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Monday, August 11, 2014

Something I learned today doing some online research.
The shoes I had ordered and had to send back, due to the wrong size, wouldnt have been very good for me anyway.
As I was reading about shoes that work well with orthotic inserts, I read that instead of stability shoes, which I had been focusing on, I should be wearing neutral shoes.
The article said that stability shoes coupled with orthotic inserts, puts too much support on the foot from different angles and allows little to no give.
Which can in turn work against each other. Causing more stress on the foot.
I was unaware of this, so the article went on to stay that a neutral shoe would work bettr as it had less of an arch already allowing the insert to be the only arch you needed.
I dont know how true this is, it sounds right to me.
So, I have decided to try it and see.
And then I went to the doctor......One down and one more to go this week. Doctor appointments that is. Then one more in September and one more in November, shew!!
And hopefully there wont be any in betwix!
The news wasnt as dire as I had expected, I was 4 pounds less than I had anticipated and that was with my big heavy shoes on with my big heavy orthotic inserts.
I am guessing if I had weighed barefoot I would have seen at least 1 to 2 less pounds.
But it was ok.
She increased one of my blood pressure pills dosages, because once again, my bp was up.
Had blood work to test for vitamin b12.
So, we discussed my foot and she said I might have to go pick up the results at the Neurologists office myself and bring them to her, as they have a bad track record of sending them.
That is easy enough for me.
Then I went to Walmart and got some yogurt and stopped thru the drive thru for a big mcdonalds coffee. Yummmm, cant pass a mickey d's without getting a coffee.
Starbucks means nothing to me!!!

So, that is behind me for now and I can focus on the things I need to be doing. Like cleaning my house. And I am working on getting some of my beach pics copied and transferred into frames for the wall.
I found this great project online I am going to try.
You buy a poster frame and take old newspapers or, and this is even better if you can find them, old music sheets and put inside and then add over top of that a picture you like, or postcard and frame it.
I ordered some pink flamingo and dragonfly postcards online for 88 cents each and am going to make several of these for my bedroom walls.
My next project is going to be finding a mirror and making a frame with shelves and hooks on the bottom for keys and such, for the entryway. just working on the details on that.
Just trying to find little things to occupy my time and get the house in order.
I have decided if I can do nothing else, I can walk 10 to 20 minutes a day, as I walk at least that much and more when I go into the grocery stores.
So, whenever I have to go shopping, I am parking much farther away and getting my steps in as I can.
I am still unsure of walking on the track at a faster pace, I fear the numbness in my foot will cause me to misstep and twist or bend my foot and end up even worse off.
But I can work out at home, and that is where my focus is right now.
So, I wait for the tests to come back and as bad as it sounds, i am hoping they tell me its some kind of tendon or ligament or nerve that can be fixed with a simple surgical procedure, at least I will know that I have another option, other than a life time of a numb foot.
Hope everyone is having a good day.

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SARAHSTORY23 8/12/2014 3:55PM

    You are sounding very positive today, and that's great!

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GORDON66 8/11/2014 2:32PM

  I wore orthotics in motion control shoes with no problems. The prescribing doctor should be able to give you a definitive answer.

It sounds like you've made some terrific plans for interesting projects. Have fun!!!

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do you really count?? do we really count??

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Whatever it is that you count, or spark. Do we really do it right? I am sure that most of us are off by a few calories daily.
Sometimes I know for a fact I am off by 100, and some days I know that I am off by even more.
Yesterday for example, I forgot to spark a sweet tea I had purchased in the supermarket and drank on the way home.
Completely forgot about it.
Today, I had a couple of spoonfuls of rice, and had forgot to spark it with my dinner.
So, it just got me to thinking, I added probably 200 calories to my daily intake.
I spark around 1300 a day, but in reality, most days I might be taking in up to 300 more.
So, should I cut my spark calorie limit to 1000??? For the ones I forget to spark?
I know I am eating way too many calories.
And breaking down my calories by meal, I see I am getting most of my calories in my latest meal of the day.
I feel I should change that and get my bigger amount of calories midday and less for dinner and leave calories for my snack.
That way I am not going over my calories later in the day.
Of course, that is the rational persons way of thinking and if one followed that, might be a good plan.
My fear is, I will eat all the calories for lunch, then still end up eating more later in the day so I end up going over anyway.
I exercised today, had a decent little workout.
Wonder just how many of those extra calories I even burned.
My guess, not that many.
But at least I am aware.

