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Doctor's Orders

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hi Everyone:

Why is it I am good with watching what I eat & exercise when either I am due for a yearly physical at the Doctors or just after the appointment. The Doctor is getting to know me well. This year (he knows I will go off eating and exercise a few weeks or months after seeing him) he has put me on a strict 1200/day calorie Diabetic Diet and want to see results when I return in 3-4 months or else he will put me on pills. Not sure if the pills are for Diabetes 2 or weight-loss pills. How is he making sure I stick to it, he also has me seeing the Nutritionist every 2 weeks to help keep me on track, with a diet plan and check-ins. Oh yay.

My 1st order of business, throw out or give away all baked goods and bad for you foods. I just gave a big tin of some baked goods to my co-workers (which was much appreciated. Threw out bag of cookies and chocolate covered pretzels. Yay me.

My 2nd order of business was to buy a bike and start riding it as part of my exercise routine. I did some riding yesterday (insert, my butt and thighs are killing me today). Then I proceeded to my pool and did a few lengths of swimming. Accomplished.

My third is to buy a new seat for my bike to fit my big butt (lol). Accomplished, now to install it.

I have had Breakfast (not bad) so far. To be honest, eating the foods recommended is not my problem, cravings and hunger at night is my truly big downfall. Hopefully, I can get through tonite with as little problem as possible.

Wish me luck. This is the first day for the rest of my life (literally).

  
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SAMSPARK1 5/27/2014 12:50PM

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NHES220 5/23/2014 12:42PM

    I don't think your doctor is putting you on diet pills, it will most likely be for diabetes if your blood sugars are high. I hope you can avoid that. If you are pre-diabetic and craving food, try cutting down on sugar and simple carbs - go to more of the complex carbs. That means cutting out white breads, regular pasta, white rice, baked goods. It really does make a difference. These things cause your blood sugar to rise quickly and then drop quickly making you hungry again. Best of luck sticking with your program!

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Doctor's Appointments make me Feel Old

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Well it's that time of year when my yearly physical at the Doctor's is done. I hate this time of year, not so much for the actual physical, but for the results of the tests performed. I guess I am lucky that the big "C" was not found, but other things have cropped up. Hypertension (high blood pressure) and somewhat high cholesterol, plus a raise in my glucose ( not diabetes, but prediabetes). So now, I get the joy of adding yet more pills to my repetoire of pills to be consumed daily. It sucks, but again, I thank God no cancer was found. I just like to vent sometimes, to get it off my chest and hopefully to lower my blood pressure instead of bottling it up inside of me.

So... I have made some changes to my eating habits. The 1st one and probably the biggest is to eliminate desserts as much as possible, not entirely, but being choosey
on what kinds to put in my mouth, which eliminates quite a few. Going without something sweet at the end of my Dinner is okay, learning to do without is hard, but I am doing it with fantastic results. I have lost a total of 10 lbs, just by making this one small change. WOOHOO!!!

emoticon The thought of eliminating sugar altogether is unrealistic, my body needs some sugar, just not the amount I was consuming before. I am not using a sugar substitute, as there is soooo much controversy on what kinds are good for you and what kinds can cause cancer. Splenda has gotten just too many bad comments for me to continue to use it. I am searching Stevia right now, and so far so good, but it is not readily available here in Canada like it is in the US. I brought home a bag of Domino Sugar & Stevia blend but again only available in the US, plus it is long gone now as it was used up.

Anyways, just thought I would check in with ya guys just to let you know I am still alive and kicking, just not on Sparkpeople as much as I used to be. I still track my food (almost) every day and track my excercise (when I get a chance) to do some. So bye for now and keep on Sparking my friends.

  
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BRENDA_G50 2/24/2013 11:00AM

    I still use Splenda but I also just bought nectresse to try out. While it is from the maker of Splenda, it's suppose to be 100% Natural and made from Monk Fruit (whatever that is). emoticon

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LYNCHD05 2/3/2013 3:35PM

    WY to go with losing ten lbs. I agree with you about the Splenda. I use Stevia all the time and use it in drop form. It lasts a long time and you have much more control by using the drops. I bought mine at the bulk barn.

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 2/3/2013 12:59PM

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Starting Over

Friday, October 12, 2012

Well....I finally did it, and not a happy camper either. I have reached 195lbs. Not good. My stamina, dedication, motivation and such just flew out the window. I was doing so good there for a while, but between one thing and another the walking has
diminished and the swimming has decreased (not stopped entirely) due to cold and lousy weather. I did swim last week, almost every day, and this week so far, just yesterday. Hoping for maybe today, if it warms up, just a bit.

I have been working quite a bit so maybe that is one of the reasons, but eating is the main reason I have gained and not lost. Stress is the reason. Just everything happening at one time. Not good. Gotta get a handle on this. I feel lousy mentally and physically. Hopefully, fixing the physical will turn the mental around.

Well, I better start now. No better way to start than to go walking, then to make a sensible Dinner tonight and keep out of the kitchen tonight, except to get glasses of water.

Wish me good luck. No excuses this time. I have to think positive.

  
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SAMSPARK1 11/13/2012 11:10AM

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BRENDA_G50 10/12/2012 2:11PM

    Thanks for the blog. I could REALLY identify with it. I KNOW what I should be doing as far as exercising, but, sometimes I just can't. I had surgery on both feet several years ago and a lot of times it still hurts to walk (both short and long distances). Sometimes though, I think I'm just using that as an excuse, but at the same time, I'm REALLY not into pain.

We BOTH need to just STOP beating ourselves up....after all, I'm sure someone else would be more than happy to do it for us.

