That Time I Had A Gallstone

That Time I Had A Gallstone

It is incredibly disappointing that I have not found out how to treat my health issues yet. Last night I was really upset about this and I decided to ask myself, “when was the worst I ever felt?” I scrolled through the memories in my brain and then I found it. It was that time I had a gallstone!

What is a gallstone?

These are little hard stones that form in the gallbladder which is located on the right side of our bodies.  This can cause excruciatingly uncomfortable symptoms if the gallbladder becomes inflamed(Christian Nordqvist, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153981.php)

The symptoms that people can have include extreme pain under ribs on the right side, back pain and nausea. Treatment is necessary if experiencing these symptoms. Risk factors for getting gallstones include being overweight/obese,  having diabetes, being a female, consuming a lot of cholesterol and being over 60 years old (Macon, Nall, Yu, https://www.healthline.com/health/gallstones#pictures).

How I think I got a gallstone

Around the time of me having the gallstone I had been trying to treat my PCOS with a variety of supplements that I had read about on forums. I was just knocking them back everyday because I was desperate to control my symptoms. I am not entirely sure what I was taking but I know it was too much.

In terms of diet, I also was not doing well. Way too much junk. I do not know how I expected to have any control over PCOS when I was eating the way I was.

So basically, these two things combined are what I believe to be the cause  of me getting one of these nasty buggers!

How it felt

This was the absolute worst pain I have ever felt in my life.  It was even worse than my labor contractions. The intense pain struck me like a thunder clap! I was on the floor screaming and crying at work.

My husband took me to the ER and I was there for a few hours. They gave me something called a “GI cocktail.” This is a disgusting, chalky “drink” that has a mix of things that are supposed to treat stomach issues. It was so hard to choke it down.

A while after I drank the cocktail, I began to feel a tiny bit better. I was sent on my way almost immediately after that admission to the doctor. When at home, I was out of commission for the next couple of days due to the pain I was still experiencing.

Moral of the story

Try to watch what you put in your mouth because it can lead to some bad consequences. I am not perfect with my diet but I do make an effort to watch what I eat more than I did before.

Also, I would encourage people to really research and be careful about supplements. Do not be like me and take a ton of stuff in hopes that it will lead to positive results. I would not wish my horrible experience on anyone else.

 

Have any of you ever had a gallstone before?

My Flexmaster Stepper/ Home Gym Wants/ Another Yummy Meal

My Flexmaster Stepper/ Home Gym Wants/ Another Yummy Meal

I love having a home gym. It is certainly not as great as an actual workout center or a home gym of someone who has a lot more money than I do. The good thing is that I can still get great workouts in!

My stepper

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I bought this Flexmaster brand stepper a while back because I wanted something compact and inexpensive that I could use for cardio. While it is not bad, the cardio workout you can get with it is not that great.  For only $60 I guess you can not expect it to be as good as a regular stair master/stepper!

I think it is great for a warm up before any kind of a workout or a cool down. It is also good for getting some movement in if you have a desk job and have been sitting too long.

What I would really like to add in my home gym

I am currently happy with the things I have in my home gym but I would like to add more things in the future. Here are the items that I have been thinking about:

  1. Resistance band set (like this:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GCA4BJC/ref=psdc_3407931_t3_7245456313)- I have one resistant band and it would be nice to have more so I could have a complete workout routine.
  2. Folding treadmill- I want one that does not take up much space or cost a ton. Being able to do HIIT this way would be awesome!
  3. PowerBlock Elite Adjustable Dumbbells- I have the PowerBlock Classic 50 dumbbells but I guess I will need more weight sometime soon. Unfortunately there is no expansion weight kit to add on to it so I will have to buy a whole new set that allows for more weight. I feel like adjustable dumbbells like these are a must for home gyms unless you can afford and have room for the racks of weights that are at workout centers.
  4.  Inspirational wall decals- Decorations can really do a lot for a person’s attitude so I  figured it would be nice to have one up in my gym!

