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Summer is Finally Here….Maybe

7 Jun

We’re a week into June and it looks like the weather maybe taking a turn towards summer-like here in New England. Let’s hope so!!

Anyway, I haven’t done a wrap-up in awhile so I thought I’d take a break from re-cap after recap of races long gone to do a little update and look forward 🙂

And what better time than the early days of June to get a ‘fresh start’ 🙂

With the year nearly half gone, a check in on my ‘resolutions’ would probably be a good idea, right? It’ll be short for sure:

Not so great with the resolutions so far. Yeah. It’s been lazy-time for yours truly!

May has been full of the things though – some good, some not so good and then some not so good that worked out okay!

The not so good:

I found out early in the month (or maybe in late April…) that my current contract wasn’t going to be extended past the end of June. This meant it was time to start looking for a job again! Definitely not one of my favorite activities – but I was getting a lot of help from people I work with – or have worked with in the past (thanks Betty!!). I had one informal ‘interview’ for what my mom would’ve called “a real job”. She wasn’t thrilled with my consulting I think! Still no word on that one but it’s at the top of my I want to do this list. Late breaking UPDATE though – my current manager has found a way to keep me through the end of the year! Keeping up with my same role but adding some more fun!

Also not so good? My running/working out/nutrition/#allofit – I’ve really fallen off of the get healthy and lose weight bandwagon this year! I’m getting back up to my heaviest weight ever – EEK! I have run a couple of times on my own, and one half marathon (Marine Corps Historic Half) but my training for Marine Corps Marathon and #Dopey18 starts on June 16 and I swear this year I’m sticking to the plan!! I’m accepting suggestions for ways to motivate/reward myself – preferably NOT with a cupcake – to follow plan!! 

Now the good? Well, probably the best thing that’s happened is my nephew graduated from high school! I can’t even believe he’s gotten so old!! And…he also turned 18 which just can’t even be possible!! More on him later – I have to gather the appropriate pictures 😀

 

The graduate….

A week before the big day!!

Conor on his last night as a 17 year old – with Pop and Colin

Also good? My friends. Not that anything dramatic has happened, it’s just nice to be reminded that I have some awesome friends because sometimes we forget, right?

So. Coming up for the rest of the summer?

As mentioned, training starts in a week or so. I know right now the first week will be tough since it is also the week of the Traveler’s Championship golf tournament that I volunteer at every year. That means really long days at the golf course and just enough spare time to wash my clothes and sleep! So….I may give myself a pass for week 1 but I know it isn’t the ideal way to start!

I have a few 5Ks in my calendar through the summer and those are always pretty fun!

I’m also considering another Whole 30 — it’s been about 4 years since I last made an attempt and I need *something* to reset my eating habits so we’ll see about this one! But…I will miss you pizza and cheese. And wine. I will miss you most of all 🙂 This is also something that I would wait until after the tournament to start because it might be hard to find compliant food at the concession stands! At a bare minimum I *will* be cleaning up my eating habits!

So let’s all think good thoughts that I can get back on track!

And now…back to my recap catch-up!! This next one is a doozy!! 😀

A Little Medical Talk…

28 Mar
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This is a clue …. not a running post and not a skirt post.

This past week was  a big one for me, medically speaking anyway… and, honestly, it might have a little too much information for you, so I’ll totally understand if you pass it by!  But there’s some good stuff in here!

Not only did I celebrate the first year of officially being on my insulin pump but I also had my first colonoscopy.

You can only imagine which of these events made me happier!!

In a year being on the pump, my A1c has dropped from 8.5 or 8.7 or something in that area (maybe even higher!) to 6.2. This is a pretty big deal, it means that I have good, or ‘tight’ control of my diabetes. I’ve had few problems and can’t imagine ever going back to taking several shots a day!

Now, the colonoscopy is another story entirely!! Everyone hears the horror stories and there is advice all over the internet there is loads of advice and how tos to make eat “easier”.

My procedure was actually rescheduled a few times – from last December to January to last week. It had to be an earlier appointment in the day to keep my sugars from getting too messed up so we ended up in late March!

I didn’t give it much thought until a few weeks ago. I got my ride lined up – since you are sedated in the procedure you shouldn’t / can’t drive yourself. NB you’re also supposed to have someone stay overnight but …that wasn’t going to happen!

