- Wednesday Apr 11, 2001
Okay, I'm back! Vacation's over! I've been eating like a body builder on steroids. Cause of the Prednisone. I'm down to only 5 mg. twice a day now, so maybe it will wear off. Anyway, I'm going to do the program today, weighing & measuring my food & eating all the right, healthy things. I made a big pot of the WW veggie soup the other day & hubby says it's really good, so I have that to eat whenever I'm hungry. 0 points. No exercise this morning though. I'm still feeling jittery & worn out, I breathe hard just taking my shower. I wish I'd never gotten on the Prednisone, I think it was a mistake because of all the side effects. My blood glucose has been higher than it should be. I should have gone to a dermatologist, I think, I may have been put on a better cure for the rash. Too late now, I just have to wait for this stuff to get out of my system. I plan on doing some walking tomorrow morning. As you can see, my weight did go up some, so it's time to quit fooling around & get back to work. I'm glad that I can come here & see how you all are doing so well. It renews my faith that I can do it too. I've been reading your entries everyday but not commenting much, sorry. Thanks for all your kind comments. And thanks for listening.
- Saturday Apr 07, 2001
This is not a good entry so if you don't want to read on & maybe get a little depressed, this is your warning. I'm here to confess since we should write the bad along with the good days. The day is only half over & I've already had at least 3 meals. The only explanation I have is the Prednisone I'm taking, although I have been decreasing it now. We did get out for a 40 minute walk this morning & that's the only good thing about the whole day. I just feel real jittery & tired & I can't seem to get enough to eat. I'll be so glad when I can quit taking the meds for good. Should be by next Friday. I wonder how long it takes to get it all out of my system. Do I sound like I'm just making excuses? This is just not like me at all. I'm just going to take it easy this weekend & try not to worry about it. My jeans are feeling pretty tight today too. I didn't get on the scale though. We may go downtown to the home show this afternoon so that will at least get me out of the house away from the food. I just feel so bad & I hope I'm not bringing you all down with me. I know this will pass. I just felt I had to come here to sort of confess. I think it's only fair. I hope you're all having a better weekend than I am. Sorry, again. Thanks for listening.
- Friday Apr 06, 2001
Good morning, everyone! Well, it's morning for me anyhow. Gloomy & rainy here today, only about 55 degrees. I took a sneak peek at the scale this morning, I thought it would be up a few pounds, the way I've been eating, but, lo & behold, it was still the same. I know it isn't broken, my hubby gained a couple since he ate way too much at Friday's yesterday. He had the same Cobb salad as I but he ate Mom's fries & 3 potato skins. I made the mistake of using some of my card points for free potato skins (I ate 2) & I also ate all of the Cobb salad. It was so good. It wasn't a real good diet lunch for any of us, Mom had the french dip, she couldn't resist. So much for good intentions. So I guess we'd better not try that again soon. Mom is kinda disappointed with the diet, she only lost 1 pound last week. She had been on the Atkins diet several times & would lose a lot real fast, so that's what she wants from WW. It's hard to not be impatient, I know. I just try to encourage her to keep on with it. I think she feels a lot better than when she was on Atkins too. She can't get the exercise part in, she breathes hard just walking around her house & she has back trouble that acts up when she is on her feet a lot. When the weather warms up, I hope she will come over a few times a week to do some exercise in the pool. I don't think that will be as hard on her back. So, anyway, I was so inspired with my weight this morning, kind of a reprieve for me, I did 3 miles on the treadmill in 52 minutes, that's with a little warm up & cool down included. And I got out my food journal this morning, I'm going to write everything down for a change to keep me better on track. I already made some fat-free, sugar-free pudding & I have my WW pumpkin pie in the oven so we'll have some diet desserts if we want. The WW pumpkin pie is made with Splenda & has no crust so 1/4 of the pie is only 2 points & it's really good if you like pumpkin pie. I put coconut flavoring in the vanilla pudding too because I like coconut pudding. So we're all set not to cheat today. I've gotta have my sweets! Well, no more talking about food, hope I haven't made you all hungry. I tend to get food thoughts when I read all your entries too. So here's hoping we all have a great, healthy day today. Thanks for listening. Oh, I forgot to add, I checked yesterday & I've been here for a year now. Yeah, me! I only lost about 15 pounds though in that amount of time. I'm the slowest loser, huh?
