Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Our son's second child is due this weekend, so I am packing today to drive the 5 hours to his house, to be the live in sitter for my granddaughter while the hullabaloo of her sibling's birth goes on. I am really looking forward to spending some time with her, and to easing some of my son's worries about the event. They will have to travel an hour over mountain roads to reach the hospitol once labor starts. I do hope the weather holds for them. Adverse weather is no joke here. Driving weather for me tomorrow does not look too good. Morning rain is expected to turn into sleet or snow over all or part of the journey. My little Camry is ill equipted for this, tho I am experienced in driving in ice and snow. Hate sleet, however. I plan to leave early, allow for slow going, and take my time. Want to arrive in time to help pick up my granddaughter from her nursery school, meet her teachers and get OKed to pick her up if needed next week. Wish me luck, or better, say a prayer! I really prefer staying inside with a mug of hot tea and a good book in our winter mix weather, but for family, needs must!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Hubby's commitment to exercise lasted two days. He's back flopped crosswise on our bed. A freeze is predicted for Friday, so we are scurrying to harvest the remnants in our garden. Hopefully both of us will benefit from this gentle exercise. I have been making it to the exercise room for half hour on the elliptical trainer every day they unlock the doors, and walked to grocery and back Saturday, but haven't been doing my small weights or other walking, except to church and back. I just cannot seem to match the calories I burn swimming. Nevertheless, i weighed in 3 pounds lighter today, amazing! We are eating lots of high fiber, low calorie and delicious melon right now, trying to eat it all up before it spoils. Wish I could garden all year! And swim! I am looking forward to the slower pace of winter, however. And hoping we get some takers for Bible Sharing, i have missed it so, and do believe it will be good for our little church to share faith in this way. Good to make a commitment again, too.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
So apparently I cannot read a scale reliably. At least, i cannot imagine I lost over 10 pounds in the past 10 days. Nevertheless, I weighed in at just under 246, the lowest I have been in 20 years. I had a nurse double check me, to be sure that was accurate, and asked if the machines had been recalibrated or something, but no, same old scale. So I am a happy camper, on the way down again, even if only by inches. Yay! Hubby also on track, starting to exercise and happy with lower calorie healthy meals. Double Yay!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I am so disgruntled! I weighed in this afternoon at the clinic and discovered I have gained ten pounds back over the summer, about what I lost all last year. Grrr! I knew I wasn't paying enough attention, but swam every day and felt so good I was able to cut back on my meds for several weeks. Now the honeymoon is over, the weather has changed, the pool has closed, I am so stiff and sore I could barely mount the elliptical and hardly get it to move. With monumemtal effort I stayed on it for 22 minutes and managed to complete one circle on its screen, the equivalent of one quarter mile. Last Spring I was doing 30 minutes at a session and completing over a circles, half a mile. I have so far to go just to get back to where I was! Something has sent my body into a flare. Every move I make hurts, and takes seemingly forever. I did feel better after exercising, tho, hard as it was. This past 10 days I have neglected that, driving too much and moving too little. I did hike some in Yellowstone with my son and granddaughter one day, which was wonderful, of course, so glad I went, even if briefly. But the rest of the week was spent driving or in sit down classes, stressful. I did swim once at the motel, but motel pools are for relaxing, not working out. I could not do my exercises effectively in it. Anyway, changes are obviously needed. Exercise has to be put back as priority, even in this harvest season. And all the little "treats" that have crept back into my diet have to go. The calories I burn thru exercise are cut in half when I cannot swim, as nothing else I can do burns calories with near that intensity. Must cut back at the table, whether hubby likes it or no. Sigh...
Friday, July 26, 2013
We spent 5 days in Yellowstone last week, as we have nearly every summer for the past 23 years. This year I was able to walk much farther than I have for many years, both. Withand without my rollator walker. I could have organized it better. I chose our first full day to test myself with a 5 to 7 mile hike, using only a walking stick. I wanted to walk to Imperial geyser, a seven mile round trip.that proved too far, especially first day out in such high altitude. But I was able to make it out to Fairy Falls and back, the five mile version of that hike. It was beautiful, and difficult for me, very slow and requiring many rest stops. My feet and knees were very painful the remainder of that day, and i did take 2 mg of prednisone that day and the next, and 1mg daily for the rest of the trip. I have been reducing using Pred, eliminating it for several weeks, but the 2mg is still only half my prescribed dose. I think I will still be able to tell my doc I can manage on 1 mg daily when we meet in December, much less than I have been taking for many years.the second day I used my walker to go into the Upper geyser basin, where it is a wonderful help, as you need to wait on geysers so often if you want to see actual eruptions. With the walker, i can sit comfortably to visit and rest while waiting. There is always wildlife and wild flowers to view, too. I walked about 2 1/2 miles among the geysers that day and saw several major eruptions. Of course we drove a lot, too, viewing wildlife. I walked along the lake edge at Lake Yellowstone while my husband went out on the lake fishing - he caught and released 3 large cut throat trout. The last day I walked up part of the Washburn trail, famous for wonderful wild flowers. They were spectacular! I have had to adjust to walking out alone, since my husband has become largely immobile because of his size, knee problems heart limitations in high altitudes. He keeps telling me he is going to start to exercise but I have seen no progress there lately. Finding things we can enjoy together has been challenging, but we are managing. My exercise program has really helped me, but not eliminated all problems. My knees still slip out of joint occasionally, my back is beginning to resist straightening all the way. Aging is not fun. But I am very pleased with how well I did on my own, and with being able to reduce my meds. I am reducing the Enbrel as well, back to a weekly injection instead of twice weekly. Swimming daily. When at home is a great help, really works out the kinks in the warm water this time of year. Weight loss has not progressed lately, I need to work at that more, but I am maintaining my losses to date.
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