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How was August, and what to expect in September?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Starting weight 312.
Monthly minutes: 745.( below goal) emoticon
goal of 150 minutes a week; 5 out of 6 weeks. emoticon
goal of daily intentional exercise: 16 days out of 31 ( planning on making the next two days).
Eating below my BMR: 21 days out of 31 ( not counting the next two days).
Streaks: not so much. I lost my log in streak on one really bad day. I lost my weekly streak on one really bad week. I haven't made a week of paleo sober.
Ending weight: 308, but it read 298 this morning, but I don't trust it. I'll weigh 9/1 for a real weight. emoticon

Looking back, it was a semi hard month. Not so much Mania, better sleep, not so much fibro pain. Lessons learned: planning is key. prep work can not be undervalued. I am going into September with some lessons learned under my belt.

What to expect in September?

Goal One. Daily exercise. Combination of Catlady walks, Tai Chi and bike to work. It should equal to 90 minutes a day, which is 630 minutes a week, over 2, 800 a month. I am aiming for 540 a week, and 2,000 a month. emoticon
Goal two. Daily within Calorie range, under BMR. How to accomplish that? Follow paleo sober food plan, no night time eating. No fast food, plan each lunch, dinner and snack. Check blood sugar nightly. emoticon
Goal three: documentation. calorie differential challenge daily, streaks daily, goals and measurements daily.
Goal four: De-cluttering. Spend at least 10 minutes a day doing something besides laundry, dishes, trash ( which are daily anyway).
Goal Five: Financial health. track spending. Save receipts. Pay bills on time. Save for spa,

Ultimate goal is to lose weight and lower my A1C, manage my chronic issues better.

Obstacles that might come up. (Out of town trips ) conquered by preplanning and packing food, meds, walking shoes. Plan for day of rest following a 12 hour day. I know that that the 8 will be a long day out of town. Schedule my day to start so I can walk, tai chi and bike in the morning. Two days off already scheduled; taking Princess to campus on 9/19, and going to the specialist on 9/24. I have a scattered amount of doctor's appointments in town, and will make those before work. This month, I am going to start saving for the SPA trip in May.

The last days of August are planned. tomorrow will be the dry run for biking to work, working to finish up my reports. Sunday will be a family day away from the house. Planning is key.


  
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1CRAZYDOG 8/30/2014 12:14PM

    Good luck! You have a good plan.

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_RAMONA 8/30/2014 11:36AM

    Go, Kate, GO!
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KNEEMAKER 8/29/2014 11:51PM

  Fantastic Friday, Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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Sometimes, I should think through my decisions.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Week wise, it was ok. Tuesday I thought my planning went really well. Thursday, I had an unexpected trip out of town, and didn't really get a chance to plan for it. Since the current boss is rigid about overtime, I have a 3 hour lunch break in the middle of my 12 hour day. I spent the time at home, until my computer died. Then I went to the pharmacy, and talked to them about drug interaction, thinking that the itchy twitchy semi catatonic state tuesday night was a drug interaction. She ran all my drugs, and supplements into the computer program, and while they are all suppose to cause low blood sugar, no twitchy can up. She thinks it because of a a particular med, the anti manic med that might have two high of a dosage. The primary doc thinks that it's the drug that the psych scribed. the psych thinks there anxiety attacks, and prescribed something that turns me into a zombie. I wont take it. Then I went to the health food store, and stocked up on things that I think make it better. I went back to work. I worked late, because of the appointment out of town. I got home at bedtime, ate dinner ( still Paleo sober) and tried to unwind. I had much fibro pain. Catlady thinks that the bad nights, fibro pain, can't sleep come from days out of town. I didn't sleep well, waking up with fibro pain. BAD DECISION TIME, to stubborn to take the zombie pain killer med. I just tossed and turned. Catlady came, I declined to walk, BAD DECISION TIME, I made it to work, lasted two hours. MIGRAINE, ate fast food ( bad decision), need to sleep. I looked at my reports that are due, decided that I could turn them in on Saturday, and went home for a nap. BAD DECISION TIME. so now I am committed to working tomorrow, and I have this wiggly thought that I don't have everything I need to complete them, and because it's Saturday, the schools and doctor's office will be closed. To rescue the bad decision, I have decided to make tomorrow my test run for the bike. I have everything I need. Bike helmet, bike lock, bike, basket for lunch box and purse, rescue kit at the office. Tomorrow, I will wake up at 6am, Walk to Tai Chi from 7-8, Tai Chi from 8-9, walk home, bike to the office, and try and rescue my reports. It's a good day for a dry run, the boys will be working for grandma and performing a dump run, the princess will be recuperating from her first college social outing, which occurred today at the local theme park, husband will be helping with the dump run, and watching zombie movies ( his way of decompressing from his week.) Because Sunday is booked for a family outing away from the house, and Monday is booked with thrift store shopping away from the house, Tonight, I get to do laundry, prep for next week in the kitchen, and try and plan for next week.

