Making Healthy Choices

Making Healthy Choices



About a year ago I had a minor scare with my health.  I was at work and, while I was stuffing some folders for students, I turned and felt extremely light-headed.  My vision  and hearing felt like I was looking and hearing down the end of a long tunnel. I felt like I was going to pass out at any second, so I sat down.  I was worried I was going to have a stroke, or a heart attack, or something. Fellow co-workers called an ambulance and I was rushed to the hospital.  Once there, and all hooked up to different monitors, nurses and doctors kept asking me the same questions over and over again.  Everyone was picking and poking at me, and before I knew it, all they could tell me was my blood pressure was elevated.  What does that mean? And, why is this happening? No one had any explanation as to what the cause was. After months of dealing with daily b.p readings, several doctors visits, and a couple tests at the hospital, I was then put on medication to lower my blood pressure.

I was in denial about my health.  I was also in denial about how much and how often I was eating unhealthy foods and drinking alcohol.

I wasn’t too happy with the road I was going down, with my health, and I needed to make some changes.  Being around to see all my kids grow up, enjoying life with my husband, and one day meet my grand babies, is really important to me.  

I started to make a change.  My first issue was my job. My job was very stressful and, although the people I worked with were fantastic, I brought home a lot of stress from work situations.  Fortunately, my husband is so understanding, knew that I needed a change, and was okay with me quitting my job. It was a decision that wasn’t taken lightly and we weighed all the pros and cons; it just wasn’t in my best interest to continue down that path in life.

 

 

I knew I also had to change the way I ate, as well.  So, I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app , after much research, and plugged in all the information required to start: My current weight, how much weight per week I am looking to lose, how much exercise I currently do, and my goal weight.  I learned that my calorie intake for the amount of weight I wanted to lose, in the amount of time I wanted to lose it, was minimal.  “I’m going to starve!,” I thought.

What’s great about this particular app is, you can enter in the names of the foods you eat by brand or store, or scan the barcode of what you’re eating.  Then type in the serving size you ate or plan to eat. Sometimes I plan out my whole day and enter all the information in first thing, then make any necessary changes throughout the day. Putting in the information can be annoying at times, but then I am more aware of what it is that I am eating.

So, I’ve been on the ‘app’ (I will not say diet), for a little over a month now, and lost 12 lbs so far.  It’s definitely working. I’ve also been keeping track of my b.p. Making better food choices , caused my blood pressure to go down significantly.  Now, I don’t recommend anyone doing what I did, but I eventually weaned myself off my medication. Please consult with your doctor to see if that is the route he/she wants you to go.  

I still take daily checks of my b.p. and it’s within normal range.  You can too, by clicking on the picture and looking into purchasing your own blood pressure monitor.blood pressure monitor

What did help me lose weight in the beginning, weeks prior to starting the Fitness Pal app, my husband started the Keto.  It has helped tremendously; with him watching what he eats as well. Unfortunately, I cannot say ‘no’ to carbs and sugar, but to each his own, and the Keto is not for me. 

Our night time snacks are minimal, if any at all, now.  The night time snacking got to be a little over the top, plus the added alcoholic drink… or two… or three.  Once you start counting out your potato chips, for serving sizes, you might end up avoiding eating them at all. I know I did.  It’s not worth the calories.

Keep in mind, the first 2 weeks are the hardest, if you choose to hop on this healthy eating, low calorie, ‘app’.

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Here’s some tips to help suppress your hunger cravings:

  1. Drink plenty of water.  Sometimes I get sick of drinking water, so I either add lemon or lime juice and slices to it. 
  2. Drink tea.  Preferably, green or ginger.  Ginger is a little “spiky”; Spiky is a term my kids use for hot/spicy/sour tastes.  Flavored teas are ok, just as long as you like the taste. Anything is better than sneaking food.  Remember to drink the teas without the added milk and/or sugar.
  3. Flavored carbonated water.  Zero calories, for that wanna-be drinking pop/soda feeling.  It is something to get used to, but after a while I preferred it. 
  4. Keep busy to keep your mind off of eating/snacking, but if you’re going to snack, choose healthier choices:  Cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, pickles, etc… Sometimes I will just eat a hard boiled egg for a snack, just because it’s quick and easy.

DID YOU KNOW???… you can bake hard ‘boiled’ eggs?  I do it all the time.  I use a muffin tin and place the eggs right in each pocket. Preheat oven to 325, cook for 30 mins.  I prefer cooking eggs this way because I hate the way the house smells when you boil eggs… P.U. Yes, baking your eggs does not stink up your house!!

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It sure isn’t an easy task to commit to changing your lifestyle.  Food had a lot of control over my life. I find myself having a hard time not thinking about it.  I also figured out that sometimes when I THINK I’m hungry, I will just get a drink,  of one of my drinks listed above, and it really helps me a lot.  Food prep is also important. If you’re able to pick a day, a few times a week; peel, cut, and package, foods for yourself to grab and go. I really like those mason jar ideas too, if you’re a man/woman on the go, grab a mason jar prepped with something you can eat. 

Please look for everythingandthat2018 on Google+ and the community is called ‘Support for Weightloss’.   I started the group 4-12-2018. Join and tell your friends.  healthy cookbookHopefully more will follow. If you do not have comments for my Google+, please add healthy and/easy recipes for others, or any tips you might have for anything healthy.  Click on the picture if you’re interested in healthy recipes.

Thanks for visiting my site, and hearing my story.  Please feel free to write a comment on this post below.  Let me know, if you too, have experienced something that made you make some life changes.

Good luck with making healthy choices.

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