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The 4th, blisters and some good stuff, too!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

A few things today... I got my emergency supply of medication yesterday (yay!), I also got new sneakers (again, yay!), I went for two walks, and I went to the fireworks on the beach with my brother's family. Problem was I made the mistake of wearing a new pair of sandals and gave myself blisters. ugh. It doesn't matter in the long run, but I don't want to put ANY shoes on today. I will buckle down, and fix them up, put on my sneakers and go for a walk this evening, but I am going to leave of the shoes as long as possible! The fireworks were spectacular by the way. I have always enjoyed them, even if I don't enjoy the crowds. We went and sat on the beach to watch last night and that was nice. There wasn't a real crush of people like there was at the main park. It was mostly families, many with small children. The fireworks show was fairly long and my nieces were exhausted by the time they got home, but I think they had fun. I am going out today to get supplies for another care package for a soldier currently serving in Iraq. That seems to tie in pretty well with celebrating the 4th of July.

So... I will take my medicine, slip on my sneakers to take a walk this evening, and appreciate the fact that I live where I do.

  


Insurance Company Woes

Monday, July 04, 2011

So, I had another easy day yesterday. I only walked 1.75 miles. But I did a bunch of food prep for the coming week. I snapped, blanched and froze fresh green beans, pickled some onion and beets among other things. I didn't get a lot of exercise, but I did feel like I got a lot accomplished, which can be rewarding, too. Today I am going to buy new sneakers. My old Earth Shoe sneakers are falling apart, and I'd like a week to get used to new shoes before retiring the old ones completely. I also have to pick up some medication at the pharmacy. I have a genetic blood clotting disorder and I am on blood thinners so I don't have another pulmonary embolism. The problem is that I am out of my medication and the insurance company says it is too soon to refill, so the pharmacist had to call and get emergency approval for a few days supply. What a pain. So, today I have to pick up my emergency supply. (I actually ran out on Friday, but I had some old 1mg tablets left over from last year. I don't like to take old medication, but I'd rather take them than do without.) I can't let these health issues get in the way of taking off this weight. I am capable of walking, and doing simple strength training workouts, so that is what I will do. I can accomplish what I set out to do, if I keep focused on what I need to do--on the important things like exercising daily.

I hope everyone has a lovely, safe 4th of July!

  
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JENACE1 7/4/2011 4:04PM

    Happy 4th!

New sneakers, oh man, you reminded me that I need new sneakers too. Hmm, they are not on the list right now.

Hey, I wanted to ask you to find out if you are getting the best deals on your scripts. Sometimes your primary care physician has samples, for some meds (like penicillin) sometimes major supermarkets will give them away for free with a script. Here (I'm in Florida) Publix supermarket gives them. Also here at Costcos's (sp?) scripts are wayyyy cheaper than Walgreen or anyplace else for that matter. Check it out and see if this helps you. Did they short change you are the pharmacy so you had less than what you thought? I have heard of this happening.

Smart move in doing your food prep, that makes your life way easier during the week when you have to rush around.

I didn't do any exercise today either, not formal exercise. I did a Walmart, Home Depot run (which is probably at least a mile of walking, lol) and then I gardened, which now I have a sun burn and my shoulders hurt. Hey, that's exercise, right?

Have a good rest of the day and enjoy your new skippys. emoticon

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Gosh, What the heck! Why not?

Sunday, July 03, 2011

I only walked a mile and a half yesterday. My father said it would be good to do a mile or so after the 5k the day before. I really meant to do only a mile, but then I said what the heck, and went an extra couple of blocks out of my way. I like thinking that way. The "what the heck, why not?" attitude has pushed me to go as far as I have up to this point. Go 5k? What the heck, why not? And I did it. Walk everyday? What the heck, why not?! Add an strength training exercise or two to my workout? What the heck, why not? Besides it makes me smile at myself. I can fool myself into thinking I am not adding all that much extra exercise, but all those little bits really start to add up. An extra half mile every day is an extra 3 1/2 miles each week! That's at least 14 extra miles each month! Wow, who would have thought, huh? I live a fairly sedentary lifestyle the rest of the time, so all the little extras make a huge difference to me.

On a side note: I just ordered a pedometer, so I can see how many steps I am actually taking on these jaunts of mine. I will be interested to see how many steps I take in a week, considering how sedentary I am.

