Sunday, December 14, 2014

Scenes From the Weekend.

 Yesterday, I drove up to Westchester to hang with my brother, SIL & the kids.  I gave them their birthday gifts, which they were excited about.  They love Legos, so I got them that, with the promise I'll visit again soon to help put it together.

My  niece had just come back from one of her little friend's birthday party, and face painting was involved.

My nephew showed me the new addition to his room, which I now want for my own bedroom.

This jungle gym is off the hook.  Complete with rope, ladder, pull up bar, swing & rings.  I love the Justice League wall paper in the background.

They invited me to dinner with them, so we went to a Greek place, where I ordered a Greek salad.

The super huge salad was enough to feed 3 or 4 people!  I dipped my fork tines in the dressing with each bite for a little bit of extra flavor.  I barely made a dent in it though, and I just took the rest home with me.  I didn't bother with the dressing.  The salad made a nice leftover lunch today, but I didn't finish the lettuce as it had already started to wilt.  Not a problem though, what I had of it was super tasty and filling.

I've committed to finishing PT for the next 4 weeks.  I'm ready to put this injury behind me - more than ready.  I just want to get better.  No Bootcamp, not even walking at lunch anymore.  I really need to rest the knee.  I'm going to pay strict attention to what my physical therapist tells me and follow every single one of his recommendations.  He told me working my upper body and core are still ok, more than ok, so that's what I will be doing. That, and paying attention to food intake will be my keys.  I'm tracking all the things, and staying away from inflammatory things.  

This year has been quite a doozy - I make progress, then backslide, then pull it together, then take a step back.  It's frustrating, because I'm doing it to myself.  I know what I must do, what I need to do, and it's time to stop coasting.  It's beyond time to get serious.  More than time.

I could say life has thrown some crazy curve balls at me this year, but that would just be an excuse, and I refuse to hide behind excuses.  I won't do that.  I'm taking responsibility.  I'm not going to think about perhaps planning on thinking of making a plan, etc.  That's just a waste of time.  And will get me no where.

I admit I'm not perfect, never claimed to be perfect, and I don't know everything.  I never claimed to have all the answers.  Good Lord, I wish I did, it'd make maintaining a weight loss way easy.  I do know how to screw up epically though, and I'm just so tired of it.  Enough with that already.

The weekend brought some great family times, and some much needed clarity.  I'm trying.  I'm doing what needs to be done.  Cooking simple meals and outlining a food plan I can live with.  With real food.  That's the only way to go, right?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Happy Birthday to my favorite little guy in the whole world!

My nephew is 3 years old today.

We're having a little party for him this weekend.  Can't wait.  :-)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Jemima J.

My friend Rachel recommended this book to me a loooong time ago, and I finally finished it this weekend.  Pride & Prejudice & Zombies I finished last week - it was excellent!  I absolutely loved it!  The Bennet sisters studying martial arts in Asia to learn how the most efficient way to kill unmentionables was a nice twist.  If you haven't read that book yet, you should!

Jemima J reminded me a bit of the first Bridget Jones book (minus some obvious plot differences), which is another book I loved.  Helen Fielding is great.   I loved Jane Green's writing, too.  This was one of those books you pick up, start reading, and before you know it, you're more than half way done and you just want to keep reading.  I'm glad Rach recommended this book, I really liked Jemima's character and related to her.  I wanted to keep reading to see what happened to her after she landed in L.A. to meet Brad.  Kudos to her for flying halfway around the world to meet a guy in person she had met online.  I wouldn't have had the cajones to do that.

I'm still on the lookout for the next awesome read, and right now, I have my eye on Jane Slayre.  Anyone read it?  Unfortunately, it's not available at my local library, so it'll be a few weeks til they receive it as an inter-library loan.

Oh, and I'm finally over (I hope) last week's cough, and I no longer sound like I'm croaking like a frog when I speak.  Thank goodness for small miracles, right?

Other than that, not much else to report.  The weekend was a total washout.  Rained all day Saturday, and then yesterday was spent doing the usual food prepping, laundry, and cleaning/straightening up.

Mom had an appointment with the cardiologist today because she had been feeling the shortness of breath again.  I always get nervious when she has to go to these appointments (my sister took her today.)  Dr. B. recommended she increase her water pill from once a day to twice to reduce the swelling in her leg, and he would like to see her again in 3 weeks, so I'll take her to this appointment.

OK, gotta run.  Til next time.  :-)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lab Results.

Yesterday my doctor called with my lab results, and it was good news.  My lipid panel came back great.  Phew!

My total cholesterol is 159.  I know, I'm just as surprised as you.

HDL is 73.
LDL is 74.


So that was the good news from yesterday.  Today my same doctor (I think he's getting sick of me) called me back with my colposcopy results.

Everything. Is. Fine.

Pathology report showed zero precancerous cells.  The mild inflammation he saw was caused by HPV. So I'll have another PAP in 6 months, where he will then determine if I need to have another colposcopy.  So yes, I managed to yet again make another mountain out of a molehill.  :-)

Now.  If I could just get rid of this squeaky voice and bum knee, I'd be 100%.  I'm not kidding about my squeaky voice.  Yesterday, I sounded like a pubescent teenager whose voice was changing.  Think Peter Brady.  I'm not coughing as much today, so that's something.  I am armed with Vitamin C and Mucinex to fight this bug off, but with any infection, I have to wait for it to run its course.

Any day now.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend.

I started Thanksgiving with a great workout in the morning.  My friend Brittany wanted to go as early as possible.  We went to the 9AM class, and it was packed!  The workout was solid, lots of squats and lunges involved (I was sore just hours later, oy!)

I got home, and after a quick shower, icing the knee, and extra stretching, I started making dessert to bring to my Mom's later.  Then my brother called, saying he & his family were at our Mom's.  And, the kids wanted to know how fast I was getting there.

I thought they'd be in Westchester, but they decided late to come down to see my folks, then head over to Queens to see his in-laws.  Good thing dessert was a simple cinnamon crumb cake that baked quickly.  Phew.

This is what greeted me when I got to Mom's.

My little mini-me will be 6 tomorrow!  Can you believe that?  Time has literally flown right by.

Batman, aka my nephew, insisted on wearing his Halloween costume to Thanksgiving.  My little caped Crusader.

"We can have some turkey, right?"

Mom gave them little pieces of turkey, those little beggars.

It was a nice day, I really loved that my brother decided to come down.  I loved seeing the kids, and they always are a joy to be around.

The only bad thing is that I'm now getting sick.  My throat feels tight, and my glands feel swollen.  I'm not sure where I got it from.   I have a feeling the rapid changes in the weather didn't help.  Yesterday, it was in the 30s.  Today, it was 55 degrees.

So I've been taking lots of Vitamin C, drinking lots of water and lots of hot lemon water.  Eh, this viral infection will hopefully run its course quickly.  Going out last night with my girlfriends probably aggravated it, but it was nice to hang out.  I hadn't seen Rachel since her sister's party.

Today started with Bootcamp in the morning, then food prep, straightening up, and now I'm going to sit back and watch the season finale of Walking Dead.

Have a great Sunday night!