Friday, February 22, 2013
It's been a busy month - getting back to work, catching up with the bookkeeping, getting the new year started for incoming students & students that have to finish. I'm used to being the 'fill-in' gal. Through no effort of my own, I've become the Office Manager! Ouch! Not a position I wanted, that's for sure. I only wanted to work a couple days a week but here I am working full time. For this year anyway. Since I'm about to be 62, I suppose I should relax & enjoy it for the next three years & slide into retirement. I can still do the books for a couple of small businesses to keep my hand in & continue with my Income Tax business every spring. I don't get really busy at work till the middle of April & by then the taxes will all be filed.
I've begun to think seriously about my diet. My ankles have been swollen all winter with is unusual for me. Either I have to increase my BP medications or adjust my diet & exercise programs. I gained weight being immobile with sciatica & it's really bothering me. Today, I pick up my new FITBIT which will record every step I take without a nasty armband that pinches & gives me blisters! I got the cheap one in hot pink that only records calories, steps & mileage for now. I wanted the one that you wear as a bracelet but I'm not sure my phone will work with it so for now, I got the cheap one. I need to know how many steps I take & I need that instant feed back. I'm also going to check out the DASH diet. I do eat a lot of fruit & veg but I've been buying takeout breakfasts & I need to stop. Back to oatmeal again. So, here I go once more - gadget in hand & following the rules for a change!!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
This damned virus won't let me be! I've been coughing since Christmas. It's a nice dry hack that doesn't seem to go away combined with a voice that comes & goes. Periodically it's combined with 10 minutes of sneezing & a couple of hours of blowing my nose. Twice now, it's also been accompanied by nausea or an aching stomach. You can't really medicate this thing. No point in going to the doctor because it's 'a Virus'. So I live by the cough drop, kleenex & gravol package. Besides that, all is more or less, well. I've gone back to work - I hate it!!! GRIN. But I've also gone back to Take Out in the morning. I get a free paper with my Mcmuffin & tea. Eating in the morning is not my thing - nauseates me. I get up at 7 & eat around 11. Can't help it. I'll have to take cereal & milk to work I guess . . . But I do take lunch. Salads, fruit, chicken. So I'm not altogether incorrigible.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Another year, another blank slate. I'm sitting here at almost 3AM on the first day of a brand new year contemplating the options. Yeah, I went out & bought chips to snack on for New Year's but they're baked. I didn't bother with dip but did buy a couple of containers of grape tomatoes for my snack tray as well. I stir-fried baby bok choy with Chinese sausage for dinner & drank hot tea all evening. Not a bad start to a New Year all round. I could've done a whole lot worse. But, you know, my choices were pretty darned good & I intend to build on them for the coming year. More whole foods, more fresh foods less take out & drive thru. Not making promises or guarantees. Just want to stay mobile, healthy & interested in the world.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Stairs are my nemisis! Lifting that right leg still gives me burning pain. The Doctor says, 'if it hurts, don't DO it.' Yeah, right. Lifting my leg to get into the car still hurts too. Sometimes I don't sleep at night because it burns but I make sure I do my best even if it's taking a couple of naps because I didn't sleep. I'm sure when I get back to work in the middle of next month, I'll be too tired NOT to sleep. In the meantime, when I go shopping, I get a buggy & walk all the aisles. In a Big Box store, that's a lot of steps!! Oh I know, I'm leaning on the buggy but I'd rather walk more steps with the buggy's assistance than limp around a couple of aisles & then go home. I can get up a few steps leading with that leg only if I lean on a rail. I figure it's better to do some & strengthen that leg than do none. I've cut down snacks & increased my high fibre foods in the last couple of weeks & can see the difference already. So, baby steps again, hopefully they will lead to big steps later. And what's in the Crock Pot today??? Cowboy Chili. There's no meat in this one but lots of black beans & bean salad mix with a diced yam for color. I will top with a little sour creme & grated old cheddar. And it's good, hot or cold, travels & will be shared with my Ex so I'm not eating it for a week!!
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