CATHERINE116's SparkPeople Blog CATHERINE116's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Nearly one month. YOWZERS! Wow. Can't believe I haven't journaled for nearly one month. <BR> <BR> I have swung with the highs and lows of the pretty much 3 lb margin that is my weight on the scale. It climbs. It drops. Nothing seems to budge it at all. <BR> <BR> On the down side, there has been a fair amount of stress with the dear stepson. Maybe that's why the lbs won't drop. Whoever said girls would be harder to raise has NOT met my stepson. He's not a girl. He's just harder to raise. I should have called ... Tue, 1 May 2012 12:02:27 EST lift and separate Yeah, it kinda felt like that when I picked up the broom stick and started doing the lifting exercises I have not done in several weeks. I lifted and thought I was about gonna separate the shoulder from the socket. But, thankfully, it didn't happen like that. Just lifting, and that burn that I need to feel to know that I'm working my arm. It hurts, but it must be done. It will be nice to finally lay on that arm and not feel pain. Putting my arms around my hubby in bed shouldn't be a pai... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:06:43 EST Steady numbers, where are you? Steady numbers, please go steady with me again. You know I would rather be with you than those bigger boys! You make me feel better! <BR> <BR> ( But shhhhhhhhh..............will you be mad if I say I really like the smaller guys the best of all?) <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> <BR> Me Fri, 6 Apr 2012 08:38:32 EST So hurt it's exciting Sometimes the saying goes "I'm so excited it hurts!" LOLOLOL and hehehehehehe! <BR> <BR> In my case, I'm hurting and aching but I'm excited. I started a challenge today with one of my teams. By the end of the day I decided to up my commitment and I'm going to try to march in place on a regular basis. It burns like 5 cals/minute! That's a nice rate. I'm hurting now, but I'm excited. <BR> <BR> Oh, and about the Citrucel....I LOVE it, but my body isn't cool with those dyes. It turns my ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:36:31 EST Singing in the rain I gotta love this rain. There's singing in the rain. I'm about to try cycling in the rain. Spinning in the rain? Whatever. <BR> <BR> On our porch there's a stationary bike. It works. Its motor isn't on, but the pedals work and I can operate it. Today is a good day to go on the porch, pedal and listen to the rain. <BR> <BR> Our grass is growing taller and I'm glad we lived in a secluded area. No neighbors to rat that the grass is growing taller. The rain hasn't made it easy to go an... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 11:28:38 EST Siyahamba The last time I tried to write in the blog, it didn't take. It was a weird kind of thing, and the hubby wasn't here to help me figure out the problem, and I didn't remember to go back and try again. <BR> <BR> That's OK. Two days of walking hitting over 5K steps. Two days of gorgeous sunshine. The doc telling me that my polyp is not pre-cancerous and completing the visit to the open MRI to have my daughter's foot scanned, PLUS her telling me that the tick bite she had is going down nicely... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 08:44:38 EST A laid-back kinda day It was a holiday, laid-back kind of day. Then again, Sundays are days of rest, nicht wahr? <BR> <BR> So, I did not take stats this AM. I might not take them tomorrow, either. I have no idea what my BG was today, nor my BP, nor my weight. That is OK. <BR> <BR> I have no idea how many steps I walked today. All I know is that my daughter parked our car in the overflow lot for Mass, so we have to walk some. Then, my godson Blaise had me running after him at least 2x in our parish hall. ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 18:43:15 EST The Citrucel explosion and the shrinking body OK, I really don't know why I decided to title it like that. This is, however, about Citrucel and the apparently shrinking body that I didn't know I'm experiencing. <BR> <BR> The Citrucel first. I had a colonoscopy on Thursday. The doc told my hubby to purchase some Citrucel. 2 grams of fiber per serving. ??????????? OK. I'll try it. I can have more in a bowl of Cheerios, but, OK. <BR> <BR> So, I mixed the Citrucel. The stuff sank to the bottom of the glass. THAT is a rip=off. BU... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 13:55:41 EST PARTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! First things first. The scale says I dropped a pound to a new low. I hope it's not a "false low" so I'm going to celebrate. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!1 Whoopeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Get out the party hats! Toot on the noisemakers!!! Dance up and down for joy! YAY! <BR> <BR> OK. Have that outta my system. On to other fish to fry. Let's start by catching up with that colonoscopy. It took 12 hours for the MoviPrep to move in my system. TWELVE hours. I thought it would only take like an h... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 09:47:10 EST Down the hatch! Bottoms up! I sit here in my comfy, newly-puchasedd capri-length sweat pants with white stripe down each side. I'm breaking them in for tomorrow when I will indeed be literally bottoms-up as a surgeon examines my bum via colonoscopy. To that end, I'm drinking tons of liquids. At this point I've consumed by lunch time what I'd consume in a full day! I learned that Power Ade doesn't taste so nasty, but not what I'd drink on my own. Coconut water is not worth the hype to me. I have a quart of coco wat... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:12:48 EST Step damage? HUH. But the blood sugar's improved! Step damage? WHAT step damage? Yesterday, being very rainy, didn't see me trucking so much. We didn't go anywhere, and I didn't walk as much as I normally would, since I used the day to do a lot of errands. I was on my feet more than usual yesterday. That's good for fitness minutes, but not so good for the step count....especially when yer NOT WEARIN' THE METER! Oh. well. However, as it implies in the title, the blood sugar has improved. It was 112 this AM. BP is lowered, so I'll ha... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:17:04 EST That funky pedimomommymometer! My pedimommymometer went beserk on me last week. It gave inaccurate counts, and I had to subtract from the step total. Even so, a cause for celebration!!! <BR> <BR> Firstly, I've lost 8 lbs since my hubby last set the meter. Ok, OK. It was in the fall that he last set the meter. I don't care. I know that my weight climbed after he set it, and it's fallen again. It's fallen. That's a good thing. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I've had a couple of days where I've met my step goal for the day of ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:28:36 EST Choices I began thinking about choices after I finished the last blog. I was actually going to edit that blog, but have decided to post another blog entry instead. <BR> <BR> I know I have to lose weight. If I keep having to take IB to deal with the Cycloset headaches, I'll be on another hunt for a different diabetes med. If I don't have diabetes, I don't have to take meds. <BR> <BR> This brings me to my choices. I know what I have to do. I just need to do it. The old habits die hard, though. ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:57:03 EST A veritable, verdant carpet I have been watching green-up as I drive home. My beloved redbuds are finally starting to blossom and show their dainty pinkish leaves. The pastures that line my last 5-7 minutes of the drive home are a veritable, lush verdant carpet. It's coming up green everywhere and it's beautiful. Listening to the birds chirp while going up and down my little porch stairs is making the activity so much better. It makes it seem like it's less an exercise. <BR> <BR> With the green up come the calves ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:43:22 EST Somnolence doesn't come on sunshiny days OK. I'm not somnolent. I AM drowsy. I hope that this isn't going to increase as I increase the Cycloset. I do believe this is definitely part of the Cycloset. I can't take the Metformin, though. It is simply not metabolizing properly. <BR> <BR> I learned last night my body doesn't like dark chocolate in the evening. I had a little less than one regular bar of dark chocolate with chili in it ( by Lindt). It was 4 squares. That might be the equivalent of a whole bar. Later in the eve... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:01:11 EST Bright, bright sunshiny day I decided to start my walking and earnest step counting before other things for the day. So far, I have over 1/2 my minimum steps for the day from doing that. Plus, I was able to enjoy the breeze and the sunshine. It was a waker-upper, a picker-upper and I hope it's a blood-sugar-lowerer. <BR> <BR> Good news: yesterday I walked over 5000 steps. First time since I came back on SP that I met my minimum goal of 5000 steps. From here I want to try to increase each day's steps by a minimum ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:33:19 EST Tired and wired That combination happens occasionally, tired and wired. It will be very interesting to see how it pans out in a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Tired because while I got to bed at a decent hour, I didn't sleep well, apparently. Wired because I feel like I have to go, go, go...and I don't mean tinkle, either. Although I daresay THAT will happen eventually. After all, it happens to all of us! <BR> <BR> I dislike going shopping for groceries. However, I LOVE what it does for my step count. ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:39:32 EST If you give a mouse Spanx OH, mice even wear Spanx? If not, I wanna be a mouse. <BR> <BR> If you give a mouse Spanx, she will begin to expire as she sucks in her gut. As she starts to expire, she will realize she MUST get down to a smaller size. She will work off her little butt and get down to the next size so she will at least expire less. She will have a smaller muffin top and see the muffin tops in the basket instead of on her belly. She will see the muffin in the belly and remember how near... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 09:39:53 EST If You Give a Mouse a Cookie for weight=losing people I had a whole different post in mind, but as I finished it, I had a thought. <BR> <BR> It started with the idea of losing my pants in public and embarrasing my ugly, sour-mood kiddo. Vindictive, I know. Oh, me......... <BR> <BR> And that got me to thinking of how it would work if I re-wrote that story about giving a mouse a cookie. <BR> <BR> So, if I lose weight to become more fit, I might make my pants looser. If I make my pants looser, they might drop off me. If they drop off me, the... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:22:36 EST What IF? I planned on attending Jed's memorial service. However, a family emergency arose with one of my kids. When I ate lunch with my hubby today, I found myself asking: should I go? I asked him what he'd do. He just said he'd support me one way or the other. He really didn't answer what he'd do if it were his own son ( his son is my stepson, for the reader). He just said he'd support me whichever way I decided. I really wanted to know how he'd have handled it. I ultimately decided that if ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 20:09:38 EST If I die young So goes the song by Taylor Swift. I don't know why I chose to title this blog thusly. It just seems fitting. <BR> <BR> The weekend started just that: with the news of death. The SIL of the best man at my 2nd wedding died in a motorcycle crash in TX. He wasn't wearing his helmet. It is tragic and seems senseless. He was just 24. Too young. I don't know if he was good when he died, but he died too young. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, a 2 yr old son and an infant daug... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:46:15 EST The next day Well, I started out hard and fast. <BR> <BR> Because the afternoon went fast and furious, I dinna test with the diabetes. I do know I'm going to have to figure out how to test and keep expenses affordable. Testing so many times a day is going to become expensive. I wish there was a cheaper way to do this. Cheek sample of saliva, maybe? <BR> <BR> At any rate, I last tested the lunch post-prandial. It was a 113. I don't know if this is on the high side for a post-prandial. <BR> <BR> On... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 09:57:54 EST Diet and diabetes I'm trying to see how my food intake impacts my BG number. I started tracking my BG yesterday. Tracking it like I want to do will become expensive, I can see. Those supplies are mighty expensive. <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterday I tracked twice: a pre-meal/post prandial (breakfast). Breakfast was cereal (PB Cheerios), tea with milk and a mandarin orange ( a Cutie, which is a small piece of fruit, prolly about 1/2 a fruit serving). The 2 hour reading was 88. <BR> <BR> Lunch was homemade mac... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 09:28:34 EST