Monday, February 06, 2012
I have an art friend who needed a day off, so we went to the local art museum yesterday. This is some of what I saw, and of course, it's better in person. I like my small point-and-shoot Sony Cybershot, but I'm disappointed in photo quality. If you have suggestions for a better small camera, I'd like to know.
For more info on the artist Dale Chihuly: www.chihuly.com/ . If you've been to the Bellagio in Vegas, you've likely seen his work!
Glass ceiling filled with hand blown glass "sea" sculptures. It was breathtaking.
Isn't the lighting spectacular?
I love her!
Update: I have gained back 4 lbs. I am done with my bootcamp 3x/week and I'm so glad! The early hour and 'having' to be somewhere at an appointed time was stressing me out, but I wanted to complete my obligation w/friends. I'm also proud that I was as active as I was even if always last. They were a great group. I'm also relieved and HAPPY to report that even though I was SORE, I recuperated by the next day (most of the time) and kept on going. There was a time I wouldn't recuperate (fibro) for at least 5-7 days. The last time I was sore going in to another workout, it seemed to work itself out by the end of that workout! THAT, my friends, IS PROGRESS!!!
I recently had blood labs done, but forgot to ask for hsCRP which would have been interesting, so next time. I waited til the first of the year to send in my stool sample (fun time!) to enterolab checking for egg antibodies ($128 incl s/h) because of health care card. After talking to an Enterolab rep we decided it wasn't a good idea to check for nightshade antibodies because I'd been off them ~18 mos. as results are dose dependent. I've been eating nightshades again on and off, but mostly off if you don't include my binge on chips during the holidays.
I'm a bit of an emotional mess right now. I'm not getting anything done, including on myself. Blah. Time for a reassessment and rebooting if I can fit it into my brain. Give me some !
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The floors are done in the office and I've dragged in The Beast of a desk I picked up last year (and NOT painted - oh well and lol), but it's fine and does its job. I love drawers to hide my stuff. I've been drawerless for five years! Now I need more file drawers, or I need to go paperless. That'll take me a long time. It took me a few days to get the printer set up. The old printer/fax was more trouble than it was worth, and we got a free printer w/my Apple purchase a few years ago. No fax though. It DOES scan, but of course it doesn't work and I have no idea why. It goes through the motions then tells me in essense, "Sorry Loser! FAIL!" LOL. I don't know how long it'll take me to figure it out as I'm no techie.
DH has health insurance through retirement and he elected to not get added health insurance through new employer because of cost vs benefits. Fingers are crossed we don't need it for catastrophe. Anyway, this year we have a new debit Flex Spending health card for our medical purchases and copays. Sounds easy enough. This year was the year I was going to get credits for all my supplements. NOT. This year because of 2010 Health Care Reform the IRS took away vitamins/supplement eligibility ... UNLESS you get a prescription from your doctor and send in a Letter of Medical Necessity. Honestly, could taking supplements really be the bain of Health Care Reform? I was able to buy glucose testing strips without a diabetes diagnosis, but not able to buy my supplements for a celiac disease diagnosis when I was at the Big Box Store pharmacy.
"If" approved, I'll be able to buy supplements, save the receipt, and send it in with a claim form and Rx. Every time. Oh goodie. More paperwork.
So, between getting the printer set up, completing the Letter of Medical Necessity, and required phone calls to insurance, pharmacy and doctor's office, I've got little to show for my effort as of now.
Here is a readable list of Deductible and Non-Deductible Medical Expenses:
bit.ly/AaS54s (who knew Scientology counseling was not deductible?!) or the IRS long, legal version: bit.ly/wCW6Bv .
I've been going to bootcamp (last Wednesday kicked my sorry bum) every MWF. I'm always glad I went but getting up at 4:45am is HARD. I don't get enough sleep. I weigh the same. Sometimes I get home and stare at the walls for a few hours. LOL. Hope you're all doing what you want and living healthily. xoxo
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Have I ever told you "I" invented the iPad in the early 90s? Yeah ... just didn't know how to put it together, didn't have marketing, nor the money behind my project. LOL. I invented in my own mind a padded bathtub for when my poor body and bones ached from fibro and pre-dx celiac. I also invented colored plastic for computers. That idea took way too long. A lot of good it does me to be the idea person. LOL.