There just isn't enough time in the week.

  
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_RAMONA 8/30/2014 11:35AM

    I am so frustrated FOR you... I can't even imagine how you must feel.

I don't see bad decisions, as much as I see a person swimming as fast as she can in really DEEP waters. I see progress despite how it feels.

I admire you more than I will ever find the words to tell you!

Go, Kate, GO!
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1CRAZYDOG 8/29/2014 9:55PM

    All I can say is it's tough.

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6 in one, half a dozen in the other.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yesterday I put my travel with healthy style in to place. It was a 12 hour day. I started off with a good walk with catlady, and made it to work on time. Catlady and I moved our routine up an hour, so I am not late to work. I traveled, pausing at the rest stop to use the facilities, and stretch. I did my appointments. Mapquest said I drove for 4 hours. I ate my fruit for snack, my salad for lunch, I splurged and bought a starbucks tea and fruit and nuts. Everything counted. I bought a ice insert for my lunch bag and a bike lock. I took my 6 pm meds. I got home, made dinner, Ate dinner and took meds. Then the world sort of crumpled. I twitched, I itched, I got up, I laid down, round and round the house I went, Lights hurt, I started to hyperventilate. All alone, the kids having gone to bed and the husband at chapel. I tried to read about drug interaction and overdoses from mismanagement on the computer, but I couldn't focus. After two hours of this, I called my husband and asked him to come home. Grudgingly, he did. He read all sorts of dire thinks on the web. Check your sugars, My meter broke. Is it high, low, to much of one med, not enough of an other, is it mania or a panic attach? I don't know, I just want to go to sleep. About 1 am, I passed out. No walk this morning. Made it to work on time. Walked at lunch. Left work, hot bothered and distracted. Went grocery shopping and LOST MY SPAT. Phone call from doctor. She is sorry she didn't answer the phone at 11. She thinks it's restless leg syndrome, prescribed a med for that. Went to pharmacy, they don't have my replacement meter, or a new script. Really hope I can sleep tonight.

SO 6 in the health basket, 6 in the chronic, what the he% is the matter with me and why can't anyone figure it out basket!

  
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_RAMONA 8/29/2014 6:53PM

    I am SO SORRY that you had all that to cope with on top of a stellar day... I can't even imagine. I rad this on Wednesday, and I've been praying like crazy since. I hope things came under control, and that your medical team can do a bit better by you than this.

TAKE CARE, my friend!
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BABYSOX 8/28/2014 6:15AM

    Just keep building the health basket, it will happen.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/27/2014 10:36PM

    Sorry! HUGS

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TATTER3 8/27/2014 9:23PM

    Bless your heart! Keep Sparkin'!

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Round up and away we go...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I had a supper long work filled week, with two twelve hour days and trips out of town. While I fell short of my goals; intentional exercise, and paleo sober; I did learn some things to tweak my life. The first lesson was about time management, and it led me to think about boundaries. I've elicited opinions from cherished people, and am percolated my thoughts.
My previous boss, she who shall be called she-devil, downgraded me because i had "open boundaries" with my staff, and a more open communication style. Snidely, she would say I couldn't keep a secret. But she liked it that I wasn't rigid about things like time clocks, and would work late on her projects, so my boundaries suited her then. My current boss, is super mega rigid about time clock, says I can't work more than 40 hours a week, likes that I will work late to met the needs of families after 6, or before 8. Here is my deal. On the days that I need up working early, I mess up my exercise plan. I don't like that. On the days that I work past 6, I tend to screw up my meds and meal plans. This week, I had both. I was thinking about telling my boss that I wouldn't do it anymore, that the 12 hours days just wreck my health. I was thinking that this would be an example of personal growth and better boundaries. but Catlady, who survived the she-devil herself, talked about co-workers who have done just, and the negative perception. Husband talked about the need for flexibility in managing my illness, and needing to trade days off by working a sunday or saturday. I'm thinking that there has got to be a happy medium. _ramona suggested super planning, where I carry meds, food, exercise shoes through out the day and refused to mess up my life, my health. They are my priorities, but I agree with my current boss, it's good social work to met the schedule of the families. I just need to plan better. So Sunday is the day of preparation; today I am making chicken bone broth, cleaning out the refrigerator and planning the menu. payday is tomorrow, so the cupboards are mostly bare. Then there is the daily prep. I've decided to pack my lunch the night before, so all I have to do is put the containers in the feed bag and away I go. That will keep me from "oh, I don't have anything, and I am away from home so I must eat Jack In the Box." I already have my 6 pm meds separated out, now I just need to carry them with me. THen there is the hurdle of missing my morning walking routine. Tomorrow, when I go shopping, I am going to buy a bike lock. Biking to work isn't intentional exercise, but it is activity, and the days that are wonked, it will do. I am also going to put together a rescue and recover kit for the office. ( wipes, deodorant, face cream, powder, hair dryer). Planning for this week, I think I have one work trips out of town planned; a good day to see if the new preperation plan will work. I am going out of town over the weekend, to a pool party for my 8 year old nephew.
The second lesson was the importance of the right med plan. I think I am getting stable. My fibro pain has been less if I exercise. My energy level has been stable since Thursday. I really think that exercise, paleo sober will give me the cross over effect of energy to wake at 5am, to de-clutter the house bit by bit., to be a better parent.

