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Surgery was a success

Katy received her brain surgery on Tuesday April 26th and it was successful.  I spoke to one of the neurosurgeons and he told me that they were able to separate the tumor from the brain and remove it.  The surgery was approximately 13 hours long.  There was some concern that they would possibly damage some facial nerves during the procedure but they feel confident that there wont be any long term affects from the surgery.

This surgery was successful thanks to loving support from friends and family who helped to donate 2,450.00 so that Katy could get this surgery.  We are both very thankful for your generosity and support during this season of life.  Our hope is that Katy’s quality of life will increase and that her balance issues have been fixed.  Katy still has a long road of recovery but we are confident that she will do well.

I set up a Facebook Surgery Update Group and we had 90+ people who were checking on Katy’s progress all through the day.  Thank you to those of you who showed your love and concern in such a tangible way.  I am glad that I was able to use Facebook to provide a centralized way of giving out updates.

Now that the surgery is over and Katy is in ICU the next step will be to transition away from the breathing tube and start down the road of getting into a regular hospital room.  From there Katy will progress to the point where she can come home and recover.  I am hopeful that by Friday she will be able to come home and rest here.

All we can do is take one day and one prayer at a time.  After all, our lives are not our own, they belong to our creator and redeemer Jesus Christ. Our hope is in Christ who is the restorer of all things that are broken.


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Challenges in 2016

We are 3.5 months into the new year and there has not been any lack of challenging events.

The biggest challenge has been to convince our insurance carrier, Cigna, to authorize an MRI for my wife Katy.  In 2011 Katy was diagnosed with a brain tumor after discovering that the hearing in her right ear was greatly diminished.  Fast forward to 2015 and 2016 and Katy has a hard time with her balance to the point she has been falling a lot.  Katy went to see an ENT the other day and he agrees that there needs to be a new MRI done to see if the tumor has grown which he thinks it has.  Cigna is not authorizing the MRI because they do not see any clinical evidence for her to have the exam.  There is no clinical evidence because the doctors at MUSC are not entering the proper notes for her medical records. 

Our next challenge has been to reduce our living expenses down to the bare minimum.  We were fortunate enough to reduce our rent 50% and that has certainly helped.  Our car payment is higher than I would like for it to be but thanks to less than stellar credit it is what it is.  We are being forced to ditch our cable provider and do without cable TV.  I believe that I could do without cable TV for much longer than I could do without Internet connectivity.  Luckily for us I have a MiFi that allows us to connect without depending on Comcast. 

Both of us are battling with our weight and the need to reduce it so we can increase our quality and longevity of life.  We want to be healthier so we can feel better physically and be able to get around better.  Katy has been fighting with a back issue that causes pain to shoot down her leg.  We got her a shot in 2015 and after insurance it cost us 800.00.  She needs to get another one but we just cant afford those prices.  That means that Katy cant work since she is unable to stand for any longer than 10 minutes at a time.

Along with Cigna we are fighting with the Social Security Administration as we try to get them to authorize Katy being on disability.  She was denied the first time in 2015 and now we have engaged with a law firm in Mt Pleasant that specializes in this sort of thing.  They told Katy that it typically takes about 20 months to get approved but that she could get denied several more times before she is approved. 

Despite our challenges we are still together.  We love one another and support one another in whatever ways we can.  God has blessed us with having our needs met.  We need to remember that needs are different than wants and that we cannot compare ourselves to others. 

Our son Justin is living downtown Charleston with his girlfriend and he is attending Trident Tech. At first he wanted to be a geologist but has now changed to wanting to be an RN.  Kristina landed somewhere in Louisiana and seems to be liking it there. 

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Battle of the bulge

I tore myself away from the two computer monitors and social media this afternoon and walked 2 miles. As I was walking down Blue House Road this afternoon I thought about my friend who recently walked 444 miles. I must say that the thought of doing that is intimidating. I mean, my feet hurt after 2 miles. Can you imagine what they would feel like if I walked 15 miles per day, 6 days per week?

Now that we live somewhere that has a free exercise room, I have no excuse for not getting exercise daily. I decided to go walking today instead of hitting the exercise room. I walked out of the apartment complex and headed down to the end of Blue House Road. That leg of the journey was .48 miles.

End of Blue House Road1

I then turned around and walked all the way down Blue House Road to US 78. Once I did that I walked all the way back home which totaled 2 miles or 22 minutes per mile.








