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Pork Fat

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I grew up in Iowa, and they are the pork capital of the country. That’s what they do with all that corn – feed it to the hogs. My father is German, and the Germans must eat a lot of pork, too, because my father loves it. Pickled pig’s feet were always a favorite. All kinds of sausage, pork chops, ham and bacon showed up on the menu at home.

I bought fresh green beans at the farmer’s market yesterday and the first thing I thought of doing with them was to make my father’s green beans and bacon.

Dad started with about a half pound of bacon ends. (These are the scraps left over after they put the neat little slices into the Oscar Mayer package.)(I was married before I knew bacon came in slices.) My Dad cooked the bacon in a big skillet until not quite crisp, and poured off some of the fat into the jar on the stove. (This jar of pork fat was kept and used to season other vegetables and to fry eggs.) A chopped onion or two was thrown into the hot bacon/fat mixture in the skillet, followed by a bunch of cooked green beans, a little salt and a lot of black pepper. The whole mess was cooked down until the onions were browned and the green beans were almost falling apart. I’ll tell you, that is some good eating. Now we all know that pork fat is not a health food, but don’t tell that to my 96 year old Dad.

I decided to modify my Dad’s recipe a little to make it a tad healthier for me. I cooked two slices of all natural, no nitrates, no antibiotics, smoked bacon. Once the bacon was crisp, I poured out the fat and cleaned the pan. I used a tablespoon of olive oil to cook down an onion and a red bell pepper. The bell pepper is my own addition. I like them and they’re colorful. While they were cooking slowly, I cut my green beans into a pot of boiling water and after 20 minutes used a skimmer to add the green beans to the onion & pepper. I tossed in some minced garlic, too, just because, and ground in a lot of black pepper. I can’t remember whether my Dad put garlic in his beans or not, but I don’t think he’d mind. At this point I added back a tablespoon of the bacon fat and the bacon, chopped up small. Then I cooked and stirred until the beans were totally soft and coated with the bacon fat. You can’t rush these green beans. Just be sure to keep the flame low under the pan so they don’t burn. I’m not going to pretend this is diet food, but I did the recipe calculator and for ½ a cup it’s only 112 calories and 7 grams of fat.

My husband won’t eat them. He doesn’t like green beans. I had to put the leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as I’d measured out my serving so I didn’t eat the whole pan full myself. I can enjoy them all week.

Here is a poem about husbands and food. It’s by Leo Dangel.

After Forty Years of Marriage, She Tries
a New Recipe for Hamburger Hot Dish

“How did you like it?” she asked.

“It’s all right,” he said.

“This is the third time I cooked
it this way. Why can’t you
ever say if you like something?”

“Well if I didn’t like it. I
wouldn’t eat it,” he said.

“You never can say anything
I cook tastes good.”

“I don’t know why all the time
you think I have to say it’s good.
I eat it, don’t I?”

“I don’t think you have to say
all the time it’s good, but once
in a while you could say
you like it.”

“It’s all right,” he said.

For more poems by Leo Dangel, check out the Writer's Almanac, one of my favorite sources for poetry.

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TEDDYTEDDY 7/28/2010 9:47PM

    That poem sounds almost identical to a conversation I had with my brother-in-law many years ago when I was just learning to cook. I was so disappointed that he didn't say anything about a very nice casserole I made and I asked him what he thought of it and he said, "I ate it didn't I? It must-ov been okay." emoticon

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KALISWALKER 6/16/2010 5:45PM

    Good job on updating an old classic!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 6/16/2010 8:01AM

    Green beans, my favorite vegetable. I could eat them all day long. It sounds great. I had to cut pork and beef out of my diet about 10 years ago when I had an emergeny hysterectomy after years of battling endimitriosis. The endimitriosis was so bad It was attaching all my organs so they also operated on my galbladder. Ever since anytime I eat pork or beef I can't digest it properly and I start to get severe stomach pains. I wish that happened with most foods. I am puerto rican so I also grew up eating pork in everything. Enjoy!

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PERSISTANT123 6/16/2010 6:35AM

    We have the "special green beans" at Christmas, when the family all gets together. It made my mouth water as I read your blog!

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COLEENCOLE 6/15/2010 4:58PM

    The green beans sound delicious.

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VTCRICKET84 6/15/2010 7:06AM

    that's awesome that you found a way to indulge in your dad's beans but make them in a way that was manageable for you, and managed to take out some of the calories and fat!

