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Friday, August 12, 2011

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Black Hills Jenny last October

I have a lump in my emoticon; had to put down my sweetie pie yesterday. Her belly was hard and distended because she had a fast growing hemangiosarcoma . She'd been whining and denning in my closet. I knew it wasn't going to be a good prognosis as she was dragging on our walks just like Ginger a couple of years ago. She was anemic and had high white blood cell count. I couldn't let her linger in pain. It was for the best.

Funny her started out as a gun dog (say "dead duck!" and her ears'd perk) who was gun and thunder shy. Hence she became our family dog. She followed commands well, which was handy when she'd wrap herself around a tree w/the leash: "Back, back!" I'd say, "Over" with a swish of the arm, and she'd do it. I'm so lazy - lol. I sure loved that dog.

I walked and cried in the rain yesterday, and it was good.

In honor of my dog who walked thousands of miles with me, this song:

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THISYEARSMODEL 8/23/2011 10:48PM

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BLUEPATCHES 8/22/2011 3:38PM

    I am facing the same thing very shortly. My beautiful yellow lab is about to end her 12th year but she is fading quickly. I cant stand thinking about the pain to come but each day my DH and I are saddened even more by her deteriorating condition. We watch her eyes light up and her tail start wagging as we approach her and it breaks my heart. Such unconditional love and faithfulness. We have been blessed having her all these years. Your pain is my pain. I'm sending you hugs and my shoulder.

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GROKGRANNY 8/22/2011 12:29PM

    My heart is aching for you as I read this. I've walked this road multiple times and it is a painful one.

Wish I was there to give you a hug. A big BIG hug.

Glad you cried in the helps soothe the pain a bit doesn't it, my friend?


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TYEASLEY 8/21/2011 7:03PM

    So very sorry for your loss. I love Labs. emoticon

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ANGEL636 8/21/2011 9:13AM

    So sorry for your loss, the doggie song is beautiful. emoticon

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BARCLE 8/21/2011 4:12AM

    emoticon so sorry to read of the loss of your beloved Jenny emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 8/16/2011 11:23AM

    Oh, Dot, tears are welling up in my eyes. I put down my best dog ever 2 years ago and I still miss him. We have another dog but he's more attached to the DH than to me. I am so sorry. I love the Dean Koontz quote from The Darkest Night of the Year on losing a dog. It's long but here goes: "Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There's such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions."

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LUVDOGZ 8/16/2011 10:31AM

    emoticonmy friend. I am so sorry. I went thru that pain almost 2 years ago. I was devestated. The only solace I had was that with all that pain, I wouldn't have traded one moment with him to prevent that pain. It is so hard to do the right thing, but I felt I owed it to him, his body gave out before his sweet heart and mind. Jenny was beautiful and I can tell very well loved and cherished. I like to think they are all up there healthy, no pain, and playing together.


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CLIMBNRUN 8/15/2011 11:14PM

  Oh Dots I am so sorry. This is awfully sad. You sure captured some great photos of her last year but I'm sorry about this. I hope her memory lives on in you forevermore. Big *hugs* sorry sorry sorry for your loss.

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DMILLER33 8/14/2011 6:05PM

    I am so sorry over your loss. I know it's very hard to do, but in the end you know it is right. We had the same thing last year. Then I even felt guilty for waiting as long as I did. emoticon emoticon

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GIRLINBRAZIL 8/13/2011 9:30AM

    Sorry Friend! My old black dog is getting weaker these days and had to have a tumor and tooth removed from his mouth last month.

Thinking of you!


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ANDASI 8/13/2011 5:01AM

    Very Sorry

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POEKSTER 8/13/2011 4:53AM

    Hugs Dot I know it's hard to lose a 4 legged furry loved one. It's for the best. That doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. Walking in the rain is good!

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BIKE2BE 8/13/2011 12:15AM

  so sorry for your loss, I just last week lost my white shepherd. They bring such total joy and happiness into our lives. and emptiness when there gone . so good you still have one to love .

