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Busy day, even busier tomorrow...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I found out mid-morning that a good friend is in the hospital. She has a bowel obstruction, and they think it's probably Crohn's disease. The worst part is that she has been dealing with symptoms of it for about 10 years and this is the first time they are considering that's what it might be. I personally have spent many long nights in the ER with her being very sick. So while being diagnosed with Crohn's certainly isn't a good thing, if that is the problem and they begin treating her, she should have fewer episodes that cause her to end up in the ER. I feel so badly for her though. Dh and I went to see her this afternoon and visited with her for a while. She seemed in pretty good spirits, but I could look at her and see she didn't feel great. Poor girl.

I started out the morning okay. I had Hot Pockets for breakfast, which was certainly not a good choice. I was craving pizza and I thought it might be better to eat portion controlled Hot Pockets than to let myself get at a whole pizza. {Cause I'd eat the whole thing, or eat til I was sick, whichever came first.}

After I ate I went in my bedroom and started to work. Alas I only made it about 10 minutes before I realized that was a bad idea. My back started aching again, and I decided to throw in the towel and sit and relax until time to go out with dh. Shortly after that I found out my friend was in the hospital, so I got up and drove to a flower shop to get her some get well soon flowers.

Then I came home and woke dh early so we could go get some food and then go to the hospital before we went shopping. We went to Chili's and I did NOT eat healthy, but I DID choose not to have any French fries. A good friend here on SP {thanks Steven!} pointed out that I haven't had fries in a while, and I decided I didn't want to break my streak. So I stuck to just a quesadilla, and skipped the fries. The quesadilla was not a good choice, but skipping the fries probably saved me 400 or 500 calories on top of it, so it definitely could have been worse.

After we ate we headed down to the hospital. We hung out there for about an hour and a half, then we left to go grocery shopping. Grocery shopping was not frugal. I need to study the receipts and figure out what went wrong. I felt like we weren't going to spend much this week and we spent a ton. I was not pleased. I'm never gonna get a couch if we keep spending so much money at the grocery store. So I guess it's time to find a new tactic!

Once we finished shopping we headed home and put everything away. Then The Buddy came to pick up the exercise bike I sold her. I never used it, never will use it, and figured it would be nice to have the space in the bedroom, and that's the first official money that went in the Couch Fund. I was pretty excited to put it in the envelope. It's the little things.

I did pretty well for dinner, I had a veggie burger and a few rice cakes. I've had practically no actual vegetables today, but I gave myself a pat on the head for having a relatively healthy dinner.

Now I am sitting here nursing an aching back. By the time we were done grocery shopping I was in a lot of pain, but we managed to get it all done today. It's not so bad when I'm sitting on my butt with my legs stretched out, but when I stand it's quite unpleasant. I think it's a good thing I'm planning on taking it really easy tomorrow.

And speaking of tomorrow... my day is starting early. I gotta be out of bed at 7:20 am. I haven't been up that early in a long time, and it's going to SUCK. I have an appointment with a nurse practitioner at the endocrinologists office obscenely early. When I'm finished there I'm heading back to the hospital to hang out with my friend. I'm the only one that doesn't have to work tomorrow, and I didn't want her to have to sit there alone all day, so I told her I'd come back. I had planned to come home and nap after the appointment, but friends are more important than naps. I won't be working out tomorrow, partly because I want to let my back rest and partly because I will be at the hospital during workout time. I am gonna cook dinner though. After spending a small fortune at the grocery stores we are darn well gonna eat it! lol

For the rest of tonight I'm gonna take it easy and relax with a magazine. I have a feeling I'm not going to sleep well tonight because I'm going to be afraid of oversleeping in the morning, but my fingers are crossed that I will fall asleep reasonably fast and not get up and do more damage to my diet than I've already done today. Tomorrow it's back on track.

Hope everyone had an awesome Thursday!