One of the big pieces of advice I read, was to kind of clean up your diet at least a few days before the “prep” day! So, starting on Monday, I cut out meat (actually, that probably happened on Sunday!) and at all my veggies from the fridge so they wouldn’t go bad. My plan for breakfasts and lunches for the few days at work was yogurt and hard boiled eggs. And then soup for dinner. Plus LOTS of water – best to go in fully hydrated since the prep can be dehydrating.

And then Thursday rolled around. Starting Thursday morning until I was finished Friday I could only have clear liquids – non-red liquids. Jell-O is a liquid ya’ll! And so are gummy bears (they become liquid at body temp so go through your system as a liquid!) – again, not red though! I was all set!

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Why yes I *do* buy my soda at WalMart 🙂

The gastroenterology office had prescribed an “easier” prep solution – instead of having to drink a gallon of prep liquid, I only had to drink 2 5 oz doses. Wednesday night I made some lime Jell-O – that was my breakfast plan!! I actually only had a couple of bites of it before work. I brought some beef broth and a couple of bottles of flavored water to work and I was all set!

Throughout the day, I had a few pretty short moments of feeling hungry, but overall it wasn’t so bad. I called into the endoscopy clinic in the early afternoon and found out my appointment was at 7:10 the next morning. left a little early so I could get Phred walked before I took my first dose.

What I learned from my first dose was that it would be easier to handle if the water was cold! According to the instructions I had to have 45 ounces of clear liquid in the next 5 hours. Which is easy peasy for me! And I had to wait. Not as easy for me. I kept waiting for/dreading the onset of …well…After a couple of hours I started to think I had done something wrong. But eventually, the prep started working.

Now, everything you will read will say that you need to stay close to, if not actually *on* a potty so I was surprised that I managed to go to sleep for a few hours before my second dose at 1 am. Yep. 1 AM. Followed by 24 ounces of water in the following hour. Then once it was 3 am I was to put nothing in my mouth at all.

I fell back to sleep around 3 and my alarm was set for 5 so I could take a shower. By this time, the prep seemed to have completely, ahem, done it’s job. My colon was pristine-ish.  My first instinct on waking up was to take a huge drink of water and the bottle was in my hand before I remembered –NOTHING IN YOUR MOUTH!!

Got dressed and waited for my ride to arrive  – my running friend Kimberlee was the lucky winner in that lotto! I got signed in, and didn’t wait long before I was taken in to the prep / recovery room. Changed into a gown (open in back of course!) vitals taken, talked with the anesthesiologist, then Stephanie,  the anesthesiologist who was going to actually shoot me up and had an IV put in. Then waited. Finally Stephanie came to bring me in, and we chatted the whole way down the hall.

The procedure room was very bright (which you would hope!) and I met a couple more of the nurses who would be in the room. Stephanie got me situated then added the propofol to my IV, which burned like a mofo. THEN she said – “I just added the sedative” and before I could say “Yeah, I felt it” I was out cold.

The next thing I new I was being woken up and given something to drink. I moved from the bed to a chair and was able to get dressed while the doctor came in to tell me she had removed one small (1-2 cm) polyp and it would be sent to be tested. The results would determine if I had to come back in 5 years or 10.

Kim brought me home and I really did nothing the rest of the day.

All in all, the whole experience wasn’t nearly as horrible as I imagined. I think that my diet in the few days before made the prep easier and less stressful. The staff at Middlesex Endoscopy was awesome! The worst parts of the whole day Friday were the insertion of the IV needle and the dosing with the sedative. And the sticks to check my blood sugar (I hate those every day though!) – but, I have to say, I remembered them telling me they would check before I went in and before I came out – I was wide awake for the before and didn’t even realize the after had been done while I was still out til I saw the poke mark on my finger!

So, PSA – if you are 50 or older (yes, I know it’s so very hard to believe I fall in that category!) you really need to get this done. It’s a once every 10 years kind of event and as long as you’re prepared for it, it is not bad. And it can save your life. Really. And I want you to save your life!

The One with the Resolutions

1 Jan

happy new year 2016

First off I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year filled will all the good things!! It’s always nice to have a clean slate. Hopefully this year I can make up for any shortcomings in 2015.

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And so with that….On to the resolutions!

Running Resolutions: 2015 got off to a good start when I was running Dopey, then the Houston half and then the Paris Marathon. And then, I just quit running. Yeah, I still signed up for races, and I showed up but…that was about it.

