Tuesday, April 12, 2011
OK, I'm at goal and maintaining. The screening yesterday put my BMI at 21.5, which is solidly in the middle to lower "desirable" range. I am definitely NOT diabetic, glucose looked solidly normal.
But dang, that total cholesterol number was right back where it was last year: 201 - "borderline" staring me in the face again! And it was 192 last August. What the hey? BUT, what went up was the HDL (good cholesterol)... and the ratio went down again (TC/HDL) to 2.8. Which is "good to ideal".
Despite all the great advice about relaxing thoughts and blood pressure, I arrived feeling rushed and late and with memories of last year's screening and ready to growl at the staff (I didn't actually, but that doesn't stop the underlying emotion that can drive BP). Yuck... so BP read higher than usual, too, "pre-hypertension" level. I can't blame moving around, I sat still, I did some deep breathing, but my thoughts were churning.
Still I wasn't as bummed out as I was a year ago. What made the difference? Well, this year, the people doing the screening were not nearly so snippy, and they actually listened. When I mentioned training for the upcoming half marathon and having worked hard to get to that healthy weight... they pretty much admitted I'm doing everything I can. I'm eating healthy, I'm exercising, my ratios look good.
So, we are back to one of the most basic lessons: It may be discouraging that the numbers don't line up with the effort expended. But if I am doing what I can, it's got to be "good enough". I have to focus on it being better than if I wasn't making this effort. AND... I have to continue to be vigilant, and track. That's the real message... don't throw a tantrum at the measurement... just keep working at it. Because... you're... worth it.
Monday, April 11, 2011
This morning in my e-mail was my packet number and instructions for picking it up the day before the race. It's getting more and more real.
Yesterday I answered the call of the trail again, the more urban or rather suburban variety this time. I went out in search of forsythia, and I found it. Apparently I'm not the only local who loves them.
Part of my route on Sunday also had a 3 mile marker, and I had to take it's picture... just because! I think I shall start collecting 3 mile markers! This particular one is along the Helen Boosalis trail. Our local trails are in fact a network of differently named trails, and each trail name has its own markers, which is part of why it is so confusing... but Saturday's were BOTH Bison trail markers. And the other significant bit is that the one from Sunday is along a part of the half Marathon route on May 1st. I've been walking bits and pieces of the route when they fit in with my other walking plans.
I was out and about for a trifle over three hours on Sunday. Not on the Half route, but on the full Marathon is Holmes Lake, and I was on the top of the dam for part of my walk. This shot shows the lake as seen from peeking over the lip of the dam, as I had hiked myself up the dam face, rather than walk up the long slope to its side... it was closer to home to do it as I did.
This morning is a work "biometric screening" and for once I'm looking forward to seeing my progress. Last year I was confident stepping onto the scale, knowing I would be in the healthy BMI range. This year, the same, and more hopeful for a better cholesterol screening, too. And maybe my white coat hypertension won't show up this morning! I hate it when that happens, because then they focus on that and it is NOT an ongoing problem... I know, I bought a meter for home and I know what my normal readings are. Sigh.
Anyway, fellow Sparklers... these little measures are what we take those small daily steps for... the measures that say we're doing what we can to support our health. We're taking care of the one body each of us is issued in life. And for all the wonderful things our bodies do for us... it's worth the effort.
Let's be good to ourselves today!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I had been missing Pioneers Park... hadn't been out there since last Fall. So yesterday I set out to walk a few trails there. I did not find blooming flowers. Here's what I found:
1. Trail markers are just as confusing as elsewhere in town. I found two marked exactly the same, in two different places:
2. The nature center is attracting folks, but there is enough space for individual privacy.
3. The prairie grass shows the wide expanse of the place, and if you look in the right places, you can find the water buffalo.
4. I'm not a good photographer... the blob in the middle is actually a Western meadowlark, our state bird. It has a distinctive song. Missing the sound track here really doesn't do the walk justice. I heard the cooing of doves, the meadowlarks, the breeze in the tall grass. You also can't feel the heat of the sunshine.
Edited to add a link to the Western Meadowlark's song... Watermellen added a link, but it's to the Eastern Meadowlark's song. They are similar, but not the same. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvAUgFb1cLY
5. Of course, some prefer the more civilized activity of a round of golf. There is a course in the park.
6. And an important factoid: fifty years since Brownie Day Camp, the lay of the park looks much the same... the path leads to memories!
Wishing you all pretty places to enjoy moving your body.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Friday I followed through on my planned walking as transportation day. A grandma kind of day. I tsk'd myself for a wimp when I whined a bit to myself about the misty morning, and then set out at a brisk pace to walk 3 miles to a timing point to catch the bus the rest of the way to work. I was quite damp by the time I got to the shelter at that stop, but it felt good. I stretched before boarding, having a few minutes before the bus caught up.
After work, I meandered the six plus miles home, faster than Monday, as I chose to listen to music instead of reading. As I am fond of doing, I varied the route and in one spot ended up with a little back tracking as I forgot how the streets dead-ended just there. But it gave me a change to pay attention to how much the flowers have progressed in those few short days since Monday's walk! My goodness! Spring really is springing, it's not just the nose dripping... it's the flowers and trees and everything that causes the pollen that leads to the nose dripping. Is it any wonder I have this love-hate relationship with the season? It is beautiful, and I dearly love the lit-from-within look of forsythia on a cloudy day.
This morning, I am thinking about taking a camera walk in one of the public parks. Since I put in long mileage yesterday, it will be a more gentle walk today, but I want to see what the plants are doing. Armed with my trusty Zyrtek and my pockets full of tissues... today I shall see what is being offered up!
Friday, April 08, 2011
I see I haven't blogged since Tuesday. There's a reason for that and it is in this case seasonal. I've been slogging through the work week like walking at the bottom of a swimming pool. I take antihistamines to battle the symptoms of seasonal allergies / sensitivity to weather fronts coming through, etc. But who wants to read that? So... not being able to say somethin' nice, I took Thumper's father's advice and said nothin' at all. But, here I've gone and said it, after the fact, when I'm not feeling quite so full of self-pity!
My adjustments to allow for this kind of week were to make sure I was getting enough sleep and cut myself a break on exercise... be particularly gentle about it. Not that I gave it up entirely, but I didn't press it, either.
This morning I'll make this short, as it is my intention to go play the bus catching game so I'll have the option to walk home. It's supposed to be a nice day. It rained yesterday so that should help the "seasonal" situation for me!
Spark on, my friends!
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