I went to my regular Dr today and didn’t have a long wait. I had to get all of my prescriptions and talk about some things. I have another appointment next month. My pressure is good (for one that has high blood pressure, not like one without. I wish! That’s one goal of mine, to get off of the high blood pressure meds.) Getting off of heart failure meds once I have lost all of my weight will be determined by how much damage it has already done.
I’ll have to be tested, stress tested etc and there is a chance that maybe I can get off or have it reduced. However losing a major amount of weight will keep it from getting worse. I’d been undiagnosed over 10 years which cause my first diagnosed heart problem to come about ( a result of untreated heart failure).
I really wish that I knew I’d had heart failure in my early 20′s but I can’t go back in time. I can only make choices that will affect me now. I’m in the process of doing what I have to do to get gastric sleeve surgery because with how my heart failure is going and me not being able to exercise as much as a normal person I can’t lose the weight fast enough to reduce the stress on my heart. I was told I needed this in 2006 because of my condition and I didn’t want it. I have went back and forth on this and decided that I need to get it together before things get worse for me.
It’s 2013 and I’m still over 300 lbs, still swelling, still dealing with palpitations. Sometimes I can’t breathe well and it’s not my asthma or chronic bronchitis. When either of those two acts up, my breathing can be even worse. I sleep sitting straight up. I can’t lay down when I go to sleep because my face will swell even more with fluid and I feel like I’m drowning. This has taken a huge toll on my back because I’ve been sleeping this way over 10 years, about 13.
Despite my meds, I still get palpitations and I still swell from my feet to my face though not as bad as before (I also noticed less swelling since I’ve been using Shakeology). The best answer is reducing the weight to reduce the strain so I can become more active without feeling horrible. Life is a huge struggle for me because the things many take for granted are so hard or impossible for me right now.
I’m so glad I became a Beachbody coach and use the products. It helped me to get to the size I am now, which is smaller than I have been in a long time. I’m so grateful for that. I will definitely need the workouts after surgery to avoid as much loose skin as possible and I will use Shakeology as a healthy supplement (it has a nice amount of protein in it) instead of as a weight loss drink. I still intend to coach people because the choice I have to make to get surgery isn’t for everyone.
Everyone doesn’t have heart failure or constant palpitations, some just need to lose weight, get healthier or tone up. I still want to help people which is why I will be continuing my Weight Loss Specialist training. I want to help people lose weight and gain health so they don’t wind up at the point that I am. I also know that there are some that have already had weight loss surgery that can really benefit from a good workout routine as well as support.
I’m in the process of looking for a pre-op shake that doesn’t contain herbs, milk products, citrus and aspartame (I won’t be allowed to have herb 30 days before the surgery or I would just use Shakeology). I’m researching different shakes before I make a final choice and I don’t like to wait until the last minute.
I want to be able to bring along the nutrition and ingredient info to my bariatric surgeons for approval. I don’t know how long this process is going to take but I wanted to let you all know what is going on with me.
Are You Eating Healthy?
By: Alice Coaxum
No, I’m not the food police. I don’t intend to bang on your door in the middle of the night when you least expect me so I can issue an arrest warrant if your fridge’s food isn’t up to code for healthy weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Trust me, they’ll be no search warrant for your cupboards and snack stashes or house arrest so you can’t go to your favorite restaurants. I just really want you to think about the foods that you are putting into your system on a regular basis. Are they predominantly healthy?
You can’t consistently shovel in junk if you want to be healthy and you wish to CREATE the body of your dreams. Yes I meant create because many of us don’t have the “perfect body”, instead we have to sculpt and create it by watching what we eat and maintaining activity in our lives. This article will be focusing on food.
Let’s keep it real. Every person doesn’t have the willpower or even the desire to omit all unhealthy foods from their diet ( diet in the sense meaning what you eat, not how you eat). I can’t stand the word diet. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. A diet is something temporary when used in the sense meaning how you eat. These so called diets wind up wasting your time and money as you pile on more pounds than you initially started with it. I used to be a yo-yo dieter. I’m so through with that.
It’s totally up to you, how you choose to eat, I’m not here to judge you, no gavel in my hand, but these types of foods can’t be a part of your daily life or you will only get the same results that you’ve been getting all along. Is that what you want. If so than you don’t even need to read the rest of this article because you got this but if that isn’t what you want, it’s time for some changes.
