Saturday, November 30, 2013
As most of you know, I go all out baking this time of year. Cookies, cakes, pies and of course making candy. Well, a couple weeks ago I went to Crisco.com and rated a pie crust recipe that I use. I finally found one that will actually turn out right that I get rave reviews from family and friends for. So I submitted the review during a special promotion "contest" they're having. The price bundle is a "Michele Stuart bundle". Apparently she's won a lot of pie contests and has a couple cookbooks out. Any way last week, I got an email saying they needed my address so they could ship my prize out. Seriously? I don't win prizes ever. So I sent them my address and now I wait. They said it could take eight weeks to get my prize bundle. We'll see. Anyway it's supposed to be a Michele Stuart cookbook, an apron, a mixing bowl and spatula. Of course there's no actual pictures of the prize bundle so I don't have a clue what it'll be. Anyway...I actually won something! When and if I receive it, I'll be sure to post photos. I just had to share that tidbit with you today.
Sorry I've been AWOL. I've been feeling under the weather. All sorts of yucky sinus problems, coughing, headaches and congestion alternating with runny nose and an occasional nosebleed. Nosebleeds are nothing new because I remember having them since I was eight years old. Some really bad but most are just a total nuisance with no apparent cause. There were two incidents that landed me in the ER and they never figured out what caused them to be so severe. Hoping it doesn't get that bad. I have a regular three month appointment with my regular doctor next week, the 23rd I have an appointment with my retina specialist because I've noticed changes in both eyes and January a neurology appointment regarding my migraines. So I think I have all the bases covered for now. I think I may have passed a kidney stone or have one working it's way through. I get them occasionally and I've had some really bad pain in that area. I had two days of absolute nothingness this week which my dog wasn't happy with but I just couldn't handle doing much of anything.
Needless to say my monthly fitness minute goal just didn't happen at all. Oh well, I'll work on it next month again. No point getting all upset and bothered by falling short. It happens. Life happens. We have setbacks. We must pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and figure out how to get back on track.
My plans for December are:
1. Maintain a holding pattern until after the holidays. I have too much baking for the holidays to do. I give most of it away Christmas and during the holidays but that doesn't mean I don't sample the cookies and fudge. Of course, there's the desserts I'll make for Christmas dinner too. I'll eat them. Just like I'm eating the pecan pie I baked for Thanksgiving dinner. It's come in handy when my blood sugar bottomed out at 46 yesterday. It's portion control time. I mean seriously I could eat the whole freaking pecan pie by myself in one sitting I love it so much. It's my all time favorite. My facebook friends and family were drooling over the photo I made of it and posted. I made pumpkin pie for my son but I can take it or leave it. I tried it and it did nothing for me this year so I'm leaving it.
2. Do my best to walk my dog everyday. It's that time of year for weather to be really messy. I see many days of rain or even snow (ugh) in the December forecasts so we'll see.
3. Work on getting my arse on the exercise bike more. It felt good to ride it the other day but I just haven't felt up to putting forth that much work. I've been tiring out too easily since I've felt bad.
4. Get back into walking with Leslie Sansone again. I've been standing waiting for timers on the dryer, on the stove, whatever. So I may do five or more minutes of her routines while I'm waiting. Better than doing nothing.
5. Look up those darn videos I was doing with the resistance bands again. I'm having trouble with my right leg so I'm not sure about the lower extremity workout but at least I could get my upper body going again. Take a vacation and not do something and it blows me out of the water!
Get your "game" plan ready. Set reasonable goals. By reasonable I mean don't say I'm going to do 2500 minutes of fitness this month knowing you normally only do 1000 maybe. With everything going on since it's the holidays you don't need extra stress. Remember though all that holiday shopping is going to add walking minutes to the fitness! More steps for those counting steps. It'll add up. You'll have to park farther from the malls and stores since everyone's out shopping those extra steps add up.
Need to get myself motivated again and back in the game! No matter what I know
Just like I know
We just have to towards our goals
Don't let any setbacks throw you off your path. We just have to re-assess and get back on track again.
If the weather's too cold or bad outside to walk, run, be out in then change to an indoor routine. SparkPeople.com has a library of great videos. There's one out there for your fitness level. Youtube.com and Hulu.com also have libraries of videos. Just type what you're looking for on Youtube.com and you'll come across a ton of videos. On Hulu.com there are fitness channels. Both also have Leslie Sansone walk at home videos. You can have a great variety of exercise routines without spending any money.
