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Friday, August 27, 2010

Well, I hope it was the storm that kept waking me up all nite and not that the sleeping pills are already not being effective.... I did go to school today around 10:30, but I feel like my hands are tied and things out of my control, can't set up my classroom till they fix my computer location and then was told about staff going out to supper at 4pm and we were going at 5:30 (I'd had lunch at 3:15, a very healthy fahjitas)

though I made some good choices at supper, I came home wanting to eat, but have through sheer determination limited myself to some grapes and 2 cups of chamomile tea. I had a halibut steak and some tomato and feta salad and marinated mushroom salad and beets and pickles and a scoop of maple walnut ice cream and some strawberries and pineapple.

So the latest experiment with taking the sleeping pill each nite results:

Tues.....BS 8.9 Wt. .... 202.5 Pedometer - 12253
Wed. ....BS 7.1 Wt. .....201.5 Pedometer - 10882
Thur....BS 9 Wt... I forgot to check! Pedometer - 13703 (I danced b-4 bed)
.......................(Didn't sleep very well- took a long time to drop off)
Fri -.....BS 8.0 Wt......199 Pedometer - 4515
.......................(fell asleep ok, but kept waking up storm?)
Well, I haven't exercised today, but may still.... I am tired, I considered taking my pill a half hour ago, but still want to exercise, and maybe read, so I think priority right now is to get off the computer..... Good nite all.....Thanks for your support and encouragement...

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TERRI289 8/28/2010 8:44PM

    Would it help to stay off the scale? The scale still depresses me too much so I spend more time checking out the fit of my clothes.

Don't over do!!! emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 8/28/2010 6:56AM

    It's so difficult to turn the dratted thing off, isn't it? Although what's even more difficult for me, when I wake up at 2:00 a.m. and can't go back to sleep, is fighting the temptation to get on SP and dawdle around until dawn. Hope your sleep problem resolves - it's no fun having insomnia.

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NORASPAT 8/28/2010 6:25AM

    Just get off the comouter and go to bed.

Pat in Maine.

Off to the boat logged in read your blog and off it goes

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So much to do.... so little time.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Well, I got up and tried to do some more organizing. Last nite, with all my sorted piles all over the floor, I tripped and knocked over the shelf on the entertainment centre and the TV and the Cable box. So, today when I turned on computer, it didn't work right. Had to call dh and get directions over the phone how to get it all up and going again... Not a great way to start the day. But it certainly convinced me to clean up the piles.....

I threw out garbage and boxes and went over to the principal's house but he was in town picking up new teacher. So he came over to school later for a bit and will be there tomorrow. I unpacked some school stuff and was going to photocopy some first days stuff, but copier jammed and I couldn't get it undone, so that was a good enough reason to come home. It was about 8pm and getting kinda dark. When I talked with dd and dh in city, they had red alert weather and it started lightning. We have really loud thunder here now and apparently there's 70 mm rain and possible hail called for....(summer in Canada) and now the lightning - guess the rain isn't far behind...

So the latest experiment with taking the sleeping pill each nite results:

Tues.....BS 8.9 Wt. .... 202.5 Pedometer - 12253
Wed. ....BS 7.1 Wt. .....201.5 Pedometer - 10882
Thur....BS 9 Wt... I forgot to check! Pedometer - 10003
(Didn't sleep very well- took a long time to drop off)

I've started a new book by Lori Lansens called "The Girls" about conjoined twins (joined at the head). I haven't done any exercise as such today, but I walked back and forth in the school to the office and around house and am already over 10000.

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MONTY68 8/27/2010 11:47AM

    Hi Lila
Sometimes when we have to much to do, we get less done. You are lucky you didn't get hurt. I know you have a lot to do, but take one thing at a time. List the priority of what you are doing, you need to put in some "me" time for exercise and healthy things for you. I know you like to read, and that i a good thing, but plan some of the things you have been missing. Walking is great, start adding things back in that you use to do.
It is interesting that you didn't sleep well with the pill, maybe you have to also go to bed earlier.
Today is a new day , one more thing and one thing at a time.

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TERRI289 8/27/2010 7:22AM

    You had a busy busy day. I am so glad that you didn't get hurt when the piles tried to trip you. It is annoying to have the computer not working. We are all so attached.

My meeting at the college went over by an hour so I am still sort of tired. Starting to miss the high school,

have a good day!! emoticon

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NORASPAT 8/27/2010 7:10AM

    Go to bed earlier and then you will drop off sooner.
I was always told I hour before midnight is more healthful than 2 after and I am sure it is righ. I am trying to be in bed by 11pm but Dh will watch TV and I Spark. Not good so I told hime last night I wnat to be off the computer by 10pm.
My fingers are acting upfrom the weights and computer.

