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Friday, April 02, 2010

So, I was not in the greatest of moods going in for this biometric screening thing. I was prepared for the possibility that cholesterol might not be as pretty a picture as I'd like, but what I wasn't prepared for was my white-coat hypertension to put in an appearance.

Folks, I have a home blood pressure machine. I looked at my bp last night and it was 106/69... really good. This morning, with a room full of people who are total strangers to me, it registered 132/78. Then of course they have their little protocol to "counsel" me on my "prehypertension". People, I do NOT have hypertension. I have low to normal blood pressure. Do not try to patronize me like I'm some kind of ignoramus.

The cholesterol wasn't great, but it wasn't as bad as it would have been if I didn't drop 60 pounds in the past ten months, and clean up my eating act.

So, numbers were disappointing, "cattle call" atmosphere irritating, and this COULD have led to a "why do I bother trying" attitude.

But it didn't. My beautiful daughter in law called after work and invited me over to play with the grand-kitties, and that re-set my mood. We also play Wii Sports... it was a blast... tennis, golf, and bowling. And now I'm wiped out.

Happy Easter to all! And to all a good night! emoticon

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BRENDALEE235 4/3/2010 11:16AM

    I agree with you mine can be way up at the doctors but normal every where else. I need some grandchildren to calm my nerves. I just wish my children could see how healthy it would be for me. LOL
You know you are doing better and before you know it the numbers will be where you want them. Keep up the great job and enjoy the journey.

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RITAROSE 4/3/2010 9:38AM

  You have done an amazing job with your weight loss. I'm a bit disappointed that the doctor didn't ask for your input about why your bp was high! You have proved that you can make healthy choices and that you are working towards a healthy lifestyle. I empathize with you!

Those grandkids helped you to reset your mind and have fun being active and playing with them. Good choice! Big fun for mind and body! emoticon

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NELLIEC 4/2/2010 11:00PM

    Whenever I have my blood pressure taken, I purposely relax since I know about the phenomenon of having higher pressure in a doctor's office. It works!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/2/2010 10:46PM

    Great attitude! Doctors and all that medical stuff can be so impersonal and unhelpful, as well as outrageously expensive. Grandkids can put everything in perspective. So glad you let them do that for you!! -Marsha

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102633 4/2/2010 10:45PM

    I know exactly what you mean about the "white coat hypertension" and the canned pep talk about all the damage that can be done to your body.

I believe you though that you do not have the condition.

Congratulations on the 60 pound drop and the increased health from it. Keep up the great work!

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Tomorrow I will find out just how much good my program of the last ten months has been: I have a biometric screening, including the cholesterol and glucose screenings. I've never had a glucose problem (thank goodness), but I have at times registered as "borderline high" in the cholesterol. Not enough to be put on meds, mind you, but enough to get advice about diet and exercise.

Well, I've dropped significant weight, and I'm back at regular exercise again. I'm hoping the numbers will show benefits in the cholesterol levels! Keep your fingers crossed. Hopefully I haven't lost any more height!


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BRENDALEE235 4/2/2010 8:08PM

    good luck and keep us posted on how it goes.

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COLEE82 4/2/2010 8:44AM

    Wishing you the best! emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/2/2010 7:55AM

    I hope all the numbers reflect your hard work. One less thing to worry about and a sign that you are doing everything right. Have a wonderful Easter weekend! emoticon emoticon

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CONCHA77 4/2/2010 5:48AM

    I KNOW you will get great results, Barb. You have worked very hard towards your health. God Bless, Connie

Happy Easter.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/2/2010 12:43AM

    No doubt you'll have excellent numbers tomorrow. You are doing a great job, and tomorrow will be your reward. Keep up the good work, and let us know how things work out.

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APRILLSCOTT 4/2/2010 12:43AM

    Please let us know how it goes! We will be pulling for you in this corner! Exercise helps out so I've got my fingers crossed and saying a little prayer also! emoticon

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LJCANNON 4/1/2010 11:55PM

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We will be thinking of you. Saying a prayer for good results.

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PONDERTHIS 4/1/2010 10:17PM

    Let us know how it goes! Best wishes for positive outcomes ~
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Mid-week musings

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My goal for this week was actually related to getting enough sleep. So I've been being a good girl shutting down the computer a little earlier and getting myself to bed on time. After doing a little "OD" on the basketball, and of course, son's leave time... it's a good week to emphasize sleep.

Meanwhile, suddenly it's not just Spring, it's close to Summer. That's the way the seasons change around here... Winter one day, Summer the next... and a few days intermixed of the two constitute what passes for Spring and Fall. Things are greening up, and I'm thinking about yard work.

Confession: I am NOT a yard work person. For one thing, plants make me sneeze. Yeah, hay fever, big time sufferer. So I have this love/hate relationship with nice weather. As often as not while everyone else is raving about how gorgeous it is, I'm hiding from it! As contrary as this may sound, one of the best things I did for my fitness last year was to hire someone else to mow my lawn!

