Tuesday, October 26, 2010

1,500mg or less a day: The Sodium Menace

What do instant oatmeal, frozen chicken breast and bread have in common? They're all loaded with sodium.

Lots of it.

Lots of sodium causes high blood pressure. So I have set out to find versions that don't have any sodium, or as much. No wonder they call high blood pressure the silent killer.

People are shoveling in teaspoonfuls every day without ever touching the salt shaker.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

4 months

Well, it's been 4 months since I was admitted to the hospital. Things continue to go well....the weight is coming off, my clothes are getting baggier and life is pretty good.

I got to thinking today -- what took me so long? It's been 12 years since I lost weight the first time, it's not like I didn't know how to do it. It's a fairly simple process.

I don't think I would've lost the weight or have been committed to doing it unless I had gone to the hospital. I guess the fear of death is the ultimate motivator.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Small victory

I have to go to the doctor once a month for PT/INR testing.

Yesterday, for the first time, they stuck me in the arm and got the blood out. They didn't have to stick me 10 times. No needles in the hand. The wrist.

They got it out of my arm, just like the rest of the world. Little things like this make all the work worth it.