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Up and at 'em at 4:30...going to foot doc today....

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I went to the orthopedic foot doctor about 2 years ago and I think either my feet are worse or my arch supports need replacing. Sometimes I suddenly get a disabling pain which feels like it is in my ankle (same symptom I got before the diagnosis of accessory naviculars in both feet) and I just have to stop moving and take the weight off that foot. Most of the time it is just a dull ache. At night I can't stand the weight of the blanket on my feet, especially if I am lying on my back. When I go to the hospital or a motel the first thing I do is untuck the covers at the bottom of the bed so I can stick my feet out (gotta wear socks to bed or the feet get cold). [Did somebody say I am high maintenance?] Anyhoo, have to get to work early so I can get off with plenty of time to get to my appointment on time. Thank goodness this doctor is located near my home so I won't be driving all over town. We are expected to get MORE SNOW today (oh, joy!!!)

BTW: Accessory navicular is an extra bone in the foot which occurred because when one is 9 or 10 years old two bone are supposed to fuse into 1 but sometimes they don't. The resulting two bones then rub on the tendon in the arch of the foot causing irriation. About 10% of the population have this but most do not cause problems; however, I was fine until I was 62 or 63 years old. Then one night I woke up with pain in one foot and a few days later the other foot started hurting and before I knew it I had to hobble around with a cane. The custom arch supports have helped until the past few months. If new arch supports don't help, the next treatment is surgery which I hope to avoid as I have had more than enough surgeries (6 in the past 4 years). emoticon

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GALSAL59 12/23/2010 10:51AM

    Thanks for the comment on my foot blog! Best wishes for a resolution and ability to walk for your own feet!

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CHALLENGER15 12/23/2010 7:18AM

    Hope you get some help! I have had problems with one foot [ganglion cyst], so I can empathize a bit. My podiatrist is trying to avoid surgery at all costs; so am I! My custom arch supports helped a lot!

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Sick of winter and supposedly it is only the 2nd day of it (winter!!!)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This year our winter unofficially started with the first big snow back in November which is normal for Minnesota. Now that the calendar says officially it is winter (yesterday) I feel like it will never end.... The snow piles are so high that driving has become quite an adventure and I am grateful I don't have to walk anywhere outdoors and feel sorry for those who need to take the bus or walk as there are huge hills of snow at all the intersections. People with riding wheelchairs are homebound and I know I would not be able to walk a block and get on a bus in the mess out there. If my car were to break down I would have to wait to be saved in the car and so I am not going on any "joy rides" until all this snow melts. Yesterday I got home pretty quickly by avoiding the highways and I figured out a way to go that avoids some of the hills between work and my house. I leave early enough in the morning so I can take the highway to work and that trip isn't nearly as slow.

I think I will look at those houses for sale in Arkansas again....(I can dream, can't I?) emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/23/2010 5:47AM

    We hve been lucky as the bigger storms have stayed to the north of us. It will come eventually.

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MCGS62 12/22/2010 9:23PM

    It has been cold and snowy in PA since Thanksgiving. I hope spring comes early for you.

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CATLADY52 12/22/2010 3:33PM

    I'd look in Eastern Oklahoma. There aren't as many tornadoes here as in the Western area.

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NONNIELL 12/22/2010 10:47AM

    Happy Holidays to you. More snow on the agenda for tomorrow. Oh boy. White Christmas.

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ILLINITEACHER52 12/22/2010 9:01AM

  We can only hope that an early winter means an early spring!
Stay safe and warm! (I have already been in the ditch once this past month and I hope that is the end of my winter adventures for this year.)

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CHALLENGER15 12/22/2010 8:18AM

    I live in southern Missouri and have been mentally complaining about our cold. I guess I should be thankful after reading your blog!

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CARRIE310 12/22/2010 7:39AM

    I feel the same way. I do not want to see snow again after the blizzard we had in February. I saw on the news all of the snow in the west. I do not know what January to March has in store for us. We have had snow but not heavy. Sunday into Monday is our next snow event. Even though we had blazing temperatures for the summer, I will not complain. The older I get the less I can tolerate the cold and cold weather. We will all get through this and in 4 months, it will be warm. Keep looking up. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FVHORVATH 12/22/2010 7:25AM

    I am not in Minnesota but in Northern Indiana so I can sure understand what you are saying! I am sick of winter too! This time of year I am singing "I'm dreaming of a Green Christmas" LOL

Last night we had freezing rain and it is still coming down so everything is all ice! I have to go to work this morning but luckily I have a job that lets me come in a bit late without problems! There are accidents all over and it won't end until the street dept. gets on the job and gets sand/salt down! The bypass that I normally take is really bad with slide offs and accidents with sections closed at this time so I sit and listen to the police scanner to when it is cleared and will head out. I just wish people would slow down! It's winter out! Not the time for going the speed limit just because the signs are posted!

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PARKERB2 12/22/2010 7:24AM

    WEstern North Carolina started winter in early December, not good for us. So we have had our fill of snow and cold weather for this season of winter that just started. Good luck to you and keep warm and dry. emoticon

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I gained about 5 lbs overnight this past weekend. Yesterday I had lost 4 of those and today the scale showed another 1 lb loss. I get a bit panickly feeling when I get close to 250 (I was actually over that for 1 day). I used to weigh about 280 or more (I had quit weighing myself at one point). I lost 100 lbs in 18 months about 4-5 years ago and am disappointed that I have regained most of that loss.

I always feel better when I weigh less. Lately, my back, legs, knees, feet and just about everything else have been hurting. I am sure the added weight is the main problem.

