Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Funky New Diet

Whoa!  What a week!  I came home sick from church on Sunday which was NOT fun.  So, glad that ended by Monday.  Monday I had to swing by my doctor's office to pick up paperwork.  When I got there he insisted on seeing me.  So, his medical assistant ushered me into their surgical area and to a medical staffing area.  By this time I am freaking out thinking something is really wrong because doctors don't just see patients without an appointment.  Lexi and I waited for several minutes before he came into the room with his assistant.  You see, he had been on a little vacation and he went into the office Sunday to catch up on paperwork was part of that.  When the doctor came in he reviewed my chart and told me to keep up with everything I was doing when he saw me in his office and after the procedures they did about a week prior.  He also told me to add another medication to the mix as well.  Which was good.  Then he reviewed my liver test results.  He told me several things in that little mini visit, but the most important one for me was that my liver is having some issues, but he didn't feel we needed to do a liver biopsy at this time.  YEAH!!!  I do not like that test and I was sweating it thinking they were going to have to do one on me.  He said he wanted to see me again in 6 weeks to follow up on everything.  I still have my issues with symptoms but the one medication should help a little bit with that.  No celiac disease.  No gluten sensitivity.  AND no liver biopsy for now!  I feel like I have won a million bucks!  I am one happy lady! 
When I got home from the doctor's office I gave Kevin the good news.  We both were thrilled!  Then I sent my paperwork off.  By Monday night I was a little nervous about going back to work.  I kept thinking what if this happens again?  What will I do?  I was so scared.  Kevin had a solution for putting my mind at ease and it totally worked!  Love that man!!!  By Tuesday morning I was back at work talking to Investment Advisors again.  Thankfully I haven't had too many issues remembering the job I do.  I feel a little rusty, but it's coming back to me.  It's going to take some time to totally get back into the swing of things again, but it will happen.
Several of my co-workers are on this crazy diet.  It's actually a cleanse one of them found out about from a relative.  Have you ever heard of the Cabbage Soup Diet?  Well, this is very similar to that.  Here is the diet...
General Motors: Weight Loss Diet Program
The following diet and health program was developed for employees and dependents of General Motors, Inc. and is intended for their exclusive use. This program was developed in conjunction with a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. It was field tested at the Johns Hopkins Research Centre and was approved for distribution by the Board of Directors, General Motors Corp. at a general meeting on August 15, 1985. General Motors Corp. wholly endorses this program and is making it available to all employees and families. This program will be available at all General Motors Food Service Facilities. It is management's intention to facilitate a wellness and fitness program for everyone.
This program is designed for a target weight loss of 10-17 lbs per week. It will also improve your attitudes and emotions because of its cleansing systematic effects.
The effectiveness of this seven day plan is that the food eaten burn more calories than they give to the body in caloric value.
This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.
During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol
You must drink 10 glasses of water each day
Day One All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.
Day Two All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.
Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.
Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.
Day Five Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.
Day Six Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.
Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.
Tomorrow morning you will be 10-17 lbs. lighter than one week ago. If you desire further weight loss, repeat the program again. You may repeat this program as often as you like, however, it is suggested that you are allowed two glasses of white wine in addition to the instructions on the program. You may substitute champagne for white wine. Under no circumstances are you to drink any other alcoholic beverages with the exception of beer which is allowed. Any liquor (bourbon,vodka, rum) is forbidden. Cream drinks are especially forbidden. You may have an occasional cordial such as crème de menthe or schnapps, but you must always limit yourself to two drinks. If you wine, drink only wine that day. If you have beer, drink only beer that day, etc. Alcohol adds empty calories to your diet. However, after the first week it will help your digestion and settle your stomach.
G.M.'S Wonder Soup
The following soup is intended as a supplement to your diet. It can be eaten any time of the day in virtually unlimited quantities. You are encouraged to consume large quantities of this soup.
28 oz, Water, 6 Large Onions, 2 Green Peppers, Whole Tomatoes (fresh or canned), 1 Head Cabbage, 1 Bunch Celery, 4 Envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Herbs and Flavoring as desired.
Additional Comments
Vegetables as may be taken in the form of a salad if desired. No dressing except malt, white or wine vinegar, squeezed lemon, garlic, herbs. No more than one tea spoon of oil.
 You have been given a recipe for the WONDER SOUP which can be eaten in unlimited quantities. This soup is a supplement while you are on the program and it should be a pleasure to eat. Not everyone likes cabbage, green peppers, calory etc. This recipe is not inflexible. You may substitute vegetables according to your taste. You may add any vegetables you like: asparagus, peas, corn, turnips, green beans, cauliflower, etc. Try to stay away from beans (lima, pinto, kidney, etc.), however, because they tend to be high in calories even though they are very good for you.
Beverages you may consume while on the program :
  1. Water (flavored with lemon/lime if desired).
  2. Club Soda is OK.
  3. Black Coffee. No cream or cream substitute. No sugar or sweetness.
  4. Black Tea = Herb or Leaf.
  5. Absolutely nothing else except the fruit juices which are part of day seven. No fruit juices before day seven.
How and Why It Works
Day One you are preparing your system for the upcoming program. Your only source of nutrition is fresh or canned fruits. Fruits are nature's perfect food. They provide everything you could possibly want to sustain life except total balance and variety.
Day Two starts with a fix of complex carbohydrates coupled with an oil dose. This is taken in the morning for energy and balance. The rest of day two consists of vegetables which are virtually calorie free and provide essential nutrients and fiber.
Day Three eliminates the potato because you get your carbohydrates from the fruits. You system is now prepared to start burning excess pounds. You will still have cravings which should start to diminish by day four.
Day Four, bananas, milk and soup sound the strangest and least desirable. You're in for a surprise. You probably will not eat all the bananas allowed. But they are there for the potassium you have lost and the sodium you may have missed the past three days. You will notice a definite loss of desire for sweets. You will be surprised how easy this day will go.
Day Five, Beef and tomatoes. The beef is for iron and proteins, the tomatoes are for digestion and fiber. Lots and lots of water purifies your system. You should notice colorless urine today. Your allowance calls for the equivalent of five "quarter ponders". Do not feel you have to eat all this beef. You must eat the six tomatoes.
Day Six is similar to day five, Iron and proteins from beef, Vitamins and fiber from vegetables. By now your system is in a total weight loss inclination. There should be a noticeable difference in the way you look today, compared to day one.
Day Seven finished off the program like a good cigar used to finish off Victorian meals, except much healthier. You have your system under control and it should thank you for the flushing and cleaning you just gave it.

