Friday, October 24, 2014

Weigh In #6

I started back on low carb September 19. Today was my 6th weigh in.

Down 3.4 pounds this week for a total of 17.1 pounds. So happy and feeling soooo much better.

Now on to the weekend! :-D

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Low Carb Taco Soup

Mmmmmmm.....taco soup. This is ridiculously easy to make but the flavor is big and bold. Certainly doesn't taste low carb. As a matter of fact, my family devoured all of it! 

Sadly, this isn't my creation but I salute the person who created it. The only thing I changed was dumping a can of Rotel tomatoes into the pot. I pureed mine because. ....ewwwww. ....chunks. I know. I know. I'm weird.

Without further ado, here is the recipe for this yum pot.
I have no idea why the formatting is messed up. Just thought I'd throw that out there. 

And now an update on the heart saga. 

I was scheduled for my nuclear stress test tomorrow but Chuck decided we really need to go on a little trip for our 24th anniversary which is on October 27. Twenty-four years! Can you believe it? I don't know how that's possible since I'm still 21. ;) Mentally. 

Anyway, I rescheduled the stress test for a couple of weeks but then they call me and say I need to pay something around $750 up front. So I'm going to wait to take the test.  I'm sure everything is fine. Many people have little irregularities with the heartbeat. They've already done soooo many tests! So I'm not in a big hurry to drop that much money on yet more tests at the moment. 

Let's talk about something fun.  The weekend!  Tomorrow we're headed to San Antonio to stay 2 nights at the Emily Morgan next door to the Alamo. Then Sunday we're heading to Galveston to stay at the San Luis Resort! Way overdue for a road trip. And I'm so excited!

I'll be sure to take lots of pictures to share. And in case you're wondering,  I plan on staying low carb during the trip. I feel too good to go back to eating crap. Plus I'm dropping pounds and inches. Wouldn't it be cool to go on a mini vacation and actually lose weight? That's my goal. I'll let you know how it goes. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This Old Heart of Mine

Howdy.  Remember me? Probably not since I fell off the face of the earth for a while. Let me catch up with you just a little bit.  There's no way I can cover everything but I'd like to tell you where I've been and what's been going on.

In March,  I got pretty sick. It lasted for almost two weeks,  I felt better for a few days, and then I was down again for two weeks. During that time I was in bed a lot and Chuck would pick up dinner pretty much every night. My energy was gone!  So during March I also started gaining weight at a rather rapid pace. Then it kept going.

In May I went to the doctor and was told I had high blood pressure. Not just a little high, VERY high. One blood pressure pill per day wasn't affecting it so he put me on 2 per day and sent me to an internist.

It took a couple of months to get in with the internist. They took blood, talked and scheduled a stress test on the treadmill. A couple of weeks ago I had my stress test, an EKG, and an ultrasound for my heart. There have been concerns about my insulin issues causing heart damage.

Last week I got a call about my stress test. The results show an abnormality in the electrical of the ST section of the readout. So this Friday I get to go in for a 4 hour procedure where they hook me up to an IV and inject a nuclear dye (radioactive??), do a CAT scan, run me to death on the treadmill, and do another CAT scan. There may be more but I kind of zoned out after that part of the conversation. I hate needles and I hate the stress test.

To be honest,  I'm pretty scared.  I'm scared about the test results and I'm scared about the test itself.  I think about it way too often.

I've also gotten a spot through the lottery in the Houston Half Marathon in January. The problem is that I registered right before I found out about the heart issues. I've been told by two doctors not to run until these tests clear me.  I can walk but not too hard. I can go outside but don't get too overheated. Haha! I love in Texas! In other words, put most exercise on hold.

That's the big news going on.

The heart issues were a wake up call,  plus my clothes being too tight, that it was time to get my fluffy butt back on low carb. On September 19 I began my own challenge to myself to be 100% lowcarb, no cheats, for 30 days. It was much easier than I thought! During that time I lost 15 pounds and some change.


I've tried so many amazing recipes during those 30 days and I'm going to share my favorites with you. Soon. Not all at once.

Also,  I got house chickens! I'll introduce them to you little by little.  But here's my very special hen named Peeps. They wear chicken diapers! How cute!

Happy to be back. I felt a little overwhelmed with everything for a while but I'm feeling better now and ready to get back to my old self. The old Happy Texan.

Hope y'all are doing well. Missed you