Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Good results



I am enjoying myself this summer. During the week I stay busy on the road going to exercise three times a week. Since we live so remotely in the country, I also do my shopping on those days to avoid any more trips than necessary.

You can do a lot of thinking on the road. It takes me about forty minuets to get to my trainer in another town and another state away, but it is good for me to have this time to reflect on where I have been and where I am going.


There is good news. So far I am down about 31 pounds and getting stronger and more fit every day. This has been one of the best gifts I have ever given myself. I am so worth it. It took me a long time to realize that I had any value to myself much less to anyone else. After a year and three months of weekly therapy, I must say that I have met new goals and challenges that I never thought possible. I am starting to like what I see.


The best news of all is that my blood work has really reflected my hard work to get healthy. Cholesterol is down to 123 and my triglycerides are down to 190. My hemoglobin A1C is down as well. With the help of medicine, therapy and exercise I can see hope in my future.


I am eating healthier, cooking from scratch and reaping the rewards of it all. I am learning not to beat myself up when I slip or make a bad choice for a meal. My dietitian has helped me realize that I am only human. We all make mistakes. It's that all or nothing attitude that gets me into trouble. I've been working a while on that one.


Summer food and fruits are amazing. The cantaloupe is the best I have had in a long time. Fresh Cherries and fruit salads. Fresh veggies from the garden are a delightful treat. The heat has all but killed most of Hubs garden, he still gets peas, tomatoes and cucumbers. I made an old favorite of mine the other day. It's a seven layered salad. Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli,mandarin oranges, strawberries, English peas, olives, then top it off with a layer of turkey meat and go light on the mayonnaise as the final layer. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and olives and bacon bits.


15 comments:

lailani said...

Yay!! Congratulations -that is a wonderful accomplishment and so glad you are feeling better!

Sandee said...

This post just made me smile. All the way through. What a bright, uplifting post. You've really changed for the good in so many wonderful ways. I'm so proud of you.

Have a terrific day. Big hugs. :)

Akelamalu said...

You've lost 31lbs? That's fantastic Pam, well done!

Gail said...

HI PAM - I am thrilled to read of al your hard work and the good outcomes that followed. YOur food choices look yummy. We are so aware of our food intake - we love to go crazy every now and then but for the most part we keep it light and simple and natural. I am so happy for you.
Love Gail
peace......

Finding Pam said...

Lailani, thank you for the encouragement. I still have a long way to go, but I feel so much better.



Sandee, I was happy to hear the good news that my doctor told me. It really lifted me up and made me feel positive that I can do it. I appreciate your kind words to me.


Akelamula, I have a lot more to loose. It may take me a while to do it. At least I know I can change my health for the better.

Gail, Thank you so very much for the positive encouragement you have given me. Peace and love to you.

crochet lady said...

Good for you Pam!!!

Xmichra said...

Yippy Skippy!! The results are terrific Pam!!!

Finding Pam said...

Crochet Lady, Jen thanks for the nice comment.



Xmichra, You know how hard I've been working. I hope you are doing great with your weight loss, too.

Teena in Toronto said...

We've been eating lots of berries this summer. Yum!

Happy blogoversary :)

Ferd said...

Congratulation! So happy to hear you are doing so well!
:-)

Noelle said...

Sooo proud of you! And I love summer food too!

Finding Pam said...

Teena in Toronta, thanks for the well wishes. I'm going to miss all of these veggies and fruits when they are gone. I love your kitties.



Ferd, I am delighted to have such great news to share with all. I never thought I could get my numbers so low. I can't wait to see what they are in another three months. Thanks for the comment.


Noelle, many thanks for the support and encouragement. It is a good feeling to make so much progress.

Just Be Real said...

A very encouraging post Pam. Congrats. Blessings.

dawn said...

Congratulations Pam! I admire your dedication and perseverance :)

Travis Cody said...

Congratulations on the excellent progress!