parent-wise, we had some milestones this week. Registering the baby for high school. It wasn't traumatic, just chaotic. In terms of the school year, I have some school clothes shopping and school supplies to get. My plan is to go thrift store shopping on Monday Labor day, and will get the last of the supplies then. The boys start school this week.
And then there was getting the princess ready for dorm life. We ordered the small appliances ( tea kettle, french press, smoothie blender) We bought the organizing supplies. We have the linens. I bought the safety supplies ( flashlight, sewing kit, tool kit, reading light, personal fan). I think we are set except for the small fridge, which will have to wait. We had a nice mother daughter date at BED BATH AND BEYOND, but I have to rein in the preparation purchases. She only has a 12X18 room, to share. I know what's behind the buying frenzy. I wont be there to take care of her. I am nervous that I haven't prepared her. I know rationally that things wont prepare her. I know that I have given her the tools to thrive. She is smart, focused, empathetic, balanced. She will do well. I just have to trust that.

My bone broth smells so good. I am going to go can it. Have a great week Sparkers!

  
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_RAMONA 8/29/2014 6:50PM

    Sorry Kate, I've had a HARD week... tried to get over here sooner, but just didn't make it.

I love this blog... I hope the time management tweaks have served you well.

I'm not understanding the comment "biking to work isn't intentional exercise"... you intend to get to work, and you intend to do it on our bike... I figure if you can met more than one goal with every action in your life, that is the ideal, isn't it? That's how I try to do everything, LOL! If my 'intentional exercise' took hours out of my day, I wouldn't do it either.

I hope that the week has seen our kids are settled and ready for school!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/25/2014 8:19PM

    sounds like a great plan!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 11:33AM

    ((((HUGS)))) Letting go is H-A-R-D! YIKES!

Sounds like you have good plans in place to make things work.

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Up early, full of energy, manic monday?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Instead of laying awake in bed for two hours, I thought I would get up and blog my thoughts. I might suffer later in the day, but my Monday schedule is such that I might be able to sleep early.
emoticon My first thoughts centered around my exercise plan. Today, we have a choice of walks. I can shower early, and be ready for work before Catlady gets here, then we can walk to the doctor's office for my blood draw, stopping at starbucks on the way home. the walk shoudl be about 8 miles, round trip. Or we can walk to starbucks, taking the short route, 5 miles, and I can drive to the doctors. I'll leave the choice up to Catlady. Then there is the possibility of a THAI CHI class run through park and rec. If I can talk either Catlady or Steve into it, I will sign up. It's fifty bucks, and every Saturday morning, from 8-9 till October. Once I get the basic moves, I think I can do it at home. The high school pool should open sometime this week, and I'll keep checking to see if they are offering a water aerobics class, or even open swim where I can use my belt and run in the water. Then, finally there is my plan to bike to work. I am almost all prepared, I need to purchase a bike lock, and a recovery kit to keep at work. This has to wait until payday, which is next monday , so I'll plan for tuesday. My recovery kit is such things like deodorant, baby wipes, my face cream and powder, a small hair dryer, a spray bottle, a hair brush. clothes and shoes should be wearable for the bike and the office. I'm pretty casual. I'll do a couple test runs next weekend, too.
emoticon My second round of rambling thoughts are about my meal plan for today. It's a fasting blood draw at the doctors, so breakfast is after. I was planning a protein shake. for a late breakfast, AM snack. Lunch is chicken, kale, onions, olives in sort of a greek salad mixture. I'll put everything together but the dressing and the cheese, and bring it to work to mix at lunch time. My work schedule is such that I have to plan for eating late, due to a noon home visit. Dinner is taco salad. My kids are so picky, I have to make the taco meat in separate ways. First is plain, just hamburger and seasoning for Baby. then I add tomatoes for Princess and me, Then I add beans for husband and big boy. They will eat it will tortillas, princess and I will share a salad.
emoticon My third thoughts center around school starting. Registration and pictures is later this week, and I would like my boys to wear something nice for pictures.They will disagree. Then there is the cash out lay that two high school teenagers will cost. Between pictures, ASB cars, yearbooks, parking pass, lunch account and activity fee, the whole shebang is going to cost about $500. This causes a a whirl of anxiety. It would come the week before payday.
emoticon What I am not thinking about is fibro pain. It's relatively low today. I cant say I got a great nights sleep, but I did get two days of rest, and stayed within my calorie range, eating only paleo food yesterday. My good spark freind _ramona told me about a link for a doctor who specializes in Fibro. His stuff was interesting, it's all very similar to what the natureopath doctor has said. Sleep, nutrition, gentle activity and self care. The web doctor recommended supplements, most of which I am already taking. the different ones I wont take because I am already on a prescription med for the issue like depression, sleep, thyroid. His supplement bundle was only $66 for a month. I bet if I added up all the different supplements, it would equal out. It might be less fuss to order them from the online doctor.