End of Blue House RoadSome of you might be thinking that this is no big deal. You might even wonder why I am only making a mile in 22 minutes. Let’s just say that I weigh in at over 300 lbs. I am not light on my feet and I have a club foot that hurts most days. I could very easily use those things as an excuse to not try. I realize that if anyone is going to lose weight and get healthier, it is going to have to be me that does it. As the Nike commercial says, “Just do it!” That is what I am attempting to do. Eat less, eat better and get exercise.

I know that I am not alone in this journey. If you are reading this and you are fighting the obesity monster or the battle of the bulge, then know you are not alone. All we can do is take one day at a time, and do the best we can with what we have. It all starts in our minds and our hearts. We have to get to the point where we say that we are tired of looking the way we look, and more importantly, feeling the way we feel.

I understand that one of the reasons that I do not like to be around a lot of people is because I do not like my self-image. I hate it when people take a picture of me and post it on social media. I look at that picture and think how horribly fat I am. It is hard to believe that I used to be bigger than I am. That means that I have had some small success at losing weight and inches off my waist.

My desire is to get better at this. You can’t eat an elephant all in one sitting but you can one bite at a time. In this case, I know that I did not get where I am today, overnight. I also realize that it is going to take some time to lose the weight and get healthier.   My goal is to lose 1 or 2 lbs per week. I need to lose 65 lbs to get under 300.   Hopefully I can realize that goal by this time next year.

Do you struggle with the same thing dear reader? What are you doing to fight the battle of the bulge? Do you have a work out partner or someone that goes walking with you or to the gym? Is your spouse supportive of your need to eat healthier and to get exercise or are you on your own?

I look forward to hearing from you and to help encourage you on this journey.

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Getting started on a healthy living journey – Letting go of the junk

Just the week I was driving to work and listening to one of the radio personalities on His Radio. I have been listening to His Radio for quite some time, probably 10 to 12 years. Leslie and Rob are the folks that handle the morning show and I listen to them every morning on my way to work. One of the things I like about their show is that they talk about real life issues. Some of the stuff is funny and silly but some of the stuff is “rubber meets the road” type of stuff.

On this particular occasion Leslie was talking to Rob about her “healthier living” journey. She told him and the listeners about how she has been saving clothes in her closet that are way too small and has been hanging on to them in the hopes that she will eventually be able to wear them again. At some point Leslie realized that hanging on to those clothes became a dark cloud that was hanging over her head. She realized that by hanging on to the clothes that she was placing an unreasonable expectation on herself. By doing that she was constantly beating herself up for not being able to wear the clothes. Leslie decided to keep one or two outfits as a reminder of the goal she has for herself but she got rid of the other clothes. I believe she said that she decided to get some new clothes that will fit her now with the understanding that this is where she is at today.

One of the most powerful things that she said, was that she needed to get to the place where she could accept herself ,and love herself for who she is today. Rob Dempsey is the co host on the morning show on His Radio, and in the last several years his healthy living journey included losing a ton of weight and getting into better physical shape. I believe that Rob understood what Leslie was saying ,right along with a lot of the listening audience that morning.

In my last blog post I listed some “sanity saving” tips for getting started on a “Healthy living” journey. One of the tips was to “Never compare yourself to others. You are on your own unique life journey with your own unique life issues.” One of the things that Rob said in his response to Leslie, was that his focus was not on losing weight. His goal was to live healthier ,and as he went down that “healthier living” road, he also lost a ton of weight. I believe that where we place our focus mentally is key. We have to find a way to love ourselves where we are at today. Once we can do that then we can make plans to better ourselves. If we keep comparing ourselves to other people ,who may be thinner, or in better shape ,then we are going to focus on the wrong thing. If we allow our emotions to be controlled by a number on a scale then we are in for an emotional roller coaster that will result in a poor self image, low self confidence and situational depression.

Yes, we all want to look good and feel good about how we look on the outside. The important thing to remember is that who you are is way more than what is on the outside. Our bodies are a temporary shell that houses our heart, mind and spirit. Our soul, spirit and mind defines who we are. Once we are able to recognize these things, it will become easier to focus on the right things, and then we can get on with the healthier living journey.