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2KITTIES 8/12/2011 9:00PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss but hopw you can find comfort and peace in the happy memories. Losing family, which our pets are, is never easy. God Bless.


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CINDYTW 8/12/2011 8:43PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so sorry for your loss! I know it is awful, and even worse when you have to make that decision! Hang in there!

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EGRAMMY 8/12/2011 7:09PM

    emoticon Sympathy. We love our dogs and so do understand. Had to put our Dottie to sleep a decade ago. Such a loss.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/12/2011 4:33PM

    I had to euthanize my Little Thunder (my toy poodle) last Friday August 5th. He was 15.5 years old and had dementia, and was deaf and blind for the past 3 years, and heart failure for about 1.75 years. He was just starting to go into liver failure too. At the end he was having circulatory collapse. I said my final good-by's to him at 3:30 pm. On Monday August 1st he wasn't ready to go, but on Friday his demeanor said he was definately ready.

Dogs do have their ways of saying when they are ready. The last few days of his life I held him much of the time, giving him the most love I possibly could, and 24 hours before his last he was licking me a lot. Almost broke my heart cause I knew we were soon to be saying good-by for the final time; yet it was so special to see the 'old Thunder' back for that short time. Then the next day he was barely holding on. That day we sent him to doggie peace - doggie heaven.

Three years ago the vet suggested we put him down, but instead I asked for meds to treat his dementia and then heart failure. I was truly blessed to have an extra 3 years with my good friend. Mostly it was quality time too, till the last few months.

I have hardly been on SP since as I am doing what I need to to deal with my grief.

I miss him so much. I still go to look for him when I am doing stuff, or when one of my other dogs come into the room.


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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/12/2011 3:11PM

    I am sooo sorry! I know how it is to lose a beloved pet! They arfe a member of the family! bigggggg hug!

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CHRIS3215 8/12/2011 1:59PM

    SO SORRY to hear about your ever loved friend..
I have three dogs my elder is 10yrs old & I dread that day I must make that kind of choice.
You did the right thing for your furry baby..

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/12/2011 12:33PM

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It is always sad to say goodbye to a dear friend. Good for your for not keeping her in pain. We have a 12 yr old border collie that has masses on his liver. We were told we had days, so far it's been 3 weeks! He's starting to dwindle on the eating as of late. We stick him in a tub w/ cold water when he spikes fevers. But he hasn't told us it's time yet. Still loves to play frisbee and go truckin'!

Godspeed to your pup.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/12/2011 12:21PM

    Oh no, GF! My heart goes out to you. I know how much you love your babies.

I still miss my little Wheeler and my little Stinker. Wheeler died October 25th,2009 after an extended illness. Stinker died June 27th within 24 hours of being ill. It's terrible to lose a fur baby.

I'm sending you lots of hugs. You know I love you. emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 8/12/2011 11:59AM

    So sorry for your loss. It is never easy but in time, good memories will begin to replace the tears. Hugs.

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LASARRE 8/12/2011 11:23AM

    So sorry for your loss. Just remember she has crossed that Rainbow Bridge and is now happy and playing with the others that have crossed prior. emoticon

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REMODELINGPAT 8/12/2011 11:17AM

    emoticonI know how you feel. We just put down our older sweet kitty about a month ago. She had a cancer that grew, didn't seem to bother her much, but it got so big it popped. THAT bothered her!

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ELIZRN 8/12/2011 11:06AM

  I've asked my son Michael to take her under his "wing"...she's going to have a grand time with all the rock climbers & the other dogs that accompany them. She brings a wonderful supply of love & that will multiply for all to share. elizRN

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2011 10:47AM

    AWWWWW . . . my sympathies on the loss of your beloved furbaby. It is so hard to let go, but when they're suffering, it is the kindest thing.


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PEACEFULONE 8/12/2011 10:46AM

    Love the photo! What a beautiful dog! So sorry for your loss! Treasure the memories of happy days with your sweetie pie.

