Monday, September 27, 2010
Today I did:
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 2
25 minute walk (incorporating dropping off repeat scrip at the doctor's)
If it wasn't for all the traffic, it would be a pleasant walk. :-) I still had two minutes before my halfway time after dropping in the scrip, so I walked a little further.
I got back in good time, and the walk was a bit slow, but completed. :-)
Pace: 22 minute mile
Distance: 1.17 miles
I also walked the Waitrose Circuit and dragged home a very full and rather heavy Wilbur. So that got a bit of strength training in too, which was just as well, because I completely forgot about my lower body workout today. Never mind. I mustn't do too much while I'm still a bit iffy. :-)
I always love to read the comments you guys make on my blogs and on my Sparkpage. Humour and wisdom, a hug, and a shoulder, you always seem to know just what to say, and I want you to know I really appreciate every word, and every emoticon. :-)
The other day, on my blog explaining about the Tietze's, TIGGERIFFIC123 said: "Remember Stubborn is the negative way of saying that you have tenacity and there is nothing negative about being tenacious! In fact it is a desired quality...all in how you frame it...lol"
Well, I took what she said to heart, and decided to own it, so from now on when I post in the teams and communities, you will see that my signature starts with the words:
I am not Stubborn. I am Tenacious! :-)
Thankyou Rhonda. :-)
It was a lovely day today in spite of the weather. So many smiles from people. It was wonderful! Some days you can meet nothing but averted eyes and grumps. Often, when it is grey and overcast and threatening rain at any moment, like it was today, it can really make people miserable, but today everyone was great! I got to exchange loads of smiles with people as we passed in the street. I got to have a couple of lovely chats in Waitrose with two of my favourite staff, and ask after a third.
On the way back out I even managed to put a smile on the face of the driver of one of those lorries they use for delivering cars by giving him directions to his destination. I love it when someone asks directions and I can actually help. :-)
All these smiles and good feelings have prompted me to share something:
This poem and picture is on my wall by my computer. It was given to us by the secretary of the Psychologist who diagnosed Tara's autism some years ago, because, and I quote:
"You're little girl smiles so much that it makes my day to see her when she visits."
Smiling is infectious. You catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realised I had passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, then realised its worth,
A single smile just like mine could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
LET'S START AN EPIDEMIC QUICK AND GET THE WORLD INFECTED!
Hope I made you smile today.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Well, I did manage to get out for a walk this morning. I did fifteen minutes, and it came in at a 21 minute mile, which shows I didn't push it. :-) I reached the bridge I normally would get across before the halfway mark, making it just onto the bridge instead. had a slight dizzy on the way back, but recovered well. The first walk out alone after a flare-up starts is always a bit scary. :-)
After breakfast I managed 20 minutes bouncing on Tigger, and a further 5 minutes on Roo. I really enjoyed myself too, even though the Tietze's grip is still there in varying degrees! :-)
This afternoon I have been resting and sewing. The sinuses have re-asserted themselves annoyingly, and I have a bit of a sore throat and stinging eyes too. Could be a cold or something coming on I suppose. Oh good. *sarcasm - I haz it* LOL
I am restarting week 6 of my walking plan this week, so tomorrow is a 25 minute walk. I plan to use that to go to the surgery to ask for a repeat prescription for my sinus medication. I don't like to do that as you know, prefering my Walking Plan walks to be separate from the rest of my day, but in the current situation I'll make an exception as I'll also need to go to Waitrose tomorrow, and the way I feel at the moment, I'm not sure I can manage three walks tomorrow. :-)
Oooh! The Sorceror's Apprentice just came on my playlist. Who can listen to it without picturing Mickey Mouse? Hands up! *grin*
FRUIT AND VEG
7, 7, 7, 3, 5, 5, 5 = 39/35 (record 49)
9, 8, 10, 8, 8, 8, 8 = 59/56 (record 67)
Calories in range 5/7 (record 5/7)
Carbs in range 7/7 (record 7/7)
Fat in range 4/7 (record 5/7)
Protein in range 4/7 (record 5/7)
We finished emptying out the freezer yesterday. It is all defrosted now, and I am looking forward to starting to restock it. :-) It has made for a few odd meals, especially today, which doesn't feature until next week's review, but it was really BAD! LOL
As my fitness plans were largely put on hold this week, there isn't so much to report. I did get a decent amount of walking in though, which has popped my mileage for the week up to just over my target amazingly! :-)
3900 steps not quite met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps target stays at 3900.
Total steps for the week: 47792 A big improvement on last week, which is astonishing! I am gobsmacked! (record = 55009)
Average daily steps = 6827 (record 7858)
Sun: 2.1 miles
Mon: 2.97 miles
Tue: 5.09 miles
Wed: 4.89 miles
Thur: 0.45 miles
Fri: 5.16 miles
Sat: 1.07 miles
Total mileage for week: 21.73 miles (record 25.02 miles) Bang on my aim of 21 miles per week! Again - am gobsmacked!