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GORDON66 8/10/2014 10:48PM

  In the end, you just have to come as close as you can to a calorie count. I make almost all of my meals. When I stew, soup, chili, etc., I always throw in extra veggies, so the recipe calorie count is never accurate. As long as you're honest with yourself, you just have to do the best you can.

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AMYBUTLER10 8/10/2014 9:59PM

    Just being aware is such a key! I try to spark every single thing I eat. Earlier this week, I added 9 calories worth of sour cream to a meal, and I found myself thinking that it wasn't really worth sparking. But if I get out of the habit of putting in EVERYTHING, it wouldn't be long before I would skip whole meals, and then quit all together.

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sunday waiting for no news monday

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Another doctors appointment tomorrow.
I had hoped to find out some answers about my foot tomorrow, but I was told that they dont read the results of the Nerve tests until after the 18th.
So, here I figure I will go to my doctor tomorrow for my regular 3 month check up, blood pressure check, get my refills and then what? Go back again after the 18th so she can discuss my test results or, more than likely and this is what I expect to happen, get a phone call from her nurse, saying, "your results are normal".
As this is the state of health care we have here.
They never go into detail, they never discuss numbers, etc, as I guess they dont think average patients will understand.
But more than likely, because they also dont understand what they are looking at.
Why my Neurologist referred the test results back to my doctor, shouldnt the neurologist have been the one to read them and explain them to me???
I dont get it.
But I will not settle for a NORMAL result.
Because ones foot being completely numb for 2 months, is not normal.
All I could hear from my doctor and the Neurologist was, "is your back hurting",?
And then of course the neurologist did the muscle test on my back.
I guess where they were going was a pinched nerve in my back.
And that might very well be so, but my back isnt numb, and I am NOT having back surgery.
Which is another suggestion I expect to hear.
This is what we are offered for healthcare in my neck of the woods.
I already regret having had the tests done here.
Wishing I had waited and gone to University of Kentucky and hoping that my insurance will pay for a second opinion.
The only option I will have is to go get my test results and go elsewhere.
Or learn to live with whatever the heck is wrong with my foot.

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MJRVIC2000 8/10/2014 4:18PM

    Worship the Lord Today and have a Blessed Day! In His Love! Vic.

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CINDYLOU4782 8/10/2014 3:50PM

    emoticon Hope you get some answers tmw.

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this moment

Friday, August 08, 2014

When you realize that your life is spiraling out of control. Out of whose control??? Yours???
Are we ever in control of our own lives???
Arent bill collectors, doctors, parents, teachers, authority figures, children????

I dont know why this is on my mind this morning. Sitting here in the quietness of the house, working on the bills, finally a day alone, and its raining outside, so much so that I can hear it over the sound of the music that plays in my headphones.

Just listening to my own thoughts I suppose. Remembering happy sunny days spent at the walking track. Just me and my thoughts and my music then too, but at least then it was thoughts of good health and weight loss and lunches planned with friends I had back then.
Wondering where those thoughts went, those friends as well???

Wondering why the scale never moves. Wondering why I cant stick to anything for more than the time it takes to plan it out in my mind.
Wondering why my foot is this way. The numbness is less this morning, but that means nothing, it only means I have been sitting about all morning. By bedtime tonight I wont be able to feel my toes at all and the whole bottom of my foot will still be dead.
And this morning I called to see if they had gotten my nerve test results back, and was told they dont read them until after the 18th.
I dont know what thats all about.
But I go back to my own doctor on Monday, so I am going to ask her to send me for an ultrasound on my whole leg. I am seriously worried about DVT and blood clot.
This might just be the beginnings of my mothers hypochondria passing the torch onto me.
But in this case, I am willing to carry it.
I havent lost a single pound, I am to the point now that I no longer even want to get on the scale, so I dont even currently have one in my home.
I know I will find out on Monday at the doctors office that I am stuck or climbing.
So, the cycle that never ends, never ends for me.

