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Pre-appointment jitters

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I called my endocrinologist's office today. He had said to come back and see him 3-4 months post-surgery. It was three months just last week and I figured I'd call and make the appointment. I wasn't quite prepared for them to have a cancellation and the appointment is tomorrow morning. I'll just go in to work late. But this evening I'm noticing in myself a little bit of "I don't know what to expect" jitters. What can he tell without blood tests, anyway?

I've been following his directions about calcium and vitamin D supplements since the surgery, and I imagine I'll go in only to be sent out for tests before another followup. Hope to see lower numbers on the blood calcium level and good levels of parathyroid hormone.

I've been doing the SP "Spark your body" boot camp challenge, only not... the past two days I have done a different lower body and upper body workout than the little videos. I'm pleased with myself, though, because every day of the challenge I have done something in line with it.

Those of you who are following my giving up soda thing? My last diet soda was on December 27th. I'm hoping for a bubble-free January, for starters.

And... weather... tomorrow we are supposed to top the freezing mark. And the next day. And the next day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JGOLFER 1/13/2010 8:53AM

    I wish you the best of luck on your appointment today. I am loving the Spark Your Body Bootcamp! Some of the moves are very different and I can definitely feel it the next day. You need to check out a video blog from MYRTLY about her experiences with Bootcamp - she is hilarious. Congratulations on giving up diet soda. I love diet coke and limit myself to one a day and eventually I hope to get it down to 0. Glad the weather is improving. Have a great day!

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CONCHA77 1/13/2010 8:51AM

    I am sending along my prayers and positive thoughts for a great result from the Dr. Keep us posted.

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SUNNY332 1/13/2010 6:48AM

    Hang in there and don't "awfulize" the appointment outcome. I will be thinking of you as you go.

emoticon on being emoticonfree. That is an accomplishment.


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MSLZZY 1/12/2010 11:13PM

    Take a deep breath and stay calm. The appointment just came sooner than you expected. At least he didn't put you off for a month.
I'm glad the weather is getting nicer. It kinda tried to melt on Sunday and Monday but today the sun had enough power to put a crust on the snow and there were trickles of water seeping out of the snow banks! Woohoo! January thaw!
Have a good day tomorrow! I want to hear all about it. emoticon

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NELLIEC 1/12/2010 10:16PM

    emoticon for giving up soda!

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TEACHINMOM 1/12/2010 9:55PM

    Way to go giving up soda!! That's is awesome. Do you notice any differences, like in how you feel or how your body feels?? Just wondering because I did when I quit soda. So glad the temps are looking better for awhile. Have a great day tomorrow and best wishes on that appointment!

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Going the distance - progress toward a goal

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Reminder of my short term goal: by the end of January, I want to be going 5K on the treadmill in 45 minutes or less, twice in a week.

Today, I did it for the first time. And, oh, my goodness, I even broke into a slow jog for part of it. 5K in 44 minutes and 20 seconds. One time this week. I have three more weeks in the month to accomplish getting it done twice in a week!

Other than that, it's been an excellent day. My son called on the video software and the connection was decent. The blankets I'd shipped to him arrived yesterday. He has the calendar of rescued German Shorthaired Pointers hanging in his office. And with the addition of the Husker blanket, he now has some defense against the Texas Longhorns that surround him over there! He has found a fellow Nebraskan, too, which is just plain cool.

My daughter in law and I went to our weigh-ins, and rather than the slight gain I expected, I registered a "loss" of two tenths of a pound. That's a maintain in my book, and considering the week I had, I'm ecstatic.

Last but far from least, I got to play with my grand-kitties. They are growing so fast! Or maybe time is just flying so fast. The little girl kitten crosses her eyes when she plays with her kitty toys, and purrs like a champ. The little boy kitten is his mistress' own favorite. The two of them together... purr-fect!

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PATRISNA 1/12/2010 8:51PM

    You are doing great! I can't jog on the treadmill. I took my hands off the bars yesterday for about two seconds. LOL I am getting more comfortable with it machine everyday.

I'll be thinking of your son and praying he comes home safe. I am glad you can keep in good contact with him.

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SKIPPER21550 1/12/2010 8:11PM

  Good for you, on your loss. Please say Thank You to your son we appreciate our service men and women.

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NELLIEC 1/9/2010 8:25PM

    Ahhhh, kittens!

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SUNNY332 1/9/2010 6:54PM

    Grandkittens??? Now I am totally jealous.

Good luck on your goals.

Hugs, Sunny

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MSLZZY 1/9/2010 6:50PM

    emoticon High fives to you! In another week or so, you 'll be doing 2 5K's! emoticon
Glad your son has some defense against those Longhorns LOL!

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SMARTIEBEE 1/9/2010 6:01PM

    WOO HOO!!! Look at you! You will be jogging on a regular basis before you know it! Good for you!

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Still talking about the weather

Friday, January 08, 2010

Dang this is an unusual Winter. Not just here. When you watch the bowl games and see the breath on the spectators... it's not normal. When the citris growers are worrying about their crops, that's not normal. I haven't seen snows that pile up and build up like this in... well, since I moved back here, and that's been 11 years!

Seems like about once a decade we get a Winter like this. The one that sticks in my mind is from nearly 40 years ago. Our high didn't reach freezing for a month. When you're a kid, that's totally cool. You sled, you dig tunnels in the snow, you get days off school, and if you're lucky (I was) your mom makes it all seem like a great big adventure when your house loses power and you huddle under blankets and light candles or kerosene lamps.

Might not have been as much fun for Mom as she made it for us. Still, you have to keep that upbeat attitude, that Pioneer spirit, and defeat whatever gets thrown your way! I'm really, really grateful, at this point, that I started this fitness regime back in late May, because by now I CAN deal with the white stuff. I may not like to, but I CAN!

