Saturday, September 24, 2011
The leaves are already starting to turn the myriad shades of yellow, orange and red that makes autumn my absolutely favourite time of year. As you can see I have decorated my spark page in an autumn motif, and I'm already feeling calmer, which is no mean feat considering all that I am currently dealing with. I wish I could go sit on the bench under that tree for a while. That would be fabulous!
So, my health has taken something of a leap off the high-diving board, but has fortunately landed me in deep enough water that I haven't banged my head, and I can tread water or swim to shore bit by bit as the various issues are addressed.
Let's count how many health problems Lexie is dealing with, just for fun.
Costochondritis and Tietze's, which I lump together, if you'll pardon the pun. Still being a prize pain in the chest. When the doctor accidentally tapped the Tietze lump yesterday I nearly hit the ceiling! Been more than three weeks this time, which is unusual for me.
My heart is doing its palpitations thing, but that may have been due to the accidental consumption of some caffeine yesterday. I stopped drinking caffeine drinks after being told it might help stop the palpitations, but occasionally I accept a cuppa at a friend's and forget that it has caffeine in.
Sinuses are a bit bunged but are doing better than they were.
Urinary tract infection - the fun just keeps coming, doesn't it. LOLOL
On antibiotics for that, and the doc has sent a sample to the lab cos he didn't like the look of it. Get the results next wed.
Hernia! This was a surprise! I went to the doctor's yesterday with an infection and came out with a hernia, which is a neat trick if you can manage it. LOL It turns out that what I thought was belly fat I couldn't get rid of after Tara's birth has been harbouring a wee guest, in the form of a hernia. I did wonder why that bit felt different from the rest, but I didn't realise you could get hernias from C-sections. The doc told me to cough because he wanted to check for hernias lower down as a possible cause of the pain, and instead got this gopher popping up to say hello from the middle of my tummy. The look of horrified fascination on his face was an absolute picture:
"Cool! Flash! Do that again!"
No, he didn't really say that, but he did ask me to cough again for a repeat performance. I'm not going to forget the look on his face for a while! LOL I did wonder why when I have a coughing fit I have to clutch my stomach to stop it hurting, but as there was no pain or anything otherwise, I never mentioned it to anyone. I named the bulge Bumpy and never gave it a second thought.
Who knew I had Alien hiding in my womanly folds for fifteen years!!!
So, I have an appointment to see the surgeon in a few weeks to discuss options on the whole 'cut me open and fix it' thing. The doc thinks it may be causing some of my pain, though I'm not convinced, but as it can be fixed using keyhole surgery, and he was so nice, I agreed to the appointment. :-)
Plus, on Wednesday I'm booked in for a health check. Apparently I'll get my cholesterol checked among other things. I'll get my test results back at the same time. I should probably mention to them that my varicose veins are getting out of hand then too. Might as well get the whole bod overhaul experience and have done with it. I wonder if they can do them at the same time as the hernia? :-)
So, that's enough of my health woes.
Would you believe that in spite of all this I got my minimum steps in every day this week? I did a lot of walking - Tesco Extra Wednesday, Town and back Monday AND Thursday, and the doctor/chemist circuit yesterday, plus I've been doing a slightly less active version of my Just dance 2 songs when I felt up to it. So not a lot of specific cardio, but at least I've been moving.
In my Land's End to John O'Groats walk, I've reached Hereford and have walked 273.8 miles in 70 days. It falls 6 miles short of my 4 mile a day average target, but hopefully I'll be able to build it back up when the pain eases. I'm still very pleased with how that's going. :-)
My weight has played up a bit this week, but I am back to 12 stone 6 3/4lbs today. I had a pasty on Monday which was a nommy treat, and we had hot dogs for dinner on Thursday (sausages in baps actually), so not the healthiest couple of meals, but all in all not too bad. Water is more or less on target, and the fruit and veg is good aside from the pasty day and the sausage day. Can I count ketchup as a freggie? LOL
We have something exciting on our calendar for October to take my mind off the impending hospital visit. My eldest works for a company called Ways With Words, which hosts Literary Festivals around the country. This year they are running the box office for a children's festival in London
Tara and I are travelling into London on the Monday to spend the day at the festival and see her second-fave author - Jacqueline Wilson (her fave being JK Rowling, who else! LOL). We also have tickets for Christopher Lloyd's entertaining evolution talk. As Bry will be there doing her thing for Ways With Words, I'll get to spend time with both my girls for a few hours. It is 2 hours of travel each way, but it will be worth it. :-)
The only slight irritant is that I had planned to go back to Constable Country that week to see the autumn colours, and will now have to play dodge the TOM to try and visit on my birthday the following week instead. But I'm sure it will all pan out in the end. :-)
So, some good things to look forward to, in spite of everything. :-)
Now to see what I can do about my bulging inbox...
Have a great weekend.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Yoga Positions being demonstrated are...
Crocodile Twist for me, and Sideways-facing Dog for Sophie! LOL
She did 'Doggie Licking Contorted Human on the Chin Pose' first though. She knows when I'm vulnerable to her antics! *grin*
Can't believe it has been ten days since I last blogged or did anything on Sparkpeople aside from logging in and spinning the wheel. To say I've been going through a rough patch is an understatement, but I'm ticking over. Had a complete rest on Tuesday, and was so tired yesterday that after a very half-hearted 30 mins of cardio I gave up and rested again.
Today I've played with Wii Fit Plus Yoga and Muscle, and hope to get some cardio in once my legs stop shaking! LOL
I am hoping that I may feel better next week. Costo has got such a good grip on me that it is exhausting, and the sinuses are still being a problem, though they are at least improving, albeit slowly.
Weight is a steady 12 stone 6 ish, so I lost the couple of pounds that crept up on me the week before last. 12 stone 5 3/4 lbs is still my lowest weight so far. Hoping to beat that soon. :-)
So that's it really. Just thought I'd pop by and give you a laugh. :-)
Enjoy your weekend.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Not much to report today. I danced to 18 Just Dance and Just Dance 2 songs = 61 mins and 5773 steps (2.62 miles)
I also tested about 4 albums worth of songs for use with Tigger and Roo, which added another 3000 or so steps to the collection. :-)
That was it for exercise. I've spent the bulk of the day clearing out my inbox, and catching up on Sparkpeople. It has been very enjoyable and relaxed, with Costo mostly behaving itself. :-)
And soon I'll be heading to bed for some reading before lights out. :-)
Now for the competition:
I got a phonecall from Virgin Media this morning - unsolicited of course, *sigh* - and you know it is going to be problematic when the person on the end of the phone says in their opening gambit "I'm So-and-so from Such-and-such Company, and how are you doing today?" You know they don't have the slightest interest in how you are doing, and it is only a ploy they are told to use to get you talking so they can continue their sales pitch.
So, I'm looking for suggestions for replies that will stop them in their tracks. The funnier the response the better. A nice goodie to the winner of the best suggestion. :-)
Anyway, this person went on to tell me that they would like to upgrade my internet so that I can receive three times faster broadband than I already have. Sounds good, doesn't it, until I said, "And is this a free service you are offering to loyal customers?" Uh, no! There is a one off fee of £30 for a replacement modem! I asploded! Told the woman that I considered it an appalling cheek to charge a long term customer an extortionate fee just to replace a modem, and that it was really rotten customer service. Then I put the phone down.
I signed a contract with NTL in June 2001, and when Virgin took the company over a couple of years later, I stayed with them, and have been a customer, in total, for more than ten years! I don't feel, therefore, that I should have to pay for standard upgrades. My loyalty should be worth a free modem, don't you think? :-)
Truth be told I don't feel the need for faster broadband anyway. It is the principle of the thing. :-)
Oh I am becoming a Grumpy Old Woman in my Middle Age. LOLOL
Have a great weekend! :-)
Friday, September 02, 2011
Thursday's (day 47) exercise:
Two Mile walk with Leslie Sansone (held 2lb weights for ten minutes of the time to get a little upper work in - bicep curls and such)
Town and back.
You already know about that, of course, from yesterday's blog. :-)
I didn't do any other scheduled exercise, but as I did a total of12836 steps = 5.83 miles I think that is acceptable. :-)
I knew I might get a call from the bookshop today so I planned not to do much exercise, just in case. However, I couldn't resist getting some in while the Costo was ok. So I did the 20 Minute Zumba Beginner class 2. Then I did a ten minute Cardio Burn video with Kendell Hogan.
Then I decided to do the weekly Lotto Challenge on the Wii Fit Plus, which consisted of:
Super Hula Hoop = 6 mins
Step Plus = 5 mins
Cycling advanced = 8 mins
Driving Range approach shot = 5 mins
Bird's-eye Bull's-eye beginner = 2 mins
Tilt City advanced = 2 mins
Tilt Table Plus = 3 mins
Total = 32 minutes.
So that was an hour of exercise, after planning to only do half of that. LOL
Then I went shopping to Waitrose, and got back from that trip out only to get a phonecall half an hour later from the bookshop to say the books had arrived. How's that for service? Only a day to wait from order to arrival!
It was about 1/4 to 4 at this time, and I dithered for a minute because my hips were a bit achy, but then flung on my shoes, grabbed my bag and a bottle of water and walked into town to get them.
By 5pm I was back home with my lovely new books! With an aching bod, but with lovely new books! :-) With close to 15000 steps walked and danced, and with lovely new books!!!
Did I mention my lovely new books? LOL
So, the Costo/Tietze's hasn't been too bad today. I'm a bit breathless and achy tonight, and my lower bod got one heck of a workout today, but it's all good. I'm actually thinking that as my muscular strength improves it is helping to lessen the impact somewhat.
Well, I'm away to my bed with my books! :-)
Have a good rest of Friday.
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