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Another peril of smoking

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I want to write a bit more about Mary Lou, our friend who passed away quite suddenly, but I'll wait a bit to see whether we find out more about what happened. When she last posted on our team message board, she said she had been under the weather since before Christmas & lately had been coughing & needing to sleep a lot. We had no clue that it could be something serious, & at that time she didn't seem to either.

In the midst of life we are in death, as the prayer book says.

My life goes on, of course. Getting to bed between 10:30 & 11:00 has meant that I'm able to get up & exercise with more regularity. This morning my sleep was cut a bit short, as the doorbell rang insistently at 6:00 a.m. I hurried out & found that I needed to let in my stepdaughter. She & her dad are night owls. Sometime in the wee hours before he came to bed, he bolted the back door as usual--but she was out on the back porch having a smoke & didn't have her keys with her! I'm not sure why she didn't jump up & bang on the door at once; she was probably talking on her cell phone (yes, even at that hour) & didn't notice the sound of locking.

When I let her in she told me she had been banging on the door for two hours! At least she had her warm coat on. Finally one of the upstairs neighbors had come down the back stairs to walk his chihuahua; he let her into the basement, & she went to the front & buzzed us. She was thoroughly chilled, of course--she quickly trundled off to bed.

Hopefully this will help motivate her to stop smoking! :-) Barring that, maybe she'll get in the habit of keeping her keys in her coat pocket so she'll have them when she's out. Or maybe she & her dad can figure out a protocol for making sure she's inside before the door is locked. If it happens again, perhaps she'll think of going around to the side of the building & using a long implement or stick to tap on our bedroom window. I sleep with earplugs, & my husband is a very sound sleeper, but we'd wake up if the sound were so near.

That was our drama for the day. I lay in bed a little while after letting her in, but then I got up & did upper-body strength training for about half an hour, as scheduled, before taking my shower. My weight is STILL the same--well, maybe I'm a smidgen down, but my scales aren't digital so I don't get a very precise reading.

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SHANSHE 1/16/2008 1:50PM

    There is always a drama with daughters or at least in my experience there is, LOL! I have to agree it was a rude awakening though. How old is your stepdaughter? I do hope she quits smoking. You are going to get on those scales one day soon and will have went WAY below that 150 mark and you are going to wonderwhere it went to so quickly!

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PJBOKC 1/9/2008 10:21PM

    I'm not sure I would have appreciated that wake up call to exercise. How good of you to use it as an opportunity to exercise.

It's difficult to stop smoking. I hope your step-daughter quits smoking while she's young. My daughter smokes - she was 37 this week, and it's already really showing on her physically, and with her health. I really worry about her, and would do anything to help her quit. But it really has to be up to her.

I'll bet you're going to see a drop in weight here soon.

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ILYSE721 1/9/2008 6:02PM

    I have to quit smoking again too. I started again when things got really crazy here. Good thing I live in a one story home. I could walk around to any window to get someone's attention. I wouldn't be that cold out here though unless I was barefoot.

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Shocked & grieving

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

My Sparkfriend MARYLOUD, who has been a teammate since October 2007, died recently. I just learned this from her Sparkpage--her husband (whom she loved very much) thoughtfully posted the sad news.

She wasn't very active in December, but in recent days she had posted on our team message board saying she wanted to get serious again about her fitness. We were all so happy to hear from her again.

I have no idea what happened.

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SHANSHE 1/16/2008 1:28PM

    You do not have to know someone personally to care about them and get to know them.

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MARIIPOSA 1/8/2008 11:13PM

    So sorry to hear such sad news.

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PJBOKC 1/8/2008 9:19PM

    A sad day....

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6THOFSIX 1/8/2008 6:57PM

    I am SO sorry to hear of this sad news, Ruth. Though many of us mayl never meet in person, we do become kindred spirits through good times and bad.

Sending a hug to you and to Mary's other SparkFriends and family.


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Discouragement--& a little hope

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

So frustrating--this morning I weighed a pound MORE! What's up with that?

Then I twisted my foot while I was only about 1/6 of the way through my aerobics routine. At first I was scared that it was really hurt, then relieved that it wasn't . . . but my exercise time was short today & I stopped to be on the safe side.

