Sunday, August 05, 2012
Spotted this on the BBC website today:
While I would agree that fasting has its place, I can't accept that forcing your body into starvation mode by only eating 500-600 calories every other day, and stuffing your face with any old junk in between is a healthy way to diet.
But at least it does say this diet should be done under supervision, and that it would not be suitable for people with diabetes.
The programme - Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer - is on BBC2 Monday night at 9pm, if anyone is interested in further details.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
So, time to check in and see how all my Spark Pals are doing with the Olympic Challenge so far.
How are you getting on? Racking up the medals I hope! :-)
Obiously, I had to take a bit of a break part-way in, thanks to the barium enema, but so far this is how my medal table looks:
27th: 1 Bronze and 1 Gold - Dancing
28th: 1 bronze - Dancing, 1 Gold - Boxing
29th: 1 Gold - Karate, 1 Gold - Aerobics
31st: 1 gold and 1 silver - Aerobics
1st: 1 silver - Boxing, 1 silver - Aerobics
4th: 1 bronze - mixed disciplines
5th: 1 Bronze - Dance, 1 bronze - boxing, 1 bronze - Aerobics
6th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Silver - Aerobics, 1 Bronze - Boxing
7th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Silver - Aerobics, 1 Bronze - Yoga
8th: 1 Gold - Dancing,
9th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Karate, 1 Bronze - Aerobics
10th: 1 Bronze - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Boxing, 1 Silver - Yoga
11th: No ooomph day
12th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Boxing, 1 Bronze - Aerobics
Total so far: 5 golds, 3 silvers, 6 bronze
Now I just KNOW that some of you must have left me in the dust by now! :-) So, where am I on the leader table?
I felt well enough to exercise for 30 mins today without any ill effects, so I think I am more or less back to normal. :-)
And in the real Olympics, are we Brits doing an awesome job or what!!!!
THIRD in the medals table!!!
And SIX- count them - SIX gold medals on Super Saturday!
I am so in awe of these incredible people!
And, of course, our amazing commentators are doing a fantastic job, sitting in their commentary boxes, observing and reporting with complete impartiality, no matter what - even when , for instance, we have a totally unexpected win in the Men's 10,000 metres...
Tickled me mightily, I can tell you! *grin*
We are always hearing the the Olympics are for everyone, and indeed, this was the idea behind the Opening Ceremony.
In this spirit, a group of Old Age Pensioners at a sheltered housing facility decidfed to prove that ... in style...
The Jessop House Games:
Inspired to turn the kiddie's paddling pool into an aquatic centre now? LOLOL
Today, I have the women's marathon on in the background at the moment, and delighted to see that it has stopped raining at last! Poor things were getting well drenched earlier. However, what I'm most looking forward today is watching Andy Murray in the tennis! He is Going for Gold in both the Men's Singles and the Mixed Doubles!!!
I have about everything it is possible to cross crossed for him, and for his doubles partner - Laura Robson.
So, enjoy your day! And see how many medals you can earn before the end of our challenge. :-)
P.S, I use the 'add link' button here at spark, but for some reason the links don't always work. If you can't get through, go to you tube and search 10000 metres commentators to see link one, and The Jessop House Games for link two.
P.P.S: Thanks guys for spotting the extra 's' in the links. I've taken them out and the links are working for me now. Hope the same for everyone else. I'll make sure I edit those out in future. Don't know why they are there, but Tara says it has something to do with website security. *shrugs*
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Well, it all went better than I'd hoped when I went for the barium enema yesterday. The thing I was most worried about was the potential side effects of the buscopan injection. So, as I'd figured out from various things I'd read that they were not always necessary, it was the first thing I asked about when I got in there.
I had two radiographers in the room, the lady leading the fun and games and her young male assistant. The lady said that if the injection was worrying me that badly (it was quietly freaking me out) then me not relaxing would affect the effectiveness of the injection anyway, and make it hard for her to do her job, so we could start without it and see how it went.
Well, as soon as she said that I relaxed, and they could tell I was feeling happier because I positively jumped onto the examination table. :-)
So, I won't go into gory details here. Don't want to put any sensitive souls off their dinner. LOL
I'll just say that it was a very interesting experience, with some weird sensations. There is no room for ladylike behaviour during this procedure, as things are a little out of your control. :-)
It often felt weird, and at times uncomfortable, but not really painful until the last few minutes when the woman finished the main examination, and the young man had to take four standard x-rays and pumped me full enough of air to make the pain like the cramps I've been suffering. But it was only a few minutes, and when he released the tubing, and deflated my spare tyre, most of the pain went.
I followed both their and Anne's advice (thankyou so much for all the support and advice Anne!) and drank plenty of fluid, but by the time I was home the pain was back with a vengeance. You get left with quite a bit of trapped air after the procedure, and this can cause a fair amount of discomfort, and I was getting a lot of pain.
Then it occurred to me that when they put the barium into me they had me rolling from side to side to coat the bowel effectively, so I thought that maybe rolling about on my bed would help the trapped air find the exit, so to speak.
So that's what I did! I went upstairs, laid on my bed, and rolled about, hearing the most extraordinary noises as the air started to shift.
Then I went to the toilet, and did the longest, loudest parp you ever heard! And all the pain just went! Magic!!! :-)
So remember this technique if you ever have a barium enema and am suffering from trapped air afterwards! Seriously, it works like a charm! In fact, I'm thinking about writing to the team at the hospital to thank them for being so nice to me, and to suggest they might like to add the advice based on my experience to their aftercare brochure. Who knows, it could help other people too.
So most of the barium has since been flushed out, and things seem to be almost back to normal in the input and output department.