NOW my SAD is beginning to kick in. Every tree, that has started to turn makes me antsy. My summer has been too short and I am VERY restless. I might ask for a light box fro Christmas, probably thanksgiving. Pat in Maine.

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Day Went Fast - Don't Know How Much I Accomplished

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I tried - I went through boxes, and then sorted stuff - you have to realize this is all like school worksheets and books type stuff. I have about 8 empty boxes, 1 box of books to give away, and some garbage to throw out.... and piles (sorted out by topic) all over the house.. DD told me tonite she pulled all the clothes out of their drawers and then if it fits, fold and return, - if not, dispose of.... that sounds so much easier.

So the latest experiment with taking the sleeping pill each nite results:

Tues.....BS 8.9 Wt. .... 202.5
Wed. ....BS 7.1 Wt. .....201.5

Trying to figure out if getting a decent sleep will reduce my stress hormone cortisol and help in reducing weight...

Well, I did take 10 min. on elliptical, and then when I called dd and dh, I turned on my WATP, but I didn't stop for supper, so I 'm just eating now at 10pm, not good.

Breakfast - oatmeal cooked in milk with almonds and cranberry bran muffin and 1/2 cantaloupe
Lunch - corn on cob, blue grapes
Supper - pepperoni stick, mini bagel w/ cream cheese & jam, Green Giant broccoli w/ cheese,

Must go post and see where my shortfalls are today...

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PRESTIGEPUB 8/26/2010 5:45PM

    Too many abbreviations here...what are dd, WATP, BS (other than the usual interpretation)? I guess people who regularly correspond with you can translate but I haven't a clue!

I agree with Pat; try to avoid those processed foods. Your menu, other than breakfast, is certainly unique, especially dinner! Try some nice fresh veggies and fruit--it's summer, and everything's at their peak.

Congratulations on making progress towards getting organized. It isn't easy but can be done, one pile at a time.

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TERRI289 8/26/2010 11:18AM

    HI!! I so know what you mean about sorting papers and what not. The never ending piles pf papers that need to be sorted. I need to organize for my college classes.

Steve used his cpap machine last night and I slept better. Will try to get a mini nap before errands and meetings today.

You sound a lot more relaxed. Deep breathe!! emoticon

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NORASPAT 8/26/2010 8:53AM

    Hi there it looks like you are doing better. I certainly hope so. Communication with DH and DD is a good thing I hope so long as some positive comes out of it.
I have become a lover of the power of positive thinking.
There are way too many things to complain about so I am determined to look at the bright side.
When there is no bright side I will creat one for myself. Stay positive and focus and you might try to avoid so many processed foods so many chemicals in there. Some of those interfere with sleep.I do realise it must be very hard so far away from town.

Sleep is a very important factor in our lives. You burn more calories sleeping than you do sitting up watching TV or reading. Sleep also rests the heart and mind and so much more. PLEASE take care of yourself you are my good friend now.. I am subscribed to your blog so I see when you post. Pat in Maine.

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MONTY68 8/26/2010 12:51AM

    Hi Lila
It looks like you got a lot of things done today. That is good. What is your BS suppose to be? It is interesting that a sleeping pill could drop the BS and the weight also in 1 day. That is good.
It seems like you are getting settled in and getting things back in order. Keep up the good work.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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First Official Day That's Just For Me!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

No travelling required, don't have to go to school yet, and no one here but me!!!! Yahoo! I did take sleeping pill, but guess added with the caffeine, it took a fair while to work... I woke at 9:23, kinds stiff and sore, but once I get back to my exercise hopefully that will work out the kinks.

So, I showered and checked my bs - 8.9 - gotta get that under control again too... Weight showed 202.5....I may just take a sleeping pill each nite and check what it does to my weight and a.m. bs. cuz not enough sleep is definitely stressful. Dr. gave me a req. to have thyroid, cortisol, B12 all checked, once I told him my hairdresser told me my hair was breaking off at the scalp and could be medication-related. Didn't I forget to get it done with everything else in my crazy day yesterday. So maybe when I go back to the city mid-Sept., I will get that and my regular bloodwork done again.

So breakfast was cottage cheese with strawberries and nectarines.
Lunch was shrimp, onions, mushrooms, red peppers and garlic and a corn on the cob with yogurt and strawberries.
Supper will be Low GI Curry Chicken. - was planning to make a couple salads, but even though the stuff is all sitting on counter, didn't get to it yet, but maybe try before I go to bed.... gotta put it away anyway..

(I was going to try for four 400 cal meals today since that seems to be all the rage lately... But, so far, I am way under....and I have to carefully plan to use all my fresh stuff and not lose out on its freshness)

Am working on organizing and dishes and laundry, but gotta remember to put my Coach Nicole's exercises (can't find the disk?) and Zumba in there... Haven't got to the Zumba yet, but did get lots of stuff moved around... don't know how organized it is, but there is just so much...... and even as I check it, it all still seems good and worthwhile.... guess that's what makes teachers packrats.... we see a purpose in everything we have.

I called my sister and remembered that that is a good time to put on my WATP DVD so I did.
(back Later)

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TERRI289 8/24/2010 8:40PM

    Hope this time alone gives you a little peace of mind!

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NORASPAT 8/24/2010 4:32PM

    OK you have the peace and quiet you were wanting and wanted to get some stuff done so make a plan and get at least some of it done. School will be back before you know it.

Are yountracking your food with Spark or WW.
Are you using the diabetes tracker, did you get the conversion chart from A1c to numbers. I use it and like it. Pat in Maine.

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Driving to Town Driving me Crazy!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Well, it was raining when I woke up today and there had been a call from my dr. on my call display so I called them to see if maybe they were calling to let me know my appt for today was cancelled... but not! Anyway, the rain stopper by the time I got on the road, so it wasn't too bad. The dr. office told me he wanted to discuss my mammogram results with me. I've never had that happen before, it's always just a letter saying OK.. so that got me a bit nervous.

Oh yeah, before I left Conklin, I went to school to drop off some supplies and pick up some I was returning. I found a letter on the scy. desk with my name on it. I picked it up and found a contract in it that was dated June 14 with a postmark June 26. This is most annoying and confusing for anyone following my blogs knows I was laid off on the 25th and didn't get my contract until July 31.... what's going on?

When I got to dr. office, I had appt. with a nurse who does the checks to save dr. time. I hadn't met her before, but anyway, I mentioned SP and she knew it, she apparently took off 15 lb. with them last year... small world, eh? So we talked, she did pap and we discussed the very specific mammogram results, they specifically listed the lumps they found, but want a follow-up in 6 mths. since they don't have a baseline since I'm new to province. Hopefully, it's just the fibrocystic breasts I've had all my life, but their results saying, "likely benign..." was a little nerve-wracking. Anyway, from my diabetic appt. last week she had suggested I take a sleeping pill every day, so the nurse and dr. both agreed and I got a presciption. So it was an hour wait for the drugs, so I went to next errand. (This is where the craziness started.... the pharmacist put in my number and had it come back "coverage cancelled" so it was $43 out of my pocket....)

I asked a couple of ladies how to get to the cop shop and got good directions. I decided since it was almost 3 I should go then to try to avoid rush hour. There was a lot of construction! I got to RCMP office and they sent me on to a different office to pay my $15.75 and I had to come back and fill out papers and get that done. THeir machines were down, so if anyone comes back with my name and birthdate, I will have to go back and get my fingerprints taken... Then I will have to go back and pick up paper on Sept. 7. Because it is a legal document, they can't mail it to me. But, I will be mailing it to my school division..... !!! I tried to go to TACO BEll for a burrito, but there was no parking!!
So by the time I got to eat, it was A&W for mama burger and fries at 4:30.

Then to the library and got some audio books and other books too... must see how much reading I can do before school gets back in...

So picked up drugs and an ice cream, gassed up and returned the folders the store overcharged me on last time I was in town. And I was on my way by 5:45 and home by 7:15.

Tiring day.... but with all the little annoying things that happened, I took out my frustrations on a box of chocolate mint buds....

They told me at the dr's that I should take the sleeping pill a half hour before I go to bed... what a concept..... going to bed and going right to sleep.... I'm tempted, but still have such an aversion to drugs, I will have to convince myself... but I am tired...... and everything will still be here in the a.m.... won't it?


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NORASPAT 8/24/2010 8:35AM

    We love to be in the car but not the same trip over again, there must be a better way. Do you have mail delivered to the town or do you have to drive miles for that also.
Hope the contract business is resolved strange to not get it to you or at least send you message.
If you have had Mammograms brfore in some other City they should have been sent on to the new Dr. I always make sure they have previous X-rays. Being a radigrapher-X-ray tech. I know how inmpotant comparison films are especilly with a pre-0exising condition. I have Calcifications and like to be sure they keep track of previous syudies.
And also get some sleep Pat in Maine.

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MONTY68 8/24/2010 1:15AM

    Hi lila
Well maybe you are getting all the things done so that you can relax . I was shocked when you said you found the contract. What was that? Will you say anything?
Do you know why the insurance was cancelled? that was a shock
So, you are not sure you are going to take a sleeping pill and it was recommended before, you have got to get some good sleep.
Today is over, a new day will be here and you will have no outside frustrations to keep you from doing some things for Lila

Monty emoticon emoticon

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TERRI289 8/24/2010 12:20AM

    Your sounded incredibly busy! Glad that you managed to get so much done. Sorry about the contract on your desk. Someone seriously dropped the ball onthat one.

After the day you had, if only the chocolate mints were your friends, tomorrow is another day. GET SOME SLEEP!!!

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