Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Spark Guy sent out an article this morning about
6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System
Boost Your Body's Defenses - - by Liza Barnes
This has been an issue for me for a few months - especially the last few weeks.
The article says: "Keep it functioning at its peak performance, so you can stay healthy, too, by following these six steps."
"1. Eat Right"
I have commented before that nothing tastes right. Consequently, I have not eaten near as well as far as a balanced healthy diet since before thanksgiving.
Time for me to change that.
"2. Exercise Regularly"
I am doing what my medical restrictions allow. Soon, I wll be able to pick up the pace.
"3. Get Enough Sleep"
I am getting at least six hours sleep - that is mediocre. But I do rest in the afternoon now.
"4. Manage Stress"
I don't think I do too bad here. Perhaps our new dog will be a help. When I am allowed back in my exercise class - that will be a tremendous help.
"5. Quit Smoking"
Never been an issue. Thank goodness.
"6. Consume Alcohol in Moderation"
Not an issue, either.
Looks like what I need to correct now is my nutrition OR lack there of. What I need to work on most is eating fruits and vegetables. I am not eating a lot of meat, but I do eat eggs a few times a week. I am not eating much dairy - I have lots of low carb, low fat yogurt in the fridge. I just need to eat it - with some fruit. I also need to eat those bell peppers in the fridge.
Monday, December 19, 2011
I have already walked her before six a.m. A short trip around the area I can light in the back. We named her Corky. My granddaughter couldn't come by because she was sick. The Rescue group will pay for any vet expense for the next two weeks. The poor thing had a rough life before she was found wandering about six weeks ago.
Corky is part Shih Tzu and part Maltese according to the Vet & the rescue. I guess her face is shaped like a Maltese.
She was very playful by the time we had her about four hours. Had one accident in the first five minutes - but no problems since.
Hope every body is enjoying this last week of Advent.
My neighbor has a yard decoration about like this photo.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I am getting past my medical problems, but am currently on the antibiotic you see advertised as a "bad drug" on TV by lawyers trying to sue everybody.
It really isn't a bad drug if you need it. You just have to follow a lot of precautions. This drug has the potential for causing rupture of the Achilles tendon. For that reason, I have been instructed to not do certain exercises & to not go to water aerobics, my muscle-strengthening & range-of-motion class, or even my yoga class until 2012. Actually, I am suppose to call the prescribing physician to get a date to return to full activity. I need to do that next week.
So - how do I handle this dilemma
It seems I have had limitations forever - since last February actually.
I thought I was getting past all that.
For the moment - because I have restrictions, I am not to do anything that might stress the rotator cuff. I am at risk of injury to any of the tendons in my legs.
CAN DO LIST:
Ab strengthening & most core strengthening exercises/
I can do some other exercises as long as they don't cause pain of any kind.
I can take a slow walk.
I can track my food & eat a balanced menu. [This is a challenge as nothing tastes right to me. But this too will pass.]
To help put some SPARK back in our lives, we will be adopting a rescue dog today.
My 8 year old granddaughter can't wait to see the dog. She is coming over, so she will get to help shop for the dog. She needs a toy or two, and probably a dog bed. This may be a small dog, but she isn't sleeping with us.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I am pretty exhausted. Our daughter cooked for us last night.
I only 3 more radiation treatments. I am told I will be exhausted for a couple months.
Here is a treat:
Monday, December 12, 2011
Portion Control is particularly challenging this time of year. A lot of things can derail me. I might stick to my portions at meal time, but maintaining it between times can be challenging.
What has worked for me in the past is to divide my day into either 2 or 4 hour segments in which I don't eat more than so many calories. I think I need to do the four hour.
Because of my medical challenges, my exercise is mostly strengthening and lacks cardio. I just found a new BMR calculator.
According to it, to maintain my current weight, I shouldn't go over about 1514 calories. To lose, I need 1465 or less. That seems really restrictive to me.
I just re-read the portion control article.
My personal experience is that I do better controlling portions by weighing every thing in grams that I can. If I don't, my billiard ball & deck of cards keep getting bigger. And, some foods, it is more accurate than a measuring cup. For example - cottage cheese works much better weighed. So does cereal.
I finally mastered downloading stock photos. Not so good with my own.
TIP that I saw on TV.
For a fruit sauce. Use unsweetened apple juice. Boil it down to 25% of origianl volume.
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