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MSHEL7 7/25/2014 12:43AM

    I'm glad you finally get to see your doc. Hope it helps things out. Good job with the fries, that is a hard one to break. I personally can't remember the last time I had them. A long long time ago-probably 2011, that is when I went clean eating. You know, they don't even smell good to me anymore. I know the last time I bought them for the boys they smelled nasty to me. Tastes do change. Hope your friend gets better, my son had a bowel obstruction when he was 2, they said it is the most painful thing you could ever go through. I'm sorry your friend is having that.

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TRACYDH 7/25/2014 12:29AM

    hope your back feels better soon my friend - back issues, bane of my existence until about 10 lbs ago I finally saw the 'back' of them, for a good while now, touch wood! Fries are the devil, sent to tempt us when we could be using those calories on multiple yummier things :) take care!

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IOEINC 7/24/2014 11:12PM

    My oldest daughter was diagnosed with Crohn's in her last year of high school. She went from a healthy looking 150 pounds to someone looking like those awful concentration camp pictures and it happened really quickly. She was 112 pounds but looking very malnourished. I called around to get her an appointment with a GI and they all said 6 months. Finally we got an appointment within a month with the GI she has now and has had ever since. he literally saved her life. She has Crohns of the terminal ileus which is where most nutrients are absorbed. She has done really well and only had one bowel surgery (a colectomy) three years ago for a stricture. She avoids things that make her cramp and feel sick and eventually became a vegetarian because meat, especially red meat, really made her sick. She went to dental school at Pitt and while she was there due to insurance change and distance she had to get another GI there who was also great and communicated with her GI here and did not change her treatment like so many other doctors might have. Once she moved back to this area she went back to her former GI. She lives about 2 hours from us but still comes down here for appointments with him for her care.

I really hope your friend gets a definitive diagnosis. Like Steven said, the sooner the diagnosis the sooner treatment is initiated and hopefully feeling better. One food to tell her to completely always avoid. Popcorn. If she ever did have a stricture, then it the kernels just sit there at the beginning of the stricture resulting in an obstruction.

You really are a wonderful friend to spend the day with her. It can get very boring being in the hospital. I am sure you will cheer her up immensely. If she is napping, take a stroll around the hospital and get in your exercise. That is what I did when hubby was in.

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STEVEN2GO2 7/24/2014 9:40PM

    I will give you some good information that I know about Crohn's disease. Over the past ten years there have been improvements in the treatment of Crohn's. An extended family member of mine has it. He has had parts of his intestines removed during that time. At on point he volunteered in a research protocol about a new medication. He told me he was sure he was part of the group receiving the new medication because he was improving a lot.

Like we agreed upon earlier the sooner a proper diagnosis is made about any illness or disease, the quicker proper treatment can be applied. I too wish she had competent care early on concerning her symptoms. You are an awesome friend being there for her emoticon !!!

Hey thanks for the credit for my fries comment, I am glad it helped in a healthy choice today.

It was great that you decided not to over do it with your back when it first started to complain.

Have a great Freaky Friday,

Your friend,
Steven

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1CRAZYDOG 7/24/2014 9:26PM

    Prayers for your friend.

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Relatively productive day...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The day did not start out especially well. I woke up for a while at 10:30... then went back to bed at 11:30 and slept til 1. I just wasn't ready to be awake yet, I felt tired and weak and just crappy. I didn't sleep well again last night, and I guess I needed the extra sleep. I felt better when I woke up the second time.

For breakfast I had turkey and Swiss on light wheat. I didn't have a big breakfast since I didn't eat it til 1. I knew it wouldn't be too long until lunch. Before lunch I went in my bedroom and did some more work. Sorting, bagging, hanging, etc. Unfortunately I wasn't careful and hurt my back. I should know by now that I have to be cautious when I'm moving or lifting something kinda heavy {big bags of laundry}, but my back hadn't been bothering me much lately and I wasn't paying enough attention. I pushed on to finish a little more work, and got done what I could. Then I came back out here, took a muscle relaxer, and sat down, In about half an hour I felt better.

