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What Went - Tuesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

1. Today is the 7th day that I've gotten more than 6000 steps! I am as awesome as a possum! (At this point my kids always point out that possums aren't that awesome. . . . Whatever!)

2. I got up too early for my abdominal ultrasound. I got the results by computer but still have to go over them with the G-I doctor tomorrow. What I understand from the computer message is that I do have some liver cysts as I was told previously. I don't know what that really means. I also have fatty liver. Grrr. This makes me so angry at myself for letting my weight hurt my health. I also found out that the last blood draw shows that my Ferritin levels are too high. I don't know what that means either and I hope that someone actually addresses that instead of putting me off.

3. I've had a fair amount of pain and some nausea today and yesterday.

4. (Warning: A bit of a rant ahead.) For some reason this year I've heard more people complaining about the trappings of Thanksgiving. They don't like the food because it isn't made to their foodie specifications or it isn't specifically the recipe they have liked since they were knee-high to a grasshopper. I do understand some of the emotional attachments we have to feast foods and how comforting it is to have the same things year after year. But. . . what happened to the thankfulness for what God has actually provided instead of complaints about what really are little things? Now that I've said this, I have a feeling that God is going to test me on it. . . I already know that we aren't celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday but will do it on Saturday. Also Dh works both Thursday and Saturday. Hopefully he can join us for a early lunch Thanksgiving dinner and then head off to work. But if not, I'm thankful that he has a job!

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JENNEINAZ 11/26/2014 12:02PM

  I hope you find out the cause of the high ferritin levels, maybe it is related to the pain?

Great job on the steps. I am having a hard time getting all my steps because I am doing so much visiting. So far I have gotten enough, but it is work. I will be happy to be back to my morning bike rides and the step problem will disappear.

About the food, I agree. We do different foods every year.

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ALIHIKES 11/26/2014 3:04AM

    Congratulations on getting all your steps! Great job! Hope you have a great and blessed holiday filled with a true spirit of thankfulness. Yes there are always carpers and complainers, but that is just a part of life. Hugs and best wishes,

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FRAN0426 11/26/2014 12:26AM

    Tell the G J doctor that you need to know what causes high Ferritin levels and what is it. Sometimes doctors forget patients are not in the know of all things. I have never heard of this, so will be interested to know what it is myself. I have been told I have a fatty liver too by some blood test that was done. Yes, my doctor said it so do to my weight. I keep trying, but still just can't seem to lose weight. I do believe that being on so many medications ---some of them I know are holding back weight loss. By no means does that count with doctors tho.
Excellent job once again today with steps.
I have known several families that celebrate Thanksgiving on a different day do to work schedules or having a second Thanksgiving or Christmas because their adult children seem to not get along together----such a shame they put their parents in such a situation.

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MCFITZ2 11/25/2014 10:16PM

    Good luck on your follow up. Listen to what you need to do to reverse the fatty liver. Make a list ask questions, ask for referral to a nutritionist to help if you feel it is necessary.
Get better. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2014 10:14PM

    Uh boy. Can't satisfy everyone, so have to do what's best for you and forget about the rest. At least that's what I've found.

Good luck.

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What Went - Monday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

1. I walked over 6000 steps again today. I love it when I get that "hooray" on my FitBit dashboard. This is 6 days in a row.

2. I decluttered the shoe box (dd has outgrown a bunch of shoes) and vacuumed the landing and stairs. That did me in. I did that before lunch and I am still in pain now at about bedtime.

3. Dh was home from work today - a very rare 3 day weekend. He'll be working on Thanksgiving and the weekend though. After school he and ds did some wiring on the house. Fortunately when he cut into the wall in preparation for the wiring and accidentally cut an electrical wire , he did not electrocute himself.

Good night. I have to go in early to have a fasting abdominal ultrasound.

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JENNEINAZ 11/25/2014 11:13AM

  I'm glad your do didn't get hurt! Good about the steps. I like it when my pedometer tells me I have reached my goal too.

And thanks for the hug yesterday. I did need it.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2014 6:54AM

    Have a great Tuesday. Good on the steps!

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COMPCHIC52 11/25/2014 1:10AM

    emoticon hope all goes well with ultrasound

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YMWONG22 11/25/2014 12:11AM

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What Went - Sunday

Monday, November 24, 2014

1. I had a bad night last night with cramping in my muscles. I had been doing so well without pain that I had slacked off on my nightly magnesium. That was a mistake. I've been drinking a lot of magnesium today which is hard on the tummy but has helped my muscles to release.

2, We had church this morning. I had a good time with the teens. I took a hard-boiled egg along with me for the "fellowship time" aka time that people eat pie and cake and other goodies. I also packed a lunch for us to eat after church so that we didn't spend more money eating out. I packed a bit of potato salad and just cheese, meat and crackers. A very simple light lunch.

3. Today was the fifth day in a row that I got over 6000 steps. I've been in competition with ds12 for steps on FitBit. Of course she beats me every day but I am giving her more of a run for her money lately.

