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It's okay; they're *medicinal* potato chips

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I was having a tough time pulling back out of the body crisis of Saturday's ride, and then a friend with LOTS of riding experience insisted that I eat potato chips: lots of salt and potassium.

And by gum if it didn't help LOADS. Potato chips. Who knew they could be health food?!

I will be reserving this little health tip only for specific times, like right before Pedal to the Point and right after. But it's nice to have one more item in the old arsenal.

In the meantime, my daughter is now flattened with an abscessed tonsil. We had to take her to Urgent Care this afternoon, and they want her to go and get it lanced and then see about having her tonsils out. She wants NOTHING to do with this plan.

When they're in their late 20s, you can't just bundle them into the car and carry them into the hospital anymore.

They gave her antibiotics, and I hope that does the job. She has a wedding to go to in Florida in two weeks, so tonsils out right now are a no--she is maid of honor, after all!

So, way too much health stuff going on here. Hoping for a boring rest of July, healthwise!

  
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OPTIMIST1948 7/11/2013 8:18PM

    Your title made me laugh. alot. Thank you!

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NANHBH 7/11/2013 8:51AM

    MissG,

Thanks for the medicinal potato chip tip! I think I could have used that knowledge after my first triathlon this year. I got the shakes so bad, I just didn't feel well that whole day. Like Sheila, I think I'll have to add that to my first aid kit!
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I hope your daughter does consider having her tonsils out. I had mine out when I was 21 -- and it improved my health tremendously.
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DOGLADY13 7/10/2013 6:54PM

    I'm going to pretend I never saw that potato chip remedy. I don't need any more rationalizations to help convince me to eat chips.

Honestly, you family has had enough illness and medical problems for the year. This is crazy. Here's hoping the antibiotics work.

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JANETRIS 7/10/2013 6:34PM

    Hope your daughter feels better quickly to enjoy the wedding! I may have to fill my medicine cabinet and stock up if you know what I mean!?!? emoticon

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UKMOM638 7/10/2013 5:42PM

    Wishing everyone a speedy recovery! emoticon emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 7/10/2013 3:29PM

    I hope things get better.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/10/2013 2:37PM

    I'm one of those wierd people that is actually supposed to be on a high salt diet to help prevent dehydration and low blood pressure. My doctor told me to eat Pringles! Got to love it!

It is a good tip to replenish sodium and potassium when feeling low on a bike ride. I always carry an "emergency" supply of foods when my husband and I got out on the tandem. My husband has a tendency to not drink or eat enough when riding, so I've learned my lesson with him.

I'm glad you found something that helped you out.

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DAWNSJOURNEY 7/10/2013 9:34AM

    Hope your daughter gets better by the wedding .. Medicinal chips.. :) girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.. I do know salt is important after a long ride on a hot day thoe.. be careful and ride on !!

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FLYER99 7/10/2013 9:20AM

    Wishing all the best for your daughter. Have a wonderful day!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/10/2013 9:08AM

    That's a tip I'm going to use!

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NATPLUMMER 7/10/2013 9:02AM

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JLITT62 7/10/2013 9:00AM

    Dark chocolate pretzels are one of my fav recovery foods after a hard run!

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LKWQUILTER 7/10/2013 7:00AM

    Praying for your daughter and that she gets better soon. I sure like the info about potato chips. I will have to tell my dh.

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TATTER3 7/10/2013 6:23AM

    Had my tonsils out in my 20's. It's an overnighter and the recovery is quick. Giterdone!!!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 7/10/2013 5:53AM

    Medicinal chips, who would have thought it? Good luck with the health issues.

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RASPBERRY56 7/10/2013 4:49AM

    May have to use that tactic to explain *chocolate*!

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Hope all your family health issues clear up ASAP!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/10/2013 1:37AM

   
Medicinal tater chips! Gotta love it! I better go stock up my first aid kit!
I hope your daughter heals up quickly!

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VIPERSWEB 7/10/2013 12:28AM

    Hope you and your daughter (and rest of the family) remain healthy!

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KESTRYLL 7/10/2013 12:21AM

    Good luck!

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LATTELEE 7/10/2013 12:19AM

  Good luck

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Not my best riding day

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I biked 35 miles yesterday, but they were not good miles. I had intended to make a 55-mile loop, but just 5 miles in (while watching the traffic light and the traffic instead of looking at the road) I hit a piece of rebar that caused my front tire to scoot out from under me, throwing me toward traffic that was starting to move. I stopped myself from falling into the street by *putting my hand on a moving car.*

Needless to say, I was sort of jangled with adrenaline by all that.