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ALLIEINSHAPE 6/15/2010 12:51AM

    A little bacon grease makes the beans go down better. Love your revised recipe and the poem. I still love a bit of bacon once in a while.

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JCORYCMA 6/14/2010 10:23PM

    Dad would be so proud! I can taste them now! When you are here, we'll have to make some. Fortunately I have a husband that loves green beans and bacon. He doesn't always tell me though, thus my identification with the poem! Thanks for sharing two old favorites - the recipe and the poem.

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ASPENHUGGER 6/14/2010 4:12PM

    That poem made me crack up! My Uncle Chester (from Kansas) would always eat his meal and never say anything. Aunt Mary would ask him "Did you like it?" "I ate it, didn't I?" was invariably his response -- LOL

I used to use the bacon grease as grease for the skillet/seasoning too, back in the day. If I did that now the amount of grease would probably gag me. And I haven't figure out how to make a big pot of beans, or greens, without using salt meat or ham hocks. It just doesn't taste the same, does it?

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MBREWTON35 6/14/2010 12:32PM

    I have had granpa's green beans and bacon! Yum. Thanks for sharing your new spin on them, I love olive oil. Mom used to save the bacon fat too and the sight of it would make me gag so I never have saved old grease, thank goodness for one thing!

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JUNEAU2010 6/13/2010 10:56PM

    I know all about the fat jar/can by the stove. Those beans sound great! I can almost smell the bacon and garlic! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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TYEASLEY 6/13/2010 7:22PM

    Sounds like you have some good ole Southern recipes that my mom has. I learned something new about German cooking. God bless you and your 96 years old dad. emoticon

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STLRZGRRL 6/13/2010 6:47PM

    I love the poem which reminds me of why I am not married..

and I love the memory which reminds me of how I got this way...

My second memory in this life is of being carried by my grandfather from my 2 or 3 year-old's bed and being sat up on the kitchen counter while he went to the refrigerator to take out a jar... of pickled pig's feet.

Had I been crying? I don't know... I don't remember that part... did he wake in the middle of the night and think, "Hm, I bet the kid could eat something..."? I don't know... but I remember having that midnight snack with Grampap... and it appears not to have killed me.

A fact I would never believe if I hadn't lived through it myself...

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UNICORN212 6/13/2010 6:09PM

    My Mom was German and kept a container of bacon grease by the stove. Too bad it is so bad for us, since it adds so much flavor!

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YAYAMEMA 6/13/2010 5:55PM

  I just love green beans done with bacon thanks for the green pepper addition thanks!!

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ALEXTHEHUNN 6/13/2010 5:46PM

    Mmmm, those green beans sound yummy! When I grew up, there was the constant container of bacon grease and it was used in cooking & flavoring all sorts of things.

Thanks for the lovely reminders.


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There's No Crying in Baseball

Sunday, June 06, 2010

One of my favorite movies is a film called “A League of Their Own”. Madonna was in it, and Rosie O’Donnell. Tom Hanks played the alcoholic coach of a girl’s baseball team. The most famous line in the movie is “There’s no crying in baseball” but I liked another line better.

One of Hanks’ best players is quitting the team. She tells him, “It just got too hard”, and he tells her off, saying something like, “Of course it’s hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it. That’s why it’s good. It’s the hard that makes it good.”

It’s the hard that makes it good.

Many of the best things in life require effort – graduating from school, having a baby, even, sometimes, staying married – but the coach said more than that. He didn’t just say good things take effort, he said, “It’s the hard that makes it good.”

Among the best experiences in my life was learning to scuba dive when we lived in Bermuda. I’m a good swimmer, but the dive course was hard. As part of the final test we each had to go to the bottom in about 15 feet of water, take off all our scuba gear – mask, fins, tank, weight belt – go to the surface, take a couple of deep breaths, then go back down to the bottom and put all the gear on again. Getting the gear off is fairly easy. The first challenge for me was getting back down to the bottom. The laws of physics say that fat floats, and I am a champion floater. I normally wore 10 pounds of lead weight around my waist just to get my butt under water. Without the weight belt, I really had to struggle to get to the bottom. The next challenge was getting my mask on again. When you breathe air through a regulator under water you are normally wearing a mask over your eyes and nose. This creates a little pocket of air over your face that makes it a whole lot more comfortable to breathe. When I got back to my gear, I grabbed my weight belt, and reached for my regulator to get more air. At this point my lungs were screaming “breathe” but my brain was screaming “don’t breathe you fool, you’re under water, you’ll suck water up your nose”. I had to pinch my nose shut in order to breathe through my mouth. This left me only one hand to put my mask on. Once the mask was on, I had to clear the water out of it by pressing it against my forehead and exhaling through my nose until the air replaced the water. I passed the test on the first try, thank goodness. It was hard, but it was good. I got my license to scuba dive and I spent many enjoyable hours exploring the reefs and ship wrecks around Bermuda. The best part of every dive was getting back in the boat with a deep feeling of accomplishment. I was a diver – and I lived to tell about it.