Easy low carb meal

A while ago I put a picture on a post that was of an easy sausage and peppers crock pot meal (see here: Life Check In and a Yummy Low Carb Meal). I wanted to make it again but instead of sausage, I used 1.5 pounds of meatballs. Here is what it looked like:

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I apologize for the bad photo again. Trust me, this is really good!

 

 

So, what do you have for home gym equipment?

 

Random Number Workout/Mowed For The First Time

Random Number Workout/Mowed For The First Time

Sometimes people just want a simple workout. Maybe they do a lot of sitting at a desk during the day and want to get up once in a while or they just do not feel like using any equipment. I started doing this random number workout occasionally about a year ago and it can provide a good calorie burn!

The workout

So the random number cardio workout requires only two things-you and your smart phone. Download one of the random number generator apps and compile a list of calisthenic cardio exercises you want to do. Here is the list of the ones I do:

  1. High knees
  2. Butt kicks
  3. Jump squats
  4. Burpees
  5. Mountain climbers
  6. Mountain climbers-variation
  7. Star jumps( If I am feeling up to it)

I start the random number generator app so that the numbers from 1-15 come up (not in order). When each number comes up on my screen, I pick an exercise from my list and do that many of them. I continue doing this without long breaks so it becomes kind of like a HIIT type workout. Try it out!

Mowing

Speaking of good workouts! I tried mowing for the very first time yesterday just to see what it was like. Oh my goodness! I had no idea it was going to be such a workout. It always looked like people mowing were just gliding around effortlessly. I feel stupid for thinking that.

My backyard has a big hill and pushing the mower up it was torture. I was pouring with sweat and had to take some short breaks. My legs are still aching from it. I feel like mowing was just as good of a workout as my regular workouts are.

I went on a site that had a “calories burned” calculator based on my weight. It estimated I burned 433 calories mowing. I do not know if that is accurate but I do know that it was really hard work.

I will be doing it again next week!

 

How My Body Changed After Pregnancy/My Cardio Ladder Workout

How My Body Changed After Pregnancy/My Cardio Ladder Workout

As many women who have been pregnant know, our bodies can change after we have had a baby (or multiple). We go through so much when growing a baby so it makes sense that the changes can be permanent.  I know that some women might go back to looking exactly the same but that did not happen to me.

I already had stretch marks from puberty so I was really worried that I would get a million more from pregnancy. Well, I did end up getting some but luckily it was not that many. I got a few streaks on my upper thighs and a couple on my lower abdomen. They are light yellow in color.

My lower abdomen has some wrinkling on it along with the stretch marks. The area is also a little softer (more fat) than it was before. I do not think it will change without plastic surgery which is not something I plan on doing.

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Not the clearest picture but you can still see some of the stretchmarks.

Another thing about my abdomen was that it turned completely black after I gave birth. This was terrifying to me! It took about seven months before it went back to brown. I guess this is common occurrence in brown skinned people.

Now onto my hips. They are wider! I can not say that I appreciate having them. The pants I used to wear pre-pregnancy just do not fit right anymore. My husband really likes them because he says it makes me more feminine. I am glad that this change did not turn him off.

The last thing that is different is the varicose vein that came in after giving birth. It is ugly! It starts mid thigh on my right leg and goes down to the ankle. I think if there was one thing I were to go see a plastic surgeon/nurse injector for, sclerotherapy (https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/cosmetic-procedures-sclerotherapy#1) would be the thing I would get. Too bad it is so expensive and I am not rich.

So all in all, I can not complain too much about my body. I still look pretty good-just a little different from before I got pregnant. It is not fair for me to sit up here and criticize the way I look when other women have had a much harder time with their bodies post-pregnancy.

