Friday, October 24, 2014
Slept well last night. No nightmares, and the headache didn't wake me up. What a relief. Had to get an earlier than normal start as I had that appointment with the cardiologist. She gave my heart a clean bill of health. She said the chest pains I have been getting are more likely from my lungs, possibly an after effect of the pulmonary embolism I had a few years ago. I got to my appointment half an hour early and got seen right away, so I decided to take the extra time and do some Christmas and dog supply shopping. (I am trying to get all my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving.) Cooper is stocked up on treats for a few months. Happy dog! After I unloaded the car I decided to go to the gym, since Cooper was safe with my parents. Got in 3 miles on the treadmill in 30 minutes. Got up to 6.6 mph at my top speed. I am still doing intervals. I didn't run for over three weeks, and it feels like I am starting over. Hopefully it will come back pretty quick. After I got Cooper home I did a couple of SP videos, finished the book I started last night, then took the Coopster out for an hour and a half walk. I just had my go to salad for dinner again. It just doesn't get old. And it is high in protein and fiber. For a treat I stirred up some almond chia pudding. Yum! And then I did over 14 miles on the bike... I think I might relax a little tomorrow, though my neighbor wants to go with me to the gym...
My neighbor invited me over for drinks after dinner. I just had one. She was pushing me to have another, but I stuck to my one drink limit. We were dancing like crazy around her apartment for about 20 minutes. Silly ladies! Then I took Cooper out one more time for a half hour.
Now I am going to curl up with the dog and a good book and relax.
Heavy frost on the car this morning, and now there is snow possible on Nov 1st. I think we are washing the kayaks and gearing down for the Winter this weekend. So sad.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
It was a weird day today. I woke up at 4am with my headache throbbing and nightmares echoing in my head. Not a good way to start the day! I stayed up for a while until the nightmares faded, and the Tylenol blunted the headache, then curled back up with the dog. When we got up later I took him for a nice walk (over an hour). He had definite opinions about where we should walk today. He can be so stubborn. Then I crated hum and went to get my blood work done. I took the long way home... about 5 miles. Had lunch, which was the last of the big pot of chili I made a few days ago. (I gave a few servings to my aunt, so I didn't eat the whole thing myself.) After lunch I walked the dog again. While we were out the cardiologist's office called with a message that they had a cancellation for tomorrow morning, if I wanted the appointment. It means cancelling my morning walk with my niece, but I figure it is worth it. (My original appointment was in November.) My neighbor decided she wanted to make us dinner, but then when she got back from Walmart she said she had changed her mind, as she got so fed up with the store that she left without buying any groceries... which is why I never shop there. So, then I had to decide on dinner. I ended up just making a quick salad. I put black beans and corn on it among other things, but no salad dressing. Pretty healthy all in all. Then I walked the dog again. Now I am trying to locate my brother who has the keys to my mom's car, which he parked in my parking lot, but took the keys with him. (He just called me finally, it turns out he accidentally ran over a bow hunter's bow out at my parent's house this evening, and wanted to show dad the damage, and there is a whole long story attached to that...) Okay, I will be getting the keys shortly, only two hours later than he said he would. Grrrr... my family is bad about doing things in a timely manner. It makes things awkward, because I am usually early for things... probably as a reaction to always getting to events late as a child. Getting places early means that quite often my family is a loooong way from being ready to do or go where we are planning. Frustrating.
Anyway... It was just a weird day of ups and downs and miscommunications, all colored by the nightmares I had. Ugh. Here is hoping tomorrow is a more normal day... though with the doctor appointment in the morning it is looking like it won't be.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Managed to get myself and brother to the gym and signed up for a 3 month membership. He had to get right back to work, but I stayed and fit in a workout. I seem constitutionally incapable of not running when I get on the treadmill. LOL! I knew it would make my head hurt more, but I said what the heck and tried to see how fast I could go... safely. I got up to 6.5mph without a problem. I was hot and sweaty when I hopped off. Yes, my headache was worse, but my mood was improved. We take the good and bad together.
I am not doing too bad all things considered. Like I said yesterday... things could be much, much worse.
I am excited I actually got my brother to come in and join. Now I just need to keep him going regularly for 3 months!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
My brother and I are meeting at the gym tomorrow to sign up together. We have already agreed on a tentative schedule to workout 3x a week. I hope we can stick to it for the entire Winter. I would like to get a few more of these regained pounds off of me before the new kayaking season.
I haven't been talking about the headache as I was getting tired of my own whininess, but it is still with me. I have been practicing denial, in the hopes that if I ignore it then it might go away, or at least it wouldn't seem so fierce. Sad to say it is not working. I think this beast is bigger and stronger than me. But, on the bright side... only 9 days to my neuro consult, and maybe some answers (or some good painkillers, lol). Despite the discomfort my life is really pretty good. I just have to keep telling myself it could be worse... much, much worse.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Took care of a bunch of stuff early in the day. picked up my nieces before 10 am, dropped them off. Came home and walked the dog. Scheduled my neurology consult, picked up the disc of my CT scan. Went to lunch with my elderly friend, Peter. Went shopping for clothes and books (spent all of $30). Came home, and walked the dog for over 2 hours. Made a big pot of chili, since it is so cold the last few days. Now, I am going to relax with a book and a bowl of chili.
I checked the extended forecast, and it looks like our first taste of snow might come Nov 10. That first one rarely sticks. They are calling for another snowy Winter here. Good for snowshoeing, bad for walking, especially when it gets icy. I think I am going to convince my brother we should join the gym before Thanksgiving. I already got his word he would join with me and set appointments for workouts. Now we just need to motivate and get organized.
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