The three of them that are doing this have been on this since Monday.  The one has lost 7 pounds all ready, but he is a man and they always lose weight fast.  The other two are women and they have not stepped on a scale yet.  They are waiting until the end.  My co-workers are really pushing for me to join in on their fun, but I just can't do it.  The one has mentioned that the Wonder Soup has caused her to have issues like I was having when I was home sick from work.  There is no way I am going to do anything that will induce that problem for me. No way!  No how!  I just can't go back to that ever again.  NEVER! 

Today was the banana and milk day for everyone.  I thought for sure after their 4th banana that they would be acting like a bunch of monkeys and hanging from the rafters, but no such luck.  I have heard a few good jokes from the gang at work.  One of them I shared on Facebook, but I will share it again.

Joke #1:  One couple was trying to figure out what to get each other for Christmas. The wife told the husband that she expected to see something in their driveway that could go from 0 to 215 in 5 seconds. On Christmas morning the wife ran to the driveway and found her gift wrapped with a big red bow. The gift: a bathroom scale.

Joke #2:  A young Jewish boy attending a Jewish school was having trouble with his studies, especially math.  So, his parents decided to pull him out of the Jewish school and send him to a Catholic school.  When the boy came home from his new school he immediately went up to his room.  He only came down for dinner and then returned to his room when dinner was done.  He did this each day for a week.  On Friday when the young man received his grades for the past weeks work, his parents noticed a huge improvement.  When the parents asked the boy what had changed he said, "When I walked into that new school and saw the man nailed to the plus sign, I knew they meant business!" 

I thought these two jokes were cute.  I got some wedding flowers done for my nephew and his future bride.  Danielle and I dropped them off late last night.  I think the brooch bouquet turned out nice.  It's not my favorite kind of bridal bouquet, but it's what the bride wanted and she seemed to love it.  That's all that matters.  I am just glad to get all of those flowers out of my dining room.  I love doing flowers, but I am always nervous until we deliver them.  I worry that something is going to happen to them before I get the chance to get them to the bride.  I know, I guess I am just a little paranoid.  The wedding is coming up quick!  I would show you photos but I always let the bride be the first one to show her bouquet especially since it's her day.  So, you will have to give me a little time and I will post pictures as soon as I can.  I have photos before the brooches and after the brooches were added.  I will show you both. 

I ended up having a few flowers left over.  So, either the bride or my sister-in-law will be dropping off a container so I can make some kind of table centerpiece for either the food table or the sign in table.  Nothing too big, but something.  Once that is done, I will be done with wedding flowers in my dining room until at least the end of August.  Just enough time to get my dining room back in order before the next wedding. :) 

This summer is coming to an end quickly.  At least for the school age kids.  Lexi starts school on the 6th.  They move the date up more each year.  Before you know it, we will have year round school.  Danielle will be moving out sometime before her classes start at the end of August.  That means Kevin will be home alone.  I'm not so sure that is going to be a good idea.  What if he falls when no one is here to help him up.  He can't get up on his own.  The whole thing scares the crap out of me.  He is not doing so well lately.  He banged up his knee and has a huge sore on it.  Then he banged up his elbow and has a huge bruise on that.  When the doctor's office filled out his paperwork for work, they deemed him incapacitated.  That scares me.  Is this one of those times I become the one to make all the major decisions and take on the medical and financial power of attorney?  EEK!!!  I'm not ready for this.  Thankfully we saw an attorney a few years back and got all of our affairs in order at that time.  We have a will.  We have medical and financial powers of attorney set up.  We established a trust too.  I am so glad we did that!  I just never thought we would really have to use it before we both retired.  Scary stuff.  I don't even want to thing about it all.  Let's move on to other things..

