LESLIELENORE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LESLIELENORE LESLIELENORE'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/ Impromptu picnic... and redecorating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6485373 I had a totally impromptu picnic with my eldest niece for dinner last night. I am out of picnic supplies though, so we used real china and silverware. She was coming over to walk our dogs together and hadn’t eaten dinner yet, so I offered to cook for her and bring it out to the picnic table for us to share, since she had her dog with her (visiting dogs are not allowed in the building any longer)... I let her choose the menu from the food options available in the fridge and freezer... so we... Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:58:59 EST Survivor?... or fighter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6485050 I have been contemplating lately whether I am a “survivor” or a “fighter”... in my perception the difference is pretty clear. A survivor endures the junk life throws at her ( usually with grace and humor), but doesn’t pick up the struggle and fight to change things. Whereas a fighter, refuses to accept the way things “are” and fights to change and adapt themselves or the world around them. My conclusion? I think at times I have been both. I firmly believe it depends on the situation a... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:05:13 EST A little whine... some anxiety... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482871 So, yes, a second blog today... just feeling stressed and wanting to whine... I had a serious hypoglycemic event last night. Woke up around 1:30 (not too unusual), feeling nauseous, shaky, clammy... just “off” (unusual)... but I recognized the symptoms, so I checked my blood glucose right away... ummm... 43....? So I double checked... yep 43! Well, holy carp! No wonder I felt sick. Now, I have a protocol from the endocrinologist to follow before I hit the panic button, but that is a pret... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 03:16:13 EST Storms? And good customer service... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482862 The ice storm was pretty much a non-event where I live... it warmed up fast, and everything melted and was just soggy by about 7am, which is when I got home from walking the Cooper-dog. We did have some power issues during the night ( I know because I was up a good portion of the night dealing with a hypoglycemic event)... but other than a few minutes of power outage here and there we were pretty much spared... this time. Right now (middle of the night again) it is pouring rain... but it’s ... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:56:52 EST More pictures around town... before the impending icestorm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482309 I thought I would take advantage of the Spring-like weather and take you on another walk with the Cooper-dog and myself... I just have a few pictures, hopefully they all load. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d80df6e-dbf6-4e7a-bb3d-d2b8cf38c2c9.jpeg"> <BR> This little flower was hiding in the brush in a wooded area we walk by daily... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a47c1fc-4924-446a-89ff-a42d659592ca.jpeg"> <BR> This creekside road is... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 11:11:21 EST Middle of the night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479877 I am sleeping... just not on a “normal “ schedule. (Who decides what’s normal anyway?). I am sleeping in the early evening until the middle of the night... and then I am up. I could probably do with a couple more hours each night, but that’s not going to happen until my downstairs neighbors move out. I generally make one of two choices when I am up at the dark hour... I can either meditate, or go out and walk (or run, depending on my mood, and the state of the sidewalks). Cooper is sound ... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 05:23:13 EST Cooper time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479550 Cooper is done with winter I think... he and I were short on miles (compared to our usual 8-10 miles per day) in January, February, and March... and I think he was starting to get a little stir crazy. He doesn’t play with toys or even rough house with me very often, but he loves to walk and run outside. The past week he has been indicating he wants to go out almost every 2 hours... not to “do his business”, but to walk and sniff. He doesn’t seem to care if it’s 14 degrees or 45 degrees... ... Fri, 6 Apr 2018 02:11:06 EST Relief... and frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478862 So, I had my follow up appointment with the doctor after my ultrasound and she said that there are 3 cysts that could be causing me the pain, but there is no indication of cancer at this time. I am scheduled for my mammogram in July, so they will compare pictures again then to see if anything has changed, but just as a precaution... not because they suspect a problem or issue. Due diligence and all that. In the meantime, I still have the pain. I can’t take ibuprofen, due to the fact that ... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 05:23:33 EST Sunny day to walk the dog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477788 ...and walk, and walk, and walk him again! Silly Cooper-dog wanted to go outside every time I turned around. I didn’t mind today as I needed the distraction. I have the medical test results looming over me, and tomorrow is the one year anniversary of my mother’s passing. Oy! Tomorrow I am a busy little bee... dad asked for company at breakfast, so all of us siblings will be there... then I have an Easter brunch with my best friend, Jennifer, followed immediately by a family dinner at my ... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 23:28:11 EST Practicing denial... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476602 With this latest medical issue and the first of April coming up quickly, I am practicing the fine art of denial. My ultrasound isn’t scheduled until 4pm on Friday afternoon, so I probably won’t get back the results until Monday at the earliest, and possibly not until my follow up appointment Tuesday morning at 8am... it could be something simple and easy, but it could also be serious with long term ramifications... and since I just can’t deal with those possibilities while they are still mer... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 04:13:10 EST One more thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476283 So, I have to go for an ultrasound later this week. I did call my doctor’s office yesterday morning about the pain I was experiencing (like she told me too)... and they got me in for an appointment yesterday afternoon. At this point she is uncertain what is causing the discomfort. She said to watch for a rash, as I am a prime candidate for shingles and due to the location of the pain, it is a vague possibility... but it is more likely to be something else. We will see. It was too late in... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 04:53:50 EST Grief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475929 I have been thinking a lot about the nature and process of grief and loss over the past couple of days (well, really, for the past year), as my family approaches the first anniversary of my mother’ sudden and unexpected passing. I asked my dad yesterday if he preferred the family to gather, or if he would rather be left alone on April First (the actual day)... and he said he hadn’t realized that Sunday was the first, and he didn’t really know how he felt. My parents were married for 51 year... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:47:24 EST Positive, unexpected side effect... a bit of background... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475613 I wrote a blog a number of years ago that addressed this topic, and I am hesitant to write another... not because of any negative response to the previous blog (quite the opposite), but rather just because it is so intensely personal and private. But here goes... and please be kind Sparklers... I was diagnosed in my mid 20s with schizoaffective disorder (bipolar type)... which means I have aspects of both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder... I also have generalized anxiety and PTSD... amo... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 04:39:18 EST Puppy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475540 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/387a80e2-5125-4c8c-bb5d-6a7177ece32e.jpg"> The Cooper-dog had a good day today. He walked close to 8 miles with me. He also got treats, an hour of belly rubs, and was able to take a nap in the sunshine streaming through our apartment windows. Happy dog! I had a good day in some ways... and not so good in others. Isn’t that just the way things go though? The pain was pretty intense today... and I have a new pain that kind of freaks me o... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 22:09:51 EST Wha??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475240 I read an article today that some "brilliant" folks have come out with Peeps beer. Why? That is my question. Why would they do something like that? The flavored milk almost makes sense. Beer? Not so much. Oh well. Not something I will buy or consume, but the idea just made me cringe. Any opinions out there? Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:25:11 EST What I am... and what I am not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474679 I started this journey in the Spring of 2011 weighing over 300 pounds. It took almost exactly 2 years consistent, dedicated effort but I made I made it to my goal weight of 160 (approximately -50% of my starting weight)... so in that respect I consider myself a “success story” but staying at (or near) my goal weight has not been simple or easy. I am not one of those people who can eat intuitively and maintain a healthy weight... I tried that at one point, and regained 45 pounds that I had t... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:55:57 EST It’s been a while... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470150 Not sure why I haven’t been blogging lately... well, that’s not entirely true... I have been procrastinating about writing it until later in the evening, and then I simply fall asleep before I write anything. I have NEVER in my life been a morning person before, and it’s taking a while for me to adjust my mental schedule, and rearrange when I get certain things accomplished. So maybe I will go back to blogging in the morning. Today I have to run to the lab for blood work, drop my dog wit... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 05:05:24 EST Walking the dog... pictures from around town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467496 It's the last day of February and we already have Spring-like weather! I took the Cooper-dog out for his usual early morning walk and took pictures of some of the evidence... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e242533e-5866-4986-9ed5-a12ac9aec901.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> The daffodils are poking their shy heads out of the grass... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf7a4841-ac47-4765-8944-c02084b254c9.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> The snowdrops are blooming... ... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:43:58 EST Cat vs dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463894 When my dad first got his cat, Blackie, there was an adjustment period between the cat and my dog, Cooper. During this time the cat earned the nickname, ninja kitty... or simply darkness...for his habit of hiding in shadows and leaping out to beat the snot out of the dog. Once the cat felt the dog was sufficiently schooled in the proper way of things detente was achieved... and now they play together... when the cat can be bothered. Cooper still seems a bit hesitant and if the cat gets ti... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:11:25 EST What could have been unpleasant... wasn’t... lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463608 Yesterday was rather occupied with potentially unpleasant activities... that turned out either acceptable or useful, with a lot less fuss than I had projected. I find it almost amusing how big I can build an event or situation in my mind, and then it happens... and total anti-climax. I think I need to work on letting things just happen as they will and not stressing over them. (It doesn’t help that my neighbor outlines the worst case scenarios and tells me how awful things are... I need t... