LASIK: One week Post Op

It is hard to believe that it’s been one week since I’ve had LASIK surgery.   Having the surgery has been one of the best decisions that I’ve made to improve my quality of life.  I can wake up and see.  I’m not struggling with glasses or messing around with contacts. 

I had my surgery at TLC Laser Eye Center with Drs Holzman and Weigel.  They and the nurses were very helpful and very patient with all of my questions.  I also have a friend that had LASIK a few years ago and she was just so helpful as well.

My aunt and uncle drove me to the center for the surgery.  The surgery itself doesn’t take more than 15 minutes.  They give me a pill to relax me and my doctor and nurses let me choose music to listen to during the surgery.  I chose the Sade station on Pandora.  The first song that played: Sade’s Smooth Operator. I just followed the doctor’s instructions and then bam, it was over.  I could see after surgery, but my vision was cloudy so obviously, someone has to drive me home so I could take the standard post procedure nap.  When I woke up from nap, the world was clear.   My vision continued to stabilize throughout the day and I drove myself back to my house after traffic cleared.  I also got to see the dreaded light halos that Dr. Holzman said will gradually diminish over the coming months.

Funny story:  My three year old god-sister grabbed my mom’s iPhone and used Siri to call my aunt so she could ask me how my surgery went.  So sweet.

Over the past week, I’ve put in endless eye drops: antibiotic, steroid, artificial tears, and another drop that encourages tear production.  I had to sleep in special goggles. I’ve had the humidifier going non-stop.  I couldn’t exercise or wear makeup and I had to be careful when washing my face.   I also experienced throbbing headaches that went away with sleep.  

So this afternoon at Post Op, I was told by Dr. Weigel that my eyes are healing quite well and that I can start going back into my normal routine.  I told the doctor that I was absolutely terrified of touching my eyes.  She laughed and said she noticed how gingerly I blotted my eyes when she did the pressure check.   She then demonstrated the proper amount of pressure that could be used when washing my face or remove eye makeup.   Will I wear makeup tomorrow or will my paranoid win out?  We shall see.

Lifestyle Challenge Updates

Hello Readers,

I have so many posts to write and I’ve been too distracted/lazy to get them out. I look at a computer all day at work and honestly I don’t want to look at one when I get home. I just need to make more of an effort.  Without further ado, here are the latest updates.

Bring your lunch to work challenge:  I’m still doing great on this challenge.  I’ve had days where I’ve forgotten my lunch or didn’t want what I had, but I’m still bringing my lunch to work at 95% of the time, so that’s win-win for my health and savings.

Finance challenge: I refinanced my house at a lower rate and saved myself two months of mortgage payments. I put my tax return into savings. I got a raise at work! Bam!  Of course, my retirement accounts took a huge hit due to the damn market free fall.

Fitness challenge:  I’m still going to the gym.  My aunt and my best friend think that I don’t eat enough.  Another friend says that my face looks thinner and stomach looks flatter.  I also did a two week diet cleanse to really kick start my fitness goals.   I’ll be writing a review on that cleansing product.

Skin care challenge:  This challenge has been the most difficult. I have acne-prone, combination skin and eczema.  One little ingredient can set my skin aflame or cause a massive breakout.  There are dozens of skin care companies out there.  I’m just glad that companies like Sephora, Nordstrom, and Space NK are so damn generous with samples.  I have a ton of product reviews posts to write.

Right now, we’re still working on these four challenges.  Maybe in May, we’ll add another challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirteen!

Hello Readers,

A glorious thing has happened. No, I’m not World Overlord…yet

I have lost 13lbs!!!!

I went in for a 6 month check-up.  The doctor comes in to the exam room while she was looking at the stats that the nurse just took. “Do you realize that you’ve lost 13lbs since November?  Oh my God!  That’s so good!  What are you doing?  Diet, exercise, or both?”

While she’s giving me kudos and asking questions, I’m internally screaming “13!!” like I’m Titus Pullo.

It feels good to see that some of my hard work is pay off.   I put in my FitBit goals that I wanted to lose 25 lbs and I’m half way there.

So to all of my family and friends that encouraged me.  Thank you so much for your support.

To all of the people that just couldn’t wait to declare that Planet Fitness “is not a real gym” when others were mentioning my progress…

I’m off to gym and to run errands.  Remember our Fit Girl battle cry: Michelle Obama arms and J.Lo legs! So let it be written, so let it be done.

Fall is here

Fall is here and the last time that I posted, it was technically still summer.  Hello Readers!

So let’s see.  I’m still on my health journey or as my friend Jennifer would call it “Get it right, get it tight” journey.

I was taking the stairs religiously at work until I got what I think it is either a shin splint or a muscle sprain.  I’m fine now, so I shall resume the stairs.

I drastically reduced my meat and soda intake.  I had a physical last week and the doctor likes all of my numbers except my weight and my iron levels.  I’m severely anemic.  Which would probably explain why I’m so cold all of the time and why I’m still bruised at the spot on my arm where the nurse took blood.

The doctor wants to me to go the gym at least 4 times a week and add more strength training to more cardio.  I’m already working on that.

