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Life is what happens when you're making other plans!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The last 5 months have been crazy. After exercising, eating well, and keeping my blood sugar under control, I caught one of those bugs that were going around after Thanksgiving.
Then, I had to fly to Dubai, where my sister lives, to help baptize my nephew. It was a beautiful trip, we baptzed him at the Christmas Eve service, and my parents came, too, so we had the family together.
Right after I got back, I caught another cold, and it was so bad that I didn't get over the sore throat until 5 weeks later. Exercising was almost impossible, it took all my energy just to make it to work.
Just as I was getting back into a routine, a terrible tragedy happened. My mom had a stroke and heart attack, completely unexpectedly. She had just been to the doctor a few days before, and everything had checked out. My parents live in Germany, so I got on the plane and spent spring break visiting my mom, cleaning house, and teaching my dad how to cook simple meals, run the houshold, etc. I never worked so hard in my life, from getting up to going to bed I was cleaning, answering the phone, writing instructions for my dad, organizing the household, figuring out where everything is, and of course visiting my mom. My cousins and the neighbors were a great help, and my sister came for a couple of days, so we did have some nice times in spite of everything, but it was a stressful time.
My mom is slowly getting better. She is relearning to speak and swallow, she's stable, but she's still paralyzed on the left side. She's still in the hospital because of some complications, but hopefully she will be well enough to be moved to a rehab facility soon. If everything works out well, I'll be back in Germany this summer a few days before she gets to go home, and I can help get everything ready.
So I've been busy, and I've been watching what I eat, but there has not been time for exercise except for the occasional swim or walk. Now I'm finally well and caught up on my work, so tonight I'm going to work out. I've already checked out fitness studios in Germany on the internet so I don't run into the same problem in the summer - I really need to take better care of myself.

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SUSANBEAMON 4/18/2014 12:48AM

  sorry for your troubles. that's a lot to do in a short time, take care of yourself too.

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MAGA99 4/17/2014 11:31AM

    praying for ur mom

dont forget to take care of urself

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MJEFFERSON23 4/17/2014 10:18AM

  Good that you are eating well in spite of everything. You are exercising with all that you are doing as well. Keep the faith! emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 4/17/2014 9:14AM

  Thanks for sharing

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    Your title sums it up!

I like the corollary 'Man plans, God laughs!"

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

Comment edited on: 4/17/2014 9:06:57 AM

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Antibiotics, 2nd round

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My sinus infection is gone, but the bacteria relocated the party to my lungs. I'm still feeling miserable; not running a fever, but feeling feverish. I went back to the doctor for more meds; he gave me an inhaler and antibiotics.
Since the fiasco with the prednisone, which triggered diabetes for me, I've been really careful about any side effects. I read the package insert, and it said the antibiotics could cause torn tendons. No idea how that could happen, but I definitely don't want to find out, so I asked for a different prescription.
They put me on good old amoxicillin. It took another day, but to me, that's worth the wait.
No working out; just making it to work is a challenge. I'm losing weight anyway, because nothing tastes good. I'm eating lots of Greek yogurt (and taking probiotics) to make sure the antibiotics don't kill off my stomach flora.
Well, I shouldn't complain too much; some of my colleagues are already on their 3rd round of antibiotics, and almost all my students have had to miss time the last couple of months. It's really going around. Once again, the new year doesn't start on Jan. 1 for me; it will start whenever I'm well again. Resolutions: lose more weight, get fitter, get organized. But the first resolution is just to get healthy.