Total fitness minutes this week: 495, which is 71 minutes per day.
Total calories burned: 2138
I dropped a quarter of a pound to 13 stone 2 lbs (184 lbs) - 1/2 a pound heavier than last week. Another pleasant surprise. :-)
That was a strange week. I would have expected it to play hell with my stats, and instead I improved on the previous week in a lot of areas. I just wish I felt well enough to enjoy it!
Well, I'm off to bed now, to try and get some sleep. I got a good night last night, and I'd really like another one tonight please. :-)
Have a good one. :-)
Some random LOLs:
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Three older ladies were discussing the travails of getting older. One said, "Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand in front of the refrigerator and can't remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich."
The second lady chimed in, "Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can't remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down.
The third one responded, "Well, I'm glad I don't have that problem; knock on wood!" as she rapped her knuckles on the table, then told them "That must be the door, I'll get it!"
EDIT: I just showed Tara the joke. She read it, laughed, and said, "No, you're not the third one.... Yet!"
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Tietze's is swelling of the cartilage that holds the ribs onto the breast bone. When I have a flare-up the swelling initially causes pain that is sometimes sharp, like knives in my chest, and sometimes it feels as though someone has tied a belt around my chest and pulled it as tight as they could. Sometimes the pain spreads to my left arm, causing numbness and tingling. This time I had the lot!
The symptoms are very similar to someone experiencing a heart attack. When the flare-up first hits, it causes me to panic. I usually start with a pain in my chest and then it spreads down my arm. Even though I have had my heart checked several times in recent months, I still worry that this time it isn't Tietze's. Because of the panic, I start having palpitations (panic attacks) as well, just to add to the fun, until I am able to calm down and convince myself that it is 'just' the Tietze's again. :-)
After a while, the pain settles down to the chest contraction (the tight belt around my chest) with intermittent stabs, and that is when the shortness of breath hits home. I'll try and do something physical, like walk upstairs, and be panting and out of breath by the time I get up there. This is because the swelling prevents my lungs from fully inflating when I breathe.
This was how things were for me on Thursday. I had gone down to the Co-op to pick up a tin of meatballs for Tara, and the pain started right under my left breast as I was walking back. I had to slow right down, and was clutching myself, in a lot of pain, as I walked the bit of hill to the house. Once I got in, I sat down and waited a few minutes to let it settle down. It spread out across my chest, and my shoulders and down my left arm, before settling down to a dull ache that got sharp if I moved around much. Within an hour I couldn't get up the stairs without struggling for breath.
By the time I got to bed that night the pain was easing a little, and I was able to get some sleep. :-) On Friday morning the pain was lessened some more, only hitting me when I moved in an awkward way, so I was able to at least do some basic stuff. Today the acute pains are almost gone, but the tight belt is still there somewhat, and I have pain in my back. This is most likely from holding myself hunched through the worst of it. I'm breathing a bit better, though I haven't tried to walk anywhere today. The stairs are definitely easier though. :-)
Now, I go through a form of the five stages of grief when the attack is bad. Not denial though. Bit difficult to deny the pain is there. *grin* Instead I get panic as my first phase.
Then I get angry. I do. I hate that it is a totally unpredicatable problem that can flare up and cause panic and stop me getting on with my life, so I get angry with the pain. Then I bypass bargaining and go straight into depression. I can get through all these emotions in one day, sometimes within a few hours, depending on how bad the flare-up is.
Then I backtrack to bargaining, so Thursday night I was asking it to please be a bit better tomorrow so I can at least get this or that done, even if I have to forget about the rest of my plans. :-)
Then I get my stubborn phase, which isn't part of the five stages, but is part of me. I will NOT let this fiend ruin a second day. So I do stuff in spite of it, even if it takes me four times as long, and I have to keep sitting down every five minutes to rest. The slow walking yesterday was part of that stubbornness. :-) I had also planned to clean the house from top to bottom yesterday to give me the weekend in a nice clean house. Well, at least we made a start even if I couldn't do anything like as much as I had planned. :-)
And then I realise I have accepted the flare-up and am adapting to it again. :-) Today I got some more of the cleaning done, and tomorrow, if I feel it is eased enough, I will attempt a short, very short walk at my normal pace and see if I am ready to get back out there on my Walking Plan. It will probably be another day or two before that is possible actually, because the dratted thing got one heck of a grip this time. But we will see. :-)
OK, so maybe I don't let the stubborn go completely. *grin*
So, that is my Tietze's. I say 'mine' because different people have different levels of it, and some have it so bad and for such a long time that they can't function day to day. I am lucky in that it knocks me sideways for a few days, and then usually eases up on me.
