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Puyallup and Taking care of Lou D40-A5-W11-N4-E1-94 S322/2993

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tuesday my husband took me to the Puyallup Fair. It was a great way to start being active after a short set back. We walked all over, so I got at least half of the time as active walking. Of course this was off set by fair food. My total consumption of calories was up, but over all I didn't got for fried food and all the sugar sweets I'd feared. In fact it was easier to resist than I would have expected. My husband first gave me a ring at the fair a little over 10 years ago -- it was a $10 ring, but it was a very happy memory of the step that lead to our wedding later that year. Since Dan will be gone on our anniversay, he surprised me by making this our special day. The weather was great and we did enjoy ourselves. Ten years. How did we get there?

Today we took Louis to see a dog physical therapist. After his TPLO (a dog knee repair), he has been doing well, but recently after longer walks with me has started to drag his one foot. They watched his gait and put him into a treadmill under water. At first he was a little freaked out by that, but then seems to start to enjoy the experience. The therapist was noticing a off weighing of the opposite leg and possible atrophy in the other muscle and the leg that he had the operation on is doing very well. So poor Lou may be having something starting on the other side. I'm going to start keeping a log of our walks and after what/how much exercise he shows problems. I feel bad that as I start to increase my desire to walk more that he may be "toughing it out" to attempt to go along with the pack. There are times I wish I spoke dog better.

So our walk was pretty short today and I'm going to have to go out without him for my longer walks. This is in order to slowly increase just to the point I see a different. Good way for the hamster to get back in the groove.

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TWINKS55 9/25/2009 10:34PM

    How wonderful for you and DH to revisit the fair! That is so romantic and rejuvenating!!Its good to hear that you found much of the food not that appealing.
I hope that Louis does well. You take such excellent care of him. I think you and he communicate very well. (lol)
Yay - back in the hamster groove!!


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PAG2809 9/24/2009 7:18AM

    Sounds as though you're taking good care of you and Lou. Good to hear!

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Cuddling the Hamster D38-A7-W14-N2-E1-91.8 S312/2993

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I went to work, but I sure didn't feel like it. Thank goodness another person in my group called in sick and I got to do paperwork prep for most of the day rather than working directly over patients. It still is slamming busy, but at least I could regulate what I was doing slightly. There were so many minutes that felt faint and dizzy, but I could sit down as needed.

Really hard is that my lead has it decided that what is wrong is that I'm "only eating green beans" for lunch. Not always, but if you look over my food logs you will know I work very hard to get to the right amount of protein and other nutrients if not everyday on a weekend average. I'll admit my appetite lately has been dropping off, but I tend to remember this happening the last time my iron levels were on the rise. Just to keep people off my back I ate a 1/4 of a brownie and munched on some snack (whoops I complete forgot that chex mix was full of iron...not a great thing). Anyway in the attempt to just make it through the day I ate terrible compared to normal. But it seems to make everyone feel I was ok. Nothing like peer pressure on a day that you feel sick.

I took it easy on the stairs today. I did them nice and slowly and didn't knock myself out doing big number. I plan on taking a long walk tomorrow and getting back in the groove. I'm cuddling my inner hamster and letting her know it is ok to be slow sometimes, just as long as she doesn't give up.

P.S. For all of you that think I should push up the doctor's appointment, please just remember this is the doctor that never returned my call the day I found strings of blood in my urine and also had pain in my abdomen. Trust me, it is starting to be either I'm bad enough for ER or just hang in there. The problem with having a high maintenance body is that doctors start to turn you out. My own personal theory is that I have a kidney stone, but I'm better to keep drinking water and allow the doctor to come to that same conclusion rather than me suggesting it. I've been adding cranberry juice... Thanks for the kind thoughts.

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TWINKS55 9/25/2009 10:29PM

    You are so strong Kartherine. Full of wisdom too.
Cuddle that inner hamster for me as well.


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HNDMOMMY 9/22/2009 3:37PM

  It's a blessing to know your body the way you do. I've come to the point where I tell the Dr what's wrong and tell her what to prescribe. We've got to be our own advocates. If deep in your gut, you feel this is very serious, you know you need to push up that appmt. Go with your gut, friend. I'll be thinking of you.

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Down the wrong way D36-A5-W12-N5-E1-91.4 S300/2993

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I've been signing in, drinking water, logging meals daily....I had a streak going on, but yesterday hit.

I felt very weak, dizzy, and a huge stabbing pain in my abdomen. I stayed home from work and just took sleeping pills all day to keep myself out of pain. I awoke at 2am this morning with the same stabbing pain, I got up forced myself to drink more water, took a motrin and when back to bed.

I'm forcing myself to get up and do some stairs and eat, but I really don't want to. I don't have a fever - if anything chills. I'm losing weight, but I'm not rejoicing about it as I know this is not the way to do it. I had some broth and that is all I want, but I need to get more energy into my body. I was doing so well. I have my next doctor's appointment on the 29th. I feel like the poor little hamster got hit by a truck.

