Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What a Joy!

What a joy it has been to read the kind comments coming in!  I wasn't sure how my "confession" would go over, as it's not exactly "cool" to come out and admit when one is sinning as such.

And I've found I'm not alone.

Thank you all who have responded so far!  You are a blessing, and a real encouragement.  I hope that the journey will be of encouragement to you and anyone else who reads it.  This isn't a short term thing, as it took 15 years to put it on, it'll take a few days to take it off.  It's more than just watching what goes in the's a change in heart, attitude, and direction.  It's repentance for a sin that is just as bad as others, according to scripture.  It's turning around and walking away from the temptations that the devil lays out for us, as he knows our vulnerabilities.

It's trusting in the Lord to handle the areas of our lives that stress us the most, that tends to lead into overeating, eating without hunger, using poor choices in foods, and not moving around to keep the body in shape.

In the end, it's giving this area of life over to Him.

You're welcome to join along, by blog or Facebook (see right hand side of page), or both.  I'd like to develop this out and see what all resources one can find and share that would be beneficial to us who need to take off 30 or more pounds.  Yes, mine is a lot more than 30, but 30 is still a good size number.

Again, thank you all who have responded!

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Herbs for Common Tummy Troubles Series, Part 1

This is the first of a multi-part series on herbs for common stomach problems. This specific post takes a close look at getting to the root of heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, and GERD. Then, I’ll show you some easy, quick-fix herbs to take, and help you create a game plan with herbs and food for a long-term solution. Following posts in this series will continue to look at other common tummy troubles and herbs and diet changes that have been k... 

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Tea to the Rescue--Mint Tea

Citrus Mint

Tea has been a big helper in these past 2 weeks.  It's flavorful, and when using certain herbs, can be beneficial to your body.

I grow various types of herbs in the yard, such as peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, basil, Greek oregano, Italian oregano, lemon balm, lemon thyme, citrus mint, and so on.  The variety changes from year to year, based on the desire to grow things new to us.  Each year I like to dry the mints and lemon balm to use in teas through the winter months, and use some fresh leaves during the growing season for a nice glass of iced tea.

My absolute favorite is the chocolate mint, with some sweetening, as it tastes similar to the thin mints.  (YUM!)

Are there benefits of drinking mint tea?  Yes!  Not only is is flavorful, but it is good for you.

Did you know that:

Mint is a relaxant?  It has menthol in the leaves, which is a natural muscle relaxant.  When you drink mint, you are drinking a de-stressing tea that will help you relax and possibly sleep.  Nice huh?

Mint can help with indigestion?  This is common during pregnancy, and mints are widely used to help with the queasy feeling.  Sip on a cup of mint tea to help with bloating and gas, and in the evening to help with digestion and easier rest.

Mint blends can help as an appetite suppressant?  Brew up some mint tea using your favorite varieties of mint, and add in some green tea for an extra boost.

Mint can help decongest when you're having sinus issues?  A hot cup of tea in general helps when you are congested, but peppermint is a natural decongestant!

Use your favorite sweetening, and enjoy a cup of mint tea!  There's many varieties, you can grow your own for fresh leaves, or purchase tea in bags or loose leaf form from your local grocery store or online.

Give it a try, and see what you think!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Week 2 of Weight Loss Challenge

This has been a good week.  Of course, the first week is the most trying as well.

When I started this challenge, I was at 401 (or more) pounds, according to the physician's scale.

Saturday, 9/13, I weighed in at 378 pounds.

401 - 378 = 23 pounds.

I'm sure a lot is the "water" weight, which is normal for starting any program.

What also helped in so much to go away the first week?

Lots of prayer first and foremost, asking the Lord for strength to fight temptations and hunger pangs.


Getting my diabetes under control.  Seriously!  I restarted the Victoza shot, which makes a significant difference in how one eats.  It isn't insulin, but helps push the body to make more of it's own insulin.  It also has the side effect of suppressing appetite, and if you indulge in much more than a piece of fruit or an ounce of meat, you are sick.

In essence it's a gastric bypass in a shot.

