Friday, September 28, 2012

Feeling Better

I am not sure what has happened to me in the last week or two. I am feeling much better physically and mentally. The debilitating pain that had me sidelined for months on end, has subsided to the point where I am actually exercising again. Which in itself is a major feel good moment.

I did make a few changes to certain aspects of my lifestyle. My diet is transforming on a daily basis. And I am wondering if that plays a significant role in the way I am feeling. Gone are my days of endlessly scarfing down chips, cookies and candy. Telling myself that it's acceptable to eat the stuff because I am going to exercise later. Then later comes and goes and no exercise has been done.

The opposite is happening now. I stick primarily to fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat like chicken breast and tuna, and have all but given up my junk food habit. Now don't get me wrong I have indulged in chips and sweets, I just have pared it down. I stick to snack size bags of chips and sweets like York Peppermint Patties.  And I most certainly don't do it everyday.

The pain in my foot like I said before, has had me sidelined for months. A excruciating pain that left me unwilling to even stand. Now, I am not only standing and walking, but I am doing so for far longer periods of time. I wonder if the glucosamine tablets that I have been taking for the last few weeks has had an impact on my arthritis. I can feel a substantial difference in the days since I started taking the supplement. And as the days come and go, my joints are feeling much better.

Whatever it is that is making me feel better, I have no intentions of stopping. I am bound and determined to win this fight for my health and well being.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Harder Than It Seems

By now many of you know that I am absolutely addicted to wearing my pedometer and using it to track my weight loss progress. I have set some very ambitious goals for myself and I am determined to reach them.

So, as part of my goals I have chosen to strive for 15,000 steps a day. Now you wouldn't think that 15,000 would be difficult to reach let alone surpass. But, I am learning that reaching 10,000 a day is hard enough. You might be asking yourself why 15,000 when the average person only walks about 5,000 per day. Well it's really simple, if you want to see real results with your weight loss goals, you have to strive to push yourself farther than before. And for me right now, that means I have to get up and move. No more sitting on my rear end watching TV and stuffing my face with chips and ice cream. It's about making choices that are best for my health.

As crazy as it seems, I will continue to push myself farther each day until I reach my goal of 15, 000 steps a day. Who knows, maybe one day I will find myself pushing for 20,000 or 30,000. Really the only thing limiting me from reaching my goal is ME.

I don't know what it is about this video that is so addicting to me.......But I am hooked on watching it.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

OMG.......Did I Really Eat That?

I read a really interesting story tonight about how much work it takes to burn off your favorite splurge foods. Admittedly there were quite a few on the list that I love to indulge in. But, after reading this article I would think twice before eating my Sunday favorite, Cinnabon.

Read the full story here

Friday, September 14, 2012

Progress At Last

Well it's been just over a week since my mother had her accident where she broke her hip. She has had her surgery and has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility. I am not really thrilled with the facility itself, but I guess it's better than the alternatives.

It was frustrating for me after her surgery. At first my mother refused to get up and even attempt to walk. Her doctor wanted her to begin her rehabilitation the day after her surgery. Which meant that she would have to get out of bed and with the use of a walker, begin the journey back to walking. And she was just not willing to even try. But, after a agonizing week, she has finally begun her journey back to mobility. And I couldn't be happier about it.

It has been a fun week though. And after a week filled with challenges and frustrations, I am looking forward to spending a relaxing evening with my family. Tonight is my hometown's opening parade for the fall festival. And as always the festival kicks off with a parade of lights. It's always a highlight of the beginning of fall. And a really great way to enjoy some quality family time together.

Have a great weekend

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nothing I Can Do

How many times have you heard a doctor tell you that their is nothing they can do for you? Or they have said, "I want you to try this medication." and because of what your doctor says, you become depressed and lose hope.

Well that is where I am at today. Depressed and hopeless after my doctor told me that pain medication was my only hope from terrible foot pain due to osteoarthritis. Until a few months ago I was living a happy, active life. Then one day the pain started and progressively got worse. It was so bad at one point I could only stand for a few minutes at a time. And my doctor has been puzzled at the cause of my pain until today when he read the results of my recent MRI. And much to my dismay, after reading the report he simply looked at me and said "WOW". That's exactly what he said. I had to ask him what it all meant. And I was a little shaken by the results, and admittedly I cried a little when I got to my car. But, I gathered my wits and began researching ways to improve the quality of life when living with osteoarthritis.

I happen to stumble upon a few articles that fascinated me. One was a study from Johns Hopkins University on Osteoarthritis and weight loss. It basically said in patients with knee pain associated with osteoarthritis when losing a small amount of weight, they experienced improvement in their pain levels. Read the article here

The other was related along the same lines. While it was not solid concrete evidence of a correlation between weight loss and the effect on osteoarthritis, it is enough for me to give it a shot. I'm not quite sure where I am going to start this new life journey.........I just know it's something I have got to do. Read the article here

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Surgery Tomorrow And I Can't Be There

My mother is having her surgery to repair a broken hip tomorrow morning. And unfortunately I am not able to be there for it. Only because I have to be at work. I have the wonderful pleasure of working for an employer who is less than sympathetic towards family or personal issues. I have never understood how people can be so uncaring towards the needs of their workforce. Don't they know that by having employees that are happy and have a workforce with good morale, production is greatly increased.

So sadly I will be at work but my thoughts will be with my mother. But, I will go out of my way to make sure I see her after I get off of work.

Another Day In My Life

So today started out normal enough, woke up, fixed my husbands lunch for work, drove my husband to work, stopped by the bank and returned home. Once I was back home I began to work on cleaning house and preparing breakfast for my kids. Then the phone rang and everything fell apart.

The phone call came from my stepdad to tell me I needed to get to my mothers house right away. My mother had fallen and had broken either her hip or her leg. And suddenly a sense of panic set it. The mind begins to play tricks on you and races to all of the horrific scenarios. And it is hard to not allow that fear to take over.

.So, I frantically looked for some clothes to throw on, then drove like a bat out of hell to her house only to discover that EMS had already taken her away. I had to drive to the local hospital where I now sit patiently in the waiting room to go back to see my mother. And I must say that it is agonizing not knowing how she is doing. I am praying that she is alright. And it seems as though that is all I can do is, pray and wait.