The Right Apple

•February 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

apple gsI’ve started two other postings but they stalled and my brain froze. I’m way off my diet goals and have probably gained weight but I need to get this out of my head. I’m small “d” depressed – blue. It’s normal and I recognize it. I also appreciate all of you who will encourage me and support me. But my epiphanette this morning is the Granny Smith apple.

Did you know, that for dieters, the Granny Smith apple is the best. I found that out today listening to Connie Sellecca on Intelligence for Your Health on the radio. They are high in anti-oxidents, fibre and flavinoids. They make us feel full and, as we already know, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. They are also wonderful in the fight against Type 2 Diabetes.

I knew that and my favourite apple is the Granny Smith. This revelation pulled me a wee bit out of blue zone I was in. I’m doing something right. Isn’t it weird how life provides you with knowledge and experience that can help you some where or when you need it. My husband has a 3 pound bag of Spartans and they are his favourite apple. They’re okay but I find them a little bit soft and sweet. The currently popular (chic) apples like Gala and Fuji are way too soft and sweet for my taste. I love the Granny Smith. It’s crisp, tart and so filling. It tastes like an apple and actually makes me feel fuller. I try to have one a day but they aren’t on sale all the time and I am notoriously cheep. Norm says the look like a stomach ache and he won’t eat them. I think he ate way too many unripe apples as a kid. Good, more for me!

So, feeling a little better and back on the plan. I’ve had my breakfast of a one-egg, veggie omelet and am now enjoying my mid-morning snack of a wonderful Granny Smith apple. Thanks for listening.  ;D  Diane

The Heart Attack Late Night Call

•February 16, 2015 • 2 Comments

I got a phone call from my sister, Dale, in Ontario the other night. It was near midnight their time so I knew it was urgent and important. My brother had a heart attack. Not the brother two years younger than me, Dave, but my youngest brother, Doug. He is only 48, 12 years younger than me. He’s the skinniest of all four of us. I could barely breathe. We talked for a while and she told me that she and my other brother had spent the day at the hospital with him. He is going to need a triple or quadrupedal bypass. She even emailed me a picture of his heart scan showing arteries 70, 80, 90 and even 100% blocked. I’m terrified. First for him, then for all my other siblings, then myself.

He had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a few years ago. So was Dave before that, then I went over the border-line myself. The only non-diabetic of us all is Dale and we are going to keep her that way. My blood sugar has been fantastic and if I can beat the next weight level of 200 pounds I may be off the metformin. It is within sight.broken heart

I spoke with Doug last night. He sounded pretty good. They let him out of the hospital with a list of rules and “don’t”s. He got to go see one of his son’s (he has 3) hockey games. But Dave went with him and he wasn’t allowed to yell or pound the glass so he got his youngest son to do the cheering for him It was good for him. It looks like he’ll be in surgery by the end of this week. He also told me it looks like they will have to do a sextuple or septuple bypass. WHAT? Six or seven blood vessels need replacing. I’ve never heard of so many. But Doug said  they have to crack open his chest he only wants it done once!

Well, I do not want it done to me at all! It is very sad that I need something this scary and so close to me to get me to look at the reality of my own health. I’ve been getting by. But, for Doug and my family I’ll eliminate one of the “risk factors” by sticking to my diet.

Thanks for listening and if you have the time and ability go donate blood and sign your organ donor card! ;D Diane

Get In The Pool!

•February 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

“Get in the pool!”

Those were almost the last words I heard when I went to see Dr. Amson. I had explained why I hadn’t been exercising or walking much ( pain and rehab) and he was not taking this as an excuse or reason not to exercise. Then yesterday I remembered that I have all kinds of chairobics I can do. Honestly, there are lots of exercise programs and videos where you don’t need to use your legs. I even wrote a blog about a few, New Exercise Routine (Rhymes With Poutine).

But…I haven’t been in the water, yet. Yes, I’m whining. I would have to get up earlier to go before work, and it takes so long to get into the pool and out of the pool then get ready for work, including make-up and hair in the change room. I use the family change room at the Juan de Fuca pool because it gives me lots of room, a bench to sit on and a roomy shower.

