Tag: health

sick, sick, sick

So, I have no energy to write a long note.  I just wanted to explain why it had been weeks since my last post.  I was away in California and despite the joy of seeing my family, it was a bit of a doomed trip.  There was one problem after another culminating by getting the flu on Friday.  Some how I made it back and have been going through one of the worst illnesses of my life. I’m not exaggerating.  My throat hurt SO bad.  I couldn’t breath, sleep or do anything else without severe pain.  I also had huge body aches with horrible fevers and chills.   Today is my first day that I felt some healing.  I still have a sore throat but not as bad as this weekend.

What does being this sick make a girl realize?  Well, a few things:

1.  There is nothing on TV during the day.

2. Following up on that, a DVD library really comes in handy during moments like these

3. When you can’t eat anything, everything looks delicious.

4. Being sick makes you grateful for little things like the ability to swallow, control your body temperature, and sleep regularly.

5. I have the BEST friends and family!  Thank you especially to Jim for picking up the slack as I’ve been sick, for Emilee Russell, Suzanna Graff, and Bonnie Denison bringing me groceries/medicine, and all the get well texts/calls/and messages

6.  Thank you to Sister Tait for taking me to the doctors on Friday.  If there was even a sliver of a chance I could have taken an antibiotic I was going to pursue that option.  I really appreciate her helping me.

7. I’m thankful for Brother Van Hoff, Spencer and Ben  for giving me a blessing Sunday.  I am so grateful for the power of God in my life and for worthy friends who are willing to serve.

8. Its amazing how with all the medical technology we have that there is no real treatment for illnesses like the one I have.   You just have to wait it out like in the old days.

9. I am so grateful my body has begun to heal.

10.  If anyone needs cough drops, lozenges, sore throat spray, or a variety of other meds…I’m your girl!

Here’s to getting better!

ps.  When everything was going bad on my trip I kept saying it could be worse…I’ve stopped saying that!

pps. Today I watched my Carey Grant movie collection.  He is the best!  His Girl Friday may be my new favorite movie.  I’d seen it before, but it made me smile extra wide this time, which given the circumstances was tough to do.

This actually looks a little like me!

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Pizza Craving

So yesterday I had an interesting experience.  Ever since I started dieting I have been craving 2 things- steak and pizza.  I’m not even that big of a steak person but its jut sounded so delicious. I think it is the iron and protein that looks so tempting.  One of my favorite things is steak cooked with butter, A1 sauce and blue cheese.  Yum!  It’s funny because my mother can’t cook steak (or other red meat) to save her life but somehow I gained a taste for it on my mission.  I know that steak can be healthy in small doses but I just don’t know if I can control myself.  Plus, it is so expensive.

I’ve always loved pizza- especially New York style in a brick oven.  I love traditional toppings such as ricotta, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella.   I did find a great whole wheat pizza dough recipe but it is pretty labor-intensive.  It isn’t the kind of recipe I can make in an hour or so.  Anyway, I just love pizza. It is the perfect combination of flavors.  Italian is my favorite kind of food and pizza and spaghetti are my favorite items.

After months of craving I gave in yesterday and bought a frozen pizza and ate the whole thing.  (Don’t worry. It wasn’t fast food.  I’m still going strong on that goal!).  This frozen pizza is the one moment of weakness I’ve had since I started at the beginning of March and you know what I learned from the experience.  First of all it wasn’t as good as I remembered it and Second, I had heart burn for like 2 days and felt terrible. I guess my body is really beginning to change and eventually it will crave different things.  I am hopeful that when I try fast food at the end of the summer I will have a similar experience where it won’t taste as good anymore.

As I feel these cravings in the future I will definitely look back on this experience and remember that what sounds good doesn’t always taste good.  Still lost another 2 lbs this week! That’s 25 total!

23 lbs

23 lbs of lard. This was all in me! Crazy!

So today I found out that I have lost 23 lbs since I started exercising at the beginning of March.  I am now at 290 lbs- having started at 313. I went to the grocery store and took pictures of what 23 lbs looks like.  It is shocking! Just thought I would share this with all of you. Particularly seeing the lard makes me want to try extra hard to get rid of the rest.   It’s just hard to believe all of it was inside me! Amazing!  Thanks for all the support.

