DEPOTMODE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEPOTMODE DEPOTMODE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Lots of changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762322 I realized I haven't posted in several months. I'll be honest, I fell off the SP wagon. I got married, I moved 200 miles to a tourist destination, and have been trying to find a new job while setting up a new household. And my new husband has been traveling quite a bit for work. Lots of stressful changes, but positive ones overall. <BR> <BR> I have not been so good with the whole eating thing, though. As of last week, however, I finally got myself into dairy detox, and I am already feeling b... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:22:08 EST Times, they are a-changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647199 Big changes are on the horizon. I'm getting married next month…looking forward to getting out of town for our destination wedding. And in a twist of fate, our plans to move later on this year got moved up by three months--the landlord gave us a notice to vacate our current house. So we're not only moving, we're moving 225 miles away--to the same area where we're having our wedding, actually. <BR> <BR> I haven't been working out much this winter. It's been crazy cold and I am a bundle of a... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:13:09 EST Big changes on the horizon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590000 It's now 2014, and the time of year to make resolutions. I don't like resolutions since a lot of times they fall by the wayside. All I can do is do my best. <BR> <BR> --I really want this year to be the one where I lose some serious weight. My goal is to finally hit onederland. Having PCOS, it's difficult for me to lose weight, and always has been. However, I need to stop thinking of the PCOS as an obstacle to weight loss, and work with it as best I can. I know my goal is completely doable ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 09:14:09 EST Weekend binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532706 So, Halloween happened. And then I went to visit friends in Cleveland for the weekend, where they had a belated Halloween party. I fell off the mainly plant-based wagon. Especially in the dairy department. I gorged on cheesy pizza, ice cream, cake (with frosting, naturally), and of course, lots of Halloween candy. I am feeling it, too...more sluggish, more achy in my joints. I'm also having trouble stopping. I got home yesterday after flying home (flying stresses me out anyway, so that didn't... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 08:43:24 EST Light at the end of the tunnel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511410 Well, last month I was still dealing with the intercostal rib strain--turned out I had also strained my rectus abdominus muscles (they run vertically from under the rib cage to the pubic bone) when my back had gone out back in August, and I was healing from that as well. Took my massage therapist and I awhile to figure it out, but she worked on my abdominal muscles, and things are much improved. Almost back to my usual semi-normal. <BR> <BR> However, the weather changed this week--cool, over... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 10:09:13 EST Scale victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478438 I know there's a lot to be said for non-scale victories. However, I want to crow a bit about my scale victory today. I finally have made it 25% of the way to my weight-loss goal! I have a lot of weight to lose...a smidge over 100 pounds. However, I can officially say from my all-time high, I've lost 25.4 pounds as of this morning. That's been a long time coming...New Year's 2012 was when I hit my all-time high. Since then, I have radically changed my diet, but it's still been slow to come off... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 09:09:53 EST Back from vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473472 I just got back from the most amazing trip. I spent two weeks on the West Coast, exploring Seattle, then taking a cruise to Alaska and Canada. I saw things I'd never seen before, like the Space Needle, Chihuly Glass, beer brewed with spruce tips, glaciers up close, and so much more. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime sort of trip. <BR> <BR> However, did not eat quite as well as I could have or should have. I switched to vegetarian for this trip, which basically meant I was including eggs and ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 12:07:47 EST Jinx http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453892 Not even an hour after I made my last post, I went to clean up some cat vomit under my desk. (I know, not a pretty thing.) I threw my back out as a result. I spent all day Sunday in an inordinate amount of pain. I have degenerative disk disease, and bulging discs at L4 and L5, and this was just the latest flare-up. I don't get these often, but when they do, I literally lose my legs. My back gets incredibly weak and I can't support my legs. This time it was just the left leg, but still...not g... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:25:30 EST Eleven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451568 So it's eleven days since my last post. Updating my health issues here so I can keep tabs. <BR> <BR> Stomach: The ulcer med is working. I got the script filled. However, with this I've gained a couple of pounds back. Not worrying about it though, especially since I'm leaving for a two-week vacation in six days. Will do my best to eat clean and not make myself ill and deal with the aftermath weight-wise when I get home. I'm still having some IBS issues, but the gnawing pain is gone, which was... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:29:15 EST One week later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439512 So, it's been a week since I've seen the doctor. I'm happy to report that the ulcer med seems to be helping. I'm starting to feel better there...still have a ways to go, but don't feel as rotten. <BR> <BR> I also feel much better with the rib strain. I've had two 90-minute massages in the last week, concentrating on the rib cage, and a lot of the muscles have finally let go. I can function again. I'm still using the topical NSAID, but only at night, and only after I've iced. I'd say that's p... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:18:38 EST Went to the doctor this morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432082 I decided to go to the doctor about all of the stomach issues I've been having. The official diagnosis is still gastritis, but the doctor suspects I may have a small tear in my stomach lining, so she'll treat it as if it's an ulcer in the hope that it will improve. If it doesn't improve, I'll have to get an endoscopy. I really hope the meds will work. I'm still taking the probiotic as well. *crosses fingers* <BR> <BR> She also gave me a topical NSAID for my intercostal strain (rib muscles a... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:08:12 EST Food poisoning aftermath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427169 Just so you know, getting food poisoning is not the best way to jumpstart weight loss, but I will take it. Since my episode two weeks ago, I've lost four pounds...mostly from not eating as much. My appetite has curbed quite a bit, and I still have some lingering muscle pain around my torso (that I managed to flare up when I worked out this week...naturally) as well. I had pulled my intercostal muscles around my rib cage prior to the the food poisoning, so it's still healing...anything I do se... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 09:10:25 EST The last three weeks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423996 have been a big cosmic joke on me. In terms of health, anyway. <BR> <BR> First off, I strained my right hamstring. Then went to visit family in Florida over the Independence Day holiday and got food poisoning. (Ciguatera poisoning, from grouper, if interested.) Then got back home and pulled a muscle in my neck, resulting in major pain from my shoulders up (and a 4-day headache). <BR> <BR> However, I think I've finally pulled free of all that mess. Even though my energy level is a bit low, ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:57:25 EST Quarterly bloodwork (crossposted from personal blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393353 Had fasting bloodwork done last Monday, and today I went to my doctor to get my results. She and I are both very pleased. My lipid particle number dropped 330 points--from the high range all the way down into the moderate range. *happy dance* The lower this number is, the lower my risk of heart disease. Well, this number and another number, which is being stubborn and won't come down: my small particle number. This number is high. We're going to try krill oil and see if that brings my small p... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:34:28 EST One year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383294 It's been a year since I transitioned to a mostly vegan diet for health reasons. It hasn't been a complete success, but I would have to say the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. <BR> <BR> Some of the positives: <BR> --Jump-started my weight loss. <BR> --My liver is no longer swollen. I'm pretty sure I still have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (I don't think it completely goes away), but I'm doing a lot better there. I can tell when I've had too much fat or sugar now, because my... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 11:09:06 EST Non-scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377920 I lost a pound this week. I've been gaining and losing the same three pounds since January, so I've been concentrating on NSVs. I am compelled to share, since I've had a few in the last week or so. <BR> <BR> 1. I took measurements on Sunday, and it sounds silly, but I lost an inch in my calves! I thought my lower legs were looking thinner--the measurement proved it! <BR> <BR> 2. I FINALLY got over the 3-mile hump! This is the progress point I've been stuck at for awhile...I haven't been abl... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 12:17:15 EST Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356098 Well, we've been back from the beach for a week and a half now. Have gone back to the no-dairy thing and I'm feeling much better. My stomach seems to be happy again. I don't feel as achy or bloated anymore. Still have a ways to go, but I can tell the difference. <BR> <BR> Plus, my energy is returning. I got so sluggish from eating the dairy. For someone who has never had a lot of energy, seeing it return simply due to what I'm eating (or in this case, not eating) is amazing and tangible. <... Tue, 14 May 2013 09:47:54 EST Must remember: dairy is bad for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348373 My fiance and I just got back from a week at the beach. Part of our trip involved meeting with a variety of wedding vendors, since we're getting married at the beach next year. My fiance is allergic to dairy, so I took the dairy tastings for the team. It was a poor decision in my case, since I've had minimal dairy in the eleven months since I went no dairy/no eggs/no meat/pescatarian. I discovered that it didn't take very long at all to return to a state of bloat and inflammation. My joints a... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:12:35 EST Sugar equals poison http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308506 (crossposted from my personal blog) <BR> <BR> My new mantra: sugar equals poison. <BR> <BR> Not naturally occurring sugars, like in fruit. I'm talking about processed sugar, found in cakes, cookies, candy...cinnamon rolls. Cranberry-orange scones. Bagels. <BR> <BR> This past weekend, while lovely to hang out with Jeremy's family, also was a minefield full of temptation. And sadly, I didn't resist. Since it was Easter, there was more sugary stuff around the house than usual--jelly beans, t... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 08:10:27 EST Twenty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225451 Well, it's taken me a lot longer than I thought it would to reach this milestone, but I am finally here. I've lost 20 pounds as of today! <BR> <BR> It's amazing how much better I feel with these 20 pounds gone. I still am not back to my "original" starting weight (I gained nearly 30 pounds from taking one medication), but I'm finally starting to feel more like me. I don't feel like I'm busting out of my clothes anymore. I feel better in my own skin again. Granted, I want to achieve a new no... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:34:31 EST Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172727 I reset my goals this morning. Due to my myriad of health issues this year, I didn't lose the 60 pounds I wanted to--I lost 19 (as of this morning; I managed to break my plateau...not sure how, but not knocking it). Nineteen pounds is nothing to sneeze at, and admittedly, it's been since June that I lost the weight. However, that's 19 pounds I don't have to account for in my new goal. <BR> <BR> I'm setting the 60-pound goal again, by the end of 2013. That's five pounds a month. I'm confident... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:46:20 EST The exercise deal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166267 You know that deal you make with yourself when you don't want to work out, but know you need to? The "I can do anything for 10 minutes" deal? I had never made that deal with myself...until this morning. I decided I needed to do some exercise, but I was in a bit of a time crunch. So I did a modified version of the deal: instead of my semi-usual 30-minute minimum workout, I'd do a one-mile Leslie Sansone DVD walk. Which is approximately 17 minutes. And I did it! And I feel like I got some exerc... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:02:02 EST Bloodwork http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164479 Good news from the doctor's office. Copied from my personal journal because I'm lazy. :) <BR> <BR> There is something to this whole new way of eating. (I guess it's not so new anymore--been at this for six months now!) My bloodwork was better than it was three months ago. I made the dietary change in June. For compare-and-contrast: <BR> <BR> Fasting insulin: in June, it was 32. 28 Was the top of the normal range, so I was essentially pre-diabetic. Today: 12. (This number is the lowest it's ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:39:17 EST Poor food choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160194 Poor food choices can be disguised as good ones. Went to a Japanese restaurant last night for dinner. Got veggie spring rolls and a clay pot dish with tofu and veggies. The clay pot dish had a soy-based sauce, so I was expecting it to be a bit salty, and it was. What I wasn't expecting was the after-effects of the decision. <BR> <BR> I strongly suspect that this dish had MSG in it. Normally, small amounts of MSG don't bother me. Same for salt. I think I tend to follow a fairly low-salt diet,... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 12:38:34 EST After Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147233 We went out of town to visit my fiance's family for Thanksgiving. After the craptastic week I'd had leading up to Thanksgiving, I was really glad to get out of town and focus on other things. I met a bunch of the fiance's extended family, which might have been stressful at any other time, but was actually not very stressful at all, even meeting 15 new people. Plus I managed to maintain my weight over Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> That last statement is not really something to be proud of. One, I'... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:34:29 EST Stressful week doesn't even begin to cover it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138183 It's been a very trying week. My greyhound has had Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (essentially, doggie dementia) for the last year, and he's become very unpredictable and difficult to handle. He'd been having seizures and had lost his spark--he spent a lot of his time staring off into space. I finally had to make the awful decision to put him to sleep this week. I'm torn up with guilt--did I wait too long? Does he understand what's happening to him and why I have to do this? I sent him to the... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 08:58:47 EST Small steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131577 FInally got out to walk for the first time in three weeks. My foot's been tight all week, but it eased up when it warmed up. I'm not sure this dependent-on-the-weather thing will bode well for training for April's half marathon...will have to play it by ear. Regardless, we finally broke the 5k mark yesterday--went 4.32 miles. And each mile was under a 20-minute mile pace (still slow, in the 19-19:30/mile range, but...), but we were steady. Today, we got out for a 2.18-mile walk--didn't want t... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:30:17 EST Still stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113441 So my full-time contract ended this past Monday. The next day, my part-time contract jumped to full-time. I signed up for a class that will be six sessions, on Wednesday nights, starting Nov. 7. <BR> <BR> I haven't quite figured out where to get the exercise in. My fiance and I went for a walk on Monday, but that's all I've done. I've discovered my foot, for all the trouble I've had with it this year, isn't fully healed yet, so I've gotten lazy. I'm still trying to eke out two-mile walks, b... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:33:59 EST Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097753 So I've been working two jobs since early August. The hours have been about 55 hours a week. Since Labor Day week, when I lost three pounds since I was ill, I've been maintaining my weight. I'm definitely on a plateau. This really isn't bothering me all that much, since I haven't been able to devote the time I want to be devoting to exercise or to meal prep. But all that is about to change. <BR> <BR> I'm wrapping up my full-time contract in the next two weeks. My part-time contract will jump... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 16:47:58 EST It was my birthday yesterday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065977 Don't get all excited...it was really a non-event sort of day, except I got presents. :) My fiance had made me a vegan German chocolate cake for my birthday over the weekend--so tasty, although I have discovered as a result of this yummy cake that too much sugar makes me crazy congested. Of the post-nasal drip variety. In the old days, that cake would have been inhaled and devoured within 24 hours...here it is four days later and there's still half a cake. That's with both of us eating it--it... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:41:19 EST Things are finally falling into place. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057512 Saw the orthopedist this morning. I'm free of Frankenfoot! During the day, anyway--I still have some plantar fasciitis pain going on, but she's confident that the achilles tendonitis and stress fracture have healed. I'm to wear either Frankenfoot or some sort of night splint to bed, continue ice therapy and anti-inflammatories as needed. And--this is the big one--I can start doing some cardio again! No five-mike hikes to start, obviously, but I can do a short Leslie Sansone DVD or get on the ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:29:37 EST Bloodwork results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056297 (Crossposted from FB because I'm lazy.) <BR> <BR> Doctor's appt. went quite well--she was pleased with my numbers. Fasting insulin down 12 points (back into normal range--no longer pre-diabetic!), LDL dropped 20 points to 76, Triglycerides dropped 40+ points to 125, and total cholesterol dropped 30 points to 141. Best news of all: lipid particle number dropped 300 points! Now I'm just "borderline high" instead of in the "high" range. Next blood draw is in December--hoping it'll be even lower... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:36:05 EST How I spent my Labor Day weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043767 Actually, I need to back up a bit. <BR> <BR> I've been taking 25 mg of Atenolol, a beta blocker, once a day, on and off for about 15 years. I take it mainly to control my blood pressure, which is usually high normal (130s/80s). I've been on it currently for about 2 1/2 years. Anyway, I made a pretty significant dietary change back in June--essentially went vegan (save for the occasional fish). I've lost 14 pounds to date. I'm currently not exercising because of liver issues (the impetus for ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 10:23:28 EST Month two results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004797 I've been gaining and losing the same two-three pounds for the last month. I know exactly why--I have discovered two frozen vegan foods that I really like, but need to eat in moderation (or learn to cook myself!): Kashi's Mayan Harvest Bake and TaDah's falafel lemony hummus wrap. Also, I've been eating homemade trail mix--tasty, but high in calories. And since I can't do cardio right now (I haven't been able to find time in my schedule to go to the doctor to have her sign off on my gym app, w... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:15:09 EST Aftermath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982741 Three days of walking in this walking cast/boot thing has caused my right knee (my "bad" knee--the one I've had two surgeries on) to start hurting. I am positive it's from the way I've been walking--and the height difference in shoes. I've been wearing my workout training shoe on the right foot when we go out, in an effort to even up the height, but it's not close enough--but closer than some of my flats or slip-on canvas shoes. I really need to be careful, not only with my busted heel on my ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:57:02 EST What to do in the interim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980196 The orthopedist yesterday cleared me for only one kind of cardio: swimming. Since I don't have easy access to a pool, I'm going to have to improvise. Mainly by concentrating on strength training...which, admittedly, has been lacking in my workouts in the past. This is probably the best time to get into a solid strength training habit. I need to be doing something physical, especially since I'm losing more weight. (Down a total of 13 pounds from my all-time highest weight; 12 pounds down since... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 08:55:07 EST Back from the orthopedist (and crossposted from FB because I'm lazy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979448 Well it seems I struck the mother lode...in terms of issues, that is. I did correctly self-diagnose myself with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. But! The x-rays showed I have two heel spurs--one at the top where my Achilles tendon is, the other on the bottom of my foot. AND based on the kind of pain I'm having around my heel (on the sides of my foot) she is pretty sure I have a stress fracture of my heel (which can't be seen on an X-ray, just an MRI, and she's not going to put me th... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:36:26 EST Finally getting my foot checked out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977514 I FINALLY HAVE MEDICAL INSURANCE! *happy dance* To that end, I have an appointment tomorrow to finally have an orthopedist look at my foot and figure out what's going on once and for all. <BR> <BR> Is it plantar fasciitis? It is an Achilles tendon strain? Is it both? Or is it a cyst? A heel spur? What? I stepped on something back in October while walking on the beach during vacation, and my left foot hasn't been the same since. April 1, I re-injured it to the point where my Achilles tendon w... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:03:29 EST Results from first month of new eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963432 So I weighed and measured myself this past weekend...it's been four weeks since I started this whole new way of eating. And even without incorporating exercise (I'm still having some issues with my foot, not to mention I'm still a bit tender from the whole liver incident), I managed to lose 10 pounds and 6.5 inches! I'm stupidly pleased with those results, honestly. <BR> <BR> And some intangibles: joint pain is still minimal; I'm not creaking around like I used to. My headaches are fewer an... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:02:17 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947332 I haven't been quite so excited at the prospect of losing weight in my life. Ever. I've been struggling with my weight since I was a teenager. This new way of eating is the first time I've seen tangible results in both my weight loss and in how I feel, and I think that is making the difference. <BR> <BR> So I've been eating the vegan-ish way now for three weeks. This is the first week since all this started where I haven't had a lot of pain underneath my rib cage. I think whatever was upsett... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 08:54:26 EST Transition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940091 Well, it's been two full weeks now since I've made the transition to a mainly vegan diet. The first week and a half I did have to intersperse my eating with the last of the "bad" foods (yogurt, eggs), but those are completely gone now. I have made the concession of eating fish on this plan (not a big part of the plan, since I am not much of a fish eater). I spent the last year trying to learn to eat fish, and I have found a couple of varieties I can tolerate. But since fish was never a big pa... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:08:13 EST We have a diagnosis. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929362 The diagnosis was confirmed via MRI (I'm told the only truly definitive diagnosis is through biopsy, and neither my doctor nor I are willing to go there just yet): I have a fatty liver. <BR> <BR> I've done some research, and it appears I have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I can do something about this. Mainly, the idea is to get the underlying diseases and risk factors under control. And transitioning to a vegan diet will accomplish this. In my first week of trans... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:13:09 EST The players may have changed, but the game is still the same. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925984 It's not my gallbladder. The ultrasound of my gallbladder showed no gallstones, no inflammation. <BR> <BR> So we've got a bit of a mystery on our hands. The doctor is sending me for an MRI now because they saw some small lesions on my liver. *facepalm* <BR> <BR> From what research I've done, most likely the lesions are benign. However, regardless, it still doesn't explain why I'm still having pain in my right upper quadrant upon palpation and am dealing with low-grade fever flares. <BR> <... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:25:48 EST Shocking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915984 I got some pretty unexpected news yesterday. I have not been feeling the best the last couple of months, but it was nothing I could put my finger on. Yesterday, however, I felt poorly enough that I made an appointment to see the doctor (I'm sure that went over well with my new boss--I've only been there a week) and what the doctor found was nothing short of surprising. <BR> <BR> My gallbladder is to blame. I haven't really had any overt symptoms--I went in there just saying I felt unwell. Sh... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:27:08 EST Upcoming DNS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838148 The Flying Pirate Half Marathon is this weekend. We're still heading out to the beach for the week, but we won't be doing the half. Reason? In addition to the plantar fasciitis problem, I discovered that I also strained my Achilles tendon on my left foot. Between these two problems, I've been limping since our walk on April 1, and it hasn't really improved yet. Since my gait is all messed up, no half marathon this year. :/ <BR> <BR> The current plan is to let my foot heal, and start Couch to... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:26:45 EST Doubts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816185 Well, there's good news and bad news about our training for the half marathon. <BR> <BR> Good news: After six weeks of no walking (yeah, our training has been erratic at best), we finally did a 9.75-mile walk yesterday. <BR> <BR> Bad news: The (self-diagnosed) plantar fasciitis I have on the bottom of my left foot caused us to walk very slowly. It took us over 3 and a half hours...which is close to our full half-marathon time. We were walking very slowly because I was trying very hard not ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 07:10:14 EST Staring into the face of reality and VERY BAD THINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4810236 Well, it's been a month and change since I had my overuse injury. I've had a massage therapist who specializes in myofascial release work on me, and as of yesterday, we mutually decided it was just about healed. However, I have only worked out--and on a very limited basis--maybe three times since I had the injury. And then I had blood work last week. <BR> <BR> The results were less than stellar. I fully accept the blame for this, since I made the excuse of "I feel like crap, I should revert ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:20:21 EST Ignoring the obvious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752707 So I managed to give myself an overuse injury. I blame too much too fast (of the Zumba variety). Over the weekend, I had some of the worst muscle pain I've ever had in my life. I had the chest muscle pain I already discussed, but my left shoulder and neck joined in on the fun. Plus I think whatever was going on in my neck compressed a nerve, since I had pronounced tingling in both of my hands. I was so uncomfortable over the weekend, I got no sleep whatsoever Saturday night, and have been gro... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 07:57:59 EST Overdoing it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743274 Sometimes I get too gung-ho about certain things and overdo. The latest culprit? Zumba. <BR> <BR> What has happened? Basically, I got the Total Body Transformation set for Christmas and have been doing it at least twice a week (I've been doing other cardio as well--Leslie Sansone and training to walk a half marathon); my boyfriend, seeing my enthusiasm for Zumba (and actually listening to me for once) got me the Exhilarate set for Valentine's Day. These things in themselves are not bad. <B... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:20:35 EST New year, new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648329 This is the year that I'm done making excuses as to why I've failed in the past. I am the one in control of what I eat and how much I exercise. I am the one who can put down the cookies, cakes, and candy to get my lipid particle number under control. My total cholesterol numbers are pretty good, based on December bloodwork, but my lipid particle number was virtually unchanged...still too high. Both my doctor and I think it's due to extra refined carbs in my diet. So I'm committing to the glyc... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:35:19 EST