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fajitas - who knew?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

It is always a challenge for me to entice my teenage son to eat more veggies- in his mind the 4 food groups are Tim Horton's, Pizza hut, Taco Bell and Subway. Supper last night was fajitas , made at home, with lots of pepper and onion strips combined with thinly sliced chicken breast lightly seasoned with some milk on the side. DH and DS have both requested these make a regular appearance in the menu rotation, and it was no problem to have some extra filling left in the fridge to satisfy hollow leg syndrome of my teenager when he needs a fast easy snack. Our toned down Canadian version would probably brings tears to the eyes of a true conniseuer, but hey, he's eating veggies.

in other news, my neuro consult was yesterday. The doctor was very thorough- appointment lasted 75 minutes with history and exam- going to have an augmented MRI to see if it will give more answers. Having an "official" diagnosis won't really change anything in my daily routine. I will still be focussed on getting as strong and healthy as I can. I am pushing forward to achieving a weight in the healthy BMI range- some days it seems so far away, but each day of healthy choices is a step in the right direction. I suppose having a diagnosis will allow me to tell people why I have been pulling back socially. The noise and activity drain me. It will help me tell them why I look so strained, or even angry- when really I am not- it is just the affect of the muscles on the left side of my face tightening, and the headaches that I get~ ouch, enough said. It will allow me to forgive myself for not maintaining a high level of fine muscle control- and give me grace to correct mistakes with a smile. Accepting my own physical limitations will also increase my tolerance and acceptance of the weaknesses in others. My hope is that once we find out what the problem is, then we can figure out a way to deal with the "dental freezing sensation"- you know, that last 30 minutes before it is fully gone from your face, because after 13 months of that sensation being present 24 hours a day it is really starting to wear on me.
Have to chuckle at one of the comments the doc made during the exam. He basically told me I walk funny. Walking is my preferred form of cardio- I use Nordic poles to get my arms involved and my heart rate up, but mostly because I'm paranoid about falling. I might walk funny, I might walk slow. but I have resolved to move my feet emoticon
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    363 days ago
    Wow!! Hope everything turns out OK---Keep eating the veggies! Lynda
    2159 days ago
    When I started reading your blog, I was excited because I saw the words, "Tim Horton's" and that meant that you had to be a fellow Cannuk! Living more than half my life in California doesn't mean I don't miss even the smallest references to home, because I do!
    As I read on I thought you did a smart thing with the fajitas and the veggies, I also put zucchini in spaghetti sauce-and at California Pizza kitchen had the best low cal, low fat meal of mainly zucchini spiral-pasta.
    Then, I read about your appointment, and my heart just went out to you. I'm so sorry you have been going through these trials, but I am really glad that you found a neurologist that spent the time needed to make sure you understood what was happening in your body. I have Lupus, and it's systemic. It can manifest in many ways, and one of them is neurological, and I have had the same feeling in my jaw, and the right side of my mouth looks like I'm frowning. This lasted for months, but it's better again, so I am hoping that yours will clear up soon. Using the poles is great advice, we have some but I was too embarrassed, what a dummy! Thanks for sharing your challenges, and for being so honest. I'm going to be praying for you, and thinking about you. Hugs, and best wishes from California.(I will admit one thing I miss the most is my favorite Crunchy bar!) It's a good thing because I could eat a case in a week I bet so that's not a good thing! Take care, your friend Dee
    2204 days ago
    Sending prayers.
    2205 days ago
    2206 days ago
    My DD has made tacos using LENTILS, which can have the flavor and consistency of ground beef! Does he like chili? that's a good way to get veggies in a kid. I know what you mean about hollow leg syndrome in teenage boys! emoticon
    2206 days ago
    Keep moving forward! Hugs to you!
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    2206 days ago
    It is so inspiring to read about all you are dealing with yet still working towards a healthy weight. Really puts my issues in perspective.

    I've seen more and more people out walking with the Nordic poles. Slow walking is good walking in my book. Better than sitting!

    Congrats getting your son to eat the veggies!
    2206 days ago
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