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One Choice at a Time

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I've decided I need to start with bite-size pieces, so to speak (oh geez, no pun intended, really!). Each time I am faced with an opportunity to eat, I need to choose how healthy I want to be.

Yesterday I went to a lunch thing, so it was the usual chicken and veggie plate, actually fairly healthy. Then I started to automatically reach for the dessert - a small piece of chocolate cake, a bunch of whipped cream, topped with an Andes mint. But then I thought you know, just because it's there doesn't mean I have to eat it! So I left it...but I did snag the mint. ;-)

Last night I went to a reception, but I opted for diet coke instead of a beer, and skipped the chips and salsa table in favor of waiting till I got home for dinner.

And I tracked everything I ate yesterday. Not in the food tracker, I hate trying to reconcile that thing with what I actually ate, but in the daily planner/journal thing. No, it doesn't give me calories, but it does help me see patterns.

Baby steps, people.

The achilles are doing well, it seems like...I did yoga yesterday and got a few twinges, but no problems doing weights today. And I'm doing the icing and ibuprofen. Apparently a cousin of mine has chronic tendonitis in her achilles, so she is going to email me about the daily exercises she does, which she says really help.

The good news is, today is my Friday, yay! We have friends coming to town tomorrow for the weekend, really looking forward to hanging out and relaxing (they have a daughter two years younger than Kate, so she's excited too). There will probably be a lot of drinking, so I'll have to temper the eating accordingly!

Anyhow, tomorrow I'll be running lots of errands till they get appt, my dad wants me to go co-sign onto his bank accounts, grocery shopping, etc. etc. etc. So it won't be a quiet day, but at least I'll be out and about in the beautiful spring weather instead of tied to my desk in an office with no windows!

All right, back to work I go...

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I Need to Take Care of Myself

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

So many thoughts jumbling around my head lately...need to start getting them down on paper, so to speak (does blogging count as putting stuff down on paper?) to organize them. I'm going to just put some of them down here to get started.

Getting a lot of down time over the weekend has helped relax me this week. And has helped remind me that I need to take care of myself.

I get annoyed sometimes at how often Paul schedules golf, but really I probably should look at as him being smart enough to book that personal time.

I wear a mouthpiece at night because I grind my teeth so bad. Since my mom died, I have been catching myself at odd times during the day, noticing that my jaw is aching because I'm clenching my teeth. A little pent-up stress, anyone? Need to figure out how to defuse that.

I'm worried about my weight...the scale at the doctor's office really startled me. My scale consistently has me around 185, which is certainly bad enough, but the doc's scale yesterday had me at 190, which was rather horrifying. Yes, I'm 5'10" and not a petite build, but I REALLY don't like being within sight of 200.

I am frustrated that I exercise a lot and am lucky to maintain...the pounds keep creeping on, one at a time. I've known for a long time that I need to majorly change my eating, and I just haven't been willing to go there. But nothing is going to change till I do, I don't think.

While I am relieved that the news about my achilles isn't worse, I am worried that I'm now going to be susceptible to achilles issues. I posted about it on FB and one of my cousins responded that she has chronic achilles tedonitis. Ugh...isn't having rheumatoid arthritis enough? How is this going to affect my workouts? It worries me. But for now I'm going to do what the doc says.

I was afraid to go to the doc, because I was so worried about the diagnosis, but then I realized I need to not be like my mom. Her issues all began a long time ago when she badly broke her ankle, tore ligaments and everything...she never followed through on the physical therapy, the ankle bones fused together, so she was walking wrong and ground down the cartilage in her knees...and so on and so on. So I knew that I needed to address the problem and not ignore it and hope it would go away.

I saw a great quote this morning that kind of sums it all up: "You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water." ~Rabindranath Tagore

I think this is where I am right now...I've been starting at the water for a long time, in terms of knowing some of the things I need to do, but not actually doing them...maybe it's time to actually start crossing that sea.

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STEVEN_D 4/16/2014 5:32PM

    I have heard Achilles tears are difficult to treat, but that was several years ago. I hope they get better soon. I do like your quote. I am a sea watcher, too. I don't want to walk on the water, I just want to shove off from shore and start sailing.

