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Health and Weight loss or maintenance

A Coke Problem

Today, I   went to see a doctor for help with my coke problem.  She was very helpful, giving me charts, graphs and many, many words of encouragement.  She took down a lot of notes and even though we was on a time constraint, it  did not stop me from spilling my guts.   I have a coke problem and I need help. With all my aches and pains, failures and accomplishments, I never thought I would be in this situation.  While I have made great strides in my life, I find myself in some what unfamiliar territory.  I have been in the past, so focused and determined.  When I need these qualities now, they have failed to appear.  I cannot let my life go on this way.  I have to make a stand and climb this mountain to top Nothing will stand in my way to glory.

This is very serious stuff.  Now I am in no way promoting that coke is evil.  For me it is one of the most delicious drinks out there.  Sweet, refreshing and oh so delectable. But I want to lose this weight and my doctor says I need to give up my all time favorite drink(plus a few other things like cake, doughnuts and pie, to name a few).  Coke,  is institution, a community, a way of life.  It brings a smile to my face and song to my heart.  Plus, I have always been partial to red.

For now, coke and I must part ways.  To improve my overall health and well being I must abstain and follow the same steps all  coke enjoyers(yes, that is a legitimate word)) and slowly back away.  Excuse me, my eyes are getting moist.  Farewell coke,  until we meet again.  I bet some of you thought I was talking about a white powdery substance.  That is my next post.  The dreaded doughnut.

 

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Time for

I have fallen off the wagon.   I have not been walking in over a month.  I will not get into the who and why, but I intend to straighten this mess out.  I call it a mess, because I was on a roll and I let other things and people get in my way, and fill my head with nonsense.  It is hard doing something without support.  I always thought I was the type of person who really didn’t need another person’s support of whatever I was trying to accomplish.  That is a very lonely place to be.    But If I am going to get a healthy lifestyle, I need more from the people around and much more from myself.    Plus I have some health issues I need to take care.   They also have slowed me down.  I will be back on the road again after this week.  Up, up and away.

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Music to My Ears

I don’t like blowing my horn. I try to let others do that for me or pay someone.  Today is the day for me to blow baby blow.  I am so proud.  I started by walking again and I feel better for it.  I even downloaded a new list of songs I listen to as a walk.  Here is my play list for this week.  I think I am going to make a change every week(at least try to).  If you have any songs that I can walk to,let me know.  A lot of my stuff is old school, but I like all kinds of music.  Come along and take a walk with me. .

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Brandy – Best Friend

Slave – Watching you

OutKast- Moving Cool

Nelly – Hot in Herre

Peoples Choice – Nursery Rhymes.

Hall and Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True

Cameo – I Just Want To Be.

Maxwell – Sumthin’ Sumthin’

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Fallen, but not out.

I have fallen, rolled down the street, off the cliff, 1000 feet to the water below, swept away with the tide, landed on a desert island surround by man-eating lions.  In reality I have not been exercising every day or watching what I have been eating as I should have, due to that thing(I think they call it Thanksgiving or as I call it “should I have one more slice of pie?”,  I just need to get back on track, before the next eating fest called Christmas or as I call it, “Maybe  I will start back in January“.

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Cooking Light

Things are moving slow.  I have lost a total of 10 pounds.  Ten whole pounds. … Sighing to herself…  I would like to add some more digits to that total, but I will take what I can get. On shopping trips, I buy every low-fat, no fat, some fat that I can afford.  Being on a strict budget, it is hard to find the resources to eat healthy.  It seems like as I put the food in the cart, it has already gone up in price before I check out.  In order to speed up my weight loss and eat healthy, we need to cook at home.  This is a must.

I have been pouring over cookbooks, recipe sites,anything to make our meals more healthy.  I found this site.   It has substitutions for baking and cooking, from A to Z.  Since my husband is a diabetic, I found this site, Allrecipes.com.   It has recipes, videos, menu planning and an interface for a shopping list.  I can’t wait to get started.  Kitchen, here I come(and I hate cooking), I mean kitchen here comes my husband.

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Up and Down

My exercise routine has taken a different turn.  My husband has decided to join me.  While spending time together is nice, he has a longer stride than I and I feel I am slowing him down.  Plus he use to be in the army.  Hut two, three, four, double time march.  While we both need to lose some weight and get our health back on track, I just did not want to sign up for boot camp.   I might have to go AWOL.  All kidding aside, I love that we have a goal together.  My only problem is his diet.  He is a snacker, all day and all night.  I am concern about his health.  While he is trying, I want him to change the way he eats and what he eats.   So I have been buying most of the things I want him to eat and drink.  Here are some things we have started with.

 

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$1.00 a box at Walmart. Soothing and relaxing

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$1.00 and the smell is wonderful. The taste not so much.

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Another $1.00 box, but this one taste nice. I have even used it on my skin.

The two I like the most are Chamomile and Green tea.  The Peppermint tea is a little tough to take.  I have plans for the peppermint tea(will let you know).  My last addition is the purchase of flax-seed powder.

 

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Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3.  

The other benefits are 

1.Protecting against cancer

2. Lowering cholesterol

3. Preventing hot flashes

4. Improving blood sugar

Here are the side effects the wonderful flax-seed. which is gas, stomach pains, nausea, constipation, diarrhea  and bloating.  I feel safe that I have not experienced any of those symptoms, but I do not use it every day.  I add to my oatmeal, pancakes, smoothies, muffins and cakes.  My husband use it to make some cornbread.  Oh my god, it was delicious.

With all things taken internally, consult your doctor and don’t over use and research, research and research.  I will usually take about a couple of weeks to gather information when trying something new that I eat, drink or apply to my skin.   I hope everybody else will do the same.  Here is a recipe of one of my favorite smoothies.

1.  Packet of sugar-free hot chocolate

2. I cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt

3. Coffee ice cubes(leftover coffee frozen in ice-cube trays

4. One banana

5. Two tablespoons of honey

6. Dash of cinnamon

Hmmmm good.

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