In 2016 I, along with a group of friends, have pledged to run 1000 miles. Someone else did the math and it’s a bit more than 20 a week. I think 🙂  My current running plans are pretty unplanned at the moment. I will be running the Houston Half marathon again in a couple of weeks and I am registered for the runDisney Dark Side Challenge in April. I have plans to go for redemption at the Marine Corps Historic Half and will likely repeat my October trifecta – the Hartford Half, the Hershey Half and the Marine Corps Marathon (got my “club” number so get to bypass the lottery!!)

There are some events on my “want to do” list — Hershey’s 10K, the Skirt Sports 13er (which will combine and ambassador retreat with my return to Boulder after too many years!!) Run With the Amish, Hogsback Half, Shipyard Old Port Half…and I’m sure a few more will rear their heads in the next few months! And there will also be multiple 5K’s and possibly more 10K’s.

So I resolve to actually be more diligent in training – and will work my hardest to make it to 1000 miles! And I resolve to actually show up for races I register for — so in full disclosure I will say that I was registered for a 10K this morning that I did *not* go to, but I *DID* run a bit more than 10K at home!!

Health Resolutions:  The addition of an insulin pump to my arsenal this year has made it much easier to track my sugar numbers so I’ll continue on that path! I will also head back to Bikram on a MUCH more consistent basis. I plan to also throw a Whole30 or two on the pile this year — or at least eat more cleanly more often.

Blogging Resolutions: Yep. More consistency! More posting! More pictures! More fun! I hope to have a lot to share this year in all areas of my life.

Random Resolutions: More quality time with the Phred – working away from home takes away a lot of the time we used to spend together and he’s a good dog and deserves more attention!! And, I resolve to make my bed every morning.I will also work as hard as I can to be less road rage-y and angry when I’m driving! And finally, I will take time every day to express my gratitude – there is so much in my life that makes me thankful and I need to acknowledge that much more often!

Do you make resolutions? Do you keep ’em?!! What is the easiest resolution that you’ve made and kept?

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Being a Responsible Adult….

15 Oct

It was a little over 10 years ago that I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (ironically, to me, it was about 5 years after I started actually exercising and you know…moving). I was diagnosed with an A1C that was WAY above acceptable – I want to say it was around 12 or so. The target A1C for a diabetic is around 7. The average A1C for a non- diabetic is anywhere from 4.5 – 6. So, I was way out of acceptable ranges.

I had no symptoms, but had switched doctors and the new guy wanted to run full blood work – that’s how it was discovered. Up to that point my blood sugar readings at my regular primary care visits were completely within acceptable range…

At first I was pretty good at managing my numbers. I gave up many things I love 🙂 Oh, real, regular Coke – how I miss you!!

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And, of course they had just started opening Krispy Kreme shops in California…

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I hated sticking my finger so I found meters that let me do “alternate site testing” – which generally meant, for me, my forearm.

I found an endocrinologist. The only one covered by my insurance. And there was something like a 4 month wait. So I waited. I took the Metformin that my PCP had prescribed. I went to the Diabetes Education classes. Finally saw the endo and he really didn’t do much more than the PCP had…

Fast forward to later in 2004 – I had sold my house, quit my job and moved to the East Coast where I, eventually, found a job! With the job came insurance once more so I headed out to find a Primary Care doctor and an endocrinologist. First visit with the PCP and my numbers were once more out of control (no insurance = no medications) so he upped some dosages and added in Glimipiride (as well as blood pressure medication and cholesterol medication as stroke preventives…). I then visited my new endocrinologist and after hearing my history, she wanted to run a new test – a GAD Antibody test (Presence of these antibodies means that your pancreas is under attack and will eventually stop producing insulin.) When that came back positive, she told me that I had what they were starting to call Type 1.5 or Type 1X diabetes  Dr. B put me on insulin – a small dose at bedtime. (Feb 11, 2005 was my first time! — the dates we remember!!) as a start at reducing my morning numbers.

I did what I was supposed to, I ate decently most of the time, lost some more weight and my numbers started to REALLY improve! Time passed and it got more and more difficult for me to keep things under control. Which is very frustrating which would sometimes lead to a little “binge” on foods I shouldn’t eat much of…which would make the numbers bad which is a never ending cycle…

Late last year, I had to change my Primary Care doc since he was retiring. My new GP (who has since moved to Seattle!) decided I needed to get back to seeing an endocrinologist. But meanwhile she put me on a second insulin regimen – to be taken before meals.

