Monday, August 20, 2012
I don't get to talk with my bestie very often, because we are a continent apart, so tend to rely on emails for the most part, but once a month I get to ring her and we have a good long chat. :-)
Last night we talked for close to four hours!
The really wonderful thing about this particular chat is that she is a herbalist, with a good understanding of nutrition, so I was able to get some wonderful diet advice and information about diverticular disease, and keeping it under control so that hopefully it gives me the minimum of grief.
She has left me with my mouth watering about all the delicious meals I'll be able to play with that are really nutritious, high in fibre and low in fat. Not to mention cheap, as many incorporate beans rather than meat.
My slow cooker is going to come in mighty handy! :-)
Also, great news on the brown rice front. I discovered that Waitrose do a wholegrain easycook rice, and although it doesn't look as appetising (to me, anyway) as the white easycook, it does cook up well, and after gently simmering for about 25 minutes it is lovely stirred into beany bolognese, or even my slow cooker sweet and sour chicken. :-)
So the swap to whole grain pasta and rice is accomplished! Yay!
Now I just have to keep a detailed diary of what I eat and drink for a while, to make sure that
1. I keep things moving, and
2. I avoid things that could irritate my innards.
Number 2 is a little trickier, because everyone has different issues when it comes to diverticular disease. A food that makes one person double over in pain, can be eaten by another with no adverse effects.
I've only done 13 mins of Zumba so far today, because I am adjusting my upper, lower, core exercise lists to incorporate the latest additions to my exercise family, but once I've digested my breakfast I'll get some upper and a bit more cardio in. :-)
Enjoy your day. Feels a little cooler so far today. Hope it stays that way. :-)
Sunday, August 19, 2012
So, you know the problem - large btm + small saddle = numbbumitis.
I'm pretty sure I mentioned this before, that I had bought a stationary bike for use with the Wii, but that five minutes on the saddle was leaving me with a very numb bum.
The problem is that I've always had a large derriere, even when I was a skinny widget, so even if I become a skinny widget again one day, that large portion is a fixture in my life :-)
Well, recently I heard of a potentially miraculous cure - soft saddle covers!
Last week, as we were strolling by Halfords, I decided to pop in and see if they had ever heard of them, and as luck would have it, they had! There were only two to choose from, so I picked the cheaper of the two - a geltech bike saddle cover - and bought it.
When I got it home, however, there was a problem. The so-called stretchy lycra edging didn't stretch enough to fit over my saddle! So, I fitted it on as best I could and tried it out.
It did help... Not as much as I'd like, but I can definitely use the bike for longer than a few minutes and still feel my btm when I get off. I'm just hoping that through regular use, I'll gradually manage to stay on longer and longer.
But there still remained the lack of stretch issue. I couldn't just balance it on the saddle every time I used it.
So, being handy with a pair of scissors, I pulled out the cord used to tighten the cover over the saddle, cut two snips in the lycra edging at the widest points of the saddle cover, then threaded the cord back through.
Maybe one day I'll find one that fits the saddle better, but in the meantime...
Today I danced three Black Eyed Peas on the Wii, and did Today's Challenge on Exerbeat. Then I did a 30 minute Kendall Hogan Aerobic video followed by two miles of walking with Leslie Sansone.
A nice collection of cardio that totalled about 75 mins.
As for my health issues...
I was trying to keep it quiet around Tara that rectal polyps can be cancerous, so as not to worry her, but she told a friend about it all, who very kindly told her that they can be sometimes. So now she knows... and is remarkably calm about it, thank the gods! Mind you, we have had two previous lump scares - A few years ago I found a lump that turned out to be endometriosis trapped in my caesarian scar, and then there was that breast lump that turned out to be a nasty but benign cyst. As both of those turned out fine, I think that is helping her remain calm about this one.
However, as both my Dad, and his Mum died of cancer, lumps of any kind do automatically put the idea in your head. However, that is a perfectly natural thing to think about, and the odds of the polyp being benign are greatly in my favour. :-)
I'm kind of thankful to the diverticular disease really, because if it hadn't been for that pain, the doc wouldn't have booked me in for that barium enema and I wouldn't know about the polyp.
Silver linings - gotta love 'em! :-)
Enjoy your Sunday!
Friday, August 17, 2012
...because my ultrasound and barium enema test results had come in. They found some stuff...
The ultrasound revealed fibroids in my womb. Apparently they are too small to remove, but are likely responsible for my heavy TOMs and some of the associated pain.
The barium enema confirmed that I have Diverticular Disease. There are quite a number of the little diverticula in the area where the bulk of my pain and discomfort is felt, so nice one Doc for figuring that out. :-) So that really bad patch I went through was definitely Diverticulitis.
I would have liked that to be it. After all, fibroids and diverticular disease is enough for anyone, right?
What is it with me and the number three? LOL
Yes, they found a third thing...
The barium also showed up a Polyp in my rectum. That is the kicker in all of this, because the diverticular disease is basically managed by diet, and the fibroids aren't a major issue at the moment.
However, this polyp is an unwelcome intrusion that requires further unwelcome intrusions! ;-)
I have to see a surgeon to have it looked at more closely, biopsied and possibly removed depending on how it looks when he gets his instruments up there for a closer inspection. Can't say I'm exactly thrilled to hear this. :-(
They are usually benign, but can be cancerous. Dr. P said that I could possibly live with a polyp in there for forty years and never have a problem with it, or even know it is there, but the fact is that once it is found, it has to be dealt with because it could create more problems down the line, even if in itself it isn't causing any trouble now.
Also, I'll have to have regular check ups after to make sure no more have appeared. Joy! Joy! Joy! My bottom on annual view for the foreseeable future!
So, I'm off to see whether there is a Diverticular Disease Spark Group. Somewhere where toilet humour is required for sure. :-)
Catch you later. Saving the rest of my news for another blog.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Here we are, at the final day of the Olympics, and therefore of our challenge. Please let me know how many gold, silver and bronzes you earned while exercising this last couple of weeks, and I'll hold the awards ceremony shortly. :-)
This is how it works:
From today (28th July) until the close of the Olympic Games on 12th August, how many medals - Gold, Silver and Bronze, can you earn while exercising?
Aerobic type exercise, i.e. jogging, cycling, aerobics, swimming, dancing, Exerbeat for Wii, or other exercise games, etc
10 minutes = Bronze
20 minutes = Silver
30 minutes = Gold
Strength-type exercise involving repetitions
5 reps = Bronze
10 reps = Silver
15 reps = Gold
My personal medals Table:
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
Keeping it short today. Stinky headache won't leave me in peace. *growl*
Enjoy the Olympic Closing Ceremony tonight! Can't wait to see all our amazing athletes parading with their medals! Some will be bent double with the weight! LOL
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