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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hello Sparkfriends.....

As some of you probably know, I have been lurking around.....now, just 1 day away from retirement, I do believe I will have the opportunity to become more active.

Two things I wanted to write about today...call them sub-blogs.

Sub blog #1--GI disorders and weight.

So, I may have said at some point that I was diagnosed a while ago, in 2007, with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This condition has some unpleasant symptoms but no really observable physical changes.

I was feeling a bit worse than usual, so went and had another colonoscopy (yech) the week before last. The GI doctor gave me the layperson diagnosis--somethng along the lines of "Your bowels are never going to work right"--but also diagnosed diverticulosis.

Now, this is a physical change, weak pockets on the large intestine that bulge out (also yech). It won't kill me, and I share it with 50% of the adult north american population over 60 years old. It is said to come from eating a garbage diet with not enough fibre, which of course was me for many years. If those pouches become infected, you can get into some trouble and might need hospitalization.

So, ever since the colonoscopy and diagnosis, I have not binged and don't have much of a roaring appetite. May be psychological, but I cannot help thinking that massive food intake can get stuck in those pockets and cause havoc. I am eating healthily, making sure I get enough fibre, and guess what, am losing some of those unwanted gained pounds.

Sub blog #2--you never know if you can do it until you do it.

As I said in my Friend Feed, DH and I went to the Watkins Glen State Park in the finger lakes region of New York State. It has a gorgeous gorge, with a series of waterfalls. There are over 800 stone steps leading up to the top, with landings, viewing areas, etc. Most people take a shuttle bus to the top and walk down. DH and I, in a spirit of adventure, walked both up and down. Definitely going against traffic on the way up, and no one our ages (65 and 69) were heading uphill.

What does this tell me? I have been working out for years, but never really was in a situation where my capacity was tested in a novel way. We did it. We had to stop and rest from time to time, but we did it. It was a real non-scale victory, despite the bug bites on my ankles.

I'll update my Spark Page in a bit.

Hope all are well.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARTHAWILL 9/2/2013 5:46PM

    Wow- well done Bonita!!!
Absolutely a great NSV.
Mary
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MUSICNERD1993 9/1/2013 12:38AM

    It's so good to hear from you. Great job on making it up the steps! That is indeed a great accomplishment!
And hooray for retirement! emoticon
Hope your music is going well!

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MEXGAL1 8/30/2013 12:11PM

    wondered where you have been.
sorry about the GI problems but I so understand. I am having difficulties with mine as well right now...all part of my autoimmune disorders. Mine too will be a lifetime situation and I need to watch things carefully. As they say getting old is not for sissys.

Good for you and your DH climbing those steps. Woo hoo....must have felt good.
And I love retirement. Hope you do as well.
Have a great week end.
Sallie

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 8/29/2013 2:10PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis - I can totally relate to the "bleck, that's going on inside me?" feeling. Stupid intestinal pockets! But thanks for sharing (really!) I really needed the reminder, I HAVE to do something about my fibre intake.

Well done on walking up all those stairs - you are part of an elite group of people on the planet who have done that! Way to go!

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GENRE009 8/29/2013 1:16PM

    Had IBS, and gerds, and reflex, not now. Don't have diverticulos. I eat a lot of fiber, fruit ,vegetables, and fiber. Don't do vinegars. Do probiotics, and that was the biggest thing that helped me. Try Garden of Eden Probiotics Dry on the shelf, 3x's pills a day.

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