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GREENGENES 1/19/2014 8:54PM

    Very interesting. I had never heard of any antibiotics with a risk factor for tendon problems so I had to look it up. I have no idea how that class of antibiotics can have that affect but it seems legitimate. Good idea to avoid it if you can. Get well!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 1/15/2014 8:55PM

    I almost always have that problem w/sinus infections going down to my lungs. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

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20 Pounds Lost - More than halfway to my goal!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I haven't been very active on the site, because I've had 2 very bad sinus infections between Thanksgiving and now, so I had to suspend my workout routine for quite a while. On the bright side, I was well during Christmas break and was able to swim almost every day. While I was sick, I ate very little, and whatever I ate was either fresh fruit, cereal, or Lean Cuisine, since I was too weak to cook.
Anyway, I just got on the scale. I thought it would show a weight gain, actually, because I've been guzzling water like crazy, but then I realized I'm down to 186 pounds, so I must have lost about 4 pounds while I was sick, and it's definitely not water weight.
I started with 206 in Dec. 2012, so I lost 20 pounds in a little over a year. My target weight is 170, so I'm more than halfway there! 16 pounds left to go! My goal now is to lose it by the time the outdoor pool opens on Memorial Day weekend.

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GREENGENES 1/12/2014 9:56PM

    Well done!

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MCCC75 1/12/2014 9:24AM

    Great job! emoticon emoticon

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Zumba + Swimming = - Meds

Sunday, November 03, 2013

After a whole week of just hanging about with low energy, just making it to work and getting 10-15 minutes of walking in during lunch, I finally got some energy back yesterday. I suddenly wanted to work out!
So I went to a 1 hr. Zumba class - which happened to be taught by one of the students from the high school I teach at! I never had him, but he recognized me from the halls and happily waved at me. He did an awesome job teaching, and I actually kept up. Afterwards, I went for a leisurely swim for 15 minutes. I was tired afterwards, but today I'm not as sore as I thought I would be.
Today, my best friend called and asked if I wanted to go to Denny's for breakfast. I did the "create your own omelett" thing, with avocado, squash/zucchini, spinach, and ham, fruit instead of the hash browns, and I gave my friend one of the slices of toast, so I stayed in my carb range. Afterwards, we went for a little walk.
Around noon, I started feeling shaky and tested my sugar. It was very low, at 72. I actually had to eat something (cereal with nuts and cranberries). Wow!
I think I'm at the point now where I can take the 2mg of glimeperide off the list of my meds and just take the metformin, as long as I watch what I eat and get my exercise.
My goal is to lose 20 more pounds and get off the medication so I only need to watch diet and exercise to manage the diabetes. I'm finally seeing results!

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BABCIATEA 12/18/2013 5:21AM

    congratulations what an inspiration!

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IGSBETH 11/3/2013 3:04PM

    Yay! Results are awesome! Keep it up!

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Everyday Tasks

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's great to do extra healthy lifestyle stuff, like eating that extra piece of fruit or going to yoga class, but some days, it's all you can do to just complete your daily routine. My motivation is low; I just want to stay home on the couch with my birds, drink tea and vegetate. I think it's because fall has arrived; somehow, I just want to find a cave and hibernate.
I did make it to work yesterday, even though I really didn't want to, and without the kids there (it was a teacher work day), my classroom was freezing cold. Today is training day, which is even worse. I am soooo tempted to call in sick. Granted, it would actually be true, because my blood sugar seems to be high, which accounts for the sluggishness, but if I drink lots of water and move a bit, waiting for my meds to kick in, I should be better in an hour or two.
So my resolution for today is not a fancy workout or cooking a healthy recipe; it's just to make it through the workday.

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THESUBY 10/29/2013 5:54PM

    Thank you all! I did make it through the day, but went home afterwards with a beginning migraine. So I'm just going to take it easy. The migraine meds will put me to sleep pretty soon.

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MOVEITMARY 10/29/2013 4:37PM

    Drinking lots of water and moving a bit is plenty!
(Now I have no excuse not to do it... thanks a lot!)

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CPRCINDYC 10/29/2013 10:41AM

  You know yourself best! Everyone needs a day like that, to regroup. Making it through the day and moving forward are part of it. Keep up the good work!

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THE_RED_BIRD 10/29/2013 9:36AM

    Good for you knowing and responding to how your body is feeling! Ups and downs are a normal part of living and you are the best judge of what your body and mind need for the day. I hope you get your energy back soon but until then, take care of yourself!

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