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January Reflections

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Let's look back on January 2013, all twelve days of it.

like in a pool of water, rippling
smooth glass, shining
frosty ice, chilling

Walking more
Drinking more water
working towards better health
exercise - more than the last few months
better eating
Lost some of the Christmas glut that showed up on the scale.
Willing that scale to drop.

Last night, dh and I went out for supper. We made healthy choices. We opted against fish and chips, and got one broiled seafood platter that we shared. He took the chowder, I took the salad, we shared the small plate of french fries (maybe a dozen each), half the broiled fish, and we each got 3 scallops and 3 shrimp. We were content... til dessert was suggested, which we did not share. We each got a cup of coffee (decaf for me), and each a slice of pecan pie. I did not eat the crust. Sigh. Imagine how awful it would have been if we had each gotten an individual dinner. We did not waddle away, even if we did have dessert, something we seldom do when we go out.

My job - I am permanent at the audio book publisher. I passed the audio proofing test, and found some errors they missed. I am now in the pool of possible candidates for that position. As I cannot work full time, I know that is a small mark against me, but I could work up to 30 hours. So the answer is wait, for when there is a part time position. Meanwhile, I was told I am still "part of the company family", and I continue with second proofing, and assembly, or other odd related tasks. Meanwhile, I work three 6 hour days per week and it's ok. I can take wait. I know God is in control.

I do not have a date yet for my outpatient hospital testing. Right now I am focusing on breathing, some simple yoga, simple exercise, de-stressing since I will have some anesthesia with the procedure. Not looking forward to that, but at least it should be simple. As the doc said, like a colonoscopy but without the prep. I told him "thanks!" And not that body part anyway.

I am thinking I may have some kind of food intolerance, perhaps wheat, as after a week that included pasta, sandwiches, waffles I broke out on my face again. It does not respond to the rosacea medicine, so instead I use a vitamin E capsule that I pierce and squeeze onto my face. It helps to calm it down. I typically do not eat those kinds of food that close together, combined with stress. Not sure which to blame it on, but it seems when there is a higher wheat content, I break out more. Spaghetti one day, then for supper the next night as leftovers, Peanut butter crackers for a snack. Waffles for breakfast the next day, with a sub sandwich at lunch - after which I began a major facial breakout (Weds.). Today, it is still visible but much less. I have avoided most wheat since then, with the exception of Peppridge Farm raisin bread with breakfast Friday and this morning. That is not all that I ate. I did have vegetables and fruit, but this is just noting when I had the wheat products. The doctor says my face problem is rosacea, but I have eczema as well. I have not been able to tell what causes the outbreaks - stress, food, medications. If I am excited, or stressed, my face gets quite red. I remember my father having this kind of complexion problems but not that he ever dealt with it. I remember my aunts on his side having similar.

Have a good weekend. Back to relaxing. This morning by back was complaining. I think some bad weather may be on the way.
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  • _LINDA
    That is great you passed the test! The only way you will discover if you have some kind of intolerance for wheat is to eliminate it entirely for two weeks and then see what happens when you add it back in..
    My Dr. gave me Uremol 10 (urea 10%) samples when I had some bad dry itchy skin spots. I too, have eczema and am used to using cortisone ointments, but that thins the skin and its better to find alternatives. She also suggested Vit E lotions too, easier then breaking up a pill..
    Way to go with the exercising -keep up the good work!
    1959 days ago
  • LHLADY517
    Sounds like you're off to a great start.
    1959 days ago
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