Then it was time for lunch. I made Helper {using canned chicken} and had a big pile of steamed veggies with it. Alas, it apparently wasn't enough to fill me up, and I was starving when we went out to run some errands. So I got a grilled chicken sandwich, no mayo. That helped immensely. It was extra food I wasn't planning on eating, but I was DEFINITELY hungry, and it wasn't a terrible choice, all things considered.

I'm very proud of us and our gas conserving ways. We went to the pet store, Walmart, the Goodwill donation center and the library this evening. All 4 places are close to one another, and instead of doing our usual thing of making 4 separate trips, we did it all today. Now we don't have to go back out that way for a while, and several things are marked off the to-do list. So yay!

When we got home from our errands, dh took down some laundry and put it in to wash. While the laundry was washing, I did our menu and grocery list and planned out what we need to buy tomorrow. Trying to use a lot of what we have in the house. I wanna try to keep our grocery bill as low as possible this week to put the extra money in my new couch fund!

By the time I was finished with the menu and grocery list, the laundry was finished. So I sat in the floor and sorted and folded it and put it all away. Unfortunately that made my back start hurting again. I thought I had cured it with the muscle relaxer, but I guess not. I did manage to get it all put away, though.

Dinner was a salad with chicken and a baked potato with sour cream and salsa... again. I'm starting to get tired of it, but it's just so easy, and it actually keeps me fairly full. I need to find something else that will have the same effect, but I don't know what. I hate having such a big appetite. It's really frustrating to me when I am legitimately hungry when I recently ate. But it happens, a lot. So far tonight I'm doing okay, and it's an hour til snack time. So I think all will be well. If I can fall asleep tonight.

Tomorrow I gotta clean the kitchen and clean out the fridge. After that, if I have time left {and if my back is not hurting} I'm going to work in my bedroom a little bit more. I think I can have my bedroom done in another 3 or 4 days, I'm hoping. Then it will be time to wake dh up and go have some lunch and do our grocery shopping. It's not supposed to be terribly hot tomorrow, so I'm very thankful for that.

No word today from my dr on the PAD test. Fingers crossed to hear something tomorrow.

For the rest of the night, I'm just trying to sit comfortably and let my back rest, and hope it's better by morning. And of course, doing some reading. Which just happens to be a great way to rest my back. Fingers crossed that I can sleep tonight.

Hope everyone had a happy Hump Day!

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JO88BAKO 7/24/2014 8:56PM

    Good job! I love your gas saving. Bob can't seem to get that concept, and we drive a long way here compared to Iowa where 2 grocery stores and Walmart are only minutes away. Hope you hear from the Dr. soon about your legs!

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PATTYKLAVER 7/24/2014 7:59AM

    You have really been productive lately! Remind me to give you my address so you can come help me. I used to be so much more productive and organized - not sure what happened.

I learned the hard way to keep my back brace. When I know that I am going to be doing something that may aggravate my back, I no longer am self-conscious about putting it on. Yes, it's definitely not a fashion statement, but it sure beats having the back act up again.

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ECKOKITTEN 7/24/2014 7:15AM

    Nice job on the productive day! I think it is great that you were able to run a bunch of errands in one trip. Its always nice when it works out that way.

I think u did great food wise too overall emoticon

I hope your back is feeling better today :)

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IOEINC 7/24/2014 12:18AM

    sounds like you had a really productive day!! I am sitting here trying to get up the energy to mop my kitchen floor now that the 3 Amigos have gone to bed. Fasa the mastiff was sick all morning. Poor baby had an upset tummy but by the time I got back from the hospital he was all ready to eat!!! Hubby is doing really well, home tomorrow and starts outpatient PT on Friday. He was still a little dizzy this morning but that was gone by early afternoon. He claims that he has no pain in his hip whatsoever. emoticon

Hope you sleep better tonight!!!

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WINDSONG26 7/23/2014 10:48PM

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STEVEN2GO2 7/23/2014 10:26PM

    emoticon I wish you had printed out a Calendar for July, it would be a picture of the Milkyway Galaxy this month. Nutrition wise you are doing wonderful. Exercise you are doing terrific. I think we agree, if you have a diagnosis of PAD that would be better than neuropathy. So fingers and toes crossed here to, and some praying done!

