Friday, September 25, 2009
Coach Nancy's latest blog got me thinking...I'll share my post and other thoughts related to aging:
This 52-year-old is just waking up to the potential that my body has for ACTION, for MOVEMENT! I just don't want to HEAR about the aging process slowing me down just when I'm getting my GAME ON! I see, hear and feel various signs of evidence that I am NOT being spared the aging process and I don't like it one bit!
Part of me hates to complain at ALL about anything physical as I know MANY of you out there are struggling with medical matters far more serious than anything be-deviling ME these days. My personal reference, however, is that despite all the abuse I've inflicted on myself through the years, my health has pretty much held up admirably well. And in many ways I am healthier now than I've been all my life.
NOW, however, I've got these *issues* cropping up which are such NUISANCES and also giving me cause for some worry. I really begrudge taking the time away from work to see doctors, yet I know I've got to take care of business also.
For the squemish among you, feel free to pass over the next section about my colon...I REALLY didn't want to post this, but I'm struggling to find a solution and felt I couldn't pass up running this by all you knowledgeable folks! :-)
I recently *attempted* to have a colonoscopy screening. For some off-color, scatological (you've been forewarned...lol!) humor about colonoscopies, check out Billy Connolly's skit on Scottish Colonoscopy:
It was quite serendipitous that a friend who knew nothing of my recent attempt had forwarded this to me...!
Anyhow, I flunked! Took all the pills and mixtures, waited for Mt. Vesuvius to erupt...nothing happened! Went to the hospital anyway and they attempted to *assist* my colon, thought things were clear and put me under for the procedure...but no dice...still not clear. Now I've never ever had this sort of problem before in my life! What's worse? I'm four days out from the attempt and have yet to have a bowel movement. I'm usually a once a day, two days at most kind of guy! I've followed up with the gastroenterologist and we have another date set for attempt #2...not until Oct. 16th...ugh, what a birthday present to myself...! But I've alerted them to my problem and am awaiting further instructions. In the meantime I've been doing my own 'net sleuthing and just about the only thing I'm turning up is info about the "lazy colon" syndrome, which sounds like it fits my symptoms, but doesn't fit ME!
It's said that lazy colons that don't have the peristaltic motion they ought to can occur as the result of too little water, too little fiber, too little physical activity or if one has abused laxatives...of which I've never laid my hands on and am extremely reluctant to do this now! Me, who drinks all this water, eats more veggies than ever and am doing my daily cardio faithfully! Now I'm bumping the water and veggies up even more and adding a Metamucil type stuff to 3 glasses of water a day...and I'm waiting...and waiting...and getting nervous that this is signaling something worse than constipation. Is it possible that in the bad old days of horrible eating that I've stretched my colon out so that it doesn't function the way it should and the only thing that moves food through is MORE food...? Is it taking all this time to fill up what has been cleansed before more can be evacuated...? Nasty questions and thoughts...apologies for these but I'm worried.
Let's add to that the return of the mysteriously disappearing hernia...!
Along with an inner ear pressure problem that likes to get infected...!
I tip my hat off to those of you who struggle so successfully with chronic illnesses...as I just don't have the patience for such things...argh!
Okay, for the good news:
As most of you know, strategy #1 in my quest for ONEderland has been to temporarily swear off nuts. Well yesterday I had to stop off at CVS to pick up a couple of prescriptions. The 5 bell alarm did not go off immediately, it was only when I had the thought of sliding into my old habit of going in to pick up the prescriptions...along with a big can of cashews or some such! Caught myself and went through the drive-through instead...woo hoo!
AND this morning I broke through my 35 min. record and NAILED THREE MILES on my treadmill session...a BIG WOO HOO! :-)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Recently I had a bit of time free and enjoyed a leisurely walk along our downtown riverwalk and visited our local, home-grown bookstore. I took time to meander through the stacks and shelves, browsing the covers and liners. As an adolescent, young adult I had immersed and OVERWHELMED myself with books! I was always deep into a book and looking for more. Especially great fiction. While I still pick up a book once in a blue moon, usually while on vacation, I have not been reading much of anything appreciable for DECADES. I was awestruck by the worlds, stories, knowledge and inspiration that I've been passing up! It was IMPOSSIBLE to pick a single book up and decide *this* was the one I was going to read!
In the past my reading was usurped by food and the apathy that prevented me from doing much of ANYTHING in my life. NOW, on the other hand, my workouts and online SPARK time have taken over. While I truly miss the world of books, I can't see dislodging the time for it...at least not now.
We're all making choices as to how we want to spend our time. Any choice we make FOR something is a choice AGAINST something else...we just can't do it ALL, can we?
Earlier tonight I was chatting with another member of SparkPeople in which she was making the case for attempting to educate and enlighten those who are just embarking on this wonderful journey to reclaim their health and wellness. Especially regarding "short cuts," "quick fixes" and fast, easy, painless, effortless weight loss results.
It's odd, you know, my first response to the other person's note was: Yep, we have to keep sending out the message that "there is no magic!"
But as soon as I said that to myself I thought: Hey, there IS a lot of *magic* in realizing that there is no magic "out there," because then one can begin to find the magic within! :-)
Let's everyone keep making our lives an adventure!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Been continuing to push myself on the treadmill lately, aiming to vary my speed between 4 - 6 mph and attempting to cover more ground in the same amount of time, i.e. bumping up my overall speed.
The graph of my speed on the treadmill is no longer flat-lined as it has been for the most part all these years. Now I'm getting SPIKEY! Woo Hoo! :-)
Had a nice boost today, dropping another pants size from 42 to 40...another Woo Hoo! I'll be SO thrilled when I hit 38!
Wrapping up my first week of "no nuts"...we'll see how it goes...
Keep on SPARKING everyone! :-)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Yesterday was such a special kayaking outing with ORIGAMIFREAK and her local kayaking club, which I'm about to join...! Joined up with everyone on Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of upstate New York, not too far from Geneva. The weather was spectacular, clear blue sunny skies & mid/upper-60's.
We first had lessons in recovering if one has fallen out of their kayak and our teachers were amazing in their abilities to roll over in their kayaks, staying right in their seats. I was beside one who was so quick I had looked away, heard a splash and she was already upright and soaking wet from her rollover!
Then we kayaked down the lake and back for a round trip of about 8 miles. The return was against the tide which, whew!, was quite the challenge! I learned how much more effort it takes to paddle a short kayak (10 footer) than a longer one. However one of the kayak club members was kind enough to loan me an extra one of his, which I truly appreciated!
Kayaking really engages quite a wide range of muscles...they all told me ALL about it today...lol!
Today was clean up the garden day...bagged up our blighted tomato plants... :-( And cleared out other stuff, getting the gardens ready for next spring. Still have some red peppers, cauliflower and summer squash coming....hoping the frost will leave them alone! Then I got my handsaw and started lopping off LOTS of lower branches on our trees which were either dead or in the way. We are INUNDATED with maple saplings everywhere so hacked them down too. Working the saw (no power saw for me!) was a great upper body workout! It was another beautiful day today and great to be out and enjoying it while sprucing up the property as well!
My first strategy in striving toward ONEderland:
Striking out the nuts!
I'm nutty for NUTS!! And I have developed a bad habit of keeping a big jar of them in the car with me for munching on my way back and forth to work. Yes, I *know* nuts are good for you, but not when one overdoes them like *I* do...!
So I'm pulling the plug altogether on nuts for now and may attempt to re-introduce them later in a more controlled manner.
Hope everyone out there had as fulfilling and SPARKING a weekend as I did!
Now let's get a super week under way tomorrow! :-)
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