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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Drove to Sudbury on Wednesday after work in white-out conditions but my husband had rented a Yukon with 4-wheel drive so I felt quite safe. And, the best part about the Yukon was the heated seats. Real nice. Left here around 5 p.m. and got to Sudbury about 11:30 p.m. (usually a 5 hour drive). Left Sudbury Thursday morning and drove to Sault Ste. Marie and got there around 1:30 p.m. It wasn't a bad drive but apparently the day before the major highway into the Soo was closed so it's a good thing we didn't come then.

Then, Thursday night was the wake/visitation at the funeral home with an open casket. I hate that but I managed to get out of actually going over to view the body. And, then the funeral was Friday morning with burial immediately after and it was frigging cold. Good thing I had my snow pants and once again, got to love those heated seats!

Then after lunch, we loaded up the truck and got my husband's cousin to take back to Toronto as Toronto airport was closed and headed out. We got to Sudbury around 6 p.m., had dinner at The Keg and then went to the hotel and then left this morning around 9 a.m. and got home about 4 p.m. after detouring into Toronto to drop off Mark and then we detoured into Burlington so that I could see how an Outlook felt compared to the Yukon and then finally home.

It was interesting driving home from Sudbury and seeing all the sights we missed on the way up because it was dark and a lot of it was white out conditions. I told my husband that it was a good thing I hadn't known how many rivers we had crossed over because that would have made me even more nervous.

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    So glad you made the trip safely. I too love my heated seats. Now that I have them, I don't ever plan on purchasing a vehicle without them.

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LOWCALORIES 2/3/2008 7:03PM

    Happy to see that you made it home safely.

I love heated seats. We have a Bravada (Oldsmobile) and a Ford 500 and they both have heated seats.

Hope everything gets back to normal for you. Good Luck with your weight loss.

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MOLLIEMAC 2/3/2008 1:54PM

    So glad you made it home safely...MJ

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My Complicated Life

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I found out yesterday morning that my husband's uncle died and now we have to travel 9 hours to the funeral so we're leaving tomorrow after work and returning home on Saturday so I'll be away from my computer and SparkPeople for a few days.

Also, my weekly weigh-in this week only had me down 0.4 pounds again and that's really frustrating 'cause I've been eating in my calorie range, I've been drinking tons of water and I exercised 6 days last week so what's up with that? So, to compensate, in my self-destructing way, I ate terribly today and I'm not logging it because I don't even know what the calories were for half of it.

And, I didn't exercise today because we had to plan our trip and I can't exercise tomorrow because we have to go to a car rental place for 7:30 tomorrow morning and I have to pack and then I have to work all day and I had such a busy week planned here at home with a birthday dinner with a friend planned for tomorrow night that I had to cancel and Thursday night, I was supposed to go see two of my nephews in plays at their school and I had to cancel and Friday, I was supposed to go out to lunch with another friend and I had to cancel and Saturday, I was supposed to play bridge with another friend and I had to cancel.

But, the person I feel most badly for is my husband's cousin (the son of the man who died) who was in Asia for 3 weeks for a holiday and upon returning home was met at the airport by his uncle and was told that his dad had died just that morning from a clot. Totally sucks big time!

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LOWCALORIES 2/3/2008 6:57PM


Sounds like you're going through a very stressful time right now. Your friends will all understand you having to cancel prior committments. Just trying to get a hold of everybody can be stressful in itself.

.4 weight loss is still a weight loss. You have to remember that muscle is heavier than fat and with you exercising 6 days and staying within your calorie range, I'm sure it's muscle gain. Try not to be so hard on yourself. Do you measure? I do and it's saved me more than once from depression over that darn scale.

I hope you're already back on track. Let me know if I can be of any help. Sorry for your loss. Drop me a line and let me know how things are going.

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MOLLIEMAC 1/30/2008 12:29PM

    So sorry. You'll get on track again next week, in the meantime don't be too hard on yourself...MJ

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Turbo Jam

Saturday, January 26, 2008

So I bought this DVD and I did it this morning for the first time and OMG, did it ever get my heartrate up! After 22 minutes, I wanted it to be over but I persevered and did the whole Cardio Party!

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MAMASHARI 1/26/2008 6:04PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Turbo Jam! I have several DVD's and do them at least 3 times a week. Stick with it--I was the same way when I started. I couldn't hardly get thru the 20 min DVD she has!!

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OKANOG 1/26/2008 2:10PM

  Good for You!

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Good News

Monday, January 21, 2008

The echocardiogram came back negative. I don't have pericarditis. The nurse said that I was probably just having a severe flare that happened to be affecting the joints in my chest and back. Thanks for everyone's support and concern!

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ROCKERCHICK07 1/22/2008 10:54AM

    Whew ::wipes sweat off brow:: Thank God! I'm sooo happy to hear that. Now you can rest easier at least with that knowledge. I was so concerned for you. Those flares can be a bit*h... Feel better Joanna, and as much as you want to work out, just go easy hon. Be good to yourself.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

I called my rheumatologist yesterday about this pain I'm having and he booked me for a echocardiogram this morning at 8 a.m. because he thought it sounded like pericarditis (inflammation of the fibrous sac surrounding the heart).

So, I went to the hospital this morning for this test and holy cr*p, I am in so much pain and have been since this morning. Essentially, they have this metal probe that they coat with gel and they press on various areas around the heart to get a picture of what's going on (like an ultrasound of the heart area) and it felt like she was pressing on all the areas on me that have been especially sore for the last 2 weeks and since then I've been in agony and nothing helps. Heat doesn't help. Cold doesn't help. Tylenols with codeine don't help. Extra strength ibuprofen doesn't help. I'm so sore and my right arm has been numb/tingly most of the day.

I got to work around 9:30 but I ended up going home at noon because I couldn't concentrate because I was so sore. My rheumatologist also told me to stop taking the Humira until we determine what's wrong. Why do drugs that are supposed to help always seem to make me feel worse?

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ROCKERCHICK07 1/19/2008 12:24PM

    This is scary Joanna..... I got so sick on the Enbrel and for some it's a miracle drug...I am a bit afraid of the Humira now...I havea script to get it once I get out of rehab...and now I'm not so sure I wanna take it. Damn girl....I hope you feel better. You worry me... Please keep us updated. Take care.


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WALKINGWOMAN07 1/18/2008 12:24PM

    Here's hoping that they get the results soon and that some there is some plan of action. In the meantime, here's hoping that there is some relief from this pain for you really soon.

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MOLLIEMAC 1/18/2008 10:30AM

    Ouch...I hope you find some help soon- don't be afraid to demand some action if things start to drag. You need your life back...MJ

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