Journal The Journey To Optimal Health: Mistakes and Surprises

 

I stated that my next step on this transformation journey was lab tests. I discovered that I was trying to leapfrog over my actual next step after completing the paperwork: my initial appointment.

 

Oops.

 

I know I am nervous about those lab tests. Is anyone else also a nervous nelly over needles? Mind you, I tell the kids that needles and shots are no big deal. While getting our flu shots, I paste my madonna smile on my face and reassure the kids that the shot is nothing to worry about.

 

Needles and Blood cause me concern

 

They have no idea needles make me anxious. Let’s not even discuss how I am at the sight of blood.

 

I have a reprieve from needles for the moment!

 

 

Telehealth Visit. Telehealth medical care. Being healthy

 

Telehealth Visit

So my initial visit will be a telehealth visit. I have never had a telehealth visit. I have attended countless numbers of Zoom meetings for business. I have had many a FaceTime conversations with friends and family. But I have never had a virtual medical visit.

 

Have you had a telehealth medical appointment? Share your telehealth experiences on the Calmglow Facebook page!

 

There are a number of things I will not miss about a typical medical visit: wearing a lovely paper gown and sitting on a paper covered table in an exam room. I do not own a scale, so I won’t be weighed (not sad about that at all!). 

 

I will let you know about the telehealth visit. Promise!

 

 

Tasty Food Healthy Food Getting Healthy Healthy Diet Losing Weight

 

Food, Fat and Being Non-Judgmental

 

One of my health goals is to lose a bunch of weight. I am not sure if the team at Calmglow would want me to track my diet, but I think it is a good idea. Before I can make any improvements, I need to know what my usual diet is. The good, the bad and the ugly.

 

I promised myself that I would start with tracking and being non-judgmental about what I am eating.

 

Then I listed everything I ate and saw the results.

 

Being non-judgmental is proving difficult.

 

Dang, I have no idea I was eating so many calories and so much fat. Had you asked me before I started tracking, I would have said I ate a pretty healthy diet. I love so many healthy foods: salmon, avocado, green protein shakes, salads, vegetables, fruit. Summer fruit. Is there anything better?!!

 

 

Food Chart Diet Plan Food Plan Healthy Food Tasty Food

 

 

Then I measured and weighed everything. 

 

Let’s start with my green protein shake. My morning protein shake has 2 cups of power greens. Something with 2 cups of power greens is beyond health. Right? The rest is almond milk, protein powder, oatmeal, and Greek yogurt. 

 

So healthy!

 

Also over 500 calories. 

 

Dang.

 

My lunch salad was the next meal put under a microscope (or should I say introduced to my new kitchen scale). Power greens, chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes, shredded cheese, carrots, cucumbers, and pumpkin seeds. One healthy meal! Just needs a little dressing to finish. 

 

Yikes! So many calories. Those may be healthy fats, but the number of fat grams surprised me.

 

I recently discovered a local rancher who has grass-fed and grass-finished beef. On the dinner menu was one of their incredible steaks, grilled and served with squashes sautéed with onions. Feeling most virtuous for foregoing my favorite side dish: a baked potato. 

 

Holy moley. My dinner was over 1000 calories!

 

 

Food Charting Diet Healthy Food

Food Chart: Calories and Macro Nutrients

 

Creating a spreadsheet to track your food, weighing and measuring everything, and looking up the calories, fats, proteins and carbs for each meal may not help everyone. But what I learned surprised me.

 

A day that started with a green protein shake, had a lunch salad and finished with just protein and non-starchy vegetables would be considered very healthy by most counts.

 

Except it wasn’t exactly healthy. Too much of a good thing is not good. The only reason I discovered this was because I examined the results of my data.

 

The numbers had a story to tell me. The trick now is to remain non-judgmental while I put my typical menus to the test. To capture what I am eating, what, when and why I am eating, without thinking poorly about myself. 

 

Have to figure out what my normal looks like so that I’ll know what needs tweaking to improve.

 

Thank you for sharing my journey with me. Email at supplements@calmglow.com or post on the Calmglow Facebook page if you are also starting your journey to optimal health. Share what have been your challenges. What has surprised you. Share your mistakes too if you would like!

Transformation Diet Transformation Personal Transformation

 

 

Your journey to optimal health may not have a weight loss component. Maybe you are transforming from someone who drags through the day to someone brimming with energy!

 

If you are further along the journey, email, or post to share your tips and knowledge gained! What does your transformation look like? Weight loss, more energy? Something else?

