Friday, February 15, 2013
What an ugly week this has been !
Monday night around 10pm - had a skin reaction to one of my PM meds, most likely the baby aspirin. I developed a burning, itchy, red rash that spread quickly. I've had this type of reaction before to other meds so I knew immediately what it was and what to expect. It's nasty, nasty, nasty. The rash comes with swelling, then blisters and peels. Within an hour of the rash starting we had gone to the store for some benadryl and cortisone cream and I started them right away. The quickest I ever got started on treatment. (same treatment my doc always prescribes) So far so good. It seems to be subsiding.
Wednesday - I had side effects from the benadryl - shakey, weak, nauseated, pounding headache. I always have problems with antihistamines and avoid them. But the benadryl was a necessary evil. I only took a total of 4 doses before the side effects kicked in, and took the last dose around midnite Tuesday.
Today - all side effects from the benadryl are gone. The rash seems to be improving, no blistering. Got my fingers crossed.
Haven't focused much on my exercise or healthy eating this week. Now that I'm feeling better I can get re focused again.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Today marks 2 weeks on track and as of today I’ve lost a total of 8 pounds !
I lost what I gained while on break from Thanksgiving on, including the time I was sick, plus an additional 3 pounds !!! I am now 4 pounds from my initial goal.
Since being on track –
~ I’ve had one off program meal – pizza for dinner at the end of week one.
~ The only sweets I’ve had are one serving of pudding the first week and meringue cookies.
~ I’ve done three 1000 calorie 3 day challenges.
~ I’ve done cardio most days, strength 2-3 times each week.
~ I’m adding more variety to my workouts.
The challenges are helping a lot. I’m paying a lot more attention to what I’m eating and how much on those challenge days. I also notice that it’s carrying over to non challenge days. I’m thinking before I eat, asking myself if I’m making healthy choices, looking at ways to add in more veggies and grains, even more than I was doing before. I’ve always planned my meals each day, but now I find that I’m more careful in my planning. I’m also much more choosey about my snacks.
Today’s Plan - 1000 Calorie Challenge Day 3
B – oat bran/juice
L – veg chili/brown rice
D – spinach soup/bread – 1
S – Greek yogurt, meringues, V8
Exercise – George Foreman video this AM, core/upper body circuits with elliptical this afternoon
Progress and Persistence, Not Perfection
Monday, January 21, 2013
Woo Hoo ! Weighed in this morning and I’ve lost 5.8 pounds this first week ! WOW !!! I knew the first 5 or so pounds would come off pretty easily but this is wonderful ! The positive feedback reinforces what I’m doing and keeps me going.
What surprises me most is that I had pizza for dinner on Saturday. Having the pizza did not throw me off track, I followed my eating plan all day, exercised as planned, and got right back on track.
Today is Day 2 of my 2nd 3 Day 1000 Calorie Challenge
B – oat bran/juice
L – grilled cheese/carrots
D – veg chili/brown rice
Exercise – rest day
Doing great with the exercise. I’ve exercised at least 30” every day for the past 8 days, plus about a week before that I was doing 10-20” a day of easy walking, getting back into regular exercise after being sick. Now it’s time for a rest day.
I’m also doing great with the snacks. The 1000 calorie challenges make me really think about what I choose as a snack since I don’t want to squander my calories on unhealthy foods. Snacks I’ve been choosing – yogurt, V8, meringue cookies. One time I had one serving of rice pudding. What an improvement !
I’m going to continue alternating 3 day 1000 calorie challenges with 3 days of regular calories (1200-1250) for now, evaluating the plan as I go along.
Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
An interesting Christmas.
Christmas Eve - my Mom and I came out of the grocery store, got in the car, pulled out and it sounded like we were dragging something under the car. Got out, looked, nothing. Then we lost reverse, the dragging sound continued until the car shifted out of low gear. I couldn't reach my husband so we took a chance and drove home slowly, on the bypass with the flashers on. Made it in one piece, but nerve wracking. Our mechanic is closed until January 2, so we called a transmission place, they picked up the car the day after Christmas, called us the next day with the bad news - needs a transmission. Major $$$$$$$$ since the car is rear drive with 4 wheel drive on demand.
Christmas morning - Right after we finished opening our gifts, which was the only fun part of the holiday, I lost a crown, leaving a big sensitive hole. Mom and I headed out to get some Dentek Temparin to fill it in temporarily. Who's open Christmas Day? Not Walmart, local grocery store, CVS, Rite Aid, major grocery chain. We finally found a Walgreen's open. I got the Dentek and put the crown back on. That took care of the sensitivity. Dinner was interesting. My dentist is off until January 2 so I left a message. They called me yesterday and made an appointment for January 2. They asked if the temporary repair was holding. It was, but, the crown fell off again this morning. I got out my repair kit and put it back in. My bite is way off, high on that side, so I have to be careful.
Icing on the cake, now I'm catching a cold, coughing like a maniac, sore throat, etc, feel crappy.
What next ?!?
2012 is going out with a nasty bang.
I think I'll hide until 2013 gets here.
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