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My poor doggie has diabetes!

Friday, January 07, 2011

I got the unfortunate news today.
And it makes me a bit angry that my dog, just like my previous dog, had to suffer so long before being diagnosed, and how many trips to the vet we've made, with the exact same complaint, and no diagnosis, throwing money down the drain.
Sadly, that isn't her only ailment. We have to wait for lab results to pinpoint the rest of the condition.
There goes four-hundred-some-odd bucks, just when we are demolishing and remodeling the kitchen... I don't even want to think about how many thousands of dollars this project will cost us.
When I got home from the vet, I gave doggie her new meds and placed a dish of her new food in front of her. Luckily, she ate it. That's one good thing. She has not been eating well lately. I'm told that the special diet MAY improve her health enough that she won't need insulin, but she'll need special food and meds for the rest of her life, which could be a few more years. She's about eleven.
She didn't like the 2nd type of food nearly as much as the first. Maybe she's not hungry enough. It breaks my heart that eating causes her so much gastric discomfort, that she starves herself to avoid it, before finally giving in and eating. Then, we have to let her out in the middle of the night. Poor baby has lost over three pounds, which is significant on a small breed. My once robust and ravenous little porker is much thinner.

I'm sorry to write such a depressing blog, but that little pup is my best friend.

  
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MBSHAZZER 1/9/2011 8:35AM

    I am so sorry to hear this news.... You dog is lucky to have you as a friend. Sending good wishes your way that she rebounds and feels better soon.

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PHEBESS 1/8/2011 11:26AM

    So sorry, sweetie! Lots of hugs to you and the pup!

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ASTROS_FAN 1/8/2011 11:03AM

    I'm so sorry about your sweet pup!

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SECRETFUN 1/7/2011 11:41PM

  your trainer!

Good luck honey, to both of you!

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_UMAMI_ 1/7/2011 9:33PM

    I'm sorry. I didn't even know that dogs could get diabetes. Every animal I take in is part of my family, so I can totally understand your heartbreak.

I hope her health improves.
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Treadmill: speed vs. incline

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Today, I didn't lift, because I'm still pretty sore from yesterday (I'm now pressing 300 lbs on the leg machine). I did an hour of cardio.
I have been doing interval training as prescibed by my personal trainer.
During our initial session, I noticed that he had me walk at a "comfortable" pace: between 3 and 3.5 mph. To increase my heart rate (determining my target rate), he did not increase my mph, he increased the incline of the treadmill.
It made me recall that this was the same thing my cardiologist did in evaluating my cardiac health, years ago. I'm in complete agreement/compliance with this technique.
When I increase the incline alone, it is effective to get me into my interval heart rate. When I increase the speed, I feel as if I'm that much closer to an injury, struggling to keep up with the speed of the treadmill, my feet becoming less stable as I reach maximum exertion.
The incline also makes my shin muscles, hamstrings, and glutes burn fiercely. And that's a good thing. At least until I get home, and I'm reminded how many times a day I go up and downstairs.

  
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PHEBESS 1/7/2011 12:11PM

    Yeah, I think that's why I lose more weight when I travel to certain places (like Italy, or Seattle) - it's walking the hills versus walking on level areas. Makes a huge difference!

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MBSHAZZER 1/7/2011 9:25AM

    OK, first of all.... wowza on the 300 lbs!!! I think I can manage 70 on the leg press! AMAZING!!!

Second, yes, incline is better to get your heart rate up, esp. on a treadmill. Setting it faster just increases the forward momentum, whereas increasing the incline gets you really working. And I agree about the injury waiting to happen. Whenever I'm on a TM, I have visions of myself flying off the back!

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JLPNURSE 1/7/2011 7:37AM

    I'm an incline person too. Running is too hard on my knees.

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SECRETFUN 1/6/2011 9:21PM

  just remember to vary the incline and not to use only incline! the positive of outside is you go up and down.

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TRENTDREAMER 1/6/2011 8:11PM

    Yeah, incline seems to have some magic about it that speed and resistance don't.

Continued success to you!

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WORKINGMAN78 1/6/2011 8:04PM

    That was my fave because I am an anti-runner. I would set it it at a comfortable jog and just play with the incline to complete intervals.

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A very busy New Years Day

Saturday, January 01, 2011

After enjoying some delicious hot coffee, and brie on whole wheat bagels, my father in law and I set out for the gym this morning. I had an excellent two hour workout, including weights and cardio. I love feeling that I'm on a streak!
When we returned home, I fixed us all turkey bacon and egg white burritos, then set about scrubbing the basement floor. Over the next few hours, I managed to drop off some recycling, do a couple loads of laundry, walk the dog, and clean up the back yard, and even see (partly) the Gators whup Penn State (go Gators!). At some point, I think the flurry of activity spurred the men into action, and they started stripping away the wall that separates the kitchen from the dining room. I headed upstairs and vacuumed the bedroom and took a hot bath, and the guys slipped away to Lowes (or where ever).
There's a huge mess downstairs, but I don't care. I'm happy!
I'm happy with myself, because I worked at top capacity today. I got a lot done, and my body is responding. I am tired, yet not exhausted (like I felt when I was out of shape). Now, I feel HEALTHY tired... and it feels great.
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ASTROS_FAN 1/2/2011 11:20AM

    I'm excited for you - what a great day!

