Thursday, November 28, 2013
It's been a great Thanksgiving day for us! So much for which we are thankful!!
All of the extended family were available on the same day...for the first time! We sat down 16 at the table. I enjoy using the formal china (parts of 2 sets) and crystal so that the younger ones will not be intimidated when they encounter a fancy table setting in the future. It's a lot of work, but I only do it for that many people once a year.
This year we also celebrated 2 birthdays: My youngest granddaughter had a birthday yesterday, and my eldest granddaughter has one on Sunday.
This photo is of me with all my "recently acquired" grandchildren. The eldest joined our family this summer when my youngest daughter married. The two younger ones joined us in 2011 when my elder daughter married their Dad. On the right edge you can see part of my husband, Rick.
I wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving, too!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Watermellen was talking today about multiple things, but one, in particular caught my attention. She mentioned that she's been using machines at her gym to do strength training because of her increasingly arthritic hands.
I don't think I've heard anyone else talk about the difficulty of doing workouts with arthritic hands. I've got arthritic thumbs that make gripping, or even holding without pressure difficult, but I also only have dumbbells, resistance bands and body weight exercises available to me.
My upper body strength training has been non-existent since summer since, as I go up in dumbbell weight, the circumference of the central shaft increases which, in turn, causes pain to the lower two joints of my thumbs. I need to do better, but I feel pretty inept about designing an appropriate workout that won't cause more problems than it helps.
Today I stubbed my toe going up the stairs and fell, scraping my left forearm and pounding the base of my right hand into the edge of another stair. I'm OK, but holding a pen to write is painful even with Advil in my system. I wonder how long this will take to feel better?
On the plus side... this year I kept my head off the stairs when I fell. Last year I broke my glasses, cut my face and moved subcutaneous tissue around as well as getting 2 black eyes. My husband wouldn't go much of anywhere with me because everyone who didn't know us gave him evil looks. (He picked me up! He DIDN'T push me! Lol.)
Do you have arthritis in the hands? If so, what strength training exercises do you do to minimize the pain?
Friday, November 08, 2013
I gave blood yesterday. I've been doing this since I was a senior in High School.
Lol. I remember my Mother finding out I'd given blood the first time. It wasn't a secret... I told her. She discarded any plans she'd had for our dinner and served us liver instead. (UGH!)
I've been at it so long now that I've donated 17.5 gallons as of yesterday. That's 140 pints.
It all started out as a way I could give back to my community. As a student I didn't feel I was contributing much, and this was a way I could help that didn't cost money I didn't have.
Later, as a young mother, it was a bit of "me" time as well as way to help others. We didn't live in Portland then, so I could only donate during blood drives about 4 times a year. My husband called me (still does!) a reverse vampire.
In the past few years, I've seen both of my parents need repeated blood transfusions, and I have been so grateful that the blood supply was there to help them. I want to help make sure that the supply is there for others in need.
Part of the pre-donation process is a blood pressure check. I've always had good blood pressure...even when I was heavy. Yesterday the woman working with me took my blood pressure and mentioned that I was low (96/66). She asked if I was on medication for high blood pressure. When I said no, she said "then you must exercise a lot." She asked if that was so that I could eat anything I wanted. She was surprised to hear that I had been 35 pounds heavier and need to exercise to maintain that weight loss. Eating anything I want is not a choice I get to have.
Non Scale Victory!! It was nice to be admired for doing something that helps ME! I got to tell her about Sparkpeople after she told me about her sister who had paid for diet food and then gained all the weight back when she stopped using it.
Another, very short term, benefit of giving blood is that I weigh almost a pound less today than yesterday. And I've been drinking a lot of water to aid in the replacement of those blood cells. This is really a very satisfying type of community service. I recommend it!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
SLENDERELLA61 commented on my status today, which got me thinking about and then writing this blog. Thanks, Marsha!
After 5 pretty stable months in maintenance, I went on vacation in August and had trigger foods left afterward - Hershey's kisses and oyster crackers. (Not together, lol.) I eventually got rid of them... by eating them, of course.
Lately I'm craving treats, (that tells me I've had them on a too regular basis and have come to expect them.) I discovered that when I don't have a trigger food or something "desirable" in the house, I'll go looking until I find something that can be forced to fill that void - sometimes that's fruit. More often it's some type of bread, cracker, pretzel or even candy I don't like!
I've avoided making desserts and treats, and now that's what I crave. Hunger isn't the reason I want to eat these foods. I just want to chew and swallow. Sigh. I feel deprived, so I "sneak" other food to get my "fair share." Why can't I remember that this NEVER WORKS?!
I hit my scream weight today, so it's back into weight loss mode for me. (KANOE10, the up escalator will NOT win.)
There will be measuring and full tracking! I will drink a glass of water and maybe take a walk if I find myself wanting to eat when it isn't meal or PLANNED snack time. I will continue to exercise (I've been faithfully doing this for the 7 months of my maintenance, or I'd be in much worse shape now!)
Here is a photo taken last Saturday at my brother-in-law's birthday bash. It startles me to see this. My mental picture of myself is MUCH larger... maybe because I feel like I've been eating only partly in control for 2 months now.
Friday, October 18, 2013
My husband and I took a picnic lunch with us Tuesday and drove to see the view from several places. First we stopped by Rocky Butte in SE Portland.
We could see all over Portland. We saw airplanes landing at PDX... they were at eye level with us long before they landed.
Then we drove up to Larch Mountain. It's 14 miles from the Columbia Gorge Highway.
We walked out to Sherrard Point, a viewing platform at 4056 feet in elevation.
From there we could see 5 mountains: Jefferson & Hood in Oregon, and Adams, Rainier, and St. Helens in Washington. (Rainier was 97 miles away. I think Jefferson was 63 in the opposite direction.)
Mt. Hood, 22 miles away.
After lunch, we went back to the Women's Forum viewpoint (it was on the way home), it seemed like the colors were brighter and more widespread than they were last week.
We even got to see kite surfers on the Columbia River. My camera couldn't get a good photo from so far away, but they are the white dots on the river in the photo below.
It has been a lovely Fall in the Northwest this year. This is the first year my husband has been retired so we can go enjoy such sights during a relatively uncrowded weekday.
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