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ADAJLIM 8/12/2011 10:31AM

    So sorry to hear of your loss but I agree totally with the others in rejoicing the time that you had with her! You did the right thing in putting her down and out of her misery. Continue going on those walks!!! emoticon

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2CATS2LOVE1 8/12/2011 10:20AM

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I tend to agree w/ johnmartinmiles: "don't cry because she is gone, rejoice because she was here."
You know you can talk w/ me anytime. I know there is a void there now. I am just glad she is not suffering anymore. Please have a good weekend. Crying is good. It's nature's way of releasing emotions. I cry too.
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    Don't cry because she is gone, rejoice because she was here!

Make it a Great Weekend!

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Having a Nina Simone Day

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Vegas Nerves.

I'm home from Vegas. Yes, July Vegas is emoticon. Home, apparently, was hotter. I have dead plants and bushes, dying grass, and the dog's belly is distended for unknown reasons. I think about that Sandra Bullock movie, 28 Days; how she went to rehab and her assignment was to simply take care of a plant, then she could graduate to a pet. Both dogs have ear infections (again). I was too busy to micromanage, and left it up to the daughter. At least the kid kept them alive.

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emoticonI've weeded for hours (weeds apparently love the heat).

emoticonMy walking neighbor has me back up at 6:30am instead of 7:30am to beat the heat. I wasn't ready for that after driving 19ish hrs, even a day later. I'm so tired. Started my TOM 12 days into cycle. THAT's unusual. Stress?

I was able to take Dad to his doctor. He's gnarly to tend to at this stage in his dementia. Mom prefers "Alzheimers" to "dementia" but regardless, he doesn't like to shower. My nephew, who lives with them, likes to get Dad to swim, but often Dad laughs he doesn't want to get wet. He made us late to the appt cause I couldn't get him out of the bathroom. He's in there forever, and has been for a couple of years. I had a laundry list of tests to ask doc for. It was like pulling teeth and the talking I had to do was ridiculous. Please, his bones hurt. Please do a thyroid TSH (at least - didn't dare ask for other thyroid tests), Vit D, DEXA scan to check osteoporosis, A1C & insulin, ferritin/iron panel, and B12, cholesterol, PSA etc. I called for a scan appt but they won't do them the same day, and I was leaving the following Monday. argh. The Vit B12, D, A1C & insulin didn't get done. Thyroid and PSA were high. Triglycerides were high at 209 (other chol was ok). Normal metabolic and CBC. Now learning about the prostate. One thing I read in a quick read, is that the body will try to slow down metabolically (lower thyroid output), to slow down cancer growth. His thyroid was 3.8 last year, now 5.something. When I brought up to doc that I thought thyroid TSH should be 1ish, he said that's for someone being treated, not UNtreated. *whatever* I need to pick my battles, and I had other skirmishes ahead.

Mom's surgery went well. Her knee, once turned inward, is now straight. For years she told docs that it pained her, that something needed fixing, but for years it went undone. This made her not use her leg and I think the muscles have atrophied; they don't stretch and the stiffness causes pain to use - she can't bend the new knee. She can't function, she says, without her pain meds (she also has sciatica, but I think peripheral neuropathy - both feet her toes are curling). She had to eat the way I prepared food, but what a fussy girl! It was annoying. And I say that as someone who is fussy - lol. I guess we like what we like and find comfort in our addictions :P. Still she likes aspartame water :P, bagels, butter and coffee for breakfast. She sees not how her food choices affect inflammation and pain. Or she chooses otherwise despite what I suggest.

One of her brothers died unexpectedly from an unnamed cancer and his wife has lung cancer, one has an acute leukemia of some kind, and another younger brother has lung cancer. I was there three weeks, and I think she was looking at this time as her vacation. She was still in bed and not moving around as much as she should be. I tried to not be Nurse Ratched, but it was hard. I have a friend whose mother is in hospice care. Her own mother hadn't showered for over a year and was pretty crusty in her dementia. Friend said her mom just loved on her. I wish I were as loving, but I was wanting more for mom than she could muster. I got stuck in that instead of the loving part. At one point I did have compassion and just stopped and held her hand. Who knows what she's thinking. She probably wanted a cig. LOL. (or not LOL).

I talked to mom's orthopedic surgeon quickly before the surgery about nightshade-free diet for osteoarthritis, and he said there's no money for diet studies (we said it the same time). I told him about my myxoid cyst and going nightshade free, but he said his hunch was that a person was to NEVER have had nightshades, that mine not reoccurring was likely a fluke.

I was busy sun up to sun down. I visited with oldie Vegas friends and got some "me time" for sanity. I got some boots from Nordies Rack for fall for more sanity. I started out walking daily 2 miles early in the morning, but by the end I hadn't walked for two or three days tying up loose ends. Then the car ride home: my left ankle was so swollen, and my right ankle started swelling, too. I took a baby aspirin and tried to move my lower limbs best I could thinking about DVTs.

DH has another job interview today. It's his third with the same company which is encouraging. We've been let down before, so my emotions are steady with this process now. Kid quit her full-time job to go to school full-time, and she just found a part-time job.

So Nina Simone. Was Youtubing around, and found her. She's a light, and I dig her energy. I can see her fierceness and I need some right now as I feel a bit deflated; trying to find my inner strength during this ebb as I know I'm gonna need it. There's MUCH to be thankful for. Even your boobies.

Feeling Good (SUCH a classic - love this right now):
.... it's a new day. Ba, ba ba, ba ba ... emoticon emoticon

Reading: Over My Head - A doctor's own story of head injury from the inside looking out.

Next: Nina Simone's autobiography: I Put a Spell on You. She died cause of her boobies. :(

emoticon emoticonI am coping by eating cherries and continuing with the walking. I know: too much sugar, not enough fiber.

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LUVDOGZ 8/12/2011 8:42AM

    You sure have been busy! Glad to see you back!

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CURLY916 8/10/2011 3:29PM

    I love Nina and she can definitely lift me up when I'm down. Hope things on the home front get straightened out now that you are back in charge.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2011 11:25AM

    Oh my gosh, I'd be drowning!!! I admire your spirit so much. Glad you had some ME time.

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CATIATM 8/10/2011 10:04AM

    Good Lord, woman! You sure do have a lot on your plate! I can see your spirit, bubbling up from the words. There are a lot of downers in your life right now, but I think you're strong enough to carry them. Still, remember your own needs and dreams and don't let them slip by the wayside amidst all the worries around you. emoticon emoticon

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    If you ever doubted your importance on the home front you now have concrete proof that you are necessary. LOL. When I get busy here everything deteriorates as well. I hate to hear about the dead plants as you know I am a plant lover. I also am an animal lover so hopefully everything is okay with your distended dog. Hopefully your pooch just missed you and ate too much.

While I was busy dealing with too much bull things got out of control here. I've been weeding too and am covered in chiggers. I bet our weeds are bigger than yours - LOL. We have some over 8 feet tall.

I'm so glad to be done with TOM- one of the advantages of being old. LOL. The entire concept sucks and I realized that almost immediately. I had my first period at 13 and wrote in my diary, "Today I am a woman............" Blah, blah, blah. My mom had tried to put a positive spin on it but by day 2 my diary read, "This sucks!!" And I ranted about it for until I was 46 and it ended. Good riddance.

For all the money the government sinks into Medicare tending to the elderly the seniors certainly don't get their money's worth. Like everything else most of the money is spent on administrative costs and when the patient or family wants something or needs something they want to cut costs " A bandaid? I don't know. We charge $3 for those."

Ugh on your mom's breakfast. Are you sure she is you biological mom??? LOL. Of course I can't talk because I spent years choking down oatmeal when I hated it because I thought it was good for me. ICK!!

