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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Well this is a first for me. I usually only blog every few weeks. But this blog is to explain some of the comments I have made concerning whats going on with me.
1. Hand surgery. I have some pretty bad arthritis It has got so bad in my right hand, the doctor is going to operate to help me regain the full use of it. Eliminating the pain I experience now. Besides I also have carpel tunnel, going to fix that too. And my right shoulder has been injured, rotor cuff torn. He is going to go in and clean the joint out, (hope that's all it takes) and that way I will have my whole right arm and hand fixed like new. If I am happy with the results, will schedule the left hand to be done. It's not quite as bad, but headed that way. The more I resort to using the left, I find it is hurting more.
Here is a picture showing the bone at the end of the thumb and you might see the crooked finger, going to straighten it out, beside cut in the palm to fix the carpel tunnel.
I am already planning what machines I can still workout on while I am incapacitated with the hand in a cast. Will be out of the water for a while. But now that my knees are fixed I can do many other exercises. I will find a way to workout and go forward.
2. Monday I had to see my Endocrinologist. Drove to Portland after my morning aqua aerobics class. Appointment was 1:00. It takes a little over an hour to get there and parked and everything. Figured I would get out at 1:30, if he's on time and I would then need to eat lunch.
During my aerobics class I told one of my friends I would have to take some food with me to eat, so as not stop at some fast food place. She said , "Oh a fast food item won't hurt, you can always get a salad.". But I know if I stop, a salad is not what I am going to want to order. So as a precaution I took a drinkable yogurt and a banana.
The doctor was on time. Got weighed. Doing great , even weight less than at home.
All my vitals were good. BP.91/54, pulse 85. Cholesterol ,the good HDL 184. The bad LTH 76. Those are fantastic reading, I am so happy.
I was having my fat/muscle ratio tested and the results were more good news. Gained 2 lbs of muscle and lost 3 lbs of body aft.
I was so happy, all the weight training is paying off.
My metabolic rate is low, so am going on some meds to try and raise it. That way I won't have to work so hard to lose or maybe maintain. I suffer from having no thyroid, which controls the metabolic rate , the metabolism , temperature and other body functions. Even though I take a synthetic hormone as a replacement, once you have thyroid issues, you have problems with metabolism. I thought at first I was cold a lot of time because I didn't have all the fat to insulate me. But no it's the metabolic rate, not working as well as it could. 35 is considered dangerously low. Mine is only 37. By putting me on these meds, gradually raising the dosage, it will raise the metabolic rate. Once I am at a good level, I will slowly be taken off the meds. And the metabolic rate should stay normal.
As a result of all the good news about how well I am taking care of things, I sat in my car and ate my banana and drank the yogurt. No fast foods for me.
3. Yesterday I hit the gym for 75 minutes of aqua aerobics, 15 minutes of water jogging., I showered and dressed and hit the weight room for 60 minutes of circuit training. That's when I workout on 14 machines. Doing 3 sets of 15 reps each.
Then I have 15 minutes or so of free weights.
After I finished I stopped at Walmart to get my new meds and as I was walking to the car, I had an urge to head to Value Village, one of my favorite thrift stores.
Wednesday is 40% off seniors day.
I drove over in the miserable weather and went in headed to the swim suits, nothing.
Headed to the shoes. saw a couple, but either too small, didn't fit right or the style turned me off. But then I stumbled across a special section of just summer sandals. I didn't know they had separated winter from summer. Found some lovely brand new Bandalino yellow wedge thong, just my size 9M. had to have them.

I then went on to find nice black waist length jacket, from Casual Corners, a black/white Calvin Klein sweater top and chocolate/cream top with ruffled cap sleeves, it's fitted in the bust. Will look so good with cream slacks or blown this summer.
I went on to get a pair of stretch exercise pants. a couple cotton PJ bottoms.
I like to sleep in cotton t-shirts with capri type bottoms. Very comfortable.
I was keeping a running total in my head because I didn't want to go over $30.00.
At first it was only going to be $20.00, then I found the jacket I had been looking for and had to get it.
I got to the checkout. Clerk asked if I had any coupons. No, but I showed her my preferred card and she scanned just to show I had shopped.
She totaled it all up and told me I owed $47.93. I was surprise, how had I miss counted , why was I off by so much. I looked sort of puzzled and asked , "Isn't there a 40% off today."? She said, "Yes , but that's only for seniors." I laughed and said, " Well .doesn't 70 years old count as senior.? Her mouth literally fell open and she stuttered, "You are a senior? I would never have know it and you didn't say anything". I told, her I didn't think I need too. I just thought it was obvious .
She said ."No, it's not. You look amazing. I thanked her, but secretly think she needs glasses. But I did feel pretty darn good as I walked to my car. I'm sure there was a spring in my step that wasn't there earlier. I also sure that clerk has no idea how she made my day.
Oh, by the way my total for all I got with the 40% off was $27.60.. Not bad for a hours worth of shopping.
4. Mary, this is for you. I went to the Saturday market, bought a piece of pottery, here's the picture.
It's a vase with indents , strange, but I like unusual items. The picture of the horse is one of my favorites. Got nicked in a move, have to touch it up one of these days.
So this catches up on whats going on. .. I will keep you updated on any new developments.
Oh, about my food blog, I barely touched on the foods that I have on hand and that i really always keep around. That will have to be my favorite 50 items or something like that. Later I will work on it.
You all take care, stay positive,
"The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.". Anonymous.
Peace and Love ,
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHICKEYBABE 3/20/2012 4:25PM

