Saturday, May 15, 2010
I forgot to go to last week's 5K at the zoo, so I hunted online Thursday night for another opportunity to earn a t-shirt, aka my . I figure I've been walking far and wide for four years; that I could probably do it, that I deserve one. :) I missed the deadline but the race was rain or shine, so I showed up anyway and paid an extra $5 or $25 total for the privilege to walk amongst many other stories.
Things I thought about along the way:
1. Outta the gate: I have to pee.
2. I wish I'd have eaten. Hmm, I brought an apple, banana, and a slice of spinach frittata pie, and it sure would be good right now. Huff.
3. Follow the crowd, it's easier than I thought. Course, I'm walking. And it's only the beginning. Did I stretch? Dang. No.
4. Control the dog. How cute is that? I got to bring my walking pal on my first 5K. She's not socialized very well, and she drools from excitement. All those other dogs/smells! Thank goodness she's a pretty good walker, though. "See Spot Run" run to raise $ for a 'no-kill' shelter.
5. This is so foreign to me. I would never have done this as a youth because it wasn't something ever introduced to me. I wanted to introduce it to DD, but pooky didn't want to go (she would have been a drag anyway - no drags allowed!). I'm now glad I don't have to listen to her. It'd be so fun if DH was here: he's cool and encouraging. It's okay. I'm doing it alone. I'm relying on myself. Keep going.
5. I don't want to let that older person beat me.
6. Glad I slept well, but wish I'd have slept longer.
7. Glad I'm wearing new, white sockets. White socks are a big pleasure in my life. They make me happy. Why doesn't SP have a white sock goodie? They need one so SP peeps can goodie me w/it. lol I'm grateful for Enell sports bras (the ones on BL. Cha-ching expensive so the girls are coralled at all times). I wished I'd have worn shorter pants. Chug-a-lug. Puff.
8. Legs are feeling like Oprah's. Puff. What do I mean? I remember she said her legs felt like tree trunks when she runs sometimes ... no energy. See #2 above. I ate a lot yesterday preparing for today? I should read more about this ... lol. Actually, I think it's because I lack serotonin. If you are depressed and don't have energy, where's "it" supposed to come from? Ex-er-cise helps!
9. "Ex-er-cise, Ex-er-cise, Ex-er-cise to thin those thighs" ... singsonging ...
10. What? A hill? oy. Get into rhythm, Dots.
11. Wait, the Jen dog has to tinkle. Wait, she's tripping up another runner. Oops.
12. I need a job. What to do after being outta commission so long and with no skills anymore? I said this wouldn' t happen to me, that I'd be different. Outta the mouth of a babe. I like being with people. I need people. People (sing song), People who need People. I need to work.
13. Are we done yet?
14. Ah, how sweet, I'm in the dust of an 8 yr old. I encourage her. Her legs are shorter than mine.
15. Water. Could use some. Look how far away it is. Got one dixie cup. Need more on return. Stop at table for two more. Not enough. Feeling the heat.
16. Very heavy girl passes me up to tell water-people that she's going on to do the 10K (good for her!) ... should I try, too? No. Don't be rushing. It has been four years though ... next time, okay? I want to know her story.
17. Perfect weather! Oh thank you so much for the overcast, cool, low 60s.
18. Feeling blood sugar go down. Can tell my face is red. I hate when that happens. Why does that happen to some people? Rosacea?
19. I'm glad I forgot my Garmin. I just want to be surprised at the end. Where is it btw?
20. I wish I knew how much longer. I like knowing my route. Seems easier. Relax. Go with the flow. Enjoy this. Breathe.
21. Jen needs to tinkle again - good thing I brought the leash with a 25 ft. lead. Just a pause.
22. Running through running buses on both sides of the street - gag me - their exhaust is putrid. Cover face w/shirt and try to not gag. Honest. I read somewhere that people w/low serotonin gag easier and it explained so much. My old orthodontist boss told me he thought gaggers had control issues ... I'm gonna have to email him!
