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Plans To Keep Myself Busy And Lower Stress

Friday, March 08, 2013

I was so very busy today, working on items on my "to do" list. I attended my Friday Weight Watchers meeting (I'm down 1.8 pounds this week!) and finally have lost a total of 25.4 pounds! emoticon

After my meeting, I took a bag of "too big for me to wear now" clothes to Good Will. It was exciting to see how much my body has changed! I will take another load over on Saturday or Monday. Next, I went to a quick doctor's appointment to pick up a prescription that I will need in the next month. Since I may not be able to drive for a while, today seemed like a good time to pick it up. After my doctor's appointment, I went shopping to use $15 worth of rewards cash at a local department store. I got a cute pair of lavender shorts and a muted top echoing the same color. I may have my left arm in a sling but I will look like a fashion plate while it heals! Next, I went to a medical supply store and purchased body cleansing washcloths and shampoo that doesn't need to be rinsed out. I will need both of these during the period when I will not be allowed to get my shoulder wet. I used them during the first 8-10 days after I had my second knee replacement and they are wonderful! I completed my day's journey with a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase some fresh produce and several things for the turkey chili I made for dinner tonight. Once I got home, I put everything away, made the chili, paid some bills, balanced my check book, took the dog for a short walk, put up my spring wreathes outside and relaxed in my easy chair. I made enough chili so that I could freeze half to have for dinner in the coming weeks. Hubby came home to a delicious smelling house and dinner was ready and waiting. We both relaxed and read the paper and then had a leisurely dinner. We had fresh sliced strawberries for dessert! Yummy!

Tomorrow, I will get up early and go to the 5K Senior Games Race to support my local Spark Friend, SLENDERELLA61. The first year that she ran, she won the bronze medal. The second year she ran, she won the silver medal. I won't say what I think she will do this year because I don't want to jinx it. Let's just say that she will do her best and that by doing so, she will be the biggest winner out there in my eyes. I'm very excited for her and will be the loudest person in the stands when she goes by! She will be running two other races for different organizations later in the day with some family members. My hat is off to her for being such a trooper and for supporting her family in their races too!

I will use the rest of the morning and afternoon to indulge myself. I will look around at a few yard sales and perhaps get a pedicure. I think that a little pampering will help me to relax. I'm feeling very anxious and don't have vigorous exercise as my usual outlet right now. I have to use other means to relax and unwind. Later, at home, I plan to listen to 3 tracks on my relaxation disk. When I'm done, I will make another healthy dish and like today, I will freeze half of it for the weeks to come.

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 3/11/2013 12:55PM

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DONNABRIGHT 3/11/2013 12:51PM

    Talk about organization - you are a role model!

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ROSEWCI 3/10/2013 7:18AM

    My goodness, you've been a busy bee! Great job!!!
emoticon on being down 25.4 lbs!!! You're a WINNER girl!!!
Good luck to your friend!!! emoticon

It's nice that you're able to keep focussed & prepare for when you're recovering from surgery...you're gonna be just fine!!!



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ADELCASALE 3/9/2013 7:12AM

    Sounds like you are doing great! Good for you!

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Starting My Gym Break

Friday, March 08, 2013

I'm starting my gym break today. I've decided to take a break now because I don't want to pick up any germs or illnesses from the pool or the workout equipment. From this point on, until I'm told by my doctor and/or physical therapist that I can go back to the gym to work out, I will be on my gym break. I will use walking as my form of exercise up until Tuesday, March 12, when I have my surgery.

I have plenty of things to do to keep myself busy until my surgery. I have made a list and I will work my way through all of the items on my list by Monday (I hope!) I am very anxious, as can be expected any time I go under general anaesthesia. I just want it to be over and have the healing begin!

Thank you to all of my Spark Friends who have been so supportive to me. I appreciate you more than you will ever know! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ELSCO55 3/8/2013 10:17PM

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ROSEWCI 3/8/2013 5:11PM

    Keep busy & the day will arrive...& then you'll be in recovery mode!!! Sending positive vibes!!! emoticon

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MARTHROID 3/8/2013 2:32PM

    This sounds stressful. I will have to look back and see what kind of surgery you are having. Can you try that hilarious Bollywood video on here? I laughed myself silly and really tried to do it right...pretty funny. Good luck to you. emoticon I'm too cheap to go to a gym anyway.

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In Preparation Mode

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I'm in preparation mode this week. I had my pre-op visit with my primary care physician yesterday. I had an EKG, an overall check up and we went over my blood work. My lab numbers are fantastic! This is another example of a NSV (non scale victory) and my doctor was pleased that I have lost 11 pounds since the last time I saw him. I had additional blood work today plus a chest x-ray.

I managed to do 65 minutes on the stationary bike after my x-ray and blood work but I was really struggling for some reason. I brought down the resistance level on the bike which helped. I ran some errands and worked in about 3 hours of walking during my time out and about. When I got home, I was exhausted. I'm fairly sure that one contributing factor was the amount of protein that I had consumed between breakfast and 2p.m. I only had about 20 grams, which wasn't nearly enough. This is something that I struggle with every day. I will make an extra effort tomorrow to take a snack with more protein than the snack that I brought along with me today. That should help the fatigue issue. Old habits sometimes get in the way despite the new habits we have in place. I can tell that I'm anxious and stressed by the fact that I didn't eat enough today. That combined with my hypothyroidism makes my metabolism really tank. I will do better because I want to have energy and feel better.

I only have a few more things left to complete before I'm ready to have my surgery. I'm proud of myself for being so organized. That just goes to show you how valuable all of those years of teaching and creating schedules and lesson plans are in my current life!

