Friday, March 09, 2012
I went to the doctor today and they did an ultrasound on my leg and found no blood clot! I just tore a muscle in my leg, so it was fluid and blood rising to the skin from the internal muscle wound.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I have been having quite the battle with evening snacking for weeks. My weight hasn't gone up more than a couple of pounds... but the upward weight creep is there. So last week I really got myself off to a good start and I was battling the snack demons with some success and I was upping my calorie burn too. It was going well, until Thursday.
I was t the park running... like I do 2-3 times per week and then I got what felt like a bad cramp in my left calf. This was after I had a wardrobe malfunction that caused me to go home and change clothes... So the cramp hit and I limped back to the car, went home and put my feet up. I then took the next 2 days off from workouts to rest my leg, did some fairly gentle strength work on Sunday and noted a great deal of improvement in my leg.
So, Monday, I tried to start running again... not in as long of intervals as previous, but the leg cramped up or whatevered again... and in the subsequent days, I have taken it easy and massaged and stretched the muscle, which has alleviated the pain. I even talked to a doc I work with about the possibility of a blood clot... and he said it was unlikely. But tonight, I got home and took off my uniform and boots... and my leg was very swollen and slightly discolored above my boot on that side. So now I am terrified that I have a DVT in my leg and will have to go on blood thinning medications or something distasteful like that.
I am going to the doctor first thing in the morning.
I also talked to my sister in law this morning who told me that my two oldest brother have macular degeneration like my father... so it's genetic and I probably have a high chance of developing it too. Oh goodie, I can look forward to going blind in about 25 years....
Then this evening, my toilet decided to clog. So I was trying to plunge it and hold the floater ball up... the floater broke off in my hand and the water started running and running and running... the answering service lady reminded me about the shutoff after there was an inch of water on the floor. Maintenance is coming and I just want to cry.
I have been working hard to get myself back up to speed... and I just feel very defeated right now.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I guess one of my pet peeves of late is seeing people NOT going that extra step or people deciding that "item x" is S.E.P (somebody else's problem). Not so much where I work, but just in general.
There is a guy who lives in my building who meticulously sweeps and neatens his little porch and yet flicks his cigarette butts out onto the grass of the complex. His SEP field starts where his porch ends.
At the park this morning, which happens to be next to a Sonic, there was a burger wrapper not 4 feet from a trash can... that person's SEP field started right about his skin.
Yesterday at IKEA, the couch I bought (which came in a huge box) fell off the cart in the traffic lane, 3 cars went around me before a very nice gentleman came to help me. Their SEP field started right outside their cars.
And in general, many people who are in poor health and need exercise and a healthy diet, always find something else to blame it on, rather than just taking that extra step even for their own health and for their loved ones.
I love the fact that this season's theme on Biggest Loser is "No Excuses"... heaven knows I make my own pile of them each time I decided not to exercise, but I try not to couch them as excuses as a decision that I have made for this moment. And I work to turn the bad behaviors around ASAP... because it's true also that we all need an indulgence day or a day off from the hard work of losing or maintaining weight.
The extra step is good for us and those around us, be it holding a door open for someone with their hands full or taking a brisk walk at lunch. So take that extra step for everyone, including yourself! You will be glad that you did!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I don't have a great deal of time to write this, but I just had to!
It seems everyone in my unit is trying to lose weight and they are all staying away from the evil CARBS! (Do you hear the ominous music building in the background?)
I thought low carb had died... but just when you think it's safe to go into the water...
Hypothyroid people (like me) should eat fewer carbs (like 45%), but not go LOW carb... most people can get 55% of their calorie intake from carbs and be fine. And while I heartily believe that your mileage may vary on any "rule"... generalities do exist... and too much protein can be harmful to your body by throwing off your electrolytes, making your blood too acidic, and damaging to your kidneys, etc. And there are legit diet plans for certain health conditions that are very low to no carb, but you need a doctor and dietitian to monitor you while you are on it.
But from everything I have read, what Atkins and every other "diet" plan, they all manage to restrict calories... but they do it through gimmicks and not necessarily healthy ones.
I'll take Spark and a balanced diet, tyvm! Moderation not restriction!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I had a great run at the park today... except for a group of punk teenagers who were hogging the sidewalk... I ran around them and they started laughing at me. I have no clue why since I was minding my own business. I lapped them and then they were like, "hey lady"... I ignored them. I lapped them again and they realized I wasn't going to play... but I am still WTF? The also had apparently been to the Sonic next to the park and left a trail of food trash and waste in their wake.
I have never understood people like this or how any parent who gave a pinch of a crap about their kids could come out with a kid like that.
I have met up with people like this all of my life. And somehow they always picked me out with the intent to victimize. Why would you intentionally try to hurt someone like that? Even though I am an adult, it brings back painful memories and emotions. Luckily, I am able to rise above it on the outside, but on the inside, grade school comes right back to my emotional matrix.
I wasn't fat as a child, but I was always the one picked out to by the popular kids to pick on. I have always been different, but since I have become an adult, it seems that those around me seem better able to just accept me. I get on well with people, but I always feel like I am standing outside looking in, except with my closest friends and immediate family.
I will always be vulnerable I guess.
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