I had a crazy weekend. One day was supremely happy, active, and joyous as I took some of the kids on a road trip and did some dog sports; another day not so much, dealing with kid health issues, lack of sleep, and tons of laundry. At least the sun is shining!
This week I did no formal exercise again, still trying to heal my plantar fasciitis and joint pain. It's getting better. I can walk and not limp now. Epsom salt bath soaks in the evening help. Cutting out sugar and most grains helps, too, so that's what I've been doing. I'm not using as much pain medication, either.
Blood pressure: You may recall that on several occasions this month I saw doctors who noted that my blood pressure was in the range of 143/88. So at my doctor's suggestion, I have been monitoring my blood pressure daily (same time, same circumstance each day) while altering my diet. Very few grains, very little refined sugar, less caffeine, less added salt. Over the week, I watched as my blood pressure slowly went down each day. By this Friday, it was 120/70 and 120/68 when taken by a nurse on two different occasions. At home it was 114/70 the other day. Today I was running on very little sleep and had 2 cups of caffeinated coffee but still got 115/75 as my reading. I am very pleased. Still keeping an eye on it, keeping a log and monitoring how dietary changes affect it.
A frequent breakfast I enjoy is 2 free range eggs, 1 or 2 slices of bacon, and half an orange or banana with coffee or tea. A week or so ago, I was thinking about how I used to often eat an egg, cheese, and spinach wrap in the mornings and I decided to try it again. I bought my beloved Carb Balance low carb/high protein tortillas, made myself a wrap the same as I used to make, but guess what? I didn't really enjoy it. The wrap tasted funny. It seemed to get in the way of the flavors of the 'real food.' So I guess my tastes have changed, and I will continue to skip the wrap and just eat eggs and spinach together on a plate if I want that kind of thing. Speaking of taste changes, in the very short time I've been drinking coffee black (which is still shocking to me that I *ever* got there, since I was the QUEEN of adding crap to my coffee), I actually PREFER it black now! I don't even WANT any half and half or sweetener or anything interfering with my nice black roasty coffee flavor. I am SO glad this has happened. I used to envy people who could drink coffee black. Now I am one of them! I have been drinking Eight O'Clock brand coffee (original) made in a french press. Great stuff! I also now prefer ALL my teas with nothing added, from green tea to herbals to black. That's a big milestone to me. I wonder if I will ever find a healthy sub that I prefer to my beloved bacon? We'll see. I *do* think it is awesome that if I need a little take-along snack for the road, my favorite is a sandwich baggie full of cold, steamed fresh asparagus spears. Finger food at its finest!
Scale this morning said 215... same as two weeks ago. No gain, no loss, good enough for me. I am in the midst of PMS bloat so maybe I will get a whoosh this week.
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