Monday, May 21, 2012

The prescription....

I'm ba-ack. (I told you I would be!)

Like I said the other day in this blog post, I know I've been gone for a while. I really and truly didn't think I had many interesting things to blog about anymore -- that, in fact, is not entirely true. Heck, I'm a writer. I can find things to write about. TIME has been the factor, but...

But I've re-examined. I've had some changes going on in my life lately and perhaps they are bloggable. I'll take the risk and see what you all think.

In early April I had a scare -- a health scare. On a Sunday evening I drove myself to the ER with chest pain. I didn't feel well all day and couldn't put my finger on it. Then more symptoms, and a quick Google search, plus a call from a friend where I divulged my symptoms, and before you know it, I'm plugged up to machines and IV bags and spending the night in the ER.

No, I wasn't having a heart attack. I am grateful for that. But the next week was a flurry of doctor visits and tests -- including stress test and all that comes with it -- and the bottom line is, I now do have a cardiologist.
And even though my tests all came back normal, I'm "of a certain age" and there is heart history problems in my family, plus diabetes, and my doctor thinks I have sleep apnea, so the prescription was this: LOSE WEIGHT.

Consequently, I've added these things to my life:


Walking, generally every morning and sometimes evening. 


I now have a gym membership. 


And Zumba! OMG!!!!

(Okay, one Zumba class but I do plan to go back next week.)

And have changed my diet to this:


And this...


Yes, a plant-based diet. With restrictions on top of that. Doctor's orders. I will share more about how that is going for me in the coming days.

So yeah, there is a little bit to write about, and I'm planning on all of you holding me accountable, you here?
Okay, now that that is done....

Time for breakfast. Oatmeal, strawberries, and a drizzle of Maple syrup. (all plant-based and allowable!) Yum!

See you soon. (I have recipes!)

8 comments:

Patty W said...

Maddie, I had no idea! I will be anxiously following your progress. You have inspired me to start walking every morning, too! For you see, I am of a certain age, plus! Wishing you well, and I hope you know I will be following your lead! Sometimes we get too busy to take care of ourselves!

Anonymous said...

I sometimes backslide (like when my M-I-L makes a batch of her amazing cookies), but I try to eat high fiber, low fat, and almost no sugar meals. Hope you'll follow my healthful meals blog at http://hastytastymeals.com ☺

Maddie James said...

Patty and Cheryl, so good to hear from you! Yes, let's encourage each other. I've been at this since early April and have lost 22 pounds! And yes, I guess backsliding is a given (damn that Derby pie! but it has been the only time I've cheated) More coming and thanks for dropping by. And Cheryl, I need to visit Hasty Tasty Meals more often. I've not been there for a while, so thanks for the reminder!

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Very proud of you for making this positive change in your life and sticking to it. I know it must be a difficult thing to adjust to, but I know you can do it.

Cherie Marks said...

Actually, that breakfast sounds really, really good. Positive changes are tough, but worth it when it comes to something so important as your health. Good luck to you. I'm rooting for you.

Maddie James said...

Thanks Cherie and Renee -- for stopping by and for the encouraging words! It's a day at a time thing, of course. Thing is, I LOVE food, but this has made me have a new appreciation for the health aspects, etc...

Hallee Bridgeman said...

I get so much energy when I do a plant based diet. Couple that with your added exercise, I hope you're feeling terrific!

Maddie James said...

Feeling pretty good. I don't have any issues with the diet, but am finding it difficult to get the exercise in like I was doing at the beginning. Need to prioritize. Zumba tomorrow!