Tuesday, March 29, 2011
My co-worker is taking a week off (she's going to do lots of that this year. . .argh!) and I have cleaning jobs this week. It always seems like she takes time off on the weeks I have outside work. Anyway, I have already worked almost 20 hours in two days, and I didn't finish what I needed to today. . .so I have to go in even earlier tomorrow. I have a growing stack of personal work to bring home and do, and zero time for it.
I didn't get home tonight until after 8:00 p.m. and I am beyond beat. I already took pain meds, and I'm doing what I have to for in the morning and then going to bed.
Oh, did I mention my husband's vehicle is broken down and he's driving a borrowed car? He was supposed to get it running today (took a half day off to do it) and hit snags. It's not done, and he didn't do the grocery shopping today. I don't have time to do it. We're running out of groceries.
Calgon, take me away!!!!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Ginger went 48 hours with no prednisone, with no adverse consequences!!! I have to assume that either the yucca is working or she's just plain getting better. Whatever the reason, I'll take it :). She found one of her balls and played with it this morning. . .that's the first time since February 7th that she's done that. She is spending some time with her crate door open (when we can monitor her), and she is slowly gaining back some strength and coordination.
For the first time since this started, I'm getting a glimmer of hope that we might get back our Ginger the way she used to be. I know it will never truly be the same, because we can never let her go up and down steps again or do any jumping whatsoever. . .but it's so nice to see her naturally bubbly personality re-asserting itself so strongly now. I didn't realize how much I missed it until I saw her doing her "Vanna White" with the ball this morning, lol! She tosses it out of her mouth in a way that says "You know you want to throw this ball for me. . .c'mon and play!!!" I was ecstatic. Of course, we didn't encourage her to go chasing after it, but we did play with her a bit with it. She seems to be satisfied with that for the moment.
I keep reminding myself this is going to be a very long, slow road and to not get discouraged; it is getting a bit easier over time. I am still doing more research and learning more about supplements and diet changes that could help her healing process. Knowledge is power, and I am determined to learn of everything that we can safely do to help her get better.
Have a great Saturday, everyone!
Friday, March 25, 2011
I was worried over nothing! I actually had a pretty good loss this week, and I'm very happy about that. AND, my treadmill is clear again. . .I'm going to take myself a walk on it shortly. I feel really good about my progress so far. I am slowly changing my habits and the way I think about food (as fuel instead of comfort). I know I'm going to make it to my goal weight, and if it is slow that is a good thing. . .all along the way I'm learning the habits that will ensure I can maintain my loss once I get there. I am more excited about it this time than I ever have been. 3 cheers for slow and steady!!!!
Ginger isn't showing any ill effects from her little jog yesterday; she didn't even turn a paw back when I took her out after her breakfast this morning. I decided to drop her prednisone dosage to every 48 hours (the vet said 10 days on once a day, and yesterday was day 10). It's really the only way to see if the yucca is actually working. I should be able to tell by tomorrow morning; she will have 48 hours with no prednisone, and if the yucca is working I shouldn't notice any significant difference. I am praying that is what happens! From what I've read, if the yucca works for her, it will be in her system good by then. I let her stay out of her crate for a little bit this morning after I brought her back in from going potty, and I got a good indicator she is feeling better. . .I caught her heading for her bed with a piece of firewood to chew, lol. She doesn't eat it. . .she just chews it to bits and makes a big mess. I didn't feel like cleaning it up, so I took it away from her, but I consider that a good sign. I don't think she's hurting anymore---yeah!!!!
On the homefront, I'm going to work on getting my house cleaned more today. I finally caught up on my laundry yesterday, so today I'm tackling the floors (I hate doing floors, lol). It always amazes me that I clean other people's houses, and I don't keep mine up the way I should. What is it they say about the cobbler's children??? Anyway, I should be able to stay home all day and focus on the house. I worked in my sewing room yesterday, doing more sorting and organizing. I also have some alterations I'd like to do today and tomorrow, to clear them out before next week. I am working at Dillard's almost every day, and I have two houses to clean as well. It's going to be a busy week, and a healthy-eating challenge. . .but I believe I'm up for it after my success this week. I guess my weigh-in next week will tell the tale of how successful I was, huh?
Have a wonderful Sparkin' weekend, y'all!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Well, tomorrow is my official "weigh-in" day, and I have no clue if I will show a loss, gain, or stay the same. I was down a little yesterday morning, but I didn't weigh this morning. I've stuck mostly to my plan of portion control, but I've been on the high end of my calorie range. For some reason, I've been more hungry this week.
