Friday, May 25, 2012
Heavens above, yesterday was quite a day! One of those days that makes you look forward to a long, hot, soak in the tub and a glass of wine in the evening.
I had been waiting on a local handyman to come and do a few things in the yard. He was here a week ago and did some planting. I had other little jobs that were not urgent so between last week and today, he was working for other people on their urgent projects. I had a meeting scheduled for 10 to noon yesterday and first the guy who mows for me showed up at 8:15 and the handyman at 8:45. I got both settled with instructions and left for my meeting. The meeting ran long and I got home just in time to answer questions of the handyman about where to plant new shrubs and greet the housekeeper and get her started.
The afternoon brought itís own multitude of problems. The last job for the handyman was to replace a battery in one of the smoke detectors. Needless to say that the smoke detector didnít want to cooperate and continued to ďbeepĒ. So I had to call the electrician. In the meantime, we had a power outage and while my automatic generator came on, it didnít run very long. Ten minutes into the outage, my smoke detector corrected itself and quit ďbeepingĒ and a few minutes later the generator quit without the power coming back on. By now, I am glad that I had called the electrician. My husband decided to escape the turmoil and go for the mail. As he drove out of the drive, he found the power outage problem. It was a tree down on the lines. I called the electric company and they sent a crew out to remove the tree which in turn restored the power. The electrician never showed up so this morning I have to call him and cancel and call the company that services the generator.
Just one of those days. All small stuff, but a day crammed full of the small stuff.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Breakfast this morning was a bowl of mixed fruit with chia seeds. It had cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit and chia. Then one tablespoon of almond butter.
Lunch was this.
A vegan panini of red roasted pepper, mushrooms, spinach and Daiya cheese. Yummy!
Friday, March 09, 2012
I went for the first physical therapy appointment for the pain in my back today and must say that I am pain free for the first time in many months. I know it wonít last, but for now it feels good. They did traction, ultrasound deep heat therapy, massage, and tens unit and heat combined plus exercises. They sent me home with exercises to do twice a day and will evaluate how I am on Monday. For right now, I am happy and feeling good.
I have a board meeting tomorrow from 8:30 to 12 noon and not sure what the afternoon holds.
Monday, January 30, 2012
I had to look up transforming in the dictionary because somehow, it just didnít sound right. Webster tells me that transforming means to thoroughly or dramatically change in form, appearance, or character. Thatís not me. Boy, is that NOT me. In March of 2011, I became fed up with carrying around extra weight which was certainly aggravating my degenerative disk disease and arthritis. I had previously tried several diets none of which worked. First, hereís some background. In 2008, 09, and 10, I had issues with allergies including mysterious skin allergies. I went through many anti-inflammatory drugs, biopsies, internists, allergists, and dermatologists. I was on Prednisone off and on for years. The doctors all told me that I was having an allergic reaction to something, but they didnít know what despite various tests and none of the drugs they tried worked. Finally, one doctor discovered that I was very low on Vit. D and began me on a prescription dose. It took a couple of months, but it worked. My skin cleared up. A few months later, my internist, discovered that I was Hyperthyroid. Strange that after years, those two items showed up from blood tests that had been run by many doctors over many years and never showed up before.
All this seems to have nothing to do with my weight loss. But I believe it does. By March of 2011, I was relieved that I had solved one health problem, but was still over weight and suffering from back problems. My pain caused me to move less so I saw my weight creeping up even more. One night, I pulled out Dr. Joel Fuhrmanís book, Eat To Live and began to read it again. My husband encouraged me to give it a try but he reminded me that I needed to forget the word try, and just do it. Changing my way of eating meant that I was cooking for me and he was cooking for himself. He doesnít mind that because he is an excellent cook and enjoys it. He also doesnít mind eating a meatless meal from time to time.
Eat To Live is a low fat vegan plan. I had already given up soy because of the thyroid issue and so then I gave up meat, dairy, and oil. To my surprise, I started losing the weight. This was great! I liked to lose weight and had always loved vegetables so it was win-win. I am now within five pounds of a perfect weight for my height and bone size and have come to a stall. I wouldnít be unhappy at my current weight, except that I still have soft, fluffy, floppy areas.
Okay, allergy problem solved. Weight, mostly solved, but now I need to add in muscle, strength, and endurance. Will this quest never end? Seems not. I need to develop a consistent exercise program that will build muscle and strengthen core muscles.
I have decided that the word that must represent my journey is not transforming, but EVOLVING. Another word for never ending, starting over!
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