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i have to be my own sunshine.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

lol lol lol
that is what i was doing after i was searching online for foods both high in fiber and vitamin d...
first answer, low on vitamin d, get lots of sunlight!!!
duhhhh....
i dont think i have seen any here in about a week, its been hotter than hades, but just dry over cast steamy humid heat.
no sun. and, im inside all day at least 4 days a week here when i work, so its not like i can go out and lay in the sun, maybe i can walk out on the deck for 10 minutes or so. i get what i can i guess.
so, i am still trying to tweak my diet so that i can get in my 25 of fiber
and my 120 of calcium, or more, and my 100 of vitamin d...and still stay within calorie range.
so far, lots of apples, which are still high in sugar and carbs, so, is it better to go over carbs or under other nutrients?
i pick low carbs, i can and am still taking high doses of vitamin d and fiber in the form of tablet or powder.
last vitamin d check was june, and it was 52
i will have it checked again in sept when i return to the doc....
so, i guess for now, i stick with lower carbs and keep taking supplements.
i have got to cut back on my dairy, i had really drastically increased it when i first broke my foot and in spite of taking 50,000 iu once a week and 5,000 iu daily of vitamin d
i still increased my calcium in the form of food.
so now is the time to get back, i had to go down the stairs to my car today, and these are pretty steep stairs, and coming back up, i was out of breath, first time that has happened to me in awhile.
and this is a three story house, so its up and down thru the day.
which is good, i need the added steps and cardio.
but i have noticed getting out of breath more easily...which means, its time to get back to more intense workouts, enough puttying around!!!
i have to find the time and the solitude...there is a gazelle and an eliptical here at work, so while my charges are sleeping, i am going to add what i can, even if its only a few minutes and up and down the stairs as much as i can handle.
you do what you can do right!!!
so everyone have a good day.

  
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CAPECODBABE 7/24/2013 4:32PM

    Hope you figure it out.
One thing I've learned...nothing is good for you emoticon
I walk every day, hope that is enough emoticon

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CAROLANGEL 7/24/2013 11:00AM

    Hello! I live in Nebraska, so i know the lack of sunshine sometimes! dont quote me, but i think that i have heard that all you need is 15 min a day.. so that is good, I have been thinking of getting a sunlamp for the winter. also on the calcium, dark leafy greens are a very good source of calcium and protein etc. dairy or animal protein in the calcium actually leaches the calcium from our bones. so if you can find a vegetarian supplement for vitamin for it, that would do your bones much better.

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mother may i...!!!! arhggg!!!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

and so it begins!!! I knew having my son move back in was going to be stressful, at best.
But now hes asking to use my car!!!!
He went out to work on his and sprayed it with water for some reason unknown, and now it wont start.
To work, wouldnt be so bad, as its only about 5 miles away.
and he doesnt have to be there til 11pm, but hes wanting to take it to one of his NA meetings.
And while I am all for him going to his meetings., it is over 25 miles one way, and back, then running here and there.
All I need is Honey getting mad at me over letting my son use my car.
It has been a point of contention in this house for a decade now!!!
And I am just thinking ahead, this is the only car we have that is even driveable to get groceries, for me to get to work, go walking, doing my errands, etc.
I am sick of it, right now an anger is building up inside me that I want to punch a punching bag and there are none available!!!
I am sick of it!!!!
If I say no, its well he missed his meeting, and if I say yes, its well, I have to listen to Honey go on and on about how hes a grown man, let him grow up, what does he do with all of his money, etc.
I am sick of being put in the middle and of having my home invaded and my automobile hijacked.
Stress!!!!
i REALLY NEED TO GO WALKING!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 7/23/2013 9:38AM

    Sometimes 'helping' is enabling. He can ask for a ride from a buddy in group maybe. Or spend this morning working on his car. Hubby says he needs to take the distributor cap off, dry it off as much as possible then try it. Maybe even try carb cleaner or WD-40 on the the OUTSIDE of it to help. If that don't work, take the plug wire off of the coil and dry it off too. Hope this actually works.

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CAPECODBABE 7/22/2013 7:56PM

    I know just how you feel.

My son moved back WITH his 2 year old daughter
(I love having my granddaughter here) but emoticon

Breathe, Val

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GRANDMABABA 7/22/2013 6:19PM

    Our daughter and sil took great advantage of us for 12+ years, even taking over our large home rent free while we moved to a tiny condo with a big mortgage. Never did they offer to help with extra expenses, did little to maintain the place, etc. sil is a critical care neurologist and now they are planning a family vacation to Hawaii because they 'deserve' it. Hope you can nip this in the bud so you won't end up making yourself sick from stress.

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webmd gave me so many choices

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I really thought I was coming down with "something"...I was unsure just what they might be.
I had been feeling very run down, fatigued to the point of dozing off on the couch, which I never do.
Aching joints and muscles, headache, and woke up coughing up phlegmn.
I felt this strange overall feeling, like I just needed to stretch and shake and couldnt keep still, like I was jittery.
Was sure it was flu.
I laid back down at 5 am this morning and slept til 9am, uninterrupted and probably would have slept more and longer had my son not woke me when he got up to get ready for work.
I actually feel alot better right now.
Not as tired or achy, headache has eased off and no coughing.
It must have been the 12 hour flu, lol.
But its so so sooooo hot here. We are under a heat advisory and it doesnt look like walking is going to happen for me anytime soon,
I squeeze it in where I can and hope I can in the morning, super early, like daybreak early.
I sure hope whatever had me feeling so bad is gone,
Sons girlfriend has been here for 2 days and has been a big help, cleaning, dishes and laundry, lol, feels good to be a lady of leisure,
even though I miss having my house all to myself.

  
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MISSCUS 7/18/2013 12:06AM

    Glad you're feeling better. Son's GF was a Godsend!! Dehydration usually can cause sticky mouth, but not phlegm/coughing. Hope you continue to feel better. I like the sound of 12 hour flu!! Much better than 72 hour flu, or 5 day flu we've all had before....

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CAPECODBABE 7/17/2013 3:03PM

    Sounds like it could be dehydration.

BTW - I have no medical experience whatsoever, but I have been dehydrated before and it just doesn't go away with a glass of water.

Take care of yourself Val

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ARCHIMEDESII 7/17/2013 2:41PM

    You could have had some heat exhaustion. The heat really does wear a body down. It cause fatigue like that. have you been drinking enough water ? this heatwave has been pretty bad. I've been guzzling water and it still doesn't seem to be enough when I walk outside. How hot is it in the morning ? If the mornings are cooler, try walking early in the morning before the heat gets oppressive.

Glad you're feeling better, but do take it easy, just in case.

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KNYAGENYA 7/17/2013 2:27PM

    WebMD is evil! If you continue to feel bad good and pay your family doc a visit.

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i really deserve my own self pity!!! i am at a loss, only not weight loss!!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I am feeling very very let down and discouraged this morning. I am hurting in my left hip so bad and I dont know what is causing it, but, I know I didnt feel like walking this morning.
Where that pain came from, out of no where, I have no idea.
Unless its from getting up and down so much....see, this job I took on, or whatever its called, is sitting with two ladies, one has downs syndrome and the other is bedridden.
The younger woman, with ds, is ok, she can fix her own meals mostly, she does need help reaching the overhead microwave...but for the most part, she is ok to fend for herself.
But the elderly lady, has to have everything brought to her, and she needs help getting up and down to the potty chair, but for now, she is still able to do that. I expect soon she wont be able to, as the nurse came yesterday and said shes only getting worse and her dementia is progressing.
So, its just alot of running up and down the hallway, most of the time, she doesnt really want anything.
She just calls out all day, bring me coffee, bring me a phone, come in here honey....when I go in to check on her, mostly shes half asleep and only calling out in her mind...but sometimes shes calling out cause she really needs help and I have to run and check on her.
So, that is the JOB, just alot of running and sitting down, standing up, sitting down....has to be where the hip pain came in, cause before, I was ok.
I dont honestly know how long this job is going to last for me...I am going to really try to tough it out.
I havent lost a pound this week, despite being a mexican jumping bean!!!!
And so, my body is rebelling against me...yesterday I was all happy that I was able to squeeze in a walk in the morning, and then after about 40 minutes, my foot really began to ache and pains radiating up my hip.
What can I do...I have decided to take my dumbbells and stretch bands to work with me and squeeze in some upper body workouts in between running...they have a gazelle and an eliptical machine...I really am going to need the upper body strength.
But my biggest disappointment came this morning when I stepped on the scale, to see that not an ounce was lost.
I have no idea what else I can do to tweek things.
I am walking as much as I can, which lately isnt alot, but when I do, I deal with the foot pain...I have cut bread out this whole week, and I have been going for lean proteins and yogurt all week...what is going on with me??
Why am I still stuck in this bog of zero weight loss?????
someone help me???
I even cut my calories again on my nutrition page to see if that helps me stay in line, but I am eating so little now I dont know what else to cut out.
I sit here preplexed about the whole thing, because I was losing weight like crazy before this stupid foot decided to take a break, literally a break!!!
Will I ever lose this 84 pounds I want to lose??? will I ever lose the 14 lbs I need to lose to get back to where I was...will I ever even lose one more pound???
Stumped.

