When I realized yesterday that I hadn't gone for a single hike for the entire month of January I decided something had to be done about that. With the temps in the low 30's I decided to make a break for it, even if the wind was still howling and snow was still falling. I needed to meet my mother in Kenosha for an appointment with her cardiologist so I left a little early and stopped at Bristol Woods for a short walk.
I wasn't the only one leaving footprints, but this guy didn't get down through the snow as far as I did.
There wasn't much to see, but it was nice to get some fresh air.
Things have been a little hectic and stressful around my home this past two weeks, it seems like everyone I know is having health problems. So it was good to get out for a little bit and do something relaxing.
Yesterday I went chocolate-free. Doesn't sound like much of a sacrifice until you realize I eat dark chocolate in small amounts all day long every day. I finally decided it was probably a contributing factor in my digestive woes. Chocolate (and coffee) relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter and I've been suffering from heartburn symptoms even while faithfully taking my Omeprazole. I noticed coffee made it worse and cut out that completely about a month ago, which was much easier since I only have a couple of cups of decaf a week. I'm on the hunt for carob treats, but all I found at the store today was a bag of carob chips for baking that cost $6. I bought it in case I have a hard to ignore craving.
I hope Whole Foods has low sugar, no chocolate treats - how much can a girl give up, after all? No dairy, low (I mean LOW) sugar, low gluten, and fruits and vegetables in small amounts...now no dark chocolate too. I'm giving corn and tomatoes a rest as well but I'll try adding them in again later. My latest upper GI indicated my Barrett's Esophagus has progressed and I'll be going in for a series of ablation treatments in February. My pre-cancer cells (dysplasia) need destroying, and I need to make sure I've got a plan in place to keep my improved esophagus clean and healthy. In case you're interested in what the treatment's all about, I found a link to a great video of the surgery here. Just click on the picture under the "media in this article" section in the middle of the page. It has a 90% success rate, gotta like those odds!