Tuesday, April 08, 2014
My youngest nephew turned 9 this week and emailed me to thank me for his present. We don't live in the same time zone, so I hardly ever get to see him. This was the first email he has ever sent and it was to me! (Mama was over his shoulder).
Yes, it is the little things in life! I love that little boy!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Since I decided to do everything I could to improve my chances of being Jack's bone marrow donor, I have logged about 22 miles on my pedometer and started deliberately choosing foods that are said to improve bone marrow production.
The changes seem to have had a positive impact on my energy level, which is great! I have not been sleeping well, both because of insomnia and getting used to a new neighbor's schedule and noise.
My walking buddy at work is a few years older than I am and told me that she has brittle bones. She knows she needs to do load-bearing exercises but doesn't (her doc said she should). After some thought, since she lets me pick the routes we walk, I started going up and down the hills on and around our campus. At first, I did not tell her why. Of course, I was winded, but that did not matter to me. Later, about the 2nd or 3rd day, I told her why. The last couple of days, we have done the load-bearing shorter walks (usually one or three a circuit in the hilly upper parking lot) and, to get distance and steps in, our longer walk in the afternoon. We will have to switch that up as summer comes on. It already feels as if it is here. It is unseasonably warm, but this blog is not about the serious drought.
As we walk, she talks. I now know that she doesn't walk alone and will not walk without me. I'm going to an offsite seminar for Monday and Tuesday, so I challenged her to do the same walking I did when she took a day off on Wednesday. That day, I reported my walks and step count to her and she has promised to do the same with me. Accountability...
It was somewhat gratifying to hear her breathing hard on the hills and for her to say that she feels the extra exertion. She has been trying to get me to walk regularly for a while so it feels good to do something that gives her a needed benefit as well!
The scale was up 3/10ths a few days ago. Not happy. But it may be water retention or not enough fiber. Working on both. I also know I need to be more careful about portion control. BF thinks we can eat anything when it's all veggies! Me? I can look at food or think about it and gain weight - or so it seems!
In summary, tired, but I am not letting that be an excuse for not walking. Amazing that being focused on Jack seems to have flipped a switch. I love the movement, but I would give anything for him not to have this cancer!
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
My company just announced a walking challenge and, for those who join, we get to buy FitBits at a subsidized price. I decided this will be my late birthday present to me. The challenge starts in early April and runs until midJune. My birthday will be almost the end of this month. The money is a bit of a challenge, but there's an extra Saturday this month so that means an extra day of pay.
Plus, since I am really motivated to drop some tonnage, this is perfect!
I want to drop at least 20 # before I go to the hospital to get tested to be a bone marrow donor.
Every step counts for my cousin Jack! The sooner I get tested, the sooner someone (and I hope it's Jack) can get a new lease on life!
The announcement about the challenge is company-wide. I forwarded the announcement to my department coworkers saying that I had already signed up and would love it if they would join me.
A coworker in another group is my current walking buddy and I told her about Jack today. She is committed to helping me get where I need to be.
I definitely have an attitude of gratitude!
We walked farther and faster today than I have done since who knows when. Not much farther, but I definitely got my heart rate up. I DID NOT FALL! After falling so hard twice last week, I am a bit scared, but I won today!
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Thursday evening, I walked with BF to Sports Authority intent on getting some new walking shoes. Almost there, I caught my foot in a sidewalk crack and did a dramatic four-point landing.. My lower back was tight above my left leg which is a smidge shorter than the right.
I felt ok yesterday but for the knee, elbow and hand scrapes. This morning, I was a lot more sore. I was afraid I would have trouble sitting at job #2 all day. Very tired, I considered calling in. But I need the $.
It has been FINALLY raining here. Not enough to solve the drought, but it helps. This morning, it was very lightly sprinkling, almost too light to notice. I decided to walk at lunch. I had come in to work to find a live check and was afraid, since it was not auto-deposited, that I was going to be laid off. But, no. I'd forgotten they were going to switch to a new vendor for all of their accounting work. I had also forgotten that this check was going to be half the normal since I was sick a few weeks ago.
I decided to walk to the new credit union location and deposit my live check. I've been with this CU for decades and was a bit disconcerted when they moved offices last summer. Almost simultaneously, they opened a new branch in the town where I live, so I had not seen the new building. It turned out to be close to the old location, right near all the county offices. I sat on a park bench and ate my sandwich and then walked back towards the office.
I stopped at Carls Jr (wait for it) and bought a side salad. I pulled off the cheese and ignored the croutons. I never liked the texture of bread in my salads even before I started caring about what went into my mouth. I DID use some of their balsamic dressing, but only about a quarter of the package. The greenery was nice and fresh and a good deal for $1.99!
I was almost back at the dealership when another crack in the sidewalk jumped out and got me. The scary thing was that it was so hard to get my legs back under me. My left knee feels about the size of a cantaloupe!
Thursday, when I fell, I was nearly in tears, so frustrated that this happens so often. Today, I was just angry. Yes, I have mobility issues (born with cerebral palsy), but, *&*&(&^^%^&( this is important! I MUST get into shape. I must get my BMI down.
There are two bone marrow donor sites that I have explored. I am too old to donate for one of them, but not the second. However, my BMI is just beneath the upper limit so I MUST get it down.
My cousin Jack has the same *)*^&^&*& cancer that killed my dad. It started as prostate cancer and is now bone cancer. When Dad got sick, I looked up to see what the prostate is thinking I would donate it(!). I don't have the proper equipment - HA! I could do nothing to help my dad, but Jack is a bit younger than Dad was. It sounds as if the VA is choosing a different treatment path.
I told my boss that I will pursue getting tested and hope to be Jack's donor. Even if I am not, I will go see him when he goes to Seattle for the transplant/transfusion. No dates have been set, but I MUST get this tonnage off!
Another incentive of much less import is the fact that there will probably be pictures and I am so DONE being the fattest thing in all the family shots!
About the same time that I fell, the tiny sprinkle drops became larger and more frequent. I am still praying for rain. What we have is not nearly enough.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yesterday, I read one of the SparkPeople emails that came to my inbox. As I scrolled down the page, I saw one of those hints that people post to share how they succeed. As I read it, I thought, Hey, this is pretty good! To my utter amazement, I wrote it back in the fall of 2010!
This is what I said:
I have some physical challenges that limit what I can do. For that reason, I don't use the workout generator and cannot do a lot of the daily exercises. Thinking about that is a real de-motivator, so instead, I focus on what I can do.
I do what I can and keep trying to add more reps or more weight or whatever. Sometimes I will try a new exercise just to see what I can do. With some of my regular balance exercises, I have been pleasantly surprised to discover increased range of motion, better balance and other positive changes
Now, to live the words! I can't begin to express what a this was!
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