Lose Weight With Me!

Like many people, I want to lose weight. Like many people, I have again made it a New Years Resolution. I do every year and every year I fail. However, this year is different. Shortly before Christmas I had routine blood work done and my cholesterol was sky high. We’re talking high LDL, low HDL, high triglycerides…it is the worst combo you could have. Besides having high cholesterol, my glucose level was borderline high.

This was the wake up call I needed. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had to follow the diabetic diet. Whenever I would get pissed off about not being able to eat something, I quickly got over it. I was not doing the diet for me. I as doing it for the health of my baby. For two years since having her, I told myself I as going to do that diet again. But I didn’t. I didn’t have a reason to. However, now I have my reason staring at me in black and white. High cholesterol could lead to stroke or heart attack…high glucose could lead to diabetes.

Starting tomorrow, I am going to outline on my blog exactly what I am going to do as a diet. I am going to weigh myself and list my starting weight (can’t believe I am going to do that lol) on my blog. I am going to have my husband measure me. Every Sunday I will weigh in and post my weight along with my meal plan for the week. Each month I will have my husband remeasure me.

Anyone who would like to join me in this effort, go for it! Having weight loss buddies would be very benefitial!

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Adding Fiber to Your Diet

You’ve probably heard that it is very good for your health to add fiber to your diet. According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Dietary fiber — found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes — is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease.”

You can read the rest of the Mayo Clinic article here.

I recently read about a good way to add a little extra fiber. Buy the original Fiber One cereal and crush it in a blender. When you want to bread chicken or pork, bread it using the fiber one. Thats what I did tonight. I dipped the chicken in fat free Catalina dressing and then dipped it in the crushed Fiber One . I added a few other seasonings to the Fiber One, as well.

Baked it in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 mins. It was soooo good! Even my son, king of picky eaters, devoured it!

 

NovaSure Procedure

NovaSure is the out patient procedure I had done on Friday. My husband took me to the office, I was taken back to a room and told to take 1 Vicodin (oh I was feeling good!). An IV was started and I was given something that basically put me asleep for about 10 minutes. I needed no breathing tubes, nothing. They did put an oxygen mask on me (I think). I woke up, got dressed, and was on my way home. Very easy procedure.

NovaSure

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Why Did I Have the NovaSure Procedure?

Now why did I have? Well, without getting into all the gross, nitty gritty details, after having my two beautiful children, not only did my body size change (thanks kids lol), but so did my periods. After discussing things at length with my doctor, as well as, try out birth control pills to help solve the problem, we decided to do the NovaSure procedure. It was either do that or have a partial hysterectomy. Being that I am only 27 years old, I didn’t want to have that kind of surgery just yet.

Before having NovaSure, you have to be 100% sure that you are done having children. Pregnancy after NovaSure would be near impossible and possibly dangerous, to carry a child to term. The chances of getting pregnant after having this procedure are slim, but there’s still a chance nonetheless.

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NovaSure Recovery

I will definitely let you know how things go in the next few months after having this done. I have to say, last night I was in probably the worst pain I have ever been in. At some points, Vicodin was not even touching the pain. But I am happy to report that today, the pain has subsided quite a bit. Not 100%, but it’s tolerable.

So definitely check out the site if you are having issues and you think that this procedure might help you. Over the next few months, I will be sure to update you on any problems after NovaSure and any NovaSure procedure side effects I experienced. One piece of advice, pick up a few things to keep yourself occupied. I enjoyed coloring in my adult coloring booknovasure. Trust me!

Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Awhile back, I was watching the Dr. Phil show (don’t judge) and I saw a heart rate monitor watch. I was drawn to it because you didn’t have to wear a chest strap. Of course, I forgot to write down the name so I couldn’t remember what it was called. Last week I was at Dick’s Sporting Goods and while I was waiting for my husband and son to finish in the fishing section, I wandered into the fitness section and picked up this watch. In the upper right hand corner were the words I was looking for “As Seen on the Dr. Phil Show!“. After a quick Google search, I read the different heart rate monitor watch reviews and knew that this was the watch I wanted.
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About the Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Now on to the important stuff…the specs for the Mio Motiva Watchheart rate monitor:

  • Accurate heart rate WITHOUT a chest strap
  • Full featured sports watch with exercise timer, alarm, date, and backlight display.
  • You have the ability to track the amount of calories you’ve consumed throughout the day

Looks like a pretty good wireless heart rate monitor to me! For me, I want a heart rate monitor so I know if I am working out efficiently. I don’t have a lot of time to spare so spending it working out inefficiently is stupid!

heart rate monitor

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I used the watch today. After entering my weight, age, and sex, all I needed to do to see how many calories I burned while working out was to push start and take my initial heart rate. This started the exercise timer. Periodically during my workout, I took my heart rate. When I was finished with my workout, I pushed stop and it told me how many calories I burned!

I don’t know if I will use it to track my calories consumed during the day. I use My Fitness Pal for that. However, workout wise, I like being able to see how many calories I burned and it is much more accurate than the sensors on the machines. Making the decision to buy heart rate monitor was a good one!