Thursday, June 20, 2013
I met with my boss yesterday afternoon for my annual performance evaluation. I've reported to this individual for 2 years (she's newer to our organization) but I've worked for the same employer for 20 years. In her summary comments, she described me as "exemplary."
That's my goal when it comes to my efforts with regard to healthy living. I would like to know in my heart that I'm doing all that I can do to take care of myself and in the process be able to help others.
I have so many fine examples here at SP. I have some of the most motivating, knowledgeable, kind hearted and caring friends.
Thank you for helping me to become better!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
There will be bumps.
And some bumps are larger than others.
But the only way to get back on track
is to well, get back on track.
I'm doing it!
I'm proud of the fact I tracked every bite yesterday.
I made healthy choices.
I went to bed early last night
which helped me to get up early this morning
and hit the gym at 5 a.m.
It felt wonderful!
I'm drinking more water.
I'm exercising portion control.
Did you ever notice how there are times when someone is there for you at precisely the moment you need someone to be there for you?
That happened yesterday -- and today, I'm stronger than yesterday.
BUT! not as strong as I will be tomorrow.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Life isn't a perfect path
We WILL struggle at times
and if we allow them
the struggles will make us stronger
REFUSE to give in
It's not about getting it right EVERY day
It's about getting it right more days than wrong
and building from that point
to get it right most days
REFUSE to give in
Healthy living is a choice
It will make your life better and possibly longer
and it's contagious
by helping yourself
you may find you're helping those around you
REFUSE to give in
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I have been battling sickness since March 9th. Two weeks before getting sick I was feeling pretty happy that I had "almost" made it through the winter without getting sick. In fact, I couldn't remember the last time I was sick. I spoke too soon.
It started with a virus -- sore throat, body aches, headache, fatigue. Then the head cold moved in, followed by the cough. For 7-10 days, it was nasty business. I saw the CRNP at my primary care provider's office. She diagnosed me with bronchitis and a sinus infection. I went through 10 days of a 14 day prescription of Clarithromycin (NASTY antibiotic) and Albuterol. I'm allergic to penicillin, so it's always a struggle. After 7 days, she tossed Nasonex into the mix. I had to stop the antibiotic after 10 days due to major stomach distress and other unpleasantness.
A week later, it was back with a vengeance. I saw the Physician Assistant at my workplace (because I couldn't see my doctor or the CRNP). He prescribed Doxycline, recommended I also take a probiotic, and for me to continue with the Nasonex & Albuterol. Four days later, it was even WORSE. So I called the doctor's office. Neither my doctor or the CRNP were available but I saw another doctor in the practice.
She suggested the only thing holding off pneumonia at that point was the Doxycycline. She prescribed to continue with the probiotic, doxy, mucinex, albuterol, nasonex,and she added a 5-day prescription of prednisone. That upset me, but today will be day 3 of that (I take 2 20mg pills with dinner) and I have to admit, I'm feeling some better. I've also been using my Nasopure (modern day neti pot) in the shower every day.
HOWEVER, I woke up early this morning and took my blood sugar ... AND IT WAS 258 !!!!!!!!!!!!!! That totally stresses me out. The doctor warned me the prednisone would elevate my blood sugar, but this is scary.
I was terminated from the 10 week student trainer program (with only 2 weeks remaining) because I'm not fit to exercise. For the past month, the workouts have been pretty ineffective because of my ongoing sickness and sporadic at best. I know, I have to be patient and kick this thing. That also means I'll have to start all over with my couch to 5k training and won't make the 5k on June 8. All very disappointing to me.
So I've basically been miserable for over a month, I'm gaining weight, I'm on all of the meds described above PLUS my regular meds (metformin, pravastatin, lisinopril).
I am feeling very discouraged, losing my patience with this whole sickness thing, and I very much dislike taking all these meds. I also don't want to end up in the hospital. DD is moving in less than 2 weeks and I really can't be sick. It's my busiest time of the year at work. It's spring and I want to be outside moving around.
I feel like I'm going lose my mind!
Thanks for allowing me to vent, friends. I could really use some encouragement. I know many of you have experienced struggles far greater than mine.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Almost a week ago I blogged about my testing. This is a follow up blog to share my results. We've heard it time and time again, but the bottom line seems to be I haven't been eating enough calories.
"There is one basic truth to weight loss (and I believe we all agree on it): You need to burn more than you eat. Target Metabolic Zones tell you exactly how to do that. The following results of your test show you precisely how many calories your body actually burns, and calculates how many calories you should eat to lose or maintain your weight.
There are 3 categories under "What you burn" --
* Exercise - This is an estimate of the number of calories you would burn with 30 minutes at a moderate exercise level
* Lifestyle & Activity - This is the number of calories you burn performing your daily activities...working, playing, eating, etc. Activity accounts for a significant portion of the calories you burn each day.
* Resting Metabolic Rate - Today we measured your Metabolic Rate. This is the number of calories your body burns everyday at rest.
So my TOTAL ENERGY OUTPUT is a combination of the 3 categories above (RMR + LIfestyle + Exercise) = 3,549 calories
The next section indicates how much to eat and explains I need to burn more calories than I eat.
* Maintenance Zone / 2491 to 3238. Once you reach your goal weight, this is how many calories your body needs to maintain your weight.
* Weight Loss Zone / 1993 to 2491. Comfortable weight loss comes from eating slightly less calories than your body needs. By eating healthy foods throughout the day you should not feel hungry.
* Medically Supervised Zone / 0 to 1993. Very low calorie diets should only be done under medical supervision. Supervision is required to ensure adequate nutrition, and to monitor and treat the potential slowing of metabolic rate.
NOTE: These ranges are unique because my metabolic rate was compared to what is "normal" for my age, height, weight, and sex. The test determined my metabolic rate is normal.
Prior to the test, I was aiming for a caloric range of 1500 to 1800 calories per day and what I've learned from this test is that based on my stats, I wasn't consuming ENOUGH calories. It becomes further complicated by the fact that I'm a T2 Diabetic, and as a result my carb intake is strictly limited. I do not use insulin but I do take 2 Metformin 500mg ER per day, so it's important to balance my carb intake with respect to blood sugar control. I also have to monitor my blood sugar before and after exercise and base my food intake on those numbers.
I'm still processing this information. I'm going to fax it to my endocrinologist and ask for her input and share it with the nurse who coaches me from my insurance provider. I'm determined and I'm not going to let this plateau I've been on get the best of me!
P.S. We had to defer my Vo2 Sub Max Test to this week due to a problem with the equipment.
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