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Bear with Me

Friday, September 21, 2012

Could I just walk right up to the complaint department? Well, no, I can't, and that's why I'm having a small pity party for myself. I don't want my feet to hurt anymore. I have had a couple of good days and managed my training walks for the 5K virtual. But at times, the pain is almost unbearable. It's such a small thing. And when I left Walmart tonight, stepping out into that wonderful breeze, I said to myself, "You haven't felt this great is years." I truly was amazed at how great I felt.

The good thing is, next week I see my primary, my oncologist, and a new one, a podiatrist. I don't have to go to the chiropractor, That's down to every 2 weeks. Woohoo. My primary doctor is going to jump up and down and spit wooden nickels over my weight loss. And my oncologist will schedule my 6 month PET scan and give me my B12 shot. It's time. The PET scans have been clear ever since 2009, but still . . .

And the podiatrist is going to . . . well I honestly don't know what he'll do. Hopefully he'll think I don't need to wear the compression socks.

SP increased my calorie intake. Maybe I need to increase the amount of time I sleep. Because the complaint department is now closed. It takes a lot of energy to live life.

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KIWIANN 9/22/2012 3:36PM

    Great job opening the complaint department just long enough to vent your frustrations and then closing it back up to move on to better things!! emoticon
I wish you well with all of your doctors appointments!!

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CHRISTINASP 9/22/2012 4:09AM

    Please please don't say that pain in your feet is a small thing. I have pain in my feet every day and it is NOT a small thing, it means there are many things I cannot do because I have to 'spare my feet'.
So please take it seriously if your feet hurt! I'm glad you're seeing the podiatrist. A good diagnosis may help you figure out what you can do about this.

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DIBANANA 9/22/2012 12:00AM

  When your feet hurt everything else disappears! I know it does when mine hurt. My arches have fallen and walking sometimes gives me tendonitis if my insoles need replacing. It is miserable!

Good luck on all your doctor appts.

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Simple Food from another time? Or for this time?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I joined a small team of people who are keeping alive trades or crafts from the past. Last night it occurred to me that at times, I like things simple, as much as possible. At first glance, this lunch appears to be simple: a chopped, juicy peach, a handful of sweet cherries, a hardboiled egg, and homemade oatmeal whole wheat bread.

I have definitely gotten away from processed foods, at least for this meal. Am I preserving the craft of providing food as from the past?

I suppose I'm close. It definitely LOOKS like a simple meal. But I spent 4 hours making the bread 2 weeks ago and my refrigerator has kept it from spoiling. I bought the buttery spread at Walmart. No churning for me, though I could if I had to. I've even taught my 5th graders how to do it.

There are no chickens in my housing development. I don't like to think about what I'm relying on to provide my eggs. And I purchased rolled oats and whole wheat flour from the store. I've tried sprouting wheat and I'm a total failure at grinding it.

I'm beginning to grow some vegetables. That garden will provide no food for at least 2 months.

And the water came out of a brita filter box on my counter, and before that, the kitchen tap that sits near the dishwasher.

But now that you are looking closely, notice the supplements in the small glass dish. Definitely a sign of modern times. Especially the vitamin D gel caps. All of those nutrients that I have been depriving myself by eating the modern packaged, manufactured bubble bread, fast food, and dinner "out."

But perhaps the biggest difference in this meal and one of 100 years ago is the amount of physical effort needed in order to put this meal on the table. How many calories would it have taken?

Gather the wheat, thresh, clean, grind, mix bread, knead, rise, chop wood, bake. Slice.

Gather eggs. Pump water or go to the stream. Boil eggs in a pot would have been a luxury because the family pot usually had a porridge or stew cooking in it.

Pick the cherries, if you had planted the trees. Pick the peaches. Chop the peaches. And if I had been living in this time, I probably would have a glass of milk or some farmer's cheese to go with the bread. After all, I would need more energy to be this active.

Milk the cow. Churn the butter.

And this activity was a part of life, or you didn't eat.

When I think through all of this, I appreciate the simple plate. I appreciate the beauty of food close to the source, with little human intervention. And it makes me realize just how much I need to ramp up my physical activity. My body must be screaming at me: "You know, you used to walk a mile to school, and a mile back home again. Let's go!"

I like the convenience of having foods at times when they are not available here. I would truly miss bananas. Or salad in the summer. Or cherries. I WOULD NOT miss avocados.

Is buying eggs from the market any different than buying a loaf of bread from the market, or a mix for fiber-filled muffins? I'd like to think so.

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STONECOT 9/19/2012 8:57AM

    Your blog, saying about boiling eggs in a pan being a luxury, reminded me of my mum, who always boiled eggs by putting them in with the boiling greens or potatoes to save on fuel, the shells went some interesting colours! emoticon

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KIWIANN 9/19/2012 8:46AM

    As always, you blog is a joy to read!! emoticon
I have often thought about the irony of how many conveniences we have to save us time and energy, time and energy that we then go and spend on a treadmill. It really seems somewhat wasteful but that is a major trait of our modern world... I am trying to keep myself off of the soapbox emoticon

(And not only would I have liked to have you as a teacher, I really think you would have been one of my favorites!!)

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LINDA! 9/18/2012 11:50PM

    Great blog!

