April Goals and Little Balls

It’s time to start thinking about April’s goals.  As I mentioned in a previous post a group of friends and I set goals for ourselves each month.  Monthly goals for me are easier to focus on rather than 3 or 4 or 12 goals for the entire year all made on January 1st, which are usually forgotten about and / or given up on by the end of March.

My big goal or resolution if you will for 2016 was to quit smoking.  I had also set a smaller goal to get some exercise in to try and offset the 20# “quit” gain.  So far so good with those goals.  And on a side note, I have to admit that the smell of cigarette smoke disgust me so much now that it’s hard for me to believe that I ever smoked.  How cool is that?

My April challenge / goal is to kick the Omeprazole.  If you’ve been reading my blog then you know I started my April challenge in March.  But I’ll be refining it in April to include daily exercise, keeping a food journal of what I can and can’t eat, when I can and can’t eat, and slowly lowering the dose of the medicine.

All the research that I’ve done so far indicates that there really isn’t one diet that fits all, especially in this area of trying to heal the gut and prevent GERD.  There are many different opinions out there about what foods to eat and what foods not to eat.   But one thing that does seem consistent in the research is eating habits that will help.  Such as smaller portions, eat less but a little more frequent, drink plenty of water, but don’t drink beverages with your meals, go for a little walk after your meals if you can, and don’t eat 2 to 3 hours before going to bed.  Also there is a consensus that there are specific triggers for GERD and should be avoided.  Chocolate, Alcohol, Mint, Coffee, Caffeine and Smoking.

There is a lot of information out there on different ways of lowering the Omeprazole dosage.  This is what I’ve done.  Each of my capsules is 40mg which has approximately 190 to 200 microscopic little pain in the ass to count balls in them.

Yes, I did that, I opened a capsule and counted the little microscopic balls of one pill and decided that it would be a fair assumption that every pill would have the same number of balls in them.  Think about that for a minute.    You probably have the same look on your face that the Z Man was giving me.  That side eye look like “what the hell is she doing now”

Anyway… I removed 50 of the little microscopic little balls and closed the capsule back up.  Then I repeated this process for 6 more pills.   See where I’m going with this?  This is what I have in mind….

  • 3/27 – 4/2  capsule with 150 little balls
  • 4/3 – 4/9  capsule with 125 little balls
  • 4/10 – 4/16  capsule with 100 little balls
  • 4/17 – 4/23  capsule with 75 little balls
  • 4/24 – 4/30 capsule with 50 little balls
  • 5/1 – 5/7  I will take a capsule with 50 little balls in it every other day.  Then DONE!

And I am fully aware that after I’ve counted out all these microscopic little balls for a month that I will probably be in need of some other form of medication for my insanity, but hey, we’ll cross that bridge then.

So, that’s my challenge for April.  I’m going to be playing with a lot of little balls all month.  WOW, did I really just type that?

What’s you April challenge going to be?

Till Next Time,





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