Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I've always been healthy and thankful for the fact that I rarely even get a cold, let alone have to go to the doctor other than an annual visit.
The last year or so I've really been working to get in shape, lose weight and eat better to make sure that the last part of my life is healthier than before. In another month or so I will turn the big 50 which doesn't feel possible, but there's no stopping it! I know there are many issues that can develop with age and I'm doing my best to avoid them.
Last fall I had a good report during my annual checkup - weight was down, cholesterol was down and all my lab work showed healthy results! I was pleased...as was my doctor! :)
About a day or two later I noticed a rash on my lower back and started having severe back pain. After lots of googling and self diagnosing, and then a visit back to the doctor, it was determined that it was shingles. Once I got on medicine it cleared up quickly and from what I've seen of other cases, I was fortunate that it wasn't more severe. That was that.
All was well and good until a few weeks ago. I woke up one morning and felt like my ear was plugged up/hearing lots of "white noise" and thought maybe I had a cold coming on or a wax buildup. Well, long story short, after ear drops, various sinus & head clearing medication nothing made a bit of difference. So off to the doctor AGAIN! She didn't find any obstruction and sent me on to an ENT. :( More money out the pocket! The ENT did testing and evaluating and seems to think it's Menieres disease. He put me on Prednisone & a diuretic to see if those will help. So far it hasn't. I'm due to go back for a follow up next week...oh goody...another specialist co-pay!
So if in fact it is Menieres, I'll learn to adjust and figure out how to deal with the dizziness episodes and ear issues. I still can't complain because it's nothing compared to the really tough health issues that others have to live with. This is just more of an annoyance so far.
And since I'm whining...I messed up my foot when I ran on Sunday. I'm not sure what I did, but the sidewalks were still pretty icy and I was over ambitious when I planned my route, so I bit off more than I could chew and came home wiped out. My right foot has been sore, but is improving so I don't think it's serious. I've just had to put off my runs for a few days to let it heal. Hopefully by Friday I can get back out there! I really don't want to lose my mojo!
What a fun blog to read, huh?! Sometimes it just feels good to get it out.
If you read all the way here, thanks for "listening" to my sniveling. There's really nothing to complain about in the grand scheme of things...it may just be that I have a new normal to get used to.
Monday, December 24, 2012
I still have a hard time saying I'm a runner.
Partly because I don't feel like one. In my head I still have those scoffing thoughts that say..."HA! I'm not a REAL runner!"
I don't look like those sleek runners I pass on the trails.
I use Jeff Galloway's method of run/walk/run so I'm not "running" the whole time.
I'm not fast by any sense of the word!
Should I be using the term jogger instead of runner?
But regardless of what title I use and in spite of those negative thoughts that bounce around in my head, I still have to feel good about how far I've come. So for this post, when I use the term run or running, you'll know what that term means for me.
I started last February with the C25K program and ran my first 5k at the end of April. I've not competed in any more events but I've kept up with my running consistently and it has become a part of who I am. I run 4 times per week and cross train the other 2 days.
On my run days, I wake up early thinking about what route I will take in our neighborhood and I can't go back to sleep! I just want to get out there! If you would have told me even 2 years ago that I would be waking up with those thoughts, I'd have told you, you're crazy!
I have to say, as I've heard others say, that the first mile is the hardest, and I have to agree. That first mile is the hardest part of my run. But once that mile is past, I get into my rhythm and enjoy the journey. I normally do 3 miles 3 days a week and then on the weekend I'll do a little longer route since I have more time. This week, since I'm off work I have more time and can do longer runs. This morning I went 4.25 miles. It was amazing to me how good I felt and how I felt like I could keep going. I really can get into a zone and just run. My body has come a long way in this last year. I used to think I could never run anything longer than a 5k, but now I'm thinking it may be possible.
I love the feelings I get from running! I love the changes that are happening to me physically and mentally. And this from someone that used to HATE exercise!!
And thanks to SparkPeople and all my Spark friends for helping me and encouraging me on this journey!!
Thursday, November 01, 2012
I've failed...I sit here eating this stupid "fun size" Halloween candy and can't stop. "Fun size?" For who?! I'm not having fun! I was hoping I had more self control with this stuff...but once I start, I can't stop. I think I have to get strict with myself again. I slacked off and started allowing myself to have a treat here and there, but then I just get altogether careless and by evening time, my calorie intake is shot.
I need to get a grip! The chocolate is not going to satisfy anything. I need to turn to other things to fill the needs, food won't do it..it only leaves me feeling defeated and guilty.
I've made myself sick on chocolate tonight...but tomorrow is a new day.
The first step is admitting I have a problem, right?! So I admit it. I'm not as disciplined as I've pretended to be. Food still has a hold on me.
Hi, my name is Lois, and I'm a chocoholic.
Friday, September 28, 2012
It's quiet at the office today so I thought I'd play some music while I work. Years ago I made a mixed CD with various worship and meditative songs.
Life can get stressful and chaotic and it's easy to get caught up in worry about the future. This old worship song brought my focus back to where it should be. It IS all about Him!
It's all about You, Jesus
And all this is for You
For Your glory and your fame
It's not about me
As if You should do things my way
You alone are God
And I surrender to your ways
Jesus, lover of my soul
All consuming fire is in Your gaze
Jesus, I want you to know
I will follow you all my days
For no one else in history is like you
And history itself belongs to you
Alpha and Omega, You have loved me
And I will share eternity with You
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