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Test Results in, Appointment Scheduled

Friday, April 08, 2011

I finally have the test results in my hand from the Stool Culture for Pathogens. When I compare it to the previous test is reads similar. Due to not being a doctor or even playing one on TV I have set the all important appointment to meet with Doc on Tuesday morning, April 12th.

From what I see on the report, things haven't changed much on the inside. The Blastocystis Hominis is still present (I've been treated TWICE) and some other nastiness has popped up. (sigh)

Are these reasons why my weight loss has stopped? Why now? Why still? How expensive will the treatment be this time around? What to do to prevent? Do I need a complete overhaul of my diet? So many questions flood my mind at this late Friday afternoon, none of which will be answered until Tuesday morning.

I have no control over it so I breath, keep moving and live. Tuesday will arrive soon enough. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to just move on from this nightmare.

  
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ENDUROVET 4/12/2011 9:45AM

    I've got to do some more research, but my understanding of B hominis is that it is BENIGN (i.e. it's not doing any harm to your GI tract).
I'll try to work up my own post in conjunction w/my "Spa Report" ;-)

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TRENTDREAMER 4/10/2011 10:33AM

    "Are these reasons why my weight loss has stopped? Why now? Why still? How expensive will the treatment be this time around? What to do to prevent? Do I need a complete overhaul of my diet? So many questions flood my mind at this late Friday afternoon, none of which will be answered until Tuesday morning. "

* omg that would totally stress the living daylights out of me. Weight loss totally aside, I hope that if there is anything seriously wrong with you health-wise, that the doctors can find it and cure it.

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JENJESS48 4/9/2011 1:03PM

    I'm so sorry you're going through this. Waiting is soooo hard, but you've got the right attitude about it. Hopefully the docs will be able to give you some concrete and useful advice. Hang in there! emoticon

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Finding a Solution

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I started running, again. The nightly leg cramps and foot pain started, again. This after I signed up for a 5K & 10K for 2011. I told myself to find a solution - stopping is not an option.

The solution thus far is:

1) Go back to C25K plan. I did. I started week 4 last night. I find no shame in repeating what worked for me in the beginning.
2) Stretch like my life depends on it. I am now stretching an hour+ each night after running. It helps. I can feel the pull of the leg muscles & I know if I move the wrong way my legs WILL spasm.
3) Run three days a week - no more, no less - until my legs/feet are ready for more.
4) Keep cross training with all strength training, Zumba, Step class and walking. These activities can only make me stronger.
5) Take one day off a week. I choose Friday. It seems odd to do for the first 5 minutes and then I settle in and relax.
6) Obtain the right gear. I bought sox and inserts so far. I'm looking for new runners right now - I believe I need New Balance shoes and I bought another brand before. Yup, it makes a difference to my feet. Lesson learned.
7) Stay mentally strong. A poor attitude can only result in a poor performance. Positive energy from me to the universe can only empower me.
8) Trust in Me.
9) Invest in Me.
10) Remember this is a life time goal not for a hot minute. Slow and steady is just fine.

  
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ELSAG83 4/7/2011 6:10PM

    you're on the right track and doing all this you mention will make you stronger again and gradually get back into your more intense workouts. GO GO GO!

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WILD22 4/7/2011 1:45PM

    you are incredible!! You are so strong. So many would have given up, but NO, not you! Keep at it. You are getting stronger one day at a time. emoticon

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Finding Lost

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I keep searching. Looking. Scouting. Lurking. I keep finding Lost on my journey to be Found
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To each dead-end I raise my face to the sky to ask why? Then I turn around and find a way out. Yet, I keep finding my way to Lost.

I get Lost in my workouts.
I get Lost in my quest for health.
I get Lost in the big picture.
I get Lost when searching.
I get Lost in the pain.
I get Lost in the journey.

I was Lost last night in a slumber so sweet. I got Lost when I was awaken by a leg cramps so severe I couldn't even breath. I got Lost in my dreams about running; a victory so sweet I wept inside that dream. I got Lost in the foot pain when I made my way out of the bed today. I got Lost in the details of C25K and C210K.

When trying to find my way, I Find Lost.

Soon my circles will stop spiraling and I shall find my out of Lost and find the glory in Found.

To Find. To be Found. It is an amazing journey. Am I truly Lost - merely feeling around in the darkness? Maybe not. I'll never stop. I'll never give up. I have an endless supply of drive and spirit. I won't be stopped!

  
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TRENTDREAMER 4/6/2011 9:32PM

    "It is an amazing journey. Am I truly Lost - merely feeling around in the darkness? Maybe not. I'll never stop. I'll never give up. I have an endless supply of drive and spirit. I won't be stopped! "

* emoticon emoticon Sorry, not much else to say.

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If you want to run with the big dogs ...

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Like last year at this time I got inspired today. Again, like last year my heart rate has risen, my mouth is dry and I think I blacked out for a minute. I registered for a 10K race! It's the Mermaid Run San Francisco taking place on November 13th.

Currently I am conditioning for a 5K that will be held in June. This will be my 3rd 5K. I'm feeling good about my progress and will continue to kick it in gear.

This new race entry gives me a breath of fresh air and the drive to keep moving. Feet don't fail me now!

  
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TRENTDREAMER 4/5/2011 6:32PM

    "This new race entry gives me a breath of fresh air and the drive to keep moving. Feet don't fail me now! "

Yeah, KT's feet! Listen to her.

Best of fortune to you on the run.

oh oh! I've eaten my 3 vegetables this week!

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JENJESS48 4/5/2011 4:43PM

    emoticon Good luck on your training! You'll do great!

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KINSBAILE 4/5/2011 2:44PM

    This is AWESOME! I cannot wait to hear about this!!! You go! You're freaking awesome for doing this. I think I may get my caboose in gear and do one as well!!!

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Cabbage/Apple/Chicken/Feta Salad ... it's what's for Lunch! (photo)

Monday, April 04, 2011

Spring has arrived in my corner of the world and that has brought on warmer temps. With the warmer temps I don't always want to cook when I go home for lunch so my latest craze is a salad.

First, I bake chicken tenders (no skin)
Place chicken tenders on a baking sheet lined w/ foil paper. I season my chicken w/ cayenne pepper & kosher salt. NO oil needed. Bake at 350 degree's until done. Bake the day/night before.
Second, chop cabbage - bite size is best.
Third, slice an apple thin - use your favorite kind of apple.
Fourth, crumble .5 oz of feta cheese.

To assemble salad, I place the cabbage in bowl first, then apple slices, sprinkle in feta cheese, then the chicken (chicken should be cut into bite size pieces & cool).

Feta Cheese, 0.5 oz 37
Apples, fresh, 1 small 63
Cabbage, fresh, 1 cup, chopped 22
Chicken Breast, no skin, 4 ounces 125
Lunch calorie TOTALS: 247



NOM NOM NOM!

EDIT: This salad travels great!

  
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KINSBAILE 4/5/2011 11:36AM

    Delish and EASY TOO! Excellent!~ emoticon

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ENDUROVET 4/5/2011 11:15AM

    Looks great - I would have to add a handful of slivered almonds - nom nom indeed!


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WILD22 4/4/2011 8:27PM

    looks yummy. I just might have to make that for myself sometime ;)

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