Then I was better about doing other things, not being busy either mowing or dreading mowing. I took the dog for walks. I lifted weights. I didn't worry about getting the mowing done during "nice" weather. In the end, I was in better shape and happier for it.

Anybody else have rewards / strategies that help your health even while they sound "odd" to conventional wisdom?

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PENNYAN45 3/31/2010 8:33PM

    Sleep is a big item for me. If I don't get enough - my brain functions at a minimal level, and I have trouble doing ordinary things during the day. A couple of sleepless nights in a row will leave me with the beginning of a head cold.

I believe that sleep is healing. It's good you have focused on getting enough.

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KALIGIRL 3/31/2010 8:15PM

    I can relate to yard work imposing on a healthy schedule, not to mention golf now that the weatherís turned nice. (Iím sorry for your hay fever, but Iím one of those loving thisÖ)

This may sound like the antithesis of your goal of gaining more sleep, but Iím going to start getting up earlier. Youíve been great about exercising after work, but if I donít get it in first thing, it just doesnít get done.

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NELLIEC 3/31/2010 3:33PM

    I am definitely a sun and heat avoider since they make me feel weak and terrible! None of that exercising during the time most other people are enjoying what they call good weather!

I do some veggie gardening during the evening when the sun is waning and so is the heat. Also the allergens seem most prevalent in the morning, so that is a good time to estivate (like hibernating, but in the summer).

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MSLZZY 3/31/2010 2:41PM

    For a few years, hanging laundry outside and gardening were not considered in vogue. Now the tide has turned and it is acceptable to do both. The extra activity from using the clothesline equates to using less electricity and natural gas.
Gardening is a fine art (most days) and having the opportunity and the space to
do it creates endless possibilities for stretching, bending, etc. All the fresh air can work wonders for those who do not suffer from allergies, hay fever and the like. Last on my list is opening the windows and turning off the AC. I did that last night and we all slept so good!
Take care and leave the mowing to someone else. Your body will thank you for it!

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CREATINGAMANDA 3/31/2010 10:33AM

    I have allergies too ... some days I just want to stay in the air conditioning, which sometimes feels like a waste of a day but I have to say - some days it's better than dealing with the allergies.

Great job on getting enough sleep! That's a goal I'm working on myself.

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DEBRA_T 3/31/2010 10:27AM

    I love it! Why suffer doing something that makes you ill when it is so simple to hire someone to do it, leaving you free to do things that increase your health. Of course, I also heartily concur because I'm not supposed to get too much sun exposure (at the beach, which I love, I'm always under an umbrella with 50 SPF). So, even when I lived in Florida, I was inside reading my book while everyone else was lounging around the pool. It helped that our sliders folded into the wall, making the living room a part of the "outside," but still people thought it was odd that I would be indoors on such beautiful days.
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/31/2010 10:13AM

    I think my whole life falls under the category of strange, odd, weird...

I think finding Your Way is ideal! Whatever it takes, whatever works, do it!

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PATRISNA 3/31/2010 10:03AM

    I can empathize and identify with you. People constantly ask why don't you walk outside? Then they say walking on the treadmill all the time must be boring. I don't feel I need to tell everyone I suffer from allergies.

I also have a love hate relationship with gardening & yard work. I love plants, but am allergic to the hard work part of gardening. emoticon

Seriously I don't think you should feel guilty about hiring someone to do yard work. It keeps you from having an allergy or asthma attack so it is for your health.


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JHADZHIA 3/31/2010 8:15AM

    You are doing the right thing, avoiding activity that bothers your allergies! My problem with allergies is the dust and snow mold. We have not had much snow and warmer weather than normal, melting it all, and with our constant winds, it has been one big dust bowl, and I have had difficulty breathing and sleeping for three weeks now. So I have had to avoid outdoor activity. No greening in sight here, usually doesn't happen until late May. Dog walking is the best activity, and they will love you for it!
I have been dealing with a slow healing broken elbow for two months (and another slow month to go!), but I have been able to maintain my weight as I am doing lots of cardio DVD's with strength training with my left hand, as well as time on the elliptical. I really do miss my Curves workouts, I am going to be so out of shape for those machines when I finally can get back to it.
I also miss my aquafit, but with 13 DVD's to choose from I am not getting bored and my body isn't getting used to what I am doing. I am hoping when it finally heals that I can go to this mineral hot spring pool for a few days. Its called the healing waters, and people actually move there to use it daily as they say it helps their various ailments. I imagine soaking in 105 degree water every day would make anyone feel good :)!
Stay the course, we can do it!

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Promise Keeper Mondays

Monday, March 29, 2010

Maybe every day has a theme? I've decided that Mondays are a great day to keep a promise to yourself. For me, that promise is a brief lower-body strength work out. Somehow the whole week goes better when I keep that promise on Monday!

Even if I have a hard time later in the week, it's easier to keep keeping promises if I start out with keeping ONE on Monday.

