Friday, February 25, 2011

Doctor appointment =bad news

I had some blood drawn on Saturday for a long list of tests. I had an appointment yesterday to go over all of those results.
Wow! Well, I wasn't that taken aback. I really haven't been taking care of myself the way I should.
So here is the breakdown... My Cholesterol and Triglycerides are high so I have to start on meds for that. My calcium and vitamin D are low so I have to start taking a multivitamin and extra vitamin D. My HbA1C (tests sugar levels long term) is at 5.8. At 5.9 they consider you diabetic.
So the doc has ordered me to cut out all refined carbs.
Wow! That is like 90% of my diet. No wonder I am overweight with high cholesterol!!
She wants to see me in one month to check on my progress in weight loss and also my blood pressure to make sure the increased dose is working. So I really need the encouragement to get on this. I plan to wright down everything I eat/drink and also exercise and then keep track of that. I really need to loose this weight.
My waist is at 47 " and I eventually want it to be down to 35 or less. That is the healthy number.
I weighed myself this morning and I was 209. I eventually want to be down to 135.
I will keep you all updated.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Really gonna give it effort....

Being overweight sucks!!! It hurts, it is embarrassing, it is just harder. I have been dealing with some major back pain. The doctor says most of it is due to my weight. I gain weight in my belly. I get asked when I am due on almost a daily basis and I am not pregnant. I wont lie - I look like I am about 6 months pregnant. I don't like it. I wish that I would not have belly weight. It increases my risk for heart attack and stroke. Heart trouble runs in my family. I really need to get the weight under control!!!
Today I weighed in at 212!! Ouch!
So my goal is to eat around 1800 calories a day. I will accomplish this by eating 5 or 6 small meals around 300 calories each. I also will drink diet soda, water, or crystal light. I will limit sugary products. I will also try to get in some exercise in daily.
So my short term goal is to get under 200 pounds. I would like to be at 199 by April 1.
After that goal is reached I want to be at 175 by July 4th and then at 150 by October 31 and then my ultimate goal is 135 by December 31!! I hope that I can get it accomplished.
I will check in weekly for a weigh in. Wish me luck.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Morning Sounds

There is nothing quite like my morning time. I have a hard time sleeping past 6 am on any day. I guess it is good because I am stuck int he routine, but I would love to be able to sleep in.
So since I am up before everyone else in the house I get to have some "quiet time". It isn't really quiet, but there are no TVs on and kids are not fighting. This is my me time and I enjoy it. I love the sounds of the morning. I love the sound of the coffee brewing and can almost taste its warm comfort when I smell it. I love the cats playing. They make their little sounds while chasing and wrestling each other. They are adorable in the morning (also their most active time). I love the sound of outside. Sometimes it is the trash truck with it's loud clanking and sometimes it is wind blowing. Then sometimes it is the sound of others starting up their cars to head off to work (rarely on Saturday or Sunday mornings though).
Morning sounds are awesome!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Snow play

On Friday we went out to play while we waited to pick up Jaidann at the bus.
Zach was so excited.

It was so nice and sunny. Zach has never played in the snow before. He has been outside while snowing, but never crawled and played in it. 

Jaidann was happy to play in the snow on the way home too. 

I am blessed

I am a lucky person. I have wonderful blessings in my life. Many, many blessings. I am blessed to have an awesome family.
I think that sometimes when things don't go my way I tend to forget my blessings. It is easy to remember them when I look through photographs, or look into my children's' eyes.
My children are also blessed. My in-laws came over for a visit and Zach enjoyed playing with Daddy and Grandpa on the couch. It is such a blessing to be able to spend time with grandparents.

After a hard day of play Mia and my niece Allie crashed out on the couch. It's a blessing to play hard all day with cousins.

Cookies - always a blessing. I made these valentines cookies while the big kids were at school. They were so happy to come home to fresh baked cookies. Such a blessing to see their happy faces.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Has it really been more than 2 weeks?!?!

I guess I was in a bit of a blogging funk. I kept telling myself - I will get on and post tomorrow. And then the next day I would say it again.
We are in the middle of a blizzard as I type this. It has been snowing and blowing all day. It is super crazy. I will have to get some pics when it is light out.
Weight loss - not great, but it is a new month. This morning I weighed in at 206. My goal for February is to loose 6 pounds. I would love to get below the 200 mark again soon. I plan to accomplish this by eating better. I will eat oatmeal for breakfast and lunch and then I will eat regular dinner. Also I will have 2 healthy snacks and only drink diet pop, water, coffee, or tea. I would like to squeeze in exercise at least 3 days a week (walking outside is my fave).
The kids are doing OK. Sam is still struggling in school. He just hates to do the work. He needs to and he knows that, he just doesn't want to. Mia still would rather be at home with me than at school, but once she gets there she has a good time. Zach has been growing like a weed. He has 4 new teeth!!! 2 molars on bottom and then two canines on top. He has been rather cranky, but I don't blame him.
Well, off for now. I promise to blog more often this month.