Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I find it totally predictable that with the 3 doctors I've seen in the past month with shortness of breath, dizziness and racing heart - not ONE of them asked me about my diet or exercise habits. Grrrrrr.
I've felt better after starting the past couple of days with toast and eating crackers during the day. So I think part of this is the lack of carbs. And remember that study that found women had memory problems when they were doing low carb diets? Wonder if that was why I was having trouble finding words and getting paper towels when I needed toilet paper? Hmmmmm????
I'm going to see my regular chiropractor tomorrow. I'll see if she has any ideas.
Hubby is home. YAY!
Monday, June 29, 2009
I was looking back at my food journal and I may have been kind of light on the carbs and starches. So I started my day with toast and made sure to eat crackers later, too. Not sure if that will make a difference with my light-headedness or not. I have my follow-up with my regular doc tomorrow (Tuesday) morning so we'll see what she says.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Good news - the other day, I went to a local Kmart because they carry the long Lee Riders jeans. Well, turns out that store is closing, which was nice because everything was at least 25% off, but bad that they didn't have a very good selection of jeans left. I did get some khakis, capris and shorts - all in TENS - which was REALLY REALLY good. (Happy feet dance!) But I am disapppointed they are closing down. And I did notice that they had NO longs in size 8, so I'd better quit dropping sizes. :-D
GREAT news - hubby gets home on Tuesday. He's been gone for over 2 weeks and it's been years since we've been apart for that long. I don't like it! (And bad timing because of the first issue I mentioned!) ;-P And then my sister and her kids will come on Wed or Thurs. It will be fun to have them here for the 4th. Our little town has an awesome fireworks display and the adjacent small town has a fun street fair and parade during the day.
My cat is lying on my arm and she keeps biting my thumb. I'm thinking it may be because I'm typing and not petting her??? Goofy cat.
Not sure if any of you out there are fans of the channel TCM, but they have had some AWESOME movies on all weekend. Yesterday was Hitchcock all day. I LURV me some old movies!!!! :-D Hitchcock totally ROCKS! I DVRed the ones that were on in the middle of the night.
Well, really need to get to bed. G'nite all!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The 8/10 Danskin capris. And they aren't even skin tight! WOOOT! Shortly after taking these, I sat down and my kitty climbed in my lap and covered the black with white hairs.
OK, I decided that no one is EVER allowed to look at me straight on when I'm wearing jeans. It's just NOT a flattering angle. So I will be turning slightly one way or another when I take updated photos.
Had a senior moment and bought Brawny paper towels, when I really NEEDED Charmin! Dang it! Didn't realize it until I got home. Yesterday while at the ER, I was telling the kids about Marley & Me and I said "infected" when I meant to say "neutered." What the heck?????? The virus must be moving to my brain! But I resisted the Cheetos, that I passed TWICE, thank you very much! Very proud of myself.
Found a beautiful pearl ring on clearance, too at Walmart! Woot! I'm excited to get that as a mom remembrance thing. Needed to get it sized, so they sent it off to do that. Hope to have it within the next two weeks.
I called a friend of mine whose hubby does some unorthodox health stuff and I'm going to try to get in to see him. Unfortunately, they are going to be out of town until after the 4th, so it'll be a while. I just don't have a whole lotta faith in the conventional medical system.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Once again, no real answers, but they ruled out an imminent heart attack. :-P The doctor said dizziness is very difficult to find a reason for. My blood work all came back fine and my heartbeat was regular, just a little fast once in a while. EKG was done, too and that was fine. She recommended following up with a cardiologist and getting an echo and ultrasound done on my heart. At least this visit was under 4 hours instead of 8! So tired of not feeling good.
Today I had a serious craving for Cheetos. Thankfully I was not well enough to traverse the aisles of the grocery store. ;-)
Monday, June 22, 2009
No crunches, No cardio!
Yes, you can do this, too!
I just don't recommend it.
Spent all day in bed yesterday other than the 100 or so trips to the bathroom with explosive diarrhea. I was having flashbacks to the preps for colonoscopies and barium enema. NOT COOL! Actually when I was at the ER last week, when the doc said it was probably a virus, he said he was surprised I didn't have diarrhea. So is this the same bug and it took a week to travel through my digestive system?????
I did eat some toast and applesauce throughout the day. Later on figured I should get some protein so I had some peanut butter on toast. In the late evening, started feeling nauseous, too and regretted the peanut butter, but never did throw up.