I biked 5 more miles, trying to get myself calmed down, but I was struggling. So when I got to a charming little village I pulled over, sat down on a bench, ate a banana, drank some water, and got myself calmer. I went on from there, headed south and slightly upstream into a mild headwind. I wasn't expecting to be fast, but I was surprised at how bad I felt. I had to stop and rest again after another 5 miles, and then at 18 miles, when I reached the top of a hill I simply had to throw myself down on the grass, gasping for air.

That's when I cut the ride short. I started back, and it was definitely easier, but every climb was doing me in WAY more than it should have. Stopped after 5 miles to buy a coke, and then after another 3 to buy some Gatorade. I texted hubby to let him know I might need a rescue, but decided to keep going. Stopped one last time about 4 miles from home to take shelter under a gas station for 10 minutes of absolute deluge, then made the final press for home.

About two blocks from home, I started wondering if I was having a heart attack. The road was flat, but I still felt terrible. I felt like I couldn't catch my breath at all. I briefly considered calling for a rescue but realized I could be home before he could get in the car and come get me.

Got home, told hubby my concerns, decided to take a shower to get the sweat off, and then noticed that I was fighting cramps in my thighs, feet, and calves. Sure sign of potassium deficiency. Decided that an immediate trip to ER was not necessary.

I'm still going to call my doctor on Monday and go in to get checked out. I don't feel 100% back to normal yet, but no real chest or back pain,

  
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HILLSLUG98239 7/11/2013 11:44AM

    On the plus side, you have another story to tell when you're hanging out with other riders.

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NANHBH 7/11/2013 8:54AM

    WOW, I'm reading your blogs backward, so I know that the medicinal potato chips helped you. But that must have been really scary - especially the part about putting your hand on a moving car to get your balance! That could have been disastrous. Glad that you are OK.
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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/10/2013 1:43AM

    Very scary! What did the doc say? Hope you are feeling better today!

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RUNASHLEYRUN 7/8/2013 3:57PM

  Oh wow! Very scary! Glad you are recovering!!

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MSANITAL 7/8/2013 8:39AM

    OMG I would be so scared.. and I am glad you turned around are you riding when it is wicked hot? because heat has a huge factor with riding I mean we do not feel the heat when riding because we are moving fast but really it does effect us.. and hydration should be double then what you normally take in..

Also there are this potassium and magnesium pills I get at the bike shop called hot legs they work great.. ...

Hope everything checks out with you, be safe and easy dose it



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TATTER3 7/8/2013 6:37AM

    Bless your heart. Be careful!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/8/2013 5:45AM

    I am glad you had the intelligence to STOP and GO HOME when you did. Maybe it was the near miss, maybe it was the potassium. But in anycase it was the right decision.

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MOTLEM 7/7/2013 10:02PM

    I hope you are feeling much better now after that terrible bike ride. I commented on the forum and then found you had a blog...

Stay safe and be careful on your bike.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/7/2013 8:39PM

    I hope you are feeling better by the time you read this. That sounds like one tough ride.

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SHAMILTON311 7/7/2013 6:24PM

    I ended up in the ER (sent by a doctor). It turned out to be Pulmonary Emboli. They are blood clots, which originate in the legs and go to the lungs. I had symptoms of struggling to breathe on my walk on the road. I felt exhausted, could hardly finish my walk. If blood clots go to the lungs, they cause pulmonary emboli, to the heart a heart attack, to the brain a stroke. thirty percent of people who get blood clots die if they don't get medical attention in the first hour. I think most doctors would tell you to get to the Er immediately. I will be thinking of you.

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CHEFSOPHIE 7/7/2013 4:59PM

    You did have a challenging afternoon. emoticon

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JANETRIS 7/7/2013 3:55PM

    emoticon very scary indeed....hope you figure out the cause of all the distress. Could have just been the "car Incident"....So glad you are OK now...take it easy!! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 7/7/2013 12:59PM

    Yikes! Scary. I'm glad it wasn't a heart attack and you are recovering.

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Taking my own medicine

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I am recovering from a stress fracture in my left foot. I am allowed to bike and swim, but not run for 6 weeks. Because of the change in my gait, I have to be careful not to walk too much because my knee starts hurting.