It is hard to keep the nutrition going well when your sleep pattern is disrupted so often, another trait we share. I like the fact that you ARE choosing healthier options when you are hungry. A grilled chicken sandwich is a lot better than a container of fries. I have not seen you post eating french fries in a long time now. My dear friend James, also my and peer support counselor from the VA and I once were at a McDonalds. I had a large carton of fries and he said that was porn to a diabetic.

emoticon for the pain you have in your back. Tonight I good position to sleep in if you can Is on your back, with a pillow under your head and knees. I use to have back problems and this almost always helped make my back feel well upon waking!

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SANDICANE 7/23/2014 10:05PM

    It's great to meal plan!!! And, it's great to clean out that food that we really shouldn't eat if we want to lose weight. I know I cannot resist that kind of thing.

Hope you have a great day tomorrow!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/23/2014 9:49PM

    Sounds like you dealt with the ups and downs of the day. Good job!

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Just kinda muddling through...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Today has not been a stellar day. First, I slept terribly last night. I kept waking up, even more often than I normally wake up. I think I was afraid of over sleeping for my test. By the time I got up, I was still crazy sleepy and irritated I couldn't sleep.

I decided to grab a grilled chicken sandwich for breakfast, which would have been fine, but then I decided to have some nuggets too. Not a great choice, but better than fries, so it wasn't the worst thing I could have done.

Then I went to the testing center for the PAD test. I was strapped up to blood pressure cuffs on both biceps, thighs, calves, ankles and feet. She did different readings and listened to my pulse with a Doppler thingy. Then I did a 5 minute walk on a treadmill and she took some more readings. This is kind of sad to admit, but I was terrified on the treadmill. I had never been on a treadmill for that very reason -- I knew they would scare me. But she put it at a slow pace, and I held on for dear life, and it was okay. Wow was I thankful when the 5 minutes was over though. After I was done on the treadmill she took more readings and then I was finished and sent on my way. My doctor told me it would take her "a couple of days" to interpret the results and let me know something. I'm hoping she literally means 2 days, and that I will know something before my endo appointment on Friday.

On the way out there I had decided I would go to the gym when I was done. On the way home I changed my mind. It was in the 90s, and the sun was beating in my car while I was stuck in traffic, and basically by the time I got home I felt like crap. My head hurt and yuck. I just wanted to come upstairs and sit in my cool apartment and drink a cold glass of water. So that's what I did.

After I got home I was hungry again, and ate a veggie burger, which I knew would end up being an extra meal. But I just wasn't in the mood to sit around and be hungry today. TOM is hitting hard and I just gave in and ate. I'm just happy I ate a veggie burger instead of going out for fast food.

I wasn't totally a sedentary lump today though. I did go in my room and do some work. Cleared out some bags and boxes, hung some stuff up, tried some stuff on, dug through some piles. I ended up filling the bag of clothes for Goodwill and dh carried it down to the car to be dropped off on Thursday. I got a couple empty boxes out of there and a small bag of random trash I picked up while working in there. So I accomplished a fair bit today. Still a LONG way to go, and a lot of stuff I don't know what to do with. I think I'm going to buy a big plastic tub and shove it all in there. At least then it will be organized and out of the way.

After that I cooked some lunch. I just whipped up some chicken with egg noodles and cream of chicken soup with some steamed veggies. I wasn't feeling much like cooking and I just wanted something fast and easy. It was still relatively healthy, although I ate too many noodles and not enough veggies. But it coulda been worse.

Once I was done eating I managed to waste several hours scanning sale ads for stores, looking for coupons, and playing with our budget. I guess it's a good thing I didn't really have anything important to do today. And hopefully all that time will save us a little money at the grocery store on Thursday.

For dinner I had a salad with chicken and baked potato with salsa and sour cream again. I got hungry early and ate dinner earlier than I usually do, so I'm surprised I'm not starving now. For the moment I'm okay though. Hopefully a good snack later will be enough to help me get to sleep without pigging out. I've been on the verge of a binge all day and have held back by the skin of my teeth, so hopefully I will make it through the rest of the night.