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FLORNH 4/16/2014 5:17PM

    Hmmm, well, more yoga is probably a good plan for stress relief. Do you like to swim? Maybe paying per visit at some place like a Y would get you some good cardio and endorphins without too much stress on the Achilles while the inflamation is reducing. Or upping your strength training for a bit? If you end up doing PT, I am sure they would have some good ideas.

I have also worked off and on with a nutritional counselor and her good ideas have helped me cut back on unnecessary calories, increase my veggie and greens intake, etc. Just a thought.

I have been stuck at about 176-177 for more than a year and I'm only 5'4", so I feel your pain about the weight. 180 is my "danger, danger, Will Robinson"" point ;-)

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Achilles Report

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

So, last night while we were watching tv after putting Kate to bed, I was stressing about the achilles pain and suddenly the light bulb went off - icing usually makes things better, so why not try that? So I iced 'em for 20 minutes and....ahhhh, heaven. Why did I not think of this before?? And I'm happy to report, I did not wake up at all with pain last night. Woo hoo! I iced again this morning.

Anyhow, reported to the doc this morning...I was really nervous because I'd done a little poking around on Web MD and it looks like achilles tears are pretty nasty to deal with. Fortunately, the news was good.

Here's the deal: apparently I'm super flat-footed, which is part of the problem. I remember my rheumatologist mentioning to me a couple years ago that I'm flat-footed and therefore better off wearing a slight heel than flats. And it does seem that the achilles pain kicks up when I've been wearing totally flat shoes for a day or more - never seems to happen after I wear heels.

The good news is, the doc thinks it's just tendonitis, not tears - I don't have any swelling, and no tenderness no matter how much she poked around. WHEW.

Prescription? Increase my ibuprofen intake for two weeks (I take it twice a day normally, for my arthritis). And ice every night for 15 minutes. I asked if there are any stretches I can do, but she said no, the basic cure for tendonitis is rest. So I asked if I should lay off the walking, and she said ideally, yes. I was a little surprised she didn't insist on that, but given the risk involved, I can deal with taking a couple weeks off, though of course I'm not thrilled. I'll have to do some kind of movement or my arthritis will kick up, but I figure maybe I can do yoga every other day or something.

The bad news is, since I'm so flat-footed, this is likely to be an ongoing problem. :-p I guess I'll have to think about replacing my very flat shoes with low-heeled ones...naturally, I just bought a pair of flat sandals and a pair of flat sneaks at the outlets a couple weeks ago! And I'm wearing the sandals today. Guess I'll have to make an effort to wear different shoes the rest of the week (the Legislature is in recess, so we're all dressed casual this week).

Anyhow, I'm VERY relieved the news wasn't worse. Two weeks off is a drag, but worth it to be rid of pain and issues.

Sucks getting old.


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LILY_SPARK 4/16/2014 10:39AM

    Glad you have time to correct before injury!

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PKBOO3 4/15/2014 8:02PM

    I feel for you about your tendinitis. I just decided Sunday that I shouldn't be wearing heels. I could hardly stand in them. So it's going to be flats or wedge heels for me from now on. Yep, it sucks getting old, but at least we have our health.

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FLORNH 4/15/2014 6:04PM

    That is good news! Yay!

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    Getting old is definitely not for sissies!

Rush Limbaugh refers to us older folks as "seasoned citizens". I like that!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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Monday Monday

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Monday, but for once I actually feel like I had a weekend, woo hoo! :-) So nice to get some down time for a change, plus I knocked a few things off the to-do list.

The bummer is, I'm having a ton of achilles pain, in both of them, at night. :-( I've had this on and off before over the past year, sometimes one, sometimes both, but the last three nights have been really bad. And they're sore today too, felt it on my morning walk. I guess maybe I need to break down and go see the doc, but I'm super nervous as to what this is...with any luck it's related to my arthritis and something simple, but hopefully it's not something that requires surgery or anything! =:-0 Who knows. But the pain has been waking me up at night, which is no bueno.

Anyhow, walked the dog this morning so I got my exercise in...hopefully that was good for the achilles! Love these spring mornings, now that it's light when we start - much nicer than walking in pitch black.

Well, better get back to work!

