Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My blog is getting very boring...

I need to take ownership of the fact that I have not yet started to run again.  I am so tired when I get home that it is hard to get the dogs ready and get out there - or like last night impossible with the thunder, lightning, and HAIL!  They are all just excuses and I need to push through.  Once I get going it will be fine - because I really like running...

I joined a team for the Relay for Life today, so that will give me something fun to look forward to in June.  I will do this! 

Friday, March 26, 2010

Still no running...

My blood and heart tests all came back withing normal limits.  Now what?  I'm still having these bouts with hypoglycemia, but they can't find out why.  Makes it interesting (dangerous) when I fall asleep driving or walking the busy streets around my office complex.  I am really trying to make good healthy eating choices and I am doing better.  Obviously that isn't the whole issue though since I am still feeling awful part of the time.  My mental attitude is good and that has to be a big benefit for me.  Problem is when I have an episode my brain gets fuzzy and I don't think as well or as quickly.  It's kind of funny - mentally turning 50 has been great...but my body seems to need a jump start.

Going to whippet racing this weekend, so that should get me out in the fresh air and MOVING, and that is a good thing.

Hope you all have a great weekend - get out there and move your body.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Not my best week...

I have been feeling very tired lately and started experiencing some hypoglycemic type symptoms which have steadily worsened.  On Tuesday I took a walk with my dogs and about halfway out the shakiness, twitching muscles, cold sweats, and extreme lethargy took over.  It really scared me because I was kind of stumbling along and so tired I just wanted to lay down on the sidewalk and go to sleep.  Normally I can eat and it will get better, but this time it did not.  The next morning I still felt awful, so called my Doctor's office and spoke to a consulting nurse.  After hearing my symptoms she asked when I had been diagnosed as a Diabetic...I haven't been I said.  She then became pretty concerned and worked a way to get me in that morning, while sending me to get blood drawn for testing so I could eat. 

For the last 24 hours I have been hooked up with a Holter Monitor (a portable EKG), and unfortunately none of my sypmptoms have shown up.  Kind of like taking your car in so they can listen to some odd noise - and the noise doesn't show up while you are there.  Hopefully it will have picked up something that can help, because my glucose level came back within the normal range - 77.  I don't know if they ran the A1c test, but I'm thinking that would be most helpful in discovering what my normal level is.

Needless to say I have not been running, but we have still taken our walk at lunch every day. 

Today I feel pretty good, so I have to be happy with that.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Begin The Beguine...

Back to week 2 of the 8 week schedule I started in August.  Run 3 minutes x 7, walk 1 minute in between each run.  I didn't quite get 7 repetitions in, but still felt good.  Best part was that my knee feels good today.  My thighs, OTOH, are in pain.  But it's a good pain and will get better the more I run.  Now I need to get back on the wagon where food is concerned...

Friday, March 5, 2010

I am Fierce!

Still feeling great 3 weeks after my big Birthday.  I really took the time to figure out what I want for myself, how I can improve, and things to let fall away.  A book lent to me by a friend (Younger Next Year) helped immensely ~ turns out I want to live a long, healthy, happy life.  I set out to change the things I could and say good-bye to the things I can't.  So far it is working really well. 

I have been at my job for nearly 21 years, and did not really want to go looking for another job...but was bored to tears with what I have been doing.  I decided to carve out a new job description for myself (which the bosses went for) and for the last 2 weeks it has been so much better.  I have a new found confidence that I always wanted, but did not know how to unleash.  Well...look out World...I figured it out!!

The bottom line...a better mental outlook makes you feel good.  

Still walking about an hour a day during lunch at work with my dogs, and now that the sun is out later I will be able to start my jogging routine in the evenings.  The sunshine doesn't hurt a bit either.  Sunshine = Happiness.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Feeling Good, Louis...

I jogged and rode my bike on Saturday and took the dogs to race practice yesterday.  Practice is hard on the knees and you pretty much use every muscle in your body as you move through the day.  Depending on how many dogs you catch - you can log some serious mileage.  Every time you catch a dog you walk 150-200 yards out to the finish and then bring the dog back over that same ground.  Oh yeah...we practice on a working farm field that is usually covered in manure and yesterday was no exception - so better remember your boots!

Even with all that my knee feels great today.  It's early to get too excited over this, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

Below is a picture of my puppy, Anneke, attempting a show stack yesterday - not completely successfully I might add. รถ  I figure if Beth can't get her to stack properly then nobody can.

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