Healthier_Kathi (AKA PediDoc)
After reading and participating on a limited basis on this site for over 6 months, I've decided to take the plunge and start a journal. I had a fun filled weekend celebrating my 51st birthday. Managed to stay primal, with the exception of too much wine! My 2nd son took me to see Magic Mike (bless his heart), I'm not sure what was more entertaining the movie or the audience!
A bit of background. I live in a planned community outside of hot, humid Houston. No scenic views, goats, wildlife (well we do have raccoons, do they count?), or other interesting tid bits to talk about. We have lived here about 2 years since my husband retired after 28 years. He now works for the UT system (I told him he was too young to sit home and drive me crazy!). I'm happy to be in a green area with "real" trees (spent the previous 30+ years in the desert), but not so enamoured with the humidity. We have 4 adult sons, the eldest of which is married. The eldest, daughter-in-law, and #s 3&4 all share a home in another city. Number 2 lives with us, Juliet our rescue schnauzer and Latte the Bassett picture you see as my avatar.
I am a pediatric nurse practitioner who doesn't know when to stop going to school. I'm back for a second doctorate (guess I don't want to be the old dog who can't learn a new trick). I have a full time job teaching nurse practitioner and doctoral students and three part time clinical positions. I enjoy both the academic and clinical sides of my work, they feed different parts of my brain. My full time job is in our old city >800 miles from our new home. I do most of my teaching on-line, but do travel quite a bit. This makes eating primal a bit of a challenge, so I tend to stick to the same places with my favorite servers. It's not unusual for me to plan where I'm going to eat based on who is working when (they know my likes, dislikes, and that I eat primal, so it's easier).
I started my journey toward being healthier over a year ago when I saw the pictures from my son's wedding (who is that fat woman?). I weighed 198 pounds on a not quite 5'4" small boned frame. I grew up quite "skinny" and stayed that way even through 4 pregnancies (I went home from the hospital in my normal clothes). Then I hit 40, a not so happy job, and started stress eating. So now I had a bad habit to break and weight to loose. Following CW, I got down 30 pounds and stalled. I also started having lots of bloating, low back pain, and my asthma was out of control. A google search for solutions led me to MDA, which led to several books being ordered and read. I no longer do cows milk, instead it's either canned coconut milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk in my coffee. I've been off sodas for almost a year, substituting water, teas, and occasional coconut water. I do eat butter and cheese without issue. Eliminating grains, with the exception of 1/2 cup brown rice once a month or less and the occasional corn tortilla (it's Texas, you know) took some time (I'm fighting the battle of having a husband and son who do not eat primal). With the changes, my asthma has improved, no more bloating, and back pain is gone. I've dropped another 10 pounds. I started my journey in a tight size 16 and now I'm in a loose 12, tight 10 with a goal of hitting a 8 this summer. I've started working out to the Wii for 30 minutes a day (combining activity with play), hula hooping for 2-10 minutes a day, and wearing a pedometer to make sure I move slowly for long periods of time!
Well that was quite the ramble, so I promise I will try and be shorter from now on. My goals for this journal are to help keep me honest with my eating, get some support (not happening in my house), and share my journey with others.