Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Decided I'd take my car in for an oil change, made the appointment, took a good book along to read, and arrived right on time. The sign said to allow about an hour for them to do their job. OK -- coffee looked strong and the cream was powdered, so I decided to skip that luxury.
About 45 minutes later one of the mechanics approached me and said, "I was going to rotate your tires but I noticed the two in the back are almost down to metal (whatever that means) so you really need new tires - NOW! Would you like me to price new tires for you?" I told him yes, which he had already done anyway, and back comes his answer: $520 including tax, mounting, etc. and I can do that for you right now if you like.
I decide to go for it, he said it would be another 30 minutes. So I read some more but in about 30 minutes the boss comes up to me and informs me they didn't have the tires on hand and had to run over to the store. They are very sorry it is taking so long. Well, I've been there so long now, no use leaving at this point, so I hand him my book, ask him to put it in my car, and inform him I'll take a walk while they finalize it. "How much longer?" I ask. "30 to 45 minutes" I'm told.
That's how I got my morning walk in today. My dog missed out on it, but at least I got mine in, and everyone knows my shape is more important than hers (hers is just oblong). Finally it's been 40 minutes and I head back. I sit down and just have time to glance at the newspapers headlines and they are calling my name.
As I pay the bill I jokingly say "expensive oil change." But of course, the owner doesn't seem to get the joke, he's probably thinking to himself "today is going great!" so to each his own. On the bright side these new tires have a warranty of 65,000 miles -- at my age that seems like a long, long time!
Monday, May 10, 2010
I kind of smiled when the doctor suggested I have a colonoscopy -- but he informed me the scheduling for them was really backed up, and it may be as long as a six month wait. A person could forget almost anything in six months; I've forgotten some of my kids' names in less time than that.
But not too long ago the dreaded call came informing me I needed to schedule time with the specialist who does the colonoscopy procedure. OK, that went fine and it was in just one week. I wanted to get it done and over with, ASAP, but as I related this desire to the doctor and informed him I was going to Las Vegas to baby sit in just over a week; he shook his head. "There can be no travel for at least 2 weeks after this procedure." I told him my departure date and also the date I would arrive back home. I was arriving back home mid-week, so he said we would do the colonoscopy first thing the following Monday. Boy! Did he ever mean "first thing" as I was to arrive at the Hospital at 6:30 a.m.
I don't know who dreamed up the "prep schedule" you have to go through before you are even ready for the procedure, but it must have been someone who had a prior position with the FBI or CIA or someone - someone who knew how to torture a person until they would agree to anything and everything!
I'm a gal who has a terrible time getting my 8 glasses of water down each day! And now they tell me I'm to fill this humongous jug with water. In the bottom is some innocent looking powder -- kind of like Kool-Aid like when you were a kid, it even came in different flavors. So although it looked like a lot of liquid I figured "Well, I can divide it and enjoy all three flavors! Great, except they all tasted the same! Pineapple, Cherry, Orange -- you'd never know which was which but it didn't matter because after about the third glass you just grit your teeth, closed your eyes and DRANK!
And for all of you out there who think you have "muscle control" and YOU never have any problem if you have to go potty and you're on the road and the driver says, "only 10 more minutes to the reststop." Believe me, if you were drinking this powerful drink, you wouldn't make 10 seconds, much less minutes! And do not even THINK about getting further away from the toilet than maybe 2 feet. You might even be surprised at that distance.
After some close calls, and a few "accidents" I decided to take a book I was reading and just settle myself on the potty! Ever tried that for 2 hours? Oh -- did I say 2 hours? What was I thinking. There was 136 ounces in that jug, they wanted you to drink an 8 oz. glass every 15 to 20 minutes and that equals 17 glasses, and going for the leisurely 20 minute interval equals 5 hours and 40 minutes. And that's just the 'drinking' time -- it's fast, but it does take at least another hour or more to make sure it's ALL out of your body. But hey! great way to lose weight. Yes, I forgot to tell you -- you can't eat that day, it would be counter productive! And being 136 ounces (or 8.5 pounds) went into my body, and I'm assuming the same amount came OUT of my body -- my weight remained exactly the same all day. I'm sure my body went into starvation mode thinking it was never going to receive another morsel of food.
By the way, I did survive! Just barely -- and as for getting to the hospital at the early hour of 6:30 (with a driver, of course) it was a breeze because I woke up at 4:09 and couldn't go back to sleep. Now I know I'm healthy again -- actually I always was -- but if YOUR doctor tells you that you need a colonoscopy -- all I can say is GOOD LUCK!
Friday, May 07, 2010
haha! Fooled you with that one, didn't I? I was about 30 or 35 when that photo was taken, and probably weighed in at 114 pounds -- so, NO! that's not my goal. If I tried to get down to a weight like that now I'd look like warmed over death! That's what is meant by having "realistic" goals. We can't expect to look the way we did in our 20's or 30's (unless, of course, we're something like 35 right now!). I'm 71, so even if I stayed at the gym 24/7 and ate only salads, I just won't end up looking like that ever again.
For most people when they are faced with setting goals think strictly in the realm of what they would like to weigh, or; put another way, how much they have to lose. I've read in some of the profiles about how they took off 30 pounds in 5 months, or even 100 pounds over the course of a year! That's great, but I only weighed 162 at my heaviest, and my achievements seem so insignificant in comparison. I've been on SparkPeople a little over 2 years and my weight is down to 146, which is a 16 pound loss. Sounds like I've done practically nothing!
On the other hand, there is a lot more to goal setting than just taking into consideration your weight in pounds. Toning up might be high on your list of priorities. Even 10 pounds can make a huge difference if what you really need is to tighten up those muscles a bit. When you get on a regular exercise routine you'd be surprised at how the shape of your legs can improve. And as the stomach muscles tighten up how much better you look in slacks. So don't just say you "want to lose 25 pounds" -- when in reality what you'd like to do is get out of the size 14 you now wear and get into an 8 or 10! Honey, those inches need to be tightened up and reduced -- and, you want to feel as good as you look.
1. More Energy!
2. A Better Attitude!
3. More Interested in Projects/Hobbies!
4. More of a Social Life!
The list can go on and on, depending upon your particular lifestyle. You see, it isn't just about weight loss, there is so much more that you will develop and learn on your journey to healthy living. It's hard to imagine the old me as compared to the new me. OK, so far it's only 16 lbs but as the weight goal is getting closer and closer there are lots of other changes too!
I'm feeling HEALTHY!
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Home Sweet Home! Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home! How true those words are!
I arrived home today and as I stepped inside it seemed as though the peace and serenity of my own place just engulfed me in it's loving arms. Sure, there are probably imperfections and little things I'd like to change, but all in all most of us love our homes. I walked to the patio door and looked out. Sure enough the grass looked like it was a foot high, and all the bushes were covered with flowers and I knew the little varmints had somehow figured out that I was gone and purposely grew-grew-grew! If I'd been home they would have been half that size. And one plant that I was worried about and left in the sink half filled with water? One dead leaf -- that was it, and actually the soil still felt moist. The plant that was too big to bring in and put in the sink had droopy looking leaves and several yellow ones, but I gave it a big drink and 2 hours later it looked as healthy as before.
The lawn is all mowed now, my little Amber (Scottie) has checked out every square inch to make sure it's all still "hers," and everything is looking and feeling wonderful. I went to the store cause the cupboards were bare, got refills on my prescriptions, then layed down on the bed with a big SIGH and fell sound asleep!
I'm feeling great!
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