But I am barely able to keep myself off my feet today. I swam this morning, but because of timing I only got in 20 minutes. 20 minutes is not a tragic workout, but it's not as much as I would like. I biked an hour yesterday and almost 2 the day before, so a short workout today is in no way tragic. And yet I still am feeling nervous about the short workout.

On a regular basis, I am on here encouraging people with injuries to be patient with themselves and allow time for healing. But I'm very bad and taking my own advice.

Time to listen to my own good words. A little down time is a good idea when recovering from injuries. I will be fine. I will be fine. I will be fine.

  
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NANHBH 7/11/2013 9:00AM

    Dang, Girl, if it weren't for bad luck, you wouldn't have any luck! Take it easy. Listen to your own good advice.
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OPTIMIST1948 6/30/2013 3:34PM

    Stress fracture. Dont those come from OVERUSE? Consider this a signal from your body to slow the heck down. If you still want to run, you can do water-running.

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JUST2OFUS 6/28/2013 8:06AM

    I have Post Polio Syndrome, had Polio as a child and I want to say.....You need to take care of your body. Please don't take the ability to walk, run and exercise for granted. I am unable to walk far, and can only stand for about 15 mins with out severe pain. Please take the time to heal, or you might join me in my chair someday.

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APPLESBANANAS 6/27/2013 8:53PM

    Is there a new activity that you are allowed to try that isn't weight-bearing? Maybe try some of the workout videos for abs or arms that you haven't done before. I know it's not nearly as intense as the cardio workout you've been getting, but it would spice things up while you're staying off the foot. I hope you heal quickly and get back soon.

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DAWNSJOURNEY 6/27/2013 2:39PM

    You will be fine and you do need to give it the time to heal right so you don't injure it again when it is healed.

IT is so easy to give advice and hard to take our own...

I see you doing the best you can with your situation and know this isn't a race and you're still winning ...

hugs and healing,
Dawn

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 6/27/2013 11:58AM

    I know what you mean - being put out of commission is a hard thing to handle. Even when we know we need to take it easy - it isn't easy. Yesterday I was wearing my FitBit and having problems with asthma. At night I almost had 5,000 steps and wanted to get them. Then I was thinking, "what, am I crazy? I'm sick!" It is hard because we really want to succeed - but those who succeed are also smart enough to take it easy when they need to. Take it one step at a time - and hopefully you will heal quickly.

Sumay

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DOGLADY13 6/27/2013 11:51AM

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You will make it through quickly, especially if you can still bike and swim.

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HILLSLUG98239 6/26/2013 6:23PM

    Grouse to me all you want - I know exactly how you feel! From my reclining perch on the futon, I see neighborhood kids on their bikes. I envy them so!

Soon, though, we will both be back in the game, all healed up, and loaded for bear. Look out, world!

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WILSHAR7 6/26/2013 3:52PM

    It's easy to give other people advice, but it's hard for us to take our own advice. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. I give out the same kind of advice, but am reluctant to use it myself.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 6/26/2013 3:51PM

    Let yourself heal so you can go out full force when your foot is back to normal! You don't want to make it worse. emoticon

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Stop Settling

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

On a Spark Team I lead, a woman posted a concern about her feelings of fatigue when performing a certain kind of exercise. A bunch of us jumped in to say, oh yeah, that's really common when you first start out because you are not performing the exercise in an efficient way, and here are some tips for how you can make it much more effective and less likely to cause injury.

"Oh, thank you," she said. "I just figured it was happening because I'm fat."

I've also seen topics where women went to the doctor for a problem and only got a diagnosis of "it's because you're fat; lose weight." Even when the problem had nothing to do with their body size. And these women just accepted that answer.

I've done it myself. When I only had one bike and was riding a lot, I was continually needing to adjust the seat height. "Well," I thought, "that's because you're so heavy. You're just making the seat go down."

Then I got my hybrid bike, and I never had a problem with the seat height changing on it. Still, it didn't occur to me that the problem might be mechanical rather than my fault until my daughter Erin started riding that bike and had the same seat-slip issue. That was when we finally took it to the bike shop and found out that the seat stem was the wrong diameter for the bike. Because it was Erin, I thought of doing something to fix the situation. When it was just me? Well, I just had to settle for what I could manage.