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LILY_SPARK 4/15/2014 12:06PM

    Seeing the doc is good but as somebody who has had severe injuries with these, I can say:

do NOT walk/ exercise to exacerbate this. Take ibuprofen (if you tolerate it) and wear modestly-heeled shoes to keep the tension off them.

I ruptured my left A. tendon and tore all the (ALL) ligaments and tendons in my right lower leg. I wore casts for almost a year on the right. So, just saying, you do NOT WANT to kick this up a notch! Really all for it is lowering inflammation and not aggravating it. You may need some prescription orthotics to avoid recurring pain but take care of your sweet self. The alternative is far more painful and far more demanding to heal.

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FLORNH 4/15/2014 5:56AM

    Hoping the achilles pain can be treated easily!

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I'm the Mom of a Junior Black Belt!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Well, the odyssey finally comes to a close...or rather, the close of a chapter. Kate is now a Junior Black Belt! Her test went great on Friday night, and she is soooooo happy, as you can see from the pic we took right afterward:

She definitely earned it. I wouldn't blame her if she wanted to just be done with karate forever now, but she is super excited to wear her new black gi and pants to class this week. Too funny. Here it is:

She's had a pretty chill weekend, which we figure she deserves. She and Paul went shopping today for an ipad mini, our big surprise for her. We gave her our old ipad for Christmas, but about a month ago she dropped it and it broke and she was heartbroken. We thought about waiting till her birthday next month, but the black belt is a pretty big deal and she's worked really hard, we're super proud of her, so we decided to spoil her a bit.


We did the annual Easter party yesterday - just Kate and Eleanor and the moms, low-key this year thank goodness. We dyed eggs, made and frosted cupcakes, and had lunch, it was nice. Just a couple hours.

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Yesterday afternoon I decided hey, I finally have time to scrapbook, yay! But then I got back there and remembered that I need to figure out a new setup, because my Cricut recently died and the new one I got is just enough bigger that it doesn't fit in the same space. Well, being my mother's OCD child, guess what I spent the next two hours doing? Not scrapbooking! Instead, I reorganized the entire scrap area, organized every drawer, dusted, and vaccuumed. Sheesh. It looks awesome though, and I cleared out some stuff I don't use (Kate was quite happy to take it). Never fear, I did get some scrap time last night because Paul wanted to watch the Masters (golf).


This morning I did the annual Zoo Zoom (5k). I walked the whole thing, I figured that would be hard enough since I haven't run at all in weeks, and my usual walk is a little over 2 miles, not as far as a 5k. But once I got started I decided to heck with it, I want to post a good time, so I pushed hard. I was under 15 minutes at Mile 1, so I kept pushing, and was under 30 at Mile 2. So that really motivated me to try to get done in under 45 minutes. The finish line clock hit 45 as I was approaching, but it started at 8am and I was way back at the start so I didn't cross the start line till after 8. I started my watch when I hit the start line, and if I did it right I came in just under 43 minutes. So I was pretty happy, since I haven't been exercising that hard lately!


And this gorgeous spring weather just got me motivated to tackle the weeding and pruning in the front yard, so I spent a good hour doing that later in the morning. Looks much better!


My fitbit is extremely happy with me today, especially after my pathetic 3000-something steps yesterday. Right now it is 1pm and I am at 10,261 steps, 5.08 miles, and 1,556 calories. I got "hoorays" when I went on the Fitbit site just now, LOL!


Anyhow, planning on a quiet afternoon. Maybe a little more scrapbooking, and I want to start going through pictures...right after my mom died I posted some random pics on my FB page, and everyone loved them so much - particularly my brother and my dad - that my brother suggested maybe making an online album. I need to google around and see if there's some kind of website where I can create a page where I could post pics and people could post comments. I'm sure one exists! Otherwise I'll have to figure out how to do one through our gmail account, I guess.


Happy Sunday, all! I'm off to dive into the strawberries Paul and Kate picked up at the stand, yum!

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LILY_SPARK 4/14/2014 9:41AM

    What a GREAT post! You did EVERYTHING!!! And well-done Kate!

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FLORNH 4/13/2014 6:12PM

    Yay! Congratulations Kate! And Yay Erin for a good time on you 5k today!
Sounds like a great weekend.

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