Friday, January 11, 2013
Fellow SparkFriend KASEYCOFF has inspired me! I've always been a relatively organized person, and could list you the advantages and disadvantages of just about any organizing system by glancing at it. I have an ongoing "to do" list, and a daily one. However, one thing that always irked me about my daily "to do" list was reviewing it at the end of the day and reminding myself how much I had not accomplished. Somehow, those items not checked off just seem to garner more of my attention than those that are checked off. And I used to review my "to do" at the end of the day to plan my next day.
Kasey suggests a list of accomplishments instead, to appreciate what you actually have done. Now why have I never thought of that? So I'll be combining them (because I just can't let go of that "to do" list cold turkey!). I'll have a "to do" in the morning, and an "Accomplishments" in the evening, and only look at my "to do" to review and do a new one the next day. Accomplishments will be held close to my heart forever LOL! I'm also going to be trying BOGUSANNIE's WooHoo jar idea. At this rate, I'll have a lot of concrete reminders of my successes!
Thanks Kasey and Annie!!!
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Remember those toys: “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”. Well, that’s me. I’ve been a weeble for the past few months, wobbling but not actually falling down. I was trying to think this morning what changed, and the only thing I could think of was that we got rid of the TV/cable. Well, that’s counter-intuitive to me; you would think I would be more active.
I realize now that most of my bad guys are traps that I’ve created myself. For example:
* The computer – spend much too much time on it, and we now watch tv shows on the computer, watch lots of you tube, etc.
* Seating – whether it’s a chair, the sofa, whatever. Sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time means not moving!
* Liquid calories – For some reason, I’ve fallen into drinking juice instead of eating fruit with lunch, or doing both which I’ve learned is WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR for me. Other calories I drink are a protein shake after I exercise, but this is experimental at this point. I’m trying to find a way to steady my glucose levels so that I’m not zonking out after going to the gym. Ok as long as I don’t forget those calories! So, anyway, back to my “no liquid calories” rule in 2013 (except for the protein shake).
The way I’ll battle my bad guys? The usual, which boils down to “do good for myself”. Drink more water, more often. Do small bursts of exercise. Brush and floss my teeth (discourages additional eating). Plan ahead and eat healthy meals and snacks. Attend to my living space.
Counter the sitting at work: Get up and walk around the floor. Go downstairs or upstairs to go to the washroom. Stand instead of sit when I’m reading documents. (Explore having a “standing” station). Sitting on my ergo “kneeling chair” at work for some of the time. Stealth exercises when I go to the washroom, at the copier.
Counter sitting at home: Sit on my ball when at my home desk. Stealth exercises when I go to the washroom. Walking to pick up the mail. Walking to the grocery store, the library, the drugstore.
Unresolved issues: Mostly my medication, which was changed and is causing me even more pain in the ankles and heels, and now hip and pelvis. Will be speaking to the onco this week about trying something else.
So those are my quick thoughts this morning. I hope to be back to Sparking more often in 2013, and wish everyone all the best for the New Year!
Saturday, November 24, 2012
I've been popping in, reading friends blogs and such, but haven't really had the time or energy to be here on a regular basis. So I thought I would throw down a "stream of consciousness" blog and at least let you know I'm still here!
What I have taken in hand is to sort out a global picture of my health, and I went to a naturopath for that. All because I've been having issues with meds, and the oncologist says "oh, I know nothing about side effects". GRRRR.
So I went to a naturopath, and she took my history from babyhood. She says my body just hasn't recovered from its many traumas, and that I likely have tiny fissures in my intestinal tract that allows stuff to get into my body that normally shouldn't. So elimination diet it was.
Upon reintroductions, I've been reacting - strongly - to gluten, cow's milk and yeast. What a huge difference this has made. AND I've discovered that onions and garlic give me migraines. Who knew!?! So some migraines gone, bloating and pain gone.
