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Nothing like a good chat with your Bestie to brighten your day.

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. :-)
Lex xxx
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SCIFIREADER 8/23/2012 5:25PM

    Love brown rice, we use that and whole grain pasta and I enjoy the taste. The texture of the brown rice is a little different but I like the taste of it. Mom has trouble with diverticular since she had part of her colon removed, so know what you mean about the flare ups.

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SCREWIE 8/22/2012 7:49AM

    Good find with the brown rice, I'll check it out too!

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YOYONOMORE1 8/20/2012 8:13PM

    I like the brown rice and the whole grain pasta, I like the nutty flavor. Good your bestest friend could give you advice on which foods to try. We have been having kind of fall like weather, cool at night and first thing in the morning and I am liking it. I am a fall person. Have a good week.


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BOVEY63 8/20/2012 5:26PM

    Wonderful catching up with your bestie and that she had good food advice was a bonus! Good luck with her suggestions.

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CHICCHANTAL 8/20/2012 3:12PM

    My bestie is an absolute sweetie but she's not that chatty.

Well done with the brown everything - I don't mind the rice, but I really don't do wholewheat pasta.

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CARLA-216 8/20/2012 11:29AM

    Awesome to get to talk to your bestest friend. Mine lives about 2 miles away and we don't even have monthly chats like that. :(

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NEW-CAZ 8/20/2012 10:34AM

    Doing well Lex, it's a new learning curve for you.
I adore brown rice and get the "cook in a bag in 25mins" variety. Why make life difficult.

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SENATOR9 8/20/2012 8:55AM

    Love brown rice .

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POLSKARENIA 8/20/2012 8:30AM

    Going well Lex - keep up the good work. Well done on incorporating the brown rice into your diet successfully - here's to a little more creative cookery to speed you on your way!!

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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.

Perfect! LOL

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!
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 8/20/2012 11:28AM

    I used to joke that if I were to buy a bicycle, I'd want to put a tractor seat on it. ROFL Glad you found a gel seat to help a bit. I bought one some time ago and it didn't do much for me.

Good thoughts that the polyp is not cancer. Hopefully this will fall into the "Good Things Come In 3s" category, and be the third lump you've had that is benign!

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SCREWIE 8/20/2012 5:19AM

    Hope all goes well with the polyps.

You will get used to the bike. When I got my own bike, the first few weeks were a right pain, anything over 1/2 hour would leave my bum really sore. After a while, cycling 30 minutes to an hour a day, it got better, and now I could spend the whole day on it :)

And I don't think big or small bums make a difference.

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_LINDA 8/20/2012 12:45AM

    Way to go solving your bike bottom business!! Awesome fitness! Today I was a total sloth -just sat on my expanding butt and read and then just did laundry for my only activity. Got to work tomorrow and get back to sweating it up, afraid of what the scale will say after my not so good long weekend trip..
So glad you don't have the big C and that Tara is calm about it. The main thing is always making sure everything gets checked out to keep the fears at bay. Nothing is insignificant.
Have a Marvelous Monday!
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 8/19/2012 11:27PM

    I knkw your pain. Glad thr cover fits emoticon

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BOVEY63 8/19/2012 7:22PM

    My grandma solved the small seat issue by having a tractor seat mounted onto her stationary bike. It worked great for all sizes!

So sorry someone had to spill the beans to Tara. Continued prayers that all goes well for you.

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CHICCHANTAL 8/19/2012 4:06PM

    Re 'The so-called stretchy lycra edging didn't stretch enough to fit over my saddle!'

Where you say 'my' saddle, you are trying to put it on the saddle of the bike, not your own saddle aren't you?

(dives for cover)

When will you hear about the polyps sweetie? Keeping everything crossed for you . . .

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SENATOR9 8/19/2012 9:51AM

    Good on the seat

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2012 9:28AM

    I've been getting saddle soreness for ages, I'm told vaseline is the way to go plus I've made a padded cover from some old workout tops. it's helping.

I think it's good that your daughter has that information, far less scary than imagining the worst with just a little knowledge.

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LOVESLIFE48 8/19/2012 8:53AM

    I hate bike seats!! At the gym I too get a numb bum!!!

Good luck with the polyp, positive vibes coming your way my friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/19/2012 8:44AM

    hubby had to change my bike seat too! reall big and padded! the one in the house is made for a tractor!!!! emoticon

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Last chance to get your medal count in for the Olympic Exercise Challenge

Saturday, August 18, 2012

It looks like we have a run away winner, but you all have one more day to get your medal count in, so that may still change! :-)

Look! We have a hedgehog in our garden!

Goodness knows he has a feast out there with all the snails and slugs. Enough to keep him full until winter, I reckon!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Bit hot for me...
Lex xxx

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CARLA-216 8/20/2012 11:24AM

    Nice garden guest you have there!