23. WoW - look at the person pushing someone in a wheelchair. I want to beat them! lol
24. Oh Jen has to poo. Stop to clean up and luckily find garbage on the route to finish line.
25. There it is ... wow, the finish looks big and official, and 'I'm' gonna cross it. Lungs are a bit wheezy (new experience) now. WWTBLC do? (BL contestants): PUSH, lift those dragging feet! A man is high fiving people on the way in. I gather strength to give him my two free fingers from leash. I wanted a high five. :) I also wanted to puke. Don't puke. Need food.
26. Another lady and I are jockeying for the line. She's older and wants to win. I'm cuter, and I let her. The 10K-ers are coming in. Whoa!
27. WOOHOO, I'm so glad I FINISHED! I kept wanting to walk at the end cause I didn't care anymore, but I remembered Daris on BL was sorry he gave up on a challenge, and that older lady ahead of me wouldn't let me. (Thanks Whoever You Are, btw!)
They had sports drinks and water, tables of gluteny things (bagels, buns & hotdogs), oranges & bananas. I got myself a banana (perfect) and gave Jen a bite of someone's bagel from the trash until I saw there were hotdogs. It was much easier to vector the dog in a maze of peeps with a hotdog in my hands. I didn't stick around for winners, but I should have seen what it was like.
If the clock time at the end is accurate (how does it know when I started?), I finished in 48.10 = 16 min/mi. My everyday walk can be a 22-30 min mile cause it's really the dog's walk. Personal best anyway. I'm sooo proud of me. I did something athletic and I wasn't 8, 12, or 16 yrs old when I last remember being very active! Hey! I have short legs! lol Your 10,000 steps are my 12,000! A guy took my picture and told me it'd be on the race website for purchase, but I see others online with finish line pics. Not sure I have one, but oh well, you can't picture my emotions quite the same.
BTW - I feel GREAT! My muscles are sore in the GOOD way, not the fibro way. I shall see how they will be tonight/tomorrow. But I can't wait til the next race (w/out the pooch)!
Thanks SP and SP peeps. Couldn't and wouldn't have done it without you!
Monday, April 19, 2010
I listened to Dr. O'Bryan re: gluten sensitivities last Thursday. He's a chiropractor from Detroit who I believe practices in Chicago. It really was a introduction/primer to learn the hazards of gluten. There wasn't much I didn't already know. The best part was that I got Dd to go with me (kicking and whining) and was surprised she chuckled at his jokes. She perked up when he mentioned social phobias and teens. Then she left the scene to sit in the sanctity of the car until the Q & A was over (because of her social phobia).
Always the best part to me are diagnosis stories, so I'll share one he shared, and I'll try to cut it short.
Aunt _?_ (I forget her name) is pictured on the large screen behind him. She's a well-dressed white- and curly-haired woman in her 80s(?) and you can see the light in her eyes. She's very bony thin. You can imagine her fragility. For most of her life she had elevated liver enzymes at her annual physical. It was brushed aside as "That's just the way you are." Dr. O'Bryan explained that the elevation means that a person is not able to keep up on "cleaning" the liver as it were. Now, at her ripe age, she complained of pains in her stomach area. It was found her liver to be working at 4% capacity. Doctors gave her 1-4 months maybe. Dr. O'Bryan told the family to have her checked for celiac disease. The doctor thought it naive, and said no. Dr. O'Bryan visited her, took the blood himself and sent it to a lab. She was celiac. She went gluten-free and lived another 18 months. (The details may be slightly inaccurate, but that's the gist).
Most of his speech was about establishing the connection between diseases and gluten with published papers from various esteemed medical journals. You can find a lot of them yourself at www.pubmed.com . If you're interested in a subject 'lupus gluten,' 'scleroderma celiac,' etc, you might find that someone has thought about it, and has studied it, too. Celiac is but only a small part of the gluten sensitivity spectrum. People's causes of death are likely attributed to the wrong disease process and gluten could be the underlying culprit.
