Virtual Trip Down the Rhine - Who's Coming Along?
For the new year, I've decided to go on a virtual trip. I've looked at the hike across America groups, but here's the thing: I like to swim! And even though it's virtual, I have a hard time picturing myself swimming across the Rockies. So I've d... Read more
My overall attitude is getting better. After only eating small amounts of food due to the nausea, I was ravenous today and had a footlong meatball marinara at Subway. I felt a little guilty afterwards and then laughed at myself; sure, it was too... Read more
Metformin - My New Best Friend?
This new friendship started with a few bumps. First, the new medicine did not bring my sugars down enough, and the doctor authorized me doubling the dosage a few days ahead of schedule, from 500 mg to 1000 mg, since I had not had any gastrointes... Read more
Everything Out of Balance - For the Moment
Ironically, the very thing that is supposed to help me be healthier is messing me up. The doctor put me on the lowest dose of metformin, in addition to the Actos I've been taking, but without the previous drug, glimeperide, in an attempt to make... Read more
Bad Music in Church
So I went to church today. I haven't gone as often as I should, but with my newfound energy, I really felt like it. Advent has been my favorite season since I was little; I always loved the lights, songs, and sense of anticipation. When I was a ... Read more
Nature Walk + La Posada = Fun Exercise
I decided to walk around the lake behind the apartments today, and this time, I took the camera. My morning walk also doubled as a birding session. I saw hawks, gulls, sparrows, juncos, robins, and several northern flickers.
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Annoyed with the Doctor's Office
So my A1c is 7.7, which means my average blood sugar is too high. I got the result via the health insurance's website almost a week ago, and I knew that was a problem; I've been tracking my diet and blood sugar much more carefully for the last 2... Read more
Cholesterol Down, A1C Up - What Now?
I got the results of my blood test. Cholesterol is down, and except for the triglycerides, everything is in range. Even the triglycerides are only a few points above normal; a year and a half ago, they were way up. So I was happy when I got the ... Read more
Flu Shot and Blood Tests
I finally got my flu shot and the blood tests the doctor ordered half a year ago. I'm a master procrastinator, but it's time to get things done. I just received an e-mail that my lipid panel results are in, and I checked the web site; surprising... Read more
Nutrition Tracker: My New Best Friend
I love the Nutrition Tracker. I have been tracking my food religiously for a week, and it does give me a new perspective on what I eat. For one, I'm cooking more than eating out, to the surprise and joy of my best friend, whom I invite over afte... Read more
Lost just a little bit of weight - unintentionally!
The only weight I lost today were a few grams - my pedometer! It must have fallen off sometime this afternoon. Now I'm debating whether to get the same kind (clips on the belt) or a different type. I was just getting used to checking my daily st... Read more
Workday = Workout
For the first time, I wore my pedometer to work, and I was surprised how many steps I took just teaching. I also spent about 10 minutes outside on the track walking - I would have stayed longer, but it was freezing today, so I walked around the ... Read more
Swimming and Spaghetti Sauce
Well, ever since I started tracking my food a few days ago, my morning sugars have been lower. Nothing major, I'd still like to see them go down more, but from an average of 180 to around 150 is already good. My doctor said 150 and below is good... Read more
Attack of the Killer Medicine!
I've always believed in traditional medicine. When I was 7, I had my first case of pneumonia, followed by 3 more, plus innumerable bouts of bronchitis. Antibiotics saved my life more than once; if the lung problems had not done me in, my appendi... Read more
Early Morning Nature Walk with Bird Sightings
Behind my apartment complex is a small reservoir that is being turned into a park. The walking/biking trail around it was finished last year, and even though I have walked parts of it, I've never walked all around.
Well, this morning I did. I... Read more