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SCREWIE 8/20/2012 5:20AM

    It's cute!

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CHICCHANTAL 8/19/2012 3:30AM

    Whenever I feel a bit low, I'll say to myself: 'Life could be worse, you could be a hedgehog living off slugs and snails and puppy dog tails.'

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2012 3:21AM

    I adore hedgehogs Lex, you are lucky to have one. We had a whole family last autumn and fed them dog food until they hibernated.

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Summoned by the Doctor this morning... (may be TMI for some)

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.
Lex xxx

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JWOURMS 8/20/2012 8:17AM

    Laugh out loud funny slogan art. Sounds like your keeping in good humour while restricted to the bathroom.

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SCREWIE 8/20/2012 5:32AM

    Sending good wishes, I hope all turns out well x

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BOVEY63 8/17/2012 6:24PM

    Prayers that all goes well with your visit to the surgeon.

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ANNEMAC5 8/17/2012 3:08PM

    especially for you ! glad you got my note now deleted.

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POLSKARENIA 8/17/2012 2:44PM

    Hang in there - I've had countless polyps removed vaginally - you'll be ok, I'm sure.
I had a myomectomy last year to remove a huge fibroid - it was about 10cm or 4" in 3D, not nice, but boy did I feel better after, and as soon as I recuperated I found that other health problems melted away too.... they had been masking the fibroid, which actually didn't cause me any pain until my doctor examined me, then it really hurt!!
Love your pics and quotes too!!

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CHICCHANTAL 8/17/2012 2:23PM

    Doesn't sounds like a lot of fun darling, I'm sorry. Be brave.

Since bad news traditionally comes in 3s, at least you got them all at once.

And trying to look on the bright side: if your bottom is going to be on regular view, you've got a terrific incentive to work at your sparking and get it smaller. You'll be a size 6 by Christmas and none of us will be able to find you! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/17/2012 10:48AM

what a pain in the a&se... sorry had to be said.

I am truly sorry you've had this diagnosis but at least there is treatment, however unpalatable/embarressing/inconviene

With any ailment it's good to draw comfort from others going through it and help and advice that the docs usually fail to mention.

I hope it all works out for you Lex, I know that you'll do your darnest to remain positive, but if it ever gets too much you're welcome to let off steam in my direction emoticon emoticon

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TATINE 8/17/2012 10:48AM

    You sound like a real trooper! good for you for getting all the tests done in the first place!! i know it doesn't sound very pleasant and who would choose if they had the choice.....but hey, you are not alone! Wishing you lots of peace of mind within it all.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2012 10:37AM

    Awwww . . . wishing you good luck and (absolute a pun intended) and can put this behind you! Sorry, couldn't resist. But the good luck wish is real for sure. You're probably right that it would be helpful to join a group dealing with your issues . . . good luck!!

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Last Day of my Olympic Challenge

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
30th: NONE
31st: 1 gold and 1 silver - Aerobics
1st: 1 silver - Boxing, 1 silver - Aerobics
2nd: NONE
3rd: NONE
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

Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 8/15/2012 6:05PM

    Great job on your medals. Sure enjoyed the closing ceremonies!

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POLSKARENIA 8/14/2012 1:43PM

    Well done! You and Team GB did good!!

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_LINDA 8/14/2012 1:30AM

    Well done Lexie! I am at a dilemma. I have no idea how to count mine up. This is because in my bootcamp and Boxercise classes (taken four times a week, they do strength training reps inbetween the cardio. There is no way I could keep track or remember it all (except that it was a killer and FAR too many reps *arms feeling like they are going to fall off and thankful I have strong legs to hold me up*) I never exercise for less than 30 min at a time, and all my classes are 60 or 75 min long. So just taking the raw number of minutes without breaking it down into ST as well, I end up with 81 gold of just general fitness..
Oh I really loved watching the Olympics, and because of that and going to the Ex two evenings, I actually didn't get my usual number of fitness minutes in!
Great idea this was!
Have a Terrific Tuesday!

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SISSYFEB48 8/14/2012 12:09AM

    Good for you!

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SCREWIE 8/13/2012 10:48AM

    I didn't keep count either, but i think I managed at least an hour of something or other most days.

I just caught the end of the ceremony - Roger Daltrey still rocks! I grabbed the chance to give my niece a musical education :D

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SENATOR9 8/13/2012 9:00AM

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YOYONOMORE1 8/12/2012 7:31PM

    Lexi so glad to see you around on the boards and blogs. Hope you get rid of your headache.


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NEW-CAZ 8/12/2012 2:32PM

    The closing ceremony should be spectacular...wonder who'll extinguish the flame emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 8/12/2012 2:20PM

    I've lost count. Hm, let me see. . . I make it six visits to the gym and four long walks, so ten golds.

I'd prefer them converted into Sparkgoodies please, and it's time you visited my blog too.

(rubs hands)

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