Please understand that God loves you no matter what you weigh. God gave you the body you are in, and we are responsible for being a good steward of that body. I truly believe that there is as much of a spiritual aspect to our healthy living journey, as there is mental and physical. Sometimes we need to call upon God for the strength that we need, to move forward in our own unique life journey. One of my favorite Bible scriptures is Phillipians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

If there is something that you are hanging on to that is keeping you from your healthy living journey, please let it go. Let it go so you can move forward and make the necessary steps to start your healthy living journey. Find people that you can surround yourself with that can be your cheering squad. People who will love you and accept you for who you are and encourage you to take those next steps.

Just remember, you cannot eat an elephant all at once. You have to eat it one bite at a time. The same goes with your healthy living journey, you have to take it one step at a time. Before you know it you will see some positive results and that will give you the courage to keep on keeping on that journey.

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Growing older is not for sissies

I spoke with my sister in law Lisa the other day, and we both share several things in common. We both love Katy, and we are on a healthy living journey. Lisa and I were chatting about high blood pressure, healthy eating, weight loss and exercise. We both agreed that it is a lot of work and takes a lot of determination. Lisa said something that made me laugh. Lisa told me that getting older is not for sissies. I laughed when she said that, and I have to admit that she is right. Getting older is certainly not for sissies.

As if growing older normally, without any health issues were not bad enough, just imagine growing older with health issues such as high blood pressure , diabetes and other health issues that can hinder your weight loss journey to healthy living.

If you watch the news long enough, you will come to realize how fat and obese, a majority of Americans have become. We live in the land of plenty, and for some of us, that is evident on our waist lines. As I look back ,I realize that I did not become obese overnight. On several occasions ,I have come to the point where I realized that I needed to do something, anything, to stop the numbers on the scale from getting any higher.

Just as the road to obesity is a journey that takes time, the road to healthy living is a journey that takes time. I have been on the journey now for a little over 2 years. I know that I have had some success because my waist line is shrinking and my clothes fit differently. Thanks to changing my eating habits, and increasing my level of exercise I feel much better. I have more flexibility and more energy than I have had in many years. I am at a place in my life where I am tired of being fat , but now I am doing something about it.   

For those of you that are on the same journey to healthy living ,here are a couple of tips to help with your sanity.

  • you should never compare yourself to others. You are on your own unique life journey with your own unique issues.
  • do the best you can do TODAY with what you have to work with.
  • plan your journey and decide what changes you need to make
  • talk to your doctor BEFORE you make any changes in diet and exercise
  • if you have health issues be sure to address those with your doctor.
  • remember to make changes one step at a time. Do not try to make all the changes at once and overwhelm yourself.
  • set realistic goals, that you know you can achieve. Setting goals that are not possible will only cause disappointment.
  • learn how to eat healthy food and change how you look at food. Food is fuel for your body.
  • figure out if you are an emotional eater. If you are, work on fixing that.
  • Stop eating foods that are bad for you and cause you to gain weight. Educate yourself
  • drink a minimum of (8) 8 oz glasses of water —> start at one glass per day and work your way up from there
  • exercise your body daily. Get up, move around, walk, swim, do something. Anything is much better than nothing.
  • surround yourself with supportive people who can help you be accountable and be an encouragement

In my following blog posts I plan on talking about my “healthy living” sanity tips, and I hope that what I write with regards to my journey ,will encourage someone else. Above all, please understand that any of this takes self determination, and the willingness to change. Healthy living and losing weight takes real work, and no it is not for sissies either. I figure that if I can affect change in my life and see benefits then other people can do the same.

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No excuses for not losing weight

I will no longer fall victim to my own excuses for not losing weight.  In 2012 I have set a goal to lose another 50 lbs.  In the last year and a half, I lost 50 lbs., and then I went on a rollercoaster ride, of gaining some of it back, losing it, to gain some of it back again.  I have decided that in 2012 I am going to continue on the weight loss journey and work on my goal to get under 300 lbs.  I have 50 lbs. to go in order to meet this goal and I feel like if I do the right things that I can accomplish the goal.  My long term goal is 50 lbs.  My short term goal is 1 lb per week.  I want to lose 1 lb. per week and keep it off.  I do not want to continue down the rollercoaster ride that I was on in 2011.  

One of the ways I am going to lose 1 lb. per week is to go to Planet Fitness five days a week.  I am going to shorten my work outs to one hour and focus on aerobic exercise for half of that time and then circuit training for the rest of the time.  In the past I have been going three times per week and spending 90 min to 2 hours and then skipping a day in between work outs.  In 2012 I am going to step it up and do more focused work outs. 