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:33:04 EST I had an interesting conversation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463285 I had an interesting conversation with my endocrinologist yesterday... my blood sugar dropped (quickly) to 60 and just wouldn’t come back up... 60 isn’t crisis level... it’s just feel yucky level... or at least that has been my experience. She said that it wasn’t really the blood glucose level being at 60 that was making me shaky and nauseous, but rather the speed of the drop. Hmm, that kind of makes sense. She also had some more difficult information for me... an unexpected side effect of... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:13:49 EST Happy un-birthday Cooper-dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462922 I decided when I adopted Cooper from the canine rescue organization that we would celebrate his “birthday “ on February 14th each year, as he is my true valentine, offering me unconditional love in every circumstance. The vet estimated that he was about one year old when I adopted him in 2011 (yup, same year I joined SparkPeople)... so today he is unofficially 8 years old... a veritable middle age man for a small dog. He goes a lot of places with me, and keeps me active (even when I would r... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:49:23 EST Some days are like that... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462087 Yesterday and today have been rather trying... well a lot of days have been that way lately. Chronic pain is wearing. I won't bore you with my tale of woe though. Except to say that it made everything harder to cope with... my obnoxious downstairs neighbors were at it again yesterday with the exceedingly loud music. It was so loud you could hear it in the lobby when you first came in the building. The Village police came on a different matter and were like WTH? And gave them a warning. ... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:00:42 EST Migraine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461166 I thought the migraine I had would break when the flu cleared up... eh, not so much. Still got it, even though I got my twice monthly injections from the neurologist, plus an extra shot. I thought I was floating when I left the office. Came home and slept for a few hours ...then ate everything in sight (at least it seemed that way ). Now I am awake later than usual, and I am tired but not sleepy, if you get the distinction... Even with the doctor visit, and 3 hour nap I still managed to ... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 22:38:07 EST I predicted it... overdoing it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460486 Yesterday morning my eldest brother put out a family-wide text at 8:35am... as his daughter needed a ride to the doctor at 9:15... eek! Turned out I was the only one available, so, I took her to her appointment, ran a couple errands, picked her up and took her to the pharmacy... then we went to my appointment, followed by picking up her partner and dropping them off at college, then I picked up my eldest niece at the mechanics and dropped her off at her appointment... as well as walking the... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 05:14:34 EST Who woulda thunk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460105 It really wasn’t all that long ago that being sedentary was my normal state of being... and yet it seems a very long time ago... in fact sometimes it feels like that was an entirely different person. In ways it was! It was only about 7 years ago that I was morbidly obese, basically home bound, thought exercise was a punishment, and food was designed to soothe my emotional and physical pain... where did that woman go? Because that’s definitely not who or what I am (or think) these days. ... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 03:00:13 EST Can I just sit for another couple days? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459746 Make haste slowly... I need to keep telling myself that! I am feeling remarkably better this morning. Of course I have only been up a little while and haven’t worn myself out yet. I KNOW I need to be careful about overdoing and getting a secondary infection from this nasty influenza, but sometimes I have a hard time with restraint... especially when I am coming back from bed rest Or restrictions. I want to go back to where I was before... right away! I have blogged before about the diffe... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 06:13:30 EST I turned a corner (I hope) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459351 I feel almost human this morning... I’m able to focus and read, and enjoy a cup of coffee while I cuddle with my Cooper-dog. I even have a bit of an appetite... though I haven’t actually tried eating yet... lol. I am going to be careful with my energy level for a while yet, as I have heard some horror stories from friends who have had the flu and thought they were recovered “enough “ to resume normal activities... and got even worse secondary infections. So, Chandra is going to baby hersel... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 05:43:42 EST Temporary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458840 Isn’t it amazing what a good night’s sleep can do for a persons attitude? I still feel sick, but it’s easier to accept that this is temporary and I am going to feel better in the next few days. I did get a little flak from a few people who questioned why I would be prescribed Tamiflu for intestinal flu, since it is for influenza... so I called my doctor today for clarification. The nurse said the test came back positive for influenza which is why the doctor prescribed the medicine... and I... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 16:46:51 EST Well, it’s the flu... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458458 I thought since I didn’t have congestion or body aches that I just had a rotavirus... but my doctor, after listening to my description of onset and type of symptoms said it was the GI version of the flu... she checked my electrolytes, and while most are toward the bottom of allowable limits they are all still within those limits, so she said I don’t need IV fluids or anything... she did prescribe Tamiflu and some other stuff... to treat the worst of the symptoms while the Tamiflu starts worki... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:39:48 EST Stomach bug.... continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458211 I keep thinking that my fevers broken, but it just depends how recently i took a Tylenol... lol... I have been aggressively hydrating (when I am awake), but I have dropped almost 10 pounds now... in less than 24 hours. I did manage to keep down about a cup of plain, dry Cheerios, and a small, plain, baked chicken breast(3-4 oz total)... I tried to make myself eat some veggies, but even looking at them made me nauseous.... and I love veggies. Sigh. I have a doctor appointment at 8am. The n... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 01:26:23 EST Stomach bug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458014 Sometime in the early hours this morning I came down with a stomach bug... low grade fever, tummy upset (to put it mildly), migraine... I am just kind of miserable and grumpy. The only thing I have kept in my stomach in the last 12 hours was a handful of plain Cheerios (oh, and warm water... cold upsets my tummy). I called my doctors office this morning and they said there is a nasty 24 hour GI bug going around... so that’s probably what’s going on, but if I am still sick in the morning to... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:35:48 EST Finding comfort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457524 I really wanted to repost what my Mom wrote about Death and the spirit after death... I first shared it in a blog in 2017 (I forget the exact date)... but her words are comforting when I am missing her the most. Sometimes I get bogged down in my depression and anxiety, and forget that Mom was not afraid to die... would she have liked more time with my Dad (the love of her life), and her kids and grandkids? Oh, I am pretty certain. But I think she would be pleased with how we are carrying a... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:13:44 EST Doing what needs to be done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457489 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/115f1b57-2042-4303-9ce8-ce61ee34e9e8.jpg"> Sunday was long and emotional, celebrating moms birthday for the first time since her passing... after I drove over 2 hours to drop my sil and her mom at the airport. I brought a friend along to keep me company on the drive home, as it makes the drive time seem to pass much faster. It was a good thing I had company... I started feeling “shaky and clammy “ which are possible signs of low blood sugar f... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 03:49:32 EST Another experiment for dinner... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456380 So, I wanted to try the spiralized sweet potato again...cooked this time. So I lightly greased an oven safe skillet, added a "mound" of sweet potato, then layered on chunks of lean stew meat, fresh spinach, and cheddar... drizzled the spinach with olive oil, and nutritional yeast seasoning, and baked it in a 400F oven for about 25 minutes. I took it out because the spinach and meat were done, and the cheese was golden and crunchy... but the sweet potato probably could have gone another 5-10... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 05:36:47 EST Missing my mom... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456031 Sunday is moms birthday. It would have been her 70th birthday this year. I sometimes forget she is gone and go to call her... and tell her something funny/snarky/political etc... but she died on April Fools Day last year, and that confidant and friend is no longer there. She was so proud of me for losing the weight and getting healthy, and was one of my biggest cheerleaders. I still have family support (lots of it, actually), but there’s something categorically different about a mother’s ... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 03:56:05 EST Self-care... and food adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455931 I had an appointment with a massage therapist today, specifically to work on the knots in the muscles in my arms. My bad(right) arm was all tightened up. I am not sure if that is from the bursitis and the accompanying pain, or because I have been babying it for so long. She manipulated the trigger points until they released, and it feels much better now... there is still some impingement and soreness in the joint, but it is nowhere near the same intensity. Sometimes I get so used to a cer... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:56:47 EST Answers from the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455538 So, the wonky arm turns out to be in part due to bursitis in the shoulder. The doctor gave me an injection in the joint and told me it should be mostly functional in about 4 days. In the meantime he said to make like a chicken... lol... and flap my wings to mobilize the joint more (but gently)... to minimize anymore stiffness developing. I have to say my range of motion is already improved... I managed to scrape the ice of the windshield of the car, drive to the grocery store and shop, dri... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:27:50 EST The human mind is odd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454868 Anxiety and insomnia often travel together.... tonight they are my overnight guests. My sugar crashed twice today despite eating on plan. It’s frustrating and makes me irritable. I was having a pretty good day before the first episode, but I was cranky most of the rest of the day. If my blood sugar gets low enough I get nauseous and I have been known to throw up... well, it was that kind of day today. Also, my level didn’t respond to the first dose of glucose tablets, so I had to repeat ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:08:16 EST A little visual reminder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454502 I posted a before and after on the community feed this morning and it really struck me how far I have come since I joined SparkPeople. Often I forget exactly how miserable I was carrying twice as much of me around everywhere. Even my smile in the before picture is less joyful. In the past year my life has been... ummm... challenging, and I don’t see an end to those challenges, just changes to them... but you know what? I am so glad I am not trying to cope with the physical and emotional i... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:11:34 EST Balancing “I want to” vs “I can” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454265 I am a wee bit stubborn (and sometimes not too smart), and there are physical accomplishments that I used to be able to do with ease or at least enjoyment that I still “want” to do... but they no longer fit in my physical ability. Often I try anyway, causing pain or other injury that could have been avoided if I had used common sense. Finding the balance between doing enough to satisfy my inner “competitive jerk”... and the restraint not to do more damage is an ongoing struggle for me. The... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:52:55 EST Remembering to be grateful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453674 Ack! I re-read my last blog... whine much Chandra? In my own defense the constant state of unease and pain makes it easy to fall into whining. And I use my preoccupation with smaller issues to avoid potentially bigger issues. Not really useful, but it is distracting... which I guess is the point. It is similar to the way I used to use food to distract myself from what I was thinking or feeling. Eating might be less annoying to those around me, but the occasional whiny blog is probably h... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:05:47 EST Weighing in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453183 The nurse weighs me every time I have an appointment... and it seems I have lost about 6 pounds since my last visit... only 2 weeks ago. It might actually be more because I was wearing a number of layers today and had on my kickin’ boots. On one hand I am pleased, as my weight had risen up past my personal line of comfort in the last couple months (comfort food anyone?)... but on the other hand I am a little paranoid about the speed with which it has come off. I know some of it is carbohyd... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:13:20 EST Good dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452511 I am pleased with how well behaved Cooper was yesterday. My therapist's office called at 8:30am, and asked if I could come in at 10am, instead of on Thursday as I was scheduled. Well, sure, but it meant I needed to take Cooper, and I had to leave a couple minutes early to go pick up my niece to take her to the Community College she attends (she is just 17, and in her second year). I was concerned, because Cooper can get stressed in crowds, but I figured it was pretty safe, and my therapist... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:54:56 EST Night owl to early bird http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452109 I have come to like the quiet solitude of the early morning. I have never been a morning person in my entire life, and I wouldn’t have chosen to become one... but circumstances dictate that it be so. And so I have learned the joys of slowly getting a grasp on the day, or if I wake up energized I grab hold of my early morning hours and get in a good 2-3 hours of exercise before any of my friends or family crack open their eyelids. It does mean that I sacrifice most late evenings, but it is... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:51:17 EST Progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451665 I have had a few people wondering how it’s going since I went back to the low carb diet. One person asked if it was a no carb diet even. Well, no, it is what is referred to as LCHF (low carb/high fat), not as strict as a ketogenic diet... but close. Most of my carbs come from vegetables. I tried eating a few regular crackers, and it took over 24 hours for my blood sugar to even out again... and that was just 10 crackers eaten with some protein! My doctor said I am sensitive to carbohyd... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:23:05 EST Up so early... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451254 I was up before 2am for no good reason. Annoyed the stuffing out of my dog, of course. But I snuggled with him for a little while until he was snoring again, then went for a 30 minute walk in the hallways of my apartment building (it is 2F... before the wind chill outside)... had a cup of coffee... used my inhaler... then ran up and down the stairs in the building for nearly 30 minutes... Thank goodness for my inhaler! Even with it I was wheezing a little. There are a couple cute EMTs in t... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 04:41:01 EST Smiling dog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451129 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/443d2c08-ef3a-436e-b437-175c93591da8.jpg"> Cooper was grinning at me because he got an hour of belly rubs! Happy dog, happy Chandra... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:52:05 EST Is it SAD...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450138 So, it is probably obvious from my last few blogs that I am having some medical issues and tests lately... so far nothing conclusive. I am still able to walk... no new problems with my feet or legs... so my main exercise of late has either been walking or jogging (but with the cold snap we had, mostly walking) as anything with my arms is pretty much out. As a result of all this uncertainty I was finding myself sliding into a bit of a depression (not helped by the hard year my family had, ... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:53:13 EST Just woke up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449632 Just woke up from a four hour nap... the test went well... I think. It was a sleep-deprived EEG, to investigate the possible presence of seizures. I ended up falling asleep for about 30 minutes in the morning. And 20 minutes during the test (I was supposed to)... I don't know when I get the results from that test... possibly not until the 18th. <BR> <BR> As for the blood work I was fussing about the other day... the doctor hasn't seen the results yet, but I talked to her nurse this aftern... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 22:35:06 EST