We've all got to commit to changing our lives for the better. It's a commitment, something that you'll enjoy doing for the rest of your life. Just like the food you eat, you want to have a variety of foods you eat that are healthy and good because you want to continue this journey the rest of your life. This isn't a diet. This isn't a quick fix. This is a lifestyle change. A commitment to a better life. If you don't enjoy what you're doing/eating, you won't stick with it. Find something you love and it'll be fun.
Until next time, remember you are a beautiful person. You have your unique talents and abilities. You deserve the best in life.
Sending you love and hugs,
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I'm having new problems again. This time with my left knee which is nothing new. Back in September 1983 I had surgery on my knee and they basically rebuilt and moved things around and put two screws in to hold it all in place. That was a long recovery before I was able to fully bear weight and walk normal again. My knee hasn't been the same since the surgery. I have better range of motion but there are still a lot of things I can't do. If I kneel I end up with a very dark knee area. When I touch the area around my knee if feels weird because if I touch the left side, I feel it more on the right side. Strange but true. The last time I saw my surgeon he told me that I would have problems with swelling on occasion so that is no surprise this morning. Also he told me that if I did something to my foot/ankle it could affect my knee. Maybe I stepped wrong when I got out of the chair yesterday which is why I'm in pain now. It does this periodically so I'm used to it, I just hate being slowed now. Did I just say that? Wow! Words I never thought I'd say. So I'm just going to walk my dog as usual and give it more rest. Do a few simple exercises on it like I was taught in PT after surgery. I don't want to over stress it. I'm sure this freezing cold weather isn't helping any. Speaking of weather I looked at the weekend forecast - Sunday 71 and showers. Seriously? Oh well, what's the old saying? If you don't like the weather stick around 15 minutes and it'll change. Sometimes I feel like that. The wind has died down considerably today - woohoo - no nasty wind chills. The sun is shining bright - gorgeous day. It made it to 40! Woohoo and the wind chill's only 37 today. Yesterday it was 20+ degrees colder than those 30s. I'd be so much happier for the weather to be in the 50 to 80 degree range. Lol.
I was truly disappointed yesterday in myself. Why? Well, I took my measurements and I was about an inch bigger than the last time. Okay. I have to admit I have a hard time getting everything lined up right so I could be at fault. So I checked to see what my weight difference was from last year - in December 2012 I was was about 205. I'm at about 213 now. Okay eight pounds could have settled different. Yet, I feel smaller. Weird. Maybe my "newer" body is finally starting to be noticed by me? Maybe. Oh well, it's just a guideline. I need to try on some of those size 18 jeans I have in my closet that were too little and see how much more I need to lose to get into them. Maybe I was just bloated yesterday. I've had that happen because even my neck was bigger but it looks smaller. Oh well, not going to obsess about it. Neither should you. I don't obsess over my weight either. The scale is there to remind me about my fluid build up problem. I can easily "gain" up to five pounds overnight if I don't take it. I want to lose a few more pounds before year end. That's going to be difficult because of the upcoming holidays. As long as I don't gain I'll be happy because the holidays are my time to bake and enjoy family and friends. I bake gifts of cookies, pies, cakes and make fudge and such. It's kind of a tradition and everyone loves it. So I spoil them every year. I sometimes try new recipes and of course make the old standbys too. Some people get stressed over that. It relaxes me and makes me happy. I take what I have on hand and make things that others enjoy too. My 85 year old Aunt has been hinting for something sweet like all the time. My son wanted a spice cake. So I'm going to make one today something. I'm not a big spice cake fan which is great because it won't be as tempting as something else (say pecan pie - my fave) would be.
The store where my son works is opening at 6pm on Thanksgiving this year. So that's putting a damper on plans until I find out exactly what his work schedule will be. We may have Thanksgiving another day. Depends on his schedule. I invited my Aunt over & told her who knows what we'll have. I had invited my brother too - doubt he shows up but I wanted him to know he's more than welcome to come on down and visit anytime! We'll have fun no matter what.
Life's a challenge - so bring it on! We can't let things get to us. We have to say "okay, here's what I'll do" and find a way to deal with it. My last challenge was the dryer going out Oct 23rd. My monthly check was long gone. My son had bills to pay and had to get groceries to make it until my November check. So it came and after paying bills I had almost enough to buy a dryer. My Aunt loaned me some money so I could get the dryer and take some clothes to the laundry mat to dry otherwise I wouldn't have made it. Then where I bought the dryer made an exception and delivered the dryer on a Saturday - if they hadn't it would have been November 27th at the earliest. A little Divine intervention I believe. At any rate things are looking much better except on the grocery part. I do have a turkey in the freezer so I can have turkey for sure. Not much else. I have traditional turkey fixings too. So it's going to be tight until my December check but we will make it just fine.