Exciting Exercise?

Exciting Exercise?

But I don’t think I would join a class. I really just want to water walk. I put on a belt and walk up and down the pool without touching the bottom. Actually it looks more like riding a bike and I can go as fast as I can (or can’t) and bend my knee far or not. If I’m not giving each side the same push I may end up going in circles but that would still be better than sitting in front of the computer playing Candy Crush. Right?

I know I definitely need exercise and my physio exercises are not burning a lot of calories. But I am getting biceps, deltoids and triceps again. I like triceps, they help the bat wings go away and you know what I’m talking about when I say “bat wings”. I need to burn calories even if I don’t count them. But I balk at the distance I have to walk just to get to track at work for a walk. And we know that is just not right.

I’m running out of reasons not to exercise so I will get in the pool. I’m off now to find my least offensive swimsuit; my choline-rid shampoo; two towels, one bath sheet and one for hair; my little makeup bag; my other blow dryer and the nice body lotion to put in the travel bottle. There is nothing more annoying than itchy skin because you exercised.

Thanks for listening.  ;D Diane

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A New Journal Rule!

•January 30, 2015 • 1 Comment

I had three doctor’s appointments Wednesday; two specialists and my family doctor. It was exhausting. The first was Dr Amson, my abdominal guy. The reason I don’t just call him my weight loss guy is that he not only did my bariatric surgery (sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the banana because my stomach is now the shape of a banana) but he also repaired one of my hernias. We went over my needs: more weight loss and the repair of a huge hernia. It seems it would not be a good idea to do the hernia repair until I lose some more weight (insert more sighs here).

He asked, “Are you exercising?”
I said, “I’m not walking much because of the pain in my right knee. I need it replaced.”
He said, ” Get into the pool.”
I answered, “I couldn’t go swimming because of my shoulder and need the OK from my shoulder doctor.”
He looked at me and said, “You can walk in the pool without using your arms. You need exercise.”
I sighed and said, “OK! I know. I’ll try.”
“Now,” he said, “are you still keeping your food journal?”
At this point I told him, “Of course, It’s on my computer and I designed one that had emotions before, during and after eating included. I also keep track of my activities beyond my normal ones.”
He countered with, “Who do you show it to?”
I shrugged, “I sometimes put it on my blog.”
He said, “Good. Now, what I want you to do is get a little ring-bound notebook and each day, write the date and the things you are not to eat. Then, as you eat, write down exactly what you are eating and how much. You said you were going to see your family doctor every two weeks?”
“Then show her your food journal every visit. That way you won’t lie. Not that you lie, but just in case you want to.” He said. Notebook 1

So, I went out and bought a new notebook and a nice gel pen. I started it the next day. More about this later.

After seeing Amson I got to see Dr. Zane Zarzour, the shoulder specialist. It has been 3 months since I had my right shoulder replaced and he said it was recovering remarkably well and he would see me in a year. I asked if my file said anything about my right knee and he said, yes, I’m on the waiting list and they (Joint Replacement Clinic, the hospital, and or Dr. Tortenson) would be calling me. More sighs.

After visiting the library, which was near the orthopods and I had a hour to kill, I got to see my family doctor, Michelle Fretz. She was wonderful to me and said my blood pressure was perfect and it shouldn’t have been with all the doctor appointments and pain I’ve been in but she would be pleased to see my notebook and me every two weeks again.

So…I’m back on track with a new rule to my food journal and the support of all my doctors. looks like I will have to have three horrible surgeries in the next while. I need the knee done soon, the hernia repair preferably within the year and then the other shoulder. I wish, wishes burned calories, I would be one skinny woman.

Well that’s enough for today. My break is over. Thanks for listening. ;D  Diane

Do You Eat Less When You’re Working?

•January 24, 2015 • 4 Comments

I thought going back to work would help me get back onto a regular eating plan and help with my weight loss diet. Ha, I tell you…HA! Last Monday was my first day back and someone had brought treats and was offering them first thing in the morning. Sigh! I had brought carb and calorie approved soups for lunch and Angie made Mexican lasagna. She specifically asked me to try it. So, to please her (and myself) I had a small piece and some salad, and we know that anything eaten with salad has less calories, right?