One thing he INSISTED upon is that when one goes gluten-free, one should also go dairy, caffeine (yes: no coffee or decaf, yes, you can have green tea), sugar and alcohol free to heal the gut.
He also said that Type I diabetics, caught early enough before beta-cell burnout, can save their pancreas going gluten (dairy, caffeine & sugar)-free. The trick is to catch it. Too often kids are diagnosed when they are 5 or 6 or later, when if they were tested for celiac by age 2, the outcome might be different.
Dr. O'Bryan lecture:
SUGAR info: (sugar-free does not mean fruit-free, btw, unless you have bg or yeast/candida issues. Sugar feeds bad bacteria and causes pain and inflammation. Sugar feeds cancer.)
Reasons to go sugar-free: bit.ly/cXPEZ5 , Jimmy Moore/Nancy Applegate podcast bit.ly/dfOrdW
Ann Louise on sugar detox: bit.ly/d1xjia
Dr. Mercola (author, Sweet Deception) interview w/Dr. Johnson (author, The Sugar Fix): bit.ly/b2roI3 (related to high uric acid ie gout & high blood pressure)
Sugar, the Bitter Truth (93mins via Dr. Lustig): bit.ly/SugarTheBitterTruth
Sugar, the Bitter Truth "The Short Version" (11mins via Sean Croxton): bit.ly/aGiCzm
-Caffeine raises blood pressure and increases cortisol, your stress hormone.
-Continual caffeine is an irritant to your gut lining which creates inflammation; it slows transit in sm. bowel, hastens it in lg. bowel. Your body loses its own ability for motility and becomes dependent on it.
-Caffeine equaling 2.5 cups or more can promote calcium/phosphorus loss via urination, heightening risk for osteoporosis. Too much caffeine causes dehydration via urination and can also upset calcium/magnesium balance to cause kidney stones.
Monday, April 12, 2010
JUSTJO66 is virtual walking on Route 66 and I caught a blog she posted. I don't know Jo, but I was inspired to take a look at a bit of history after reading her blog. ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
The humidity has not hit us yet. It's amazing and beautiful, so I took this as an opportunity to take a few mile ride/walk along Route 66. Here ya go Jo :):
Pops66.com This was a big deal when it opened. I had the dog or I'd have gone in. If you need a choice of 500 flavors of soda, this is your place. Unique architecture. The large bottle glows neon at night. You can take a tour here: www.oklavision.tv/#/route66
The Round Barn ... so it won't blow down in a tornado. So far, so good.
Hillbillees Bed & Breakfast. Lots of history I don't know :P.
"Hi! SP Dots was here!"
Lay's has radar for addicts and is following me???
There's lots of this here.
I ate lunch at this closed diner's picnic bench. Thanks. :)
John's Garage grounds.
He's a creative mechanic (this is his Chevy Malibu rebuild), and runs marathons (30+, next one he's guiding a blind person - aw), does Zumba, pilates & yoga all while in grips of RA pain. You never know who you're gonna meet who'll keep you inspired. I try to tell him about grains and pains, but he's skeptical. Hasn't seen a doctor since 1986. He says everything is about your circulation, so keep moving. I said, "I'm working on it!" :)
Today's weight: 224.4 (down 1)
Calories yesterday: 821 (yikes - got up late, went to bed early. Not hungry til about 4 am!)
Walking mins: 36
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Haven't I blogged about Julia Ross before? Well, it bears repeating.
This is one of those books where when I read something that applies to my own life, something that no doctor has ever explained or helped me with, that I have to take a deep breath and pause. I put down the book because it's too powerful. It has to sink in all this information. Why isn't this talked about more? Why are antidepressants doled out so easily by doctors instead of amino acids and diet revision? Why have I lived a lifetime not knowing this? It drives me crazy ... 'cept this crazy goil ain't gonna reach for the dairy! Nor the refined carbs. Nor the suga, suga.