I started green smoothies.  Yes, those damned nutribullet infomercials (and my friend’s endorsement) finally got me.  I’ve been drinking kale-fruit smoothies for over a week now. Maybe that is why I’m sick today.  All of the toxins are hopefully leaving my system.

I’m going to go drink some more water and lie down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Challenge and 6 months with the Fitbit Fitness Tracker

I can’t believe that tomorrow is August 1 and that as of today, I’ve had my Fitbit for 6 months.  I initially bought the Fitbit because some friends and colleagues had them and it seemed like a great way to track my exercise.

If you don’t have a Fitbit, I highly suggest that you get one because these things are awesome. Just wearing it makes me mindful of my activity and I just find ways to move and be active.  As well as keeping tracking my steps and other physical activities, the Fitbit can also estimate my calories burned and my sleep activity.  The sleep tracker has worked wonders for me.  I was really overestimating the amount of sleep that I was getting.   Now, more often than not, I’m going to bed at a decent hour.

Now on to August Challenge:

Two weeks, I got sick from a stomach virus and I felt horrible for like a week afterwards.  I went to the doctor.   I told the doctor that even with exercising, I still feel tired all of the time.  I’ve also been working without a real vacation for months, but I digress.  So I might have IBS and I’m going in for a physical in few weeks.

In the meantime, I’m going to try a fitness challenge for the August:

  • No red or white meat.  I will stick to fish or eggs for animal protein.
  • Drinking water and homemade tea.
  • Climb every mountain: I’ve joined a friend’s stair challenge.  At least once a day, we take the stairs back to our office.  I’ve been doing it sporadically this month.  I want to do it every work day in August.
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise!
  • Get some sleep.  According to my Fitbit weekly report, I’ve been sleeping less and it shows.

Hopefully, this challenge will refresh my system.

 

 

 

A Glorious Month has begun

Top o’ the afternoon to ye, lads and lassies,

It is a new month and it is a great month, because my birthday is in a few days.  Team Aquarius, y’all. Mother Nature continues to play games with the weather and it is wrecking my sinuses, but I’m still going out today.  It’s 45 degrees today when it was just 16 a few days ago.

So as a part of my continued push to get healthier, my first birthday splurge to myself was a Fitbit Force Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband tracker.  (Side note: JJ is a good-bad influence!) I used it the first time last night and I’m apparently a restless sleeper.  Hmm.

The Fitbit Force will be great for the gym.  I never write down my numbers, my weight, my reps, etc.  I always mean to, but I never do.  This will do all of that for me and sync it to my phone and computer. Yay! I’m off to the gym.

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Happy New Year Everyone!

Hello Readers!

Happy New Year!  May 2014 bring good fortune to you and your families.

I think that for the most part, 2013 was a good year for me.  I started this blog, bought my first home, and I’ve really been working on spiritual and physical health. My sister says that she can tell that I have lost weight.  Also, I think being honest and positive about who I am and how I relate to world is putting me on a better path to lasting happiness.

So for 2014, I’m going to continue on the journey that I started in 2013.   I’ll care when I need to and not give a hot damn when I feel like it.  And I won’t feel badly about that at all.

A life without Go-Go Juice

I love Pepsi. I love it! It is my go-go juice!

However, as much as I love it, it has 28 g of carbohydrates per 8 oz serving.  That’s a spicy meatball.   I don’t need all of that sugar in my system when I’m trying to lose weight and clear up my eczema.  Plus, when I looked at my daily diet, soda was the calorie bomb.

So slowly, I’ve stopped drinking so much of it.  The first thing that I noticed was how tired that I was.  The caffeine monkey is real.  I was literally falling asleep at my desk, but I was good and kept off the juice.  It took a week for my body to adjust.

Now, I’m beginning to drink coffee and some soda now and then.  Soda is now a treat rather than a daily drink.

This is the best thing about starting New Year’s Resolutions early.  It takes the pressure off and it seems more genuine.  I feel like I’m more likely to stick with my plans.

I’m off to the gym.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I found a gym

One of the worst things about relocating is that you have to find all new places like a new grocery store, a new dry cleaners, etc.

Since I moved a good 20 miles away from previous location, I lost decent commuting access to the dance studio that I used to attend.  I’ve noticed that since I stopped going to class, I feel really sluggish and tired all of the time.  So my sister told me to see if her gym had a franchise in my city because she really likes them.  Lo and behold, there is a Planet Fitness here.

Now I’ve received postcard flyers from Planet Fitness in the past, but I always trashed them because I thought the $20/mo advertised plan was a trick.  Gyms in this area usually $50 to $100/mo.  Nope.  That’s the real deal.  I got confirmation from my sister.  I read their online fine print several times.  So I took a tour and I signed up.  I like that what I read online is exactly what I was told in person.  No bait and switch tactics.

I worked out for the first time today and it was nice.  The gym is clean, but basic.  Plenty of cardio machines, various weight training machines, and few free weights or structured classes.  I think that is what keeps the costs down.  Plus, when I go home to visit my family, I can use the gym there as well. The biggest bonus of all: they have massage chairs and a hydromassage machine!   I sat in one of those massage chairs for a good 10 minutes today after my workout.

Y’all know my tushie is going to be in those massage chairs every chance I get, right?

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