Thursday, May 11, 2017

Drum Roll Please...

I made it through the 3 day diet!

 I didn't cheat and ate what I was supposed to eat.

 I weighed myself Monday morning before I started and then weighed myself on Thursday morning.

The results are in.......

I lost 5.5 pounds!  Not bad.  The diet claimed that you could lose UP TO 10 pounds.  I will admit I was a little disappointed when I first saw the results, but after thinking about it, I don't think losing 5.5 pounds in 3 days is anything to be disappointed about!

I have also started walking/running again.  Since I am changing the way I eat, I decided I needed to add in some exercise too.  I have set a goal to walk/run at least 5 miles a day.  I have accomplished that goal since Monday, so I am sure that helped with the weight lose too.

I did not make a wise choice today for lunch, but it could have been worse!  We ordered mexican for lunch......I ate the arroz con pollo, which is a bed of rice with grilled chicken and grilled vegetables and a little cheese on top.  I did eat almost the entire thing, but ate only a few chips and salsa!  Usually I would have eaten a whole basket of chips by myself!  Since I was so bad at lunch, I came home and walked/ran 3 miles and had a protein shake for supper!  So that evens the day out, right???  LOL!!!

So stick around and I will try and update the blog about once a week on the weight loss struggle, um I mean challenge!

Until the next time, thanks for spending......

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Diets: Day 3 of 3


I have almost made it through all three days!!  It really wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be.  I think I actually had my mind made up that I was going to do this and I was able to avoid temptation!!  The first day some people at work were going to Cracker Barrel and I didn't go!!  The other two days I just stayed away from them, because I didn't want to make that decision again!!

Today has been a little difficult, because if you look at what I get to eat, there's not a lot there!  But I have done it!  Here is a look again at what was on the menu for today:

Day 3
Breakfast
5 saltine crackers
1 oz cheddar cheese
1 small apple

Lunch
1 egg, scrambled, hard-boiled, poached
1 slice toast

Supper
1 cup tuna
1/2 banana
1 cup vanilla ice cream

I'm really looking forward to that 1/2 banana and ice cream!

My daughter and her boyfriend are doing a 7 day clean eating plan.  I might try that next!

Hope you come back tomorrow and find out how much, if any, I have lost!!

Thanks for spending.......

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Diets - Day 2 of 3


It is day 2 of my 3 day diet.  I usually weigh myself EVERY morning, but decided not to get on the scale this morning.  I was afraid that if it showed no change from yesterday I would get frustrated and quit.  So we will all have to wait until Thursday to see if I lose any weight.

The food that was allotted for the day wasn't that bad.  Here is the list of what I was able to eat:

Day 2
Breakfast
1 egg, scrambled, hard-boiled, poached (cooked without any fat)
1 slice of toast
1/2 banana

Lunch
1 cup of cottage cheese
1 egg, scrambled, hard-boiled, poached
5 saltine crackers

Supper
2 hot dogs (no bun)
1 cup broccoli
1/2 cup carrot
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

The ice cream at the end of the day was the best part!  I bought the "best" vanilla ice cream I could find and it was delicious!!!  Now that I am looking back at Day 1 I realize that I forgot to eat the 1/2 banana at supper!  Wonder if I can add that to today's menu???  LOL!

I really didn't get that hungry during the day, except at supper.  Tall Man had to go get charcoal and he did a few other errands.  It took him over 30 minutes and it was almost 6:00pm before he left, so it was after 7:00pm by the time we ate!

One thing that I have done is slow down my eating.  There's not a lot of food there so I try to make it last!

I have almost made it through day 2, so come back tomorrow and see if I make it through Day 3 and thanks for spending..........

Monday, May 8, 2017

Diets: Day 1 of 3


Diet is that awful "D" word that most of us don't like.  I know I don't like it at all, but I have gotten to big for my britches, so now I must diet.

I joined a Biggest Loser group yesterday.  It consists of my daughter, her boyfriend and a few of their friends.  The cost was $75.00 and it is for 3 months.  I had to pick what my goal was for weight loss for the first month.  If I meet that goal then I will get $10.00 back.  Then if I lose 6% of my starting weight in the second month I will get back $10.00.  So there are a few incentives each month to keep it exciting!

Today I started The 3 Day Diet.  It's also referred to as The Military Diet, because of the discipline it takes to stay on the regimen for three full days without cheating or quitting!!  I am pretty sure that I have done this diet at least a dozen times during my adult life, but I am giving it another try.

You can drink as much water as you want during the 3 days because you are not losing water weight.  You cannot drink anything sweetened or flavored. You can have black coffee or tea, but no creamers, no milk, no non-dairy creamers, no honey, no lemon, no artificial sweeteners of any kind!  I like cream in my coffee and splenda in my tea...... Eeeeekkkkk!!!!!!!

The key to this diet working is to be chemically balanced to boost metabolism, so no substitutions and you have to eat everything that is listed.

So here is what I will be eating for the next three days:

Day 1
Breakfast
1/2 grapefruit
1 slice of toast
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
coffee or tea

Lunch
1/2 cup tuna
1 slice of toast
coffee or tea

Supper
3 ounces of any type lean meat
1 cup green beans
1/2 banana
1 small apple
1 cup of vanilla ice cream


 Day 2
Breakfast
1 egg, scambled, hard-boiled, poached (cooked without any fat)
1 slice of toast
1/2 banana

Lunch
1 cup of cottage cheese
1 egg, scrambled, hard-boiled, poached
5 saltine crackers

Supper
2 hot dogs (no bun)
1 cup broccoli
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 banana
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

Day 3
Breakfast
5 saltine crackers
1 oz cheddar cheese
1 small apple

Lunch
1 egg, scrambled, hard-boiled, poached
1 slice toast

Supper
1 cup tuna
1/2 banana
1 cup vanilla ice cream

So can you guess what I will be looking forward to everyday?  That's right.  The ice cream!!!

I have made it to lunch on the first day and so far so good!

I plan on posting again tomorrow to give you an update.  Hopefully I will have the strength to do so!

Until tomorrow!  Thanks for spending...........



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!!