Saturday, March 12, 2011
So, I have been sick since my birthday (Feb 21). My sweetie had the flu (he never got a flu shot). Two days later, I started feeling sick, but since I had a flu shot I wasn't as bad as him, but was having some different symptoms. Long story short, we both went to the clinic, saw different docs and were treated very differently. He was given antibiotics, 2 nebulizer treatments in the office, an albuterol inhaler and another steroid inhaler. Me? I was given nothing, told it was just viral and nothing I could do about it. The doc even told me it seemed I had the same thing as her and it would eventually turn into a cold (it never did!!!!). So, fast forward two weeks later, I'm still sick and getting worse. Its all in my chest, lots of coughing, etc. My sweetie - completely better. So on wednesday I went back to the clinic - made sure to see a different doctor. He gave me everything sweetie had been prescribed 2 weeks earlier. I started laughing, he asked why and I told him what happened the last time I was there and even told him what the other doctor had told me about it turning into a cold. Dr. F told me - "she took antibiotics!" I was so pissed!!!! Here I have been suffering for almost 3 weeks now and "she" took drugs to get better but wouldn't give me anything. I have not been able to do my usual exercise, barely getting in a very slow walk a few days each week. I still haven't even used my new Wii which I got for my birthday because by the time I do get home from work, I am exhausted and feeling pretty yucky.
So, now I hope I am turning around. Dr. F also gave me cough syrup w/codeine for my cough - so that has helped me fall asleep and I took some today as well to take a nap. I had a training this morning for 4 hours, was fighting exhaustion but got through it. I was supposed to then go to a lunch for sweetie's mom - he was cooking for her since she is going out of town for 6 weeks, but I had to back out. I knew that I just couldn't or shouldn't go with the way I was feeling. I came home and took a nap for 2 1/2 hours - still coughing, but I feel more rested.
I do not have any plans for tomorrow, so I am hoping one more good day of rest and the antibiotics, etc, that I will really start to feel better.
It is spring break at UNM, so my office closed for the week and I am off, which is really nice, but I do not want to spend the whole week sick. I have some serious spring cleaning I want to do, plus start using my Wii and get in some serious walks as well.
A good friend of mine is making corned beef and cabbage on St Patty's day, which I am really looking forward too - I haven't had any real good corned beef since my mom stopped making it. She's 81 and doesn't really cook anymore.
Well, that's my story for the moment - my diet and exercise have been terrible, but I am hoping that in a few days I will be turning that around.
Friday, February 04, 2011
I always joke about hoping for snow so we can get a snow day at work. I work at a University and my wish kind of came true - 3 days off this week. We did have snow on Tuesday - so that was an official snow day. Wednesday we were off because of freezing temps. 2 hour delay on Thursday, went to work then was let go at 4pm. Monday was the only full day I worked this week. The high winds and low temps on tuesday and wednesday had us in the negative temps. Yesterday, woke up to -7 degrees and that was not including the wind chill. Some of our days were something like -22 degrees below with the wind. Wow, I know some of you are used to that, but for Albuquerque, its quite cold and shocking.
Originally, today was supposed to be just a 2 hour delay, but then because of the State of Emergency here in New Mexico - thousands of people are without natural gas to heat their homes, my employer, plus many other big employers have closed down to conserve the gas usage. Also, there have been problems with freezing pipes at lots of businesses and busted water lines all over town - its been kinda crazy. Apparently, because of our temps, lowest the state has seen in about 21 years, the drain on the natural gas and electric grids are causing all kinds of outages throughout the state. Wasn't sure if we were going to wake up this morning to no heat or no electricity, but thankfully we have both. Still, the Governor is asking residents to turn down their thermostats by 10 degrees, and not use any other unnecessary appliances, portable heaters, etc., (I did both!) until the utilities have recovered and the temperature starts warming.
Yesterday, the high for Albuquerque reached about 19 degrees, but today should be right around freezing (32 degrees). Weekend should be about 40 - so things are looking up.
I have been taking advantage of these days by catching up on Spark, doing lots of reading and watching movies. Bummer is, with the cold temps and winds, I haven't gotten in my usual walking, but yesterday wasn't too bad, so I got about 2.5 miles in - and I will take a walk this afternoon too. Monday is the only day this week that I got in my 10,000+ steps. But next week should be back to normal (I hope!!!). I sure wish that I already had my Wii - which I should be getting in the next couple of weeks for my birthday. With these days of being home and inside, would have been nice to workout with my Wii.
We have been invited to 3 superbowl parties this weekend, makes us think we should just stay home and have our own party (just the two of us!!!) I'm really not into football, but my sweetie is a Steelers fan, although he doesn't even really watch football - so if we do decide to go out, I don't plan on staying for the whole game. Still want to get home at a decent time and get ready for the work week.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I finally feel like I am back on track. Had a good week exercise wise - walked 5 days in a row and got over 10,000 steps each day - some even over 12,000. I have had losses at my last two WW weigh-ins. My energy level is improving as well. So, over all, it was a good month. Next month, I plan to get a Wii for my birthday - cannot wait and I am so excited about it. I know quite a few spark & non-spark friends who have one and hear such positive things. So, will get that by the end of February - but will continue with my walking at least 5 days a week. I also plan to start adding some jogging to my routine. I want to work up to either running a 5k or walking a half marathon this coming fall. I am working on eating more fruits too. February is always a tough month for me - seems like I celebrate my birthday for days - I am not going to do that this year - it just kills my healthy eating routine. Just one day this time - that's it! Its also the 3 year anniversary of my boyfriend and I being together. We plan to do something healthy, like go for a long hike or ride our bikes, instead of making the food the main focus of our celebration. Next month - I want to say that I have continued losing and survived the birthday/anniversary hurdle!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The names I go by:
heyred221 ~ to my SP friends
Carolyn ~ to my friends & co-workers
Honeybuns ~ to my sweetie :-)
Three places I've lived in the past:
San Francisco, CA
Three sports I have played:
Three things I love to watch:
birds and turtles at the duck pond
my cats sleeping
Three places I have visited:
Three people that I love:
Three things I love to eat:
Red Chili enchiladas
Three things I am looking forward to:
Moving to a new house
Being under 200#
Boston - this summer
Saturday, January 08, 2011
So, I admit I have been struggling a lot this past year and the only real barrier is myself. Its extremely frustrating because I know where I used to be and there are times that it gets me down. But I'm trying not to look back and just move forward. I went to my WW meeting this morning (hadn't been since before christmas), I am a lifetime member (25 years ago) and have come close but never achieved my goal weight again. I am changing that this year. I have to admit I always get energized from my meetings, so I have always been going even though the scale hasn't moved much for me. If I didn't have my meetings, I would have given up a long time ago. But I need to start over. WW just rolled out a new plan about a month ago and I am adjusting to it. I like it. I do need to plan my meals better and really work on the exercise again. There was a point about 3 years ago when I was so active and I loved to exercise. I want to feel that again. I haven't done much walking for almost two months, but the last 3 days I made a point of walking and got in over 10,000 steps every day - it felt so good.
I don't believe in New Year's resolutions because I believe they are way too easy to break, but I am setting goals for myself. Starting with getting back into exercise, which I started this week. I already journal my food every day, so good with that. And then, just working on small weight goals - first one is losing 10 lbs. Then I will set my next weight loss goal. The big final goal - be at my personal goal weight by the end of the year - it is not impossible and I will achieve it!
Always a work in progress - I'm taking care of myself.
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