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What is Going - Thursday

Thursday, November 27, 2014


1. I am thankful the Y was open this morning. They are closed now - they closed at 11 am - but we got in our normal workout.

2. I am thankful that I was able to increase my walking speed to 1.8. I started out at 1.5 a month or so ago, increased it to 1.6 and then today I was going to increase it to 1.7. But there was a very annoying whine and shake in the motor at 1.7 so I increased it to 1.8 instead. I was able to do most of my workout at that speed. Towards the end my right ankle started to bother me so I put it back down to 1.6. 1.6 felt so slow after going faster for awhile!

3. I am thankful that our grocery store has a good produce section. Today I got a cantaloupe. Dd said "oh, another fruit to rot" so I'm going to cut it up right away. If it is cut in chunks we will all eat it. If not, we seem to be too lazy to take the time to cut it up or we forget about it.

4. I am thankful that my kids are happy doing a normal day of school. We are super behind because of my health problems and we aren't celebrating Thanksgiving until Saturday anyway. Oh and my husband is working today. So a normal day it is.

5. I am thankful that our cat's super soft silky fur as come in. He is so silky!

Fruits and Veggies eaten so far today:
Canteloupe (such a weird word to spell)
lettuce mix

9th day in a row of making my goal of 6000 steps or more.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/28/2014 12:02AM

    Wonderful things to be thankful for. I am going to have to go back to your other blogs and see what I have missed. Take good care and have a good night emoticon

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FRAN0426 11/27/2014 11:37PM

    Looks like you had a great session at the Y this morning--WTG. When I was a nurse back many years ago, we all got our turns working the holidays, so celebrating holidays we not always on the actual day. Thankfully, the bed count was usually low during the big holidays. Just those that needed hospitalization as a necessity were there. No surgeries scheduled etc.I hope your Thanksgiving celebration on Saturday is a great day for you and your family.
Nice mix of fruit and veggies so far today Jean.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/27/2014 9:29PM

    good job!

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What Went - Wednesday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

1. 9027 steps today! Today was Zumba day. Wed. night alternates between two instructors. The instructor last week is my friend and favorite instructor. But. . . she's my age and I noticed that she is slowing down. Tonight's instructor is a 20 or 30 something and man, did she have energy! I was dripping with sweat this week and even then I was modifying a lot. A friend was telling me that a lot of people had left Zumba last year because the really good instructors had left and we had a series of not-so-good ones. But this one got people talking about coming back again.

2. Today was the gastro-enterologist. It's 90% certain that I have fatty liver disease. But she's doing a couple of other special liver tests to make sure. So I got to challenge another phlebotomist. But he was up to the challenge and got the blood out of me eventually. Since being diagnosed with diabetes and now liver disease I'm getting almost as many vaccinations as I did as a child. Today was the Hep A and Hep B vaccines. The nurse stabbed me hard ! I've never had a shot like that where someone just reared back and stabbed the needle in so hard. It hurt! Twice!

3. The Y is open tomorrow morning. I was pleased to hear that. My friend was trying to get me to come to Zumba in the morning. I keep telling people that I have to ease into this and am only doing one day a week right now of Zumba but they don't seem to want to accept that!

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JENNEINAZ 11/27/2014 9:47AM

  Great job on the steps! I'm sorry about the liver problems and the nurse that poked a little too hard.

You know what your body can do better than anyone else. If once a week Zumba is best then you should stick to that.

Happy thanksgiving!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/27/2014 8:10AM

    HUGS Happy Thanksgiving and hope the Dr. helps you navigate your way through this diagnosis to your highest level of health.

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FRAN0426 11/27/2014 12:08AM

    Whether your friend chooses to accept that your feel you are only ready for one Zumba class a week is her problem, don't let her talk you into trying another class before your ready Jean. Only you knows what you can handle and when your ready to add more time for Zumba.
Hey, what wonderful steps today--proud of you Jean.

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What Went - Tuesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

1. Today is the 7th day that I've gotten more than 6000 steps! I am as awesome as a possum! (At this point my kids always point out that possums aren't that awesome. . . . Whatever!)

2. I got up too early for my abdominal ultrasound. I got the results by computer but still have to go over them with the G-I doctor tomorrow. What I understand from the computer message is that I do have some liver cysts as I was told previously. I don't know what that really means. I also have fatty liver. Grrr. This makes me so angry at myself for letting my weight hurt my health. I also found out that the last blood draw shows that my Ferritin levels are too high. I don't know what that means either and I hope that someone actually addresses that instead of putting me off.

