Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Not getting any worse at least

Today I'm in a health learning mode. I've been overweight for so long that I am sort of used to it. Anyway, I'm fairly comfortable now. Except for a couple of things. Of course the Diabetes is a concern. And I am stuck with that. I looked at the chart above and guess what? I can improve the quality of my life if I drop pounds. No surprise there. The range of things that would change is a surprise. And I'm thinking. Hard.

Next there is the Monster Energy drink. I drink 2 of the drinks every day. I don't drink the sugared one but the lo carb. Still has sugar but tastes better than the sugar free one. Anyway. There is the same amount of caffeine in one 24 ounce one as there is in 7 regular sodas. And we won't talk about sugar if drinking the green one. I drink the 16 ounce ones and that means I'm getting the equivalent of about 4.4 sodas worth of caffeine. In each can. And I was drinking coffee too. That has to put a strain on my heart. I know it raises my blood sugar.

I've tried to stop caffeine before by going cold turkey. And I got headaches that were so bad I had trouble with my eyes. So. I'm going to try to cut down on the Monsters in another way. First, I have given up the second one. For the last couple of days I have had only one. And I am tired. But I don't expect to get things fixed overnight. Another couple of days I'll have only one and then I'm going to pour half in a bottle to keep for the second day. I've been getting sick to my stomach. I don't know if it's the caffeine or the allergies all us Tennesseans have. But I hope to get off the Monsters within the next two weeks. Back to home brewed teas with caffeine and coffee. At least the hit isn't as bad. I gave up sodas when I became diabetic because I don't like artificially sweetened drinks.

On Pinterest I saw a quote that I'm thinking of now. "Getting old is not for sissies". Yes.


  1. On the news this morning they were talking about those Monster Energy drinks and the dangers of too much caffeine. Like you, I am on a new health kick and losing weight. Mine health issues are high blood pressure and Graves Disease. I've been learning how to eat a low to no sodium diet. It wasn't easy because I have been forced to give up some of my favorite foods, but I am adjusting. Lost 17 pounds so far.

    Getting old is no picnic.

  2. Ah Judy, I feel your frustration. I have been trying to lose weight and it is just not happening. I have been going to T.O.P.S. but I am not getting the support that I need. (They read articles out of magazines like Prevention.) I need more time talking about why I eat. Anyway, I am just back from a month long holiday and my kids have set up the Wii. We can only keep at it.

  3. I used to drink a coke a day until I had to make a 2 am run to the hospital for my husband because he was trying to pass a bladder stone. The doctor told him, lay off the sodas. I didn't realize quite how bad they were for him (and me). Now I make a conscious effort to drink water (we have lovely water). I still have a coke now and then but usually only a half can. I'm worried about the sugar. I learned a long time ago my system can only tolerate my morning two cups of coffee. Otherwise, my heart rate climbs like crazy and you would have to peel me off the ceiling!