Did I tell you all I was having scale issues? I guess I've had this Health O Meter scale for at least 10 years now. It's always been so reliable! Loved it. It's really been there through so many ups and downs. LITERALLY. Ha, I crack me up! Anyway, I stepped on last week and got a weight that wasn't my latest lowest of 9 pounds down but was much nicer than I expected. So I stepped back on. Then I stepped on a third time. Each time, I got a higher number. Thankfully, none of them were cruel numbers. It's just that they are all three in the range of where I am lately, so I don't know which one is accurate! Maybe they were all accurate. Maybe I was literally gaining weight every single second that I stood there. ;)
So the above scenario happened again on Sunday. Monday evening, I took Disabled Man to the store to get some new clothes. He recently quit smoking after alllll those years of smoking, and he's turning to food in place of cigarettes. The new clothes were a MUST. So while we were at Walmart, I picked up a new pack of scale batteries.
I put the new batteries in this morning, and to my dismay I still got three different readings on the scale - one right after another. Grrr. That is so aggravating! I did step on the scale in the dressing room at the gym today. It always seemed to line up with what I was getting at home. When I stepped on, I was fully dressed and had wet hair. I did get a very reasonable reading, so that was reassuring. But I still have no accuracy to what I actually do weigh right now.
It's not as if I'm losing anyway! I keep telling myself I'm going to get back to tracking, but then I just don't do it. I just can't bring myself to do the weighing and measuring. I go through this all the time with WW. I really do love WW! It's just that I get so burnt out on being meticulous and having to write everything down before I even get to eat so I don't forget exactly what I've eaten. When I was actually doing that here recently, it didn't seem so burdensome honestly. But should eating be so filled with chores? I guess for some of us, it has to be. Obviously, I have lost all touch with reality about what is good food and what is a good serving size and how often one should have "cheat foods" when living daily life.
I think I am just so sick of "needing to lose weight." And yes, I do NEED to lose weight. I realize that. I am really not comfortable in my skin at this weight, and even though my labs and all are good right now I'm not sure how much longer it is reasonable to expect them to be. I am approaching another Thanksgiving and Christmas at yet another heaviest weight. I will be 36 in March. One year closer to 40. Another year of "this is the year" thrown out the window. How does that happen? How do I allow that?
If I'm sounding down and out, I promise I'm not. I'm just thinking out loud right now.
My husband started having pain in his right upper quadrant last week while we were out of town (under his right rib cage). I told you all we ate out one meal a day every day that we were in KY. Well, he came home and after every meal he would complain and rub that area. It finally hit me - GALLBLADDER! Ugh. I looked up all the symptoms associated with gallbladder problems. Yep, he agreed to nearly every one of them. He even has the pain in his back that is radiating from the gallbladder.
My husband does NOT want his gallbladder out. I personally know three people who have had their gallbladder taken out and now will literally - pardon me for this - poop on themselves and there is no controlling it! Of course, this tends to happen after greasy, fatty meals, which apparently is why the gallbladder starts to have issues to begin with. It's not the good fats that cause the issues. It's all this American junk food fat that does. So I started researching natural ways to help the gallbladder. Everyone has a pill or product to sell to help cleanse your gallbladder and liver together, but I noticed one common denominator on all the sites. They all suggested drinking some unsweetened lemon juice mixed with warm water before bed. Then you lay on your right side and fall asleep. So my husband was willing to try it.
I went ahead and tried it, too, just because I'm sure my poor gallbladder could use a nice cleansing as well. LOL Well, the very next morning my husband didn't have any pain after meals. He said he went ahead and repeated it that morning, which I think he wasn't really supposed to. Then he has done it the last 2 nights as well. He hasn't had any gallbladder pain since doing it! The lemon juice is very acidic and promotes production of bile, which can unclog a sludgy gallbladder. Supposedly anyway, I dunno. I think I've told you all before that one preacher he listens to (who is now deceased) calls lemon "Mother Nature's Sweeper." Lol He says that if you'll eat a lemon before bed (BLECH) your body will be cleaning itself out allll night. So maybe there is truth in that afterall. I don't know. All I know is I noticed hubby hasn't been rubbing his stomach after all his meals, so I asked if he felt better. And he does. Yay. So hopefully this means he just had sludge and not actual stones or anything. He's too young for Depends! Ha!
Okay, so all that to lead to the fact that the natural gallbladder remedy sites all suggested eating a more natural, less processed diet. Of course. Why is that so hard to do in 2014??? Is it just me and my lack of ingenuity with how to prepare natural foods into something other than apple slices??? Is it that we're busy people and I tend to need convenience items? Really, I did try a couple years ago. Any long time readers remember the plastic lunch containers that I pre-made each night and filled with things like bell pepper strips wrapped in turkey slices? Everyone complained. Everyone. And sadly, we all felt starved 1.5 hours later. So it just never went over really well. Junky, carby, processed foods just fills you up and keeps you full longer. Not saying that's a good thing, but who has time to eat every 1.5 hours because you are starving?? Ughhh. Completely not saying it can't be done. I know it can. But it would be a huge change for us.
Anywho.... Getting back on schedule has been a no go. We are all thrown off because of our trip last week. We had late nights and lazy mornings. The kids are all messed up. Tonight is the first night since Saturday they have been asleep before 11 pm! Hopefully that means we are all settling back down again into our "normal" life routine. I haven't been making the kids get up on schedule (nor myself!!!) because kids can't go to bed at midnight and wake up at 7 am without being total grumps all day. And a grumpy, sleep-deprived mom lording over all of them isn't a great thing either. LOL But at least we did make it to the gym today for swimming. It was so nice. I love that heated pool. And another homeschool mom who has a daughter came while we were there. She is so nice. I never knew her before the pool, but we get along really well.
Okay, is this long enough? :) Sorry! By the way, if you ask me a question in the comments, please just look back for the answer. I'm not able to "reply" to the comments anymore for some reason, so I have to create a new comment in the comments to answer your questions! I'm going to take advantage of the sleeping kids and hit the hay myself. Not checking for typos tonight. I apologize in advance. :) Goodnight!