Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
- 2 oz grains - 1 CUP OATMEAL W/ CINNAMON
- 1 serving dairy - 8 OZ SKIM MILK
- 1 c. fresh fruit - 1 CUP SLICED BANANAS, STIRRED INTO OATMEAL
- 1 oz lean meat - 1 EGG, SCRAMBLED, USED A BIT OF MILK FROM MY 8 OZ
- 2 oz grains - 2 SLICES WHOLE WHEAT/ HIGH FIBER BREAD
- 2 oz lean meat - 2 OZ LEAN TURKEY LUNCH MEAT
- 1 serving vegetables - 3/4 c. CARROTS, 1/2 c. SALAD (NO DRESSING)
SNACK - (No PIC)
- Yoplait yogurt, 1 c. diced apple.
- 2 oz grains - 1/2 c. COOKED RICE, 1/2 c. CORN
- 3 oz lean meat - CHICKEN W/ GARLIC & CRUSHED RED PEPPER, GRILLED W/ EVOO
- 2 servings vegetables - 1 c. BROCCOLI, 1 c. SALAD (NO DRESSING)
- 8 OZ SKIM MILK
The drink I had with lunch was a suggestion from the nutritionist as well. I HEART SWEET TEA. I drink it everyday, A LOT! Obviously that's a ton of sugar and a bunch of calories! Her suggestion? Brew a gallon of tea but omit the sugar and stir in one container of Crystal Light to flavor. I went with lemonade this time, but I'm definitely going to have to try something different, maybe strawberry, next time. It's okay, but not the greatest.
I didn't stray from my diet one bit today. Total I consumed about 1200 calories. I SO wanted to eat the 2 bites of left over macaroni and cheese from my son's lunch, but I practiced some of that self control and I passed. That's something to be proud of.
I'm very optimistic about this, and can't wait until I start seeing the results (other than the gas, compliments of all the veggies I'd assume. Sorry, TMI).
Monday, April 19, 2010
Anyways, here's my little sample menu. My biggest problem is that I don't eat often enough, and when I do eat, I eat way too much. Normally I skip breakfast, have a late lunch around 3pm, then a late dinner around 7-8pm with portion sizes much too large and not a balanced diet. So hopefully this new schedule will help with that. That's the idea anyways.
- 2 oz grains (1 c. oatmeal, 2 c. cereal, 2 slices toast)
- 1 serving dairy (1 c. fat free milk or yogurt)
- 1 c. fresh fruit
- 1 oz lean meat (1 egg, 1 oz Canadian bacon, optional)
- 2 oz grains (2 slices bread, 1 cup cooked starch)
- 2 oz lean meat (skinless poultry, fish) if not having with breakfast
- 1 serving vegetables (1 c. cooked or raw, 2 cups salad)
- Fat free light yogurt, 1/2 c. fresh fruit, 1 c. fresh veggies (baby carrots, red peppers, ect.), 1 serving whole grain cracker/starch (if not having 2 oz at breakfast or lunch)
- 2 oz grains (1 c. cooked whole grain starch or starchy veggies)
- 3 oz lean meat
- 2 servings vegetables (2 c. raw or cooked, 1-2 c. salad)
- Fruits: 1.5 cups
- Vegetables: 2.5 cups
- Grains: 6 oz (At least 3 oz whole grain)
- Meat/Beans: 5 oz
- Milk: 3 cups
- Oils: 5 teaspoons
My biggest challenges? Cutting the carbs (pastas & rice), drinking milk (icky!) and eating more fruit! I'd rather eat veggies ALL day! Other than that, it's seems pretty manageable. Pair that with 40 mins of exercise 4-5 days a week, and we should see some results. I'm sure there's tons of you out there that can manage MUCH more then this, but keep in mind that I'm just getting back into the whole exercise thing again. I'm ashamed to say, but being a stay at home mom has really got me more on the inactive side. My exercise consists of taking the dogs down to potty 4-5 times a day. I am on the fourth floor, but it's not nearly enough.
So here's to dieting and exercise.. and hopefully a healthier me!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
We made a home-made cheesecake one day and it was SO good! We got the recipe from a friend here, but we left out some of the sugar, and I altered it just a touch, I always have to do something to make it "my own". The recipe is super simple too! Next time we make it I'll take pictures and share the recipe. :)
Well, Terry heads back to the field today. :( He'll be gone about 2.5 weeks this time. I'm really hoping the time goes fast, but I'm pretty sure I have enough to keep me busy, so I'm not too worried about it. But of course, we'll love and miss him like always!
