My Health Related Goals for 2013 (An ActiveRain Challenge)

Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

My eating habits are really bad. I ate fried foods galore (anything deep fried tasted soooo good!) That was unhealthy eating but my worst eating habit is my sweet tooth. My idea of having a wonderful dessert was a BOWLFUL of vanilla ice cream, smothered with Hershey’s Chocolate syrup, whipped cream and walnuts all over.


As each decade passed, I started noticing that I could not eat all these goodies that I used to. Especially when I hit the 50 yr. mark!  My metabolism SLOWED…..down. My blood sugar rocketed and cholesterol crept upwards. Other ailments came about …but still, I thought I could get away with it.


I turned 55 this past September and I “knew” I needed to do something. My doctor put me on Type 2 Diabetes medicine and Cholesterol medicine. I had 2 lumbar steroid epidural shots for pain in October and November. All those epidural shots did was spike my sugar higher (368!), I couldn’t sleep for 2 nights and it only relieved pain for about a week.


Before Real Estate I used to work for a Family Law Attorney and then for a Structured Living Program. I knew that the only ones that can be helped are those that want to help themselves. With a good support system and the will to make a 180 degree turn, anything is possible.


I am choosing to work through my ‘unhealthy’ food addiction and with the help of my husband and others in a group who are doing the same thing (i.e. Get Healthy in the Rain Group) I know I will be able to do so. My husband is also ready to NOT bring unhealthy foods into our home. (FYI, we accomplished 6 years of no smoking this past January 13th and now we are on a mission to eat healthier)


I would like to be supported by:


1)    Encouragement from the group and reading others stories about their success in what they are doing to get healthier. More importantly, support others in their quest for a healthier life too!


2)    My physical therapist has been teaching me exercises that I am able to tolerate (past operations, arthritis, bone spurs, bursitis, degenerative disk disease limit me) and I will continue for another 10 weeks.(I just completed the bottom half-waist down portion and will now go to the upper half)


3)    More alternatives for a fat free, sugar free recipes.  I am open minded and try anything. Remember, I’m in Hawaii and already have an availability of many ethnic foods but I need to keep the fat, sugar content down.


4)    Lose up to 25 pounds, bring my sugar and cholesterol level down to normal levels so I can stop taking the medications and tone up so I have less pain.


I have started (with the help of my husband, doctor and physical therapist) my healthier diet and exercises about 8 weeks ago (before Christmas) and this was already hard. The holidays are when I used to really ‘go for it’ with the unhealthy fatty, sugary foods.  I will update everyone in a month and let you all know how much success I have with these goals.


In the meantime, I will check back and see if anyone has something similar in mind and if anyone posts any recipes or other helpful hints that could be helpful and also post about my ‘stepping stones’ to help others who may be in the same situation I am .

MAHALO!!!!  (thank you!)


p.s.  My 16 month old grandson and my daughter arrived on January 25th and by eating healthier and physical therapy I am able to last longer standing and walking.  

Brayden loves Gramma and gives her a big hug and kiss!

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Erica: If it's one thing I can say to you is ....believe me when I say once you hit 50 it gets even harder. I always thought I could stay maintained. After the 50 mark and already having fibromylgia it was even harder to FORCE myself to do any matter if it was just a few stretches.

Feb 04, 2013 08:57 AM #26
Mark Horan
Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC - Saint Cloud, FL
"The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &


Sally, Good advise! at 52 I have had back surgery, the Cholesterol is high, and I need to eat better. But other than a few aches, I haven't felt better. Rest is the secret. Get enough sleep. Be well and have a great year. Aloha!

Feb 04, 2013 09:04 AM #27
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


An outstanding gold star post . . . . a good balance diet an exercise will help us stay healthy.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 04, 2013 10:07 AM #28
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I am working up to this after a year off the wagon. Time for me to get with it again, too.
Feb 04, 2013 10:35 AM #29
Kimberly Thurm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff, Naperville, IL - Naperville, IL
Broker / Relocation Consultant ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR

It's not easy trying to regain your body's healthy place.  I am working on this too.  My son is my coach.  He texts me everyday....To encourage and to pick on me when I am being foolish / stubborn.

Feb 04, 2013 11:44 AM #30
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
We are all educated, smart business people. We know what foods are healthy but we make poor choices. Recognizing and doing the right thing for ourselves can be challenging. Glad to see this contest and that members are taking this serious. Good luck on your goals. The baby is adorable.
Feb 04, 2013 11:48 AM #31
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Sally, there are so many of us in the same boat. We are all rooting for you. You can do it.

