What a Week!

The last seven days have been amazing and so full of blessings.

I have felt such an outpouring of love and care with all of the prayer support that I received!  (Please see my posting on Wednesday to read about my trip to the ER)

Yesterday afternoon, I went to my regular doctor for a follow-up visit.  My blood pressure was normal (yeah!) and I was so happy about that.  And, he gave me a medicine to help my stomach / GI tract to settle back down.

He also told me that doctors often can’t tell you exactly what is wrong with you but that they can tell you what isn’t wrong.  That is something profound, don’t you think?  It is also frustrating when you want to have an answer. As I found out this week, however, that isn’t always possible.

We then discussed diet and some changes that I need to make.  He mentioned that healthy eating has to be a new lifestyle choice and not considered a diet.  As you know from reading my blog, I am trying to lose weight but am still not having much success.  This doctor reminded me that it’s all about portion control, eating fewer carbs, and avoiding fried food (for my stomach mainly but a good idea for overall health).

I thanked him for his advice and the medicine.  Then we came home from the doctor, took the medicine, and made dinner — salmon, mashed potatoes, broccoli, and biscuits.  DELICIOUS!  And, I had no stomach, etc. problems.  For the first night in a while, I slept very well through the night and without almost no pain. Thank you Lord.

This week has truly been a wakeup call and has shown me how far from the healthy food choices I was. I thought I was doing well but got off track the previous week. I am working now each day to make healthier choices.  And, to exercise as well.  I am tired of feeling lousy and ready to feel better and back to a fun and healthy weight.  After all, I have some great clothes that I want to be able to wear again.

My husband and son have been so sweet and attentive to me. My hubby has been helping a lot around the house (something he does anyway) and been making sure that I have been getting rest and what I need.

In addition, my son has been very attentive. Ian has a doctor’s kit and last night he gave me a checkup.  He checked my heart and said, “there is a robber in your heart trying to get the pain out,” meaning he wants Mommy’s pain to go away.  He has said several times, “It’s okay Mommy,”  and “I hope that you can lose weight Mommy.”

It means a lot to have my own cheering section!  And, I feel truly blessed to have such a loving and caring set of family and friends who provided such amazing prayer support and concern.  That has meant the world to me this week.  Thank you Lord for watching over me!

How was your week?  I hope and pray it was full of blessings!  Please share with me and other readers.

Thank You Lord

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And in the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” — Phil 4:6

This verse has very special meaning for this week!  It was helpful and the perfect  scripture verse for me after a very difficult night at the emergency room.  Thanks to my dear sister for sending it to me.

On Sunday, my son and I went to have dinner with my parents after dropping off my hubby who had a quick business trip.  During dinner, I started having chest pains — right in the center.  These followed a few days of pain on either side of my chest/stomach area.

Needless to say, I was worried and anxious since my grandfather had passed away of a massive heart attack at my age.  So my mother took me to the hospital to be checked out.  The hardest part was the what-ifs and the not-knowing.  It is amazing what your mind can drum up when you are worried about something.

And, as we got to the room and started the waiting game, my mother got on the phone and called friends, family, my siblings and my hubby to let them know what was happening.  She asked everyone for prayers and few of us had much sleep that night.

Prayers started immediately and I must say that as I was lying there waiting for answers, I felt calm — which is not what I expected to feel.  The love of God and all of my prayer warriors helped me from going totally crazy and worrying the entire time.  I truly had a blanket of love and protection around me.

For those who prayed, I cannot thank you enough!  I am truly honored and humbled that you lifted me up to the Lord!  I am so appreciative of your love and friendship.  You are awesome and I love all of you so very much!!!  It meant the world to me to hear of your love, concern, and prayers!

The amazing news is that after a long and sleepless night and many, many tests (EKGs, blood work, a stress test, a CT scan, and an ultra-sound), I was told my heart is healthy.  THANK YOU LORD!!!  What an amazing answer to prayer!!!!

And, as I was being discharged on Monday morning, the ER doctor told me that there are many causes of chest pain, but that I had none of the big causes.  Can I just tell you what joy and relief I felt?  I felt a weight had been truly lifted and an amazing gift was given to me by the Lord!!!

I still have to follow-up with my regular doctor to determine the cause of the pain.  I am frustrated not to know yet what is going on, but feel certain that I will find out.  And, hopefully very soon.  I had some additional pain last night but nothing like what made me want to go to the er.  I will keep you posted on what I find out.

Thanks so much to the emergency room staff — nurses, techs, doctors, and others — as well as food services and the chest center.  All of you were so kind and gracious and truly took your time with me.  I had a good experience despite the circumstances.  It went as well as could be expected.

I know some other friends who also had chest pain and went in and it ended up being acid reflux.  And another person at 29 years old, went in since he didn’t feel like himself and found out that he had to have triple bypass surgery.  And, after his legs were bothering him, my cousin found out he had blood clots in his legs.   It was good that all of these people went to the hospital to see what was the matter since you never know.

Before all of this happened, I was already on blood pressure medicine and will continue to take that.  And, I am trying to lose weight as well and eat a more healthy diet.  That too will help with the BP and make for a healthier heart.

Again, thank you dear Lord for your mercies and love for me.  And, for the work of the physicians and many others, and the outstretched prayer support that I felt. AMEN!!

“Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above!” 