But it didn’t stop there. There was cake. BIRTHDAY CAKE! You can’t turn down birthday cake or the birthday person will feel bad, right? Sigh, I know I’m making it up but I did have a small piece to celebrate Caroline’s birthday, and it was very, very nice.

Walking orange

I did get lots of hugs and lots of exercise. My classroom is at the end of the hall from my office, the staff room and halfway past the kitchen. So back and forth all day. I wasn’t wearing my pedometer so I have no idea how many steps I did but it was good and I was exhausted that first night. I had survived and knew I could handle work with very little problem. I also could see how there would be no ever-eating. I do not like eating while working or in front of students. It’s rude if it’s not lunch or…

Reflecting on the week that just went by, I see three ways I could lose weight:  1) stick to the plan, 2) wear my pedometer and 3) journal everything I eat. Work will help me lose weight. By telling you all this I will be on track again and eventually see great results, again. I can do this, again.

Thanks for listening.  ;D Diane

Seafood Lasagna For Breakfast And I Don’t Feel Guilty!

•January 12, 2015 • 1 Comment
Not gulity puppy

My not guilt puppy!

Yes, I just had seafood lasagna for breakfast. It was glorious. It did defy the “white food diet” rules, though. The pasta was white, the sauce was white, in fact, most of the seafood was white, too. It had scallops, lobster and shrimp(pink). I had spent an hour trying to decide what I was hungry for and I know if I don’t eat something I really want I’ll go eat a bunch of other things and go back and eat what I wanted in the first place. So I had a small piece of leftover seafood lasagna. The guilt is off because I’m telling you and I wrote it in my food journal. It had about 350 calories. So now I will be very careful with the rest of my day’s calories.

Yes, I go back and forth between diet styles as it suits me. One of the reason a lot of diets fail is that they make the dieter feel very restricted, deprived and eventually rebellious. I don’t think Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig would approve of lasagna for breakfast but both of those programs say you do have to eat a bit of your favourite foods so you don’t feel deprived. It was all about the portion size and knowing what I would do with it. I ate it and wrote it down. In my food journal there’s a space for what you’re feeling as you eat. I felt luxurious. It’s not a traditional emotion but it made me feel very good. I think I feel a little righteous, too, because this way I’m not wasting food. I did the weekly clean the expired stuff from the fridge scan and leftovers are now helping break things down in the septic. Sigh. I hate wasting food.

chicken saladNow that I’ve written a blog entry, eaten, done the dishes, I am going for a walk so my righteousness and good feeling continue. How does a huge salad with chicken sound for supper? Sounds good to me.

Thanks for listening. ;D Diane


Receiving The Post Holiday Look Of Shame

•January 9, 2015 • 3 Comments

I saw my doctor Wednesday and she gave me the “post holiday look of shame”. I had gained weight. She didn’t say anything except it had affected my blood pressure which would look a lot better if I lost some holiday weight. My blood pressure has been fantastic for a couple of years so I was shocked but also ashamed. I’ve been using my post surgery lying-about and the holiday season as excuses for eating more and exercising less. Sure, there are candies, cookies, nuts and ? still on the coffee table almost within arm’s reach and my knee is killing me now that the old pain from my shoulder is gone. These do not mean I should eat and not walk. Yes, I am shoulding on myself. I think I deserve it.

Times Colonist Nov. 13, 2014

Times Colonist Nov. 13, 2014

A Facebook Friend posted that she was worried about her husband with “border-line diabetes that only need 2 pills a day” and was getting a 22 reading. She wondered what she/we could do help him understand how important it was to control his diabetes. And, it is diabetes if you have to take pills to keep your blood sugar levels down. I know, I lied to myself (and my family) for a few years, too. I made a couple of comments and she thanked me and I felt so glad that I had taken that advice myself before I gave it to someone else.

So, I’m back to my food journal, my no white food diet, and being honest with myself and all of you. I don’t need any shame. I’m a normal (in a dysfunctional world), strong (emotionally), smart (in a Jeopardy kind of way) woman and I will do this.

Thanks for listing. ;D  Diane



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