I know that the really red stretch marks that light skinned women get can be upsetting to them. Hopefully some day soon there is a treatment that will actually work to get rid of them (maybe there already is?). I wish that all women could get to a place where they feel at least a little happy about the way they look. It can be a long journey and I am not totally there yet myself but I try to keep moving towards it.

My cardio ladder workout

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Using a cardio ladder is my favorite way to get in a tough workout. I am not exactly sure how many calories it burns but I feel like it must be a decent amount. If I get another heart rate monitor watch I would be really interested to see what it says.

I used to be a competitive soccer player and we would have to do a lot of agility type drills during our practices. Back then I was in such great shape and the drills were part of that reason. This is what prompted me to get a cardio ladder around seven years ago.

I did quit using it for a couple of years due to finding another type of cardio I really liked. Recently (in the last year), I decided to get back into doing it again and I will definitely continue to use it regularly. It is pretty easy to up the intensity level if need be to keep my body challenged.

Currently, I do ten drills and perform each two times. After I get done with the ten drills, I take a rest and repeat them. I do this three times and become a sweaty mess afterwards. Here is some great information on it which is where I found inspiration for my routine: https://gethealthyu.com/agility-ladder-drills-to-burn-calories/

I would highly encourage everyone to try it!

 

 

Exercise/Nutrition During Pregnancy And A New Recipe

Exercise/Nutrition During Pregnancy And A New Recipe

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We all know that exercise is important for a healthy life. That means that when a woman is pregnant, they should still be exercising if they are able to. It will help in getting back into great shape after the pregnancy and dropping the pounds that were gained.

I know that in the first trimester (or for the entire pregnancy!) there can be mild to severe morning sickness or even Hyperemesis Gravidarum. In these cases I feel like finding the things that make one feel better is the more important than anything else.

When I was in my first trimester I had really bad evening (8:00 PM) sickness. Since that was the time that I was used to exercising, I had to adjust and try to exercise in the morning or earlier in the evening.

I was doing weight lifting until around 33 weeks and then I switched to body weight because I was getting uncomfortable. My belly really popped all of the sudden at 37 weeks and I felt like a complete whale.

I have seen women on social media showing themselves lifting weights at like 38 weeks pregnant. That is good for them but I would suggest for women to do what works for them and not feel bad if they do not feel comfortable enough to do that in the gym.

Nutrition during pregnancy

There is a big list of things to avoid eating as well as putting on your skin when you are pregnant. It is good to be aware of these things because you need to keep your baby and yourself from harm.

Admittedly, I did not follow the whole caffeine avoidance thing. I realize now that it could have really harmed my son and if I am ever pregnant again, I will try to give it up completely.  I just felt so incredibly tired and did not know how get any energy to work.

The cravings I had during pregnancy were banana bread and pizza. These are obviously not very healthy especially given the quantities I ate them in. I did manage to keep my weight gain at 25 pounds total for the whole pregnancy somehow. The OB/GYN scolded me for that even though it was within the recommendation range.

I do not think a women should feel ashamed if they gain more than the recommended 25-30 pounds during pregnancy. Even if a woman gains 150 pounds, they can still lose the weight after they give birth. It just might take some time and effort or it could even fall off quickly!

My new recipe

This has nothing to do with pregnancy but I decided to add it in the post.

I got up super early this morning and felt like baking for whatever reason. Homemade donuts sounded like a good thing to make for the family. There was some buttermilk in the refrigerator that was still good so I wanted to use that as my wet ingredient.

Since I am all about cooking with tea, I decided to put four Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea bags into one cup of the buttermilk. I let that steep for 30 minutes and squeezed out the bags afterwards to get more of the tea into it. I then poured it in my bowl with the other ingredients (one egg, flour, salt, baking powder, butter, sugars, almond extract and vanilla extract) that were already mixed together.

I put the dough in a donut pan and cooked it at 400 degrees for 11 minutes. The result looked like this:

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Not quite donut-like but still wonderful! We can really taste the soft flavor of the tea in every bite. The texture of them is light and fluffy. I tried to make purple icing for them but it came out really bitter. It does not matter though because they are so great on their own.