Today, I'm having to take it really slow. Every time I get up, I get a head rush and everything goes black for a bit. And once again, I'm short of breath. I don't buy this as a virus! I think something else is going on and I REALLY want to figure out what it is. I have a follow up app't with my primary doc next Tuesday. Not sure I want to wait that long, but I have a feeling the only way I'll get seen before that is through the ER and I really don't want to go sit there for 8 hours again!
So anyway, my weight this morning is 173.4, which would be totally fantabulous if the cost wasn't so terribly high. And it probably won't stay that low. I need to get some fuel in me so I have the energy to go downstairs to let the cats out!
For the HYC check in, last Tuesday's weight was 180.4, so that's a seven pound loss for the week. Not a healthy way to lose, but a loss is a loss, I guess.
"Even those of us trying to picks "healthy" snacks are often fooled by packaging. For example, Cornell University researchers found that people tend to eat an average of 28 percent more calories when snacking on low-fat foods. After all, flavor has to come from somewhere, and when food marketers eliminate fat, they often make up for it with sugar. "
Check out the Survive any snack bar list from Men's Health
Friday, June 19, 2009
Is it how I rate my pain on a scale of 1 to 10?
Is it the miles I travel to buy fresh fruits and veggies?
It is the SIZE of the long, non-stretch Levi jeans I bought today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also got size M (8/10) Danskin workout capris. WOOT! I can't tell you how hard it was not to scream and holler in the dressing room!
EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!
Didn't like the pic from the front. It was difficult trying to get good photos with the tripod, so I'll try again tomorrow.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Edit: Yes, my fridge got its new thermostat today. $249 for a piece that's about 4 square inches. :-P He said the water line for the ice cube maker may take a week to thaw. He said trying to thaw it quicker could rupture the line. Definitely don't want to do that.
A few bloggers have posted lately about decluttering and that is the subject of today's email from Denise Austin.
Clear Out the Clutter
Keeping your home clean and free of clutter is a key component to healthy living. Clutter builds up quickly; most people don't even realize that they're pack rats until they start going through closets and realize they have shoes they haven't worn in a decade or piles of newspapers dating back to 2000!
If this is you, it's time to declutter your home. Remember the old adage "Cluttered home, cluttered mind"? Rejuvenate your peace and well-being by vowing to clear up the clutter. To decide whether something is worth keeping or not:
- Go room by room, tidying each room completely before moving on.
- Establish zones or boxes for trash, recycling, charity, sentimental or monetary value, and undecided items.
- If an item is going into the sentimental box, ask yourself what you plan to do with it. Will you give it to your children or a friend? Is it really worth keeping? For example, do you think your child will want your fifth-grade report card?
- If you think an item has monetary value, consider having it appraised. You may learn it has none, or you might decide to sell it for some extra green!
- For items in the undecided box, give yourself a deadline. If you do nothing with the items by your next decluttering session (say, in three to six months), consider tossing or donating them to charity.
Remember, coming home to a clean and clutter-free space will leave you feeling calm and relaxed. Embrace the concept — you'll be glad you did.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Here's Denise Austin's Fitness Flash
Is Your Scale Stuck?
Many times, people who start my plan become worried when they notice a weight gain instead of a loss after their first few weeks of exercising. Or they're concerned because they've added plenty of movement to their day, but the pounds just aren't dropping off.
If you're exercising and eating right, the most likely explanation for why you don't weigh less is actually good news: your increased activity is! Don't panic: Additional muscle mass can cause you to weigh more, but it looks much more trim and fit! Muscle tissue also uses more energy than fat, meaning you'll be burning more calories even when you're not exercising.
So try to focus on more than just the scale! Don't forget to measure lost inches with a tape measure and the Inch Tracker, and remember that even if you're, you're increasing your fat-burning potential and reshaping your figure at the same time. Be proud — you're working hard and your body is changing for the better. Keep it up!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Took my son in for a follow-up and he's doing much better. Since we had to drive an hour it helped me realize, I'm not at 100% yet! Wiped me out!
My fridge is broken, it's FREEZING everything. Not good! The repair guy came yesterday after 5, so the parts store was already closed. He called today and can't get the part until THURSDAY! So I went and bought a mini-fridge so I can have some milk and my son's IV meds aren't blocks of ice. :-(
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The good part about rain - the rainbows!
