As You Stockpile, Start Getting in Better Shape

Hi everyone! One of the things I’m coming to realize is how fragile our health is and how important it is to our survival planning.

You can have all the supplies in the world, but if your health is no good – and by health I mean everything from disease to overall fitness and stamina – then you’ll be a burden on your loved ones. 

I have always been in good health overall – in terms of blood work, etc. I AM overweight (by about 100 pounds, so it’s not insignificant), but there’s no thyroid issues, blood pressure problems, diabetes, etc.

While I eat a lot, I eat a lot of everything – tons of fruits and vegetables. No pork or shellfish, very little hamburger meat – mainly lean chicken breast and steaks. I quit Cokes about a year ago. I’ll have an occasional Dr. Pepper, but they’re not addictive to me like Cokes. I love sweets.

Around the time I started this survival blog, I also made plans to have surgery on my knee. How was I going to run and keep up on the go in an emergency if I could barely walk around the house?

So  got it done. At the time I made plans, around January 17th, I weighed 275.2. I posted here about how I got a water cooler for my desk. And I use it. I fill it with ice and water from my Sparklett’s cooler and use that instead of getting up to get sweet tea or sodas or anything else.

I also started doing MORE low carb – not a full plan, but when I make a meal I simply ask myself, “Do I really need that carb?” If not, it’s gone. I started snacking on healthier foods like red grapes and a bit of colby jack cheese.

So far, I’ve lost 9.2 pounds and it feels effortless. I’m down to 266. So that’s about 2 pounds a week. Tiny tweaks.

I was happy to have gone to the doctor to get check ups done before surgery – EKG showed a good heart, oxygen levels were 97 out of 100 – Great! Blood pressure was 126/80.

I’ll also be going for physical therapy to improve my knee and then a mammogram and a dermatologist appointment for a skin cancer check. I’m also on a vitamin regimen. I once had extreme fatigue and got my blood checked and vitamin D was low (a 13). Started taking D3 and I felt like a new woman again in just 2 weeks.

So here’s how you need to adopt some best practices for survival health:

#1: Get your checkups.

I’ll never understand people who avoid the doctor out of fear. Getting a bad diagnosis when it’s too late is far scarier than getting preventative work done. Preventative appointments give me peace of mind.

Get blood work done to check your vitamin levels, not just your thyroid or to see if you have diabetes. And get a skin cancer check. So many people miss this and it’s a very preventable disease that kills people.

#2: Lose weight if you need to.

I’m losing weight for mobility and future health. Like survival stocking, I am approaching this as a “one step at a time” ordeal, and no longer trying to go to extreme measures for fast results. Little tweaks.

#3: Improve stamina and fitness.

I want to be able to walk up big hills and run if I need to. Being thinner does not equal being physically fit. We need to work on both cardio and strength training so that if the SHTF we’re not drained when we need to have ample energy stores.

I am not cleared for cardio like walking on a treadmill yet, but I can do kettlebell hand weights. And I am. I bought a stationary bike in 2015 that I can use for less stress on my knee.

It was cheap, easy to put together, and it’s QUIET – I like that a lot because the treadmill is louder. This is the one I bought:

bike

#4: Make up your deficiencies.

I take whatever vitamins my body needs. These are the ones I’ve ordered and take religiously:

Vitamin D3

If you need vitamin D then make sure you get D3 – it’s the best one for absorption. I get this one – I love their entire line of vitamins. I’ve found they’re easy to swallow and don’t smell.

d3

Biotin

I’ll be honest – I bought this for vanity reasons. As I was going through my horrible divorce, full of stress, I felt like my hair was thinning. So I bought this and within a week my nails and hair felt fuller and longer. I felt more energetic, too.

biotin

Probiotics

I bought these when I started learning about low carb dieting. They help with stomach health, and having had my gallbladder removed at age 27, I can attest that these help quell any upset stomach. I wanted to make sure I bought one with the most strains, so I got this one:

probiotics

Turmeric

This herb is good for inflammation, so I bought it for knee pain that was already too far gone. But I started re-taking it after my surgery (since it has somewhat of a blood thinning effect when used with other blood thinners – can’t go getting TOO thin).  If you get turmeric, get one with black pepper in it because it absorbs better.

turmeric

I also take the following, which I bought locally because I happened to see it and want it:

Vitamin C-1,000

For a stronger immune system, Vitamin C is great – and in a survival situation, we definitely want to stave off germs.

vitaminc

Sublingual B12

I used to work for a pharmacy company and it was geared toward sublingual vitamins. I loved them. They definitely get into your bloodstream quicker. With B12, for energy, this is great. They’re tiny little cherry-flavored pills that work quickly to give you a boost.

For this product, I buy Spring Valley Brand.

b12

Now one thing you want to make sure you do is TELL your doctor what you’re taking or plan to take. ASK if it’s okay. We aren’t health experts, so we have to find out if anything will negatively affect us.

My doctor was pleased with these choices, and in fact she’s the one who recommended the D3 and Biotin to me.

I have a LONG road ahead of me in terms of weight loss. BUT – I’m happy that my surgeon told me and my family, “She has the overall health of a 30-35 year old, but the knee of a 65 year old.”

He fixed the knee, but I was happy to hang my hat on the youthful compliment. I’m 45, by the way. Most people at my weight have all sorts of medical issues like high blood pressure and diabetes.

I believe the key is in my diet, which is ironic. It’s what I DO eat – lots of leafy greens and other veggies and fruit (pomegranates are my favorite). Lean meat. Tons of water. Of course I need to cut back  on the bad foods too.

One of the favorite meals I make for my kids is lean chicken breast pan fried in olive oil with a steamed pot of broccoli, yellow squash and red bell pepper. They loved it and so do it. I also add about 10-15 CLOVES (yes, hold your nose) of garlic to my plate. I love garlic. And it’s a natural blood pressure regulator, too.

Okay so chime in – how are you making plans for better health?

Tiff 😉






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