Thursday, August 2, 2012



TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 24.5 kg/ 54 lbs

Thoughts for the day..........

I've been watching some of the videos by Fitgirl15 as she documented her progress recovering from Bells Palsy. I found this when I did a quick browse through the Bells Palsy Ass. website that Deb recommended. I don't know why this didn't come up in earlier searches. It's all very helpful and encouraging.

On a negative note, I am now quite angry that I had so little help from my doctor initially. There was so much concern that I'd had a stroke no positive help was given. In fact at a time when the most helpful thing to promote recovery would have been a cortisone injection and a recommendation to reduce stress, actions were taken which greatly increased my stress levels. Those actions were necessary and included multiple medical appointments, increased blood pressure medication and increased anxiety over the possibility of stroke. The process could have been made easier with a better understanding of what Bells Palsy is and concurrent treatment for it.

That's all water under the bridge now and I am in this for the long haul which could be a long time. There is some serious damage which needs to repair and I wish I had a doctor who understand Bells Palsy. We are going to Christchurch in 5 weeks. Maybe that would be a good time to see a specialist. Time to make enquiries.

I also had a call from my doctor's practice nurse because my cholesterol numbers are high. I don't know what to make of that and need some help in interpreting what is going on. I'm still not taking statins and that's what this is all about. Still trying to get me to take them when my artery ultrasound showed I have no plaques gumming up the works. is annoying.  Just another thing to discuss with my GP next time I visit. How I wish my BP would come down to normal without drugs. I am not a fan of doctors using drugs rather than life-style and yet sometimes our bodies do not respond to healthy option as we would like. I could go on but I've said enough for now.

Reporting back............

How did I do?

Very tired. Not a great day. I guess it;s the thought of packing up as it's time to go home and we seem to have brought everything including the kitchen sink over here. I'm so glad we are not house sitting this month.

Breakfast:- Berry Smoothie using rice milk.

Lunch:- Soup again

Tea/Dinner:- Cold roast beef with silverbeet and cauliflower.

Snacks:- Left=over roast potato and kumers re=heated with cream cheese. Rice crackers, Almonds and dried apricot. piece dark chocolate

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 5

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes/no*

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75
BP 15th June 2012 135/85

1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb
1ST JULY 7.30 am - 90 kg/ 198 lb
Start weight:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss history for 2012
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs
May:- 1.5 kg/ 3 lbs
June:- 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs

Next Official Weigh-in August ?


  1. I totally understand your anger at the NON-help from your MD. I've been through that, too, and had to work through the anger also. I've had to do my own research, and even ignore his last-generation dietary advice (high carb, low fat, etc). Sometimes, that's all we can do, unless we are blessed enough to find a doctor who is on the cutting edge of science and research.

    I don't recall if you've mentioned this before, but have you had your LDL particle size tested?? If I remember right, people on low carb frequently have higher overall cholesterol numbers, but when they test for the right thing, the particle SIZE, they find that the low carbers often have few of the harmful small sized LDL (the ones that slip through the "filters" and clog up the arteries) and they mostly have the large "fluffy" kind, which are large enough to be filtered I-don't-remember-by-what, LOL!

    Anyway, if you can go armed with the right info, it could make a huge difference, in case your general doctor doesn't even know what you're talking about. :-}

    Dr Davis (of Wheat Belly) has that other blog, Track Your Plaque, that specializes in this kind of info. Here's some articles that might help: