When There is Pizza

We had our monthly HOG meeting tonight and the meal being served was pizza. I love pizza. At least I used to. The last time I had pizza, it just wasn’t as good as I remembered. So I really wasn’t heartbroken that I couldn’t eat it. I think that’s the great thing about eating paleo. You get all of the bad stuff out of your system and you don’t miss it. There was also salad so I took some leftover chicken and some homemade dressing and just had a chicken salad. It wasn’t bad.

Rewind to this morning and I had bacon and boiled eggs. Lunch was chicken, asparagus and sweet potato fries. Last night when we were spicing the chicken up to cook, I put some smoked paprika on one piece. I was curious whether it would be any good or not and it was actually very good. Next time we have chicken, it will be spiced up with that.

It’s been since Monday that I’ve had my Prilosec and I’m feeling it tonight. Probably the balsamic vinegar dressing. I’ve already had one tablespoon of coconut oil and I’ll get another one before bed. Tomorrow will definitely be a Prilosec day.

Waiting on feeling better for using the oils for my breathing issues. I guess it takes a while. Maybe one day before I die I’ll get to feel normal again and not exhausted. I can do anything!


Essential Oils for Asthma

Before I talk about essential oils for asthma, I want to be sure and note that I lost .3 lbs this week. That’s not 3 lbs but .3 lbs. Not a whole lot but it’s better than a gain so I’m not complaining. I’ll just have to work harder and think harder about that exercising that needs to be done! 😉

I had an epiphany today. I’ve been using essential oils for a couple of years now but I’m not consistent with it. I can’t diffuse at home because my husband doesn’t like the smell but I will occasionally diffuse at work. The most I’ve used them lately is the Breathe Again roll-on and I use it at night as a part of my nightly ritual. But for some reason today, I remembered an old co-worker telling me about rubbing them on her son’s feet every day for his asthma. It worked so good, the doctor took him off of his asthma meds. So starting tonight, I’ll add that to my nightly routine and start rubbing them on the bottom of my feet.

For breakfast I had bacon and scrambled eggs. I really need to find something new. So tired of bacon and eggs. For lunch I had a leftover porkchop, mashed potatoes and roasted zucchini. So good! I also had a paleo chocolate chip cookie. For supper we had baked chicken, asparagus and sweet potato fries. I do love my sweet potato fries! Oh, and a small vodka with kombucha.

Time to get ready for bed. With everything I have to do, I need the extra time!

Sticking To It

I’m tired of not being able to eat what I want, when I want it. I’m tired of going to restaurants and having to scour the menu for things I can eat aannd only being able to pick out a couple of possibilities. I’m discouraged by the thought that I will have to do these things for the rest of my life. I say that because I know me. I know that if I go back to what I was doing before and just try to cut back, I will end up where I always end up. Overweight and miserable. And just having a piece of cake every now and then wouldn’t work either because the sugar addiction is real.

That’s why I’m sticking to it. Because I don’t want to be overweight and miserable anymore. Because I want to live a long and healthy life. One where I can walk a short distance without getting out of breath. And while I’m looking at the menu, I’m psyching myself out for the delicious veggies I’m about to consume. I will miss fried okra and fried green tomatoes but I’ll figure a way where I can eat them again one day. The thing I will miss the most is my mom’s recipe for carrot cake. That’s what I always make myself for my birthday. But I’ll live. Because with the cake and fried okra and fried green tomatoes, I might not. Not for as long anyway.

So this was my pep talk to myself. I’ve been having a pity party because we’ve gone out to eat a couple of times and that’s the hardest part. So I am reminding myself why I’m doing this. I can do anything!

Breakfast today was bacon and boiled eggs again. They’re good and easy so I don’t mind. My husband took me to lunch for the first time since sometime in December and wouldn’t you know it. They only had cabbage and green beans. The same thing I had last night. I also had a side salad with greek dressing (all they had that was close to what I could have) and chicken kabobs. For supper we roasted, cabbage, zucchini, and potatoes and I made some bacon wrapped shrimp again. This time I found a marinade that had olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, thyme, salt and garlic. And this time we broiled them instead of grilling them. That way, they were still in some juice and didn’t dry out so bad. Yummy!

Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow. Night all!


Time to Buckle Down

Two things happened today. I gained 1/2 of a pound and my pulmonologist called to say I have to go back on oxygen when sleeping. It was hard enough seeing the scale go up instead of down but then to find out I need oxygen was just heart breaking. I’ve been trying so hard and doing so good and then poof!

In the grand scheme of things, my problems are miniscule. They are nothing to get upset about. Maybe it’s that I had two setbacks in one day. And who knows, maybe the oxygen will finally help with my fatigue. Nothing else seems to be working.

What I need to do now is buckle down and lose the weight and continue to get healthy. What I don’t need to do is let this, or anything else, get me down and get into my head and make me feel like I might as well give up. That’s what I usually do. I eat all the wrong foods and as much as I want. But not anymore. This blog is going to keep me motivated and keep me accountable.

Food today was bacon and sweet potato fries for breakfast and leftover bacon wrapped shrimp with peppers and onion and roasted potatoes for lunch. For supper, we made paleo friendly chicken nuggets (that were really good) along with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. Also, for the first time since January 1, I had alcohol. I had some kombucha over ice with a splash of vodka. Surprisingly, I didn’t get wasted since it’s been so long. I was so bummed from the day that I succumbed. That’s probably the worst reason to do it but it’s done.

I can do anything that I put my mind to.

Prilosec. Friend or Foe?

I’m trying to get off of Prilosec. Wow! It sounds like I’m talking about drugs. I know it’s not the same and I would never suggest that getting off of Prilosec is even close to getting off of drugs but our bodies do become addicted to things. Things not as bad as drugs, alcohol and cigarettes but they are still things the body thinks it has to have. My dad used to be addicted to nose spray and I know someone that couldn’t live without Blistex. And there’s always food addictions such as sugar and gluten. With Prilosec, when you try to stop taking it, you have what’s called rebound reflux. Your stomach kicks into overtime producing acids and there’s only one place for it to go. And with all the acid, it can cause asthma to flare up. Doesn’t sound like a big deal but if you’ve ever had heartburn, you know what I’m talking about.

Today was the day I didn’t take my Prilosec and when I got home I was hurting pretty good. I took my 2 tbsp of coconut oil and my night time pills (which 1 of the pills is a Zantac) and it is better. I’ve noticed that bacon really heats things up. If I have to remove bacon from my diet, there will no longer be any meaning to life. Just kidding, of course, but the thought of removing another food is depressing.

I’m just going to recap what I ate today and go to bed. Breakfast was bacon and scrambled eggs. Lunch was leftover hash. For supper we had bacon wrapped shrimp kabobs and roasted potatoes.