Mom’s weight loss is the excitement of week 5 in our life with mom here on Bainbridge Island. She was so excited to step on the scale on Saturday and see that her efforts of eating healthy and exercise are paying off. Mom said it had been a long time since she’d seen that number of the scale. Mom has been following a plant-based diet that I recommend to my Slender For Life™ weight loss hypnosis clients and exercising everyday with her caregiver or on her own. Mom said on Sunday that since she has minimized animal protein over the past month she is experiencing less pain and swelling and is moving easier. I recommend to all Slender For Life™ clients in my Seattle weight loss and Bainbridge Island weight loss offices a plant-based diet based on teachings of Dr. John McDougall and the Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM).
Thank goodness there were no medical issues this week and nothing new happening with the Insurance Insanity of last week. Right now I am waiting for official denial of payment on the medical appointments before proceeding with appeals and letter writing.
On Saturday Mom watched the Seahawks game with Marilyn while Luna and I shoveled gravel in the drive way and hauled wood. From outside it sounded like the two of them had a good time!
Sunday Mom and I went to Silverdale to look at carpet and linoleum for her house. She found both carpet and linoleum that look nice and have low pile for her walker. She also needs to be able to easily slide her dining room chair. They look nice together and will look good in her home. After almost 2 hours of standing, walking and looking at carpet, we went to Costco. I had to make a quick trip in and gave her the choice of waiting in the car or coming in. Much to my delight and surprise, she chose to come in. She easily got out of the car and I was thrilled with how fast she walked around the store. We got what I needed and looked at lots of things.
Sunday night as we were all standing in the kitchen chatting I commented to Mom about how well she was walking and getting in and out of the car. I asked Mom about pain and swelling that she has been experiencing from rheumatoid arthritis as well as other aches and pains associated with a 88 year old body. She said she thought she was feeling the best she had in years. I noted that she seemed to me to be moving better than she was last July or even a year ago. When I asked why she thought she was doing better, she looked at me, paused and then said, “The thing I can think of is that I am not eating meat and dairy. I don’t want to admit it because you will say I told you so.” She then added, “I’m sure the exercise helps, too.” I laughed and said, “you are so right and I am saying, I told you so!”
When Mom first came to live with us she said she wanted to lose 20 pounds. I told her I’d be happy to support her with this and that I refused to be the food police. If she chose to eat something unhealthy or to eat too much, I would not say a word. We try to make sure that she has healthy options for meals and snacks. I ask her through out the week about what food she wants from the store. so far, she has been asking for snacks like grapes, apples and satsuma oranges. I love looking in on her and find her doing her exercises on her own.
At age 88, Mom is seeing the payoff for weight loss and exercise. I’m going to suggest to her that she listen to my weight loss CDs as a way of reinforcing her behavior. My concern is that when she returns home, she will go back to her old eating habits and stop exercising. I’m her son, not her weight loss coach. I can support her and offer her tools like weight loss hypnosis.
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