Monday, January 25, 2010

Continue the Frenzy

Wow time flies while you are trying to stay warm in South Dakota in the winter. What a winter it has been! The Interstate has been closed due to bad conditions very often and again tonight it is closed from the Missouri River to Albert Lea Minnesota and from South Dakota all the way north into Canada. We are having a blizzard.
Meantime, my knees are killing me. I walk on the treadmill but it hurts most of the time. I need to walk even more but it is so cold and dark when it comes time to go to the Rec that it takes a great deal of will power.
I believe we have finally figured out what has been at the root of my fatigue. I had a sleep study on December 9 and did not get the results until last week. I saw the Pulminologist about the results. He was surprised I don't have apnea. That is good. But I still have significant episodes of shallow breathing and that causes me to wake up (that too is good) and he believed I need a CPAC but was certain my insurance wouldn't cover it. So he ordered another sleep study and this time I had a sleeping pill so I would remain on my back all night and this time the numbers were high and indicated the need for the CPAC. I have been sleeping with it since last Friday and I really am much more clear headed and I believe I am catching up on my rest. Sleep deprivation has been a real problem.
Work is busy but it seems about the time I have a day scheduled in a school, they have to cancel because of snow. This has been a very different winter thus far.
I am reading the latest Jennifer Chiaverini's book from the Elm Creek Series. I lover those. I have been knitting and quilting and cooking soups for Vince and I. I went to see Extraordinary Measures with my gal friends yesterday afternoon. It was excellent. I also loved It's Complicated. That was great!
I promise I won't take so long to post. I read blogs everyday and love listening to you. I feel like I have this whole set of friends out there. When I went to the Post Office today to mail a baby gift to one of my daughter's friends, the postman asked me if I wanted stamps or postal supplies or a passport application. Interestingly, I said "yes" to the passport application. I have one that has expired. I know I won't be able to get Vince to go with me but I would love to return to England and the more I read blogs of my Aussie friends, I think a trip down under might be delightful. Stay warm.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

This is Crazy!

Vince said to me today that I have been writing on my quilting blog and not on this one. His question was "am I not motivated?" That is certainly not accurate as each day I try very hard to do right by my band. It has just been crazy. I promise a longer blog later tonight - in the meantime, Go Vikings!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Power Thinking

OK so I am not a resolution maker as I am old enough to know those don't work for me. However, I can be a power thinker and I have been doing some of that these past few days. I need to adjust my thinking and then match my actions to my thinking. Walk my talk! You see, I have been dancing around the 195 pounds mark for almost a year now and that stinks. It doesn't stink that I can stay at that weight and eat right and be comfortable with my lapband and use it as a tool for this weight thing. It stinks that I have not lost the last forty pounds I set out to lose in the beginning. So what is it going to take?
1. I need to drink the eight glasses of water everyday. Coffee doesn't count as water and although I am drinking, it needs to be water. I can do that if I put my mind to it and it feels good when I do. This #1 is easy for me if I plan ahead and fill the water bottle and take it with me where I go. DRINK
2. Eat three meals a day and no snacking. Hmmmmmm! As busy as I am that should be simple as well. I have mastered lunch at lunch time and I can plan ahead and carry a good lunch with me. There is no reason why I can't eat breakfast either in the kitchen or on the road when I am driving to the office or a school. I like yogurt and oatmeal on the run is not bad either. Supper is a challenge because I sometimes don't get home at a decent hour and when I sit down, I often grab for the wrong thing or too little of a good thing. You know what I mean? My "dine and dash" doesn't have anything to do with money and everything to do with planning ahead and eating the right things at the right time. Now this one is not difficult if I start planning some meals ahead and using the crock pot which would be of benefit to Vince as well. My schedule is what it is and unless I start planning better, #2 will not get better. PLAN
3. Exercise! This one is a real issue. I like to exercise when I get to the rec. I love walking on the treadmill and I don't mind riding the recumbent, and I even enjoy crunches on the big ball. I just have a very difficult time getting to the rec. Sounds like an excuse, doesn't it? It is so cold in South Dakota right now (sub zero outside both early in the morn and after dark). It is dark when I get home from work. It is dark when I get up and I don't like mornings! So what am I to do? I would rather read blogs, quilt, knit, or just sit with a great book than go out after I get home from my drive from whereever. So I now that I am writing I am thinking again. Maybe I should take my exercise clothes and shoes with me and never come home until I am done with the exercise. Perhaps that would work. Once I am home, I am done for the day because exercise needs to be part of my day and not something I go out to do after I am home. I will try that starting tomorrow. EXERCISE
4. I must continue to share my successes, my weaknesses, and this ride with my blogging allies. I know that may sound wierd but I do get counsel from many of you and you keep me honest in this quest. After all, every day is the first day of the rest of my life. BLOG
Stay warm and stay tuned!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

My Bear

I think two year olds have it all together! My little G is holding his "bear" and when things go awry, he goes and finds his bear and everything is better. Bear is there to take away the hurts, to snuggle with when you are all alone, and to just hold when you need some comfort. I have a "bear", he is my best friend, my husband Vince. Yesterday we celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary and as I sat today and tried to relax just one more day before I start the "hassles of work", I was reminded of how much he means to me and how I rely on his wisdom, commitment, and genuine concern about my health and well-being. I am so lucky, no blessed, to have Vince in my life. He is "my bear".

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Some Fun

I have a friend who owns a book store in our town and I was wondering how I could get the word out about having Mrs. C sit outside our house and pass out candy canes to passerbys. Well, my friend reminded me that I have always wanted to come to the store and read to children. So we took this opportunity to have me come to the store as Mrs. C. This is a picture Vince took on our sun porch before I went to the book store. We have a wonderful costume rental place in town and one of the lapband benefits was that the costume fit me. I had such a delightful time doing it even though only five children came to the store that December afternoon. Maybe more next year?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

I want to take this opportunity to tell all of my blog friends that I value your time reading and kind words responding to this blog. I really feel connected to all of you and many times over the holidays I thought of you and warmly wish you the best of everything for the new year. Life is hectic with many wonderful visits from family and friends. Please pray for my friend, Sara, who had emergency surgery on Tuesday. She will need much time to recover and prayers for no infections. I will write more later but it looks like it will be the Nashville Rock N Roll marathon for us. 114 days and I AM Counting!!