Tomorrow WILL be a better day. For one, it's not doing to be so darn hot outside. A trip to the gym is definitely planned. I wanna get in another good workout and feel as awesome as I did yesterday. I'm hoping to also get a little more work done in my bedroom too. And cook some food of course. Otherwise, it's just menu and grocery list making day. And hopefully dh will do a load or two of laundry tomorrow evening too. We're so far behind on laundry.

For the rest of the night I'm just going to take it easy. I have a delicious candle burning and I'm feeling pretty relaxed at the moment. I figured I'd be anxious about the test results and everything, but so far I'm doing alright. If I can just fall asleep tonight, all will be well.

Hope everyone had a fabulous Tuesday!

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JO88BAKO 7/23/2014 8:46PM

    How is your back tonight?

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JO88BAKO 7/23/2014 3:51PM

    Hope you get your test results real soon. Sounds like a pretty good day.

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PICKIE98 7/23/2014 3:44PM

    I feel bad that you are having trouble sleeping..I can barely keep my eyes open at any time due to my meds.

I am glad you are making space in your bedroom, cleaning and organizing.. It makes one feel good..

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PATTYKLAVER 7/23/2014 9:07AM

    Oh, man! I sure do wish that the doctors would speed things up and finally be able to tell you what's going on with your body. This has gone on too long! Where do you live? Let me come out and get after them. After the winter I had fighting Mom's and daughter's doctors, I'm beginning to feel like a pro.

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MSHEL7 7/23/2014 12:06AM

    I'm sorry you have so much trouble with sleep. I'm sure you have tried a me time routine before bed. You're food wasn't so bad, I know how hard it is to hold on when a binge is looming, you did great!!

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SANDICANE 7/22/2014 10:11PM

    Tomorrow will be a better day...

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1CRAZYDOG 7/22/2014 9:31PM

    Well, it doesn't sound like eating was horrible today, but hopefully you'll get more sleep tonight and that will help. Good luck w/your PAD results.

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Had a great workout!

Monday, July 21, 2014

I started out the morning feeling kind of bummed cause I woke up and ate last night. I didn't binge, though. So I told myself... you were hungry, you ate, it's over, move on. And I did.

First was making a healthy breakfast of eggs, light whole wheat toast and a pear. After I ate I sat and relaxed for a few minutes while I worked up the gumption to go to the community center and workout. Then I did it! I decided to add 5 minutes to my workout by riding the recumbent bike 2 times instead of just once. I walked 8 minutes, rode the recumbent bike 5 minutes, walked 8 minutes, rode the recumbent bike for 6 minutes, then walked for another 8 minutes. Total of 35 minutes. I was pretty proud of myself, and I felt great. My legs were a little jello-y when I was coming down the stairs at the community center, but I didn't fall down them, so it's all good.

After that I came home and took a well deserved cool shower. I was a water-waster today and stood under the shower forever, but it just felt so nice. When I got dressed I came out and responded to a message, played around online, talked to a friend and just generally was relatively unproductive for an hour or so.

Then it was time to make lunch. I made ranch pork chops and rice, with steamed broccoli and cauliflower. It was totally yummy, I was super pleased with how it turned out. And really easy to make, which was also nice. After lunch dh and I listened to some music and sat around. Then we picked up the stuff out of the floor so the area rug could be put back down. Otherwise we were pretty much bums this afternoon and evening.

When it was dinner time I had a salad with chicken and a baked potato with salsa and a bit of sour cream. I've been having this every day, but it's just so yummy! And it does a fairly good job of keeping me full, which is a nice feature also. Since dinner, I've done nothing productive. Talked to my mom, talked to my grandmother, played online, and read a magazine. I like quiet evenings like that though.

