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Monday, November 23, 2009

Well, the 3 pounds I lost while I was sick are still off! I've lost 40 pounds! I don't have an increased appetite with the prednisone and hopefully I can work all day today without having to come home because of the coughing. I am going to do a light round of strength exercises this morning and if I cough, I will stop. I walked 15 minutes slowly with Leslie Sansone last night and did fine. I bought an MP3 player (Sansdisc clip on) online last week and downloaded some 60's fitness music from Amazon last week while I was sick and used it to walk with Leslie instead of listening to her talk about the exercise (sorry Leslie!). It was a lot of fun. I also downloaded some audiobooks from our community library and actually "read" 2 books while I was sick. It was great! I really like technology!

  
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RURAL3 11/23/2009 12:15PM

    I love my MP3 for songs and books also. Way to go Nancy. Sounds like you are on top of things. emoticon

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FRAN0426 11/23/2009 11:59AM

    You did a lot of things while you were sick, continue to get your strength back.

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LOULOUBELLE2 11/23/2009 9:39AM

    Wow, you even got things accomplished while you were sick. I am impressed!!!!
I have an Ipod so I know how much fun you'll have with you MP3. I can download books as well which really helps me in my eye strain issues.
Enjoy that MP3 and hope that you make it through work okay.
NO COUGHING, you hear!!!!

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Slow and Easy Does It

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I am really progressing! I am down 40 as of today. I reset my goal for another 20 pounds. Slow and easy does it. I was a little taken aback that my calorie goal went down to 1280 for the low point. I have NEVER eaten that little in a day even if I was sick. lol

Well, I am going to just try and work with it. It seems like every week I learn or come up with new things to improve my lifestyle. This week I figured out that if I drain off the broth from my Healthy Choice soup and replace it with water, it still tastes good and I know I have reduced the salt content. It's neat to learn new things.

I feel much better today. My cough is much looser. I think I will try to walk 10 minutes slowly with Leslie Sansone at least once. I know I have to take it slowly even though I want to go right back to where I was in my exercising.

I think I can go back to work tomorrow, but I will take it easy there too. I'm so glad I had Spark to keep me sane while I was sick!

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LOULOUBELLE2 11/22/2009 2:45PM

    Just take it easy and don't go back to work to soon.....
You don't want to relapse.....
Wow your new picture shows a very happy and beautiful you.
Your doing so well, I'm proud of you.
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MARYMAC45 11/22/2009 2:27PM

    emoticonweight loss. Keep it up. So glad you are feeling better. Go slow on the exercise and good luck to you!

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RURAL3 11/22/2009 12:56PM

    Take it slow. Did you remember to put in your exercise with your new total for it to do your calories? Your new pics are great. emoticon

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BIRDLEGS29 11/22/2009 11:38AM

    Glad you are feeling better and congratulations on that big loss. Do take it real easy. The body needs time to heal, just as it needs time to shed weight.

Jean

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PATRICIA441 11/22/2009 8:24AM

  emoticon on your great weight loss. Keep up the great job you are doing. It is learning those little tricks like draining that salt away that can make big differences. So glad you are feeling better too. Have a bless Sunday and a wonderful week. Pat

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Sitting and Losing!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I'm still coughing but I think things are loosening up. I am sure tired of sitting in my recliner. Thank goodness for Spark so I have something productive to do while I'm sitting here.

I lost another pound just by being sick. I am eating in my calorie range, not exercising (except for coughing--LOL) and I've lost 3 pounds this week. Go figure!

I hope I can go back to work on Monday. As I said yesterday -- I don't like being sick. My thighs are aching from tightening up when I cough so I think I will sit in our jacuzi tub instead of showering this am to see if that will loosen up my muscles.

  
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RURAL3 11/21/2009 1:40PM

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JASI27 11/21/2009 11:22AM

    I hope you get to feeling better soon! I am so proud of you for staying in your calorie range because it is so hard to stay focused and so easy to give up when you are feeling sick! So pat yourself on the back (it might loosen things up too-lol)! Have a good Thanksgiving!