I'm starting to find health blogs amusing in a certain way. Many of them have photographs of what they ate and many more TALK about what they ate. Some of them talk about what they USED to binge on. And what do all those photos and words do? THEY MAKE YOU HUNGRY! So I'm thinking I should limit my time of reading them to only when I've already eaten a good meal or while I'm eating. :-)
Saturday, June 13, 2009
They gave me some morphine, zofran and some other drug I didn't know for the cramping. I got SUCH a dry mouth almost immediately, and of course they told me not to eat or drink anything. They did a CT scan 2 hours after I drank some contrast stuff (looked just like water) and I asked if I could drink when the CT was done, but she told me I had to wait for results - another 2 hours almost. Argh. I had to ring for the nurse and ask for something for a headache. I don't do well not eating or drinking anything! Once the nurse brought that med, I asked if I could have water and he brought me some. Kisa came by to take me home. After getting all of those drugs, I wasn't allowed to drive myself. I have a very sore throat from going that long without fluids, so my voice is pretty hoarse, too.
The results - I have inflamed lymph nodes in my abdomen. Doc said it seems to be a virus that should go away in 4-5 days. (Wonder if it's the same virus that had me dizzy and short of breath for the last few weeks!???) He gave me ibuprofen for inflammation, vicodin for pain and miralax for cleaning out the bowels. Yay.....not. I asked if I could workout, nurse said I should probably listen to my body and give it a rest and Kisa said she's going to call and make sure I'm resting. ;-) I'm in trouble for not calling her before I went in, but I figured she was home and fast asleep. Turns out, she was driving past our exit around the time I left, so if I'd have called, she'd have been able to take me in. Oh well. :-)
I now desperately need to get some rest so I'm off to bed.
Friday, June 12, 2009
One of her guest bloggers is Diana at Soap & Chocolate and she created a "You might be a health blogger if...." list. It's quite hilarious. Read it and add a comment to be entered in her Soap & Chocolate giveaway!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The lab called yesterday and when they took my son's blood on Tuesday, they used the wrong tubes, so they wanted us to come in and do it all over again. Kendall didn't go for that AT ALL. He was so mad. So I talked to the nurse and we're going to skip getting the levels and she put him on another antibiotic and we're supposed to go in on Tuesday to see how he's doing. He's feeling better so hopefully we can avoid a hospital stay right now.
I had my lung function test today. I think I did pretty well. Won't find out any details until my follow-up app't on the 30th. (The same day hubby gets back from Korea - he left tonight.) I spent a lot of time napping this evening. Today really seemed to wear me out.
I read the article about Kirstie Alley gaining her weight back in a magazine at the doctor's office. She ate whatever she wanted and didn't exercise at all after her contract with Jenny Craig ended. She never got on the scale, and thought she was up to 190. Finally got on a scale and was 224! That's how easy it sneaks up on you. She's moved her gym equipment back into the living room from the garage and has a trainer again. She said she won't do it just by herself, but will push herself to the max with a trainer challenging her.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Oh, and an added comment about weight loss surgery. I do think that it may be the only way for some people who need to lose a great deal of weight and I think it can be a great option. I had a cousin who was well over 400lbs who had it and she was sooooo happy afterward. But then she got a blood clot in her leg and died at the age of 40. It made me so sad. A friend of hers told my sister that she hadn't been taking very good care of herself or following doctor's orders. So if anyone out there has had it, please, please, please do what the doctor recommends. And take good care of yourself.
Oh, hey, I just found out. We don't need to work out anymore. There's a Nivea cream that will get rid of your cellulite and get you ready for a bikini! ;-) Sheesh!
Then right around the time he gets back, my little sister and her kids will be coming to Colorado to stay with us for a few days until her husband flies in and then they'll all go to Breckenridge for a vacation. They sure deserve it. She did a LOT during the past few months of Mom's illness since they live in the same town.
Hey, have you checked out the Calorie King website? It makes searching for fast food items a lot easier than the separate chains' websites, which some of them don't even have. By the way, my FAVORITE onion rings are the towering stack at Red Robin. Yummmm. The stats on those???? Sit down. 1837 calories, 124g of FAT, 160g total carbs. Holy freakin' crap! And yeah, I could eat an entire order by myself! But that's the reason I don't go to Red Robin anymore. Cuz when I walk in there, I can't stop the words from coming out of my mouth to order these suckers!
Monday, June 8, 2009
And a totally random thought - I love the two Sonic guys!!!! The other pairs just AREN'T FUNNY! :-D
Sounds like the really bad boy to avoid is Chicken Caesar Salad!