Losing weight isn’t easy either. It’s not easy to come home from a long day at work and get on the treadmill for 40 minutes, but walking off the stresses of the day is good. It’s not easy to watch other people in a restaurant order anything they want while I’m mentally counting calories and portion sizes, but it’s good to leave the restaurant feeling satisfied, but not stuffed, and it’s good to have a bag of leftovers to make a lunch for the next day, instead of having heartburn.

So next time you tell yourself you’re going to quit because it’s “just too hard” to lose weight, or get strong, or stay healthy, I want you to hear Tom Hanks telling you “It’s the hard that makes it good” and I want you to stay on the team.

I always end with a poem, but it’s going to be a short one today because the blog was so long.

By Edna St Vincent Millay:

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light

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FLBEACHBUM14 8/15/2010 9:37AM

    I also learned to scuba dive in Bermuda and remember it well! I loved the point of the blog too - that can apply to so many situations if you think about it. You have a great way with words; thanks for sharing!

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GRAMMY13X 6/24/2010 10:06PM

    This was one of the best blogs I have read. I will remember this when I don't see the results I want. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. No way could I do the scuba diving thing - great job! Connie
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LP2278 6/24/2010 9:53PM

    Very motivating blog! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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TYEASLEY 6/13/2010 7:30PM

    Great blog. Anything worth having it worth it, no matter how difficult, try try try if you must, just never give up. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKENISTA 6/13/2010 1:00PM

    emoticon for sharing. This was a fabulous blog on so many levels:
-It had a well-taken point
-It taught me something I didn't know
-It taught an additional lesson that some things in life are hard but when you come out the other end you are a fuller, richer person for it and you have a whole new skill set



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COLEENCOLE 6/10/2010 10:00AM

    Fantastic blog. emoticon BTW, I am not movng yet, just ecluttering to get it ready to sell.

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MBREWTON35 6/9/2010 11:12PM

    So well put, and so what I needed to hear today!! The hard is what makes it good! I love it!

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DAISYBELL6 6/8/2010 3:26PM

    great blog

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ASPENHUGGER 6/8/2010 1:43PM

    Thanks, I needed that! Today, and probably every day. I think I'll put it up on my bathroom mirror, & my computer monitor (right next to the reminder to "Move the damned dog dish" which is another story entirely.)

I already told you I'm a big Edna StV Millay fan, didn't I? I have her complete works -- I requested for a birthday & got it. And it's still one of my treasured possessions.

We sure have a lot in common, don't we?!

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ALIBROM 6/7/2010 10:38PM

    Whoa! How did you know that this is just what I needed to hear tonight? I love my SparkFriends. I really just thought to myself "It's too hard, I don't feel like trying anymore," right before I clicked on your page and read this wonderfully written and encouraging blog. That is such a neat story about your scuba diving. (That's something I'm not sure I could do! It's too hard, LOL!) emoticon

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KALISWALKER 6/7/2010 9:58PM

    That's what I love about you - your winning attitude. “It’s the hard that makes it good” is what I will be thinking when I am hiking up that steep hill in the morning. Thanks for being such an inspiring friend!
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KATHYZ10 6/7/2010 9:09AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! Great blog.

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VTCRICKET84 6/7/2010 8:34AM

    LOVE that movie as well! "it's the hard that makes us good." i love that! keep up the great work :)

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MNM_13 6/7/2010 12:45AM

    Very inspirational!

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JCORYCMA 6/6/2010 10:58PM

    What a wonderful blog! I needed to read this and will carry your words into my week with me as I get back on track with my diet plan. Thanks!!

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SHOSHANADP 6/6/2010 9:27PM

    Oh, there may be no crying in baseball, but there is screaming and ranting and teeth nashing and...oh, wait, we were talking about weight loss and not me watching the Nationals recently. You are right, losing weight isn't easy (and lord, have we all tried again and again) but we have to keep trying. One friend once said about the secret of have to keep sucking until you suc-ceed. (It's sounds better when he says it).

