Thursday, June 03, 2010
Those who saw yesterday's blog learned that today was going to be an off schedule day. Little did I know how off. I woke up with a massive sinus infection. I called in sick and skipped most of what I was going to do today (the court, the voting....)
I did go to Kaiser to pick up my prep stuff. Everyone in the pharmacy knew exactly what I was getting and they all told BF I was not going to like this...The phone appointment was supposed to be May 17 at 4:00. They did not call until the 21st in the middle of a workday morning. That should have been a clue. They told me the stuff would be waiting at the pharmacy. At least they told me the right pharmacy on the large Kaiser campus! They told me I would have to wait while they made the stuff. Not much I could do about it, but BF was not happy because he had just remembered he was late for a job at a friend's house (moving furniture or something). On the way back to the car, I fell hard on the asphalt sloping driveway. Both knees and my left wrist. I think I sprained the wrist. It is swollen and I can't wear my watch...And my elbow hurts. It will pass.
I learned how to fall years ago and usually fall to the left (I am right handed). The one time I didn't, I shattered my right elbow. It had to be rebuilt, 5 surgeries and an improperly healed wrist (they never x-rayed that far down until much later. It set itself in the cast, but not right). The arm is my personal weather barometer, as if I needed a back up! LOL
I told the boss I would definitely be at work tomorrow and I will be, but I won't do any OT and may not have a great day. I can only have Tylenol (regular) until the procedure is over Monday, so there's no way to unclog my sinuses. UGH
I have no appetite. In fact, not only did I not exercise (I can breathe only through my mouth), but I did not eat enough to have enough to run my food tracker! That's never happened before.
June is not starting off well! Except, today, my baby sister is 38! She's moving, so we emailed earlier in the week. My stepmother's birthday is Monday, so I have to remember to call her on Saturday because I won't be in talking form Sunday or Monday! Bland unhealthy food here I come....!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Thank you, SparkFriends, for your support yesterday! You REALLY touched me!
Today was an amazing day! Just walking throughout the day, I got in something over 8K steps, 2.8 miles, so Eureka is closer! About 58 miles to go. My Achilles tendon started really hurting towards the end of the day, so I did not meet my 10K goal, but, by taking it easy this evening, I should be able to walk tomorrow.
(I have to, but that's later).
I am a member of Toastmasters at work and we had our open house today to invite new people to join. Our guest speaker was our VP of Legal. Sal used to be my direct boss and he is the one who got me started in my paralegal schooling. So, of course, I had to hear him speak!
They had pizza. I am someone who could eat an entire pizza, but I did not. Not even close. I knew they were having pizza earlier in the morning, so I looked up some info and made an informed choice. I had one slice. One slice! I got to take home a whole pizza and BF ate about 3 pieces before I even had my shoes off! I love the fact that I was not tempted to go back for seconds!
I am almost finished with a project at work that has taken over a week, so it feels great to see the light at the end of the tedious tunnel. It's amatter of comparing hard copy records to electronic records to an excel spreadsheet. YAWN!
This evening, I went to school and met with my mentor before class. I got there early and got some dinner at the cafe. I usually have beans and rice with salsa, but I knew I was low on everything, so I had what they call a naked burrito: rice, beans, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, chicken, lettuce....It was yummy! Because I have been eating so lightly lately, it felt as if it was a ton of food. But, when I entered it in my tracker, I was still within range! WOOHOO!
Class was cancelled, which we didn't know until moments before start time. I would have been unhappy to have driven there and spent that time, but it gave me a chance to visit with my mentor, eat something other than pizza and spend some time with a close friend who needs some TLC. She had some devastating news last week and needed my hugs tonight!
Tomorrow will be an offschedule day. I'm taking the morning off from work to go to civil court and watch (school assignment). Then I go to the Kaiser pharmacy to pick up the stuff I need for the weekend prep for my colonoscopy. I have to remember to get gas (I usually gas up for the week over the weekend, but did not last weekend). Stop and check the mail, remember to stop at the county office and turn in my absentee ballot (I didn't mail it in time). All except the post office is within walking distance in downtown.
Then hightail it back to work for the afternoon and, hopefully, some OT in the evening. (depends on my energy level).