No point in stressing out what you can't change. Things happen. We learn. We grown. We adapt. We will do this. Simple strategies that are important in all areas of your life. No matter what the situation - whether it's losing weight, getting healthier, buying groceries, paying bills, anything. You just have to come up with a strategy to get to your goals. Sometimes you have to re-evaluate your strategy because life throws you a curve ball. The thing is you need to be flexible and learn to adapt to the current situation.
My weight has been a struggle all my life. I let myself go because I didn't have the confidence in myself that I could make changes. I finally had no choices but to get healthier. Yes it is a daily challenge. Life is a challenge but if you set your mind to something, you can do it. Just remember to be flexible to allow for those curve balls that come at you out of no where!
Have a great week. Remember . I know because I've done it so far. together!
Sending you love & hugs,
Friday, November 08, 2013
You never know what you are capable of doing until you start doing it. The newer me is surprised when I look back. I was looking back at my trophies today and learned something. I restarted Spark back about July 24, 2011. Didn't get any awards then. I discovered my fitness minutes have been 1000 minutes per month up until July of 2013. That's when I apparently went into overdrive or something because they jumped to 2500 a month every month except October when I had all the problems with my leg and it wasn't because I didn't try to get there either because I got the 2000 award. I was seriously shocked by this. It's like all of the sudden I really started moving a lot more. Maybe it was because I had gained weight? Maybe I felt great? Looking back now I don't know what my motivation was but I'm glad something kicked in. I feel better. The vast majority of those minutes were walking my dog or walking alone or with someone else. Walking does work y'all. I've been sporadic on everything else though. I've been on a 61 minute walk with my dog already. Hoping to get another walk in, probably shorter but a walk nonetheless. I love to walk.
I was really surprised I didn't really hurt this morning after do those two jogging intervals yesterday. It'll probably hit tomorrow - usually hits two days later. I was so happy though yesterday that I didn't feel any pain and no breathing problems (I have asthma). I will definitely be doing more in the future. Who knows I may be able to do more? You never know until you try. So I've lost 63 pounds. I've gone from a size 26/28 in pants down to 18 for the most part and in tops 18/20 depending on how they're made. Yes it's taken me a while. I don't care though because I'm entering new territory - I haven't been here since the 1970's. So I'm happy.
Results I've seen and others have noticed: I'm much happier, I smile more (even though my smile is broken from a stroke and Bells palsy). I'm much more outgoing. I'm not that shy crawl into my hole and stay person anymore. I want to get outside. I want to do things. My son says I've blossomed out. I'm learning more about myself. I love to take short hikes - I'm still not physically able to do long hikes. So I'll enjoy what I'm able to do and try to do a little more at a time.
I remember when walking to the street was traumatic and hurt like heck. Do I hurt now? Yes I do, some days more than others. Does that stop me now? Not entirely, it may slow me down because I have to adjust to what I'm able to do. In the words of my 85 year old Aunt "I have to because if I sit down for long I'll never be able to get up again." She says this when she's having one of her bad days. She uses a cane or her walker that has a nice seat on it but she's still moving. She would love to move more but her body just won't allow it. I think of her when I get down and get myself back up again. I also think of her late husband. He retired in 1995 and refused to do anything at all. He would go to the bathroom, to bed, to his chair and the kitchen table. That was "all the walking I need." He was 10 years younger than my Aunt. He ended up with Alzheimers and unable to do anything. He passed away almost two years ago. Taking care of him got my Aunt down bad because "he wasn't able to do anything" those were his words for everything. I vowed then never to let myself get like him. He never read anything, watched only sports, never wanted to go outside or see anyone. He wanted to be waited on. My Aunt is so opposite. She still wants to help people. I told it was time for us (all the nieces and nephews) to help her.
Is there anyone close to you that inspires you to do all you can to be a better person? With my head injury back in October 2006 a lot of my memories were erased of my family. That still bothers me because I can't remember how someone was, what they did. The things I do remember bother me because I'm thinking that something is missing. Maybe it is, maybe it's not - I just don't know. I cherish the memories I do still have. Things I didn't do and my self-inflicted isolation bother me a lot now.
Life is too short. We are never guaranteed a tomorrow. I know that one all too well. God gave me a second chance in life. I don't aim on missing out of too much this go round. Life is to be experienced. Life is to be lived. Spread love and happiness around you. Surround yourself with those you love and cherish that make you happy. You deserve the best life has to offer. Enjoy it today and everyday you're alive.