The good news is that dinner tonight was totally portioned out to proper serving sizes, and I took my time eating it. When I was finished, I was satisfied and not wanting to go raid the kitchen. I think I am slowly training my body to what I should be eating instead of the ginormous portions I've been accustomed to.
On another note, I took the first step toward making a commitment on the exercise front. I spotted a gym on my route Tuesday, and I paid a visit yesterday. I took the tour and spoke with a trainer and the owner. I am excited about the opportunity to do resistance work again like I did years ago. I haven't joined yet, but I know the particulars and I'm just waiting to be sure of our finances and then I'm going to take the plunge! I will definitely post about this when I do it, and let everyone know how it affects my weight loss and body image. I expect it will do wonders; I do have prior experience with working out, and got fabulous results. The difference this time is that I'm 20+ years older and my fibromyalgia is much worse now. However, forewarned is forearmed. The trainer is familiar with the issues involved in training with fibro, and I know to pace myself and modify-modify-modify. I will do the same with the workouts that I've been doing with the diet changes. . .take it slow and easy. I will get there, and it will be that much sweeter because I'll do it in a way I can sustain and enjoy!
Ginger's yucca came in today's mail, and I've already given her some of it. It will probably take a bit before we can see if it's going to make a difference, but I'll keep you posted. She seems to be doing pretty well the past few days. I did let her do a little slow run (on the leash) this afternoon, to get some of her pent-up energy out and see how she moved. She actually did far better than I expected her to. I put her in her crate to rest after that, and we shall see what tomorrow brings. Unless she shows no regression from it, we won't be repeating the experiment for a few weeks. Here goes nothing!
I think that brings us about up to date until I post about my weigh-in tomorrow. I'm hoping I'll have good news, but I'm not going to fret if it's otherwise. It's just one week of my life, and not the end of the world if I don't lose anything for one week. I keep reminding myself this is a journey, not a quick trip around the block. . .lol.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
It was grocery day, and guess what??? I actually got my groceries today! That is a huge improvement over the last several weeks, where I didn't get it done until Wed or Thurs. I'm slowly digging myself out of the hole that Ginger's crisis and subsequent greater need for caregiving has plunged me into. . .
She is having good days for the most part again, with little setbacks here and there. We are moving in the right direction so far as I can tell (and I'm not an expert, but doing more research every time a new issue crops up. . .at the rate I'm going, I will be an expert within the year, lol)! I have some yucca tincture on the way, and I am praying it will work and allow me to wean her off of the prednisone. If it does, she can be on it the rest of her life safely, if need be. I meet every new complication with more reading and searching for answers and alternatives to options we can't afford (surgery and/or veterinary hospitalization), and thus far, the Lord has blessed and shown me there is still much we can do to help her get better. Until we can get better consistency in her improvement, I'm keeping her on crate rest. I should not have listened to the vet about easing up on that! I seriously need to find time to talk to another vet. . .
As for my eating and exercise routines. . .the eating is not where it should be, but I'm tracking everything and keeping within the ranges on most things. I have noticed the sodium and fat numbers are creeping up higher than I care for and than is conducive to weight loss. I need to work on finding lower fat/sodium things I can eat when I'm pressed for time. The exercise is nil other than what I get from cleaning houses, which is nothing to sneeze at. I'm missing my treadmill and hoping to be able to get to it again by the end of the week. . .my husband is supposed to get the pc and Jeep parts out of the way by Thursday. Sigh, it's a neverending battle to keep the area clear so I can use the treadmill. He's not home when I use it, so I think he assumes I'm NOT using it. . .it's going to be a battle to get him to see how committed I am to sticking with my plan this time.
On other fronts, I saw another sign for a gym that is really a gym, and possibly a place I can afford to go. The name is "Fitness4Less," lol. Sounds worthy of checking out, which I might do tomorrow, if I can get out the door early enough to go by there on my way to church. Here's hoping it's a viable option for me! I know if I'm going to lose all this weight and keep it off, I am going to need some help other than just walking on the treadmill. . .and a personal trainer for a bit might not be a bad thing if I can scrape together the funds for it. I have to find a way to get around my fibro exercise intolerance, and that is going to take someone who is knowledgeable about the disease AND fitness to help me; it might be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but if so I'm going to keep on it until I find that needle!
Well, I guess that's about enough for today. It's getting late and I need to put a load of laundry in the washer. . .my husband got the part and put it back together this evening, and I am SO happy about that. It is such a pain to have to load up the laundry and go somewhere else to do it. I'm used to doing a little every day so I can avoid one big laundry day. I will never take my washer for granted again!!!
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