A lifetime of this is enough. I'm so grateful to understand what I do and to be embarking on a whole new world of possibilities. I have to keep that in focus on my ride. My future. DH had a friend who told him once, "Two big sins are not getting a pension, or not enjoying the one you get." I know I'm only 49, but like Dd growing up, it'll be here before I know it. Since the first half of my life wasn't plummy, by gawd I'm trying to make the second half peachy! Watching my parents not enjoy their retirement age is SAD and flippin' depressing.
*insert great bible verse here* anybody? lol, you know my memory for bible stuff.
Have you heard of Sean Croxton "Underground Wellness"? Besides being highly motivational and awesome (cause I agree with his philosophies based on my own life experiences and reading), he talks about Julia's work/book: bit.ly/ugdietcure . You can watch more Julia Ross videos from that link.
Fibromyalgia legs update: I've been taking two Travacor pills a night since April 7. No headaches, better sleep, but still I feel like I'm awake, if that makes sense. I'm still "thinking." Last night was a bad night for sleep cause I kept having to pee, the dog even wanted to pee and that's unusual. I went to sleep at 11:30p, awakened three times at least to p, let the dog out around 3:30a, and back to sorta sleep til about 10:30a. Granted, yesterday I ate well (salads, protein, fruit), and walked a lot. Put it all together and voila. The serotonin is kicking in because my legs ... while not that "perfect" feeling I had when I initially slammed my brain with Travacor and got the headaches, they are bettterrr in that they're not aching the same way. They still feel heavy and bloated with water, like when you rub a water balloon. But better. I sometimes feel some ham and quad tendons individually like piano wires. . . sore, but bearable. I think it's serotonin related but I don't know how.
I haven't mentioned but my heart palpitations were about nonexistent. But last night my heart was all jumbly. ??
I'm going to try to do what MorticiaAdams (thanks Tish) does and recount my day:
Mins walking: 103 (this keeps me outta the kitchen, too)
Sweaty Betty Lost: 3.6 pounds and now is 225.4
Edit to add activated links from PWVEGAS: bit.ly/19eLy3 , bit.ly/aBjpaI , bit.ly/adKpXf
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Evard Munch's 'The Scream' courtesy of Wikipedia
Not to be a drama , but I'm in a twist about not having yogurt, coffee dairy and cheese in my life. I'm only on my third day. Yesterday I looked at the coffee cup and thought about the canned milk in the fridge. I thought all day yesterday about the unopened Oikos plain yogurt just sitting there needing my attention. I had to take a dose of my own medicine and remember how I was when I quit gluten. Take a big breath, relax already. Retraining thought patterns takes a bit longer, so be patient with myself.
There's a hole in my life and I'm trying to fill it now. Because I'm trying to help Dd navigate a gluten-free world, I've purchased all sorts of gluten-free substitute foods (bread, cookies, breadsticks and because she had her 21st birthday, gf cake & icing). I ate a bit of all of it and that's totally not like me. I took off my weight ticker cause I was gaining and losing the same dang three pounds for a year or more. SP friends were congratulating me on the same pound lost! Well, prior to bday groceries, what I haven't mentioned is that I've finally lost weight.
March 5 - 234.5, April 5 - 225.6 and on a roll.
Bday sabotage April 7 - 227, then 228, 229.4 and whoa, let's stop there.
Between birthday food crap (since thrown in the garbage by Dd of all people - good for her!), and not knowing what to eat to sub for dairy ... I ate her gf substitute foods. I can't help but think about the news piece stating fat friends help keep you fat! SO TWOO! It's okay, though, because this also taught HER the value of my old cupboards (which she'd complain were too bare), the value of real food. She's not a fruit eater, go figure (probably why her triglycerides were 39).
Yesterday, when I wanted my cup of decaf w/half and half, I got a cup of decaf organic tea instead. It really doesn't cut it at this point though. Yesterday, instead of reaching for a yogurt, I ate a mango instead. And another mango, and then a couple of kiwis. I really wanted a banana, but I'm outta bananas .. and I just wasn't satisfied. lol But I did it! I got through another dairy free day. Phew.
My leaky gut thanks me. That's all. I would really like some with my whine.
Get An Email Alert Each Time DOTSLADY Posts