Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The unwanted family genes

Yesterday my oldest sister suffered a heart attack and is currently in the ICU at a local hospital. As of last night, she was still having some chest pains and attempting to get her fever down so they can find out the extent of the damage to her heart, please keep her in your prayers.

One of the main reasons I decided to lose this weight was for health reasons. We have a very strong history of diabetes in the women on my side of the family, consequently, so is obesity. My mother died at 67 from complications caused by it, that was after two amputations of her leg. My oldest sister is headed down the same path. Yesterday I found out two of her four girls has it. They are so young, but they are also obese.

Living through this experience has me even more determined to keep my weight under control and do everything in my power to keep me from going down that road. I have taken a different road in life, the healthy road. I am hoping I will be able to get off my blood pressure meds soon and that would be a huge step down the path of healthy living. The exercise is also going to play a huge part in this lifestyle. My doctor did warn me however, that he was many thin patients who are on blood pressure meds and this is not a guarantee that my blood pressure will return to normal. But it will definitely help stave off diabetes.

I also have my own daughter and granddaughters to consider. They are all at risk for diabetes.  My daughter is thin but she smokes which is not good.  I can already see the affects my new lifestyle is having on my grandchildren, their food choices are improving and they are more aware of what is a good choice.
Fitness ~ no exercise :(
Healthy eating ~ breakfast was french toast made with whole wheat bread and lite syrup, lunch was roasted chicken, wild rice & broccoli, dinner was roasted beef, rice,corn. Not the best day, but I made the best choices available to me.

10 comments:

  1. Im so sorry to hear, im hoping all turns out ok for you....

    im glad you made the decision to become a banded babe because it might save your life and allow you to do things you never thought you could.

    ash

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  2. I will keep your sister in my prayers. So happy you are getting healthy!

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  3. I'm sorry to hear about your sister and i will keep her in my prayers!

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  4. Your sister and your family are in my thoughts.

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  5. So sorry to hear about your sister. I totally understand your post. I have the same family history though not as much diabetes but definitely heart disease and cancer. I'm still on BP meds but off my diabetes meds - best of luck to you and you are doing such a wonderful thing for you and are a great example to your young family members!

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  6. {{{HUGS}}} to you Dee. I will keep your sister in my prayers.

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  7. I am so sorry, Dee. I am praying for her to get well soon! :)

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  8. I am so sorry to hear about your sister Dee....defininely keeping her and your family in my prayers.

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  9. I'll be sending your sister healing thoughts and wishes. It sounds like you are doing a great job of setting a positive example for your side of the family though. Keep it up. You made a wonderful decision by losing weight.

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  10. Your sister is deffinitly in my prayers. *Sending hugs your way*

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