Sunday Curtis will be ordained to the office of an ELDER!  WOW!!!  I can hardly stand it.  Curtis has waited until the last minute to call everyone and invite them to the ordination.  So, those calls should be coming in the next day.  FAMILY be expecting those calls. 
I don't remember Kyle being ordained this early before his mission.  All I can say is Curtis is super excited!  He is just ready to go and has been taking this whole thing very seriously.  We have notice a lot of changes in how he handles himself.  He just wants to get out on his mission.  He is eager and anxious to get out and share the gospel and we couldn't be more excited for him.  Sure, I think he is partly excited to get on with things in his life.  But he seems to be enjoying the journey too.  That is a huge thing. 

Kyle has another competition the end of this month.  Then another one is September in New Mexico.  He has decided he wants to find another job.  He has been interviewing with the schools in the area.  He has another interview in the next few days.  He wants to get involved with the sports programs at the schools, which will help him prepare to eventually teach.  He has also been trying to find a car to buy by the end of August too.  He needs his own car.  Not having the truck has really proved that to all of us.  He has his practices four times a week.  Then he is a ward clerk in his ward, so he has responsibilities there that he needs to be available for.  Not to mention dating too.  Over the past month or so he has been on several dates with a few girls.  The one he has been seeing recently he seems to really like. We will see. It's interesting to me that Kyle tends to date one girl at a time.  (He is going to hate that I even mentioned this.)  His father has been known to have several dates all in the same day.  He tells a story about going on one date, dropping the girl off at home, and then rushing to make his second or third date of the day. For all I know, that is exactly what happened when we started dating.  He knew how to work it I guess.  For me, I never dated several people at the same time.  I never had multiples until after Kevin left on his mission.  Once he was gone and at the MTC I started getting all these calls.  (I waited for Kevin while he was on his mission) It was crazy.  In fact, I remember thinking this is really odd and this must be some kind of test or something.  Then I got really sick.  I remembered being in bed sick for two weeks straight.  I couldn't even talk on the phone because I would cough so much.  It was the first time I remember sick enough to be in bed for days and days at a time.  In fact, before that the only time I remembered being super sick was when I was about 4 or 5.  I got really sick and my mother took me to the emergency room on Webb Air Force Base.  While I was sitting on the table and the doctor was examining me I turned blue and no one could get me to respond.  They rushed my mother out of the room and started to work on me.  To this day I do not remember this.  All I remember is being admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.  I was there for a few days.  The one thing I remember that I really didn't like was when the nurses tried to serve me tomato soup for breakfast.  I wouldn't eat it and make them bring me toast.  After a couple of days in the hospital I went home.  I was still not feeling well.  I was achy and cold all the time.  Eventually that all went away and I never had that again until those two weeks after high school.  Funny how you remember things like that, isn't it. 

I picked Curtis up from work today and we immediately went to the grocery story to pick up some things to go with dinner.  I had Danielle put some boneless skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot on high first thing this morning.  She added just a little bit of water and nothing else.  When I got home the chicken was so tender I could pull it apart with a fork.  I added some seasoning and dinner was ready.  We had chicken fajitas for dinner.  I love that!  One of the quickest and easiest meals ever!  I used an entire package of boneless skinless chicken thinking everyone would eat a lot, but that didn't happen.  Danielle is sick and she didn't eat.  Lexi was sleeping and she didn't eat.  Kyle was also sleeping and he didn't eat. It was just Kevin, Curtis and I.  So, we have lots left.  Looks like we will have something with chicken tomorrow.  Maybe BBQ Chicken Sandwiches or something.  I love when I can make something like all of that chicken and there is enough for two meals.  That makes me very happy, especially when I work. 

Right after dinner I fell asleep too.  I got woke up by my boys telling me they were leaving to go to the store.  That was around 8:30.  Now I am wide awake.  I needed to get up so I could get some things in the wash for work tomorrow.  We always do at least one load of laundry per night.  We need to do more.  My laundry mountain is beginning to take over the world in my home.  6 people sure can generate a lot of dirty clothes.  I need to clone myself.  One of me to stay home to cook and clean and do the yard work.  One to work one job.  Another to work a second job. AND then another to get everyone to all of their appointments, meetings, practices, jobs, and whatever else comes along. Not to mention my own appointments and things.  Just thinking about it all I get worn out.  There is so much for me to do.  I try not to stress about it all.  While I do not feel stressed, I know better.  I think in some ways we have learned to deal with some things a little better than just two years ago.  In other ways, I think we still have a lot to learn.  Life can be one of the biggest and greatest training facilities.  The big goal is to do your best and try to enjoy every step of the way.  It's late, and I really need to get to bed.  Here is hoping you have a wonderful day tomorrow and that take time to enjoy the day wherever it may take you.  Find the joy.  Laugh a little and have some fun too.  I will try to do this too.
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