Excess Hair (PCOS Sucks!) and Gua Sha Treatment

Excess Hair (PCOS Sucks!) and Gua Sha Treatment

The Ferriman-Gallwey scale for the measure of hirsutismIllustration: Mona Chalabi

So I have talked about not having much hair on my eyebrows. The annoying thing is that with PCOS, I have too much hair in areas where I do not want it. This is a common issue that women with this diagnosis deal with.

My facial hair showed up when I was about 14 years old and it has been a problem ever since. It makes me self conscious because I feel so manly. I hate it but I try to think that things could be a lot worse for me.

In this society, being hairless is seen as feminine. This is especially true for the male pattern hair growth that many of us with PCOS have. It is not supposed to be there at all according to whoever.

My facial hair first showed up as a mustache which I would get waxed regularly. In my 20s I started getting some random neck hairs along with it. This was not really a big deal as I would pluck them and they would not grow back for a while.

Unfortunately, it has gotten worse these days.  I get small amounts of hair on my chin, mustache area and neck. These get shaved off every morning and then by around 6:00 PM, they sprout up again. It is so crazy to me that they grow back so fast!

Laser hair removal seems really expensive to me right now and plus I have heard a lot of negative things about having it done. So I guess for now I will keep shaving daily. I just needed to vent because I was feeling annoyed during my latest shaving session. Here is the facial shaver I use: https://www.amazon.com/Removal-Laxcare-Painless-Perfect-Waterproof/dp/B075R1XQWT/ref=sr_1_3?crid=V89H2QRJO6GU&keywords=laxcare+facial+hair+removal&qid=1555991168&s=gateway&sprefix=laxcare%2Caps%2C185&sr=8-3

Gua Sha Treatment

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I decided to hop on the fad train and try the Gua Sha treatment for my face. I bought a jade tool like the one pictured above. It was only about $9.00 on Amazon.

The reason why I wanted to try this is because I am always looking for things that can improve my skin and not be too expensive. Doing the Gua Sha treatment also seemed pretty easy from what I saw on YouTube.

I went into it not expecting much from it because after all, it is just a piece of stone. So far I have done one treatment and I can honestly say that I see a difference in my face. It is like it is more “plumped” or something. I can not explain very well but it does look better. My mother even commented on it.

I would highly recommend for others to purchase one of these stones and try this treatment method. There are quite of few videos on it that tell/show you how to do it. I think I will be doing it 4-5 times a week in the evenings. I hope I get even better results over time.

Has anyone reading this tried it? Did you get any good results?

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Skin/Eyebrow Update And Another Yummy Meal

Skin/Eyebrow Update And Another Yummy Meal

Yesterday was one of those days that just sucked. I felt so horrible about myself! It is probably just PMS though.

My skin and eyebrows

I said a while ago that I had regained hope about my skin and eyebrow situation. Well, my hope is gone again. This is my sixth week for the lactic acid peels and nothing is changing. I do not know if it is too soon to see the results or what but there is absolutely no improvement.

My eyebrows have not grown at all. I wish that I could have the beautiful brows that I see all of these makeup gurus on YouTube having. I am thinking of putting Rogaine on these things!

My phone

My son got mad at me about something and took my phone. He then put it in the toilet! I got it out of there as quick as possible but it still quit working. I ended up having to buy a new phone because my warranty expired on the 10th of this month. That little stinker! He knew he was in trouble and hid in his room for a couple hours.

Yummy meal

On the bright side I did manage to cook a tasty meal for the family! It was sheet pan shrimp fajitas. All you do is put peeled shrimp in a bowl with sliced peppers and onions. You then combine all that with some olive oil and whatever seasonings you like. Pour this mixture out on a sheet pan and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. Serve with tortillas and whatever else you like. Yum!

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