Monday, February 11, 2013

Healthy Decisions Equal Healthy Choices

Yesterday, I decided to cook.  When I do that I try to cook for a few days so that I don't have to cook when I get off of work.  The other day, I put a pork roast in the crockpot so that was already done.  When I got home from Sunday School, I cooked field peas, rice, baked potatoes, and made a spinach salad with cucumbers, carrots, onions, eggs, and chicken.  This should last me for a few days.  For dinner last night, of course, I didn't want any of that so I boiled frozen hamburger patties and made me a bacon double cheese burger, very delicious.  Overall, I have to cook so that I don't waste money eating out and make healthy choices.  In making healthy choices, I choose to not be a diabetic so there I must do right by the foods I eat. 

For my last two endocronology appointments I was told that my levels are at the beginning stages of being a diabetic in the next few years.  This is something that I would rather not happen so therefore, I will make the necessary adjustments so that doesn't come to fruition.  My problem isn't sweets, my problem is pasta, I love it.  The last time I went to the store I purchased large shells, elbow noodles, lasagna noodles, and the small stars.  Got to be more careful, things have to be done in moderation.  So there it is, my life in a nutshell, no all of this doesn't define me, I just know that I can be better if I do better.  That is why I made that large salad to add vegetables to my diet.  I also make fruit smoothies, but I think that break down of sugar in the fruits cause glucose levels to spike.  I can only do those maybe 3-4 times a week, don't want to cause too many issues.  When making my fruit smoothies, I was adding honey, which is a no-no.  Had to stop that.  I put oatmeal, spinach, almond milk, and greek yogurt in them, they give me that sweet and it is a healthier choice, since I really don't like to eat fruit on its on. 

Do I know what I weigh?  Am I really concerned?  No, no, and no!  My body is going through changes, physically and mentally and I am awared of them all.  I have been able to fit clothes that I haven't in years and I am proud of my progress.  My goal is to keep up the good work, constantly add vegetables and fruits to my daily diet and continue to be positive about my changes.  Even if I fall short from time to time, I can always pick it back up again. 

Doing my workout class once a week at church, using my apps on my phone, plus going to the Y (even if it's just sitting in the sauna for a time) is helping with my overall wellness.  So for this I am proud. 

Plus, my pastor gave me this book The Great Physician's Rx for Health & Wellness by Jordan Rubin to read a bible verse to the class before we start.  This book is great not only because it's Bible based, but it gives you the healthier choices when buying and preparing foods.  Great read and I would recommend it to all, not just to be better, but because it references the Bible. 


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Much has Happened

Many things have happened since the last time I posted.  For instance, I found out I had thyroid cancer in January 2012.  I had the lump removed off of my neck and in April of 2012, I found out I was cancer free.  During that time, I had to be on a thyroid cancer diet.  Now, a year has passed and things are much better, but I still have to take thyroid medicine for the rest of my life. 

Since all of these things have passed, I constantly have to go to the doctor to get my blood checked.  In doing this, I found out that I am insulin resistant.  That means that within the next few years I could become diabetic.  No, I don't eat surgery foods, but my weakness is pasta and rice.  Things have to get better. 

My weight has gone down and I am glad of that, but I most defiantly have to change my eating habits.  More fruits and vegetables and less pasta and rice. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Out All Day

We were supposed to go bike riding. Tee suggested changing trails, but where we rent the bikes is right around the street from the trail. The other trails are out of the way. We would have to ride in heavy traffic to get there and that's not safe.

Instead of bike riding, we walked at my favorite spot Lake Bottom. There were four of us and the temperature was over 90 degrees. It was too hot. The first lap around, I walked the stairs 3 times. We walked the half again and I finished all 5 stairs.

After that, we went to eat lunch. No, it wasn't healthy, but one has to eat right? When we finished eating we set outside the restaurant and talked. My friend suggested going to do the stairs again, I was with that. We walked 5 more times, so to total, I did 10 stairs.

