I have been so, so achy lately and it has seemed more muscular achy than skeletal achy. I think I know why.
This is what my walking shoes look like. It's no wonder I hurt. I knew I needed new shoes for quite a while. I did buy some earlier this week and today I finally switched out. This is what the new shoes look like. Lots more bottom to them!
I was at a funeral on Saturday, for my last uncle. I saw a woman there who seemed vaguely familiar but I couldn't place her. Well, it turned out to be my cousin's wife and she has lost ALOT of weight. I had heard that she was using MedFast (or is it MediFast?) and it obviously has worked for her.
I made a point to tell her how amazing she looks and we chatted a bit about where she's at in the diet now -- maintenance. She commented on how hard it can be to keep those sometimes foods on a sometimes basis. I have been thinking about that sometimes idea. I eat a fairly healthy diet and I have been eating below my calorie range for quite awhile now BUT those sometimes foods have come to mean sometime during each day. I need to work on expanding that timeline to at least sometime during the week. My doctor would say -- you don't need them. True, I don't but I want them. I at least need to learn to want them fewer times.
2) have a cholesterol level below 200. Well, I'm at 201 and HDL is at 68 so I'll take this one as a win.
3) have a blood sugar level below 100. Didn't happen. I can't seem to make any headway on this one. I have been at 105, plus or minus three for ten years now. Don't get me wrong -- I'm happy that it isn't worse but wish I could get it to go down.
Very sad news though -- my doctor is retiring. She was my third try after the last doctor I liked and, although she wasn't perfect, I appreciated her emphasis on diet and exercise. I will miss her.
or mindful eating, whatever term you use, is not for me. At least not yet. Not in the near future either. I always think I should eat. Perhaps I need to start at a more basic level and just admit to myself how hungry I am each time I reach for food.
Most days Molly and I go to Wildwood Park to walk. We can walk any where from 60 to 90 minutes depending on where I go. Sometimes I stay within the park and sometimes I go out by the armory and airport and/or Main Street and/or the swimming pool. It depends on how much time I have and what I feel like doing. It also depends on when we go because if it is too hot and sunny, I try to keep my dog with the black fur coat from spending too much time in the sun.
This is what Charlie does while we are gone.
This is Molly, ready to go. She has to wait until I say "free" before she can leave the car.
Molly comes to see the squirrels.
The zoo is small and has North American animals. We can't go in this part.
We walk around the upper pond.
Then we walk around the big animal pens.
These pens are empty now but the zoo staff shifts the animals around as necessary.
This is Molly being naughty. She has decided she gets to meet anyone behind us so she waits for them to catch up.
The buffalo. The new baby is in the picture too. We were there the day it was born but the buffalo were clearly agitated by our presence so we moved on.
The deer. That isn't an albino deer -- just white.
Nelson, the wolf. He lost his partner last year and is getting on in years himself. He used to rush the fence when we came along. Now he often doesn't even get up though sometimes he'll walk the fence line with us.
We walked through the woods today which isn't very scenic. Sometimes we see deer, turkeys and foxes but mostly it's just chipmunks and squirrels. It is quiet and peaceful and we weren't bothered by bugs at all today.