So, I have centered my thoughts for the day, I have a plan for today, and for mostly, this week., I now need to put the plan into action. AND stick to it.

A sparker who I admire is _ramona, who has discipline and persistence, and a gentle get to it spirit. here is a shout out to her, who should be earning her trophy for a 10 minute, 4 week challenge of intentional exercise. I am repeating week three, adding additional exercise beyond the planned 10 minute walk ( although my walk is more like 45 minutes). I am starting my paleo sober streak over, today will be day two. and I am keeping my focus on those two goals. With work, running a family, having some chronic health issues, and a mental health issue that grows with the extra's, I am trying hard not to add the extras. The extra commitments, the extra time, the extra anxiety. This week, I really want to focus on my two.

  
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1CRAZYDOG 8/18/2014 11:06AM

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You are too kind, my dear Kate! ...and I wish you could see that my accomplishment PALES in the face of YOURS: "I am starting my paleo sober streak over, today will be day two. and I am keeping my focus on those two goals. With work, running a family, having some chronic health issues, and a mental health issue that grows with the extra's, I am trying hard not to add the extras. The extra commitments, the extra time, the extra anxiety. This week, I really want to focus on my two."

This post has me dancing in my seat (and I love multiple posts in one day... I'm glad you're finding blogging to be of help)!

Yay, for the 'minimal fibro pain' and the new natural approach doc... he sounds REALLY good (and the approaches seem very similar). And I wasn't even remotely suggesting that you do anything counter to his counsel... just offering more information for you to bring to him, if it seems useful. What's really amusing to me, is that despite no diagnosis, and no focus on treatments for fibro, I have actually researched my way into the exact plan the on-line doc recommends, and I really do think it's all part and parcel of my healing, LOL. Go figure!

The beginning of the school year always makes me feel crazy. I, too, am nervously streaking toward the day... I'm wondering if my August will lend itself to this process in supportive or disruptive way. I'm concerned about 'hitting the wall' with respect to my own focus. I already find myself resisting... I really hate it when the Divine Miss O heads back to school... though we'd probably kill each other if we home schooled, LOL.

You are SUCH a sweet and loving Mom when it comes to feeding your family!!! I sure hope they appreciate you... though that is exactly what it looked like at our house when I first switched to Paleo. A good substitute for the bean in chili (I still miss those) is cubed kabocha squash... the texture and flavor is nearly identical to the beans, and it doesn't break down like other squashes.

NOW! You leave me I complete awe (and the dust) with your exercise!!! I don't see how you're 'stuck' on week 3, my dear! AS long as you're doing 10 minutes a day, you're meeting the challenge... the other stuff is all suggestion for when you're ready for it. The point is consistency, and you've got that! At least think about it....

...and I just have to say it again, I wish you could see that my accomplishment PALES in the face of YOURS: "I am starting my paleo sober streak over, today will be day two. and I am keeping my focus on those two goals. With work, running a family, having some chronic health issues, and a mental health issue that grows with the extra's, I am trying hard not to add the extras. The extra commitments, the extra time, the extra anxiety. This week, I really want to focus on my two."

You ROCK, my dear Kate!
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