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PAG2809 9/21/2009 11:47AM

    Katherine, promise us that you will call the doctor if you keep feeling this awful, please? You cannot wait until your appointment on the 29th if you're in this much pain. Take care of yourself please and quit trying to be a tough hamster! Its okay to tell them that you need help, now. We're here for you as you are for us, and I will keep checking in, but being here for you doesn't always mean being nice... LOL

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CCBANKS 9/19/2009 9:11PM

    Some days are like that, even for some of who don't have as much going on as you do - obey what your body says and don't worry about the weight. Saying a prayer for you.

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SLIKOLYNN 9/19/2009 7:42PM

    take good care, dear one.

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Living in the body you want to be in D34-A10-W14-N10-E4-95.4 S280/2993

Friday, September 18, 2009

I've been attempting to figure out why "Living like a Hamster" has been working so well for me. Here is what I discovered.

--It is playful - I'm so much happier climbing stairs imaging myself as a fuzzy critter that in my own overweight body.
--I approach situations differently - today at work I was waiting for the elevator, and I started taking the stairs up. I got hot about five flights up, so I went out and finished that last length by the elevator so I wouldn't be sweaty walking into work - but I did do just a little bit more.
--Pretending you're a hyper active rodent, really does make you hyperactive. I was done with one task at work and I started stocking gowns, running around cleaning up things, going and checking if patients were ok in the waiting room, generally not sitting down.
--I'm more playful and fun loving. I "played" soccer using a tennis ball with Louis tonight - I didn't even log it as exercise because we both had so much fun.
--At the end of a hyperactive day, you've tired and ready for bed. It's 8:30 and I'm exhausted - time for bed (no late snacking...)

More than all that, my mind has started seeing myself as this new body that has endurance and energy -- as I walk out of work today I had the thought "I'm starting to live in the body I want to be in".

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SLIKOLYNN 9/18/2009 6:19PM

    I am sooo happy for you!

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ANGRYCAKE 9/18/2009 11:44AM

    This is wonderful - Live in the body you want to be in.

Amazing stuff, and such a great approach!


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TWINKS55 9/18/2009 7:41AM

    I Love it!!
Just like what being a Nija does for me!
(Imagine the Ninja Hamster -lol)
Great job on the 5 flights of stairs!!!
Your collage is excellent!


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LABELS THAT LIE! D33-A10-W11-N10-E8-94.4 S241-2993

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Those labels on the sides of food look so official and are controlled by the FDA, but are they always correct?

NO! Look at this one - how much Starbuck's Java Chip Frappuccino Ice Cream do you get to eat for the 230 calories......I want you to look at the label.... 1 cup or 2/3 of a cup or 1/3 of a cup? Answer at the bottom.

The Answer: 2/3 of a cup.

How is that? After eating the ice cream, it just didn't feel like a full cup so I measured it (That's being a SparkPerson!) and it was 2/3 of a cup. I called a company rep at 1-877-253-8524 and I was told the "cup" referred to the container, rather than a physical cup. I explained my confusion and asked that they relabel it as 2/3 cup or 1 carton. But they don't feel most people will be confused. If you didn't get the right answer would you consider calling and expressing that you also were confused and pass this along. I dislike labels that make you have to work too much.

If I can get enought comments on this blog I will be reporting to the FDA, which required me to show that it was indeed confusing.

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TWINKS55 9/18/2009 7:44AM

    Go for another phone call!!
It is definately misleading and should be illegal
I congratulate you for taking action.


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HNDMOMMY 9/17/2009 6:48PM

  That's an eye-opener. I agree, one cup means one cup, not one container......hmm sounds like a bit of a scam going on.

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MALWILD 9/17/2009 12:37PM

    I would also think "1 cup" means "1 cup."

If they want the serving size to refer to the carton, acceptable ways of labeling would be:

* 1 carton
* 1 container
* 1 package

I also disagree with changing all the packaging sizes and keeping products the same prices. There was a segment about this practice several months ago on one of the news shows. Maybe 60 Minutes or something like that. Companies maintain that they are not trying to "trick" or fool the consumer. Yeah, right!

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MIMAWELIZABETH 9/16/2009 10:34PM

    You are absolutely right! "One Cup" (or a fraction thereof) is the most common way for food to be measured, and for Starbucks to use "cup" to describe the container is DEFINITELY MISLEADING.
I just checked my store-brand yogurt containers, which in the past were 8 oz and labeled as "one cup." Recently, ALL the yogurts have been downsized to 6 oz (same price of course - just one more way to make money by "tricking" the consumer?).
I am relieved to see the stores DID change the serving size to "6 oz" on one brand, and "one container" on the other.
Decreasing the size of a package while keeping the price the same seems to be a common trend now; for example, brand name ice creams are now 1-1/2 quarts instead of a half-gallon (2 quarts).
I was especially angered by a commercial - this was several years ago - which advertised that a brand-name yogurt now had 25% fewer calories then any other competitor - "Lose weight deliciously, same taste and satisfaction, 25% less calories!"
I looked for the product, of course, but to check out WHY the difference: the container size was 6 oz instead of 8 oz... Seriously, that was the ONLY change - I wonder how stupid they think we consumers are!
Apparently, more than you'd think - it was a big seller. I support your complaint to the FDA. If Starbucks won't change their misleading label voluntarily, perhaps someone in authority can persuade them.

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