My New Year's resolution is to get back on the ball and watch those portion sizes. Hope to have some good results soon.,,,and remember it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change!!! emoticon


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ELAINESHAFF 12/21/2010 10:29PM

    I have been struggling the same way that you are. At least I have not gone over the 200 mark. I must recommit to my lifestyle change with more determination than I have had for the past few months.

Portion control will be my focus next year and I think that is my focus next year.

We can and will do this.

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RANDOMKINDNESS 12/21/2010 4:50PM

  Mine goes up and down because of food sensitivities and food allergies. Frustrating. But, you sound like you're totally motivated to keep the weight loss happening - and keeping it off this time. emoticon

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CANOGAPARKGAL 12/21/2010 2:28PM

    I'm glad your up went down again. Don't be too hard on yourself - you've had a lot of stress lately. And hooray for hurting less. emoticon

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ALMOSTRETIREDRN 12/21/2010 12:47PM

    My journey is similar to yours with a sustained weight loss about 6 years ago. I felt good without the usual aches and pains, but then weight crept back on. I've gained about 80% of that original loss. We can do this. We are adults and can take control of our lives. Even if my husband does have candy bars all over the house and thinks I look fine....5'3 and 230 pounds is not fine, it is painful and tiring. Keep up your resolve!! We CAN maintain.

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GAILRUU 12/21/2010 10:55AM

    I feel much better since I lost weight. My knees, hips and feet are pain free and I have much more energy. I have been a yo-yo dieter so long that it is hard for me to believe that I can actually maintain my lower weight, but I am hoping that I have actually learned something this time and I have eliminated sweets and snacks from my house which has been very helpful.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/21/2010 10:15AM

    Me Too!

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MCGS62 12/21/2010 8:16AM

    Don't upset yourself.
This is a lot like the stock market the line zig zags across the page, but if you step back, hopefully, you will see your investment gradually climbing.
With sparkpeople it is the same concept but the zig zag line will, in general, be falling.

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LINDYPAINTS 12/21/2010 6:59AM

    You sound just like me, I know that everything hurts less when I weigh less!
Good luck, you are doing well!

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Mittens found at Dick's & Ebay....lost weight suddenly gained over weekend...

Monday, December 20, 2010

I now have a new pair of mittens and the lining is nice and fluffy.... they are almost too warm....but I know we have more cold weather ahead and they will be perfect!!! My early Xmas present from hubby. I also found a pair for half the price on Ebay and ordered those for a back-up. (I will keep those in my car for emergency.)

I was afraid to get on the scale this a.m. but glad I did. Over the weekend at one point I was up to over 250 lbs. This morning I am down to 245.4. I will probably be weighing myself daily for awhile to keep tabs on water/sodium retention. I have a yearly physical next week and will print out my chart from sparkpeople to show the doctor how much my weight fluctuates. My nurse case manager thinks it is not normal to gain and lose 5 or more lbs overnight like I do quite regularly. I take 2 diuretics but perhaps I need a stronger one. Also, I do admit sometimes this occurs after having even a small meal at a restaurant which tend to be high in sodium. Today I will push water, as I know that can help "flush out" the excess sodium. It is Monday and am grateful this is a 4-day work week and next week will only be a 3-day work week cause I have the 30th off because of 2 doctor appointments that couldn't be scheduled late in the day. I am having my fasting cholesterol checked at 1:00 in the afternoon and decided not to work if I can't have breakfast.

Have a great week everybody!!! emoticon

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ALMOSTRETIREDRN 12/21/2010 12:55PM

    I agree with MCGS62. Drinking more water than your body is used to can effect your retention. An increase in sodium can also have an effect if your body has adjusted to a routine lower sodium level.

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TEDDYTEDDY 12/20/2010 7:38PM

    Someone asked what brand of mittens: Hotfingers....they were $30 at Dicks and $16 including shipping on Ebay. emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/20/2010 6:43PM

    Enjoy your time off. I am looking forward to a short week this week.

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CATLADY52 12/20/2010 5:48PM

    I'm with you on the fasting for a doctor's appointment. My doctor has blood draws every Wedneday morning. It does make things nice. emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/20/2010 11:22AM

    Those mittens sound nice! What brand is it?

Good luck at your doctor appointments!

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MCGS62 12/20/2010 9:54AM

    Get a new nurse! If you are drinking the 8 cups of water a day that sparkpeople reccommend, it may change more than that. You may also have to avoid long car trips for a while.

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Good sleep again...shopping for mittens...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

One day this past week I lost one of my favorite (and warm mittens). No one turned it into lost and found so I have to buy another pair as the weather is still frightful, last week got about 18-20 inches of snow and Monday and Tuesday are expecting another 6 inches or so. I have been wearing an extra pair of my hubby's gloves but want some nice leather mittens again. I had those for about 3 years and they were broken in well....I looked on line and they are bit pricey. We are going to Dicks Sporting Goods and that will be my Christmas present from my hubby.

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PHEBESS 12/19/2010 9:31PM

    I love mittens! They're so difficult to find, everyone thinks adults should wear gloves - but mittens are so much warmer!

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MILLISMA 12/19/2010 8:48PM

    I love the mittens with the "leather" palm. Even wear them to drive. Hope you found the ones you wanted.

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CHALLENGER15 12/19/2010 3:39PM

    I like gifts like that!

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MCGS62 12/19/2010 2:25PM

    Oh yeah Gota have gloves!

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PATTYKLAVER 12/19/2010 2:10PM

    I wish you luck in finding a pair. I'm like you - I get attached to something comfortable and I hate to have to give it up and get another. I hope your weather improves.

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CATLADY52 12/19/2010 1:02PM

    Hope you can find what you want. Although the old saying "Cold hands mean a warm heart" could apply. But you would have frozen hands with your weather. Stay warm!

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