My lunch
meatloaf
mashed potatoes
black eyed peas
macaroni and cheese

Don't feel hungry. I also have bought healthy snacks. There are strawberries and cherries in the refrigerator. Another thing, I have been cooking healthy meals. No, I haven't lost the weight, but I am making changes.

Looking back over the post, which haven't been many, it's the same thing. Trying to stay below 170 lbs. I am doing something wrong. To make it worse picking up these bad habits and increasing others. 36 is around the corner and there are many unhealthy lifestyle changes that I have picked up. This is too sad, the changes have taken a toll on me overall.

Things will get better, they always due. Take it slow and remember the body is a machine and it will deteriorate.

Monday, May 30, 2011

181 Where Did This Come From?

For the last few months, I have done nothing. Absolutely nothing. The other day my friends and I went bike riding. We rented our bikes and rode 19 miles to Ft. Benning from Downtown. Really needed that ride. Today, I walked the stairs at Columbus 5 times. The other day, I actually stretched, haven't done that in a while either. So not going to make any plans to get this weight off just going to do what I can do to make it work.

Another thing, changed what I have been eating. Been eating unhealthy snacks like donuts and chips and dip. Make a change. Starting to cook. Got to stay healthy about to be 36 in a few months. Healthy lifestyle!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Weight has been Staying Down


Time keeps moving and this weight loss thing is very interesting. Due to some mishaps in my life, my weight has been staying below 170 lbs. So proud of that, but not proud of the reason why. The highest my weight has been is 172 lb. After a few days it's back at 161-165 lbs. Truthfully, I need to go shopping, been giving away many pants and skirts. Plus, the weather has changed.

Currently, I need to do the GM Diet because I have not been eating healthy. Not at all. Need to clean out my system. Taking medicine, not eating, eating the wrong things, all of these things does not do the body good. There are so many things that I want to avoid in my life. For instance, cancer, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, etc. I don't need any of these things in my life.

Even though, eating the right foods does help prevent many illnesses we must remember that stress can cause issues as well. Do what you can to eliminate drama in your life. Try to live a peaceful and caring life. Remember we are a whole body, we must treat ourselves right completely.

During this time in my life, I started being motivated and doing something physical daily. Now, all I do is come home and do nothing. Bad habits have reared their ugly face. All things in moderation. No stretching, no walking, no bike riding, no yoga, no accupuncture, no nothing, but heartache and tears. This entire situation has aged me. I see it in my eyes and others do too.

Needs
Ride bike trainer at least 5-10 minutes a day
stretch daily
start yoga again
go back to accupuncture
squats
leg raises

I will get myself back together. I just don't know when!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Weight has Dropped

My weight is 166.

I have been walking at Lakebottom and doing the stairs five times in front of Columbus High School. On the weekends my friends and I have been renting bikes. We ride on the River Walk. The second time we rode all the way to the entrance of Ft. Benning that was almost 19 miles.

For lunch, a shrimp and strawberry salad.

It has been months since I have written to this blog. I will try to do better. Writing the exercises and my meals will help.

This evening I am supposed to go to water aerobics with a friend.

Celebrations:
size 10 Rockstar jeans from Old Navy
size 10 jeans from Old Navy
size 10 dress

This is the first time I have been in a 10 in almost 10 years. That is crazy and yes time does keep on moving. Chaning my daily behaviors has helped maintain my weight. Continue to do what's is best for my body.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Can you Believe it?

Do you know that I have finally gotten below 170 lbs. It has been a long time coming. The current weight is 166 and I contribute it to the GM Diet.

I did the following weight loss diet program and it worked wonders. I strongly recommend anyone desirous of loosing weight to start on this program immediately. Best part of the program is that it is doable! --- B. H. Jajoo

General Motors: Weight Loss Diet Program

The following diet and health program was developed for employees and dependents of General Motors, Inc. and is intended for their exclusive use. This program was developed in conjunction with a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. It was field tested at the Johns Hopkins Research Centre and was approved for distribution by the Board of Directors, General Motors Corp. at a general meeting on August 15, 1985. General Motors Corp. wholly endorses this program and is making it available to all employees and families. This program will be available at all General Motors Food Service Facilities. It is management's intention to facilitate a wellness and fitness program for everyone.

