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Week 8: 16,000 Steps and Counting

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Hey yall, I am back for my weekly check-in. Even though I am on weight loss hiatus until March 15, that won’t stop me from staying focused and working on my goal.

Here are my steps for the week:

I’m slowly improving in my steps.

If you are wondering how I get those steps, I have to break my exercises into two or three workouts a day. My minimum time is 20 minutes, but the most is an hour. If I go over an hour, my body gets too fatigued to do anything else, and it can take a day or so for me to get back right. I learned the hard way; sometimes, less is more.

Eating Changes

I have begun to eat 4-5 small meals a day. I can’t handle the more significant portions and exercise; it is too hard on my body. Remember, I have Stage 3 Kidney Failure, hypoparathyroidism, and hypothyroidism, so my food list will be significantly different than someone else’s. I must watch my phosphorus, potassium, and sodium levels to protect my kidneys.

My Food List:

  • cauliflower
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • red grapes
  • watermelon
  • apples apples apples -KIDNEY PATIENTS FRIENDS
  • egg whites
  • chicken
  • ground turkey
  • garlic
  • onion
  • bell pepper
  • cabbage
  • sauteed carrots
  • white rice (1/2 cup) brown rice bad for CKD patients
  • macadamia nuts – most nuts are too high in phosphorus! ESPECIALLY PEANUTS!
  • pineapple
  • cranberries
  • cherries
  • shiitake mushrooms – help with my protein levels
  • iceberg lettuce – better than romaine for CKD patients
  • olive oil
  • cucumbers
  • yogurt
  • frozen fruit – strawberries, peaches, blueberries, dark cherries
  • flaxseed – great in my smoothies and yogurts
  • eggplant – great meat substitute but a little chewy
  • turnips – they are growing on me… slowly
  • lemon and ginger – I drink this in my water. It helps with my digestion; kidney issues make everything a little hectic.
  • cheerios
  • oatmeal
  • Powdered milk – easier on my tummy
  • water water water water water water water water water water

I wanted to keep track of the foods I eat so you know how I’m doing on the eating part.

Have I had any fast food? Not really, but kind of!

Yall, just won’t let that go by one week, will you? Since you asked, I’ll tell you… Natlie and I went to an old-school diner on our weekly date and enjoyed ourselves. We ended up bringing the majority of the food home. You will have to read about it in my next blog post. 


I walk for about an hour on one workout, and on my second workout, I look at a movie or a series and do the weighted hula hoop.

I had to postpone lifting weights. Once March 15 comes around and I get the ok from my awesome nephrologist, I will add weight training to the list. My Vitamin D levels are a little low right now, but that’s ok. My bones need to get a little stronger, and then we can lift weights together.

Weekly Summary

I am starting to get a better hold of this weight loss journey. It was hard at first, but now, my head is clearer, I feel more determined to push my body as far as I can. I am learning to be easy with myself on the days I can’t go any further.

I’m going to be transparent as hell! Many of my weight issues come from stress, overthinking, being sad, and just not being happy.

When you exercise, you see things much clearer than before. You don’t realize how quick you are to pick up a piece of candy when you are sad or make bad food choices when you let your emotions lead you.

Can I ask you something?

  • How often do you drink when you are sad, angry, happy, numb, or bored?
  • When you go out to eat, do you eat to live or live to eat? Think about it. Do you ever order a salad with a vinaigrette?
  • When you got dessert, did you overindulge?
  • When you eat at home, are you watching tv or sitting at a table enjoying your meal thoroughly? Do you even remember what you ate? How did it taste?

I’m learning some hard truths with myself, and to reach my goals, I have to have both of my hands open on the table. No point in lying to myself and to yall.

I’m going to go but as always, Big Hugs and Warm Smiles!


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