"Salt binges can lead you to retain more water than the Hoover Dam. This one should be obvious. With parmesan cheese, fried croutons, salty dressing and anchovies, chicken Caesar salad is one of the most sodium-packed foods out there. (Versions at certain sit-down chains can contain more than 1,900 mg of sodium!) But it's not just the salt; Caesar ranks right up there with taco salads as one of the most misbegotten "health" foods out there. Some versions at sit-down chain restaurants have more than 1,000 calories, 75 grams of fat and nearly 2,000 milligrams of sodium. (YEOUCH!) Chicken can be a great option, though, because it's a lean meat with protein that fills you up and helps you fight belly fat. Grilled chicken sandwiches can give you the same full feeling as the Caesar salad, without the huge caloric load and bulging belly. Add a side salad with vinaigrette dressing, and you've got a more complete meal with only about 200 extra milligrams of sodium."
Rise to the Challenge!
Ever wonder how professional athletes are born? Sure, they have tremendous talent that lets them run faster, jump higher, or hit the ball harder than the average person. But these men and women couldn't reach their level of success if they didn't push themselves — physically and mentally. And that's really the key to accomplishing any feat!
If your workouts aren't challenging enough, you risk getting bored and then losing interest altogether. And when you perform the same routine over and over again, your body gets used to these movements and eventually starts running on cruise control — and that's when you might notice that the scale isn't budging.
Never be afraid to turn things up a notch! Switch up your routine — in every aspect of your life! Do things you've never done before. Tired of the treadmill? Get in step with salsa dancing! Sick of cooking the same meals? Experiment with different flavors by using vegetables, herbs, and spices you've never tried before!
And when you meet these challenges, you'll see that the rewards are huge! You'll improve your body, expand your mind, gain self-confidence — and you'll be living proof that anything's possible! Give it a try!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
And since I'm so greedy, I'm going for the 3 extra entries, too. To get those, I need to write about John's Product reviews - like the pedometer review. I obviously was not smart enough to read John's reviews and just picked one up at Walmart. First one, lost it while shopping one day. Stupid clip on thing that doesn't hang on very well. Plus it was a talking one and several times it scared the crap out of me, so good riddance! :-P The second one, it took me almost half an hour to figure out how to set it up. But the clip is more secure and it hasn't yet been knocked off by any of my daily activities yet. And it hasn't scared me, but it does rattle a bit. Annoying. But what do you do when you are wearing a dress with no belt???? Maybe I should get a holster for my thigh. Whaddaya think???? ;-D
I've decided that I need to avoid all alcohol while I'm still grieving my mom's passing. Tonight I had a couple of glasses of wine and got very weepy. It may be a coincidence or hormones or who knows what. It's that time of the month, but I'm usually most emotional 2 weeks before, not during. (This week did include Mom's b'day so that may be a big part of it, too.)
This week I've alternated cardio and strength training. Did my weights today and we did some ballroom dancing tonight, but got there late because of the car shopping excursion, so we didn't get as much dancing in as we normally do.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Then, someone new comments on my blog and I find a new friend and I just have to read her entire blog. My new friend is Diane. Check out her fit to the finish blog and program. She's lost 150 pounds! WOW! AND, kept it off for 12 years.
I decided I would give a recap of my path to health. Also have some health issue updates. This will be a long one, so get a big glass of ice water or a cup of green tea and kick up your feet! ;-)
My journey has taken quite a while. It took a certain photograph (isn't that usually the story???) to make me stop and find the determination to change my health and that meant changing habits! When we lived in Texas, we bought a treadmill, mainly for our son who has serious health issues. That treadmill stood in our very large master bedroom and was rarely used. And who wants to walk OUTSIDE in south Texas where summer lasts 11 months out of the year? Well, in our house in Colorado, the treadmill now stands in the finished basement and the first habit I started was walking on that treadmill. Started out slow, but walked six days a week for quite a while. Lost a couple of sizes and about 15 pounds, then stalled. Sigh, OK, guess I'll need to start eating better. I also started doing stability ball workouts. (I'd bought one when we lived in Texas and a bunch of us homeschool moms got together once to learn how to use them from a personal trainer. But it was about as neglected as the treadmill.)
A few books that have helped me along the way:
Flip the Switch by Robert K. Cooper, PhD - has lots of great ideas for fueling your metabolism & burning fat 24 hours a day. It also has lots of tasty, healthy recipes.
the Abs Diet for Women by David Zinczenko - love the list of the Abs Diet power foods that have so many yummy options. Also has lots of tasty recipes. This book has some great weight-lifting routines which I continue to use.