In the last week I dropped from 12 stone 11 1/4 to 12 stone 7. But I do not recommend barium enemas as a weightloss tool! Too much hassle for too little reward! LOL
All in all, though, I seem to have got through this procedure with a lot less hassle than some people, and a lot of that I put down to being a sparker. SP has got me used to drinking copious amounts of water - vital for keeping hydrated during the laxative stage, and for flushing out the barium after the procedure is over.
Also, I had the good sense to keep strictly to the menu plan the hospital gave me, so I was effectively as clean as a whistle when I arrived at the hospital, making it easy for the radiographer to get her pretty photos of my innards without having to use the injection.
Anne's advice on eating as little as possible the day before the laxative so there was less to flush out also helped make the laxative day go smoother than it otherwise might have.
My girls being here to help and support me was a real boost to keeping me calm.
And last, but never least! All my spark friends who have been supporting this scared lady get through a very daunting few days!
THANKYOU SO MUCH!!! *BLOWS BIG KISS*
So, I got up this morning, feeling absolutely great! Put on my exercise clothes, came downstairs, started to exercise, and discovered a few minutes in that, actually, I'm a wee bit wobbly still, so I cut it very short, and will make sure to rest over the weekend and then build back up to my usual amount. I just felt so much better that I thought I could get away with it. Nope!!! :-)
Abd what was the first thing I wanted to eat when I got home from the hospital?
Fish and Chips?
No, no, no and no...
What I fancied more than anything else I could think of...
A bowl of porage with some cooked apple on top!
It tasted so incredibly delicious, I can't tell you!!!
I followed that up a short while later with some plain crisps and dips, and had potato salad, salmon, cold meat and peas for my evening meal.
Very satisfying! Yum. :-)
So nice to be back on real food. :-)
I am having a plate of my pork chow mein tonight, on a bed of noodles, with loads and loads of veggies in it! I can hardly wait! :-)
Enjoy your weekend! I certainly plan to! :-)
Thursday, August 02, 2012
I'll do my best not to give too much information. :-)
Suffice to say the Turbo laxative has been doing its job very efficiently, and I was lucky enough not to suffer any bad side effects apart from real and genuine difficulty drinking the Picolax without immediately vomiting it back up.
DID NOT LIKE!
It was bad enough at 8am, but even worse at 4pm.
But I talked sternly to my bod, and my tummy put on its big girl panties and sucked it up. So proud of my tum! :-)
I have done EXACTLY as I was told, eaten only what I was allowed, and rested as my bod copes with the laxative invasion. I drunk loads of water to make sure I didn't dehydrate, and that also helped.
Been plenty of toilet humour in this house today. The scrabble fairy produced some very apt words, and even the jelly was parping when forced to part from the bowl! LOL
But now, I'm a bit sore, VERY tired, and off to bed, even though it is early.
Awesome day for Team GB in the real Olympics, but no medals for me today, except in the Sitting Room to Bathroom Stair Stakes! ;-) Reckon I deserve a Gold for that!
Catch you tomorrow with any luck.
After the barium enema.
Thinking calm and relaxing thoughts and sending them to my bowel!!! :-)
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
I'm amazed, frankly, at how well today has gone. Apart from automatically reaching for a MacDonald's chip at one point, and stopping myself just in time, I've had no craving issues at all. Mind you, the smoked fish had a lot to do with that, as I do love it so, but don't have it often because it is usually a little tough to wrangle on our budget. However, as I'm going through my own personal Dante's Inferno tomorrow, and today is prep for that, I decided I deserved a treat to make the day more palatable. :-)
The Kedgeree was really delicious. I just mixed together 50g cooked white rice, 200g flaked smoked salmon fillet, and two hard boiled eggs chopped up. I ate half for breakfast and the other half as a teatime meal.
Note to self, however: boiled egg reheated in the microwave has the constitution of rubber!
My lunch was a whole 120g pack of smoked salmon slices on a bed of plain chinese noodles. Kind of supernoodles without the 'super'. :-)
I didn't really notice the lack of flavour with the noodles, because the salmon was so totally awesome! :-)
And tonight's supper is a chicken leg plain cooked in the slow cooker, accompanied by a couple of unbuttered new potatoes. Who knew new potatoes actually have a decent flavour without the addition of butter! :-)
Bry arrived about 3.30pm today, and after a bit of a chat and a catch-up, we went on a MacDonald's - Waitrose circuit. Tara is feeling the effects of my impending ickiness, and as a result has lost her appetite, so if she wants MacDonalds, she can have it, if it will help her get some food in her tum.
Then it was to Waitrose to pick out a Smoked Salmon and Samphire salad for Bry, who has more discerning taste. :-) I admit to picking up 1/2cm of samphire to taste, and dipped the teeniest of finger dips in the salad dressing to find out if it was something I'd enjoy once I feel better. It is! :-)
While at Waitrose, we had a funny, that both Bry and I are kicking ourselves that we didn't take a photo of.
We were walking past their book selection, when Bry stopped, pointed and said, "You have got to be kidding!"
You guys have all heard of the controversial book trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey etc, I'm sure.
Well, Waitrose has the three books on sale on the same shelf, and attached to the shelf was a sign saying...
Children's Novels Offer: 3 for 2!!!
Well, we found one of the assistants, and I pointed out the error, and he ran off to fix it before someone's sensibilities were shaken, leaving Bry and I in fits of laughter. Have to wonder if they know what's on that shelf! :-)
So, off to bed soon, after I catch up with my Scrabble Pals on Facebook.
Wellies, matches, nose pegs and air freshener is all poised for the morning! I went on the Royal College of Radiologists website to look at their interactive guide. The patient's account of the procedure was very interesting! LOL
For those who are curious, the account is available here:
Just hover over the picture and click on the patient, then click to read the text version.
Right, Scrabblers! Here I come!
Night night all! See you tomorrow, if I can sit at the computer for long enough. :-)
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