Saturday, January 24, 2015

January Health Update

I thought I would give an update on my health since June was the last update.  Honestly, my health has not been that great, but I am hoping to get it under control and feel better soon!

I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in July. After feeling “off” for a couple weeks and checking my pressure daily, only to have it be high every day, I finally went to the doctor to have it checked out. For those of you who know how I avoid doctors, this will come as a surprise to you that I actually went. J  But after a scary episode of feeling lightheaded, tightness in my chest, and trouble breathing, along with a very high blood pressure, I knew not to mess around with it.  My grandmother died of a massive heart attack when she was 48, and my brother also had a massive heart attack and congestive heart failure at 44. My Dad had heart problems and several of my other brothers have high blood pressure. 

I was not your typical patient though.  At the time I was eating healthy, unprocessed food, I exercised regularly, and was not over weight. But genetics and stress can really wallop your body, even if you are healthy. When the doctor asked if I had any stress in my life, I had to laugh. Yes, just a little…… He told me to avoid stress (easier said than done) and put me on blood pressure medication. Well, as much as I try to avoid stress it just seems to follow me.  But fortunately the meds have worked, keeping it under control. I have also had numerous test done on my heart and it is in good shape, for which I am thankful.

So you think that would have inspired me to be even healthier?  Nope.  I started eating wheat and dairy again.  When I am stressed out I crave comfort food and unfortunately all the comfort food I love is full of gluten and dairy!  Cookies, pizza, biscuits, pie…yep, it was a disaster waiting to happen! From September to December I packed back on 15 pounds.  It wasn’t that I was being a glutton; I was just eating those things which do not work with my body.  You would think that with that weight gain I would have been sitting around eating ice cream and cookies several times a day, when in actuality it was only a few times a week.  I think it was the bread products with every meal that did it more than anything.

After Christmas I decided I needed to get off of gluten and dairy again. Not only did I want to lose the weight I had so quickly packed on, I wanted my tummy to feel better again. While my IBS wasn't as bad as it had been a year ago, it came back some with falling off the healthy-eating wagon.

I have lost 7 pounds since December 30th, so I think it is pretty obvious that wheat and dairy does not agree with my body.  I am not exclusively wheat and dairy free, but I would say I eat that way 90% of the time, enough to make a difference in how I feel. I still eat cheese and I have had pizza once over the last month. So I think I have the right balance now, again. I eat healthy most of the time, but have an occasional treat. Hopefully I can get rid of the extra 8 pounds by summer so all my clothes I bought last year still fit! I think that is a reasonable goal.

My back is another story. My lower back pain is getting worse and I think it is just a matter of time before I am going to need to see a specialist.  I am hoping to hold out until we have good insurance to cover the expense.  Until then I have been trying to walk more and started doing yoga again. Unfortunately, standing for more than and hour causes pretty severe pain making it hard to get around, so cooking and other household chores are hard. Walking is actually less painful than standing, which confuses me, but I am thankful I can at least take Koda on walks.

So that is an update. Not good, but hoping for better days to come!  I have put my goals for January and February below.

January/February Health Goals

1)      No wheat and gluten 90% of the time.
2)      Walk at least 5 times a week.
3)      Yoga 3 times a week.
4)      Eat a serving of fresh veggies every day. I eat veggies everyday, but they are mostly cooked.  I need to incorporate more fresh salads and green smoothies into my diet.

What are your health goals?  I would love to hear about them!


  1. My goal is to keep up with your blog because you are the most interesting encouraging person and I love reading your stuff. You're a blessing <3