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MBSHAZZER 1/2/2011 10:29AM

    I love days like that! Especially on a day when post people are felled by overindulgence! Sounds like an awesome start to the new year!


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PHEBESS 1/2/2011 8:10AM

    Way to go!!!!!!!

And I hope you get the kitchen of your dreams!!!!!!

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JLPNURSE 1/1/2011 8:56PM

    excellent day

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I can't remember ever pushing myself this hard!

Friday, December 31, 2010

My New Year's Eve plans? Another serious workout.
I am pushing myself so hard now, muscle soreness is an almost constant companion. When I told my trainer I thought I could work out 4 days a week, I thought I was being conservative; I really felt so gung-ho I was ready to commit to daily workouts. In actuality, I was pretty spot-on, because I need so much recovery time between gym visits. I always need at least one day, and sometimes more. I THINK took it a little easier today, because I was so sore last time I took 2 days off from lifting, but tomorrow my body will tell me whether or not I'm only kidding myself. I'm taking my father in law to the gym tomorrow, but I may just get on the treadmill and walk for a couple of hours, and not lift weighs at all.
Due to a computer fart, my reservations fell through for dinner tonight, so there goes the jazz and stuffed quail. I made reservations at Texas De Brazil instead, because it's been several years since we have eaten there and we are taking Dad with us. Mortons was out of the question, as I'm sure Dad wouldn't have anything appropriate to wear in his small suitcase, so that will have to be another time.

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Wegman's macaroni and cheese contains crack.
That's the only explanation for it.
I don't particularly like mac and cheese, but at Wegmans, they have it down. I swear, it's richer and creamier than cheesecake. It's so rich, it's a choking hazard. After a couple of bites, you KNOW your diet's gone to heck.
And no ridiculous breadcrumb topping... this is topped with- what else- more shredded cheese. God help you if you read this and go to Wegmans.

  
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PHEBESS 1/2/2011 8:13AM

    LOL - we have a bbq place that I swear adds something that is immediately addictive - so I totally know what you mean!

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MBSHAZZER 1/1/2011 9:17AM

    Hmm, good thing there is no Wegman's in Florida... that sounds really good!

Happy New Year! I'm so glad you are enjoying the PT / gym sessions! Nothing like ending the year with a hard workout!

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My new love affair

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The gym.
I've been slipping away frequently for rendez-vous.
I'd forgotten how much BENEFIT can be gotten from a gym membership. I'm not going to say that it's essential, because I managed to lose 143 lbs without ever setting foot in the gym (I worked out at home). But for those of us who find ourselves in a fitness rut, I recommend it.
I really do enjoy lifting heavy weights on those lovely machines. I love the vast array of cardio equipment (3 different kinds of elliptical!). I even love the sound of the balls bouncing against the walls and floors in the basketball and squash courts. And the faint smell of chlorine downstairs, in corridor beside the ladies shower.
I love having that noodly, slightly sore feeling all over my body, that comes from a really satisfying, two-hour gym workout. Can't get that anywhere else!

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SHORTY20 12/31/2010 11:54AM

    It can be a great place, enjoy it!

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_UMAMI_ 12/29/2010 7:54PM

    Unfortunately, I'm suffering complete gym burnout, but I remember walking into the gym and getting that initial buzz that got me going.

(got tired of the lines for equipment during the "Silver Fox" hours and during school hours. Also, was constantly annoyed by rude people talking loudly next to me while on their cell phones, or even just while working out. I don't mind a short convo, but 20 minutes or more??? I like to be in my own space when working out, listening to music, psyching myself up...)

But please keep blogging about how much you enjoy it---I may get my butt back there yet. (Or need to drop membership for a home treadmill.)

Exhiliration is catching!

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PHEBESS 12/29/2010 1:38PM

    And I thought it was going to be a new pair of shoes, LOL!!!!!

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JLPNURSE 12/29/2010 8:58AM

    I'm glad you are enjoying the gym!

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SECRETFUN 12/28/2010 8:09PM

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MBSHAZZER 12/28/2010 7:31PM

    Awesome! May it be a long and torrid affair!

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DEBBAK710 12/28/2010 7:29PM

    Good for you! You have to really enjoy going if it's going to work for you. Keep it up! I'm trying to build on my relationship with my gym--staying longer, doing heavier weights, changing it up a bit.

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JEMPOWER 12/28/2010 7:22PM

    wow congrats

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