I sit here, having had my wheat toast and egg for breakfast, coffee and wondering what is next in my life.
I have been wishing I could find another part time job, just to get out of the house a few days a week.
Living in the boonies as I call it is bad for job hunting.
We are so very very limited in our job market. and defeat the purpose to make money, to drive 40 miles round trip to work a minimum wage job.
By the time one fills their car with gas, they have spent more than they earned.
Right now I might be willing to do it part time just for the purpose of interaction with other human beings, real flesh and blood living creatures.
But, I doubt there is a job out there for me worth the risk of the added weight and time spent on my foot.
So, I sit here, in front of this box, watching bikers deal drugs and cops search for serial killers and my little dog lays next to my good for nothing foot that I can barely feel.
And I read about the excitement, real or imagined or embellished at least, of the Facebook crowd.
And I look over at the elliptical sitting in the corner and wish my spirit would lift my body up and carry it over and use it.
Instead I sit here yawning, after 3 cups of coffee and listening to the rain and the thoughts in my head.
Most of them are negative!!!

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SARAHSTORY23 8/9/2014 11:15AM

    As the saying goes, "Sometimes courage means putting one foot in front of the other." Though I've had some victories lately in terms of my fitness, my son's struggles threaten to tow me under nearly every day. Let's buoy each other up. I identify with living in a rural area and the challenges that brings, but I agree with Gordon66, just take one step outside when weather permits. One thing I have realized is that the people who love me want me to take care of myself; they want to see me happy and successful. Take care, and may the sun shine on you soon.

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CAPECODBABE 8/8/2014 5:49PM

    Maybe you could find an on-line job. There are legit ones out there but I hear you have to do your homework. Part of your mood sounds like boredom.

I hope you get good news on Monday.

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GORDON66 8/8/2014 2:37PM

  You're cacooning yourself. Been there, done that, have the T-shirt. I live in a major metropolitan area, and it's still hard to connect with other human beings. For me, part of the appeal of going to the gym is interacting with others.

Once the weather gets better, try getting outside. I actually find weeding to be very soothing. Take care!!!

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the from head to toe blog

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Normally I pay around 80 dollars to have my hair cut and colored.
Money has been a little tight lately so, I decided to do my own color.
Box colors dont work real well for me, as I have hard to color gray. sssshhhh, thats our little secret!!!
However, I decided to take my chance, and I think it turned out pretty good.
A little brassy, but I had no toner to put on it, I have some natural reddish undertones anyway.
I know I will probably have to touch up my roots or do another color in about 2 weeks, my hair grows fast.
But I am happy I did it.
I figure since I had it cut in early July, I should be able to save myself the expense until at least October!!!
One win and one loss.
I received my shoes today, the pair of shoes that took me weeks and weeks of debate and research and rethinking to finally settle upon.
And I am sadly disappointed. I ordered a 9 wide, since I was told by the woman who fitted me for my orthotics, that I would benefit from a wide shoe, since they are better suited for flat feet and orthotics.
I ordered from Zappos and thank goodness they have free shipping and free returns.
They sent me a size 9 medium width.
I can wear them, and if I chose to not use my orthotics, I would probably enjoy them.
But right now with the continued issue with my foot, I cant risk that.
I need the support.
So, the shoes were way to narrow and tight.
Back they go and back I go to the research board.
Next time I am going to go for the New Balance or Brooks. I wonder if anyone here has tried the Saucony brand???? I keep seeing those and wonder if they would work well for my foot needs/
Also, next time I am going to phone in the order and make sure the person on the phone understands and reads back to me my order.
I wish I had more access to real shoe stores so I could try them on in a wide in the brand I want.
But my access is limited, mostly all we have are Nike or Skechers in medium sizes.
So, I will start again.
Disappointed to say the least, and just glad I didnt order the more expensive pair and get a size I didnt order.
I have had a long day and tomorrow if grocery shopping and going with honey to renew his license.
I believe I will turn in earlier than usual tonight.

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SARAHSTORY23 8/6/2014 7:45PM

    Hair looks great! Hope you get the right shoe soon. I can only spring for Walmart generics right now, so all I can do is NOT recommend those. :) Still hoping for good news/ solid answers on your foot.

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JADASDRAGON 8/5/2014 9:48PM

    LOVE! your new hair! so did you use a box colour because it turned out grea!

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