This program is designed for a target weight loss of 10-17 lbs per week. It will also improve your attitudes and emotions because of its cleansing systematic effects.

The effectiveness of this seven day plan is that the food eaten burn more calories than they give to the body in caloric value.

This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.

During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol. You must drink 10 glasses of water each day.
Day One All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.
Day Two All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.
Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.
Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.
Day Five Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.
Day Six Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.
Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

Tomorrow morning you will be 10-17 lbs. lighter than one week ago. If you desire further weight loss, repeat the program again. You may repeat this program as often as you like, however, it is suggested that you are allowed two glasses of white wine in addition to the instructions on the program. You may substitute champagne for white wine. Under no circumstances are you to drink any other alcoholic beverages with the exception of beer which is allowed. Any liquor (bourbon,vodka, rum) is forbidden. Cream drinks are especially forbidden. You may have an occasional cordial such as creme de menthe or schnapps, but you must always limit yourself to two drinks. If you wine, drink only wine that day. If you have beer, drink only beer that day, etc. Alcohol adds empty calories to your diet. However, after the first week it will help your digestion and settle your stomach.

G.M.'S Wonder Soup
The following soup is intended as a supplement to your diet. It can be eaten any time of the day in virtually unlimited quantities. You are encouraged to consume large quantities of this soup.
28 oz, Water, 6 Large Onions, 2 Green Peppers, Whole Tomatoes (fresh or canned), 1 Head Cabbage, 1 Bunch Celery, 4 Envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Herbs and Flavouring as desired.

Additional Comments
Vegetables as may be taken in the form of a salad if desired. No dressing except malt, white or wine vinegar, squeezed lemon, garlic, herbs. No more than one tea spoon of oil.

You have been given a recipe for the WONDER SOUP which can be eaten in unlimited quantities. This soup is a supplement while you are on the program and it should be a pleasure to eat. Not everyone likes cabbage, green peppers, calory etc. This recipe is not inflexible. You may substitute vegetables according to your taste. You may add any vegetables you like: asparagus, peas, corn, turnips, green beans, cauliflower, etc. Try to stay away from beans (lima, pinto, kidney, etc.), however, because they tend to be high in calories even though they are very good for you.

Beverages you may consume while on the program :
Water (flavoured with lemon/lime if desired).
Club Soda is OK.
Black Coffee. No cream or cream substitute. No sugar or sweetness.
Black Tea = Herb or Leaf.
Absolutely nothing else except the fruit juices which are part of day seven. No fruit juices before day seven.
How and Why It Works
Day One you are preparing your system for the upcoming programme. Your only source of nutrition is fresh or canned fruits. Fruits are nature's perfect food. They provide everything you could possibly want to sustain life except total balance and variety.
Day Two starts with a fix of complex carbo-hydrates coupled with an oil dose. This is taken in the morning for energy and balance. The rest of day two consists of vegetables which are virtually calorie free and provide essential nutrients and fibre.
Day Three eliminates the potato because you get your carbohydrates from the fruits. You system is now prepared to start burning excess pounds. You will still have cravings which should start to diminish by day four.
Day Four, bananas, milk and soup sound the strangest and least desirable. You're in for a surprise. You probably will not eat all the bananas allowed. But they are there for the potassium you have lost and the sodium you may have missed the past three days. You will notice a definite loss of desire for sweets. You will be surprised how easy this day will go.
Day Five, Beef and tomatoes. The beef is for iron and proteins, the tomatoes are for digestion and fibre. Lots and lots of water purifies your system. You should notice colourless urine today. Your allowance calls for the equivalent of five "quarter ponders". Do not feel you have to eat all this beef. You must eat the six tomatoes.
Day Six is similar to day five, Iron and proteins from beef, Vitamins and fibre from vegetables. By now your system is in a total weight loss inclination. There should be a noticeable difference in the way you look today, compared to day one.
Day Seven finished off the program like a good cigar used to finish off Victorian meals, except much healthier. You have your system under control and it should thank you for the flushing and cleaning you just gave it.