    Oh, your hand hurts me. You are going to feel so great after the repairs. Something to really look forward to! Lisa

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SPARKLISE 3/19/2012 8:40AM

    emoticon What a nice compliment! That's when you know your hard work is paying off.
Good luck on those surgeries!
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CRISSYP4 3/16/2012 7:36PM

    Hi Tisha! So sorry about the hand and shoulder. I know you'll do very well with the surgery and feel so much better after you heal. Thank goodness you're in such great shape.
Your Blogs are just wonderful! We learn so very much from each one you write. Keep them coming please. You're a Classy Lady!
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Christie

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RETURNTOTHIN 3/16/2012 7:30PM

    HEY, young looking one.... way to go... Of course, she had NO idea how hard you have worked to look so young.
I am curious though - you said your HDL was 184... It is usually lucky to be over 50. My guess is your total cholesterol is 184 with an HDL of 76 and an LDL of 108. Am I right? What are your triglycerides?
Anyway, you continue to be an amazing inspiration to me, with your success and maintenance. I don't get in the cardio you do, but so glad you post, and blog, and prove that maintenance at our age is more than possible!! Thanks! Lois

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PATTYCAKE17 3/16/2012 7:16PM

    That was an amazing compliment from the cashier. emoticon
Hope your hand surgery goes well. At least you're in good health to weather the operations. Good girl!
when you're all repaired you will feel even more like a $1,000,000,000 bucks! emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 3/16/2012 6:37PM

    Best wishes to you with your surgery and recovery, Tisha. With your attitude, you will do great! Lovely new items you bought and love the yellow shoes. I'm amazed you can wear them...I would break every bone in my body if I tried to walk in shoes like that! LOL!! Enjoy! Hugs, Jeannie

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/16/2012 12:35PM

    You are soon going to be the bionic woman. You are going to be better than in your 20s. LOL. I hope surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery. I always love your shopping finds!!

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ERINMARIE424 3/16/2012 12:19PM

    What a great compliment!! Good for you! Hope things go well with the surgery and you feel better than ever when it's over!

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BEATRIZ269 3/16/2012 11:57AM

    Hi Tisha,

I look forward to reading your blogs always. Thank you for sharing. I am very happy to hear your vitals. Those are very impressive numbers, particularly the HDL. How do you get it up so high? I can't seem to go past 46 which is dangerously low. Lady you are remarkable and quite the fashionista.

I am also going to see my doctor about the metabolic rate because years ago I was told it was really low. I am curious to see what he is going to say about it now.

The strategy of carrying food with you at all times is great. I think if I did that more often than I do now, I would be better success. I notice when I do carry food/fruit to work, when I am ready to hit the vending machine, just remembering that I have an apple ready to eat is enough to keep me from going. People mean well when they say just order light but you are right, it is hard and why deal with the unnecessary stress.

I love Bandolino shoes too!


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REXTINE1 3/16/2012 11:37AM

    I hadn't heard that you could fix hand arthritis by surgery - but other than that you sound a lot like the BW, except she hasn't made it down to her goal weight yet - but still working on it. She has had a lot of surgeries, and does have bad hands. So far no one has offered to fix the hands.

I hope your surgery works and you get a great, pain free hand.

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SALLEE8 3/16/2012 9:39AM

    Tisha, Good on you! Wonderful progress on everything from blood chemistry to shopping. Good luck with your upcoming surgery.

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ANGELEYES67J 3/16/2012 5:43AM

    Sorry to hear about you needing surgery but glad you had a nice day shopping. You got some very nice items at a good price.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/16/2012 5:03AM

    TISHA! THANKS FOR ALL THE CLARIFICATIONS. I JUST KNOW YOU WILL GET RELIEF WITH THE SURGERY AND YOU WILL AMAZE THE MEDICAL STAFF WITH YOUR DETERMINATION AND RECUPERATION! YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!
YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THE SMILE ON MY FACE WHEN I SAW MY NAME REGARDING THE POTTERY...IT IS UNUSUAL BUT IT LOOKS GREAT AND I, TOO, LOVE THE HORSE!
I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR "50" BLOG! YOU ARE ON A TERRIFIC BLOG ROLL!
I LOVED YOUR COMPLIMENT AT THE VALUE VILLAGE! ISN'T THAT GREAT? I ALSO THINK IT IS THE WAY PEOPLE BEHAVE THAT KEEPS THEM YOUTHFUL. SOME PEOPLE ARE OLD BEFORE THERE TIME! LOVE THE BANDALINOS AND THE JACKET AND TOPS...GREAT ADDITIONS TO YOU WARDROBE FOR SO LITTLE!
KEEP US POSTED ON YOUR ACTIVITIES AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND!
LOVE AND HUGS,
MARY
P.S. GREAT NUMBERS AT THE DOCTOR! HUGS AND KISSES TO TITAN! emoticon

