On Tuesday I had a consultation with a gastroenterologist. I have long suffered from acid reflux; there are times at night when I am trying to sleep that it becomes intolerable.
I used to eat Tums or Rolaids like candy. Although there is an over-the-counter antacid that usually relieves all the effects, I would prefer to understand and fix the root-cause. Unsurprisingly, the top item on the doctor’s list was to lose weight.
I’ve definitely packed on the pounds again after stopping the regular workouts I was doing in Texas. Once Josh had left Gold’s Gym, they had no quality trainers. After returning to Canada – I just didn’t go anywhere. Nor have I ridden my bicycle even once.
There is a Goodlife Fitness gym in the building where I work and I am signed up there. But it is hard to describe how I feel about it – it just doesn’t feel like a place that I want to work out at.
Life is hardly worth living after reading the lifestyle changes items from the doctor:
- No chocolate
- No peppermint
- No alcohol
- No caffeine
- Nothing acidic (tomatoes, citrus juices)
- Nothing spicy
- Decreased fat
- Eat smaller meals
- Elevate head of bed about 6 inches
- Lose weight
- Stop smoking
Smoking is easy to stop when I already don’t do it. I’m not super-big on chocolate or peppermint either. I don’t drink a lot of booze; but I certainly don’t mind the occasional tipple.
Caffeine! Cruel fate! Why must thou mock me?
As it turns out, I had run out coffee last weekend. So I have not bought a new tin. I have broken down and bought the occasional beverage at Tim Horton’s.
There are no two ways to slice it. I really need to change-up my diet and exercise more with the goal of losing weight in mind.