One of the ways I am going to lose weight is by disciplining myself not to eat those things that I know will cause me to put on weight and not lose it.  I am going to do my best to stay away from breads, pasta, rice, potatoes, sugar, chocolate, sweets.  I am going to eat wraps instead of sandwiches on bread.  I am going to try to drink more water during the day and less Diet Dr. Pepper or Coke Zero Cherry.  It took me a year and a half to get away from the sugary soda pop so I have met a goal in that regard.  I also need to eliminate snacking late at night when I am on the Internet or watching the idiot box.  If I need to snack it will be sunflower seeds.  That is something that meets the psychological need to cram something in my mouth and is very low in calories. 

Exercise is work but it is the best thing you can do for yourself.  Love yourself by eating better and getting more exercise in 2012.  We all need encouragement to do better in this area.  I want to encourage you to make a commitment to yourself and to me to stop making excuses.  Start over in 2012 and do what you need to do to be a better, thinner and more healthier you.  You can do it!!

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Moving on in 2012

I am happy that 2011 is behind us, and the holiday season is over.  Our family is on the mend and we are all feeling much better.  I am back to work, Justin is back to school, and spring semester for college starts up on January 9th for me.  I am not looking forward to school starting up again, but I am getting closer to my goal with regards to getting my associates degree.  I have three more semesters or 27 credits or 9 classes to complete for my degree program. 

There is a lot of talk on TV and social media about New Years resolutions.  It is a known fact that most folks who make New Years resolutions have a very difficult time keeping those resolutions during the new year.  One New Years resolution is to lose those extra pounds that we packed on as we gorged ourselves during the holidays.  Gym memberships go up and folks make an effort to work out.  I am ahead of the curve on this one folks.  I did not gorge myself during the holidays and I was sick and lost weight.  That was one positive thing about being sick.  My short term goal is to lose 1 lb per week and I am hopeful that I can meet or exceed that goal. 

In 2012 I plan on continuing my healthy living goals which are very simple.  I plan on eating meal choices that are healthier for me.  I also want to work on burning more calories than I consume.  That means that I need to continue down the path of going to Planet Fitness on a regular basis.  I would like to see myself going to Planet Fitness every day and getting a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise.  Aerobic exercise is where I will begin to burn fat cells at an increased rate. 

In 2012 I plan on being less critical of myself.  I plan on living one day at a time and do the best I can with what I have.  I am my own worse critic, and boy do I love to judge myself, and remember those stupid mistakes from the past.  There is nothing I can do about the past, other than to learn from those mistakes and move on. 

In 2012 I plan on reducing my consumption of social media.  If I were honest with myself, I would have to say that I am a technology junkie (addict).  Technology to me is like mind candy, and I can not get enough of it.  I love social media, and having the ability to make personal connections with different people, via the many social media apps online.  I have an account with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google Plus, LinkedIN and many more.  My goal is to reduce how much time I spend on the different social media portals.  As I have been consumed with social media, I have gotten caught up in mindlessly wandering through multiple social media streams of endless content. 

In 2012 I want to help others, become more aware for their need for personal and family defense preparedness.  I have begun to work on a series of articles that take a no nonsense approach, to what personal and family defense preparation is and is not.  I want to find a balance between preparing for the end of the world as we know it, and the belief that crime happens to other people.  My goal is to help people to be better prepared to keep themselves and their families safe in the world we live in through common sense solutions. 

In 2012 I want to be a better husband to my wife of 21 years and father to my children.  I want to be more thoughtful, compassionate and loving.  I want to be a better Christ follower and someone that gives of myself back to the community.  I want to be a better friend that brings value to the lives of others.  I want to continue to be an encourager to those that need encouragement.   I want to be a man of integrity, courage and compassion. 

Dear readers, what are your goals for 2012?  Do you share some of my goals or are they very different than mine?  How can we help one another to be who we want to be?  I look forward to your comments. 

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Good personal hygiene habits can reduce illness

In the last two months my son has come home sick from West Ashley High School.  I know that he got sick from school, because that is where he spends the majority of his time.  In a classroom full of other students that may or may not be sick.  From what we understand, the rules state that a child is not considered sick, until they are throwing up or running a fever.  If they are not showing those two symptoms then they have to be in a class room.  What if the child is not showing those symptoms?  Does that mean that they are not sick?  What if the child has visible signs of a cold such as a runny nose, constant coughing and an overall not feeling good?  What if the child has a Viral infection or bacterial infection?  How contagious are those?  I spent some time on the WAHS website and I see nothing that outlines what constitutes a sick child or when they are sent home to the parents.