Tomorrow is the day I have the PAD test done. I'm gonna be glad to get it done, because the sooner it's done the sooner I will get an answer. The test is at 12:30 but I'm going to have to get there super early. It's supposed to be 90+ outside tomorrow, so I will need to get to the office in time to sit in the air conditioning and cool off so my blood pressure can come back down. Since the test they're doing is based on blood pressure, it would obviously not be good for my blood pressure to be artificially high because I am hot. So I'm just gonna take a magazine or book, or maybe magazine and book, and hang out in the waiting room for a half hour before my appointment.

I haven't decided about exercise tomorrow. If I get out of the testing relatively quickly and can make it to the gym by around 2, and if I don't have a headache already from the heat, I'm going to go. But if I spend hours at the testing facility, or I already have a pounding headache, I'll just take it as a rest day. I'm going to go to the test dressed for the gym so I won't have to come back home first. It's going to be so hot there's no point in getting dressed and wearing makeup, I'll be a sweaty pig by the time I get there anyway. So I'll just go in my gym clothes, and hopefully hit the gym when I'm done.

Otherwise, tomorrow I'm gonna cook some food of course, and that will probably be it. As hot as it will be, it would take something mighty important to make me go back out tomorrow evening. And at the moment I don't know of anything that important.

For the rest of tonight, it's rest, relax, and hope I can get some sleep tonight. Preferably enough sleep to not wake up and eat at 3 am. Le sigh.

Hope everyone had a great Monday!

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JO88BAKO 7/22/2014 8:01PM

    You had a great day and WOOHOO for the workout! AWESOME job not eating during the night. You are back on track!!

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PATTYKLAVER 7/22/2014 7:17AM

    Impressive exercising! I sure do hope all goes well for you today and that you soon have some answers. You haven't felt well for so long that I pray that you get some answers and relief soon.

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CORTNEY-LEE 7/21/2014 11:19PM

    Great Job! Keep up the awesome work!

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SANDICANE 7/21/2014 9:51PM

    Hope you have a wonderful "no-food" night tonight and your test works out well tomorrow!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2014 9:26PM

    Good luck with your PAD test tomorrow.

I am not cooking tomorrow -- going to be cold dishes -- gazpacho, spinach salad, yogurt . . . anything cool!!

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STEVEN2GO2 7/21/2014 9:21PM

    emoticon Are you still putting emoticons on your calendar. Today's emoticon would be a galaxy!

I love the idea of dressing for the gym after the test. You are looking steps ahead and planning strategically for the day ahead!

I hope the testing goes by quickly and whatever the results show that you are taken care of! It is great you have making the care of yourself a high priority! Congrats on an awesome Monday.

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HDHAWK 7/21/2014 9:17PM

    Way to go on the workout. Good luck tomorrow!

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Lovely Sunday...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I feared I was starting the day off all wrong when I slept until my alarm went off. I hate the sound of that alarm, but it takes really loud, horrible, obnoxious sounds to wake me. Regular alarms, music, phones ringing... sleep right through all of it. So I have this horrible alarm sound, but it works.

Surprisingly though, since then the day has been pretty good. I had a grilled chicken sandwich for breakfast. Then I headed to the park to walk with The Buddy. We had a great walk. We walked 12 minutes to our turn around point, sat on the bench that is there and chatted for a while, then made the 12 minute walk back. My legs hurt, but stopping at the turn around point made it much easier to tolerate. And it was a great chance to talk, too, so it was a win-win. I think I'm going to have to accept that when I walk, taking a break is necessary. But hey, whatever it takes for me to get in a workout, that's what I'll do. I've obviously already let myself get in pretty bad shape, but it's going to get better from here on out!

After I got home from walking I caught up on some stuff on line and relaxed for a few. Then it was time to make lunch. I made black bean and squash enchiladas with low carb tortillas. They were super duper delicious, and pretty healthy. I was surprised to find the low carb soft taco size shells only have 11 grams of carbs. I'll be using those more often! I also had some stir fry veggies with my lunch.