Somebody commented on a previous blog to name "Treadmill Tuesday". Now all we need to do is figure out what the rest of the themes are! One day at a time though... I kept my promise to me, today!

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What promise to yourself did you keep today?

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DHENDLER 3/31/2010 8:22AM

    waist trimming wednesdays?

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KALIGIRL 3/29/2010 9:33PM

    Isn't it great when we start out right?
If I get up @ 5:00, I'm able to meditate before working out and that sets the pace for the rest of the day!

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MSLZZY 3/29/2010 9:23PM

    I promised to track everything I ate today and I did!
How about "Movin' it Mondays", "Walk it Off Wednesdays",
"Turn it Up Thursdays", "Fit as a Fiddle Fridays"?
I'm tapped out LOL!

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Is that sNug with an N, or sMug with an M?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

OK, admit it, you have a pair of jeans hidden in a drawer or a closet somewhere that you dream of getting back into. Am I right?

Well, a funny thing happened to my skinny jeans, the ones I HOPED I might fit again if my efforts were successful. They became so loose I am no longer comfy wearing them. Today I bought a new pair of skinny jeans, with a 30 inch waist. Me! I can't believe it. But then again, I can. Feels gooooood!

emoticon emoticon Go, K State!

Well, looks like all my sentimental faves are being knocked out by the men from Butler! emoticon Gotta give 'em credit, they are playing like champions.

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DHENDLER 3/31/2010 8:21AM

    Awesome Barb! You have arrived!

I rec'd a bit of a boost too. This past weekend, I went thru my closet to change over for the season - tried on stuff that finally fit! ... but had a laugh because it was so dated that I got rid of it anyway. I went shopping yesterday and got a nice lift by getting in some (sized big) size 10 pants! Mostly the 12's were what were fitting ... but that was better than the sz 14's I've been wearing! It felt great.

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MSLZZY 3/29/2010 8:38PM

    Look at you! Time to retire those old jeans and have something new and special. Just as special as you are! WTG!

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WATERMELLEN 3/28/2010 6:32PM

    Fabulous! You've gotta be feeling so proud of yourself, and you've earned it!!

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DEBRA_T 3/28/2010 6:18PM

    That's a mighty small pair of skinny jeans -- and just an awesome feeling I'm sure. I'm with Mary (COOKME123) -- I have the large clothes I cannot believe I ever wore (let alone were in danger of not being able to wear). The small ones are all packed away in bins that have been sealed for more than 20 years! It will be like a time capsule some day when I open them to see what I wanted to wear so badly in 1989. LOL!!!!
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PENNYAN45 3/28/2010 2:30PM

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That's what we are all going for -- smaller size!!

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BRENDALEE235 3/28/2010 7:42AM

    Congrats to you, that is awsome. I do have a pair of skinny jeans. I was only skinny once in my life, I had lost 80 pounds I kept it off for about 2 years. I kept my favorite pair of jeans and I am looking forward to wearing them again some day.
You are a great inspiration.

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KASEYCOFF 3/28/2010 4:17AM

    Whether it's an N or an M, you're allowed - that is wonderful! You must be so proud!

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POLARBEARSCAT 3/27/2010 7:25PM

    Way to go! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/27/2010 6:50PM

    I was rooting for K-State Purple Pride too and it was a good game - Indiana just played a little more defensively. What a great last few minutes!!

Awesome about the jeans. I was able to get into my size 14's and now working on some 12's I have in the top of my closet. When I am able to get into them, I am going to treat myself to a new pair.

Take care and keep up the good work.

BTW - I think it should be "sMug" with a huge M! Congrats.


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SLENDERELLA61 3/27/2010 6:39PM

    Congrats on the skinny, skinny jeans! Celebration time! You are doing great!! -Marsha

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    I was too fat for jeans most of my life! But I did have 2 pair of pants that I made myself when I last had gotten to 148 lbs.

It was a happy day when I had to finally get rid of them for being too darn big!

WTG on your new skinny jeans!

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BUGGYS 3/27/2010 6:02PM

    I have never owned a pair of skinny jeans either but I did just try on some shorts that were snug last summer and now they are a little loose...boy, do I love that must too!!! You may have to buy a whole new wadrobe!!! Congrats! emoticon

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DAMOTIVATION 3/27/2010 5:37PM

    Enjoy those jeans. Nothing like that moment when you can't deny how far you have come. Great feeling -- be proud of yourself!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/27/2010 5:18PM

    That is AWESOME! I'm one of those, though, that doesn't have a pair of skinny jeans, as I've never been skinny. I did save the largest pair of jeans I ever wore (size 26) and I was growing out of 'em. Every once in a while I pull them out and put them on as a reminder of where I NEVER want to go again.

Congratulations on the new skinny jeans. A perfect reward for such great progress.

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KALIGIRL 3/27/2010 4:57PM

    That is SO cool and way FUN!
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