I am no health expert but I have spent enough time in the medial field as an EMT and a ER tech to know the basics.  EVERYONE must practice good personal hygiene to prevent the catching of, and spreading of germs.  Germs/pathogens is what gets us sick.  I understand that our children must receive an education and that the public school systems have to implement rules that are for the good of everyone involved.  I also believe that rules should not be so iron clad that there is no room for common sense.

For instance, our son came down with Mono, and was sick beyond the allocated number of days that he was allowed to miss in one school year.  A doctors excuse was not good enough for school administrators.  We had to write a letter to the principal advising them that the doctors excuse was not fabricated, and that we did in fact see a medical physician that diagnosed him with mono.

Every single time my son comes home with an ugly cold, it circulates through our entire family which causes us all to make the trip to the doctor for shots, antibiotics, steroids and breathing treatments.  Initially, we wait and try all the over the counter drugs, like NyQuil, Dayquil. Sudafed, Benadryl, before we make the trek to HealthFirst in West Ashley.

I remember a time when a common cold would last me 48 hours to 72 hours, and then it would be gone.  In the last couple of years, I believe that the common cold virus has gotten progressively aggressive and uglier.  Maybe the over use, and abuse of antibiotics over the years, has allowed the virus strains to adapt and are more resistant to treatment.  If you are a medical expert or know more about how this is happening please weigh in on the comments section.

The bottom line is this.  We can help each other out, if we will just follow some common sense practices, with regards to personal hygiene.  I will list a couple below as a reminder.

  • cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze ALL THE TIME
  • wash your hands BEFORE you touch something in the kitchen
  • Use HOT water and SOAP when cleaning the dishes and pots and pans
  • wash your hands with SOAP and HOT water AFTER you use the restroom
  • do NOT shake hands or get close to other people if you KNOW you are sick
  • ENCOURAGE other people who ARE sick NOT to touch you or loved ones.  (do it in a loving but firm manner)
  • Do NOT share straws or drinking glasses with someone if they are sick
  • Do NOT put your hands up to your face after touching a door handle or elevator hand rail or elevator button.  If you can touch it IT can have germs that will possibly get you sick
  • keep hand sanitizer with you at work and use it OFTEN.  If you wind up touching office equipment that other people touch, USE the hand sanitizer, or wash your hands on a regular basis.  If others can touch it they can leave a nasty surprise for you.
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Saturday at the gym

Good morning sports fans! Are you a fan of healthy living? Do you eat the correct foods and get enough exercise on a regular basis? Do you drink 8 glasses of water per day? Do you get enough sleep each day? Do you live a balanced life that is stress free? Is being stress free possible?

If you are like me, you are able to answer yes to some of those questions, and some of them are reminding you of areas of improvement. I believe that I struggle in some areas because I struggle with self discipline. It is not for the lack of knowledge that I struggle. I know what I must do. The hardest part of doing something is making a commitment and following through with it. Doing it no matter what. Having a “nothing will get between me and my goals so help me Jesus” attitude.

Having a positive mental attitude and believing you can do it goes a long way. Setting reasonable goals that are achievable is important. Understanding our limits and pushing ourselves to excel past those limits will keep us motivated. Losing weight, building stamina and strength are all important things to consider.

My goal today is to lose 26 pounds by the end of this year. I know I can do it because I have been working hard at the list of questions I asked earlier. I am learning how to make adjustments in my life so I can enjoy healthy living. One baby step at a time. One good decision at a time. I must commit to a lifestyle change.

What are your healthy living goals and what obstacles are standing in your way? You may be surprised to find out that all of us share in these obstacles. Together we can push past the obstacles, get back into the battle and find victory as we work towards our goals. You CAN DO IT!!

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Healthy living – making better food choices in 2011

In one of my last posts in 2010 “ A Beautiful Day” I made the following statement.   “Healthy living means good eating habits, regular exercise and balanced living”.  In 2011 I would like to dig into these three items and see if I can relate to them in a way that will be helpful to all of us.

How many of us want to be unhealthy?  How many of us struggle with health issues?  I would dare say that most people I know struggle with at least one health issue if not multiple health issues.  Some of those health issues are inherited through the gene pool and some of them happen because of poor life choices.