So it's been lots of drinking teas (with no calorie sweeteners) and water, eating fruits and partial sandwiches as the medicine allows.  For exercise, lots of housework, breaking sweats doing multiple rooms of mopping and vacuum duties, dusting, baseboard wiping, door frame washing, loads of laundry, dishes by hand, climbing up and down the stairs to the second floor's bedrooms, and so on.  There's also a dog to walk, a yard to mow, and walking around town for exercise.  Unfortunately, we do not have a gym or YMCA in town to walk to.

In my years of trying to lose weight, this is the most I've dropped in a short amount of time.  But, that is an encouragement as well, as it is 10% of my goal.  I can see bodily differences, and am fitting back into my cape dresses better, and have to start taking in the ones I'd made a little larger to fit the expanding body.  My skirts are fitting looser, and will have to be readjusted with elastics and taking in seams.  I can handle this!

The biggest difference that I've found so far--I feel so much better physically!  I can move around without feeling like there's lead weights attached to my legs.  Arthritis, while still present, doesn't hurt near as much in knees and ankles.  The early morning aches and pains haven't been aching and paining.  I have more energy to do what I need to do throughout the day without a rest every half hour.  I did an 8 hour canning session Friday with no breaks until the 7th hour.  It feels wonderful to not have that "dragging" feeling!

I'm hoping to have hubby do monthly photos to have something to show the progress.  My first photo shows the start point at over 400 pounds.

I never dreamed I'd ever be that big, but then, who does?  When you're used to being fat, it is nothing for extra pounds to sneak up on you and you not realize it until you're so big a normal scale won't handle you, or you hurt walking, or you can't fit into normal movie theater seats or waiting room chairs.  It's embarrassing as well, in a world of smaller people, to be the heavy one.

It is through this challenge to  keep accountable and lose the size/weight that is needed for a healthy body.  To keep the diabetes from taking over every aspect of life, to be able to lead a normal life and be around for my kids and potential grandkids.  I want to enjoy outdoor activities again, walking trails, fishing, swimming, etc, that is hard to do when carrying so much extra weight.

And with the Lord's help, strength, and encouragement, I will.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Original Weight

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Diabetes and The Journey

So, since this is the beginning of the weight loss challenge, let's look over an issue that is common amongst those of us who are obese.


This is pretty common regardless of size/weight, although extra weight and size doesn't help it.

Today we're focusing on type 2, as this is most common amongst us heavy folks.

What is type 2 diabetes?

According to the American Diabetes Association:

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels. - 

Putting it nicely, we're too sweet for our own good.

For some this is something that runs in families.  This is true in mine, with both parents, many siblings, uncles, and aunts who were dependent on insulin due to diabetes.  About half of the total people were normal/average weight, the other half were above.

Diabetes affects not just glucose in the blood, but does damage to your entire body if left unchecked.  Your eyes are greatly affected in time, which can leave you blind.  Your nerves throughout your body are affected, which leads to neuropathy.  Skin complications, ranging from yeast and bacterial infections to necrosis, easily happen due to poor circulation, inability to heal quickly, especially in the lower extremities.  Ketoacidosis can happen among people with diabetes, especially if blood glucose levels are left unchecked.  There are other complications possible as well, depending on how long glucose levels have ran high and not treated.

This is a battle I've been engaged in personally for a few years.  I was at risk due to close family having it, and then moved on to insulin resistance in my late 20's or early 30's.  About 4 years ago, I was feeling horrible, and had my husband (an RN) check my glucose just for a base level before going to see a nurse practitioner, and it read 498.  He was a tad upset, as was I, and I was able to get in for treatment immediately after the clinic heard the number.  My therapy started with insulin and Metformin, which had a dual use in treating Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which also deals with insulin resistance issues.  In the subsequent years I've been able to stop insulin therapy, and move on to Metformin only, and sometimes Victoza (another shot, but not insulin, and it helps the body produce it's own insulin and also really helps with appetite control.)

While diabetes is not confined to the overweight population, it is most definitely common.

If you're following in my journey and you have diabetes, feel free to comment and share what has worked for you!

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