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JILL313 3/16/2012 12:23AM

    I also am sorry you need surgery on your hand and shoulder but you'll feel so much better afterwards. I never would have guessed with your being so active and your great attitude that you were dealing with pain issues--WTG! I love the jacket and pretty yellow sandals--and it's wonderful that the clerk didn't even guess you were a senior yet--how fabulous is that! I look forward to reading your next blog as you are an amazing woman who so many of us admire. You do look young and fabulous!

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KSNANA2 3/15/2012 9:20PM

    Another fun post! You really have a gift!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/15/2012 9:16PM

    I wish you all the best on your hand surgery.
Good girl sticking to your yogurt and banana, young lady:-)
Nice finds! I agree, you had to have the lemon shoes.

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YIWEN39 3/15/2012 7:38PM

    Beautiful shoes :-) And hey emoticon you look SO young! Fantastic :-)

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CANNIE50 3/15/2012 7:28PM

    Another wonderful blog. LOVE the story about your senior status being in doubt. You know she has told people about you and how amazing you look. I am sorry about your pain but happy to hear you will have surgery that will provide relief. You have already proven to be a "super patient" so I am sure you will once again astound the doctors and nurses with your quick healing and your fabulous attitude. I swear I wish we could clone you, Tisha - you are so wonderful. PS Super cute shoes for your super cute self!

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PIMPINELLAN50 3/15/2012 7:18PM

    Sounds like you had a busy day,with some good results to boot! emoticon Great story about the sweet cashier at VV emoticon
Best wishes in the hand surgery!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 3/15/2012 7:11PM

    What FUN to be mistaken for a NON-senior citizen! I remember when I was heavy, I wasn't even 50 years old yet, I was at a discount store and the gal says to me after ringing me up, "I gave you the 15% senior discount." I was horrified, but couldn't speak. I had long straggly grey hair and was 180 pounds over weight. What did I expect? But still it hurt. People say I look younger now, I should hope so, since I looked like I was over 60 before I was even 50!
Good luck on your surgeries. I'm really considering having my knees done this summer...I'm hoping to retire at the beginning of the year, so should really take advantage of my insurance and sick leave before I do. I have trouble doing my cross-stitch and sleeping, my hands are always falling asleep. I suppose after 30+ years of keyboarding at a typewriter and then a computer, I have carpal tunnel too. It's always something, isn't it? Glad you're getting your problems taken care of. I'm going to the doctor Monday for a check-up, thinking about asking for a thyroid test, I'm always cold too, and like you, blamed the weight loss. Maybe it's thyroid? Who knows?
Sounds like you're doing great--good deals on your lovely shoes & clothes purchases, now take and post some pictures with you modeling these items!!!
Love ya Tish!
Pam

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QTEALADY20031 3/15/2012 7:00PM

    Tisha, I am sorry to hear that you need surgery, I was not aware of the hand and shoulder pain. I have the same problem with my hand but I am not at the point for surgery yet. I only have pain it seems on certain days. Seems like you and I are working at getting our body parts fixerd or replaced. I can imagine you were happy about the muscle gain and fat loss.....good for you. I love your shoes, you really do find good buys. I love it when the girl said you were not a senior, makes you feel good. I was in Macy's one day and it was senior day and when I mentioned it for the discount, she asked me to show her my license. lol Don't you just love it! Please keep us posted on upcoming surgery.
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MISSRUTH 3/15/2012 6:27PM

    Wow!! What a FABULOUS day, all the way around!

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ESILBO 3/15/2012 6:24PM

    GEE TISHA, I DID NOT EVEN KNOW THAT YOU HAD PAIN...GOOD LUCK WITH THAT OPERATION...
I AM NOT AS GOOD AS YOU IN GW...MONDAY I WENT TO THAT PLACE I SAW FOR THE FIRST TIME...I SAW THIS BEAUTIFUL ENSEMBLE, MINT GREEN, CAPRI AND JACKET WITH PEARLED BEADS ON IT, IT WAS IN EXTRA LARGE SPACE SO I GOT IT $5.00...
WHEN I GOT HOME AND LOOK AT IT, IT FITS HALF MY BODY...LOL ITS PROBABLY A SMALL....NEXT TIME, ILL LOOK BETTER...LOL
HUGS
LISE

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PICKIE98 3/15/2012 5:43PM

    I love those shoes! And I cannot wear the thong type, but they are very chic`!!

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