Sending my wonderful friends love and hugs,
Friday, November 01, 2013
Whew! This year has sped by. I mean seriously it's November already - November! Ugh....what have I got to show for it? What have you accomplished this year so far?
My year has been ups and downs all along the way. My weight went up up and it's slowly starting to come down.
My blood sugar medication has been adjusted downward (again). That's a big .
I've been having problems and lots of pain periodically around my right knee. It's not the knee but everything around it, especially above my knee. I've had this problem before so it's nothing new. As before nothing really to do for it. So I try to give it plenty of rest and watch the range of motion because certain moves really hurt. So I try to stop and do other things or rest it. At any rate, my other exercises have virtually stopped. I had to completely quit my jogging/running I was starting because of it. If my knee continues on this pathway it'll get to the point it did seven years ago and start hyper-extending causing me to have frequent falls. So I'm doing everything I can to avoid that. That was the fall that dramatically changed my life (loss of consciousness, loss of a lot of my memories as well as short term memory problems - in a nut shell). I can't handle that possibility ever again.
I can't say that it's been a total bust because my clothes are fitting differently - looser and I've got a few more size XL in my closet. Everything depends on the clothing item no matter what size it's hard to find clothes that fit. I've got a 3X tee shirt that fits like some of my XL tops. Seriously a problem there. Same with my pants - size 18 but you never know how they'll fit. Sometimes perfect, sometimes a mile too big and sometimes a mile too small.
I'm not really fixated on sizes or the number on a scale. I'm feeling so much better now. I'm living life more fully and enjoying myself. I just turned 59 in September. The big 6-0 is looming in the future now. I heard a girl at the restaurant my 85 year old Aunt and I ate at this afternoon say "once you hit 50 you can age backwards and deduct a year every year". I laughed and told my Aunt I was back to 41 now. She laughed. She always tells everyone she's "39".
My goals for the remainder of the year is basically to maintain. This is the holiday season and I do a lot of baking. I love to bake and experiment. I love to go on a baking frenzy just before Christmas making cookies, candy/fudge, cakes, pies and all that. I give them as gifts. Yes, I'm tempted to eat them and I now eat in moderation and allow for it in my daily diet during that time. It's not like it used to be - eat two or three cookies out of every cookie sheet that comes out of the oven until you're sick. Or big hunks of cake or pie or candy/fudge. I've learned how to better deal with things. Yes, I slip up. Do I get mad? No, it doesn't serve any purpose other than to frustrate me which in turn upsets me more and feeds the bad cycle. I love sweets. No denying that. Unlike my lovely grandmother who hid candy and would sneak in the kitchen for a piece of pie or cake while everyone was asleep (I caught her with a piece of pecan pie in her mouth one night) I can show restraint. I know I have to because I'm diabetic. I went through a few different phases and just didn't give a damn about myself and ate anything and everything in sight. I used to drink six or more cans of Pepsi a day - everyday. Now, I rarely have a Pepsi or any other soda. As a result I really don't care for the taste anymore. As a better result I have gone from being inches away from insulin and gone through two different lower dose adjustments since December 2011.
I have not gone extreme on my journey. I'm taking small steps and making sure the changes are going to stay with me for the rest of my life. Yes, I may get sidetracked and stray off the pathway a bit but I always kick myself back in line. Life is a learning process. I learn more and more everyday about myself. I'm proud of my accomplishments. Who would have thought I'd walk 1300 miles since July 24, 2011? Not me but I did it. Who'd thought I'd actually step foot on the Appalachian Trail and do a little hiking? Not me but I really wanted the experience. So in June 2012 I did a short hike at Carvers Gap on Roan Mountain on the NC/TN state lines. I would have loved to have gone further but I knew I had to go back the same distance to get to the car. Being my first time I didn't really know what to expect either. Guess what? I found out I love to hike and hike whenever I get the chance. The rest of the time I walk walk walk my dog. My son says I'm like a different person. I am a different person - I'm finally freeing myself and allowing myself to enjoy life more. I'm actually wanting to get out and be involved. I was severely depressed and wanted to hide in a hole away from everybody and everything. I hated myself. Guess what? I don't hate myself anymore. I get mad at myself and frustrated but that's a more normal thing.
I want to get out there and be the best I can be. Along the way out there, I'm learning more about myself and my body. What I can do and what physical limitations I have and how to best cope with them. I want to look back and say "wow! I'm glad I was able to do that" and not "oh I wish I had of done that". What about you?
I'm looking forward to 2014's challenges and facing them head on. 2013 has thrown me plenty of curves but I'm trying my best to take them and get back on track again.
Remember that we all have the power to change our lives
Don't give up
Sending you love & hugs,
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