I have high blood pressure.  I am adopted from an orphanage in Germany so I have no clue what my biological health history is.  Maybe my biological family had high blood pressure and I just inherited it.   Maybe, and this is more likely, I have high blood pressure because I am over weight and out of shape.  In 2009 I made a decision to do something about being over weight and being out of shape.  I believe that through regular exercise, blood pressure medicine and healthy food choices that I can lower my blood pressure.   I have proven that to be true over the last two years.

The first item on the “healthy living” list is “good eating habits”.  When I was a teenager I could eat everything in sight and never gain an ounce.  I will need to dig out a picture of me when I was a teenager, you won’t believe that I was skinny as a rail.  At some point in adult life, I let myself go, my metabolism slowed down, and then I woke up to the image of “Muffin Man”.  That process was a gradual process that happened over a period of years. The only way to learn how to develop good eating habits is to gain knowledge in that area and finding out what the experts have to say about it.

A dear friend of mine paid for me to go see a nutritionist and to take a fitness exam.  This was back in 2008 before I made the decision to be more healthy and lose weight.   I took the fitness test and it was confirmed that I was horribly out of shape, and that if I did not make some radical changes and soon, that my only option was an early death. In other words, with my weight and blood pressure issues, I was a candidate for a heart attack or stroke.

At the time that I took the fitness test I was eating a 1500 calorie diet, and I was not losing an ounce.  The nutritionist gave me a strict list of what I could eat and things I absolutely should not eat.  He also told me that by eating a low calorie diet, that my body was storing fat because it thought I was starving myself.  He told me that for my weight, and life style , that he recommended that I eat a 3500 calorie diet. That consists of lots of vegetables, lean meats , some fruit and lots of water. It also required lots of aerobic exercise to help start burning calories.

Even though I have not followed the strict diet suggestions from the nutritionist, here is a list of things that I know I should stay away from.   Most of these items can be listed under the category of  “processed foods”.

  • cheeseburgers
  • French fries
  • Fried foods of any type
  • mashed potatoes
  • white rice
  • bread (especially white)
  • sugar
  • candy and sweet soda pop drinks
  • sweet tea
  • red meat
  • ice cream
  • pastas
  • cookies and pastry
  • cheese

As you can see this is not an all inclusive list.  Everything on that list however, I love to eat.  In order for me to lose weight I have to make healthier choices and not eat as much of those items as possible.    Here is a list  of substitutes that I am trying to consume instead.

  • lean meat
  • fish
  • whole wheat wraps
  • Splenda instead of sugar
  • un sweet tea
  • Diet Dr Pepper (with moderation)
  • more water every day
  • fat reduced ice cream (on occasion)
  • lots and lots of vegetables (steamed if possible)
  • whole wheat bread ( when I must have a sandwich)
  • fruit for breakfast
  • oatmeal
  • 8  80z glasses of water or more (very important)
  • Crystal light to flavor the water
  • tuna fish

I guess you could say that I have been following a very loose Atkins diet for the most part.  Once a week I have a cheeseburger and fries.  I do my best to eat healthy and I also do not think of this as a diet.   Diets are meant to be broken and once you fall off the diet bandwagon you can put the weight back on.  The whole idea is that there has to be a life style change. The food choices have to be made for the right reasons and it has to be something that you stick with over a long period of time.

My hope is that this article will spur you on to finding out what works for you.  We are all made differently and not everything will work for everyone.  The key is to eat better and more healthy foods.  Do the research and start your healthy choices at the grocery store the next time you go to shop.  If you know you should not eat it, don’t buy it.  If the junk is in the house then you will be tempted to eat it.  Use a menu system and plan out your meals.  You can visit Heather Solos at Home Ec101 for help in that area.

As much as possible make your meals and take them with you to work and stay away from fast food restaurants as much as possible.   If you are forced to go to McDonalds get a chicken wrap or a salad instead of a greasy cheeseburger and fries. Get a diet soft drink instead of a regular soft drink or un sweet tea.

One tool that you can use to help yourself stay accountable is to find an online support web site that can help you track your progress and count calories. I will list a couple that I have found to be helpful.


Calorie Counter

My Fitness Pal

Weight Watchers

If you can educate yourself as to the right choices to make on what you eat then your body can start to mend itself over time.  I would highly recommend a trip to your family doctor and getting a full physical done so they can do blood work and make sure that changing your diet will not impact your health in a negative way.   Your decision to eat right, get plenty of exercise and live a balanced life has to be a permanent life style change.  You can do it!

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