And this is why God created a sense of humour! :-)
Saturday, September 25, 2010
I'm still here. :-)
The sinuses are improving with the regular steaming and nasal spray. This is the good news. :-) It looks like I won't need antibiotics this time, though I do need a new bottle of the nasal spray, cos the current one is running out. I'll have to pop up to the surgery and pop the repeat prescription in.
The not-so-good-news is that the Tietze's is determined to hang on tight to me. Thursday was the worst pain-wise. It didn't loosen its grip all day, and I had no choice but to sit and suck it up, doing the minimum movement possible. On Friday the pain lessened so that Tara and I were able to go to Waitrose for a few bits and pieces, as long as I walked slowly I was ok. If I tried to walk at my usual pace my lungs couldn't cope and I got breathless and dizzy within moments. As I understand it, the swelling of the cartilage impedes the lungs from fully expanding, so I have to take shorter breaths and slow down during a flare up.
So I walked for about 30 minutes, plus around the shop.
Friday then got interesting, because when we got back from Waitrose I discovered that the mayonnaise jar we had bought had a foreign object apparently embedded in the glass. We couldn't keep it in case whatever it was contaminated the contents, so we walked slowly back to Waitrose to get a replacement. I was astonished to discover that rather than just replace the jar, they also refunded the cost of the original jar as an apology for the inconvenience of having to get a replacement due to poor quality! Just when I don't think Waitrose can impress me any more, they do it again!
So I had walked another 25 minutes. :-)
We had a bit of a debate outside the shop, because the mayo refund meant that I had just enough cash left to buy us each a cakey thing, but we decided that what we really fancied was not going to be found in Waitrose. Tara wanted her favourite choc desserts from Tesco, and I really wanted a doughnut! I haven't had one for about a month, so I figured it was time for a treat! :-)
So we went home, dropped off the mayo jar, and waked up to Tesco Express to get the goodies.
So I walked another 40 minutes.
In spite of the dizzies and intermittent pain, it was great to be outside in the fresh air, watching the rain clouds scudding by in the wind, occasionally lightly dropping a few drops as they passed by.
It was great to spend the time with Tara too. She isn't always easy to persuade out of the house, but she really needed the exercise too.
So, the walks combined in total should in normal circumstances take me 75 minutes. It probably took me about an extra 15-20 minutes on top, but it was good to be out there. :-) Plus we REALLY enjoyed our treats for elevenses when we got home. We got two items each, so second helpings for the next day! The doughnuts are sold in packs of two, so what can a girl do? *grin*
After lunch, we cleaned up downstairs - I hoovered the lounge and kitchen, which were badly overdue, and Tara got down and dusty with the cloths and polish and made mincemeat of the dust on everything except my ornament and book shelves. They needed more effort than I had energy left for yesterday.
This morning I felt raring to go when I got out of bed. Still not brilliant physically, but I'm feeling more positive in myself. So within ten minutes of getting up, breakfast was in progress (porridge and cooked apple to top it) and I had my singalong playlist blasting away while I made occasional leaps onto Tigger, just for the length of a song here and there. After breakfast, instead of leaving all the dishes from last night and this morning until later, I decided to take a leaf out of CHRISTURTLE's book and do the flylady task of cleaning my sink. I cleaned the sink, around the sink, and the window ledge. Then I did the dishes. Then I got really inspired and pulled everything off the counter tops and cleaned them. I also cleaned the glass top of the cooker, though I have saved the cooker itself for another day.
I did find scrubbing difficult, as it catches the Tietze's if I get vigorous, which is part of the reason for not tackling the main body of the cooker for now. Fortunately a lot of the mess was just dust, and dead moths. We get a lot of moths in, and they don't have very long lifespans, I guess. Shame. I have a real love of moths and always try and catch them and pop them back out if I can. There are still a fair few that don't let me reach them.
A break for a cuppa and my second doughnut later, and I was upstairs with Tara clearing some stuff out, and making space for the new bookshelf. We got it in place, dusted everything down, and then I hauled the book and file boxes out of the airing cupboard and filled the shelves with all the books and folders that have been boxed up in the airing cupboard for about two years!
I am very excited about this because I have a very eclectic spirituality, and these books and folders reflect that, with a good number of different beliefs represented, both ones I have been connected with and those I am curious about. It is going to be nice to have them so easily accessible again. :-)
Well, they aren't alphabetical. Yet. LOL
So, I've had lunch, and an iron tablet, and I am now catching up on SP a little. I'm ready to Zzzzz now. Time for a bedtime story perhaps?
Well, maybe not bedtime yet. LOL
So, back to my inbox. See how all my Sparkpals are doing. *waves*
Hope you are all having a great weekend.
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