Thursday, August 29, 2013
As some of you probably know, I have been lurking around.....now, just 1 day away from retirement, I do believe I will have the opportunity to become more active.
Two things I wanted to write about today...call them sub-blogs.
Sub blog #1--GI disorders and weight.
So, I may have said at some point that I was diagnosed a while ago, in 2007, with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This condition has some unpleasant symptoms but no really observable physical changes.
I was feeling a bit worse than usual, so went and had another colonoscopy (yech) the week before last. The GI doctor gave me the layperson diagnosis--somethng along the lines of "Your bowels are never going to work right"--but also diagnosed diverticulosis.
Now, this is a physical change, weak pockets on the large intestine that bulge out (also yech). It won't kill me, and I share it with 50% of the adult north american population over 60 years old. It is said to come from eating a garbage diet with not enough fibre, which of course was me for many years. If those pouches become infected, you can get into some trouble and might need hospitalization.
So, ever since the colonoscopy and diagnosis, I have not binged and don't have much of a roaring appetite. May be psychological, but I cannot help thinking that massive food intake can get stuck in those pockets and cause havoc. I am eating healthily, making sure I get enough fibre, and guess what, am losing some of those unwanted gained pounds.
Sub blog #2--you never know if you can do it until you do it.
As I said in my Friend Feed, DH and I went to the Watkins Glen State Park in the finger lakes region of New York State. It has a gorgeous gorge, with a series of waterfalls. There are over 800 stone steps leading up to the top, with landings, viewing areas, etc. Most people take a shuttle bus to the top and walk down. DH and I, in a spirit of adventure, walked both up and down. Definitely going against traffic on the way up, and no one our ages (65 and 69) were heading uphill.
What does this tell me? I have been working out for years, but never really was in a situation where my capacity was tested in a novel way. We did it. We had to stop and rest from time to time, but we did it. It was a real non-scale victory, despite the bug bites on my ankles.
I'll update my Spark Page in a bit.
Hope all are well.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Hi all, and I want to thank so much all who have asked after me.
I think I am slowly returning from hiatus, but with a somewhat more balanced view about using this site.....and I do miss you.
I have "lurked" for a while, and responded to a couple of blogs today.
Meanwhile, I am making full and successful use of the mobile apps for sparkpeople (to enter food) and fitbit (to log activity). With my One and IPhone 5, I am getting almost instantaneous linking of my food and activity, for real time updates of what I can eat for the rest of the day.
I find that of all the nutrition trackers,SP has the best linkage to fitbit. It was buggy, but the bugs seem to have been gotten rid of.
Take care everyone, I shall be around a bit more moving forward, I do believe.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Hello Sparkfriends, wanted to let youy know that I am taking a break from the SP community for a while.
I will keep my account active, and will likely continue to log food on SP, as it is the best choicie I have found so far to link up with fitbit for real time monitoring. Unless I find something better.
Absolutely no probem with sparkfriends, but using the site is getting kind of old, and the sparkcoach presentations are getting repetitive, and I am spending a bit too much time on it, when I could be doing things like playing more guitar, and it is not helping me with maintenance.
So, for those reasons, so long for now.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Sometimes one has a bit of a chance to do some good.
So someone at work left their pedometer in the washroom. An email was sent out by the finder, the pedometer was recovered...etc.
I saw the pedometer, it was a big, clunky, old thing.
So I paid the person a visit and did my fitbit/sparkpeople elevator speech. I demonstrated the fibit after carefully (and modestly) unclipping it from my bra, gave information on where to buy it in Canada, and made sure the person wrote down the the websites names.
Spread the spark!
Spread the fitbit! The fit? The bit? Hey, anything sold with a dongle (look it up) can't be all bad!
Have a good one!
Friday, January 04, 2013
I am writing this at lunchtime, after having just finished my final draft of the certification submission I have been writing for work.
So what's the big deal?
It is my 58th version.
It is 40 pages long, with 148 separate attachments.
I am big-time attached to it.
Don't know if there are any technical writers out there, but boy do I find the work stressful. You have to be so careful and pay attention to detail, and remember what you said before so you don't contradict yourself. I had to insert some extra attachments and re-number others. That almost sent me over the edge :-).
Not finished though, I have to create cover sheets for the attachments and put it all together in three big binders--three copies, and then we have a site visit with focus groups in April.
Oh well, onwards and upwards!
Another "whew" is about one of my guitars. The performance, all solid wood (no laminates), sensitive one. When I had him out earlier in the week, he was buzzing all over the place and would not stay in tune! Yikes! I was almost planning a trip to the one luthier I trust, but had him out again last night and he was behaving. The difference; a degree or two more of relative humidity in my music room. Something to be monitored.
So, two whews going into the weekend. With any luck my dryer will be fixed when I get home and I can make it three.
Anything to be learned? Stick to things (58 drafts!) and you will get them done! If you are having problems with something, have a Plan A and a Plan B. Find professionals you can trust when your valuable stuff needs fixing. Persevere.
Hope you have a few whews today as well and a great weekend!
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