Feb 04, 2013 01:03 PM #32
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Sally I know you will achieve your goal I too need to get with the program:)

Feb 04, 2013 01:28 PM #33
Kristin D. Smith
Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette - Albany, OR
Kristin D Smith

Hang in there.  You are making healthy decisions that WILL pay off in the end!  Best wishes to you!

Feb 04, 2013 03:24 PM #34
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh I so have the same issues as you.  I love those foods, too - anything bad for me, I love.  I'm on a mission to try to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year, so we are in this together.

Feb 04, 2013 05:24 PM #35
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
Sounds like you are determined - good luck to you - please keep us posted from time to time with your progress.
Feb 04, 2013 06:13 PM #36
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I don't know why folks bash "carbs" so much. 

It all depends on what kind of carbs.

Fresh vegetables and fruits and whole grains are basically carbohydrate foods.  The difference is that they are complex unrefined carbohydrates, unlike white breads, most cold cereals, sugary drinks, etc. which contain horrible amounts of refined carbs.

You can't eat a healthful diet and eliminate carbs. 

The reason I eliminated meats, chicken, most fish products and high fat dairy, etc. 35 years ago was not because of the calories, fats, etc.  It was because of the chemicals, hormones, etc. that the animals were fed to make them grow and add fat.  It appeared to me that the hormones fed to these animals was especially harmful to women and the chemicals harmful to everyone.

It's a never ending strugle to stay one step ahead of the chemical and food processing industry.

Feb 05, 2013 12:00 AM #37
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI


I agree with you on every point Lenn.   But all the BAD carbs are what I had to eliminate. Those were NOT good stuff.  All processed foods like donuts, cake, pastry, cookies are bad carbs, right?

I eat LOTS of veges and fruits, (that's why I said 'less' carbs) some yogurt (no fat), lots of oatmeal with little milk (I became somewhat lactose intolerant in my older the ice cream had to go anyway lol)

My whole life was eating pastry, breads, potatoes, lots of rice (now that is murder) meats and very little salad or even fresh veges.  I would load on the butter on everything.  

What kind of fish do you eat?  We are going fishing sometime soon... we are just starting to get out in the sun again :)


Feb 05, 2013 12:25 AM #38
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Debbie....I'm on a mision to lose 25 lbs. BUT I want this eating healthy to be something I continue with the rest of my life. I want to get off the meds this year too.

Feb 05, 2013 12:27 AM #39
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Sally.  I'm very fond of soft shelled crabs, crab cakes, flounder, fresh water trout, salt water trout (weakfish), stripped bass, drum, snapper, crappie, sardines in mustard sauce. 

Shall I go on?  I like low fat fish, not oily ones. 

Feb 05, 2013 05:22 AM #40
Frank Iglesias
Working With Houses, LLC - Atlanta Real Estate Investments - Lawrenceville, GA
Atlanta, GA Real Estate Investor

Appreciate the transparency in the story.  Diet in this country can be quite challenging.  Some of the not-so-good stuff really tastes good.  You probably have heard of it but I got the book 'Eat to Live' and it changed everything.  It is amazing what happens when you change your diet and taste buds really can change.  I encourage you to check it out if you haven't already.  In the meantime, I wish you continued success in your journey and good luck.  Be encouraged and stay strong!

Feb 06, 2013 08:35 AM #41
Carmela Jacobs
Carmela Realty - Thousand Oaks, CA
Ventura Co., Los Angeles Co., CA, & Global Realtor


Thanks for the inspiration, my husband and I have been hitting the gym since November, we want to be fit by summer time.

May you loose many pounds and close many escrows. Have a great 2013!


Feb 08, 2013 09:29 AM #42
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Youve made it over the biggest hurdle-- convincing yourself its time to do something and really sticking to it ! Keep the motivation going, you are a role model to the grandkids and dont think they arent taking notice of your determination! They want you around for a long time !

Feb 13, 2013 01:45 AM #43
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Hi Sally, It sounds like you are "on board" and have already made great strides toward a more healthy lifestyle. I think if you concentrate on your grandson and think about being able to do activities with him throughout the years ahead will help. Cooking in some broth instead of oil will help as well. Eating several small meals throughout the day instead of a few large meals will help your metabolism. Drinking lots of wter will help too. I keep some next to my computer and when I am waiting for a screen to load, I'll take a couple of sips. It's a good habit to start. I wish you and your husband well with your new eating and exercising routines. You are so lucky to live in such a nice climate.

Feb 17, 2013 03:13 AM #44
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Stay tuned for part II of my (our) journey.....

Feb 18, 2013 12:53 PM #45
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