 

This week’s journey to optimal health was full of mistakes and surprises. Next week has a first: my telehealth visit.

 

The second week of my journey – having taken that first step of the transformation. I don’t see any improvement but I have faith that with the help from Calmglow incredible results will be seen in the future.

 

LP (In The Transformation Zone)

 

Journal The Journey To Optimal Health: Getting Started

 

Welcome to the journey to optimal health! I am LP, sharing the good, the bad & the ugly, from the decision to take control of my health to the vibrancy I know I will achieve after working together with Calmglow. 

 

A little about me: a 56-year-old gal, who has been trying to lose weight and get in shape since I was 13 years old! The years have raced by and aches and pains have moved in for the duration. The wisps of health concern need to be vanquished so as to not limit or shorten my life.

 

 

I plan to be one long-living, feisty old lady who leaves all of the kids in her dust. One of my burning desires is a terribly vain one: I want to look good in clothes. Most importantly, I want to see my children grow into incredible adults and enjoy my time with any future grandchildren with whom I am blessed.

 

Those are my whys for turning to Dianne Hinton and her team at Calmglow. What are your whys? How do you want to feel and look by next year? Do you desire to be an energetic senior citizen with me?

 

I volunteered to share this journey with you. I know that I am not alone in wanting to take control of my health while there is still time to do so. I promised Dianne that I would not hold back. I will share the whining and complaining from my inner 5-year-old (who LOVES her comfort food), reveal any resistance and reluctance to the changes recommended, the whisperings of that devil on my shoulder, and the giggles at the mistakes I make.

 

Talking about mistakes……..

 

The first step is to fill out the new patient paperwork. Easy, right? I look over the packet: history, symptoms questionnaire, consent for therapy, HIPPA, consent for hormone therapy. Oh, I am past menopause, no need to fill out the consent for hormone therapy.

 

Wrong!

Feisty women rule!
Who isn't stressed?

 

Jessica Santos explained that I am not the first person to focus solely on gender-specific hormones. But there are other hormones in our bodies that could be a concern. Say stress hormones (who isn’t stressed these days?!!).

 

Paperwork correctly filled out (which you now know means complete all of the documents sent and to make sure to fill it fully — they can’t help us if they don’t know everything! Remember, the good, the bad & the ugly is being addressed here!). I am waiting for the test to arrive in the mail – which is the next step.

 

 

 

 

There is one other matter in connection to getting started: cost. Calmglow does not bill health insurance. To be honest, the cost was a concern. I explored my options.

I discovered that while Calmglow does not bill insurance, they do provide an invoice with the correct billing codes that I can submit to my health insurance company. Also, if I want to use my HSA (health savings account) to make sure to call the office to order my supplements, not to order them via the website, so that an invoice can be provided. Additionally, Jessica or Dianne can write a prescription for the supplements needed with the diagnosis. 

 

Dianne also shared there is CARE credit, which has a low interest for 2 years plan.

 

 

 

 

 

Woman on a calculator figuring out the cost

 

Ultimately, I decided that it was time to invest in my health. How many decades have I spent in less than optimal health? How many decades do I have left on this earth? What has been the cost of being less than optimally healthy? What is it worth to not slide into one of the chronic diseases lurking in my future?

 

 

All things healthy living

While I wait for the arrival of the tests, I took my measurements (sigh). I do not have a scale, so I won’t track my weight change. Instead, I will take my weekly measurements. I will keep you up to date on my progress! 

 

I also started to track the food I eat normally. I am becoming a scientist! I am weighing and measuring everything and then recording the macronutrients: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, in addition to the calorie count.

Child examining a plant

 

Hey, did you know that the protein in the different types of yogurt varies widely?

 

 

Me neither!

 

 

I am looking forward to the small, painless diet improvement recommendations from Alex the Nutritionist. (Remember my inner 5-year-old who loves food? She is very suspicious of these coming diet improvements.)

 

 

I am guessing that I’ll probably have to start to think about some kind of exercise. I wonder what other aspects or habits I’ll need to work on so that I look great in clothing and feel awesome too.

 

 

Email at supplements@calmglow.com or post on the Calmglow Facebook page if you are also starting the journey to optimal health with me. Let me know what have been your challenges. If you are further along the journey, email or post to share your tips and knowledge gained!

 

 

Here I am at the start of my journey – at the inception of the transformation.

Thank you for joining me!

 

LP

Transformation Zone

 

Picture of LP's back and the start of her new day of health

 

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