So to all my Spark Friends out there who are similarly dealing with "adverse weather conditions"... hang in and remember that moving around a lot helps one keep warmer! And it all counts.

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PATRISNA 1/12/2010 8:44PM

    We didn't have snow, but we had ten days of record low temperatures. People here are not used to this. I put on a lighter jacket this morning because I thought it felt warmer out. I was wearing a trutleneck sweater that was warm. I got in the SUV and it was 34 degrees! It was warmer by about ten degrees. LOL.

The days are getting longer spring is on its way. I think we might have hit 50 degrees this afternoon. WooHoo!

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SUNNY332 1/9/2010 10:14AM

    I do remember that storm 40 years ago. We had drifts so high, we could stand on the top of them and it looked like we were standing on the roof of the house. I am glad we did not have that much snow this round.

The emoticon is shining and Mr. Weather man is calling for some relief from this bitter cold.

Hugs, Sunny

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CONCHA77 1/9/2010 8:11AM

    We got "blasted" Thursday night and it felt great to be shoveling again. REALLY IT DID! That was our first snow storm as it has been pretty quiet in these parts this year. There was no school yesterday so the grand kids are all excited.
Keep up that great attitude and don't forget to log all the shoveling on the cardio posting! I bet you have the tonest arms around, emoticon
Stay warm, Connie

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NELLIEC 1/8/2010 11:13PM

    Oh, yes, it definitely helps to be in condition!

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JETTER4 1/8/2010 10:14PM

  I still cant wait till Spring

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The snow came

Thursday, January 07, 2010

I'm so tired of it. Now it's cold, windy, but sunshine!

Keep in mind this is new snow added to the top of what was cleared off in storms of December 8-9, and Christmas Day. It hasn't had time to "shrink" a whole lot... the new snow was only a couple of inches, but the wind pushes it around and I have to shovel it off the same spots and find a place to pile it up.

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SUNNY332 1/7/2010 8:47PM

    Sending you some sunshine today.

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We have no relief in the forecast until Sunday. Hang in there.


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MSLZZY 1/7/2010 8:30PM

    Same here except we had 4-6 inches of new snow. I was shoveling today and later sank up to midchest when I walked into the back yard to feed and water the dog. Hmmm! I think I've had enough snow this winter.

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    Oh, I'm tired of it too. But have you logged the snow shoveling in your fitness tracker to see how many calories you've burned? Pretty incredible! emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 1/7/2010 3:25PM

    It does get tiresome shoveling that snow. But when you see how it counts for exercise, you feel SLIGHTLY better.

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CHRISTARTIST 1/7/2010 3:21PM

    It's falling here.....looks alot like your yard! Stay safe,.

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ANUT4DISNEY 1/7/2010 2:12PM

    Wow is all I can say.

We still have little mounds of snow left from two weeks ago that won't go away because it's so cold. Might have flurries tonight but nothing like you have.

Keep warm.

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Well, it's not snowing YET...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

but the forecast says 90% chance, we're under a winter weather warning from about now (6 a.m.) until tomorrow afternoon. And they have already closed the schools. One problem is "where do I put it now" when I have to shovel off another 3 to 6 inches of the white stuff. If you are into increasingly challenging workouts, having to lift the shovel and toss the snow higher with each new snow fills the bill.

The streets were slick coming home yesterday. I observed the aftermath of one fender bender, watched another one happen in a left turn lane at an intersection (car in front paused to let the last car before the red light through... and the guy behind him couldn't react fast enough on the slick). I could feel the spots when I pressed the brake pedal, and see the little swerves others were experiencing. I was glad to be home safe.

So, the inner debate is whether to go in this morning early and try to skate home early. That's the going forward plan for now.

Boot camp: I've done fine, so far. My abs can feel it. We'll see what the non-optional workouts of more snow do to my progress in that regard.

Here's wishing everyone a Sparking good day!

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MSLZZY 1/6/2010 8:51PM

    I'm with you in the snow. School was cancelled today and probably will be tomorrow. Better safe than sorry with so many kids riding school buses from more than 15 miles out of town. There will be better days! Sounds like a warm up next week. Time will tell.
Leave some snow for the plow LOL!

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NELLIEC 1/6/2010 6:03PM

    Well, I told people that I believe in global warming in the summer and global cooling in the winter. Though I do think we may be getting a bit tooooo much!

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JGOLFER 1/6/2010 3:15PM

    Stay safe and warm. Can you believe they are forecasting snow here in little ole' South Carolina? Brrrr! Take care.

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CONCHA77 1/6/2010 2:41PM

    Be Safe driving-- and shoveling too!
We are not getting the snow up here in MI (E Lansing area) that we usually get by now this year. Believe it or not, we are under the average amount of snowfall. Send some my way! I don't mind it until about the end of Jan. It's cold and dreary here, and not too pretty.

Take care,

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HRDWLBY 1/6/2010 11:18AM

    Snow shoveling is great exercise, although from the looks of you background, you've been doing it more than you would like! We're getting some snow but not the amounts you are. I hope you had a safe trip home!

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VSWINGLE 1/6/2010 10:08AM

    I still can't believe the schools have their 4th snow day here this school year already. I enjoy being able to stay home, but I hope we won't be extending the school year into the summer!

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SUNNY332 1/6/2010 8:40AM

    We have a winter storm cast today also and hope it is manageable for us all. It is just early January and I am already ready for winter to be over.

Take care and have a Wonderful Wednesday. Praying Mr. Weatherman is wrong about the white stuff.

Hugs, Sunny

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DEBRA_T 1/6/2010 7:47AM

    We're getting 6-9 inches here in Chicago later today and overnight. I pray for the safety of you and all during the slick times. Have a good, safe and Sparktastic Day!

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