Thursday, October 28, 2010

There's a lot to say and too little time in a day

But here are some of the topics that are in my consciousness right some point, I hope to have a chance to expand on this:

- Learning cannot be forced, but can be encouraged.
- Habits vs. addictions
- Exercise vs. perfect food (there really is no've gotta have both)
- Abstinence/moderation/overindulgence
- Approaching life as full of abundance or frightening because of scarcity

Work is too busy to blog even at lunchtime. Evenings and weekends have been the same.

I am still coughing. Went to pulmonologist last week and got Xrays and 8 vials of blood taken. Everything was negative. He gave me something for acid reflux to try over the weekend (although how that could be what is going on with my wheezing I fail to understand). It did not help...unsurprisingly. Had CT scans of chest and sinus on Tuesday. Still haven't heard results (doc was out yesterday), but I'm betting on sinus infection (although I am not really stuffy...I read on-line that the foul taste from my cough might be caused by that). All I really want is to STOP COUGHING (and wheezing and crackling in lungs).

Tonight DB has a gig (fun to go be a groupie). Tomorrow another friend has one. Saturday is PD2's birthday and we're going to see all the grandkids and have fun. There will be lots of costumes all weekend -- I'm going to be a rockabilly witch (had to work the crinoline in somehow)! ;-)

Weight is still stable, but a few pounds down from the last stable point. 12 more pounds to be where I was last year at this time.

Will catch up with everything...someday...

Friday, October 15, 2010

OMG, yes two posts in one week!

I'm between assistants right now so my work productivity is so low that I kind of don't even bother except for emergencies so here I am...

Didn't do great this week on weight loss, but am down two pounds from last Friday so I'm not miserable. When I'm yo-yoing like I am now, it's hard to really call that a "loss", but I'll take it...particularly with almost zero exercise all week and more social activities than I had planned.

Like Sharla said, it's back to dark and drizzly here in "sunny" Southern California. YUCK. This weather makes me want to stay in bed every morning. But I drag myself out for the Coffee Walk... (P.S. to Sharla -- Doglet is a Jack Russell mix -- the cutest dog of all time -- he's lived with me now for almost 12 years.)

I still have days when my cough is pretty bad. Then I have days where it's almost gone. I'm not sure if or when I should call my doc...I can't imagine there is much he could do. But I can't get my flu shot until I'm totally healthy so I would like this to GO AWAY.

My mom is staying over with us tonight because tomorrow morning we are going to the wedding of one of her friends...who is 86!! I love that.

Other than that wedding, we have no plans this weekend. I doubt that will continue, but a girl can hope. ;-) Maybe a couple of long beach walks or biking if my lungs can take it.

Next week I really REALLY have to get back to yoga...even a little bit will help...because I am not doing badly on what is going into my mouth...just almost no exercise.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Giving in to peer pressure

Well, I haven't been posting because there's really not a lot to say, but I'm giving in to Vickie's and Sharla's peer pressure to sign in and say that! ;-)

My weight is still up and down, but maintaining in the 15-pounds-above-my-lowest range and I do NOT like this. But I have not buckled down to fix it yet. Each Monday I vow that week will be different and, while I made the vow again today, so far I haven't followed through. As usual, I have lots of excuses -- still coughing and low lung capacity keeps me from really exercising (although I got in some long walks this weekend) and jumping back into social life has meant drinking too many calories.

This week I probably won't get back to exercise other than walks, but I hope to get back to yoga next week. I really need to lose these lbs before ski season starts so my ski pants aren't too tight! I also have few social plans so will be easier to avoid drinking.

I am still doing well with food -- sticking to low-carb as much as possible. DB has been talking about doing "Bill Clinton's diet", but I don't think he really knows what that will mean practically so he hasn't given me any real instructions about what to buy/not buy/cook differently. I have decided, though, that I need to eat less red meat (it's been crazy with the bacon and beef -- even low fat -- since before Burning Man -- as a friend said "bacon is like meat candy") and so will implement that this week. I have also cut way back on dairy -- with the cough, that seemed wise and I will maintain that for now.

Social life the weekend before last was crammed even though we went into Friday with no plans. I was happy to be back to seeing friends, but I need a little BALANCE. This past weekend was better: dinner with a friend on Friday but home by 8:30, dinner and drinks with some friends on Saturday and cooked at home last night.

I had to get my car serviced on Saturday so, rather than sitting around waiting for two hours, I walked a mile to the local Goodwill store (which is GREAT) and got 4 pairs of pants, 8 shirts and 2 dresses for $61!!! That satisfied my "I want to shop" jonesing that I've felt lately (seems that when my cash situation is a little low, all I want to do is SHOP). AND I got a good 2-mile walk out of it on a very hot and sweaty day.

Saturday night, DB and I did probably another 2 miles on the beach before dinner and yesterday we did similar in the morning (although at a stroll pace) and I did another walk with Doglet in the late afternoon.

It's now too dark when I get home from work to do beach walks during the that's not something I can rely on again until spring. Back to home yoga practice!! :-)