Slowly things started to improve again. Very. Slowly. I finally met with the new endocrinologist and it has been quite nice to get real explanations of the “whys” behind why I need to do what I need to do. And I decided, once again, that I need to take this seriously. Plus with all the #Dopey15 training, I need to be sure to stay on top of things!! One of the big things we discussed was the results from that old GAD Antibody test, and what I have is now being called  LADA or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults.

Today I had my second visit with the endo and things are definitely improving! We’re even taking me off of one of my oral medications which makes me happy. I will never be completely off of everything, since I just don’t produce as much insulin as I need to, but it is VERY nice to be able to knock one off of the list! Now, the only medication I’ll be taking specifically for diabetes is insulin!

We also discussed adding a Continuous Glucose Monitor to my arsenal. This would be REALLY handy not only for running/training but also because I’m starting to become desensitized to lower blood sugars – not having any symptoms til my numbers get near dangerous lows. Eventually we may also look at combining this with an insulin pump to gain better control.

So things are definitely looking up, and the changes I am making seem to be working! My A1C is *almost* at target, my cholesterol is all good and all of my other numbers are pretty impressive 😉

And I still get to splurge every now and then – which is fine with me!! Cause we know I love me some cake!!

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October – More than Just Candy

7 Oct

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So, we all know that October brings Halloween which brings candy which brings happiness and fulfillment..Or a close facsimile thereof.

October also brings us…Boobs.

All boobs, all the time.

It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That is why everything you see/eat/drink/wear is pink!  I’m not against bringing awareness at all. And a random Facebook conversation this evening made me decide that I’d do a “Fact a Day” about breast cancer.

This means lots of random, short posts that may or may not have breasts in them!

Seriously, I know way too many ladies who have had an encounter with breast cancer – either themselves or family. Way. Too. Many.

And I bet there is a lot we don’t think about. I know I have learned a thing or two.

So let’s start with the facts. In no particular order of importance, and I may or may not go back to days 1-6 so you’ll get 31 facts or you’ll get 25. We don’t know.

Fact 1: (ps, I’m gonna call them facts…they may be…accepted practice, random ideas, ….whatever. Hey, I’m not a doctor, just a PoliSci grad trying to make people laugh. And maybe think. And do. Sometimes I want people to “do”

So, fact 1: Get the freakin’ mammogram!! Per the new and “amazing” Affordable Care Act – it should be free!! FREE!!! (More on that later!) We love free stuff right?! So…go get one! One a year.

And, lot of people talk about the “pain” — I’m betting it hurts way less than a late cancer diagnosis!!!

If you haven’t put them on the glass in a while, call your doctor and I bet they can set something up! And if it’s been more than a few years, times have changed…or…I’ve gotten used to the pain…;)  Results are nearly instantaneous and even if you’re worried about what they’ll find, it’s way better than finding out too late.

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Cleaning Things Up!

19 Aug

So, maybe ya’ll remember last summer when I made an attempt at  a Whole 30 challenge?

Well, I’m going to take another stab at cleaning things up. And out. And just getting my body ready to jump into some serious fall “racing” (cause you all know by now there is nothing race-like in my running!)

One of my fellow Sweat Pink ambassadors, Laura Peifer, is a Health Coach and she’s starting up a Group Reset/Detox Program for the month of September — Check it out here!!

One thing I am learning is that I do need some “public” support and accountability to get just about anything done! And, to be honest, having a set of menus and meal plans can ONLY help me out – since lack of advance preparation is usually what drives all my great intentions into the ground.

Therefore 🙂 starting on September 8 I’ll be taking part in the Reset/Detox program and keeping you all posted! Cause I know you like that kind of thing!! And hey, check it out yourself!! It’ll be kind of great to head into the holiday season with a clean slate (so to speak!)

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There’s Something About Mary

7 May

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I have a sister. She’s 4 years older than me and lives ….maybe 1300 miles. I see her when I visit Texas – usually on her day off from work. So I don’t see her very much.

Last month she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. A couple of weeks ago she had surgery. Tomorrow she starts chemotherapy.

As one can imagine, she’s kind of scared of the whole thing. Unfortunately, I have too many friends who have been through this (one is too many, in case you were trying to figure where to draw that line). Fortunately, I have friends who have been through this, so I’ve hopefully been able to pick up some helpful information to share with her.

I’m making plans to go down, the timing is tough…there will definitely be more than one trip. This isn’t something she and my dad need to go through on their own.

It’s hard to know what to say, what to talk about. It’s hard to know what NOT to say (in the best of times this is always a tightrope I walk!!)  So, I’ll play it by ear.

And pray. Praying helps.

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