Part of being a blogger is deciding how much information to share. Some people like to let it all hang out. Others are very secretive about their identities and personal life. But all of us have to decide where we fall on the spectrum. Do we only write about the good things? Do we admit when we slip up or feel down? Do we only report the highlights and skip the day to day boring tidbits?
I'm still finding my balance. This blog was started as a way for me to keep a sort of electronic diary of my adventures in life and getting healthy. I've learned so much along the way! I really never thought anyone would find my life interesting enough to come here to read about it. I'm just an everyday person experiencing the same ups and downs that any other person experiences. There is nothing particularly exciting about my life but I enjoy it.
One thing I've had trouble with is accepting the fact that I do have some metabolic issues. The insulin resistance. The thyroid issues. PCOS (which upon further reading seems to be related to the insulin resistance?). Maybe a gluten intolerance?
Some days I accept all of this and decide "this is the way it is so just go with it." On those days I have no problem eating my low carb goodness. And I enjoy it! Even when people make fun of it I stand steadfast. It's not a problem.
Other days I want to be "normal" and go out and have a beer and pizza. Other people can do it and go on to live happy lives. Those days I have a bit of a pity party or I enter the great state of denial. "I'm fine! I don't really have those issues."
And this is the part of the blog where I share the bad along with the good. A couple of days ago I decided I was a normal person. I could have some pizza and go on to be a very healthy and Happy Texan. I wanted BBQ chicken pizza. I deserved BBQ chicken pizza! I work out so an occasional treat should not be the end of the world! All was right with the world and I was happy. So Domino's delivered and I had pizza and loved every minute of it. Food brought right to my door! I didn't have to cook, clean or even leave my house. And it was sooooo good!
In about an hour I started to feel the effects. The first thing I noticed was my heartbeat increased. And it was pounding. Chuck held my hand and could feel the pounding in my fingertips. It was pretty bad and a little scary to tell the truth.
Then I began to feel nauseous. My head started to hurt and I became very sleepy as my heart continued to pound. I regretted that stupid pizza and got quite a reminder that I can't just have what I want. It's just not worth it.
Maybe it was all of the carbs at once? Maybe I have a sensitivity to gluten? Maybe both? I'm not sure. But I do have an appointment with Dr. Peter Osborne to have DNA testing to see if I'm allergic to gluten proteins and to discuss all of these issues. I'm really hoping to get off the thyroid meds. I want to fix the problem, not put a bandage on it.
Funny story about how I found him. My friend at 45and304 had "liked" a link on Facebook. It looked interesting so I clicked on it. I looked at the profile of the person that had posted the link originally. A doctor who lives in Sugar Land? That's right down the road from me!! I started reading on his web site about how he's helped people with thyroid issues and immediately called to set up an appointment. He's a busy guy so the soonest I can get in is April 26th. But I'm going!
Now 45and304 lives waaayyyy up north. But through her I was able to find this doctor who lives right down the road from me. Small world? Yup!
I certainly learned my lesson with that pizza though. I woke up all night long with anxiety issues and heart racing. It took a couple of days but everything is back to normal. Feeling good. :) And that is my confession.
Monday I had a Groupon for some eyelash extensions so I spent a couple of hours doing that and now have some gorgeous lashes. Love them! I'll have to put a picture up soon but I don't have one right now.
Breakfast was a couple of scrambled eggs with a little coconut oil and a tiny sprinkling of cheese.
Lunch: pork and venison sausage with broccoli and cheese. Sausage was meh. I like brand called Chappell Hill the best.
Snack: a few almonds
Dinner: Pan seared steak with butter pan sauce and a HUGE salad.
Sorry about the photo quality. I need to get some picture skillz.
We always grill steaks. To do otherwise would be heresy. But when it's late and you need dinner in a hurry you try new things. Ok, it's new to me.
Oh my! This is really good! Why have I not tried this before?
Pan Seared thick steaks: So all you do is pat the steak dry with paper towels. Season with a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Heat a heavy bottomed skillet on high until it's very hot. Put steak in skillet (make sure there is some space between each steak) and turn down temp to medium-high. Cook without moving the steak for 4 minutes. Flip the steaks and cook for 4 minutes for rare, 5 minutes for medium-rare, or 6 minutes for medium. Put the steaks on a plate and tent with foil to rest.
While the steaks are resting, I added some butter to the skillet and a few shakes of dried minced onion and parsley. Whisked then dumped in whatever juices the steaks had released while resting. Poured the sauce on the steaks and served. VERY good!!!
I went to bed with a happy tummy and no heart pounding.
Totally off topic but look how pretty my flowers are! They all opened! Still loving them.
They're so pretty they look fake. Thanks again, Chuck! Wait a second....is that your toolbox I see on the floor in the background?! Better not be.
A little announcement: I'll be starting my own little challenge on March 1st. It's just a little something for myself to get me moving more.
I'm having a 3.1 for 31 Challenge where I walk and/or run for 3.1 miles every day for the 31 days of March. I did this in 2010 and felt great afterwards. Time to do it again. You're welcome to join me virtually if you feel so inclined. Some days I'll be going further than 3.1 miles but a 5K is the minimum.
Today is the LAST day to enter my Once in a Leap Year Giveaway!! Don't miss out. Winners will be announced tomorrow. *squeal* So excited!