Visiting My Nutritionist Today
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Good evening! My name is Jewel and I am a 30-something woman living in North Carolina. I want to tell you about my visit to my nutritionist and then a little about myself.
So today I had an appointment with my nutritionist. I told her I wanted to go vegetarian, but was currently a pescitarian leaning toward lacto ovo vegetarianism. She asked me lots of questions about what I currently eat, the fitness I currently do, and any bad habits I might have. She said I was doing a good job balancing my nutrition but needed to work more on caffiene intake (cutting down on the CrystalLite and CrystalLite with caffiene, as well as the soda) and on my fitness if I wanted to get down to 150 again. You see, three years or so ago, I was put on Xyprexa and I went from 150 lbs. to 280 lbs. before I told my doctor I was stopping Xyprexa whether she recommended doing so or not because of the weight gain and extreme hungry feelings. She said fine, and I was off it. Now, 3 years later, I've lost 60 pounds, but want to lose 70 more pounds.
Anyway, she recommended at least 30 minutes of fitness 5x a week, plus two supplements (D3 and b12) to help with my nutrition since I've always been a little low on Vitamin D and many vegetarians have trouble with Vitamin B12. She also recommended doing strength training 2-3x a week. So I'll be looking into joining a local community center's gym for that and the cardio exercise she suggested, while keeping up the yoga and walking. Finally, she recommended me to SparkPeople and I'm already hooked.
Now a little more about me. I'm a Zen Buddhist who hopes to someday become an ordained monastic, residential to the Zen Mountain Monastery, and have begun stepping up my practice to work toward that goal. I do zazen (sitting meditation) for 50 minutes every day, broken up by kinhin (walking meditation) for 10 minutes. I also do a form of chair yoga that doesn't put too much strain on my joints, as I am already arthritic and have fibromyalgia. I hope to evolve that practice into mat yoga. Currently, I do a little bit of yoga in the morning after my meditation practice to get the blood flowing, as well as in the evening on Thursdays at a meditation hall. I hope to up that practice to zazen and kinhin every day,morning and evening.
While I have a lot of trouble sleeping, I do make sure to wake up every morning at 5:00 am to prepare for the day. I dress, brush teeth, put my dentures in (I have a full upper and partial lower), drink water, and walk around the apartment to stretch my legs. I also do some small stretches before zazen and kinhin at 5:30 AM. Afterward, as I said, I do a bit of sitting yoga stretches (the sun solstice hand movements, cow/cat, etc.) and then I start the day with checking e-mail, getting breakfast, and going for a short walk.
Why am I telling you all this? I want to give you an idea of the level of nutrition and fitness I am at right now, so that you can follow my progress over time. I hope to lose the 70 pounds by November by eating healthy, vegetarian food, doing meditation, yoga, and mindful practice, walking every day around the neighborhood, and doing some cardio training and strength training a few times a week at the gym.
And did I say I'm nearly totally blind? I am.
Your comments would be greatly appreciated and every comment I receive will be one more that motivates me to write again. I will probably do some research on the benefits of meditation and yoga to share with y'all here and share tools and books I find on Amazon when they pop up. Tomorrow, I'll tell you about the new shoes I'm going to get, Acetate Quick Walk 3 walking shoes. But until then, may life bring you peace and happiness and lots of fun, too!
Love to the World,