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MORGANLAFEE 6/6/2010 9:24PM

    Great, thanks for sharing.

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JUNEAU2010 6/6/2010 8:50PM

    I snorkeled once at Haunama Bay in Hawaii, but have not attempted scuba yet. I am not a strong swimmer, but I always say that I have salt water in my veins instead of blood - Norwegian heritage ocean lover!

I will remember this blog for a long time and the least reason why is the scuba; I love the philosophical bent!

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ALEXTHEHUNN 6/6/2010 8:42PM

    That was fascinating information. More importantly, your point sure hit home with me. You made your point so well with that story. Thank you so much.

And Edna St. Vincent Millay, well how can that be bad?


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SANDRAMARIA 6/6/2010 8:37PM

    I couldn't have said it better.

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A Poem for Memorial Day

Monday, May 31, 2010

by Edward Arlington Robinson

The Dark Hills

Dark hills at evening in the west,
Where sunset hovers like a sound
Of golden horns that sang to rest
Old bones of warriors under ground.
For now from all the bannered ways
Where flash the legions of the sun,
You fade—as if the last of days
Were fading, and all wars were done.

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JCORYCMA 6/6/2010 10:59PM

    As always the perfect poem for the occasion. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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ASPENHUGGER 6/5/2010 2:18PM

    How bittersweet! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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COLEENCOLE 6/2/2010 8:28AM

    Nice poem.

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KALISWALKER 6/1/2010 11:46PM

    Thanks for sharing the poem.

Have a great month.

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ALLIEINSHAPE 5/31/2010 6:29PM

    Good poem, would be wonderful if all wars were done!

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GETTINGTHININ10 5/31/2010 12:32PM

    Nice poem. I hope you are having a good Memorial Day. emoticon

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Circuit Training With Ashton Kutcher

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Today I went to the County Recreation Fitness Center to learn to use the strength training machines. These Recreation Centers are wonderful places. The one closest to my home is only 3 miles away, and has an Olympic sized pool, classrooms, racquet ball courts, and a fitness room full of treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical machines, and a bunch of intimidating weight machines.

After buying a fitness pass I was able to make an appointment with a trainer (at no charge) to walk me through using the machines safely and effectively. My appointment was this morning with Brien, who turned out to be a really sweet young man who looked like an 18 year old Ashton Kutcher, with the puppy-dog eyes and the floppy hair. He set up a circuit training schedule for me, and helped me get the right settings and weight levels. He stood by with advice while I worked through my circuit for the first time. The machines are really pretty cool. They keep track of your repetitions and sets, remind you to slow down if you are going too fast, and give you a report at the end to show what you’ve accomplished. I just totally enjoyed myself. I’m not too strong, yet, but I know that will improve. I plan to go back on Thursday to do it all again.

I didn’t really have a poem for strength training, so I am sharing a poem titled “The Courage of Women” by Jane Glazer, a poet born in Iowa who now lives and writes in Oregon.

The Courage of Women

I think of the courage of women,
how they endure,
how they walk miles to carry back water,
silence their pain, apportion
what’s left of the rice.
Keepers of eggs without shells,
they know how fragile the days are,
how hope can spill into the ground.

Jane Glazer

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ALEXTHEHUNN 6/6/2010 8:11PM

    Wow, if Ashton were my personal trainer, I'm not sure I'd ever leave the gym! Talk about motivating!

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GRAMMAELLEN 5/29/2010 8:36PM

    Wow! Sounds like a really great day, in every way ;-) The machines sound quite sophisticated, and pretty cool too. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn, even in your sleep, so I say go for it! Have a great weekend, and thanks for sharing! Ellen

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ALIBROM 5/29/2010 12:06AM

    Beautiful poem. What a nice experience at the Rec Center. It doesn't hurt to have a cute guy there to help and motivate you!

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KALISWALKER 5/28/2010 8:04PM

    This will make it easy to do your strength training. I am off to the gym in the AM. Have a wonderful weekend!

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MBREWTON35 5/27/2010 11:55PM

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Good for you for trying something new! The benefits of strength training are countless! I was going through the circuits at my gym one day, and after I was done using it I sprayed it and wiped in down like you are suppose to...and along came a hoity toity body builder type in spandex and gave me a "look" and then sprayed it again! Like I didn't get it clean enough! I stopped going over to that area all together. I should go back, screw the germophobe!