Wear Red Day

Today is National Wear Red Day to recognize the fight against heart disease.

Are you wearing red? I am.

Red is one of my favorite colors.  And, I seem to get compliments when I wear this vibrant color.

But the meaning about today is very important.  According to the American Heart Association’s Wear Red web site, heart disease is the number one killer among women, and kills more women than all cancer combined. Wow, that is a shocking fact to me.

It is important to check our numbers — blood pressure and cholesterol. Both of mine have been too high and I am trying to lower them. Thanks to a great doctor, I am getting the help I need.

These numbers can be lowered with changes in diet and exercise. As you know from my postings on Tuesdays, I am working on these changes.

It is a daily effort but I am committed to do so. I want a healthy heart and an overall healthy body.

I wonder if we one day can beat heart disease that claims our loved ones. I hope and pray that we can do exactly that.

Time to Lose Week 4

Hello and hope you are having a great January 31. Can you believe that it is already the last day of the first month of a new year? I can’t.  This month seems to have flown by.

The weight loss journey continues.  It is hard to believe it that I have been at this a month already.  Seems like I am getting nowhere fast.  But then again I have had some very bad habits and routines for a long, long time.

I did make a breakthrough just yesterday that I have to share with you. I had some blood work done at the doctor and before that a fast of 12 hours was required.  That was fine since the night before the fasting time, I ate 94% fat-free kettle corn for my snack with some ice-cold water.  Yummy and filling.

After the trip to the doctor, I had an errand to run and was also hungry. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to eat. I went to one of my old favorite fast food restaurants, walked in, and then realized, I really don’t want this. The thought of that greasy food almost made me ill. So I left.  And, it’s a good thing — they were so busy, a long line inside and cars waiting in the drive-thru — all the way around the building.

I came back to the house and ate a protein bar, part of a banana, cheese, water, and coffee with cream.  That was much more satisfying than my other option would have been. I have to say that was a real win for me in my day-to-day walk with the correct food options. I couldn’t help but say, yeah me! (This is something that I think we should be doing — it’s important to celebrate your victories.)

The rest of the week has had good times and bad times but the weight has remained the same.  And I must say that although the scale didn’t change, I am relieved and pleased that it didn’t go up.

For people who don’t have a struggle with weight loss, you may wonder, why isn’t it just an easy change to choose the healthy food? Some days it is easy and other days it isn’t. I am trying to work through the hard days and learn each week a lesson that will help me continue to meet my goals.  I truly want my health to improve so I must do this – hard as it may be sometimes.

I find that the more healthy choices I am making, the more healthy choices I want to continue to make.  You know what I mean?  It seems the body seems to start craving the good deep green lettuce, the crunchy carrot, the whole grain pasta with grilled chicken, and other tasty and healthy foods.

The other challenge continues to be exercise.  I have been doing more walking and am enjoying being outside – especially with this unseasonably warmer winter that we are having. Just some days, it seems to end up at the end of the list of things that must be done. You know what I mean?

In years past, I have been very active and regularly worked out.  That was before becoming a mother and having more demands on my time. I just am realizing more and more that I just have to schedule it and then do it!

I hope and pray that I can work more exercise into each day this coming week. I wonder what new lessons I will learn. I am sure there will be something.

The Gift of Health

Tis the season for fun and visiting and enjoying the holidays. And a time to be thankful for the gift of health.

Being healthy is something that I am very grateful for.  I do have some issues but nothing too serious. I feel very blessed about that.  This time of year is called cold and flu season and that is certainly no fun at all, but the good thing is that it is temporary.

On Sunday, I woke up not feeling very good. I went to a walk-in clinic and was told that I have an upper respiratory viral infection. They said I should be better in a week rest and fluids, some over the counter medicine and a balanced diet. This is a virus that is going around so be careful – stay rested and sneeze into your elbow not all over someone like we sometimes do.

This isn’t fun certainly and I was little bit bummed since there is so much to do.  Then later that night, I watched a movie on The Hallmark Channel about a young girl with cancer.  Suddenly my illness seemed so minor and I found myself getting so involved in the story that I was crying.  You see, I was thinking about my own family and realizing how fortunate we are that everyone is healthy. I realized that I sometimes take that fact for granted.  But I have to remember that good health is a gift.

We are blessed not to have to deal with radiation and chemo, constant pain and discomfort, numerous shots and visits to the doctor and hospital.  Some people, however, deal with those things every day.  My heart goes out to them.  As I watched this movie where it looked like the girl wouldn’t live very long, I couldn’t help but wonder how do parents deal with a child who has cancer?  Or a person losing their mate or partner? I think these people are much stronger than I am, that’s for sure.

I am so thankful for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, all children’s hospitals, cancer centers, heart specialists, Shriners hospitals, hospice facilities, and nursing homes.  The people who work at these facilities are amazing and so helpful when people are at their absolute worst. They help people (adults and children) through very dark times and work with them to the good times. God bless them.

I have a friend from college who has been battling several types of cancer for a while now. Yet, she is one of the most positive and happy people who I know.  Her secret is her faith in Christ who has helped her through it all.  And, she truly realizes that each day she has is a gift. She is an inspiration. May we all have that strength and faith.

Lord let us be truly thankful for our health. And Lord, please comfort those who are suffering.  And, I wonder if we can remember how blessed we are to be healthy.