So things are getting on the right track food-wise. Now I have to bear down and really start tracking calories and nutritional values again. I continue to try to get to the gym with my trainer 3 times per week, but it has been mostly twice per week. Despite that, I have seen a huge difference in my strength and stamina, and DH and I have recently decided that I'll continue with my trainer at least until the end of March.
So that's a snapshot of me today. How are YOU doing???
Saturday, August 18, 2012
My 100-Day self-challenge has been going pretty well. On June 17, 100 days to my 51st birthday, I planned to*:
* Keep all my gym appointments with my trainer, regardless of how I feel (even if I have a terrible migraine). At worst, I'll have to come back home; at best, it will get me past whatever... k
Well, I have missed one where I was throwing up from the migraine, and one where I fell asleep on the sofa (more on that later), but overall I'm pretty happy with this one.
* Do cardio (stationary bike or walking) every day for at least 10 minutes, working my way up.
Haven't done any biking away from the gym, and have to get on it tomorrow (went to the gym this morning).
* Declutter the house at least 15 minutes per day
Still going on this one - I can't believe the clutter! But I seem to be less reluctant to let things go, and so it's really just a matter of time getting through it, freecycling, returning things to people we've been "storing" things for, etc.
* Bring my lunch to work at least 4 days out of 5
Again, this is going well. I love leftovers!
*My ultimate goal (so far, only one) is to do a 5K on October 7.
My ultimate goal has changed, though. Now I want to do the trail up King Mountain in Gatineau Park. I guess I'm just not the type of person to be in a crowd to do a walk.
Unfortunately, I've run into some issues with my thyroid meds, which don't seem to be working well at all (I gained 20 lbs in a month!). This led to some foot pain which I've addressed by wearing instep insoles - what a difference! It was like an overnight miracle. Why haven't I done this before? Why hasn't any medical personnel ever mentioned this to me? I tried it out of desperation, and now I'm getting some for my other shoes. They meds problem has also led to extreme fatigue, where I was falling asleep at my desk, at the supper table,... you get the idea. So they've increased the meds (the only answer the onco is giving me - ugh) which will of course lead to another increase in BP and increase in heart meds.
SO I had it and am going alternative medicine. I still have to take the meds, but hope to eventually cut out the heart meds (I have no thyroid so can't cut those out, but can reduce the amount I have to take). I've gone to a naturopath and in looking at the whole picture of my medical history figures I've been in a crisis state even before the thyroid cancer. So we're addressing the whole picture with an elimination diet and supplements, than when I get stronger we'll integrate more foods and test for allergies. Right now, I'm reacting to just about everything.
So although it may sound kind of blah, for me it's really looking up! And for the first time at the gym this week, while I was waiting for DH in the lobby, I had an image of myself thin and healthy. I haven't been able to do that on my good days, and take it as a sign that things are finally falling into place!
How has your week/month been? I'm going to check out blogs -- I've been away too long!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I can't believe a month has passed since I last blogged. I continue to work out with my trainer, and came to the conclusion that I have to go whether I'm up to it or not. So my DH is dragging me over even if he has to wake me from a deep sleep. It feels so great once I'm into it, and my trainer is wonderfully encouraging.
My own personal 100-day challenge is going pretty well. The house and gardens are looking so much better from the decluttering, and it has somehow coincided with DH and I starting to dream about the future again rather than being totally focused on chores and me just trying to regain my health. We went to the Laurentians last week-end, nice together time, had a massage. It was glorious. Now we're planning our next getaway for our birthdays in September. Can't wait.
My wrist is well on its way back to normal - no more cast or brace, and my trainer has me working it so I'm feeling confident that it will NOT take the year that the doc said it would before I could do housework and gardening.
Finally, wrt my challenge, bringing food to work has been great. I discovered that a snack of quinoa cooked in coconut water with apples and chopped walnut is the perfect snack for me before I leave work so I'm not too hungry before I get home for supper (AND I don't stop for fast food! WooHoo for quinoa!!!)
That's about where I'm up to right now. Off to catch up on other SparkBlogs and then out to the garden centre! Have a great week-end!
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