Keep it up!

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PENNYAN45 5/27/2010 10:23PM

    I like the poem very much! Thanks for posting it. I'll have to find out more about Jane Glazer. From Amazon, I see she has published two books of poetry.

Enjoy your personal trainer at what sounds like a great rec center!


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JCORYCMA 5/27/2010 9:57PM

    Huh! My free personal training session trainer at the Y was a toothpick that sat me at a machine and text messaged on her phone while I figured them out. I want an Ashton Kutcher too! I've got to come visit you!
PS - Love the ode to strong women!

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BLAMEDOROTHY 5/27/2010 11:15AM

    You always had so much fun at the Rec Center. The machines can be really fun because there's some variety to them instead of just walking. (Though just walking can be so relaxing sometimes.)

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FLUENTFROG 5/27/2010 9:23AM

    How exciting to do something new, love the idea of those machines. Love your playfulness in seeing Ashton in Brien. What a beautiful, beautiful poem -- you've sent me off to read more about Jane Glazer

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AHAPPYLIFE 5/27/2010 1:27AM

    I really loved working with a personal trainer - it helped with starting out and doing everything with proper form. The machines I worked on however did not have the feed back like the ones you used - I'm SO jealous!

Keep up the good work, all those muscles you're toning will help you burn calories - bonus to see "Ashton"!

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SHOSHANADP 5/26/2010 7:02PM

    How I miss the county rec facilities. I used to love going swimming at Wakefield. I keep thinking that there was something else that we would do there (dance in the studio?) but I can't remember. When I was younger my family would walk around there (and pick blackberries illegally along the Beltway) and when I was older I would there to roller skate. Fun times.

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VTCRICKET84 5/26/2010 5:49PM

    ha, i liked the title of your blog - hopefully 'ashton' gave you some good tips and you had a great workout! that's awesome that the rec center is so close to your home. i enjoyed the poem too :)

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COLEENCOLE 5/26/2010 7:57AM

    I truly loved that poem. Thanks for sharing. Keep up with the fitness center. emoticon

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STLRZGRRL 5/26/2010 7:42AM


*Keepers of eggs without shells,*

CM! MUST you keep coming up with the astonishing images!?!?! All right, never mind the stunning-looking boy... where does this poetry come from?????

Nice to have a big, shiny box of fitness so close... I keep swearing I'm going down to the local Y that appears to have had a major renovation in the last not too long... it really is close enough to walk... in the daylight... OK, I am using you as my inspiration... I will think about getting over there much harder than I have... lately...

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BRIARROSE30 5/26/2010 12:21AM

    I always wonder how it would be to have a good looking trainer. I wonder if I'd be too inclined to push myself too! Glad to hear you got some circut training planned, that is supposed to be good to do. I haven't tried it myself yet. i like the poem!

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JUNEAU2010 5/25/2010 10:04PM

    emoticon that you got some guidance on the machines!
A little eye candy is always nice (and there are no calories -LOL)

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Thump Thump.......Thump Thump

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I saw the doctor yesterday and had good news on several fronts.

My leg is much better. Keeping it elevated and wearing the compression stockings for a few days did the trick.

I think that leg is just going to swell sometimes, weight loss or not, and the swelling can lead to cellulitis. When I was in high school I injured that ankle and it's not been quite right since. My mother was giving me a ride to the bus stop, and we were arguing. (I don't remember what about, but I was a high school girl so I frequently argued with my mother.) My mom dropped me off behind the city bus I needed to catch. I was running for the door when I slipped on the ice and went down. The bus driver didn't see me, and he started the bus and ran over my right foot and ankle. Because of the angle, I scraped a lot of flesh off that ankle, but oddly enough I didn't break any bones. So that ankle has been scarred and prone to swelling most of my life. (Now that I've broken the other ankle, my ankles match again.)

The doctor said I could wear the compression stockings for work when I sit at my desk most of the day, but probably won't need them the rest of the time. So that was good news.

The 24 hours heart monitor test showed that I have occasional skipped heart beats, but no other problems. My pulse varied from 50 (sleeping) to 132 (treadmill) and that is within normal range. I had no episodes of heart beats more than 2.5 seconds apart, no sudden rapid heartbeats or abnormally slow heartbeats. There were no episodes of arrhythmia. My thyroid tests were normal, too, so that is not causing the problem. The doctor thinks the skipped beats are caused by stress, and he's probably right. I've suffered on and off from anxiety attacks for years, and they usually start with a sudden thumping in my chest. The doctor said if the thumping continues to bother me he can prescribe medication, but he wants to just watch the situation for now. So my heart continues to thump, but it's not dangerous, and that's good news.