Good grief. Please go ahead and be Nurse Ratched if it gets the elders to shower. There is no way I could deal with this. I take 2 baths a day even if I spend the entire time screaming in pain. I just can't stand stinky. My mother and grandparents were bathed - no excuses. I was stronger than them and would have rather drowned them then have them smell bad. LOL. No cigs either. Hey, I'm a b----. What do you expect.

Time to take care of yourself now.

I love cherries and eat them all the time. Enjoy them. They are good for you.

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GODZDESIGN95 8/10/2011 12:45AM

    whats nina got to do with this?? I met her in person. She was an awesome perfomer. She had some personal problems but who does not?

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EGRAMMY 8/9/2011 10:27PM

    You are so busy but thank you for sharing your blog anyway.

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CINDYTW 8/9/2011 3:41PM

  Wow! You have a lot going on as usual! Glad to see you back!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 8/9/2011 2:34PM

    So glad to hear from you!

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    Wow you are very busy!

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MARTHASPARKS 8/9/2011 1:33PM

    Wow, you are one busy lady. Dying because of boobies? Now I am going to have to read the Nina Simone book.

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Iodine and Hashimoto's

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Discussion here at Perfect Health Diet:
Part 1
Part 2

Interesting that they're talking about copper DEFICIENCY, when I know I have too much or an imbalance to zinc. I had a zinc and selenium deficiency (need to redo my Spectracell test to see how I'm doing). Selenium is important for the thyroid. Well, I know minerals are important for thyroid health, and that's one reason lectins have been banished from my diet. Not all lectins, because ALL foods have them, but know/understand your lectins(!):

Upshot you have some control over: KNOW your mineral status before supplementing anything. Spectracell Micronutrient Testing: .

You know what has lots of copper? Nuts and seeds. It could be why I felt tired after eating sunflower seeds. Going low on nuts and seeds is not just about 'fats' and 'fat ratios'. Anyway, too much copper, not enough zinc = fatigue. It's why I feel better eating beef (zinc) when I can or I need the protein. Ann Louise Gittleman has a great book about this.

Dr. K on iodine and Hashimoto's:

Mom called. I'm needed sooner than expected. Mid-July in Vegas here I come. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm still sore from my Saturday cross-fit workout. :P

Iodine Deficiency, thyroid, achlorydia, fibrocystic breasts + ... and Cancer:
iodine deficiency:
from same author/dr, another article:

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CAVEMOM 8/3/2011 3:36PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Some fuel for my research :)

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    As always, you've given me more to think about! Thank you for sharing!

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    You know I agree about the supplements. You should not take any unless you know you need them as they can be dangerous if used improperly.

That must have been quite a workout!!

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BUNDORIYAGYU 6/30/2011 11:46AM

    I have a son with Hashimoto's syndrome. I have been unable to find out much about it. Thank you for some insight. If you can refer me to any of your online resources it would be much appreciated. My son is 23 and often doesn't have much energy. This has also manifested itself in rather extreme vitiligo. I want to try to help the lad any way that I can.

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BOBF15 6/30/2011 10:48AM

    emoticon I learn something every time I visit your blogs, hope you manage in Vegas with your mom, and the heat, but... doubt OKC would be any better if at all.


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1st Crossfit Experience

Sunday, June 26, 2011

emoticonThe house across the street finally sold after 18 months-ish on the market (empty, then w/2 different renters). My new neighbor saw me walking and asked if I wanted a partner. YAYES! She likes to walk earlier than I do because yes, it's cooler, so I've been getting up around 6:30am where I'm used to 8am (bed is usually between 11p-1a). THAT in itself has been hard, but such a blessing because it makes me try to go to bed earlier (down to 10:20p). She's a stronger walker than I am and it's good, too, cause I'm walking farther and more consistent. She came along and is putting oomph back into my wanting to work out. I took her out of the neighborhood one day, and got lost, so we ended up walking a bit more than 5 miles. Boy, I was sore the next day cause I'm not used to it. Now my body has been awakening around 5:30am.

