Monday, April 11, 2011
I don't know where the day went. The usual detritus, I guess - grocery day (it IS Monday, right?)... eBay... a little (VERY little) bit of exercise... a little TV... and so on.
In 'Amadeus' at one point Costanza tells Salieri 'Money just seems to slip thru his (Mozart's) fingers - it's ridiculous!' I can paraphrase that: Time just seems to slip thru my fingers...
I made the doctor's appointment to get the referral to see the physio (The House That Jack Built), so at least that's underway. And I very carefully, very gingerly, started up with some of the basic strengthening stretches. Either the painkillers are continuing to work or my back is recovering, because it doesn't hurt as much. Which is a good thing.
You know I mentioned Hawaii 5-0 yesterday. Monday has become 'Boardwalk Empire' night. Strange show. I've never been much of a Steve Buscemi fan; I saw Fargo. Once. On a red-eye from DC. Gah, what a movie! And as a rule I like the Coens. But some of the BE cast are outstanding, and the sets and backgrounds are incredible. I don't know how realistic or true-to-facts it is, but there are compensations even when the storyline disturbs me.
And that's it. No one has been to look at the house since the first week we put it on the market. I'm feeling fatalistic about it at this point. If it's meant to be, the right person will turn up at the right time and it will happen very quickly. And if it's not meant to be - well, as Scarlett said, I won't think about that now, lol...
It's well past my bedtime. Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Nothing to say, really. It was a nice Sunday, beautiful outside, got a few things done, watched the race with Himself (well, I was doing a puzzle, but even so), baked salmon for supper (yum!), Hawaii 5-0 (can't help it, I like the cast and the backgrounds are spectacular), and Beatleband (with a few 'best ever' scores!), so it was a good day.
Things to do before bedtime, which means I'll be late toddlin' off, but I'll be closing up shop here before I do my other little chores, so...
...goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Saturday, April 09, 2011
I had thought (!) I was going to write one of those brilliant blogs for this one, it being a milestone day of sorts 'n' all. But WYSIWYG, at least tonight, lol...
--still taking care of the back. Did I mention I skipped the senior exercise yesterday? That's two Fridays in a row, but I'm starting to be very iffy about risking problems. I don't mind working thru the pain, but sometimes it's just so darned stiff it doesn't want to move at all, though the ibuprofen is certainly helping. That is, it helps with the pain, not with the flexibility, and I don't want to add a muscle relaxant to the mix if I can help it.
--eBay is going fairly well. Himself also has some things listed, and while neither of us is hitting a jackpot (as if, lol) at least we're making a (tiny) profit. And the sales are ongoing.
--another load of clothes to go to the charity shop. I'm down to cleaning out a few of the kids' old things (not many of those here, but a few) and the linen closets. I don't really think the two of us need a lot of towels or sheets, and I kept a couple of the 'rattiest' towels back to use as rags.
--I'm about halfway thru the book my old friend wrote. I think it's heart-rending. I will do a blog on it when I'm finished, but it's her experience after a major car accident and how she overcame the traumatic injuries.
There are so many things I want to do, all of them at once and always in a hurry--! I've got a couple of appointments this week - nothing major, but one of them is a follow-up meeting to the diabetes class I had. Maybe the stats I'll be taking with me will say more about The State of the Kasey after these first 100 days.
When the class started at the beginning of January the most recent test results we used were from the previous November. My HbA1c was 5.6%; the check I had two weeks ago saw that at 5.3%. That's not a big difference, especially as I'm still on the (minimum) dose of medication - I would like to see it below 5, and I want that below-5 to be the result of diet-and-exercise control, without any medication. I think it CAN happen, but you know me and patience, lol. But it's an improvement and I'll take it.
November: total cholesterol was 3.9 (about 150 on the American scale). March: total cholesterol was 4.1 (158). Ordinarily that would aggravate me, but the difference is account for with the 'good' cholesterol, the HDL. It went from 1.2 (46) to 1.5 (58), while the 'bad' cholesterol - the LDL - went from 2.2 ((85) to 2.1 (81). Again, I'd like to see a more significant change with an even better ratio of HDL-to-LDL, but it's improvement, so a good thing.
November: weight was 189.2; right now I'm 167.64. That's 21.5 pounds in the 'right' direction, lol. It means I continued to lose an average of about a pound per week even thru the holiday season, so again, I'm satisfied with it, though as always I want to see better. I don't work at it enough, is the problem. Which brings me to...
...Waist measurement: in November, at the same time the other tests were done, my waist was 35.5. It's now an even 34 inches. Not bad for an ol' lady! Now what I need to do is (as my daughter's partner pointed out) ab work, to help build strength to support my back. And I suspect if I do that, I will also tighten my waist some.
Perhaps the most significant improvement was for blood pressure. I take Lisinopril once a day, a minimum dose (can't remember if it's 10mg or 25mg, but whichever, they don't make the pills any smaller). I dislike taking it - it doesn't seem to have any adverse effects, but I dislike taking ANY medicine on a regular basis. Mid-November my blood pressure was still - even after losing 75 pounds and exercising more, up to that point, plus taking the Rx - STILL 140/85. That was the lowest of three readings, and at that point the doctor was making threats about increasing the Lisinopril. Uh-oh.
I have really worked on that, trying to do some cardio (and you regular readers know what I've been struggling thru to try to do exercise of any kind!), drinking herbal tea, doing yoga, meditating, ANYthing that can help. Well, when I was in at the end of March, she took it twice to see if there was a difference, and it was 130/70 both times. I think 'normal' is something like 120 / 64--? something like that--? And in my youth it surely was, because I remember various medical people saying how good it was. For diabetics, they make a slight allowance, and consider 140/80 to be the upper limit, so I'm definitely doing pretty well with that. Like the other things I want to see more (!) improvement, but it's definitely progress.
All in all, these first hundred days have seen slow but steady improvement. I still have such a long ways to go, but the achievements of the past sixteen months have given me a real boost in confidence - a surety of belief that I can do this. I can reach my goals.
Onward, ever onward--if the Sparklers be with me, who can be against me? lol...
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Friday, April 08, 2011
Well, you know, that's what I thought of when I realized it was Day 99, lol.
It's late and I was going to toss off a quick one, but I sent an email a few minutes ago about one of the pictures on my main page.
It's called 'A Spring Afternoon,' by Arthur Hughes, painted around 1860. I love this picture. I captioned it 'Is My Team Plowing?' because it called to mind the old AE Housman poem.
"Is my team ploughing,
That I was used to drive
And hear the harness jingle
When I was man alive?"
Ay, the horses trample,
The harness jingles now;
No change though you lie under
The land you used to plough.
"Is football playing
Along the river shore,
With lads to chase the leather,
Now I stand up no more?"
Ay, the ball is flying,
The lads play heart and soul;
The goal stands up, the keeper
Stands up to keep the goal.
"Is my girl happy,
That I thought hard to leave,
And has she tired of weeping
As she lies down at eve?"
Ay, she lies down lightly,
She lies not down to weep:
Your girl is well contented.
Be still, my lad, and sleep.
"Is my friend hearty,
Now I am thin and pine,
And has he found to sleep in
A better bed than mine?"
Yes, lad, I lie easy,
I lie as lads would choose;
I cheer a dead man's sweetheart,
Never ask me whose.
* * *
Ah yes, springtime and old memories, of one sort or another.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Running late 'cause I am so far behind. I've been working on catching up with the things I've let slide the past several days, so I did some housework today (but gently!), packed one tote (didn't move it, just packed it), and now have a dozen soups lined up in the freezer. I done good!
So it's past 11 and that's late for me. Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
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