Category Archives: Health Issues

Tuesday, Catching up

It’s been almost a year and a half since I’ve worked on this blog…. Worked on the things this blog represents too. And I don’t know about you but for me it wasn’t the smartest move in the world to walk away from it.

In the past year, I’ve continued knitting, had bronchitis about 15 times. Came right up to the edge of being diagnosed with asthma (but not,) and in the course of getting my breathing under control lost control of my weight. Well, you win some and you lose some. I guess.

So, I’m here to tell you that today is a new day. A new commitment. I’m NOT going to let my weight drift up to those killer levels (well, maybe it has. I’m also not going to weigh myself today. Sue me.) I’m going to do those things that worked so well 6 years ago when I started this blog.

Just 4 Today:

I’m not going to eat between meals and
I’m not going to take seconds.

I’m going to wear my E4T charm bracelet. And I’m going to focus on how wonderful I’ll feel in just a couple of months if I stay on this course.

For me, weight control doesn’t come easy. I get complacent and think I can get away with eating this special little thing or that treat (just today) …. and it’s true — I COULD eat those things if it REALLY was ‘just today’ but, it never is. I start liking it. And then I can’t stop.

I think a big part of my problem today is because at some point last year I started adding 1/2 & 1/2 to my coffee in the morning. It sounds so innocent — almost everyone does it. But, I’ve ALWAYS drunk black coffee. And starting the day with something so delicious (in retrospect) knocked me off the good-health-trail. Every morning began with dessert! And it just kept on going. Little pieces of candy (do you know how many candy holidays there are these days?) … Last week, I even bought 2 bags of Candy to keep handy in the kitchen!! OMG. How stupid is that?

So. Yesterday, I drank my coffee black. And today, it’s black again.

And the effect is pretty obvious — I’m here again after all — I can see clearly now.

… This is katiebird reporting her progress.

Tuesday, finding the pattern

The knitting metaphors are working for me this week so, I guess I’ll stick with it….

One of the reasons I stopped my regular posts was that for 2 years my shoulder hurt so steadily sometimes it was all I could think about. And getting online to whine about my stupid shoulder seemed self absorbed and boring. But, I wasn’t really thinking (much) about anything else.

So it was quite a thrill to find that after knitting for about a month the pain in my shoulder is pretty much gone. I mean totally gone for hours and even days at a time!!

So how’s that for a pattern? Also, the new scarf I’m working on has a lacy edge…..

Just 4 Today, I’ll walk at least 3 miles, drink at least 2 liters of water and take my fiber supplement twice. What are you going to do today?

Monday, Crafting a plan for the future

Just for today, I’ll walk 3 miles, drink 2 liters of water & take my fiber supplement.

My doctor tells me that I need to lose 5 pounds — I GUESS so! I’d say I should lose 30. And if I do …. then I could knit myself some really cute sweaters!

Monday, Checking in. Hanging on…..

Just 4 Today, I’m nog going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds.  And I’ll walk at least 3 miles, drink two liters of water and take my fiber supplement.

I hope.  I’ve got a terrible sore throat so I might just end up parked on the couch all day drinking chicken soup.

We’ll see.

What are you going to do today?

Friday, Grappling with reality?

I’m not going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds.  And I’m going to walk at least 3 miles today (as I do just about everyday,) take my fiber supplement and drink two liters of water.

This has been a weird few months for me.  First that bizarre winter where just getting out of the house at all was a nearly overwhelming challenge. THEN for some reason I haven’t been able to keep track of my pedometer.  I’ve worn the thing everyday for years but, since the first of March I’ve lost it twice.

Most recently, it’s been missing for nearly a month.  I’ve looked everywhere for it — tried the “don’t panic, it’ll turn up when you least expect it” technique. And sure enough, it turned up under my least favorite pair of socks when I grudgingly decided to pick them up from the corner where I’d tossed them.  Lesson learned.  I’m sure.

Anyway, the pedometer proved it’s super-human powers . . . Yesterday I
got my new driver’s license, visited parents, planted tomatoes & walked 3.5 miles before lazing on the patio for a couple of hours. All in all good day — it couldn’t have happened without my trusty pedometer!