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Weekend Food Blog w/Good News!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

What a fabulous weekend I have had. I took the day off from work on Friday. I called in as being 'under the weather'! HA! Code for it is too dang nice outside today for me to be inside! I did have a doctors appoint on Friday to recheck my blood pressure. About a month ago I started having some problems with my blood pressure dropping too low. When I moved from laying down to standing or sitting to standing or bent over to do filing, I would start seeing stars and then things would start fading to black. I almost passed out a couple times and definitely would have fallen and hurt myself a couple other times had it not been for a co worker catching me one time and my husband catching me the other. Some of you might remember that extremely high blood pressure is what started me on this journey. Back in February, I wrote a blog about heart health and how I had lost my boss and friend to a catastrophic heart attack. That blog was the most meaningful blog I have ever written and it was my first blog award.

For over a year I have been working to get off my high blood pressure meds. In January, I was sure the doctor would take me off them, instead she took me from a 10mg tab to a 5mg tab. Darn! So, a couple weeks ago when the blacking out was getting worse and interfering with my workouts, I called the doctors office. They told me to cut my pill in half and come see the doc in two weeks. Wow! Cutting the pill in half really helped a lot. In just a few days I was able to workout without feeling faint. When I went to the doctor on Friday, my blood pressure was 99/58 !!!! I can't imagine how low it was dropping before I started cutting that tablet. The doctor said "CONGRATULATIONS!!! You did it girl!!! You are off your meds!!!!" YAY!!! She was also happy to see that I continue to lose weight at a steady, but sensible rate. It was indeed the best doctors appointment ever.

The rest of the weekend, I 'pretended' I was on vacation. I cleaned the house of Friday. You know the clean clean. Move the furniture, wash the windows clean. So, on Saturday morning I ran four miles. On the way out on my run, a neighbor called out to me and asked how far I was running this morning, I replied "Only 4 miles this morning". My husband looked at me and laughed, "A year ago could you have even imagined saying ONLY and 4 miles in the same sentence". My how things have changed this past year! We ended the run with a sprint to the gym to lift weights. Biceps, Triceps, Delts, Traps, Traps, Lats. When we got home I did my eight assisted pull ups, had a bite to eat and dove right into a bit of sorting and organizing.

In the afternoon I went swimming at a neighbors house and then to my back yard for a lawnchair nap. I spent most of the afternoon lounging around in my bikini and a beautiful white cotton crochet coverup my mom made for me when I went to the beach a couple years ago. It's a little big on me now, but I love it. I had the house to myself most of the weekend which added to my relaxed laid back take me to the beach attitude. I walked around with a glass of ice water and sunglasses on all day Saturday and Sunday! Ironically, I also had the most productive weekend. I cleaned, organized, sorted, exercised, socialized (a little), walked my dog, rode my bike, read a book, and made some yummy foods!

Let's get to the food!

Saturday was a Medium Carb Day:


Steel Cut Oats + Chopped Apple + Sunflower Seed Butter

Eggs w/ salsa

Snack #1


This was delicious! Grilled Chicken + Fresh Basil Leaves + Red Pepper + Red Onion + Balsamic Vinegar + Olive Oil + Winter Wheat Berries!!!! Give me a gold star!

Snack #2

You know how I love my afternoon chocolate protein shake with instant colombian coffee! 1/2 a choc. peanut butter Pure Protein bar

This pan seared tilapia was delicious! I made a rub of chili powder, garlic salt and red pepper flakes. The next time I will add some fresh salsa or pica de gallo! There was supposed to be grilled aspargus on this plate, but it wasn't ready yet and I was hungry!

Snack #3

Night time chocolate protein shake

Sunday Low Protein Day:

Egg Whites + 1 Egg Scrambled + Soy Sausage + Salsa

Snack # 1

Fage 0% Yogurt + 1/2 scoop choc. protein powder
1/2 scoop protein powder + instant colombian coffee
Enjoyed on my back patio while still pretending to be on vacation
Delicious day!


I'm very proud of this lunch! It was so yummy! I was out of grilled chicken so I grilled a Morning Star California Turkey Burger and put in on a bed of shredded cabbage with a squirt of lime, red onion and avocado and topped it with salsa! Oh, my so delish! The turkey burger is lower in protein than I would have liked, so I had 12 almonds to help balance out this plate.

Snack 2:


Pan Seared Tilapia + Sweet Potato + Broccoli + Shredded Parmesan

Will be ending my night with a yummy chocolate shake and my 8 assisted pull ups! I am sleeping sooooo good these days. I love going to bed and waking up refreshed. I feel like a princess! Good food, good exercise, great fun and relaxation, and fabulous sleep! ahhhhhh! Healthy feels soooo good.

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    i luv food blogs..
    thank you
    3865 days ago
    I love your food blogs. In fact I visit a fantastic food blog daily. I may have referred you to it already, www.ohsheglows.com. This is where I get a lot of my ideas for my meals. Heck, you're providing some pretty good ideas as well. However, I'm slowly depleting my nutrition of meat and eventually fish, but I don't know about that yet, cause I absolutely love fish.

    I am so glad your blood pressure is under control and you no longer have to medicate to keep it there!

