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Day 131 Accountability

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday --

I'm feeling much better today. The redness to the staff infection has gone down tremendously. The doctor said that we caught it early and that it should only take a couple of days to clear up - but, I get to take the nasty antibiotic for 10 days just to make sure that all the infection is gone.

emoticon1 - Exercise - another unplanned rest day. Although I got a 30-minute deep tissue massage tonight, so that was a bit of a workout.
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,499.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 5 hours last night. Spark curfew - 10:30pm.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 2 fruit, 5 veggies.


May 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Swimming class is over, so I will concentrate on walking, biking, and the elliptical machine. I may throw in a swim every now and then, but the indoor pool is pretty crowded during open swim.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1800 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10:30pm. Curfew was very difficult to keep in April, but I need it. I'm combining the two goals, since they are inter-related.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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FREDANN 5/24/2012 10:53PM

    You're doing great with your calories this week! Well done my friend! I'm glad you're starting to feel better!
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1HOTMAMA2BE 5/24/2012 11:05AM

    Dang, girl! You've got an infection now? Yikes! You take that medicine, rest your body and BE SAFE!!! No more flip-floppin' for you! emoticon

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JOYINKY 5/24/2012 8:05AM

    So glad the antibiotics are doing their job! Yes, make sure you do the whole 10 days! I see you're doing well on your calories so that should compensate some for letting up on the exercise. It's about balance. But, getting enough rest is also part of the equation. Be well.

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THINGETTINOUT 5/24/2012 5:55AM

    Very glad the infection is clearing up but Dear Friend you really have to work on that curfew thingy lol. Glad you are feeling better.

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Day 130 Accountability

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday --

My physical therapist sent me to my doctor today. Yesterday, she was concerned that my knee was infected, so she marked the red ring around the concrete-burn on my knee with a black permanent marker. When I came back today, the red ring had spread beyond the marks from yesterday and was streaky-looking. She said that if I couldn't see my primary care doc today to go to an urgent care center. I wasn't sure what the urgency was, but my knee was so sore, I was OK with seeing the doctor. Turns out I have a staff infection. I'm on a nasty antibiotic to kill it. The doc said no working out for a little while and I have to keep my leg elevated as much as possible. I start a weight training class a week from tomorrow, so I better be good to go by then. Good thing I wasn't planning to do the triathlon on June 10.


emoticon1 - Exercise - another unplanned rest day. Getting old is not for sissies!
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,390. This antibiotic is making me sick to my stomach.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 5 hours last night. Spark curfew - 10:30pm.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 2 fruit, 2 veggies.


May 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Swimming class is over, so I will concentrate on walking, biking, and the elliptical machine. I may throw in a swim every now and then, but the indoor pool is pretty crowded during open swim.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1800 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10:30pm. Curfew was very difficult to keep in April, but I need it. I'm combining the two goals, since they are inter-related.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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FREDANN 5/24/2012 10:51PM

    Interesting how things turn out sometimes. Take the time you need to heal well, then hop back on the exercise train and you'll be fine!


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JOYINKY 5/23/2012 8:21AM

    Nancy, Therapist was right to be concerned; you are fortunate to have her! Those infections are nothing to mess with! Call your pharmacist---there may be foods you should (or shouldn't) eat with the medication to help you not to feel sick. Keep that leg elevated! Good time to work on biceps and triceps! Be well.

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BACKTOME10 5/23/2012 7:55AM

    WOW! I know you will be better soon!!! And it really gets old sitting around resting when you are used to doing things and being on the go...

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THINGETTINOUT 5/23/2012 7:32AM

    You will be on the mend in no time. Hope you are eating food before you take those pills. It may help. You hang in there.

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IUHRYTR 5/23/2012 5:49AM

    Glad you got it checked out. Hope you heal quickly and can get back to your training. -- Lou

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Day 129 Accountability

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Monday --

I'm back from storm chasing and back to my regularly scheduled accountability blog. While I was writing down what I was eating on my trip, I didn't record it daily because it was too hard using the smarter-than-me phone. I ate pretty sensibly, compared to last year's trip. I was up one pound when I got home. I think I gained five pounds last year, so I was pretty happy with only a one pound gain this year - especially since about half the days were spent riding for 8 - 10 hours in the van and not getting any exercise.

emoticon1 - Exercise - unplanned rest day. I took a bad fall on the sidewalk in the pouring rain Saturday night after seeing those incredible tornadoes. I did the splits and fell on my bad knee when my flip-flops hydroplaned on the wet concrete. I fell really hard and jarred every bone on the right side of my body. Everything aches today, so I took it easy. My physical therapist doesn't think I did any serious harm, but is concerned about infection from the sidewalk burn. My knee didn't bleed, but I have a sidewalk burn the size of a nickel on my knee cap. Ever try doing the splits on concrete? I don't recommend it. Saw my chiropractor tonight to try to alleviate the back and neck pain I have from the fall. Feeling much better, but she wants me back on Wednesday night for an extended massage therapy session. Oh, OK, you don't have to ask me twice!
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,481.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 4 hours last night. Spark curfew - 1am tonight/this morning (fell asleep on the couch tonight. I'm just getting up to go to bed now).
emoticon4 - Freggies - 2 fruit, 6 veggies.