Anyway, today's tracking:
Brunch: 4 eggs scrambled w/5g coconut oil, avocado, salsa.
Snack: romaine head, cod liver oil
Exercise: 1.6 mile dog walk, gardening 2 hrs,
Water: so far 6 glasses, 1w/ACV
Supplements: yes, incl liquid probiotics on empty stomach
Sleep: went to bed at 1am, awakened to let out the dog at 7:30a, went back to bed til 10:30a. Now I'm gonna attack the day!
Friday, January 13, 2012
Starting Weight: 194
presnack: liquid probiotics, 2 critical care probiotics
snack: 1/2 srvg yesterday's green fruit protein smoothie, 2 Brazil nuts.
2c water - Bootcamp - 1hr myriad of exercises
Dog Walk: .5 miles, 20 mins.
Bfast: 4 eggs, 3 garlic cloves, avocado, cup of Detox tea, lg. apple,
Snack: 2 Brazil nuts
Lunch: aak. don't say a word people: cookies. 2 gf Biscotti, 3 gf cinnamon somethings and a cup of detox tea. yeah, i know "detox" those cookies! can i just mention how hungry i was shortly after? hungry! (blood sugar swing) i let it pass.
Dinner: missed it cause i was running errands. not hungry anyway.
Eve snack: bowl of udi's gf vanilla oats granola, 1/2 too ripe lg banana, 1/2c blueberries, 3/4-1c of non-sweetened coconut milk. 60-75g of deli turkey (haven't had that in over a year or so as i'm trying to stay away from deli meat cause of the transglutaminase.)
Hours later: swig more of liquid probiotics.
I went out to run errands, one of which was to get groceries, and i never got the groceries. i didn't feel like whipping up an egg for a bit of protein. oh well. another day ...
I did drink 4-5 glasses more water, took supps and had cod liver oil. (see note below) ;0)
Today I started using my SAD light in the morning.
Note to self: drink more water!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Yesterday's food journal (remember, I prepare food for one. I'd prepare food for Dd but I never know her schedule or if she'd eat it):
Weighed: 195.4! Up from 193. ??~! Sometimes I think eating too late does that. Will try to not eat past 7:30p so liver can do its thing.
bfast: 14g coconut oil,
Fruit smoothie: banana, blueberries, 4c salad greens, chia, flaxmeal, Living Fuel berry protein powder.
mid-afternoon (late lunch/early dinner): romaine lettuce head, ACV, artichoke hearts, avocado, ... should have written it down for accuracy because I'm forgetting something.
eve snack: :P I found some old gf cookies and had two biscotti w/c of green tea.
Bootcamp day: myriad of stations of exercise.
Fibro pain: Highest pain is usually the day after exertion and this was the case. Had muscle pain in quads, hams, biceps and armpit area (muscle name?). Went to bootcamp anyway. We didn't run as much. There were stations of random exercises. I went at my own pace. Lots of stretching. Glad I went.
Today's weight: 194.4
brunch: Fruit Smoothie: 5c greens, frozen cranberries, blueberries, banana, chia, flaxmeal, water. Salad: 2 sm. heads of romaine, foil pkt of sardines in water/no salt, avocado, artichoke hearts, AVC, 20g fresh garlic, 3oz purple onion, cup of Get Clean tea (Rep of Tea), 2 cups water. Supplements. Cod Liver Oil. Liquid probiotics on empty stomach. Speaking of, I keep getting mixed signals on this: to take on empty stomach or with food. What's your experience?
hungry about 8p: dinner: 1srvg bfast fruit smoothie, gulp of cod liver oil
Exercise: down day. dog walking 1.4 miles.
Hostess Twinkies trying to not go financially bankrupt saying it's the rising cost of food production ... I think people are wising up and not purchasing their products. I used to love Wonder Bread ... it was a treat when mom'd buy it. Too bad for me. :P Bye bye to yuck. Hope they figure out something healthy to bring to market.
The minute it was announced a while back that Venus Williams had Sjogren's you know what "I" thought ... gluten-free paleo ... seems she went raw vegan, which is awesome, but not the whole story. I searched articles and finally it's being written up about the gluten-angle. yhoo.it/ywyJVq note to dietician who wrote the article: you don't HAVE to be celiac to go gluten-free, as most any autoimmune disease might benefit from its anti-inflammatory results!!!!!!
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