  
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STONECOT 7/19/2013 7:39AM

    Our bodies have their own time table, and sometimes they don't coincide with ours. At the moment it's probably thinking, 'What IS she doing to me" Try to have patience and carry on exactly as you are now till your body adjusts. If you are in pain, that is probably causing water retention in those muscles, again your body will adjust as you get used to your new job, try not to give up too soon, after all, as you said, what else can you do. It will start to shift given time.

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 7/18/2013 8:50PM

    for me hip pain is always worse if i use the recumbant bike or anything that keeps my knees 'up' (ie not sitting reclined but sitting straight up in a hard chair) I hope your pain diminishes soon, with all this heat it can't be pleasant to have to deal with pain on top of everything else.



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MISSCUS 7/18/2013 12:12AM

    I read the comments, they said what I would've said!!! I especially like MOONSTREAM'S comments. I would also say, if you know you are doing all the right things, then a tape measure is probably to be your new best friend...
Hang in there!!! I sure hope your hip gets better too, usually sitting too much will cause hip pain, but it certainly doesn;t sound like you are sitting down a lot!!

PS: The elderly lady is quite typical with the dementia, bossy and constantly demanding and wants it all done for her and brought to her and won't or can't get up for long. I worked in nursing homes and also home health long enough. I can only hope I am not that way when the time comes. I pray I won't....

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CANDIK48 7/17/2013 3:51PM

    Not every day or week you get on the scale is going to be a positive experience. Our bodies change in many ways when we change our activity and eating styles. For one thing, muscle weighs more than fat, salt impacts water retention and eating a diet that is consistently too low in calories can result in your body refusing to let go of any reserves. I just broke a plateau that I was on for a little less than 2 weeks. Not long I know compared to how long others have fought it, but long enough to feel discouraged in small ways. The key is to keep pushing forward. Never quit on yourself! If you can't control the number on the scale, keep in mind you can control how you respond to it. Hold on to your resolve! You can do it, have faith! emoticon

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 7/16/2013 12:08PM

    Maybe the new nutrition tracker upgrade is for you? It could be a fresh thing to put in your goal again and it will give you the range you need for weight loss without exercise, then increase your range only on the days you put in the exercise you did. If what you are doing isn't working for ya, maybe try that. But you can't switch back, so what I did was make a new profile under a different email/username while I try it out. If I start seeing progress then I'll switch over. You could do the same. Maybe. Don't give up.

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MOONSTREAM 7/16/2013 10:15AM

    hmmm. try not to be too hard on yourself - that can only backfire. Hang in there. Put some ice on your sore spots and rest. treat yourself to a nice iced tea or whatever is fairly healthy and makes you feel happy. Try to increase protein at each meal & drink more water & eat less or no white (pasta, bread, rice, alcohol) & less or no cheese. (These are my old standbys). Maybe cut back intensity of your workouts - but if you can at least do a short walk or something to keep moving. Just keep sparking and find encouragement. I notice that when I'm in a positive mood - I maintain or lose but when I'm in a bad mood I gain - and this has less to do with my eating/ exercising. So keep your mood up by pampering yourself a little more.
And now I have to follow my own advise - lol
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im still standing, on a sore foot, but....

Monday, July 15, 2013

My foot is aching. I was up and down all day yesterday and I guess keeping my shoe on all day made it swell a little, last night I wore my bone stimulator to bed and had a very very early morning.
After little to no sleep last night, I got up at 4 and got honey up for work, then I myself went to the walking track. I walked an hour and it felt good, but the foot began to ache and the last lap was a very slow one and very painful.
I guess I am going to have to wrap my ankle tight.
It wasnt in the area of the break that was hurting so, it was in the ankle in the back.
And then pain radiating up into my left hip.
I think its just that it has been so long since I walked, I mean really walked.
So, I bought some new earbuds and I already hate them. They are retractable, and the little pully keeps pulling up on me and I have to carry my phone in my hand and the little pully thing keeps bouncing against me when I walk.
It is very annoying.
I am a creature of habit and I guess its just something to get used to, or take them back and buy some different ones.
Although, these are purple and match my phone!!! lol....
So, tomorrow is weigh in day and I do not anticipate seeing too much of a change on the scale, I am just hoping for a loss or a stay. NO GAIN.
Maybe if the ankle lets up and I can walk once again, I will begin to see the numbers start going down again.
Havent I heard this somewhere before???
oh yea, of course, second verse, same as the first!!!
But I am trying. I am really really trying.

  
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CAPECODBABE 7/15/2013 9:12PM

    I hope you see a loss. And that you can build up your walks to where you were before the injury.
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