Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sat at my desk this morning and watched the sun rise with the lights turned off (lit of course with the glow of my PC) and while still basking in the stress free moment I logged into SparkPeople to record my food, fitness, etc for the day. I happened to glance over at my fitness minutes and TAAAA DAAAAAAAAAA I've reached my yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes.
Hmmmmmmm wait a minute... now what do I do? (Besides give a little internal "yeah me" cheer) Do I try for 25,000? 22,000? Or do I just keep on doing what I've been doing and see what I hit, then bump it up a bit for 2010?
Thinking I'm going with the last one... we'll see where it gets me!
Makes me feel good though, knowing I've had to cut back since my health issues in July and I still made my yearly goal!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
We've all had it happen to us, especially when you were a kid. Someone put something in front of you and said "eat this, it's good for you". So, in the midst of my physician trying to put her finger on what's causing my blood pressure spikes and the chest pain, she tells me that ladies "my age" (speaking of chest pain... thanks so much for THAT term) need to watch their intake of Vitamin D and that most people, especially here in Michigan don't get enough. So I go through my diet and admit that perhaps it wouldn't hurt for me to increase my Vitamin D intake... and i go and buy the cod liver oil she suggested.
I should have been tipped off when the store had two kinds, flavored and unflavored... after all... the only time you add flavoring to things that are good for you is because they taste vile (fluoride as a kid... that pink medicine you had to keep in the fridge...). So I buy the "cherry" flavor and take it home. I'm all proud that the moment I take it out of the bag, I grab a teaspoon and go to take my first dose... the cap gets removed, along with the safety seal, the spoon goes horizontal and gets filled and I bring it up to my mouth. My nose wrinkles a bit at the scent (although I like fish, I don't like the smell), but I buck up and put it in my mouth and swallow.
One second, maybe two pass and it's like I'm 6 again... my eyes water, my tounge comes out of my mouth and I'm cupping my hands under the faucet to get water to wash that taste out of my mouth because I can't take the time to go and grab a glass out of the cupboard. I grab a napkin from the basket on the counter and scrub my tounge with it in the hopes that it works as a taste bud eraser and my poor little taste buds will recover from what I just did to them.
I'm up to maybe 30 seconds post-swallow now and it's not getting any better... my stomach is doing it's version of a tilt-a-whirl and letting me know it isn't happy either. I grab the sides of the sink and take small slow breaths in the hopes of preventing a full rebellion. I'm still making horrible sounds like I've just been poisoned and a somewhat lucid thought crosses my mind that's somewhere between "what have I done" and "yippee I'm alone".
A minute or two more and I'm still trying to get the smell of the oil out of my nose and the taste of it out of my mouth with no luck whatsoever... milk... almonds... water... a tortilla chip... and the Sparker in me thinks "you have to log in all this stuff" and I finally give up.
I may be Vitamin D deficient and cod liver oil may be good for me... but unless someone has some suggestions on what I can do to make this a better experience for myself... I don't care!
Monday, August 10, 2009
It's almost mid-August, the garden is in full swing... well mostly.
Cucumbers are going great, as are the cabbage, onions and broccoli. The corn is a bit behind but nice and sweet and doing ok. The peppers are doing as my peppers normally do, slow until fall and then watch out. The beans would be great if I could keep the deer out (they unlike the rabbits don't seem to mind the cayenne pepper). The tomatoes on the other hand are another story. I've pruned back the growth twice and it's due for a third prunning, but the tomatoes are all just green green green. Not that I mind green, after all, I'm a Spartan fan and Irish... but dang... I'd like to see a little color in them soon!
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
I'm a cheater... at least I admit it. Tried to do what I was supposed to do and got to the point that I said "Forget it!". Been having some health issues that my doctor can't figure out so I've been banned from caffeine, alcohol, exercise, salt, etc... and I've done really well on it... since July 15th, then today I said enough of that and became Cheater Cheater! I had a piece of caramel filled dove candy, put salt on my deviled egg this morning and after work... yup... you guess it, I'm ignoring her "walk only" orders and putting a little jog into it here and there. So I don't listen very well... or at least not for long... but hey... I'm still avoiding alcohol! ~grin~
HI, I'M JAI AND I'M A CAFFEINE INJESTING, SALT ADDING EXERCISER!!!!!!!
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