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Donut Demons and Foot Fiends Be Gone!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I am so grateful to Spark People for still being here this time around. With the resources I have found, I am making changes in many aspects of my life
I'm getting a top-notch nutrition education.
I'm planning nutritious menus for the whole week.
I'm losing weight and eating more that I ever have before, especially while on a diet.
I'm forming habits with a very good chance that they will be long lasting.
I'm looking for ways to bring variety into my cooking and exercising.
I'm in training for a 5 K walk and today walked 2 miles, further than I've ever walked at one time before.
I'm looking for ways to turn those little negative voices around and send them packing. And that's why I'm writing.

Those little voices pop up usually when I'm driving by Dunkin' Donuts or when I'm exercising. This week I deep-fried the donut demon. And this morning I kicked the foot fiend.

I do have something wrong with my left foot. I have an appointment with a podiatrist next week. But when I set out to walk on Friday, the pain eased up and went away. This morning as I started my 2 mile training walk, it started up again. I was ready. I figured if it was going to show up, it would be when I was going to walk further than I ever had before, at one time.

Sure enough. It started sending sharp pains down the top of my foot. I told that foot fiend it would need to go somewhere else because I was not the complaint department. I focused on posture and walking with good form like in one of those SP videos I watched. I focused on my surroundings. It was a beautiful morning, long shadows, everything was fresh.

When I noticed the 2 sandhill cranes, my foot quit hurting and I really enjoyed my walk.

Don't know where that imp is going to pop up the next time, but I am ready for it. No imp is going to undermine everything I have accomplished.

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HHLTD1 9/17/2012 3:24PM

    Good for you with the donuts. I have my own demons mostly in the chip category.

When it comes to your feet though you can't be too careful get it checked. I once had shoulder pain and kept putting off seeing a doctor. When I finally did they sent me to physical therapy and had the pain gone in just a few weeks and I had been suffering for over a year.

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PKBOO3 9/17/2012 2:46PM

    I'm proud of you walking even if it hurts. I too am having foot problems. I'm wanting to start a new challenge of a virtual walk/run. But I'm going to wait until I come back from my vacation in October. I probably should see a podiatrist myself, but when I think I might call one, my foot seems to feel better. Not 100%, but still better. So I may give it some time before I make an appointment.

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BRAVELUTE 9/17/2012 9:34AM

    Kiwiann, I know I would have loved having you for a student!

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KIWIANN 9/17/2012 9:03AM

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Great list, and great job deep frying the "donut demon" and kicking out the "foot fiend" Those are two accomplishments worthy of praise!!

emoticon And you write beautifully!! I think I would have loved having you for a teacher! emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 9/17/2012 6:16AM

    A great list!

I'm glad you are seeing a podiatrist. Please be careful with your feet. Don't ignore pains unless you're sure that's the best thing to do... I ignored pains and it got me a chronic foot problem.

The walk sounds lovely.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 9/16/2012 10:38PM

    good for you. My foot hurts when i start out some times and i get shin splints when i walk fast but i just keep going
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Would you rather eat this at a brunch,

or this:

You essentially have the same ingredients, though I did add cherries. I think they added visually, AND nutritionally.

But most of all turning the fritata into pinwheels with a flatbread made me feel like I was eating delicious party appetizers. I felt no pangs of guilt. I knew I was getting great nutrition from every corner of my plate.

I think I have the food thing down, though I sometimes have difficulties eating everything that is on my nutrition tracker for the day.

Now, if I could only find the key that would transform exercise from fritata to party pinwheels!

Lookin' forward to next week's training for the 5K Your Way. Yesterday, I walked 1.75 miles at one time, further than I had ever walked at one time before. Every other day is going to bring an activity that I've never done before . . . if my left foot doesn't rebel.

How can I turn this into a pinwheel? Find a shady park with well marked walking trails. That would be a pinwheel!! Or I could use my imagination and imagine walking in a cool place, possibly the Outer Banks or Hilton Head Island, along a hard packed beach with waves crashing and a sunset to die for.

I've got it. Get the ear buds and charge the IPOD!! Music is my spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down!! emoticon

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KIWIANN 9/16/2012 8:46AM

    We all crave beauty in our lives - turning your plate into a work of art and "beautifying" your exercise time are great ideas!!
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NANCYRUBIO 9/15/2012 11:34PM

    Goodness does that look good!

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PMFISH 9/15/2012 11:16PM

    Looks very appetizing.

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The Empty School House

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

School is starting without me. My "nest" is empty. I have migrated to retirement and the flight there was rather bumpy. But the birds who learned in this classroom had an education unequaled in any high stakes classroom.

Here is a sampling of their rigorous curriculum.

Science: Principles of Flight
Art: Principles of Design
Math: Priciples of Engineering with the final exam being construction of a nest capable of withstanding 70 mile per hour winds
Home Ec: Application of Principles of High Energy Nutrition
Social Studies: Application of Principles of Global Navigation
Life Skills:
1. Principles of Abandoning that which has served its purpose
2. Physical Fitness and Aerobic Flight
3. Healthy sleep patterns
4. Caring for one's family
Music: Lead singer in the Dawn Chorus Fanfare in Praise of the Provider
Philosophy: Finding your place in the Circle of Life, because soon, a new set of eggs will grace an identical nest and the students will become the teachers.

I think we could learn a few important lessons from the birds.

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KIWIANN 9/12/2012 9:46PM

    There are lessons to be learned all around us if we take the time to notice!! Thanks for sharing your Empty Nest lesson - your blogs always make me smile!!

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