4. I tracked my food. I often only eat a portion of a serving of something - esp. something like rice crackers - which is a pain when tracking. So today, I mashed all my rice crackers into one meal's tracking even though I actually ate them over the course of a day - just one serving's worth total.

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FRAN0426 11/24/2014 3:27PM

    Your doing great with getting the steps in. Sure hope your leg cramping goes back done to no cramping.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/24/2014 1:15PM

    Sounds like you did well! Good luck w/the competition.

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JENNEINAZ 11/24/2014 12:02PM

  Social eating is HARD. Good for you on the steps.

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PICKIE98 11/24/2014 4:25AM

    Those church potlucks are so good, but SO BAD! Good Sparking on that decision!

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What Went - Saturday

Sunday, November 23, 2014

1. I walked over 6000 steps today. I've been so glad that I've been able to walk more lately. My knees are a bit sore from the walking but it is minor.

2. I vacuumed the hallway today. Vacuuming is my nemesis when it comes to functional fitness, so this actually was a big deal for me. What is nice is that I'm still functional afterwards. I also did 4 loads of laundry from washing all the way to putting it away.

3. My FIL is starting to get accustomed to the retirement home. He's been joining some of the activities, including some field trips. I am so pleased. I smiled a bit when I heard that he is a bit bored because when he was home he slept for most of the day and night. Boredom means that he's coming out of depression and is becoming more interested in life. There are more things for him to do but he's still figuring all of that out.

4. We went out for dinner tonight to a nice restaurant for my birthday. My birthday was last week but we are spreading the celebration out a bit. I had salmon, mashed potatoes, and sauteed zucchini and cherry tomatoes. Very good. I asked for their gluten free version which looked identical to my husband's except that mine had no capers on it. Do capers have gluten? I also had a small dish of blackberry cream sorbet for dessert. They brought it out with a cookie in it and I had to ask them to get me another. But that was a very minor blip in a very lovely meal.

5. I was extra careful today in logging my food and exercise and blood sugar numbers.

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FRAN0426 11/23/2014 8:05PM

    Belated Happy Birthday Jean. Sounds like Saturday was a good day for you.

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ERIN_POSCH 11/23/2014 1:15PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Great effort on your part. WOOHOO to you!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/23/2014 12:51PM

    Good job

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JENNEINAZ 11/23/2014 10:17AM

  Sounds like a yummy dinner.

Vacuuming is my nemesis too, but it isn't because I can't do it. It is just because I really dislike it. I usually pay one of my kids to do it for me.

I am very glad that FIL is doing better. Woohoo!

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What Went - Friday

Friday, November 21, 2014

1. Rain and traffic and congestion, today! The medical parking garage was so full that a number of us drove around the entire thing and found nothing. Fortunately when I was coming out of the garage wondering where I was going to find parking, an attendant had just come running up and he let me (and others) park in the staff parking. I wonder why everyone needed to go to the doctor today?

2. The receptionist was snippy with me because late to the appointment and I was a bit snippy back because the parking situation was not my fault but due to bad supervision of the parking area. But she apologized and I apologized and we were all friends by the end.

3. My doctor's appointment went two hours long! This was not all with the doctor but included time undressing, talking to the P.A., waiting for the doc, talking to the doc, waiting for him to come back from an emergency, talking some more to the doc, getting a shot (he insisted I needed the pneumonia shot - happy birthday to me). The bad news. I'm now officially diabetic. He said that I need to give up rice. He's Asian and sympathized with how hard it is to give up rice in an Asian household! But waaaaah! I've already given up gluten so at least he can't tell me to give up bread because I'm not eating it. Also - my liver tests are getting worse, not better. So. . . more tests and off to the G-I specialist for me. He emphatically told me to lose weight. I'm trying! And I don't mean that to be an excuse. I do watch what I eat. I log it. I've just recently been able to do more exercise but I was walking every day anyway and keeping track with my Fitbit. Now I'm going to the Y everyday. And I hope to be able to do Zumba once a week for starters. I'm really frustrated.

4. So next on my list was a visit again to the lab. (I was just there two days ago). This time it took two phlebotomists, a hot pack and finally keeping my arm in a wastebasket of hot water before they could get some blood out of me.

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ALIHIKES 11/22/2014 11:16PM

    I went to the doctor here too on Friday (annual check-up) and I had an equally long wait. I am sorry you have to give up rice, it is a huge staple in my diet. But I know you can adjust. Best wishes to you,

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JENNEINAZ 11/22/2014 11:05AM

  I'm sorry about the rice. It is hard to give up the foods you are familiar with.

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FRAN0426 11/21/2014 11:03PM

    Jean it is tough having to give up a staple used in your diet. I understand frustration of exercising , and recording nutrition and see no weight loss, I'm there right along with you on that one. My doctor just keeps saying your eating to much. Naturally the doctor is a male--you know the group other than women, the group who just start eating healthy and exercising and lose quickly ( my hubby for one)--then they can't figure out why you aren't losing like they are. Yup, super frustrating!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/21/2014 9:43PM

    Sorry to hear about being diabetic (I assume type 2) It'll be a learning process, but you'll get the hang of it. I am type 2 as well.

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