  
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JENACE1 7/4/2011 4:05PM

    Good for you Girly Girl! Why not? emoticon

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SHELLYBABE2 7/4/2011 7:11AM

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Keep up the great work!

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JULYRAINDROPS 7/3/2011 12:29PM

    That makes so much sense! I'm pretty sedate also and when I exercise it is with a time limit, like I'm walking 20 min out and 20 back, but why not do extra? If time isn't an issue and it isn't for me in the summer anyway... Thanks!

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Good news and a pat on the back!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

So, I called my doctor's office yesterday afternoon to find out what my latest blood test results were. The nurse told me that my cholesterol had dropped significantly. On May 31st my total level was at 294, and on June 21st it had dropped all the way down to 132! That's 162 points difference! Spectacular! So I celebrated by going out and walking 5k. Wore myself out doing it (it was hot in the afternoon), but it felt good to know I could do it. It took me a while, but I finished gosh darn it. I had to pause and catch my breath on this one hill (it is MUCH longer when walking than when I drive up it), so next month when I try it again I am going to try and go up without stopping. Hopefully I will be in better shape by then, making it possible. My cousin is in town for the weekend, so my aunt won't be walking with me for the next few days, but I have the motivation and momentum to do this on my own for now. It amazes me that a month ago 4 blocks felt like a lot, and would make my hip tighten up, and my shins hurt, and now I can manage 5k. Talk about making strides! So, I am giving myself a pat on the back today... I think I deserve it!

  
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JENACE1 7/4/2011 4:07PM

    WOW! This is AWESOME! Heck, why not! ; } emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYNOW4ME 7/3/2011 3:29AM

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KESTRIE 7/2/2011 10:51AM

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That's awesome that your cholesterol numbers are lower! And way to go on all that walking, too!!

*(also, thanks for the comment on my blog yesterday!!)
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RG_DFW 7/2/2011 9:26AM

    You do deserve it... great work!

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13STRAWBERRIES 7/2/2011 8:52AM

  Congrats!

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so, same speed, but double the distance

Friday, July 01, 2011

In my blog yesterday I whined about not going fast enough when I walk. I got a couple comments on it telling me to worry about how far I am going, rather than how fast I am going. So last night I went almost twice as far as I have been. It was partially my aunt's fault. She walks with me a few times a week, and yesterday she wanted to go up this hill, and around a longer block than we usually tackle. We also stopped by my sister in law's house for a quick second to drop something off, so part of it we were retracing our steps. I like walking with my aunt. Most of the time. She is still ragging on my mom. Sisters! What can you do? I guess they will always have something to say about each other. I just wish I wasn't in the middle. Oh well. Anyway... Most of the time we have interesting conversations while we walk (when we aren't huffing and puffing). We talk about health issues (both hers and mine), and politics (local and national), and family (her kids, my siblings and of course...my mother). We see eye to eye on most everything. We disagree just enough for our discussions to be interesting. She is much more knowledgeable about local politics than I am which means I can catch up on what is happening around town. Anyway... my point was that we went our same slow speed when walking together but went quite a ways farther, and when I was walking to and from her house I went my usually slightly faster speed, but I didn't try to exhaust myself by speeding way up. I just cruised along at a brisk, yet comfortable pace (about a 24 min/mile). I can feel a difference in my clothes already and it has only a little over 30 days.

  
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SHELLYBABE2 7/1/2011 12:05PM

    I seem to be getting way behind on reading of blogs this week!

First of all, congrats on your loss - it is still a loss and you have lost a magnificent amount in total which is always the number to watch I think!

On the speed of your walking what you could do is interval training so that you try to speed up for a minute and then catch your breath as you walk slow for however long you choose before speeding up again for another minute. This is how many runners start training when you're a complete novice and I'm sure it will help build stamina as well as mix up your workout for you. Your body won't know what you're doing and may well help with the weight loss. As your weight goes down you will automatically start to walk faster generally but in the meantime you could designate so many minutes to walking at a fast rate, a medium rate and even a slow down rate to let your body recover. You will find that as long as you listen to your body, don't over extend yourself, you should be breathing deeply, able to hold a conversation in a breathy manner but not be nearly passing out cos you've pushed too hard. It does get easier.

On the aunt/mum front, could you speak with them and let them know how much it hurts you to hear them saying things about the other & as much as you love them both ask them to support you in this journey by not dissing the other as it adds to your burden of feeling "in the middle".

Keep up the good work & I look forward to hearing more good news of another loss next week!

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