This doesn’t mean that you’ll only be munching on bean sprouts with no salad dressing and twigs and berries that you find while you’re hiking. You can lose weight and enjoy your food. That is a fact! Many are successfully doing that. Keep in mind that it’s okay to treat yourself occasionally but not to eat that way all of the time, if that’s what you want to do.
If you can’t control yourself with a certain food, try omitting it for a while and then reintroducing it in small increments infrequently. Modify your favorite recipes so you can enjoy all of your favorite foods with compromising your taste buds or your figure.
It doesn’t matter how many quick tricks you may hear about or try. There is no short cut or magic button. It doesn’t matter if you plan your own meals, use a meal planner, go to the gym, workout at home or if you’ve had weight loss surgery of any type. There is no easy button! You still have to work your plan, whatever that may be.
If there was a real life easy button, we’d all push it and magically our bodies would look exactly how we want them too. Fit bodies require real work or they won’t stay fit and healthy for the long run. Never mistake skinny or thin for healthy. It truly is as simple as that. Thin people need to watch how they eat too. They are also candidates for diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
It takes for you to consistently put good food inside to see and maintain good health as well as good results that show forth on the outside. You can do it!
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*Alice Coaxum is an Independent Beachbody Coach.
In the past, whenever I’ve had a huge setback that required lots of downtime I would let it get to me mentally. This would cause me to overeat which of course would blow my whole goal of losing weight and getting fit. This was before I decided to really change my life for the better and help others by not only becoming a Beachbody Coach but also studying Weight Loss Specialist training.
I want to be much more than a statistic. I want you to be so much more than a poor health statistic. We have the power to change within us.
Everyone knows what happens when you eat poorly, live sedentary and don’t take much care for your health. That’s a given. If you don’t live right, you won’t live well and probably not long either. Plain and simple.
But what happens when you take measures to reverse those ill effects of laziness and bad health. Now of course laziness wasn’t the only cause of my poor health. I’m sure genetics, stress and few other things may have factored in, but I know for a fact that not exercising while eating like I was the thinnest person on the planet trying to fatten up for the winter played a huge part in my health downfall. I’m big enough to admit that … no pun intended.
So when I found out that I would be unable to exercise due to the gallstone and intestinal repair surgery, I felt horrible. I didn’t want to lose all of my progress. Remember, I know how I’ve done in the past. That sticks in my mind. I made a conscious choice, a smart decision not to do that this time. I refuse to sit around eating all day.
I may not be able to work out but I am in fully control how much working out I do with my knife and fork. I’m still drinking Vegan Chocolate Shakeology, oh how I love that stuff. It’s a big help because I’m not even craving food like crazy.
I want to share a picture of me from a Thursday. I went to the buffet with my husband and children. No, I didn’t pig out but I did enjoy my food. You don’t have to have 6 plates of food to enjoy yourself at a buffet. Do I feel bad about going? Nope, because I eat predominantly healthy, so when I want to treat myself I know that I’m not killing myself and wrecking my progress. I’m just keeping it real with myself. But would I eat at the buffet every day? Of course not.
This is 2 weeks post op and I am a size smaller, not bigger. I know because I tried on a brand new pair of pants that I had hanging in the closet for months and they fit. The next day I put on a size smaller of the same type of pants in the picture and had room in the waistband. I didn’t feel like I was being squeezed.
My mother texted me after seeing this picture on Facebook because she couldn’t believe it was me. She saw how I looked right after the surgery and the following week because I went straight to her home from the hospital. Bloated wasn’t the word for how I looked. I couldn’t even get into any of my shirts but one. I was so upset but I knew it was only temporary and that the gas used to blow my stomach up during the surgery and the fluids pumped into me were necessary.
I felt so good to see that not only was I back to normal but even smaller. What? Is this really me? Yes it is!!! Wooo hoooo, this is how I should have done in the past when I had setbacks but I can’t go in the past and redo anything. I’m not even going to beat myself up about it because it’s over and done with.
The point is, if for any reason you are ultra sedentary, I want you to know that you don’t have to gain weight. It’s a choice. You always have a choice. Will you control what you eat while you can’t be real active so you still have some type of progress or maintain where you are at or will you eat yourself larger so that when you can exercise, you’ll have additional weight and the problems that come along with that to deal with?
