It’s been four weeks since I started my journey to a healthier me.  I’ve lost a total of 8 pounds.  My goal weight is 145 pounds in the middle of the day.  Why in the middle of the day, do you ask?  I like to weight myself when I first get up because that’s always my lightest weight, and as the day progresses I’ve noticed my weight goes up a few pounds.  I guess it’s the food and water that we intake, as well as the fact that most of us have clothes on about that time of day 🙂

So I’m feeling pretty good about myself.  I’ve eaten a 95% vegan diet for the past month.  I’ve been exercising  a little more, but I still have a l0t of room for improvement in that area.

I started a nutrition class this past Tuesday, and had my blood pressure checked by a nurse.  Much to my chagrin,  I was told that it registered in the range of  Stage 1 Hypertension / borderline Stage 2.  I had noticed that it was creeping up over the past couple of years, but I had no idea it was that high.  My diastolic was 100!  I wonder if it was higher before the 8 pound weight loss?   This is nothing to play with.  I plan to chart my blood pressure  for the next couple of weeks so my doctors and I can make an informed decision about whether I can lower it to a safe zone with diet and exercise, or if I need to begin taking high blood pressure medication.  If I can do it naturally I’d prefer it.  So I have more incentive to lose weight and exercise daily.

So I ask you, have you checked your blood pressure lately?  Most of us  just wait until we have our annual checkup, but 12 months is a long time.  If you don’t have your own blood pressure machine at home, stop by the Walgreens, CVS, or other pharmacy in your neighborhood.  Most of them have blood pressure machines you can use to take your blood pressure.

In the mean time, here are some articles I found helpful and they apply to anyone, not just women and not a specific ethnicity.  They will help to educate you on Hypertension, the healthy range for your blood pressure, etc.

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Hello everyone.  It has been quite a long time since I last posted on this blog.  Since my last post, I’ve undergone two surgeries and the associated recovery periods.  Most of last year I’ve been focused on rebuilding my business and getting back into the rhythm of things.  During all of these events, I must admit that I fell off the weight-loss wagon so to speak.   I went back to eating dairy, poultry and fish (I haven’t ate red meat or pork for over 30 years), and I also continued to eat desserts.  It was in moderation of course, but the end result was I did not loose much weight during this time.  The good news is that I didn’t gain too much either.

On March 8th I made a decision that seems right for my body.  I decided to transition to a vegan diet.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing people who eat meat.  But for me, I’ve noticed that my body doesn’t metabolize animal based foods well.

About four years ago I decided to try a raw vegan diet and I must admit, I had more energy and felt great.  Then I started traveling for work and was gone 3 weeks out of each month.  I started eating at restaurants and went back to eating poultry, dairy and fish in addition the fruits and veggies.  It’s much easier to order chicken or fish sandwich then a veggie plate when you’re on the run.   Everyone who was around me, felt that I ate healthy.  And based upon what you read in the papers and magazines, I was eating “healthy”.  However, for my body, it was not the best I could do.

So in the past 15 days my diet has been about 90% vegan and my body is responding well.  I’ve been eating about 50% raw fruits, veggies and salads and I plan to increase the percentage  to 70%.   I start out each day with a green smoothie.  For those of you who’ve never heard of a green smoothie; it is basically fresh or frozen fruit mixed with organic spinach and liquid that can be water, juice or almond milk.   I have greatly reduced my intake of refined sugar foods as well.  I’ve lost 7 pounds over the past two weeks.

I’m interested in hearing if any of you are vegan or eat a raw food diet.  I’m also interested in hearing from those who eat a more traditional diet but are achieving weight loss success.  I definitely feel that the success of your diet (and I mean that in the generic sense of the word) depends upon your body chemistry and makeup, and that biochemistry impacts the way that you metabolize food.

I hope you are still out there, and if you are, please give me a shout out.

And, feel free to share your recipes.  We’re in this together

Lori

From children to senior citizens, I am talking to more people who are using video gaming systems as a part of their workout routine.   Many of my friend are using Nintendo’s Wii’s fitness games and accessories to make exercising fun.   In fact today, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Games Research national program, announced it has awarded $2 Million in grants  first round of financing to study and research how playing video games can impact your health will eventually give us scientific evidence showing exactly how video games actually effect us.

A Wii or similar video gaming systems, may be exactly what one may need to get their exercise on!

It’s been a long while since I last wrote to you. A lot has happened. I’ve been recovering from a serious health challenge for the last 6 months. But my God reigns and I am Healed! All is well. I’m slowly getting back to a exercise routine; especially since the weather is better.

I feel like I’m starting from scratch. I still have over 20 pounds to loose. I must admit this time around it’s been a little harder then I thought it would be. Last summer as I trained for the marathon I was eating healthy and running several times a week. When I got sick everything went out the door. But I realize that any commitment to living a healthier lifestyle begins in the mind. You have to mentally commit and then “tell” your body to cooperate. I’ve been pretty lazy recently. Let’s face it, ice cream takes better then spinach (at least most people think so) and sitting down watching TV is easier then jogging for a couple of miles. But for me, once I make my mind up that I’m going to do something, then I just have to “do it” and not think about it any more.

So this week I started with walking and some simple floor exercises . Next week I’ll work in some visits to the gym.

Let me hear what’s working for you. I can use the encouragement.