  
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ROSEWCI 3/8/2013 5:09PM

    emoticon on fantastic labs!
I struggle w/getting enough protein in sometimes too...I just have to remain mindful.
Sending positive vibes that surgery goes w/out a hitch! emoticon


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MARTHROID 3/8/2013 2:34PM

    I'm not a big protein eater myself.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/7/2013 4:22PM

    When I'm really motivated, I will peel hard boiled eggs, remove the yolk and put them in my cold pack. This works best when I do it the night before so that I'm not rushed as I run out the front door!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/6/2013 8:33PM

    So glad that the doctor recognized your great accomplishment -- 11 pounds is nothing to sneeze at!! Stress can take away your energy, too, you know. Going to the doctor and getting prepared for surgery is stressful indeed. More protein is a good idea,, though. Portable good protein can be harder. It's easy to take fruit or crackers, but meat, milk, eggs, greek yogurt all need refrigeration or freezer pack. The whey and soy protein bars usually have so much sweetening and not so good stuff they aren't the best option. Maybe you have a good solution.

See you tomorrow eve! -Marsha

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Taking A Day Or 2 Of Rest Makes A Big Difference

Monday, March 04, 2013

Taking a day or two off from my usual exercise routine made a huge difference! I couldn't believe all of the energy that I had this morning because I rested over the weekend. By rested, I don't mean that I was a couch potato. I scaled back my exercise to one long walk on Saturday and one on Sunday. It has been a long time since I've taken two days off in a row. I usually just take off Sundays but my body was talking loud and clear this weekend. I listened.

Today I rode 65 minutes - intervals of 6 and 8 on the recumbent cycle followed by 95 minutes of jogging in the pool. That was followed by several minutes of stretching. I felt exhilarated when I finished! I had to complete a bunch of errands after my workout and I did them with ease.

To complete my day, hubby fixed me a lovely dinner while I haggled with a store over a lost order. He even washed the dishes afterward! Am I lucky or what?

  
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ROSEWCI 3/6/2013 7:23PM

    emoticon You ROCK!!!

And, you are LUCKY!!! emoticon

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MARTHROID 3/6/2013 12:08AM

    Ok, I'm impressed with your activity. I need to get moving...great job!!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/5/2013 7:50PM

    OH, that is great that you count your blessings!! It lifts your heart and spirit and increases your blessings!! All that exercise is wonderful. And your days of almost rest, listening to your body, makes lots of sense. Maybe I'll see you tomorrow at the Y, but Thurs night at the team dinner for sure!! Take care, Aquagirl. -Marsha

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SHERYLDS 3/4/2013 10:29PM

    WOW...I got winded just reading your blog.... emoticon

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It Is So Hard To Slow Down

Saturday, March 02, 2013

I encountered something today that I'm sure I will fight with during the weeks to come. I forced myself to take a "rest" day from my usual vigorous stationary bike riding. Instead, hubby and I went to the Bloomin Arts Festival and walked around. Now keep in mind, if I had been by myself I would have done a quick walk around the whole place and scoped out the layout and warmed up my muscles. Then I would have gone in every display and looked to my little heart's content. However, hubby met me at the festival and we walked around together.

Today didn't have typical Florida weather. The high today was around 56 degrees and it was very windy. The wind must have been a gift from our friends in the northern states because it had a very cold bite to it. Luckily for me, I wore my warm jacket with a hood on it. I bundled up warmly and was freezing the whole time we were outside. We Walked around for quite some time and then went into our favorite Mexican restaurant for a very late lunch. I ordered a fajita salad with no seasoning or salad dressing but the server forgot to put the word salad after the word fajita so I got grilled chicken with green peppers, onions and a small side salad plate with "fixings" on it. I turned down the tortillas and instead ate part of the chicken, green peppers, onions and the lettuce/tomato and avocado on the "fixings" plate. The rice I skipped and I took the rest of the fajitas home in a box.

I must have been so cold because I needed to eat protein because when we went outside again, I didn't get nearly as cold. One of my weekly goals is to eat more protein at lunch and dinner and I was successful today. In fact, I was ready to take that fast walk that I mentioned before, but I didn't. What my body was telling me (specifically my shoulder) was that I needed to take the day off and slow down. I found myself feeling a bit out of sorts because I felt like I needed my "exercise fix" and the 45 minutes of walking that we did this afternoon before lunch, didn't cut it! Sigh! emoticon Sometimes it is so hard for me to slow down. I better get used to it because I will have weeks of "healing time" after my surgery. I would like to abstain from my tendency to tidy up the house or go for a brisk walk when I know I haven't been cleared to do it by my doctor.

So, here is my pledge. I am putting it out there so that I will have to hold myself accountable. While I am healing, I will refrain from doing all workouts, housework or chores until my doctor and/or physical therapist tell me that it is okay for me to do them. There, I have now put it in writing so I will hold myself accountable for following the directions for healing after surgery. Sigh! It is so hard to slow down!

  
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ROSEWCI 3/6/2013 7:25PM

    Oh my, you're so much like me! I can't seem to slow down either! It's good that you can say it for all to see...so you can "see" it too!!! Good luck w/the surgery & recovery!!!

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L*I*T*A* 3/3/2013 11:09AM

    way to go.........
so important to listen to your body........

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SLENDERELLA61 3/2/2013 9:05PM

    Very good, Cyndi. It may be hard, but you know that is exactly what you need to do. Take care of yourself before you take care of the house. Listen to your body and your doctor/physical therapist. I am sure if you do what you are suppose to do, you will heal better and faster. Hope I can be of some help during your healing time. -Marsha

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