She's diabetic (runs on paternal side), and she's just started metformin. We gab about health, and she's actually open to hearing what I have to say about the "G" word. lol Her tri's are in the 300s, HDL 23? Something crazy low. Anyway, I shared with her the that helped me understand diabetes, and she's taking a look.

My Crossfit groupon's gonna expire, so I thought about giving it away since I don't think I'm up to it, and yet: They have free Saturday classes, so I thought I'd try despite myself. I like the community aspect of it. I liken it to being in gym class again. They were suuuuper encouraging and nice. They consider it functional exercise, which I can appreciate, but really, just moving for me is good. :P

We stretched.
We ran relays (i got the short run 2x - thank you).
We did 3 sets of 10 kettlebell snatches w/10lb weight (everyone's weight differed)
We did 3 sets of 10 squats with a medicine ball thing.
We jumped rope 100x (started goofing around jump 70 from being tired).
We were supposed to do 3 sets of ? lunges, but I lunged 10x and couldn't/daren't do more cause my hams started feeling like hard balls in my legs.

Then I did 21 mins on the rower, which I thoroughly enjoyed and want one now. :)

I went home and took extra fish oil, and a 200mg magnesium glycinate (NOT oxide which I found gives me the runs -ew) every couple of hours.

I slept like a rock last night - ahhh. I feel very sore today as expected from someone in my condition. I don't know what tomorrow will bring and how I should proceed exercise-wise. I think I'll continue w/the walking, and try learning the cross-fit basic training moves next week. Then I'll give away the groupon to a neighbor jock who's interested. We'll see.

I'm glad to have tried. I yearn to feel strong again.

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PATTISWIMMER 7/9/2011 10:42AM

    Yes I have been reading how astaxanthin helps for athletic recovery... sometimes I overdo things with swimming... have had a pulled shoulder... and just minor things... I guess I am getting old but not really... 61 so I need to keep working out as hard as I can... but I have pulled things.. and a leg cramp lately means swimming less lengths... well I switch to water jogging at that point..

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Congrats!!!

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    It's great that you found a walking buddy who challenges you. She certainly needs some help with those labs and needs to dump the processed carbs if she hopes to improve them.

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BOBF15 6/28/2011 10:41AM

    Way to go!

I so understand wanting to feel good after working out. Sometimes, yes, and sometimes no.


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CATIATM 6/27/2011 9:53AM

    Wow! All good news! I love all the good choices you're making in your life! emoticon

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POEKSTER 6/27/2011 2:16AM

    Hope you feel less sour today :-). You won't feel that sour next time

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 6/26/2011 7:21PM

    LOVE the link you gave. LOTS of good stuff there!


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    Glad you found a walking partner!

I don't think I could do Crossfit at this time either, good on you for trying it.

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OUTOFIDEAS 6/26/2011 5:02PM

    You go, girl! I'm tired just reading about your workout...not to mention envious and really glad that you can pull it off. I'm rooting for you!

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CINDYTW 6/26/2011 2:39PM

  emoticon I don't think I could do Crossfit at this point! Great for giving it a try! I am good with cardio but really stink at ST! And I resent being sore more than a day, or not being able to sit from all the squats and lunges! emoticon emoticon

Glad you found a buddy! I wish I was able to meet up with mine more! It is more motivating to have someone waiting for you...

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MONA_MONA 6/26/2011 2:28PM

    CrossFit is such a great workout and it's easily modifiable for any level. What I like about CrossFit is you can get amazing results in half the time compared to a regular gym session.

Glad you've found a walking partner too! emoticon

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Nightshades, Solanine, Arthritis & Fibro/PAIN

Saturday, June 25, 2011

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Dear Family and Friends,

Pain stinks, especially if you live with it on a daily basis. You know I think leaky gut is the root of all evil, but do cute lil tomatoes have to add fodder to the cannon? Unfortunately, they can. As can all kinds of peppers (not black pepper), eggplant, the wonder-food goji berries or wolf berries, potatoes, tomatillos, and nicotine (even second hand smoke, Ms. Whoopi Goldberg, who needs to quit, and is so angry she can't smoke inside buildings like a real human being -- okay, sometimes I still watch The View ;oP).

