Saturday, December 15, 2012
For the new year, I've decided to go on a virtual trip. I've looked at the hike across America groups, but here's the thing: I like to swim! And even though it's virtual, I have a hard time picturing myself swimming across the Rockies. So I've decided to find a route along a river, and I came across the Rhine river in Europe.
The Rhine actually has a hiking/biking trail almost all the way from the source to the ocean, so you could actually make this trip for real. (Even though it wouldn't be practical to swim it, of course.) There is a very nice web site that describes the route and the many cultural, natural, and historical highlights, so you can see pictures of all those places.
I'm from Germany and have seen many of these places, but some are new to me, so it will be great to virtually revisit them and learn about new ones. So, here is the info:
WHEN: Starting date (for me): January 1, 2013
WHERE: From the Rhine's source in Switzerland past Vaduz, Austria, France, Netherlands - here is the link to the route: http://www.rhinecycleroute.eu/UK_front-pag
HOW FAR: About 1300 kilometers, or 800 miles.
HOW: Any forward movement: walking, running, biking, swimming, skating, etc.; log your daily distance and see your progress along the route.
WHY: To get fit, picture how far you've come, and see a different part of the world.
If you want to join, just respond to the blog! I'll post more information as I plan it out!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
My overall attitude is getting better. After only eating small amounts of food due to the nausea, I was ravenous today and had a footlong meatball marinara at Subway. I felt a little guilty afterwards and then laughed at myself; sure, it was too much food, but all healthy (spinach leaves, olives, bell peppers, onions, wheat bread) - I didn't even have chips with it.
If I think that too much healthy food after a few days of being sick is indulging, I'm definitely on the right track.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
This new friendship started with a few bumps. First, the new medicine did not bring my sugars down enough, and the doctor authorized me doubling the dosage a few days ahead of schedule, from 500 mg to 1000 mg, since I had not had any gastrointestinal side effects. That's when it started. I expected stomach aches, maybe bloating, but I was not prepared for that level of nausea. Just thinking of food made me sick - and I have strong stomach. Thankfully, it subsided after a couple of days, like a big wave of relief, but then I got a migraine, so I was not able to blog - or exercise.
My sugars are not about the same as they were before we switched meds, so I called the doctor's office again. I was told that it would take 2 weeks to take full effect, so I'll wait until Wednesday's doctor's appointment.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Ironically, the very thing that is supposed to help me be healthier is messing me up. The doctor put me on the lowest dose of metformin, in addition to the Actos I've been taking, but without the previous drug, glimeperide, in an attempt to make my sugars come down. Problem is, they are higher than before. I understand the reasoning of the low dose; the medicine can cause upset stomach, so it is phased in slowly.
Since I had high morning sugars and no side effects, I called the doctor's office and asked if I could double the medication right away instead of waiting 4 more days as planned. They said yes. My stomach must have listened in; as soon as I hung up, it started to grumble, trying to prove me wrong about the lack of side effects.
I woke up congested anyway this morning and aching a bit, so maybe I'm also fighting off some kind of cold - I would have said I'm sore, except I did lots of walking Saturday and none yesterday, so unless it's a delayed reaction, that can't be it. Can you get sore 2 days after exercising?
Maybe it's all psychosomatic; I even felt like I was going to pass out, but it went away. I always get worked up and almost OCD anytime I have medical changes, and after a while, I'm all cool about it, so hopefully, I should be back to normal soon.
Just to be on the safe side, I'm taking tomorrow off.
Sunday, December 09, 2012
So I went to church today. I haven't gone as often as I should, but with my newfound energy, I really felt like it. Advent has been my favorite season since I was little; I always loved the lights, songs, and sense of anticipation. When I was a kid, I actually thought church was all about listening to good stories and singing songs, and I still feel a little bit that way.
The church was decorated nicely, but I just couldn't get into the spirit today; the reason was the music selection. It was terrible. I've heard more cheerful music at funerals! Now, I know the difference between advent and Christmas, and I certainly wouldn't expect Rudolf or Frosty in the repertoire, but this was terrible. One of the songs went something like "The year is getting older, and we are getting older, too." All of them were in a minor scale and awfully depressing. The poor cantor, who did not have the best of voices, was struggling to sing them, and it didn't help that the congregation gave up halfway through the first stanza.
The church I used to go to had a full time music director, and I was very involved in choir and even did some cantoring. After a new priest took over, he fired her and made the music director position part time. He was very rude, which is a terrible thing for a man of God, one time telling me that if he didn't recognize my face, I wasn't a member of his church. Ahem, I am a member of the world church, any church I walk into is supposed to be my home. Anyway, after that, I switched parishes, which I really didn't like to do.
I was happy at the new one so far, but today was just terrible. I have to find out who the music director is; maybe he or she is an overwhelmed volunteer who just got the selection out of some newsletter to get it to the printer in a hurry. Maybe I can help in the future.
And then they wonder why attendance is down and the young people (meaning anyone under 50) don't want to come anymore.
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