Then my second train was delayed & I was at least 20 minutes late for work. There had been a fire on an earlier train, I guess, & pieces of it falling off & people had to be evacuated--so the subsequent trains have continued to be late. No injuries though, thank God.

There are other things I'm discouraged about too. I journaled about them on the train. Glancing back through my journal, I saw that I have been at the same weight--hovering around 150--for more than TWO MONTHS now! Makes me feel as if these last two months at SP haven't helped at all.

Then in the bathroom at work I discovered that my earrings were no longer in my pocket where I put them this morning. In the winter I always carry them in a pocket until I get to the office, because otherwise they often catch on my coat or scarf & fall off & get lost. These weren't a valuable set, but I had made them myself at a bead shop years ago so they had sentimental value. I figured they had fallen out in the train--the pockets in these slacks are too shallow.

But when I went to the bathroom again a little while ago, there was a note saying that a pair of silver earrings had been found there & they could be claimed at a certain office. Sure enough, they were mine. Whew!

I'm not sure what to do about all the other things I'm discouraged about, except pray & persevere.

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SHANSHE 1/16/2008 1:26PM

    "Mama said there'd be days like this..." (smile) We all have them and I know you are going to lose this weight, no doubt in my mind. The last 2 months at sparkpeople have helped because you haven't gained, you have encouraged me and so many opthers to stay on track, so be proud of yourself.

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6THOFSIX 1/8/2008 7:03PM

    Ruth - when a plateau like the one you describe hits, I have gone back to basics. As crummy as that may be I generally find out that I've been taking a few liberties and short cuts - mainly for me it's the lack of water and a big increase in sweets/simple carbs.

Not sure if that is the case for you or if your body just needs to fight you a little (or you are more muscle now than fat and that weighs more but takes up less volume).

Hang in there and don't give up - you are less than when you started and every lb is a small victory!

PS - so glad you found your earrings!



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Run run run

Monday, January 07, 2008

Yesterday when I went out for a run, I decided to head south through my old neighborhood & not turn back till I had gone at least half an hour. So I was out a bit over an hour, & a majority of that time I was running! I did some intervals of speeding up & lengthening my stride too, so I was able to go faster than I ever had before (at least faster than on any previous extended run).

Something I'm very thankful for: When I started running my right knee hurt a bit. I stayed at a slow warm-up pace for several blocks, hoping that as my muscles warmed up the pain would go away--& it did! And it didn't come back.

I got home feeling EXTREMELY proud of myself. :-)

I stretched rather extensively both before & after, but still I'm quite sore today (& was last night). I let myself sleep a full 8 hours last night & didn't exercise this morning, to give my body some space for recovery. The temp will be dropping starting tomorrow, so I don't think I'll have other chances to go running for a while--it'll be back to the aerobics routine or Latin dance/exercise.

That stubborn Christmas pound was still there this morning, but I'm hoping that with the extra exercise & tweaked nutrition this week it'll be off soon.

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SHANSHE 1/16/2008 1:23PM

    Somehow I got unsubscribed from your blog, so I am all the way back here and catching up. You are amazing... I cannot imagine running that long!

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PJBOKC 1/7/2008 6:16PM

    Glad the pain resolved. Our bodies are amazing - we should always listen to them. You absolutely deserved a good night's rest after all that running, and being PROUD of yourself is certainly in order. I know we'll celebrate that Christmas pound coming off real soon.

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By popular demand

Sunday, January 06, 2008

The lowfat tuna recipe is accessible through a link on my main SparkPage--on the left under my photo. You can find my other shared recipes there too!

If you need the tuna salad to be even MORE low-fat, you can omit the egg. And just tweak any of the ingredients to your liking--I don't think I ever make it exactly the same myself.

This is just a quick post because IT'S 57 F IN CHICAGO & I'M ABOUT TO GO JOGGING! I'm SO excited!

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PJBOKC 1/6/2008 10:22PM

    Thank you for sharing your recipes.

I'm glad you're having a break in cold weather in Chicago and get some outdoor exercise. It's been warmer here yesterday and today. The wind was really blowing yesterday, but in the 70's and less wind today. It's supposed to be nice again tomorrow. I'm off again tomorrow and may go on a bike ride with my husband.

Just a few more months and we'll have better weather for being outdoors. YEAH!!

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SHANSHE 1/6/2008 10:01PM

    Thanks! I plan on trying it soon...

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