3. I've had a fair amount of pain and some nausea today and yesterday.

4. (Warning: A bit of a rant ahead.) For some reason this year I've heard more people complaining about the trappings of Thanksgiving. They don't like the food because it isn't made to their foodie specifications or it isn't specifically the recipe they have liked since they were knee-high to a grasshopper. I do understand some of the emotional attachments we have to feast foods and how comforting it is to have the same things year after year. But. . . what happened to the thankfulness for what God has actually provided instead of complaints about what really are little things? Now that I've said this, I have a feeling that God is going to test me on it. . . I already know that we aren't celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday but will do it on Saturday. Also Dh works both Thursday and Saturday. Hopefully he can join us for a early lunch Thanksgiving dinner and then head off to work. But if not, I'm thankful that he has a job!

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JENNEINAZ 11/26/2014 12:02PM

  I hope you find out the cause of the high ferritin levels, maybe it is related to the pain?

Great job on the steps. I am having a hard time getting all my steps because I am doing so much visiting. So far I have gotten enough, but it is work. I will be happy to be back to my morning bike rides and the step problem will disappear.

About the food, I agree. We do different foods every year.

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ALIHIKES 11/26/2014 3:04AM

    Congratulations on getting all your steps! Great job! Hope you have a great and blessed holiday filled with a true spirit of thankfulness. Yes there are always carpers and complainers, but that is just a part of life. Hugs and best wishes,

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FRAN0426 11/26/2014 12:26AM

    Tell the G J doctor that you need to know what causes high Ferritin levels and what is it. Sometimes doctors forget patients are not in the know of all things. I have never heard of this, so will be interested to know what it is myself. I have been told I have a fatty liver too by some blood test that was done. Yes, my doctor said it so do to my weight. I keep trying, but still just can't seem to lose weight. I do believe that being on so many medications ---some of them I know are holding back weight loss. By no means does that count with doctors tho.
Excellent job once again today with steps.
I have known several families that celebrate Thanksgiving on a different day do to work schedules or having a second Thanksgiving or Christmas because their adult children seem to not get along together----such a shame they put their parents in such a situation.

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MCFITZ2 11/25/2014 10:16PM

    Good luck on your follow up. Listen to what you need to do to reverse the fatty liver. Make a list ask questions, ask for referral to a nutritionist to help if you feel it is necessary.
Get better. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2014 10:14PM

    Uh boy. Can't satisfy everyone, so have to do what's best for you and forget about the rest. At least that's what I've found.

Good luck.

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What Went - Monday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

1. I walked over 6000 steps again today. I love it when I get that "hooray" on my FitBit dashboard. This is 6 days in a row.

2. I decluttered the shoe box (dd has outgrown a bunch of shoes) and vacuumed the landing and stairs. That did me in. I did that before lunch and I am still in pain now at about bedtime.

3. Dh was home from work today - a very rare 3 day weekend. He'll be working on Thanksgiving and the weekend though. After school he and ds did some wiring on the house. Fortunately when he cut into the wall in preparation for the wiring and accidentally cut an electrical wire , he did not electrocute himself.

Good night. I have to go in early to have a fasting abdominal ultrasound.

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JENNEINAZ 11/25/2014 11:13AM

  I'm glad your do didn't get hurt! Good about the steps. I like it when my pedometer tells me I have reached my goal too.

And thanks for the hug yesterday. I did need it.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2014 6:54AM

    Have a great Tuesday. Good on the steps!

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COMPCHIC52 11/25/2014 1:10AM

    emoticon hope all goes well with ultrasound

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What Went - Sunday

Monday, November 24, 2014

1. I had a bad night last night with cramping in my muscles. I had been doing so well without pain that I had slacked off on my nightly magnesium. That was a mistake. I've been drinking a lot of magnesium today which is hard on the tummy but has helped my muscles to release.

2, We had church this morning. I had a good time with the teens. I took a hard-boiled egg along with me for the "fellowship time" aka time that people eat pie and cake and other goodies. I also packed a lunch for us to eat after church so that we didn't spend more money eating out. I packed a bit of potato salad and just cheese, meat and crackers. A very simple light lunch.

3. Today was the fifth day in a row that I got over 6000 steps. I've been in competition with ds12 for steps on FitBit. Of course she beats me every day but I am giving her more of a run for her money lately.

4. I tracked my food. I often only eat a portion of a serving of something - esp. something like rice crackers - which is a pain when tracking. So today, I mashed all my rice crackers into one meal's tracking even though I actually ate them over the course of a day - just one serving's worth total.

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FRAN0426 11/24/2014 3:27PM

    Your doing great with getting the steps in. Sure hope your leg cramping goes back done to no cramping.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/24/2014 1:15PM

    Sounds like you did well! Good luck w/the competition.

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JENNEINAZ 11/24/2014 12:02PM

  Social eating is HARD. Good for you on the steps.

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PICKIE98 11/24/2014 4:25AM

    Those church potlucks are so good, but SO BAD! Good Sparking on that decision!

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