Sick and Worried about Guys and Dolls

So today I woke up with a sore throat.  It’s  a cold with a cough but still not my favorite thing! Everything is a little cloudy so I won’t write long. I just wanted to write this one question to the crowd.  Lately I’ve been doing so well with the exercising and eating right.  Suppose I get sick for a week.  In the past such an event has ruined my attempt to get in shape.  How do each of you stay committed to your fitness regiment while you are recovering from illness? How do you know when you are ready to push yourself and begin exercising again? I am hoping that by resting today and more tomorrow I will be able to exercise Tuesday even if it is for just a little bit.

Tomorrow is my recital that I’ve been working for.  I’m nervous that I won’t be able to perform.  The only thing that I have to hope for is that the song I am singing is Adelaide’s lament  from Guys and Dolls.  This song is perfect because Adelaide is sick when she is singing it.  The song is about how because her man Nathan Detroit won’t commit Adelaide  is getting sick. It is supposed to be done in a squeaky New York accent.  I’m not great at it but I have come a long way.  Here is a recording of me singing the song.  Please be gentle in your critiques.  A few of the notes aren’t perfect but I’m working on it.  One of the hard things about singing is there is so much to concentrate on- pitch, tone, words, acting, diction, vocal dynamics, correct breathing, posture etc.  At least I can honestly say I am improving particularly in my belty tone.

You won’t get the full effect of the performance by just the vocals.  I plan on wearing my fluffy bathrobe and having a box of tissues in my hands.  Plus I always get lots of praise for my acting ability in recitals.  I wish I could preform in a real play again (haven’t been in one since high school) but it hasn’t worked out yet.  The local plays in Utah are so darn competitive and I get super nervous in auditions (although I haven’t done one since high school so perhaps I am better at them now? Who knows?) Let’s just hope I am feeling well enough to be in the recital.  I will update the blog tomorrow to share with you what happens.

Here’s the original broadway version of the song.  Like I said, I know I have a long way to go but I am improving!

Exercising My Life Update 1

I promised I would give regular updates on how my exercise quest is going.  So here goes.  I have been doing very well.  For the last few weeks (since the beginning of March) I have been exercising regularly and watching what I eat.  The last month I stepped it up a notch and have been exercising every day.  For a while I tried three times a week but then I found myself making excuses and only doing two sessions.  It has been hard and exhausting.  Every day around 3 pm I am exhausted and need to take a nap (that comes from a normally non-nap taker!).  Luckily I have the support of my employer (my dad) and a job that is flexible enough to allow short naps (20 minutes).  I am hopeful that the longer I keep it up the less tired I will feel.  Hopefully someday I will feel energized from exercising.  Right now my body is fighting it hard!

Each week I have seen consistent improvement until this week when I actually gained a pound 😦  I know there are variations in water weight and that increased muscle mass makes a difference but it was discouraging at first.  Part of the gain might be that I had 2 ear infections last week and only exercised 3 times.  Still, I was proud of myself because usually I use getting sick as an excuse to eat comfort food, which I did not do.

There have been many subtle changes like that.  I have been keeping a food log and here are some of my comments.

04/29/10

” I’m beginning to think I shouldn’t go out in public.  Too much to tempt me!  Everywhere I go there is food and my little brain thinks of every excuse to get some.  Today staying inside and kind of doing a fast to get back on track.  I can do this”

05/02/10

“Today I decided to take a sick day because I still feel exhausted from the last few days.  Between the infections, lack of sleep and hard work I just am tuckered out…At least I tried to not go overboard on the whole being sick comfort food thing.  So I found out that Thai food is super bad for you.  I was shocked because nothing is deep fried and it seems kind of healthy.  Not so much…Learn something new on this quest every day!”

05/03/10

“Lately I’ve been craving steak but its so expensive and not good for me….It is so hard to resist the craving but getting easier with every right decision. Today I did 27 minutes on the bike and my heart rate went up to 151.”

05/04/10

“Today I feel like I could sleep all day.  When will I get more energy? It seems like it will never come.  I think I will exercise tonight while watching Dancing with the Stars.  Determined to eat well today!’