May 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Swimming class is over, so I will concentrate on walking, biking, and the elliptical machine. I may throw in a swim every now and then, but the indoor pool is pretty crowded during open swim.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1800 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10:30pm. Curfew was very difficult to keep in April, but I need it. I'm combining the two goals, since they are inter-related.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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FREDANN 5/24/2012 10:48PM

    I'm so glad you're back! Sorry you took such a bad fall, and on your bad knee too! Remember, your body needs sleep to heal! Hope you get better real soon!
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1HOTMAMA2BE 5/22/2012 10:15AM

    Welcome back, Nancy! You've had quite the adventure. I loved hearing all about it and checked daily to make sure you were safe and see what sights you were checking out. Kind of like a virtual vacation through you. Thanks!

I love the smarter-than-me phone comment!!! How true is that? You'll get there. I think you were just getting a crash course with the storm chasing and all.

Get some rest now, okay? emoticon

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JOYINKY 5/22/2012 10:09AM

    I think you did GREAT on the trip, excepting the fall at the end! So glad nothing is broken but you are good to proceed carefully; falls are scary!
Now, work on getting some sleep! Be well. Glad you're back.

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THINGETTINOUT 5/22/2012 5:52AM

    So good to have you back. Hope you get healed quickly. You must be in some pain as you posted this way too late. Welcome home.

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Day 9 Storm chasing: saw several tornadoes!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Day 9 Storm chasing: My first tornado!

They say that the last day of storm chasing is magic. But the way Saturday started didn't look good. We started the day in Hays, KS doing meso analysis - mapping pressure, temperature, & winds by hand on maps - to forecast where the best place might be to chase. Professor Paul uses technology, but he teaches us to forecast the old fashioned way because he said that computers can overlook little idiosyncrasies that hand-mapping would reveal. There wasn't anything outstanding on the weather maps that would have indicated that this chase day would hold any promise of seeing a tornado.

Around lunchtime, we pulled into the Walmart parking lot in Pratt, KS to grab some lunch at nearby restaurants, and to look at the latest weather models. Sean Casey's TIV - Tornado Intercept Vehicle - & the NSF radar vehicles were already there.

Amy, our awesome driver for the trip, had been talking for days about wanting to get shoes and socks to make it look like the legs of the Wicked Witch of the West were hanging out of our van. I recently posted a photo of Amy's creativity on Facebook. She also took the witch's legs over to the TIV to make it look like the TIV landed on her! Storm chasers sure have incredible senses of humor - I think being cooped up in van for so many hours must affect their brains.

At this point, the storms still didn't look promising. Professor Paul wanted to stay in the Pratt area and see what developed. The students nearly mutinied, because the computer models (notice I said computer, not hand drawn maps) showed potential tornadic activity in OK. Some intense discussion followed as to where we would go. Professor Paul finally asked if we were going to trust him, his newly hand drawn map, and his 23 years of storm chasing experience - or did we want to trust a computer model. More discussion ensued, and we finally came to consensus to trust our professor. And are we glad that we did. There wasn't any mesoscale storm, no super cell, yet the storm spawned 4 or 5 small tornadoes. I video taped several of the events. After looking at the replay of the video last night, one of the events that we were calling a landspout actually looks more like tornado. I posted videos of the tornadoes on my Facebook page last night, if you want to see them.

  
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FLBEACHBUM14 5/21/2012 9:41PM

    Glad you got to see a real tornado at last and glad that they did not make the news with making major damage! What fun! I have always loved the Helen Hunt movie "Twister" and the Universal Studios attraction with the same name is also awesome. I have never seen a real tornado but only heard one go by in the middle of the night on a Navy base when we were rousted out of our beds to evacuate our barracks and go to a safer location. Just as we got outside it went by about a quarter mile away. We could hear it but could not see anything - it was dark and pouring rain. It did a lot of damage to businesses and trailers but no fatalities. (sometime in 1968 in Millington, TN). CORRECTION - my memory failed me- I googled for that tornado and found:
On 4/3/1968, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 1.1 miles away from the Millington city center killed 4 people and injured 32 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Milli
ngton-Tennessee.html#ixzz1vYkRK
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(That was also the day before Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968)

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JANETRIS 5/21/2012 9:19AM

    What fun Nancy! I keep thinking of that tornado movie starring Helen Hunt?!? I can't think of the name of it now.I'm so glad you are having a great time!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 5/21/2012 7:34AM

    emoticon for personal experience and knowledge over computers! Going to check out the video. Stay safe. -- Lou

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/20/2012 11:24PM

    Yay for tornadic activity (for you at least!) glad you got to see some this time.

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JOYINKY 5/20/2012 10:08PM

    Great way to wind up your trip! It's been fun!

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MERRYMARY42 5/20/2012 10:00PM

    exciting, I am sure, but shoot, I am way too old for this emoticon

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FREDANN 5/20/2012 8:54PM

    I bet Professor Paul was also happy everyone decided to side with him! I'm glad you were able to catch some action!


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LEANNROCKS 5/20/2012 8:00PM

    Sounds like you had fun - but this is something I would never do. I think 'those' peeps are a little crazy. How's the knee?

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THINGETTINOUT 5/20/2012 7:37PM

    Great week Nancy. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Day 8 Storm chasing: Dust devil

Friday, May 18, 2012


Friday was a positioning day. We started the day at NCAR - National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. We got a tour of the facility & one of their research airplanes. Very cool.

After having lunch in Boulder, we drove to Hays, KS to be in position for predicted storms on Saturday. We spotted a couple of dust devils near Burlington, CO. Here is some video of one of the dust devils.

  
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IUHRYTR 5/21/2012 7:36AM

    emoticon -- Lou

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FREDANN 5/20/2012 8:49PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JOYINKY 5/19/2012 6:56AM

    Strange, great shooting! Enjoy the weekend!

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