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GETTINFIT-2014 10/12/2012 1:51PM

    There was a blog post a few weeks ago that said....

A year from now you will wish you started today.

So, start today.

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New Swimming Pool

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's been a long time coming, but, I finally have my pool. I love swimming. It has been a stressful time since the pool company has tried to screw us numerous times. So far, they put the steps in the wrong place along with the wrong steps, resulting in more cement for the patio to be put down in order to access the steps, and they want to charge us for the extra to correct their mistakes, I don't think so. One day they show me how to run the Auto Vac and then the next day they come into my backyard and take it away saying it was not included. I told them to read the contract and it clearly states that it is included, so they returned it. Somehow, they were reading the wrong dated estimate, duh. Needless to say, it has been one screwup after another, and now they up the price saying we owe them an extra $1500. How do they justify this, by some scribbles on a notepad. REALLY????? Do I look that stupid to fall for that. I just mailed them the last payment which was clearly marked on the contract (not including their extra $1500) and put final payment as / contract. Needless to say, they told us they are not, in fact, honouring the contract and coming back to close the pool nor to open it in the spring |(which is included in the contract). They left our backyard a total mess and we are having to bring in another Landscaping Company to finish it also another Pool Company to close it after Thanksgiving.

At least I am having the pleasure of using it. It is warmer in the pool than it is outside. I live in Canada and right now it is in the low 70s and the temp for the pool is 82 degrees. Heaven just heaven, but getting out is chilly, lol, so that's the running I am doing. Like running in the house after getting out of the pool, brrrr. I am going to enjoy this pool for as long as possible, considering all the trouble it has caused it. Hopefully, the spring will be a new time and a new appreciation for it (after the dust has settled with the Pool Company). Until next time, gotta go to take my walk then jump in the pool to cool off. Bye for now.

  
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CAROLJ35 9/27/2012 2:09PM

    Oh, you will love that pool. Wish our son's was heated as I would still be using it for water aerobics, but he is the electrician who has never had time to install the heater. Even here in North Carolina it has been too cool to use pool for at least three weeks. I am now looking forward to going to FL the first of November where I can continue my water aerobics. They really help to keep my weight in line.
So sorry you had problems with pool contractor, but that seems to be the way with sooooo many contractors. Our son is a very busy electrician because he is so honest and doesn't pull those tricks.
ENJOY THAT POOL!!!

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SUSANBEAMON 9/27/2012 1:56PM

  good pool, lousy pool company. some people seem to think all they have to do is show up, honoring contracts and doing the work is just extra. That's what courts are for.

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Today is B-Day (Oh the Memories or Lack Thereof)

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Do people come up to you and say "I remember when you were this high (with their hand about knee level". My answer to them is a big NO. How could I remember when I couldn't even talk then, and especially now some 59 years later. Frankly, I just want to tell them "Lady, I am lucky if I remember what I did last month, last year or even last week. My kids love to tease me and say, " I remember when you told me " knowing I just can't recollect that memory. Some of their so call memories are farfetched and I know I don't have a blinking "STUPID" on my forehead although they seem to think I do.

The times I am with my mother are precious. She is getting up there in years (83 years old) and her memory is somewhat lacking, but don't you dare tell her that. She thinks her memory is as sharp as a tack. I know I shouldn't argue, but I just can't help myself, when I know I am right. I am shortly going to see her. I am looking forward to it, since I haven't seen her since last July when I had the whole family here for her, my daughter's and grandson's birthday. What a housefull, but I loved it, just wish hubby had been here too. I love my Mom. She is a remarkable lady but being in her company more than two days, does quite honesly get on my nerves and I must surely get on hers. Everyone says we are alike. If they mean remembering, ya I guess they are right. I am going with my daughter-in-law and two grandchildren (I am the official backseat babysitter, lol). We are basically travelling all over Ontario, from here Amherstburg (Windsor area) to North Bay to Brockville and then on to Cornwall to see Mom and my family. It is time to show off my two grandsons. Nate is the oldest and nobody has seen him since he was 1 1/2 years old and of course there is Emmett which nobody as yet as met. It should be an interesting and enjoyable trip, but a lonnnnng one. My son has to stay home and hold the fort down (so to speak) since he isn't able to get work off just right now.

Yes today is my Birthday, and guess what, I am spending it along. No hubby here to celebrate with (although he did email me this morning to wish me a happy one), no kids since my son lives in Ohio and my daughter is visiting Montreal. It is just me and her cat. Who frankly, doesn't shut up. It's like talking to someone that constantly yaks, and yaks, and yaks. Well that's my daughter's cat. I do give it some attention, but 24/7, really? I think not. Yup, by myself, do you get the feeling I am feeling sorry for myself. Well you'd be right. No specail supper, no party, no presents, no cards and most of all NO CAKE, BooBoo. I'm kidding of course. I am fine with being alone, since I am most of the time anyway and I realistically won't be alone since I have to go to work tonight. I will see plenty of people there since it is a Pharmacy.

Well gotta go. You have a great day out there everyone.

  
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PERKYPAT2 4/19/2012 6:03PM

  Hi Pat!
I loved this blog and others you have posted as well! My name is also Pat and I also am a grandmother, five grandchildren so far - here in New Brunswick! I was also a smoker - I quit November 17th, 2007. It was really bad for my asthma, but at least now I can breathe better and walk further.
I will have my birthday soon, and like you, probably no party & definitely no cake!
I also spent the day with my Mom today - she is 92 and still quite well.
Maybe we could be Spark friends.......
Have a great evening!

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SAMSPARK1 3/12/2012 2:29PM

    Your blog made me laugh! You will be going right by my neck of the woods on your way to Cornwall! Enjoy your visit! And....HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

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