Health Care Opinions

I’ve risen from a very deep sleep…

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Hi,

I’ve been gone for a very long time. I’ve needed to clean my spiritual and mental house. Now, I am ready to get on with the business of my physical house. Reviving my weight loss journey, this go around, has been with a lot more focus and willingness to really get it right, including doing things outside of my norm and comfort zone. I promised myself that I will keep searching for a program/process that I was happy with, felt and knew that I could be successful in. I also committed to the financials. I still hear these arguments about healthy eating being cheap. In short, that’s a lie. It isn’t. I spend hundreds of dollars on food, snacks, water, vitamins, and detoxing methods per month! Several months in, it has gotten cheaper, but not less costly.

Since I’ve been gone:

I’ve divorced (YAAASSS!); relocated to beautiful Raleigh, NC; became gainfully employed with a company I will do great things with, and of course, all things health care related; stopped short of 2 classes and my dissertation in obtaining my PhD to become a single parent for the first time; healed from a foot that was completely separated from my right leg. The day I moved to Raleigh, I slipped in mud, trying to direct a sofa onto my first floor apartment patio, and yes my hands were free. It was a freak accident that left me a cripple for many months, and a little over a year to heal. With all of that, it brings me back here, and I am ready to rumble!

Where I started:

This blog will have pictures and numbers. No more hiding. I am so proud of myself and where I am today, and I hope that my brutal honesty can help someone else, and then we can win together. My highest weight was 410 LBS, starting 2 years ago. I am a big girl. I stand about 5’10. About a month ago, I took this picture:

40lbs gone

When I took the ‘today’ photo, I had lost 40.6 LBS, from my heaviest. As of today, I’ve lost almost 50 LBS from that very heavy person. I’ve gone from wearing a size 30 in my clothing to a comfortable 18/20, on my bottom. I’ve lost a lot of weight in my chest, arms, face, legs, thighs, but not my gut. It’s shrinking, but at its on pace. Most importantly, I’ve lost a lot of inches (pure fat). I was shrinking, when my numbers weren’t changing on the scale. I will tell you all who i follow and why, on a later post. I want you to come back! LOL

Me

Happy and healthy looks good on me! I am still not opposed to being a heavy girl. I’ve never been thin. I can’t imaging a life as a skinny girl. Yet, I’ve not worn a size 18 since high school; so who knows. I’ve met my initial goal, which was 5% lost of my weight to meet my company weigh-in for my benefits. It isn’t a requirement, but I’d like to do it for myself, and the incentives are to nice not to at least try. My secondary goal will be to see 337 again, which is the lowest I’ve gotten on my own before. As of today, I am at 362.4. My target deadline date is the second week of August 2015. I am going to do it!

Talk to you tomorrow,
Vette

Eating at the Work Place: Can I still lose?

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Hi everyone,

I have been away finding balance into my life. My daughter has started daycare, and I’ve started working. Although, I am walking and moving more. I forgot how easy the temptations are at work with those wonderful things called VENDING MACHINES. They are full of wonderful sweet things that are exceptionally bad for you. I have not lost anything, and have gained about 8 lbs. I do not like it at all. Finding my perfect balance has been the most challenging thing. I tell ya, it is not fun or joke losing weight. Halloween came, and pretty much just knocked my socks off. It’s no excuse but my own, but it is a testament how hard losing weight really is. It is no easy feat. I am honest about my struggles, which is sugar; I am having a hard time. Once you get out of the stride of things, it’s most difficult finding balance. It truly is a mental game you play.

Why is so hard? Why can’t I just stay on course? I love my sweets, which I’ve blogged about before is my kryptonite. First thing Monday morning, I will dump the candy out from my desk. The second 20 lbs have proven most challenging. My life is in constant change mode, which has generated a bit of a distraction. So, how can I live through a distraction or life change and still support my weight loss journey? How, when these are my most difficult times? Prayer never hurts right? This also let’s me know that I need to recommit to MYSELF every single day.

I’ve recognized my weakness, now I just need to love myself more during those weak moments. The best thing about work is that there is an amazing cafeteria there that offers all sort so fresh fruit, vegetables, cooked healthy choices. I’ve been at home with my little one all of this time, and now my true challenge begins. Eating at the working place. Jesus help me!

The shock of good bad food has paralyzed me!

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Back into the swing of things…

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This week, I have lost 2.4 pounds. I am very happy about that. Earlier in the week, I had weighed in at a 4.4 pound loss, but I wasn’t able to hang on to it, for today’s weigh in. I am sure I am retaining some water; however, it’s a decrease, and I’ll take it!

School has started back again, and I am sure there will be some bumps along the way. I just need to remember that it’s okay, and that I am doing it in my time, not someone else’s. After all, it is a lifestyle change, and not a diet, right? This week, we have had fresh fruit every day, and we were able to go out walking this week twice. We means my daughter and me. I love this time of the year. It has started to cool off, and we should both be able to get out more.

In the beginning, my baby couldn’t handle too much heat. It would cause her skin to blister. It was difficult to go in the afternoons, because it was more muggy and humid, added with bugs. But thankfully the weather is changing, and my baby has gotten better!

Until next time people. 🙂 On to focusing on getting more shrinkage in this week!