I went nightshade free about a year ago. I can tell you that I had a myxoid cyst (looks like a blister) on my toe (associated w/osteoarthritis) which has since disappeared. It was hurting as it grew, or I'd have ignored it whilst dealing with other aches and pains ala fibro (they're really intermingled and it's hard to say which is which). I'd pop it w/a needle and squeeze out the sticky K-Y jelly-like stuff, and it'd grow back. My nailbed was indented because the blister had tentacles so-to-speak, or roots. The indent was valley-like, now it's very, super narrow about the width of a fine point marker. It took about 6 months of popping it monthly, then I left it alone.

June 2010 Before the Big Squeeze (myxoid cyst)

June 2010 After the Big Squeeze (indented and defeated!) ;0)

Solanine - get to know it. It's the enemy if you are prone to arthritis and/or fibromyalgia. Unfortunately for me, I've been eating some not realizing it's also in strawberries, blueberries, and artichokes. I will TRY TRY TRY to take these out for three months to see if it makes a difference. I'll begin after this last batch of groceries is gone.

Excellent reads:
Gilbere: , youtube:

Nightshades Wiki:
Avg read: Solanine: Wiki:
Myxoid popping youtube:

Let us know if you try it. It can take months, if not years to get it out of your system. (Read Lebowitz link for more info.) I reintroduced nightshades by forgetting I don't eat ketchup on burgers. Ketchup also = HFCS, but it was goood! LOL. I've also had yellow peppers a few times, and small tomatoes without seeds (the concentrated part of solanine I think). I didn't notice more pain in particular, but have decided to continue leaving them out of my diet until I heal my leaky gut nice and proper. I figure a leaky gut only makes things more toxic. I feel best eating greens and meat, but have a hard time sticking to it! I like variety, too. :P

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    I am glad I don't like tomatoes and have never eaten eggplant. I don't eat a ton of peppers or potatoes and none of the rest.

Whoopi needs to get over it. Smoking stinks and those of us who don't smoke don't want to smell like those who do or be exposed to toxins besides. It's a nasty habit and most people are not going to feel sorry for anyone who does it, except for people like my hubby.

I can't give up strawberries and blueberries. Berries are some of my favorite foods.

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BOBF15 6/26/2011 9:03AM


Sometimes heroism is seen in a single daring act of courage, and sometimes heroism is seen in staying the course, refusing to give in and persevering until victory comes.

Your heroism is not so much an offensive action rather a courageous defense.

You are a true heroine! emoticon

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GROKGRANNY 6/25/2011 9:15PM

    Dots, I am so sorry!!! I hope this works for you.

Leaky gut is also often the result of either eating a certain food you react to, too often and or having too much of it.

One of the major things I had to do was place myself on a 2-4 day rotation diet of the foods that were still "safe" for me, eliminating the others for a minimum of 3 months...big offenders for 6-9 months.



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CINDYTW 6/25/2011 9:01PM

  Wow! I have been eating strawbeeries, blueberries and artichokes like they are going out of style! Good luck on that!

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    Wow, that is a strict diet, I am now wondering if I need to restrict nightshades until my feat heal.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 6/25/2011 1:48PM

    Solanine is REALLY high is store bought tomatoes because they are actually green tomatoes - 'ripened' with gases, but not actually ripe.


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MARTHASPARKS 6/25/2011 10:07AM

    I did this for about a year but it really didn't help me. That does not mean it won't be effective for many, many people because I have more than fibro aggravating my pain levels. PS Love the toe pictures. My feet will never be posted online...

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MONA_MONA 6/25/2011 9:59AM

    I can relate! Nightshades and I do not get along and I've finally removed them from my diet. However, I didn't realize it was also in berries. emoticon I've been eating them like crazy lately. Ugh!

I've been sticking with meat and greens too, but you're right, variety is necessary to avoid boredom.

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