When you're fat, there is a lot of assumption by society that anything wrong with you is wrong because you are fat. And that you should be ashamed of your body size and simply endure the failure state of whatever is wrong, because it's clearly being caused by your fatness.

So we settle. We assume the guilt for any failure is in ourselves, not in the product or service that failed. We are too ashamed to even ask whether the problem might not be our fault; we just assume the failure is personal and, silently and in deep embarrassment, endure it.

It's time to stop that. Yes, there are situations where weight is a contributing factor to a problem, but we need to stop just assuming that weight is the only possible factor. We need to ask questions and really look at the answers. Because the first answer may be predicated on weight assumptions made by the person we're asking. If the answer is "you just have to deal with it," it's time to ask about alternatives.

We may be on this journey with the goal of losing that weight and getting into better shape, but that doesn't mean that we should punish ourselves by settling for now.

  
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NANHBH 7/11/2013 9:03AM

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/28/2013 12:26PM

    Well said MissG! And sometimes its our fault because we are "just women". Grrrrr. Don't even get me started!


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SOKKERNUT 6/26/2013 10:47AM

    emoticon blog!

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MANDIETERRIER1 6/25/2013 4:05PM

    I love this it is a very good blog

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XCLOSED 6/25/2013 3:05PM

  yep, even fat people have fattitudes and perpetuate/join in with the fat bashing/rationalizations... we all need to stop ascribing issues/solutions to a persons weight and deal with the specific. excellent thougths, thanks for sharing!

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HILLSLUG98239 6/25/2013 1:07PM

    Well, yeah.

There's a woman with whom I frequently share an elevator ride in the morning. She's a little plump, and like most people I encounter, she's amazed I commute by bike. She often comments that she really needs to work out, but she's just not a morning person. I point out to her that the best time to work out is when you're actually going to do it. Yes, there's evidence morning workouts are more effective, but if you're not a morning person, feeling guilty about not working out is not going to change the fact you're not a morning person.

The next time I share an elevator ride with her, I hope to hear she's found a way to squeeze a workout into her evenings. We function best as a society when each of us works to our full potential, not when each of us comply with a given set of norms. Fat people should NOT expect to be unhealthy just because they're fat. We can all make positive choices for our health and well-being.

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DARKLIGHT31 6/25/2013 12:42PM

    Very true -- well said!

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NATPLUMMER 6/25/2013 12:38PM

    Excellent!!

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KANSASROSE67 6/25/2013 12:02PM

    Excellent blog!

I believe we settle for a lot of reasons, not always because of feeling fat. Feelings of inadequacy can take many forms.

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JANETRIS 6/25/2013 11:34AM

    Well said Miss G....this is a long lifetime journey. We can't just settle and wait for someday when the weight is all of. You are right . We need to dig deep to make the best and most of the day! emoticon

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Snippity snip snip

Friday, June 21, 2013

Me making an appointment to get my hair cut always ends up sounding like some kind of tense hostage situation: "I'm in the bathroom with a pair of scissors. I swear I'll do it!"

In the meantime, the receptionist is telling me to calm down and just give her a little bit of time; she's sure she can find me an appointment if I'll just give her a little bit of time…

  
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JANETRIS 6/22/2013 11:00PM

    Ya...can't stand making haircut appointments ahead of time....I just go along and then wake one morning and decide I need it cut NOW! LOL... emoticon

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TATTER3 6/22/2013 12:23PM

    LOL!!!!

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CAROLIAN 6/22/2013 2:53AM

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IMREITE 6/22/2013 2:52AM

    i am kinda weird. i go to walk in places and get my hair cut. i figured if i dont like it, it will grow back.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/21/2013 10:40PM

    You are so me! I just did that the other day. I am forever taking the scissors to my hair. I did finally break down and get an appointment. It has to be the same day for me. When I want my hair cut, it want it now!

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SUSIEMT 6/21/2013 5:54PM

    LOL!!!

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BARDIC_GRRL 6/21/2013 5:01PM

    Mine are more like lonely suicide attempts. Alone in the bathroom, usually no clothes. I look at the shears, I look at the mirror. I look at the shears, I look at the mirror. Eventually I take hold of a hank of hair from the back of my head and try to adjust my grip on the shears to accommodate the impossible angle. Nothing. I try again.

Finally I put down the shears, lean my forehead against the sink in mortal despair, throw on a bathrobe and go make an appointment.

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NATPLUMMER 6/21/2013 2:30PM

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