Friday, April 10, 2015

Check in

Today is April 10th.

Hoping this will be a longer and more informative post. I am tired so we will see.

Went to the endocrinologist on the 26th of March. Results - doing better and keep up the good work.

Pounds lost according to their scale : 12.5 - 14 according to mine.

Blood work : cholesterol down 25 points, LDL down 10 points, HDL up 3 points, triglycerides down 59 points. Still not in normal range.

My thyroid levels have changed because of the weight loss and I may have to go on a lower dosage.

Recheck in 3 months. The PA seemed to think that they would be in the normal range by then.

I am now down 18 pounds on my scale and having to wear a belt with all of my jeans, capris and shorts.

We had an eventful (for me) Spring Break. My mom went to the doctor with mild chest pain and they had her go directly to the emergency room because they also found she had an irregular heartbeat on Monday. She finally was put in a room at 10 pm. She stayed overnight and had a nuclear stress test and echo-cardiogram - they didn't find anything wrong.

She came over on Wednesday and stayed the night with our boys so the hubby and I could have an overnight hotel stay. It was nice to be able to just spend time together without other distractions. We went out to dinner at Lucille's. It is one of the hubby's favorite places to eat. He loves the fried okra.

We of course had an Easter celebration. The youngest dyed the eggs, decorated the sugar cookies and had his egg hunt. The older is too cool for that stuff. We went to my sister in law's after church and ate ribs,  baked beans, corn and deviled eggs.
The hubby and I celebrated 26 years on Wednesday the 8th.

Last night was our "Let's Talk" Women's event at our church. We had a panel (of which I was one) that discussed how we deal with depression in our family. I was encouraged that our Pastor's wife wants to bring these type of discussions so that we can help each other heal and support one another.

How was your Easter?


He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. 
Come and see the place where he lay. 
Matthew 28:6

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A quick check in

Just a quick check in. The hubby is sick at home this week with bronchitis and I have been so busy with regular day to day things that I haven't had time to sit and make a proper post.

I had blood work done on Friday and will get the results on Thursday afternoon. Praying that eating better and moving more has helped to lower my cholesterol and triglycerides (man, I am getting good at remembering how to spell those two words). I have lost a total of fourteen pounds - so thankful for that.

I have been able to spend some time with lady friends and it has been wonderful.

The ladies Bible study that I attend on Thursday mornings has been a great blessing to me. It is great to be able to discuss sensitive subjects and everyone is gracious and loving in their discussion.

This next week is busy - both our boys have pre-festival performances, my mom has a doctor appointment, I am picking up my Zaycon chicken, my appointment and the MIL comes to stay for a few days. Plus our Bible study group has a celebration of life for one of our fathers.

Hope your week is blessed.


friend loves aall times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
 Proverbs 17:17

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. 
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday, March 15th

Can hardly believe that it is the middle of March and I am already wearing sandals.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Few Pictures of My Food Choices

Baked oatmeal to go. An awesome grab and go breakfast or snack.


Tomatoes, English cucumbers, bell pepper, non fat cottage cheese and some mayo.

Egg beaters with blackberries and mini bell peppers. 

Taco salad with non fat greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Check in.

January 15th check in.

Down 5 pounds wish I could get blood work results to know it is making a difference. Losing some curves where I would prefer to keep them.

I was able to organize 2 cabinets in my kitchen and put aside some things for a yard sale.

Walking 10 days out of the last 17.

Bible reading - not too much.

Had sister dinner this past Tuesday. Yummy. We went to P. F. Chang's and I had their Oolong broiled sea bass with spinach. Not low calorie but low fat and low carb.

Looking forward to a Ladies event at church where I will be on a panel discussing preparing for and taking care of your aging parents.

 can do all things through Christ who 
strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Not resolutions but lifestyle changes.

I am not one to make new year resolutions. Usually my new year resolution consists of simple non life changing things like wear nail polish on my toes more often. Two weeks ago I went for my normal 6 month check up at the endocrinologist, and the PA added regular blood work (cholesterol and triglycerides) to my usual T4 and T3. As usual the numbers came back too high. In the past these numbers have been attributed to thyroid being out of whack and I had been encouraged to exercise more. Years ago I was faithful in walking 3 miles a day 3 or more times a week. Life changes and other people have taken priority over me. 
This appointment was right in the middle of a 48 hour "me" time. This is the first time I have ever been away just me by myself with no other friends or family members. I determined that I needed this time and the hubby concurred - to not have to take care of someone else - to not have to be there for someone - to not have to listen to anyone else - to just be. So while on this little get away I listed a few changes that I would like to make. 

Health 

The PA has ordered new blood work to be done in 3 months. She asked me to make lifestyle changes. Exercise more and reduce fat and carbohydrate intake. Things I need to reduce eating: sugar, potatoes, bread, butter, egg yolks, cheese (I love CHEESE), dressing, mayo. You get the idea. Things I need to eat more of: vegetables, fruit (but only 3 servings per day since the sugar can turn into triglyceride), lean protein, olive oil, nuts and seeds. I downloaded an app to my phone so I can always have it with me it helps me to track calories, water and exercise, fats and sodium. It even has a place where you can scan a bar code to help identify the food.  Exercise. I have started walking at one of our city's rec centers for 45 minutes in the morning after making sure the boys get to school. My goal is 4 times or more a week. So far I have lost 2 pounds. 

House

Since the death of my hubby's step-father in June of 2011 and us having to help care for his mother my house has gone by the wayside as far as being really clean and clutter has taken over. I would like to work on a room a month to organize, purge and clean. I am hoping a half hour every day will help me get through the entire house. Thought I would start on the kitchen but deciding now that I need to start on the garage to get a yard sale pile started. 

Personal Study Time

Truthfully I have been bad about spending time in God's word. I have conversation with Him all day and I recognize his prompting me. I did attend a Ladies Bible Study this past Fall and we are starting another book in a couple of weeks so that helps.

Reaching Out

I would like to plan a time to meet with friends socially at least once a month that is not a church or my children's school activity. This is a little hard for me. I can be shy at times.

Sister Time

The hubby's sisters and I already plan a monthly lunch or dinner and I want to continue that. Maybe I can post more about that and show what I ate that is more healthy.

Church

It has been about 6 months since I have attended a worship service at our church. We regularly attend Sunday School for Bible Study but the hubby's work makes it hard to stay for service. I miss worshiping in song. I hope to be able to go every other week when his mom is not staying with us.

I would like to evaluate at the end of each month to see how it is going. Probably will post about it to help me stay accountable.


Now for the most exciting news. My hubby has finally after 9 years at a job that has taken every ounce of steadfastness and perseverance while dealing with depression and disappointment
 accepted a position where he can use his skills and abilities that he learned while an apprentice for Operating Engineers (maintenance). This new position includes a raise and the 40 hour week is 4 ten hour days. He will continue to be on graveyard shift and he will have days off during the week. We are excited for this new chapter to begin and so thankful for God's provision. 


 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, 
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 
Romans 5:3-4

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, 
after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you 
and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:10


Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!!

Here it is the first Friday of 2015 and I want to say Happy New Year!

There is so much happening in my life that I need some time to dwell on it so I can put it out here in a somewhat understandable manner. Am I overwhelmed? Yes! I am overwhelmed with God's guidance, provision and love. Life is about priorities and sometimes we just need to stop and focus on what is most important.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first 
and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself 
Matthew 22:37-39