It’s up to you! Make a positive choice, make a change and love the results. Need help getting it together? Sign up for a free Team Beachbody account (this makes me your coach), peruse the site, track your weight and measurements. You can make new friends and you get me encouraging you and pointing you in the right direction http://teambeachbody.com/alicegetsfit
Remember, you can never expect different results if you always do the same old things that brought you down to begin with. Once you change your mindset, the rest is doable.
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*Alice Coaxum is an Independent Beachbody Coach.
How would you like to get a similar transformation to the one pictured above? It’s possible when you eat right and work out. Get awesome kick butt workouts without ever leaving your home. No gassing up the car, no traffic, no waiting your turn. Workout your way, whenever you wish. All you have to do is PUSH PLAY.
Many times people avoid the things they know they should do, simply because it isn’t convenient. How convenient is it for you to walk into your own living room, bedroom or den, put a DVD in the player, grab your water bottle and a towel and then push play to get started.
When you workout this way, you can workout in rainy weather, sunny weather, windy weather, snowy weather and any other type of weather that mother nature throws at you because you don’t have to travel anywhere.
You can even put the disk into your laptop and workout when you travel, visit family or even during your lunch break without worrying about if there is an available DVD player.
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*Alice Coaxum is an Independent Beachbody Coach.
This month has certainly been interesting. I’d been having the worst time with my acid reflux or so I thought. It got to the point that my stomach was in pain 24-7 and I could barely eat or sleep. I was absolutely miserable.
After a frantic call to my husband about how I couldn’t sleep yet again and at this point I was taking a prescription acid reflux medication, an over the counter and Tums. Nothing would help for long. My husband left work and took me to the er where they quickly took me to an er room and started blood-work and examining my urine.
They told me that I would need a stomach ultrasound because they suspected my gallbladder. They told me that gallbladder pain is commonly mistaken for acid reflux stomach pain. They said that I would probably have gallbladder attacks from time to time and would probably be going home but that the worst case scenario would be surgery.
I hadn’t had a stomach ultrasound since I had my last baby in 2000. Uncomfortable couldn’t do justice to how that felt. My stomach was killing me as the technician performed the ultrasound.
After the ultrasound a doctor came in and informed me that I would need gallbladder surgery that day. My eyes were as big as saucers and if I could have ran without doubling over in pain I would sprinted right out the door. No way did I want surgery but I didn’t have a choice. I was so scared. I hadn’t had any surgeries since my c-sections.
The doctors took time and made me feel at ease after I had a wee bit of a freaking out moment. Hearing my daughter cry on the phone just sent me over the edge. They explained the procedure several times and one of the doctors even drew pictures explaining the process.
Because I have heart problems I also had to have an EKG, heart Xrays as well as approval from my cardiologist.
The gave me a sedative in the operating room that caused me to giggle until they added the anesthesia. I was out like a light and remember nothing but waking up incredibly sore.
I was not a happy camper. I hurt so bad. I was glad to have my husband and mom there. My mom arrived during my surgery. It ended up taking longer than usual because they said I had intestinal blockage from all of the gallstones so they had to repair that along with removing my enlarged gallbladder. They said it was stuck to my liver so they filled my stomach with gas to separate them and allow them to work better. I have 5 incisions with the largest being at the top of my stomach.
My surgery was laparoscopic which means minimally invasive from the outside but the procedure was the same as the regular version from the inside.
I didn’t enjoy my meals too much. I was starved because I hadn’t eaten good for days due to the intestinal blockage but all I could have were liquids.
I ended up having an allergic reaction the next day because I was accidentally given a juice that contained an ingredient that I was allergic too. That definitely wasn’t fun. I went to my moms that day, though I had the option to stay. They said I was doing well enough to go home. My mom was a big help to me. She treated me just like a princess. Aren’t mommies wonderful?
My whole body was swollen and little by little the swelling is coming down. My stomach still hurts but not as bad as the day I had surgery. I know it will be a while before I’m feeling 100% back to normal.
My husband brought one of my daughters over and the three of them helped me until I went home while my grown daughter watched our other children. I was so proud of her for keeping everything together while we were gone. My husband and father checked in on them.
I can’t wait until I’m allowed to exercise. I’m still watching what I eat and drinking Shakeology so I know I’ll be okay and on track with my journey.