Health Scare

Yesterday, I had the scare of my life. I had a slight blackout, more like entering the tunnel before you faint, all while driving. I realized quickly what was happening and pulled over. The sensation went away as fast as it came on.  My adrenaline kicked in, and I started to panic. I was in fear of the unknown. I started to cry.

All I kept saying was why did this happened.  I continued on my way and called my wife, she told me I had to go the ER, but like a stubborn man that I am, I decided to wait. I was short of breath which lasted the remainder of the night. I came home feeling fine. no other episodes, except for the shortness of breath. I decided to ride it out the rest of the night. I would go to urgent care in the morning.
This morning I went to urgent care and had a several test performed including blood work. All tests came back negative however, more testing is needed to get to the root of the problem. The doctor suspects my high blood pressure medication might be too high of a dose. Time to make more appointments.

Weigh In #2

Weigh In #2

     After two weeks of being on the Weight Watchers plan, I can’t say that I have been right on plan. It’s has taken me a while trying to figure the new points system. I realized that Weight Watchers does not base their points on calories, but on fat, carbohydrates, fiber and protein.  I was used to the old points system. I have also not been eating all my points, I get 71, this number is base on my current weight, height and gender. The truth is that I am not hungry enough to use all my daily allotment. I hope I am not sabotaging my efforts. I do however,  weigh and portion out my meals and snacks, so I know that I am eating less than before I began the Weight Watchers plan.

     I have been eating more fruits and vegetable and less junk. My only problem is that I have a sweet tooth at night after dinner, and I may have been overindulging this past week. Yikes, the scale will tell.
As a result I mange to lose another 2.2 lbs this week, for a total loss of 6.6 lbs with the Weight Watchers plan. This coming week I have to incorporate more water, I noticed that I am not drinking enough.

1st Week Weigh In

1st Week Weigh In

     Today was weigh in day at Weight Watchers, I got there early, hoping I could beat the crowd, but I was too late a line was already formed.  It didn’t take long before I hopped on the scale and got weighed, a loss of 4.4 lbs. I was kind of looking for a 5 lbs, but I’ll take it. Not bad for my first week on the Simple Plan.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year,

One of my resolutions for 2014 is to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Well this morning my wife, son and I did our very first Commitment Day 5K run/walk. It was a last minute thing, because I was indecisive, like everything I do. So my wife took the initiative to sign us up. Too late to back out.

After only getting a few hours of sleep, after all New Years Eve was only last night and we didn’t get to bed ’til the early hours, we arrived. This was all a new experience for us. We picked up our race bibs and waited. A slight case of anxiety hit me. Wow I was really participating in a 5k. I had been wanting to do one for the past two year, but somehow something always stood in my way, but not this morning.

I wrote out my Commitment for 2014

My son and I 
I finished in 1 hour and 5 minutes
Our pre-race pic
So here is to 2014, may it bring peace and happiness to all!!!

Recap of 2013

Recap of 2013

2014 is around the corner and I am not where I would like to be as far as my weight goes. I’ve regain about 60 lbs that I had struggled to lose slowly over the past 2 years. How did I allow myself to to sabotage my hard efforts. I was feeling great at 330 lbs, but the stress of having moved back from Colorado to California was high. I was not working enough hours at the beginning of the year, finding a new place to live and feeling out of routine, caused me to turn to food,  like I always have.

I started my blog so I could write about my personal journey. A place that I could come to and write about my daily struggles and victories.  Well, 2013 just wasn’t my year to blog. I couldn’t commit time to it, and in the end I struggled with my weight loss journey.

Some of the highlights of 2013:

  • Moved into a new place
  • Did a casting call for the Biggest Loser

  • Took a road trip to Las Vegas
  • Finally got my gout under control
  • Had a sleep study done for sleep apnea
  • Proud owner of a CPAP machine
  • Work 
  • Family
  • Work
  • Did I mention work

I will hit more on these in the coming months.

Happy New Year 2014 everyone!!!

Weight Watchers…Again

Weight Watchers…Again

So last night I was talking with my wife about our plans for 2014, and it involved us getting healthy and active.  I had been contemplating over restarting Weight Watchers again. I have been on the program several times and jumped ship for different reasons. I’ve had success before, but failed to stay on plan and eventually gained the weight back and more.

 So my wife asks me if I was going to start Weight Watchers for the new year, and I made my decision on the spot to commit , no matter what.  I searched the Weight Watchers website and  found a meeting on Sunday mornings, perfect. I registered on their website and became a member.
  I arrived to the meeting and was surprised that it was a full house.  I was immediately made at home by the staff and members. I checked in and got weighed (cue: scary music), 390.6 lbs. WOW!
So I got my Welcome material and sat through the meeting. I was moved by the energy of our leader and members. I felt inspired and ready to start the new year. Here is to the revival of my blog and to losing weight and committing to a healthy lifestyle.

Coconuts

Coconuts

 Trader Joe’s I’ve missed you!  Living in Colorado, I did not have the privilege to shop at Trader Joe’s. They just did not exist in the state. So today while running errands with my wife, she wanted to stop by and pick up some coconut oil. Coconut oil? It’s the end of summer, tanning season is over. She explained to me that coconut oil is good for the body, so i did my research upon our return and some of the benefits of coconut oil are:

  • It promotes heart health
  • Aids in weight management
  • Supports immune system
  • Gives you energy
  • Keeps your skin healthy
  • Stress relief
  • Maintains cholesterol levels
  • Increased immunity
  • etc… the list goes on

So I will give it a go and see if I resume losing weight, and eventually get off of my high blood pressure medication. 
I also bought some chocolate covered espresso beans, my favorites. I have not had these in several years. Here’s to my caffeine fix!
Has anyone taken coconut oil and found it to be beneficial to your health? 

Pain In my knee

So in the past I’ve talked about by problem with gout, and how painful it can be. This morning I had a gout attack on my left knee. It amazes me how fast this can happen. The pain is unbearable, you can not keep still. There is no perfect position for it.

 I was diagnosed about 8 years ago with having high uric acid. Excess uric acid creates crystals that attack the joint in your body, especially the big toe, ankle, and knees. It causes severe pain that is indescribable. Foods with high purines cause uric acid, and when the body can’t get rid of the extra, it builds up.  Well lucky for me, with past gout attacks I’ve been prepared for such circumstances today. It’s medication in the form of a tiny little purple pill. That pill is the equivalent of a housefly taking down an elephant. It is a miracle how fast it works.

So most of the morning I’ve been taking it easy, its now past lunchtime and it feels like this attack never occurred.