Flat Belly Diet by Liz Vaccariello - the one book that really helped me turn the corner and up my weight loss to more than a couple pounds a month! Many, MANY wonderful recipes and the specific portions and calorie counts were what made the light bulb come on for me. I had been eating a LOT more calories than I realized, so that explained my snail's pace with the weight loss in the past. This book had pages for journaling about your emotions before and after meals, plus gave you some little steps to take that helps you notice your patterns with meals. AND get rid of the unhealthy habits you may have incorporated.
And not a book but the magazine Prevention has been one of the best magazine subscriptions I've ever bought. They have wonderful food advice, different workouts to shake things up a bit if you get bored with your current routine, and it's MUCH cheaper than a gym membership. ;-) I do almost all of my working out at home (other than the ballroom dance lessons my husband and I take.) :-D Most of the new things I try are fairly inexpensive, like my latest toy, the Ultimate Abs ball by Danskin. I think this is the best workout I've ever done for abs, especially the obliques!
My body seems to be breaking down, the more I incorporate healthy habits. Seems SOOOO not fair, but maybe I'd be a lot worse off if I didn't have those healthy habits. Digestive issues led to an endoscopy and THREE colonoscopies within 3 months last year. Ugh. Nothing serious was found, but I did have to get a barium enema as a follow-up and that's where it was discovered that I have a tortuous colon that is QUITE long. Any future colonoscopies, I'll be insisting on general anesthesia. Nuff said.
Lately I've had some shortness of breath with very little exertion, like taking a shower or just walking from the living room into the kitchen. I went to the urgent care clinic a while ago and that doc thought it was just a virus. I saw my regular doc today and told her it's continuing. Not constant, just enough to make you go - huh??? As the day went on and I was thinking about everything, I'm wondering if I'm breathing too shallowly when I'm at rest. Today the doc did a peak flow test, an EKG and a chest x-ray. Also ordered pulmonary function test and I have that appointment next week. I'll have a follow-up app't with her on the 30th. I also told her that it should probably be noted in my records that my mom died of ovarian cancer and 3 of her sisters have had cancer, two of them breast cancer, including my youngest aunt who is only 10 years older than me.
With all of my frustration over slow weight loss, I knew that I couldn't quit if I wanted to be healthy. So on I go. I'm not going to obsess over every little thing I eat. I still want to be able to enjoy life, time with friends and family and be able to splurge on a treat now and then. Everything in moderation. :-)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Are You Committing a Fitness Faux Pas?
Are you sabotaging your own fitness agenda? Lots of people make certain mistakes when working out. Learn how to avoid these exercise pitfalls — your workouts will be safer and more effective! Here are six common workout problems — are you guilty? — along with solutions.
* Working out while tired: Not getting enough rest can lead to sloppy technique and an injury (not to mention crabbiness!). Get your rest the night before, or take a power nap right before exercising.
* Forgetting to warm up: Skipping a warm-up can lead to injury. It's best to warm up with dynamic stretches — moving stretches — and/or light cardio for about five minutes — your body will thank you later!
* Using momentum to lift weights: If you jerk your motions, you're not working your muscles and you could hurt yourself. Make sure your movements are slow and controlled — when you lift and when you lower weights.
* Leaning on the handrails of the stair-climber, elliptical trainer, or treadmill: This weakens the effect of your workout and can even injure your wrists and back. Instead, stand up tall and lightly hold the handrails for balance.
* Locking your knees: Always keep your knees slightly bent to prevent an injury.
* Getting stuck in a workout rut: Bordeom leads to quitting! Keep things fresh and interesting — change up your routine!
Today is my mom's birthday, so I'm going to be laying low. I'm a little envious that she gets to celebrate with Jesus this year. I may go shopping for a pearl ring to remember her by since that was her birthstone.
Love you, Mom and miss you terribly.
Monday, June 1, 2009
In a box of summer clothes, I sorted through some shorts and found some 16s and held them up to the size 12s and was really surprised by the difference. Love it! I ended up staying up way too late because I have a hard time stopping in the middle of a project. Sigh. But I did get a lot accomplished.
Started my period this morning, so feeling blah all day, but I did do my ultimate abs ball workout (the stretches do feel good if you get back cramps) and my weight-lifting routine. Then I went to my hair appointment and got to watch another thunderstorm. Seems to be a daily occurrence lately!
I was a little shocked the other day looking at my ticker when I realized that I have less than 15lbs to go to goal! When it's 30 or 40lbs away, it seems like SO MUCH and all of a sudden it feels doable! (OK, it's a little more than 15 with the TOM bump. Still doable.) ;-)