Overall my blood work was excellent. My fasting blood sugar was 86. It hasn't been that low in years. The doctor decreased my dosage of Metformin from 1500 mg/ day to 1000 mg/day and that's good news.

I've been with my doctor for 25 years and I love him. He's very careful. He answers all my questions. He takes me seriously, but he doesn't over-react. There is a serenity about him that is just what I need.

Serenity is something I need more of in my life, or maybe just in my personality. I'm hoping my yoga class this summer will help with that.

The following poem is titled "The Peace of Wild Things" and I love the serenity it describes.

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry

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ASPENHUGGER 5/26/2010 1:25AM

    This is one of my very most favorite poems too. Thanks for sharing it here!

And great news that all the tests & pokes came back in such good order!

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SHOSHANADP 5/25/2010 10:21PM

    Great to hear all that wonderful medical news. I'm so happy for you. emoticon

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KALISWALKER 5/25/2010 5:43PM

    It's good to get a bumper to bumper checkout to find out what you can do to be healthier.

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MBREWTON35 5/25/2010 12:35PM

    That is all very good news, I'm so glad your heart is ok and you blood work is good! You are doing so amazing! That was a beautiful poem.

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JCORYCMA 5/23/2010 11:45PM

    What a beautiful poem! I'm going to need to copy it down. My left ankle swells too and I have an appointment with a vascular surgeon. Hope I can just wear the compression hose and elevate it too. Wonderful news about your bloodwork! You are sparing yourself so many of those nasty complications that out of control Type II Diabetes can bring on. Keep up the magnificent work!

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GRAMMAELLEN 5/23/2010 7:37PM

    Wow! I love that poem. Profoundly calming. Thank you for sharing it. I'm so glad your Dr's visit turned out well. Have a wonderful, peaceful week. Ellen emoticon emoticon

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WILLOWWEAVER 5/23/2010 11:50AM

    has your doctor ever mentioned you seeing someone that works with Lymphatic massage? It is similar to a woman that has a mastectomy. They lymph doesn't drain well and can cause swelling in their arm. I think the same thing can happen with ones leg or foot. Maybe that would help?

You are so amazing and so uplifting. Love the support that you give to everyone!

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ALLIEINSHAPE 5/23/2010 11:19AM

    Beautiful poem!! Glad you had good results with your heart monitor and blood tests and no arrythmia!! I am sure those skipped beats are related to stress and anxiety. I have them also, same reason. You were so lucky with that bus accident. Sorry you are having problems now with your ankles. Mine are swelling and I have another appt with doctor about compression stockings. Glad they are working for you. You are blessed to have had such a caring doctor for so many years.

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STLRZGRRL 5/23/2010 9:06AM

    "the day-blind stars
waiting with their light."

Well, THANKS, CM... I'm not EVER gonna come up with anything as good as THAT!!!


This is why I traded my writing degree for a slimy marketing job... I think my hero WC Fields said it best: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then stop. There's no sense making a damn fool out of yourself.

SUCH good news about your med tests... Yay you!

I busted my ankle up pretty well when I was much younger myself... people don't give ankles enough credit. They are incredibly hard working joints!!

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    I love that poem, thank you for sharing it.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/23/2010 7:12AM

    The poem is lovely. Thank you for posting it. As for the history about you ankle, WOW!
I'm glad the over all report is a good one.


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AHAPPYLIFE 5/23/2010 4:53AM

    Man o' man, I thought I had bad ankles. Congrats on the FBS and decrease in meds - you're getting healthier every day!

Wishing you serenity!

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ALIBROM 5/22/2010 9:47PM

    Whoa, what a story about how you hurt your ankle. I cannot believe a bus ran over it and broke no bones! Yup, my daughter and I argue all too often - and surprise, she is in high school! She'll be graduating on Wednesday, so maybe the arguing will magically disappear after then. Do you think? LOL Congrats on the good results for all the tests your doctor did- 86 sure is a nice fasting blood sugar number.

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NBJAGGAL 5/22/2010 9:33PM

    nice poem

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COLEENCOLE 5/22/2010 8:18PM

    Ah...serenity. It often escapes me also. Hope you find it.

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