- Thursday Apr 05, 2001
Good morning to all my DD friends! It's real cloudy here today with wind & some rain moving in. But I got my treadmill walk in this morning--2 miles in 34 minutes. Then I showered & ate breakfast & here I am. We didn't go to TGI Friday's yesterday so we plan on going there for lunch today. I have to tell you, yesterday was the weirdest day, dietwise. I just felt like I couldn't eat enough. I mean, I just kept eating all day long, one thing after another. No junk food, just stuff I had in my kitchen. I feel better today, just had my oatmeal & toast for breakfast & green tea, which I have everyday, & I've had 28 oz. of water so far. It's not even 10:30 here yet so I'm off to a good start. They have a great Cobb Salad at Friday's & we usually get that, probably 10 points, I guess. I don't get the blue cheese on it. Well, I heard from the doctor's office this morning, the results of the biopsy was just a dermatitus thing, so nothing drastic. I'm waiting for them to get back to me about what to do now, whether to continue with the Prednisone or what. I don't like taking it, it makes my blood glucose go up some & I feel kind of jittery & dragged out all day,& at night, my heart starts fluttering, not a good thing, but I sure don't want to quit too soon & have the rash get worse again. What a nightmare that was!! I still itch some & my skin is very dry with little scabs where the rash was, but I'm so glad it's finally going away. My legs look like crap though, haha. Well, I'm gonna go read some entries, check up on my DD buddies. Hope you're all having a safe & good healthy day. Thanks for listening.
- Wednesday Apr 04, 2001
Hey, everybody, my diet friends. Hope you're all having a good day today. It's cloudy here but 75 degrees, maybe rain tomorrow. I didn't get a walk in this morning. We were waiting for the pool guy to get here so we could talk to him, he's usually here about 7:30. I guess I could have done the treadmill but I just got busy around the house, dusted my room, washed the sheets & put them back on, towels are in the dryer & another load in the washer. The dishes are done & I had a big breakfast, more than I should have. I don't know, ever since I saw the scale yesterday, I've been wanting to eat more than usual. Gotta stop that! Maybe we will take an evening walk for a change, although I usually like to watch a lot of TV in the evenings. I like to get my exercise done in the morning & have it over with. My hubby was filming on the video camera yesterday around the house to send his Mom & he got some of me on it, & when we watched it last night, I thought, Gosh, I'm still so fat! I feel skinnier but my big ole belly just hasn't gone away yet. I haven't done any crunches in a long time either, gotta get back to that. I think I'd still like to lose another 20 pounds but I'll take whatever I can get, just one day at a time. We were talking about going to TG I Friday's for an early dinner today, I like the Cobb Salad, so we'll see. Otherwise, things are going pretty well. I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't come here to talk to you all. Thanks for all your comments. And thanks for listening.