General Motors: Weight Loss Diet Program

Friday, October 23, 2009

Exercising For a Lifetime

I started exercising about a month ago and now it is something that I look forward to doing. Volleyball season has started and I am the assistant coach. I jog five laps before practice when I am there. Exercising is something that I do and I really enjoy it. To be honest, I think I have been doing this consistently since the middle of September. There is a big difference in the way my clothes are fitting me. The jeans and pants aren't so tight and there is more room in the waist area. My face has even slimmed down. My goal is to be able to fit into a true 10, I think that would be 165 lbs. for me. Haven't been there in a long time. 10 years ago I was 24 years old, here I am 34, where did time go? What did I do with it? I don't want another 10 to go by and I am here where I am right now. Wow and I don't even say that word. My, my, my!

As for this exercise thing, I started by riding my bike trainer 5 minutes a day. Next, I moved up to 10 and 15 and so forth. I use my 10 lb. dumb bells to do some arm exercises. Leg lefts with the ball and squats with the weight or ball, it depends. I also started going to acupuncture and yoga once a week. That was very good for my overall body. Since volleyball doesn't end until December I can't do them anymore. I also sometimes do the stairs at the park. While in Atlanta at a conference, I used the stair stepper, elliptical, treadmill, and bike. It made me want my own personal gym.

I look forward to doing something daily, I do take a break every three days depending on how my mind or body feel. So this is something new to me, I haven't been here in a long time and it feels good.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Here I Go Again

It has been a long time coming. Haven't been here since June. That is ashame. Starting tomorrow things will be different. Turning 34 has been a challenge and an eye opener for me. Over the last few years, I haven't been proud of myself. My plan is to take one day at a time and continue to do right by my body.

Even though I haven't been posting to the blog I am not to far off from my goals. Still wanted to be 165. Going to the acupuncturist has helped me to realize that I have to take some time out for myself. I rip and run all the time and never reward myself for the life that I live. All of that stops now.

At the acupuncturist, I was told that I need to lose a little weight because I have dead skin on the ball of my feet. She put the needles on the ball and sides of my feet. As soon as the needles were in my feet my entire body got extremely hot. She also put the needles in my neck for stress and energy. Truly, I feel better.

Tomorrow during lunch I will eat spaghetti, I will get up and cook something for breakfast even if it is just some bacon and a boiled egg. Dinner will consist of rice with chicken and broccoli . Waking up will be at 6 am. This will give me a chance to ride my bike trainer for 10 minutes. My body is where I dwell and I will not let it fail me.

I have also made a list of things I need to get checked when I go to my personal physician. I find it strange that the doctor doesn't check you for everything whenever you have an appointment.

This time, I will take it slow and lose at least 4 lbs. a week. I know it can be done, it is always up to me.

Celebrations
Have more room in my jeans

Now, I will post here at least once a week to let you know my progress. I am tired of being over weight and I know I can do it.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Can I Really Lose Weight?

Weight: 181 lbs.
Down: 2 lbs.

That is the burning question. I know I can, but what seems to be the hold up? To be honest, I really can't say what the problem is. All I need to do is do what is best for me at this moment. What that is beats me.

All of the overeating has got to come to an end. Today starts the beginning of doing what is best for me health wise. No overeating, exercise, healthy choices all starts today. I can get this done along with getting the lien off of my credit report and obtaining my PhD. I can do it, I know I can.
I wrote out a schedule for exercise. Will do what I can today. Supposed to do a workout on Fit TV, walk the stairs, arm exercises, and stretch. Ok!

Food
3 sausage links and 1 scrambled egg

Me at 181, I will try to post pictures daily to see the weight loss. This is crazy! Nothing will change unless I want it to. That is what makes this so interesting, when will I finally be tired of being this way. Change must come, but when and at what expense?

Tired can you tell?

Zeta team, I am doing what I can with what I have back to the start weight now I have to lose 16 more pounds.