    3866 days ago
    mmmmm the food all looks delicious :) .. hope everything is going well for you :)
    3867 days ago
    Fantastic...you are doing fantastic! The foods are SO healthy and getting off that yucky medication is just the BEST...I'm thrilled for you Carolyn...big, big HUGGERS!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3867 days ago
    Here I am...finally...just now trying to catch up on about a week's worth of blogs...sorry I've been away for so long!!

    Sounds like a great weekend!! I'm so happy for you and all the progress you've made! Getting off those meds had to be so AWESOME feeling! What a great accomplishment! CONGRATS!!

    Your jewelry is BEAUTIFUL! And your food blogs are so yummy looking! And your bikini pics are so inspiring and amazing...I have to go get a bikini for myself...I haven't owned one in like 20+ years!

    Keep up the great work, girl...YOU are a true inspiration...thanks for sharing your thoughts and journey with us!

    As always,
    Stay Strong!!

    3867 days ago
    Congratulations on the doctor's visit. That is awesome, you must feel so good! I love your food picture blogs. Everything looks so good and it makes me feel healthier just looking at the food you make. I'm glad you had such a relaxing weekend...it's good to do some "recharging" occasionally. Have a great week!!
    3868 days ago
    Congratulations! No more meds! YAY-YA! You RAWK girl!

    Love the food pictures!
    3868 days ago
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    Your pictures look great! Good job!
    3868 days ago
  • REBECCA180
    Doctors must be so happy to take a patient of medication. Congratulations!
    It sounds like you had a great weekend. Productive and healthy.

    I love seeing your meals, and I hope I can get around to doing something similar soon.
    Thanks for the great post!
    3868 days ago
    Your happiness, excitement, and feeling of being relaxed just jumped off the "page" at me....go you!!! What an awesome weekend :)
    3868 days ago
    Congratulations on the medication that is truly wonderful...you have been inspiring me with your food blogs to cut back on my sodium...so I'm taking baby steps and trying to eat 1 fresh lunch per week (I'm terrible about eating canned soup and frozen meals). Thank you for being such an inspiration and such a star!
    3868 days ago
  • ROSIE777
    Congratulations on being med free. . .you are doing an AWESOME job my friend. Keep on going. . .we can do this. emoticon
    ¸¸.•´¸.•*¨) ♥¸.•*¨) Many Blessings, Rosie
    (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•*´¨`* ♥☆¸.•*´¨`*♥☆

    3868 days ago
    I had a mini vaca just reading about your relaxing weekend. Congrats on being off your meds that has to be an awesome feeling. We're eating some of the same foods but your foods looks SOOOO much better than mine. Presentation is everything.
    3868 days ago
    YOu should be so proud of yourself!!! no Meds is an awesome accomplishment!!
    and all those meals look DELISH!!! bytw, what chocolate protein powder do you use? and you addd instant coffee to it!?!? I'm a choc and coffee addict-- this may be somehting very good for me! tell me more.
    3868 days ago
  • WREN67
    Fantastic news! It makes sense that they were gradually taking you down (can't stop cold turkey). but oh so happy that you are off of them!!!
    Continued thanks for posting those meals - it helps me so much!
    3868 days ago
    Yeah, Carolyn! No more meds for you!! That is awesome! I notice that you eat a lot of tilapia and a lot of sweet potatoes. Are they some of your faves?
    3868 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Yeah, no more meds!!!!

    So freaking happy for you!
    3868 days ago
    Congratulations on having your high pressure meds GONE - Woohoo an another DONE thing. Have a great week emoticon
    3868 days ago
    Congrats on the meds, you are doing awesome! I think you have inspired me to finally get some stuff accomplished today. I have had clothes sitting in baskets for probably 2 weeks now because we are in the middle of remodeling kids' rooms and I still have to get winter clothes out of their closets and drawers. I will get that done today!

    Have a great week.
    3868 days ago
    3868 days ago
    Congratulations it just goes to show it's never to late to change your life.You deserve it.
    3868 days ago
    emoticon No more BP medicine! emoticon
    3868 days ago
    Congrats on being med free!!!
    3868 days ago
    Congratulations on getting off of your medication--what an awesome accomplishment---I am proud of you!
    3868 days ago
    that is so emoticon emoticon to be off the BP pills is a wonderful accomplishment. I could have gone off my water pill a while ago but still bloat quite a bit, haven't figured out all the ways to cut the hidden salt in foods. I try to eat as much real foods like you do and love your recipes, I even bought a avocado! my first, now to figure out how to eat it! emoticon emoticon
    3868 days ago
    Yay you! Off the meds! Whoo hoo!
    3869 days ago
    Very motivating! Thanks for sharing the details. What kind of chocolate protein drink are you drinking??? So glad you had a great weekend and a "stay-cation" at home!
    Have a good week! E emoticon
    3869 days ago
    You are so motivating! Congrats on being off meds. I would have been jumping up and down in the doctors office. heehee. I am loving your food blog. It is giving me some great ideas.
    3869 days ago
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    I think the Peanut Butter Pure Protein bars are the best! Not really crazy about the other flavors, but love the texture and they're really filling. Looks like you had a great weekend of clean eats. emoticon
    3869 days ago
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    3869 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/20/2010 10:46:23 PM
    I'm so excited for you & your great news - thanks for sharing with your readers! :D
    3869 days ago
  • 13-1GIRL
    Congrats on getting off your meds, that is WONDERFUL!!!! I truely enjoy all your blogs!! I GET INSPIRED EVERYTIME!!!
    3869 days ago
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