. I'll be working a full time schedule this week to cover someone at work (I'm usually part time.), so this may be a hard week to do it. But there's always stuff going on, so I just have to make it a priority.

Wishing myself and you a good and healthy week. ~Kathy
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Let's see, after cutting stuff out, what am I missing the most. I would have to say cheese. Oh, I love cheese. It's so good...
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I had some major issues when they increased my Lisinopril. I was on 10 mg for YEARS off and on with never an issue. Then they incresed to 20 started getting some anxiety and dizziness just like that. My Dr and NP were working to see what could be wrong. Heart checked out but the eventually sent me to cardiologist who also said it all looked good after a echo u/s followed by a stress test and stress echo. He said good news and I was tearing up. Yeah it didn't feel like "good" news to me. I mean really it is great my heart is holding up but so scary to not know what was causing issues. Ended up with 40 mg of Lisinopril and panic attacks with lightheaded/faint feeling(never fainted though) shortness of breath and although I'd swear I was going to be having a heart attack all the time they said simply anxiety and panic attacks. I stopped my daily Claritin first and I did have a fog lifted there was no major improvements in a month so pretty much begged my Dr. to switch my BP pill. It took a good 3 months to start to feel somewhat normal. I also take 4000 mg of fish oil a day. 2 in morning and 2 in the evening.

Now I think my beta blocker may be increasing my triglycerides. They've gone up 30 points in 3 months since switching to the beta blocker. But my fast blood glucose has gone up too. SO I'm working on refining down to really healthy scratch meals. I don't want more pills and would like to kick these ones to the curb.
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