Then it was time for some house chores. I decided to bust open the new steam cleaner and build it. It took both dh and I to figure out how to get the stupid thing put together, but we finally did. Then I got up and picked up all the stuff in the floor in the living room, and ran the vacuum in the living room, hall, and part of the dining room. {Part of the dining room is cluttered with boxes so I just ignored it.} That was a pretty good workout for me, and also a pleasant surprise. Dh usually does the vacuuming cause it used to give my back fits. But tonight he said his belly hurt a little, so I told him I'd do the vacuuming if he would run the carpet shampooer. I didn't vacuum everything, but what I did do didn't hurt my back. So woo hoo! Then dh ran the shampooer and it looks SO much nicer. The water that thing sucked up was so gross. I know a lot of it was 10 years worth of tobacco gross-ness. We smoked like freight trains, we had friends that smoked like freight trains in here, it was ridiculous. As I said last night... I am WAY too excited about this carpet cleaner!

Once we finished with that I had a salad with chicken and a baked potato with salsa and a little sour cream for dinner. I'm really digging the salad and baked potato dinner.

Tomorrow I'm gonna hit the community center and workout. It's gonna be nasty gross hot the next 3 days, so definitely no walking outside. My plan is to walk, then ride the recumbent bike, then walk some more. Dh is off tonight/tomorrow, but we don't really have any plans other than me going to the gym. And cooking food of course. I also have the very important task of worrying about the test for PAD on Tuesday, although I'm trying to keep my mind off it.

For tonight, it's time to relax and read. Hope everyone has had an awesome weekend!

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HOLLYM48 7/21/2014 7:39PM

    Great job Cat. That is the way to do it. Whatever works as far as walking and resting is a good policy. You will build up those muscles and if your body tells you to rest, then rest! You are not in a race with anyone! Keep up the great work!

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FINCHFEEDER80 7/21/2014 9:01AM

    Glad you had a great day!

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IOEINC 7/21/2014 8:15AM

    Sounds like a really productive day!! Lots of exercise with cleaning too. Vacuuming is still one thing I have to do before hubby comes home from the hospital later in the week. I usually do it twice a week because of all the dog hair the 3 Amigos shed but only did it once this weekend.

My friend had to stop walking because of heel spurs. She used to complain after a few minutes on our walk that she had to sit down because her feet hurt so much so I usually ended up doing the walk while she sat. Eventually she just gave up and still doesn't walk even though her podiatrist said she could resume walking for exercise. I will take her to the gym with me to swim once I finally get to join. Swimming will also be good for hubby once he is able to get out and about. Until then I am going to have to be content with the treadmill for the rest of the summer or go for a walk outside when my son is home to dad-sit. emoticon

We had a nice weekend too. My younger daughter was home to help get things ready for when hubby comes home later in the week and she went with us and some friends to dinner and a play at the local theater. The show was really funny, a comedic turn on Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. Younger daughter never saw the movie which is one of my favorites so she did not get a lot of the comedy. She did say that she remembered the part of the farmer saying can you eat the herring and could not remember where she heard that. I told her it was in the Catcher in the Rye her all time favorite book. Anyway it was a very funny play and only 4 actors doing all the parts. Our friends enjoyed it too.

Salad with chicken is my go to dinner. I buy a pack of thin chicken and bake it so I have it with salad usually or with some veggies for lunch. I sometimes melt Havarti cheese on it if I have it without the salad. I am not big on red meat and definitely don't like fish of any kind.

Good luck with the test tomorrow. I probably won't be on since hubby is having his surgery tomorrow so I will be at the hospital all day.

Have a great Monday!!!

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STEVEN2GO2 7/20/2014 9:06PM

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I saw in my newspaper, in the comics, about how despite the humidity this guy was smiling. He went on to say, "Remember the Winter?"

Do you and your DH still smoke? That is one tough habit to break. I know I use to smoke like a train with cigarettes. I now chew nicotine gum instead. I don't think I will ever be free of nicotine! My poor carpet still has accidental burn marks, another reason for my area rugs!

I bet your fur buddies are enjoying the fresh carpet! Now you can walk bare foot in your home!

About your test on Tuesday, the quicker you find out the which diagnosis the quicker the proper treatment can begin, which leads you healthier sooner.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/20/2014 8:57PM

    Good job!

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