Sunday, January 11, 2009
My sister's dog died last night. Although, I'm allergic to dogs, I loved Cairo. Cairo was a good dog and she had had him longer than she's been married. He was 14 years old.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
I have returned from Cuba, which was very, very wonderful. Great weather (sunny every day and high 20s (Celsius - in the low 80s Fahrenheit). The hotel was very nice. Good service, good food, nice people. There were two pools and that was also very nice since one was for activities and loud music and the other was quiet, which my dad and I preferred. I only swam in the ocean once because it was too choppy most of the week but that's okay.
It was a little dicey at the beginning of my vacation because on Christmas night/Boxing Day morning, I got a gastrointestinal upset and felt really awful and since I was leaving on the 27th, it was also a little worrisome but I didn't overdo on food and I stayed away from dairy and I felt pretty good overall. There was one day (the 30th) that wasn't great but I had had dairy that day so from then on, I drank my tea black for the remainder of the week and stayed away from cheese.
I exercised every day except the 30th. I had brought a portable DVD player and my exercise DVDs and I'm so glad I did. I gained 3.7 pounds but usually I gain about 10 so it's way better than normal. And, if I get back to my calorie range this week, I hope to get rid of the extra poundage by next Monday.
And, it's so cold here today. It's -13 Celsius (9 Fahrenheit)! Brrr!!!
But, I've caught up on my emails and Spark Mails and now, I'm doing laundry and just taking it easy until I go back to work tomorrow.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
And, I feel fine but it was close. I had gastrointestinal upset very early Boxing Day morning and really felt cruddy but I feel much better now just hungry.
Have a good week, everyone!
Monday, December 22, 2008
That's the key to losing weight. At least for me, it is. I had one Christmas Lunch, one Christmas Party and one Christmas dinner in the past 5 days and yet I managed to lose half a pound and I'm sure it's because of exercise!
I did the elliptical and weights on the 17th. I did 35 minutes of aerobics and a 30 minute walk on the 18th. I did 30 minutes of aerobics and weights on the 19th. I did nothing on the 20th and I did 40 minutes of tae-bo on the 21st and it all paid off!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I fell on the sidewalk during one of my walks this week and yes, it hurt but the worst part about falling (IMHO) is trying to get back up again since I can't use my knees because of the RA. But, I fell by a van and I used the tire on the van to help push me up and my tiny friend, Heather also assisted in pulling me up.
It's amazing how fast going from an upright positon to sprawled on the sidewalk is. But, I was mostly fine that day. The real pain didn't start until the next morning when my right shoulder was really sore. And, there was a wicked bruise on my right elbow. My "new" massage therapist said my shoulder hurt because my elbow jarred it. But, all in all, I didn't fair too badly. Good thing it's winter and I was wearing lots of padding. If it had been summer, I probably wouldn't have fared so well.
Also, I've been telling people that Heather tripped me so that they won't know that I'm such a klutz! LOL!
So, I went to a "new" massage therapist on Thursday night. This one is a man, which I wasn't too keen on initially. But, I felt like I really connected with him. I really liked him better than the woman masseuse I went to. I didn't connect with her at all. So, I've made two more appointments with him --- one for this coming Thursday and one for Christmas Eve morning, which will be the last one before I leave for CUBA on December 27th!
My rib cage and upper back are feeling better this week and I'm hoping that by the time I leave for Cuba, I will be on my way to having a pain-free upper body.
I haven't done much Christmas shopping because DH works for General Motors and we don't know what's happening with his job. He's laid off this week and next and then it's Christmas shutdown and then he's supposed to go back on nights on January 4th. I wish we just knew already one way or the other so that we can get on with our lives. I mean I really wish that the auto companies will be bailed out with a loan so that his job isn't in jeopardy because he only has 5 more years before he can retire and it would be good if that happened but if the Big 3 don't get the bailout, I'd like to know that too and then we could at least make plans on what we have to do. It's this not knowing that's causing so much stress in our lives.
So far for Christmas presents, I've bought a rosemary tree ($19.99) for my dad and scotch mints, licorice all-sorts, cashew nuts and an Inukshuk kit for my mother-in-law. And, I've ordered a Photo Life magazine subscription for DH and bought him some mango chili sauce. And, that's it. I want to get my dad a magazine subscription --- something about art since he's taking drawing classes on Tuesdays but I haven't ordered it yet and I need to get DH something else. I'm off on Wednesday because it's the holiday assembly at my niece and nephews' school, which I always go to so I may go shopping in the afternoon. We'll see.
Anyways, that's it for now. I hope all my Sparkfriends are doing well and staying upright! Take care!
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