I'm still not getting in the strength training nor enough walking and my walking is not really very cardio (I am a turtle!), but being as active as I am, such as it is, is far and away more than I have ever done. I blew past my intial yearly fitness goal on SP last week, When I started, I was not exercising at all, so I guess that's why my yearly total was supposed to be something over 4K minutes.
Thanks, again, for your support, your comments, your encouragement...
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
I had nothing to say, profound or otherwise, so I skipped blogging, knowing I was leaving points on the table.
I did not feel wonderful, not bad, just not good. I ended up eating a lot of carbos- that's the only thing that helps when my stomach hurts like that for no real reason. Today was like that as well. I cut short my walk today. But I made it through the day. Having instant mashed potatos tonight. I am sure I'll be back on track tomorrow...More than likely over on carbs and calories. I did not feel like eating for about 3 days and, since starting SP have had fewer than 5 days going over, so I am not going to beat myself up about it.
I hope so! I am tired of behaving like a couch potato!
The stomach issues are probably due to nerves, albeit unacknowledged. I am dreading Friday through Sunday as I do the prep for my colonoscopy....ugh!
Monday, May 31, 2010
Thank you, Spark Friends, for your encouragement! Today was more on target than yesterday...
I got a short walk in today. I am SORE from it, but it was ok. I was at a large open shopping center. I walked all over instead of driving. At one point, I very nearly tripped over a crack in the sidewalk as I got close to the traffic light. I am sure I looked really funny with arms flailing as I avoided falling. What the drivers waiting for the light to change could not know is that, pre-Spark, I would have done a face plant! My balance is improving!
So I am 2 more miles closer to Eureka on my virtual journey!
I am still under in nutrition, but I refuse to eat just to eat. I am pretty close to minimum in calories, low in carbs, fat and calcium as usual.
The scale showed I did not gain and I did not lose this week. My body says I've lost just by the way it feels and acts. I've mentioned before that, when I lose weight, I can feel the change in my center of balance every 5, 7 or 10 pounds. it makes me a bit off balance for a few days. Then it readjusts and I am fine until I get to another point.
Lunch at Chilis with my school friend was nice. The visit was great, the food was edible. I carefully ordered some grilled chicken with black beans and rice. The black beans and rice tasted better than the chicken! My friend is looking for work and quite stressed. I told her about SparkPeople when I started and we talked about it briefly. She has gained about as much as I have lost, but acknowledges she can't really cope with her weight issues until she lands a paying job. She is doing an internship (no pay) with the county DA's office, but there is no chance that she'll get hired because, like the state, the county is not hiring.
I colored my hair this morning and don't like it. I chose a color a couple of shades darker than usual. I had to hide the white/grey! I'll get used to it. I will have to color it again before graduation even though that's just a month away. We'll see what I find on sale closer to that date. I still need to get it cut, but think I'll do that after midmonth payday.
The day started after a glorious 8+ hours of sleep and I should head to bed so that tomorrow can start the same way! I have a paper to write and tributes to pay to honor those who have served, thank those who are serving and give thanks that my brother is home safely!
Some day, I will make it to Arlington to pay my respects to Frank L. Toner III. He was killed in Afghanistan 03/28/09. He was my brother's roommate and coworker. Our families are forever joined by this loss. RIP Frankie! May God comfort his parents, siblings, family and widow...and his service buddies who saw this happen.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I did not exercise a whit today. I just didn't feel like it.
I also did not eat much. I felt really hungry early in the day, but did not give in. I am ending the day without eating more than about 600 calories. I feel fine, just not like eating or moving.
I should have gone to the high school graduation for a friend's daughter, but I did not feel like driving that far. I sent the graduate a check earlier in the week.
I have been staying up too late, avoiding sleep because the my first waking thoughts are of Charlotte's children and other unsettling thoughts.
I did do some of my homework today, but that is the only productive thing I did all day.
I'm supposed to have lunch with a fellow paralegal student tomorrow. A third was going to join us, but cancelled. She sent an email later saying she'd discovered her husband had been unfaithful and her world has just fallen apart. I kept waiting for a "just kidding" note (she does tease), but none was forthcoming. I can't wrap my head and heart around this.
I know what I need to do, but I can't seem to find any motivation! BLEH!
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