Winning for my Charity: DEBRA

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ImageIt’s that time. My video has been uploaded with some other fellow students. I am hoping that I can earn your vote, or simply you will vote for me, because you know me. My charity of choice is DEBRA, which is an organization that provide support, medically, mentally, and emotionally to children and parents dealing with Epidermolysis Bullosa.

If I win $2500 will automatically be sent to DEBRA from Walden, but I can’t win or do that for DEBRA without your vote. I am asking you to please vote for me and this wonderful organization that need the funds. Please visit DEBRA’s website to learn more about them at www.debra.org. You can find my video, here on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/waldenu/app_205830656203877.

Thank you in advance,

Evette

Hidden Cost of Obesity

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Many of us have read or heard about the driving cost of obesity. We’ve all heard about the factors that lead to obesity, including the illnesses associated to obesity (hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, etc.). We’ve all heard about the negative aspects of obesity, and the very many solutions. For those of us that are listening, we now know the serious implication and financial burden obesity exhibits. However, I had an extra question that isn’t talked about much. How much is actually spent on obesity, including the research processes? The highest cost stated, at this point is $190 billion dollars, for indirect and direct costs. The CDC defines indirect and direct cost as follows:

  • Direct medical costs may include preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to obesity.
  • Indirect costs relate to morbidity and mortality costs.

What I am looking for, specifically is the cost spent on research, which is also generated from the government, using identity tags as grants and federal funding.

On National Institute Health website, it states that “NIH invests over $30.9 billion annually in medical research for the American people.” Eighty percent of that comes from competitive grants. How much of the $30.9 billion spent on obesity isn’t listed, or I couldn’t find it. Next, I went to NIH Research In Action page to see what type of groundbreaking research that’s offered on obesity. I didn’t find anything listed here. So, I went to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) page to find anything that is directly related to obesity, and/or any current studies or research. I found four clinical research studies:

07-DK-0077: Study of the Phenotype of Overweight and Obese Adults

03-DK-0256: Inhibition of Intestinal Glucose Absorption by the Bioflavonoid Quercetin in the Obese and in Obese Type 2 Diabetics

09-DK-0238: Diet-Induced-Obesity Resistant Phenotypes in Humans

06-DK-0036: Chronic Sleep Deprivation as a Risk Factor for Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity

The cost of each group was not listed. The hidden cost, I have a feeling, are astronomical, and probably higher than the $190 billion price tag. Thoroughly examining where the exact expenditures are could offer a greater spectrum into the better cost saving techniques.

I have a belief that the fight to decrease obesity is to preach and push forward a healthier lifestyle. Focusing on size has created many potholes of destruction, such as eating disorders, surgical changes, and chronic illnesses; and neither listed destructions have decreased the rise and cost of obesity.  However, it is not as simple as saying what needs to happen. Research such as that done by organizations like NIH are especially relevant. Identifying triggering points that drive obesity allows health care professionals to adequately diagnosed and lead overweight and obese patients.  So, I guess what I am saying is that the message to push success in weight loss should become a message, a theme, a chat, a marketing strategy, a branding message, an absolution. If it can work with HIV/AIDS, cigarettes, or drinking and driving, it can work for obesity.

References:

http://clinicalstudies.info.nih.gov/cgi/protinstitute.cgi?NIDDK.0.html

http://irp.nih.gov/our-research/our-programs/niddk

http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes/index.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47211549/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/study-obesity-adds-billion-health-costs/

Stress and being Fat! Ugh….

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I have been excessively busy, these past couple of months, which has caused my blog to suffer for it. I probably should add, stressful busy. I had a lot of things to do, and I kept getting behind. I do not have any finger or toe nails left. They have been clipped or chewed down. The one good challenge I had, during this process, was not to gain any weight, even if I didn’t lose. Up until a few days ago, I had done just that, but in the past few days, since I’ve completed my assignments and classes, I have gained 2 lbs. I am still not disappointed about that; although, I need to get it back under control. We haven’t been doing our daily walks either.

The challenge is that even in this bit of time, I have gotten lazy with the idea of going out and walking, and paying attention to what I eat. I have put regular sugar on my cereal. I have eaten chicken, with the skin. After only getting 3 to 4 hours of sleep, and still putting dinner on the table for my family, I just didn’t want to make the extra effort, however miniscule. It was just easy to not make the effort. Too easy! This all means that I must start all over again.

Is this what happens, when we fail on our ‘diets’ or weight loss journeys? We get distracted, on other tasks, and then all is out of the door.  Fat is too easy, I think. This goes to show that my health has to always stay in the forefront of my mind, regardless of the situation. Since, I am aware when this type of stress begins to build, maybe I need to write out a schedule to keep me on track, so that I don’t become overwhelmed and lackluster.

1. Get daughter up

2. Bath daughter

3. Make breakfast

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4. Perfect time for a quick walk, with baby!!!!!

That’s easy enough, right? I can’t give up. I have done so well. I can’t allow myself to become overwhelmed. I have to keep focusing on the prize at the end. Also, more exercise means more energy!! More energy means I can get things done more quickly and efficiently! I can do this! I can do this!

Obesity: Are African-American women unintentionally sabotaging the government’s attempt to reduce the obesity rate?

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Survey has now been closed. Hopefully, prayerfully, I can get it published, after receiving my A+ grade (always dream big). I have much work to do. Without you, I couldn’t have gotten my start.

Thank you all!