Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Daith Piercing

On April 7, 2016 I posted on Facebook that I had a migraine and that I was on my way to the doctor to try and find some relief.  I was having 3-5 migraines a week.  Some would only last a few hours and some would last for days.  Sometimes I could find relief by taking medications (either prescription or over the counter), using ice packs, laying down in a completely dark and cool room and sometimes I would find myself in the ER because nothing would ease the pain.

A few people responded to my FB post and told me about the Daith Piercing.  What were these people talking about?  I had never heard of it.  So I googled it!  There is a lot of information about it, but there is very little research.  I read everything I could find and talked to a few people that had it done.

When I woke up on Friday, April 8, I still had a migraine, so that is when I decided to have it done.  I went to a tattoo parlor close to our home that someone recommended.  The place was very clean and the people were very professional.  I told them what I wanted done and I filled out some paperwork and within a few minutes I was taken back to a room.  Mikie introduced himself and showed me everything that he was going to use and how it was done.  He marked my ears (I had both of them done - I'll explain later why) where the piercing would be done and then had me lay down.  He did the right ear first.  That wasn't so bad.  Hurt a little, but it was done.  On to the left ear.  OH.MY.GOODNESS.  The left one hurt really, really, really BAD!  I thought he was going to have to pry me off the ceiling!!

The reason why I had both ears done - I read that you should pierce the ear on the side where you usually get your migraines.  I usually get them on the left side, but I didn't want to take a chance that the migraines would move to the right, so I had both of them done.  I'm thinking the reason the left one hurt so bad is because that's the side my migraines were on and I had one at the time.  After he pierced my left ear my migraine was gone......Also, the pain from the piercing only lasted for a few seconds.

It has been over 4 months since the piercing and I have been migraine/headache free since that day!  I have had 2 "episodes" since the piercing.  I'm really not sure how to explain these.  Sometimes right before a migraine I would get "auras" - flashing or shimmering lights, zigzagging lines, or stars.  That happened about a month after the piercing.  I just knew they were back.  It happened on my way home from work.  So as soon as I got home, I got my ice pack and headed for bed.  I stayed like that for about 30 minutes and it was gone and no migraine followed!!!  The second one I started getting pressure around my eyes and my eyes hurt like they did when I got a migraine.  The pressure moved down to my neck and shoulders.  I took a couple of aleve and twisted the earrings a little and within an hour it was gone.

So if you suffer from migraines, headaches or anxiety, I highly recommend the daith piercing.  It has worked for me so far.  I just wish I had known about this 30 years ago!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

I met with the RDN that is on staff at my doctor's office.  We met for an hour and I have to eat fewer carbs and no desserts......well, duh!  I could have told myself that!

She went over my eating habits and had me list what foods I like.  Ummmm....I like all food!  That's my problem!

She limited my carb intake to 30 - 45 grams per meal.  I'm also supposed to limit foods high in saturated fats and trans fats and limit the amount of cholesterol that I eat to less than 200 milligrams per day.  One egg yolk has about 212 mg of cholesterol, but it also has no carbs.  So you see my dilemma, right??

I guess what I want is a quick fix.  I want someone to tell me EXACTLY what I should eat for Breakfast, Lunch and Supper.  Don't tell me to limit my carbs to 30-45 grams per meal.  Don't tell me to limit foods high in saturated fats.  TELL ME WHAT I CAN EAT!!!

Make a list of foods that I can have for breakfast, lunch and supper.  Even better, make those foods for me, because I think that's the only way I am going to win at this!  I need a personal chef!  I need that chef to make my meals for me.  The personal chef can come over once a week and plan and cook all my meals for me for the week.  That way I don't have to figure out how many carbs are in that doughnut I just ate, because I won't be eating doughnuts unless my personal chef has made them for me!!!

Losing weight can't be this difficult, can it???  There has to be an easier way to do this.

If anyone has the secret, please share it with me, because this is driving me crazy!!

Stay tuned.  I'm not giving up.  Just changing directions!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Week #2

So week #2 wasn't very pretty....I did not lose any weight, BUT I didn't gain any that I've lost either.  My daughter's birthday fell during week #2 and we ate out on her birthday and then I cooked one of her favorite meals on Sunday.  That meal consisted of country fried steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, fried corn, fried apples, rolls, green beans and homemade strawberry pies!  So you can see why I didn't lose any weight!!

I had an appointment with my doctor the other day and she suggested I see a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  Luckily they have one on staff at the doctor's office that I go to, so I have an appointment tomorrow to meet with her.  Also, on the plus side, insurance will pay for it!  She will review what I eat and my eating habits, do a thorough review of my nutritional health and come up with a personalized nutrition treatment plan.  My LDL (bad cholesterol) is 145.  It's supposed to be between 0-99.  My BMI is 31.  According to the BMI calculation I am obese.  Obese is a BMI over 30....

My next post will be about my appointment with the RDN.

Until next time!!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Week #1

I have been on the 21 day fix for a little over a week now and I have lost 4 pounds!  I have also cheated!  LOL!  So I would have lost more weight if I had completely stuck to the plan....

I've been going to the gym or walking every day, so I know that is helping a lot!