Friday, April 16, 2010
I finally had my results appointment yesterday after all the blood work and ultrasound that I had done. The doctor officially diagnosed me with PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The criteria for PCOS are as follows;
2) any form of hyperandrogenemia, either clinical, being hirsutism, acne or endocrine which means the hormonal diagnosis of high androgen levels, [don't have this one] and
3) the ultrasound
"Those three are the major criteria but it’s important to realize that in order to make the diagnosis it doesn’t need to fulfill all three criteria but only two out of three. That makes it into a heterogeneous, so if you have polycystic ovaries and hyperandrogenemia you don’t need to have cycle abnormalities for the diagnosis. Or if you have cycle abnormalities and polycystic ovaries you don’t need hyperandrogenemia for the diagnosis."
I was put on Metformin to help regulate my insulin resistance (side effect of PCOS). I'm currently taking on 500mg tablet each evening, and will switch to 2-500mg tablets, one every 12 hours, on April 22nd.
I also got a referral to see an OB/GYN. Reason for Referral:
"Patient is a 23 yo G1P1 with borderline oligomennorhea [rulled out after bloodwork] and possible infertility [confirmed after blood work and ultrasound]. Patien with essentailly normal laboratory workup for infertility [all my hormone levels are normal] but with concerns for insulin resistance with possiblility of PCOS [both now confirmed with further lab work and ultrasound]. Consult place to OB/GYN for further evaluation and treatment as need for fertility with consideration for hysterosalpingogram post ultrasound. Consider Clomid. Thank you."
However, the American Hospital in Landstuhl is not currently taking civilian patients and are only seeing active duty members so I had to see our patient liaison for help in scheduling an appointment. "PT IS REFERRED TO DR VON DER OSTEN/DR MUELLER FOR EVALUATION AND CARE. INITIAL APPOINTMENT IS MON, 17 MAY 10 AT 1140 HRS." It's a German doctor, but is English speaking. I am hoping to have a lady from the liaison office accompany me to the appointment for assistance.
The downside to seeing a German doctor instead of American? The German doctors don't perform the hysterosalpingogram that my doctor is requesting. Instead, they perform a laproscopic surgery to inject dye into my uterus and watch how it distributes through my fallopian tubes to determine whether or not my tubes need to be widened to allow eggs to pass. Right now we aren't sure if this procedure is necessary. They may find that we don't need this test, and can start on Clomid sooner, rather than later.
I also received a consult to see a nutritionist. "Approximately 50 – 60% of women with PCOS are obese. However many women with PCOS experience difficulty losing weight, possibly due to high insulin levels promoting fat storage. Since high levels of insulin can cause a multitude of problems for women with PCOS, a better diet would be a low glycemic index diet." The appointment with the nutritionist will help teach me the difference between regular weight loss dieting, and dieting for individuals with PCOS and insulin resistance. I'll be scheduling that appointment on Monday.
So now I just wait for my OB/GYN appointment and continue taking the Metformin for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks I will go again to have my insulin resistance tested, and have the medication does adjusted from there.
Thanks to everyone for supporting us, sending us good wishes and checking in to see how things are going. Terry and I really appreciate all the love and support we will get. I'll be sure to update again when we have another appointment.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
And Terry got in at about 2:30 this morning. I didn't tell Nathyn he was coming, so when he woke up this morning, he had a wonderful surprise!
I'm so glad to get a few days with my hubby. On Sunday he's back to the field for a few more weeks.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
And yes, he has a Crystal Light mustache. THIS is why I don't buy red drinks.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Nathyn wanted no part of the beef stew I had planned on making, he had ideas all his own! I told him he could make what ever he wanted to. And he did!
- First he chose chicken nuggets. We found these dolphin and whale shaped ones at the Commissary after Daddy left to the field and decided that without him around, we could enjoy some breaded, processed chicken product! He argued the fact that he was making WAY to many. His response? "Just put it in a bag and I can eat it for breakfast!" I obliged.
- Next he hit the pantry to "whats next". He pulled out macaroni noodles, a can of onion and green pepper diced tomatoes, and alfredo sauce. From the fridge he chose shredded cheese and insisted I bring out garlic powder and chili powder from the seasoning cabinet.
P.S. Why is my son's hair turning a reddish color? Weird...
Things have been mighty boring around here lately. Haven't done much but clean, go to a few doctor's appointments, and play with our new friend Breana. I currently have her 5 days a week, and she's SUCH a pleasure to have around! Unfortunately she'll be going to pre-school very soon, so Nathyn and I are hoping to get another friend to play with us after she leaves.
The past two weeks have been full of doctor's appointments, and I'm SO glad to have a break! I'm doing some follow-ups from the surgery I had last September and want to be sure that every thing is looking good. I'm also getting all my labs up to date and current so that I'm established in the military's system. We're hoping to see what the cause of our infertility is as well, so wish us luck!