- Tuesday Apr 03, 2001
LOOK! LOOK UP AT THE LEFT!! How the heck did I lose 4 pounds this week?? I was so surprised I got on the scale 4 times & it said the same thing. I am so amazed. I would have been happy to stay the same but this is great. It makes me want to work even harder & I FEEL SO GOOD!! So this morning I took a walk outside with the hubster--about 2 miles, for 40 minutes. The weather was great, about 65 with a nice breeze, the sun shining. I wish you could all have this weather, it makes you feel so motivated. So I'm really taking advantage of it. After breakfast, I went out shopping. I left at 10:15 & didn't get back until 2. So even more calories burned. I went to K-Mart, Target, Sam's & Wal-Mart, all my favorites. I bought some real neat floats for the pool, can't wait to try them out. I can just picture me & hubby, floating around out there under the sun. Now this is RETIREMENT! I also bought some more clothes (like I need them) but it was fun. I'd better not go shopping for the rest of the month, haha. I did treat myself to one peanut butter egg but that's all, no junk food from the store. Last night we watched the U of A Wildcats lose to Duke. Mom made spaghetti with garlic bread. I only ate a little spaghetti & half a piece of garlic bread so I'm glad I did that instead of really pigging out on it like I wanted to. I love that stuff. And it paid off. Maybe the Prednisone makes me lose weight instead of gain it like I thought it might. Who knows?! I'll take it. Now if I can just keep it off. I hope you're all having a great day today. Keep up all your good work & drink that water & get out there & move. Remember, if I can do this, so can you! Take care, everyone.
- Monday Apr 02, 2001
Hey, everybody, how are you all doing? I thought I'd get here a little early today, everyone seems to do their entries early here, so I thought I'd try it. It's only a little after noon here & it's sunny with 80 degrees. Too bad I can't get out to enjoy it. The rash is doing better, the prednisone is working well. It doesn't seem to make me gain weight either like I'd heard about it. Thank goodness, I don't need that. I've slept the last 2 nights without any ice packs on my legs so that's a great improvement. It still itches but not as much. I got up this morning & did 3 miles on the treadmill, yippee! It sure felt good after missing the last 8 days. I was kinda ready to give up after 2 miles but I pushed myself to do it all. I've also had almost 2 liters of water already, that's always the easiest part for me. I've only eaten 6 points so far too. I'm going to eat really light today since tomorrow is weigh day. But we are going to Mom's this evening to watch U of A try to beat Duke, so I'll have to watch it if their are any snacks. Since Mom's on WW too maybe I won't have to worry about that. I can't believe my weight has been staying down since I haven't exactly been following the plan really well or exercising, but maybe my metabolism is finally speeded up, ya think? Or maybe it's all the scratching I've been doing all day, burning the calories, haha. Anyway, I'll take it but I need to do better now to make the weight go down not just stay the same. I can't wait to get in the pool & do some exercise there but I have to wait until the rash is all gone. I spent the rest of the morning putting away all my winter clothes & getting out the rest of my summer clothes. It's fun because the summer clothes I bought at the end-of-summer sales last year are starting to fit now. But while I was putting away the winter stuff I thought maybe they will be too big next winter so I won't need them anyway. I can hope. Well, gonna go get caught up on all your entries. I read them all yesterday but didn't really have enough time to make comments. Thank you all for all the nice comments here. I LOVE THIS PLACE!!
- Friday Mar 30, 2001
RASH UPDATE!! The doc put me on Prednisone on Wednesday. It seems to be helping very slowly. I saw her again today, she did a biopsy on it & also took some more blood to check for Lupus & Valley Fever & whatever else. I did sleep a little better last night, just up at 3 to put some ice packs on my legs, that seems to help the itching some. If I get out in the sun or get too warm, it really wakes up the itch something fierce. So I have to stay out of the sun & don't cover up with a blanket at night. More updates on this next week when I get the results of all the testing. Thanks for your patience & all your kind comments. Diet-wise, I'm not doing too well. The doc's scale said 150 & I haven't done any exercise at all. I'm chomping at the bit to get on the treadmill but I think I'll give it a couple of days more & maybe get started on Monday, that's always a good day to start, right? Haha. My Mom's doing great on WW now, she seems so happy now & more energetic too. I hope it lasts, haha. Well, I'm going to go read some entries here, haven't been able to for a couple of days. Hope you're all doing great. Thanks for listening.