As for the 21 Day Fix, it is pretty easy to do.  You are allowed a certain amount of protein, carbs, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and seeds & dressings.  They also have a protein shake powder that you are supposed to drink once a day.  I tried it and there is something in it that my body does not like.  It makes me sick to my stomach and other issues.  I wasn't sure at first if it was that or if I was coming down with something.  So I waited a few days before trying it again.  And the same thing happened.  I bought a protein powder at GNC a few months ago and I don't have any problems with it, so I guess I will just use that to make my shakes.  Plus it's a lot cheaper!!!  LOL!

I am hoping that next week will be a better week and I will be able to stick to the plan for the entire week.

I hope you come back next week to find out my results!!

Until next time!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Time Has Come!

(I can't get the pictures to upload.  Not sure what is going on.  I 'm going to post this without pictures and hopefully can get the pictures to add later!)

I received my 21 Day Fix order on Saturday.  A few days ahead of schedule!  So I was able to read up on it and get everything prepared to start my first round of 21 Day Fix today, Tuesday, July 5!!

My starting weight is 166.2.  I forgot to take a picture of the scale to prove this.  My mornings are a bit hectic and this morning was no exception.  Zane, my son and daughter-in-laws Great Dane, decided he needed some carbs and managed to open our bread drawer and get the hot dog buns and another package of rolls out.  He and his co-hort Kip, a rat terrier, ripped the bags apart, leaving a trail of plastic bread wrapper and bread crumbs from the kitchen to the living room!!!

I did take my before pictures yesterday.....I'm a little ashamed to post them, but I said I would....I look like I am 9 months pregnant with triplets!!!  UGH!!!!

I am allowed 3 veggies (green container), 2 fruits (purple container), 4 proteins (red container), 2 carbs (yellow container, 1 healthy fats (blue container), 1 seeds & dressings (orange container and 2 oils & nut butters (teaspoon).

My food so far has been:

Breakfast - a smoothie made with 1/2 banana, 8 oz. unsweetened almond milk, 2 tsp peanut butter, 1 scoop chocolate shakeology and ice.  It was very delicious.  I counted this as 1 protein (red container), 1/2 carb (yellow container) and 2 tsp.

Mid-morning snack - almonds (1 blue container)

Lunch - hamburger (1 red container), quinoa (1 yellow container), salad (1 green container) with homemade balsamic vinaigrette (1 orange container)

Mid-afternoon snack - grapes (1 purple container)

So that leaves me with 2 veggies, 2 proteins and 1/2 carb left for supper!

Not bad for my first day!!

Stay tuned for days 2 - 21!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

21 Day Fix

I have ordered the 21 Day Fix.

I have joined the gym.

I am finally ready to get serious about losing weight.

The 21 Day Fix seems to be a pretty simple plan to follow.  You have different color containers and your food has to fit in those containers.  You have PURPLE for fruits, GREEN for Vegetables, RED for Protein, YELLOW for Carbohydrates, BLUE for Healthy fats and cheeses and  ORANGE for seeds and Oils.  There are also 30 minute workout DVDs that they recommend you do one a day.  Seems simple.  Right????   

According to FedEx tracking my order should arrive on Tuesday, July 5.  Hopefully on Wednesday, July 6 I can post a picture of everything that I get and I also plan on posting a before picture of me (*gasp*) and my starting weight.  I will have to read everything and figure out what I can and can't eat, so I plan on starting Monday, July 11.

I hope you will come along with me on my journey!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Weight Management

I have started a diet.  I really don't want to call it a diet.  It's more like I am changing what I eat.  Okay, it's a diet.  Let's not fool one another!

I started this diet on Tuesday, February 4th.  I weighed in at 164.0.  I can't believe I weigh that much, but I do.  The scales don't lie and neither do my clothes!

I have often wondered how people "let" themselves get so out of shape.  Now I know....It really does just creep up on you.  You gain 5 pounds and think to yourself oh that's no problem.  I can get rid of those easily.  Then, you gain another 5 pounds and once again you think no problem.  Before you know it, you have gained over 40 pounds and can't seem to motivate yourself to lose the weight.  That my friends is where I am right at this moment.  I want to lose the weight, but I just can't seem to get my butt in gear!

I tell myself EVERYDAY that TODAY is the day that I am going to start.  I have started eating better.  We aren't going out to eat at lunch like we were.  We bring our lunch and actually eat what we bring.  So, that's step one.

My problem is at night.  I get home and I eat a lot more than I should.  If I go to the nursing home and visit mom, then it is after 8:00 before I get home.  I shouldn't eat that late, but I do.  I think it's more out of habit now.  And I eat bad things!  A plate piled high with pasta, my favorite...Or a huge piece of cake.  I HAVE NO WILLPOWER!!!  How do I get willpower???  Where does it come from??  You would think once your clothes start looking bad on you that would motivate you.  Or when you look at pictures of yourself and you have several chins, shouldn't that motivate you?  Evidently it doesn't me...

Step two, is to stop overeating at night.  Which means stop having things in the house that I will want to pig out on.  Buy only healthy things at the store.  Stop making pasta until I can control how much of it I eat.  Tall Man isn't going to be very happy with these changes.  Of course, he ate almost half of a box of girl scout cookies last night!  So maybe he is ready for a change too!!

Step three is to start exercising again.  I bought a Jawbone.  It tracks your steps.  My goal is to get in 10,000 steps a day.  I have made a bet with a friend at work that also has a Jawbone.  If we don't get 10,000 steps in a day we have to pay the other person a dollar!  I think that's a pretty good incentive!

So here's to willpower and motivation!  Wish me luck!  I'm going to need it!!!

Thanks for stopping by and spending.....