I was having a snack earlier, eating one of my Yoplait Light yogurt containers when I happened to take a read through the ingredients list. Now I am not one of the people who is trying to avoid this particular ingredient, but I know there are some of you out there so here’s a newsflash for you – Yoplait Light yogurt contains high fructose corn syrup.

Now like I said, I am not one of the people who is trying to avoid that ingredient simply because I don’t believe it is any more likely to cause you to “get fat” than cane sugar is. I don’t care what you eat, if you eat too much of it, you get fat. I don’t care if it is high fructose corn syrup or carrots. Eat too much of it all the time and you’ll get fat. End of story.

But, if you do happen to be one of the people who is against high fructose corn syrup, then check your ingredients list on your yogurt before you buy. You might just be surprised.


Hiatal Hernia


That is what was revealed when I had the scope done on June 30. Stress makes them worse. They cause acid reflux and regurgitation. Yay. Both of which I have. So yeah, it fits. It’s highly possible I was born with the hernia. Just peachy and beautiful. So I have a standing order for Nexium and a standing order to lose weight. I’ve had the latter for a while. I just haven’t really done what I was supposed to.

Right now, I am trying to decide if I should go back on eDiets, which worked well for me, or try the SparkPeople diet, and just stick to that grocery list. Decisions, decisions.

That is the question I ask myself constantly. My doctor says I should not have soda period. Ever. In fact, he says I should only have water. That’s it. Nothing else. Just water. Obviously he hasn’t tasted the tap water here. Even after being filtered through a Brita or Pur system, it still tastes like absolute crap. You have to either buy bottles of water or put something in it to take away the noxious flavor of the water here.

I do drink water when I’m working. I work on the phones, so water is the best thing to drink since it doesn’t make me burp when I drink it. I’ve also been drinking more water at home, grimacing at the nasty taste of it all the while. But I’m drinking it. My thing is, I do not see why every once in a while a soda would be bad. Like today for instance. I don’t have a barbecue grill, so I had to improvise – unfortunately with the local McDonald’s for a small burger, fries, and a Diet Coke. However, I’d already drank 32 ounces of water before I got the McD’s meal, so I feel a single glass of Diet Coke isn’t going to kill me. I’ll be drinking water for the rest of the night.

However, I did get a good bit of exercise as I had to walk to McD’s and back, and back involved going up two hills that are much steeper than they look! So I did get a good workout going up those hills to get back home, and I didn’t eat until I got home, because I got my food to go!

But still, I find myself struggling with the issue of to drink or not to drink soda.

Not So Bad


So today I went in and had the EGD. The worst part of the whole thing, literally, was getting the IV put in. I’m being completely serious here. That was the worst part of the entire process. Here is a basic run down of the events of the day.

8:30am – Check in at the admitting desk, and head up to the Endoscopy department.
8:35am – Check in at the Endoscopy desk. Talk for a few minutes with a nurse I knew from when I worked at the hospital (this is why I choose Mercy, I know people there.)
9:00am – Nurse from when I worked there inserts IV in one shot.
9:15am – 1:15pm – Watch CSI and CSI: NY on TV waiting for Dr. Hartje to arrive from St. Luke’s where he’s been held up.
1:15pm – Taken to procedure room.
1:20pm – They tried to put something in my mouth to protect my teeth and to keep me from biting the scope. I gagged, so they removed it and started the Versed.
1:45pm – I wake up in the recovery room. I get some toast and a Sierra Mist, and my IV removed. Then they have me get dressed and call my ride to come get me.

If Dr. Hartje hadn’t gotten held up at St. Luke’s, I’d probably have been out of there a lot faster, but hey. All in all, the procedure wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. If I have to do it again, at least I know what to expect and I won’t be nearly as nervous next time!

My mind that is. According to my doctor, he believes I have high blood pressure. Yeah, a headache for over a week will do that to you. But he says the headache is caused by the high blood pressure. His point? My whole family has high blood pressure. This isn’t something new, and even the thin ones have it. So whatever. So the first two things he tells me are no salt and no caffeine. I’ve had one cheat – I had a bottle of soda to get rid of, but since that I haven’t had any soda. I have had root beer that did not contain caffeine, but I haven’t had soda with caffeine in it. I have had chocolate though, so I’m going to have to wean myself off that as well as chocolate has caffeine in it. Bleh.

Oh yes, and he wants to run a scope down my throat. In fact he plans on having it done this coming Tuesday. Why? Heartburn. He’s tired of treating it. He wants me to get the scope done, then he’ll treat the heartburn. So yay. I get scoped on Tuesday. I’ll try to let you know how that turns out.

If you go to McDonald’s and get a large/super size Diet Coke, you’re getting FIVE calories, not zero. Awfully funny to say that Diet Coke is supposed to be calorie free when you look at the label. 😉

By the way, while I did end up drinking soda today, I did manage to get 4 bottles, equiv. to 10 8oz glasses of water in me today. 🙂

Holy Cow!


Did you know that the current failure rate for dieting is 95%?? I didn’t! I just logged into SparkPeople, determined to give it another try (it’s free for crying out loud lol) and was reading the Fast Break section.

Now SparkPeople states they have six strategies that they will roll out to users during the Fast Break period that will help them to not become a part of that 95%. We’ll see if those strategies are of any help. What I want to know is this: how do you keep up motivation?

Some people say to obtain a piece of clothing (hopefully something that won’t go out of style quickly) that you can’t fit into and use it as your “goal.” Look at that piece of clothing every time you want to quit your weight loss journey. Somehow, I don’t see that working that well. I mean, first off, if you don’t already have that piece of clothing, you have to purchase one which means if you never manage to lose the weight to fit into it, you’ll have wasted the money you spent on the item. If you do have it, you’ve probably had more than one friend or family member try to tell you to get rid of it, or worse, mid-diet, they’ll get rid of it for you, not realizing they’ve gotten rid of your motivation!

Others say to obtain a camera and have your best friend photograph you in an outfit. Then, each week, put on the same outfit and have your friend photograph you again. Do so each week until the camera is full. Then have the pictures developed (I’m sure the guy at the local Walgreens/Walmart/Photo processing center will LOVE that one – 27 pictures of the same person in the same outfit LOL) and see how much you’ve changed during those weeks. Never mind that at one picture per week, it’ll take you six months to finish the camera! LOL

I’m not sure what my motivation will be. Probably to not have my doctor attempt to put me on one of his diets – he always wants me to do some crazy diet where half the food on earth is restricted from me. o_O