Saturday, January 11, 2014
It is always a challenge for me to entice my teenage son to eat more veggies- in his mind the 4 food groups are Tim Horton's, Pizza hut, Taco Bell and Subway. Supper last night was fajitas , made at home, with lots of pepper and onion strips combined with thinly sliced chicken breast lightly seasoned with some milk on the side. DH and DS have both requested these make a regular appearance in the menu rotation, and it was no problem to have some extra filling left in the fridge to satisfy hollow leg syndrome of my teenager when he needs a fast easy snack. Our toned down Canadian version would probably brings tears to the eyes of a true conniseuer, but hey, he's eating veggies.
in other news, my neuro consult was yesterday. The doctor was very thorough- appointment lasted 75 minutes with history and exam- going to have an augmented MRI to see if it will give more answers. Having an "official" diagnosis won't really change anything in my daily routine. I will still be focussed on getting as strong and healthy as I can. I am pushing forward to achieving a weight in the healthy BMI range- some days it seems so far away, but each day of healthy choices is a step in the right direction. I suppose having a diagnosis will allow me to tell people why I have been pulling back socially. The noise and activity drain me. It will help me tell them why I look so strained, or even angry- when really I am not- it is just the affect of the muscles on the left side of my face tightening, and the headaches that I get~ ouch, enough said. It will allow me to forgive myself for not maintaining a high level of fine muscle control- and give me grace to correct mistakes with a smile. Accepting my own physical limitations will also increase my tolerance and acceptance of the weaknesses in others. My hope is that once we find out what the problem is, then we can figure out a way to deal with the "dental freezing sensation"- you know, that last 30 minutes before it is fully gone from your face, because after 13 months of that sensation being present 24 hours a day it is really starting to wear on me.
Have to chuckle at one of the comments the doc made during the exam. He basically told me I walk funny. Walking is my preferred form of cardio- I use Nordic poles to get my arms involved and my heart rate up, but mostly because I'm paranoid about falling. I might walk funny, I might walk slow. but I have resolved to move my feet
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Today's spark coach challenge is eating on the clock. Due to diabetes, this is not new to me. What I did do though is take time to prepack one of my favorite work snacks. Measured out t baggies of Chex cereal and walnuts. Easy to put in my bag with a couple servings of freggies, add my water and tea at work and life is good.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
yesterday I met my daughter for lunch- she lives 3 hours south in Calgary, so we met in the middle, ate. visited, shopped and enjoyed some pre-Christmas time together. We both needed the outing because our province has been under an arctic high pressure air mass for the past week- cold- blizzardy- sunless. Today I found blue sky and sunshine the temperature came up to just below freezing, road conditions were fair, although there was evidence of many victims of icy roads (20 vehicles still abandoned in snow banks where they slid off the road) on my drive down. Yes, it is the season of tough sledding- hard to get out to walk, harder to get motivated to exercise inside. Fortunately I am still doing okay with healthy choices when it comes to eating, and surprisingly my appetite is actually decreasing. I sometimes will find myself rummaging through the kitchen cupboards, pantry and fridge most often walking away because nothing there truly satisfies my craving. Still haven't figured out what that empty spot is but there is a restlessness that compels me. Maybe it is pushing me towards some strength training, or grabbing my swim bag and heading to the pool, or some quality time with my stability ball and Coach NIcole? healthy choices for movement are there, but I don't make them as often as I should- that is where my regrets lie at the end of the day. Today I MUST walk outside- take advantage of a nice day before the temps bottom out again.
Just for fun- a link from the Huffpost of what my week was like- take time to view the slide show too, packing our winter survival gear leaves little room for much else- thankfully my kids are older- if we had pre-schoolers we would need a bus to get all their gear in too
stay warm sparkfriends and keep moving
Thursday, November 21, 2013
this month has been a struggle to be active outside- cold, colder, coldest...windchills the other day were -32C with blowing snow. Time to get creative with indoor cardio- housecleaning makes me work up a sweat ; one errand took me to Home Depot- I needed some spray paint and some replacement leg caps for stack stools- managed to a walk more than a mile backtracking up and down the aisles but I was warm
another mall errand took me to the fabric store, while cutting the cloth for my project (re-covering stack stools for my MIL) the clerk asked if she was elderly- the question stopped me for a moment. My reply, She is older- 80 y, but I don't consider her to be elderly. She is active, mentally sharp, involved in the lives of her kids and grands, and is in pretty good health. This year I have started to notice her aging, but no, definitely no elderly yet.
parasthesia and neuralgia. bad this month. constant headache but still working and keeping up with daily tasks. I am definitely needing to choose to keep going
Level 19- crossed to the new trophy level last weekend and I always get myself a fitness related reward. Since I am working on swimming a mile, and seeing corresponding changes in my physique I ordered a new swimsuit-3 of them-Sears catalogue was clearing out last seasons stock so I ordered 2 sizes- 1 for now and 1 for later = all for less than the reg price of one
little owl- for the past week we have had a small owl (I think Northern Pygmy or Boreal) sitting in our lilac tree every night. this little guy is about 8 feet from our front door. smaller than the one that visited last winter and the markings are different.
I think he is adorable, my aboriginal foster kids and their friends are freaked out because owls are "bad news" in their culture other front door visitors include the snowshoe hares, the blue jays, the squirrels and a host of song birds
time to move on and get some real work done before I head back to work tonight
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