- Tuesday Mar 27, 2001
Weigh Day! Considering what I ate this week, I'm very happy I didn't gain more. I'm one of those people that, when things aren't going just right with my routine, I tend to get all off track. First the move, then the earache & no treadmill to walk on & now the rash, I'm just starting to get some of my routine back. No exercise today, but I did have plenty of water & my food intake wasn't too bad. I really didn't feel guilty after eating the junk yesterday, I guess I've learned to forgive my little indiscretions, just so they don't get too many & too close together, haha. BTW, the itching is no better today, I use ice packs once in awhile to ease it for awhile. I tell you, it feels just like little bugs under my skin, maybe you have something there, Maria. Thanks, everyone, for all your concern. I was up at 2 this morning & started thinking all kinds of things, like the flesh eating disease or something right out of X-Files. You know how your mind can imagine things in the middle of the night. It looks so bad, I don't think it will completely go away until the end of summer or something. I did give my Mom the WW information & she went right to the store to stock up on good foods. She even said this might be fun. I just hope she doesn't end up disappointed but I'll try not to worry too much about it. I'll just give her my support & help in any way I can. The rest is up to her. Well, I'm going to attempt to read your journals for today, I didn't get to read very many yesterday. I'll have to go put the ice back on my legs soon, it's driving me crazy already. Hope you're all doing great. Thanks for listening. PS--I looked back at some of the people's names who used to come here, I wonder what happened to them--Jenny, Danygirl, Panda, where are you?
- Monday Mar 26, 2001
Tried the Benadryl, tried the calamine lotion, nothing worked! Although the Benadryl did make me sleep some during the night, LOL. So this morning I called the doctor's office bright & early &, miracle of miracles, they fit me in at 1:15. I wasn't going to go to the doctor, I feel like such a wuss, but during the night I thought "Hey, that's right, I forgot, I'm DIABETIC, I SHOULD go to the doctor". I forget sometimes that I'm diabetic since I don't take medication anymore & really don't have any problems with it. Just like Fred (the Fatman) I feel like I'm really not diabetic anymore but really, they say once you are, you always will be. Anyway, this new doc I went to (a real nice lady doc) couldn't figure out what is causing this rash (I mean, it REALLY itches & I try not to scratch it cause it feels really gross). It almost looks like my shins were burned, it is so red. So she drew some blood for a CBC to see if anything showed up. I'll have to wait for the verdict. Meanwhile, I got a prescription for some cream which hasn't stopped the itch yet, but is offering a little relief, not much. Sorry to sound like such a baby, WAAAAHHH! No exercise this morning, I took an early shower in case they wanted me to come in right away this morning (dreamer). And I don't want to aggravate the itch with all that sweat, haha. And I don't know why it is, but every time something like this gets me all discombobulated, I have to treat myself to something naughty, so when I went in to Walgreen's with my prescription, I bought one of those small bags of Fritos & that wasn't bad enough, I also bought a peanut butter egg & a coconut egg. I tell you, I sure enjoyed them but it's like they say, a moment on the lips, forever on the hips, & now I do regret it. But I'm done with that, now it's on from here & I WILL do better. I weighed 150 at the doctor's with clothes & shoes & that's my limit, it's time to start going down the scale again. Hopefully, the cream will help & I can get a good night's sleep & be ready to do my walking tomorrow morning. It seems if I can't get my exercise in, I just don't do well for the whole rest of the day. But some good news, my Mom is going to try Weight Watchers instead of Atkins. I know some of you do Atkins but she has been trying it over & over & can't stick with it, so even one of her doctor's has reccommended it. She's just going to try it without the meetings so I will give her some of my booklets to get her started. This kind of puts some pressure on me because I will feel responsible if she doesn't like it & gives up. Also I don't want to hear anything bad about "my diet", so to speak. I know it's not for everyone & I think she's expecting a lot out of it, so I don't want to see her be disappointed with it. Am I making any sense? She really can't afford to pay for the meetings so I said I would help her get started to see if she likes it first. Anyway, wish us luck. She has a lot of medical problems & needs to lose the weight, even her doctor says that would help her a lot. Well, that's my day. Hope you're all having a good one. I'm going to go check up on you now. Thanks for listening.