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BRANDISMARG 11/21/2009 11:17AM

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GABY1948 11/21/2009 11:13AM

    Just keep taking care of yourself! Time will take care of you! And be glad you have a least lost some pounds while at it...

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LIS193 11/21/2009 11:08AM

    Being sick takes a lot of energy. Hope you feel better soon :)
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HIPPIEFREAK66 11/21/2009 11:06AM

  being sick stinks!

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Recovery Around the Bend

Friday, November 20, 2009

I've been laid up with an exacerbation of my asthma which is usually well controlled. After the cold I had last week I just couldn't stop coughing and couldn't catch my breath. I saw a nurse practitioner on Tues and got started on prednisone and nebulizer treatments. Helped a little but still couldn't stop coughing or catch my breath. Saw my regular MD yesterday and the prednisone was increased. I can't go to the mountains this weekend because my oxygen level is really low and I haven't been able to do any activity for a whole week.

There are lessons in this. I don't like being sick. When I was a child I used to get a lot of attention when I was sick (my Mom was a nurse!) and I kind of liked it. I could be inactive (my favorite level of activity) and I could eat special treats. Well that got me up to my highest weight of 300 pounds in 1996. Now I am on a new track with my food and my activity and I have found out that my attitude about illness has taken an about turn. Thank goodness!

I have had a hard time resting like the doctor ordered - I want to move. She warned me that the prednisone could increase my appetite and said that since I was doing so well with my weight I needed to be careful. Well, right now I have very little appetite and have actually lost weight since starting the prednisone. (I think I am burning extra calories with my coughing emoticon)

Today I am moving air a little better so I am hopeful recovery is around the bend.

  
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GABY1948 11/20/2009 7:18PM

    I so relate to everything you said here. But right now, you need to just rest and let your body heal. I am so glad you are starting to see some improvement and I pray that if progresses even faster!
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LOULOUBELLE2 11/20/2009 1:56PM

    I can just hear YOU when YOU talk with YOUR patients....

"Listen to the Dr., do as he says. Take your meds, rest, drink your fluids and you'll be better soon".

Sound familiar???
Now please, you take your own advice and be a good patient.
Seriously, I hope you are feeling better soon. No fun to be sick with the Holidays approaching and when you want to go to the mountains......
Take care my friend...Prayers are with you.
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OURELEE1 11/20/2009 12:04PM

  Listen to the Doctor and rest your body is telling you something.

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GRANNYD43 11/20/2009 11:35AM

    So glad to hear you are doing better. My prayers are with you.

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RURAL3 11/20/2009 10:58AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling even a little better. Bet you will miss the mountains. But you always have them to go back to. Do what the doc says and glad that the meds didn't make your appetite increase.

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Fighting a Cold

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I've really had a hard time fighting this cold I've had since last week. I went to work because I don't have a fever or anything, but I couldn't stop coughing. So today I broke down and went to a nurse practitioner here at the clinic and she said I was really tight and wheezing so she gave me a nebullizer treatment, asthma meds and started me on prednisone. She said I don't have to go home because I don't have an infection just a flare up of my asthma which I didn't recognize because its been so long since I've had trouble with it.

Well anyway, I can't exercise, but I can breathe!

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SCIGEEK 11/17/2009 8:32PM

    Getting that air in and out is important isn't it! Glad you checked in with the nurse and found out what the issue was with a correct treatment to as well. Take care, slow down a bit and let your body heal. The workouts will still be there...

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OURELEE1 11/17/2009 7:56PM

  Take care of yourself.

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RURAL3 11/17/2009 7:16PM

    Glad you can breath. What we take for granted huh? You slow down until this passes. emoticon emoticon

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KATIERIVERSMOM 11/17/2009 2:51PM

    That's a good feeling isn't it...the breathing? Hope you are feeling better soon.
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