05/05/10

“Today I exercised for a half hour and burned 175 calories.  I’m still super tired especially around 4 pm but am going to get an iron supplement.  Hopefully that will help.  I ate good today.  I made one of my favorite dishes, crepes, but instead of white flour I used buckwheat flour and eliminated the butter. They were surprisingly tasty! … I got a new quote today that inspires me “you have to want to be skinny more than you want the bad foods”.  I put that on my fridge. Hopefully it will motivate me to continue to make good choices.”

05/06/10

‘Last night I got super hungry and had a midnight snack I should not have.  I am feeling the result today.  Next week I will have no food after 9. Moving onward!”

05/09/10

“Today made pancakes with buckwheat flour and eliminated the butter on top and in the recipe.  Still mighty tasty! Tonight at Grandma’s will be an interesting test of my self control…”

05/10/10

“Today I exercised hard (190 calories on the bike and did weights) and was tempted to go to fast food rationalizing that “Subway was the healthy way…”  Resisted and was glad I did.  I’ve got to fight those cravings.  It is 5 and don’t feel as tired.  Maybe getting more used to exercise (hopefully!) and maybe the iron pills are helping?

Yesterday we had Mothers Day meal at grandmas.  Did pretty well….Only had  a small serving of mashed potatoes (they were so good!).  The victory of the night was leaving before the pie was made.   It was my favorite- lemon meringue.  There are some things I know I can’t have just one bite of and lemon meringue pie is one of them!”

As you can see there have been some small set backs, but I am proud that I have not eaten fast food in close to a month.  I have gone out a couple of times but I’ve tried to limit it and to select healthy when I do.  I am exercising nearly every day and trying to keep my spirits up and my motivation high.  Thank you to everyone for all your love and support.  Will update again soon.  Hopefully this time with more weight loss! Any tips you can give on having more energy (not being so tired from exercising) would be appreciated. Keep me in your prayers. I need all the help I can get.

Cupcakes and Family

This post is kind of all over the place, but it has been such a crazy time lately.  Last week  was jam packed with everything including work responsibilities including yard work (yuck!) on the properties, check in’s and check out’s, entering payments, working on accounting, and making new reservations.  At the same time we had our family reunion at the end of the week, so my entire extended family on the Richard’s side was in town.  This was fun but also a lot of work.  Among other things, I took my nieces to the princess festival (so fun, even with the rain!),  got Anna’s 18th birthday party ready, make her a sweet present, got the slide show for the reunion set up, helped with other family activities, baked cupcakes and  a made frosting and toppings for an activity and more.  Like I said- it was a busy, busy week.

We also had a  wonderful visit from my college friend Emily Alvillar Whitman.  She made a great effort to visit us and Megan, Emily and I had such a good time.  Those that read my blog regularly might remember her from several posts.  I love all of my friends, but Emily is special.  I feel Emily was someone I was destined to meet.  We just needed each other during a difficult time, and I believe Heavenly Father knew that.  It was nice to see an old, wonderful,  friend.  It warmed my heart.  Plus, we got to see her beautiful baby Jackson.  So cute! Thanks Emily!

Finally on Saturday my body had all it could take, and I got a sinus infection.  It was like my body said “It’s time for you to rest, and I’m going to make you sick if needs be”.  Fortunately for my body I listened and rested for 2 whole days and by Tuesday I felt 95% better.  I am grateful it wasn’t one of those infections that lingers for months- like the kind I had last Fall.  Those stink!

For work it felt satisfying to see improvement on the yards (even if, to be honest, I don’t get what makes good grass different from bad grass!).  Plus, everyone who stayed at the properties was not only happy but glowing in their praise.  I know it isn’t good for the ego to get too much praise, but I needed it last week.  Havin the praise coming from the tenants made it all the more important and valuable.  After all, it is their feedback and happiness that keeps us in business!

It was a fun week even with the work-related struggles.  I loved seeing my family- particularly the extended relations that I don’t normally get to see.  Anna’s birthday  turned out great and the Princess Festival was a lot of fun.  I am fortunate to have such an awesome family that supports and loves me regardless of my marital status (or any other factor).

This is kind of random but I made a video of Anna singing and playing the ukulele.  Isn’t she amazing?

Also, here is the slideshow I made up for the reunion.  It had music when I showed it but youtube disabled it. Even so,  Enjoy!

So, here are the photos from the week.  I will include more as I get them from other family members. I couldn’t find a way to rotate photos in wordpress. If any of you know how then please fill me in!

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