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Monday, December 22, 2008

Dailymile

This seems pretty cool... works with Twitter, Facebook, Nike+ and soon, Garmin.

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Dailymile Brings Your Friends and Neighbors into Your Workouts [Exercise]
via Lifehacker by Kevin Purdy on 12/19/08

Free workout tracker Dailymile works fine as a logging and analysis tool for your running, cycling, or other cardio-oriented training, but its highlights are the ways it uses friends and locality to motivate.

It's a fairly new webapp, so don't expect to see many friends or fellow runners in your neck of the woods up just yet. But you can use Dailymile to connect your workout notes to Twitter (and, eventually, Facebook and other apps), and keep track of races and other events near you. If disappointing your exercise-focused friend is motivation enough to get you out the door, Dailymile is worth checking out. The site is a little AJAX-heavy, though, and left my Firefox browser chugging to keep up at some points, so don't expect a quick visit from a low-speed or mobile connection.

Dailymile is free to use, requires a sign-up.
Dailymile

Thursday, December 18, 2008

High Anxiety.

Things are just crazy, but I guess it comes with this time of year.

I've been really anxious lately. My guess it's a culmination of everything going on at work (no worries about job security), a general lack of sleep, trying to keep up with everything and NOT getting to the gym. I'm still waiting on my bloodwork results too.

You read that right. NOT getting to the gym. Ugh!

I just feel out of sorts. Mom is coming on Sunday and maybe that has something to do with it too. I'm looking forward to Saturday, as we're taking Cassie to Austin to right the North Pole Flyer Steam Trainride. It should be lots of fun. :)

Ho, Ho, How Many Times Can We Visit Santa???

Yet another Santa visit. This time he visited Cassie's Dance School :)


Monday, December 15, 2008

Nike Give 100% Promotion

"As part of their holiday promotion for the LIVESTRONG Collection, Nike teamed up with LAF supporters Evan Handler, Ben Harper, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Forrest Whitaker, Lisa Leslie, Hillary Duff, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Dana Delany, Masi Oka, Mark Parker and Robin Roberts, to produce a holiday gift guide promoting that 100% of Nike’s profits, from this collection, go to the LAF.

As part of the Give 100% promotion, Nike is also sponsoring a contest where you can help us identify someone in your life who consistently gives 100%. Whether it’s fundraising, fighting cancer, or being an advocate in the community, tell us about that person for their chance to spend a day with one of the remarkable individuals listed above. You can also see some exclusive videos from the photo shoot."

Snipped from the LiveSTRONG Blog

Friday, December 12, 2008

Can't You Just Smell the Freshness???

Just becaue they came out soooo pretty and
smelled soooo good. :) I just had to share.
Of course just one lick of the damn icing
makes me all swooshy in the head.
Not. RNY. Friendly.
But the birthday girls loved them!


Let it Snow - H-town Style!

Snow! It's true!

The next morning, we let Cassie play
before she went to school -- she'd never seen it before!

For her, it was fun...


For a while... Until her little hands got cold.
The fun lasted all of 5 minutes.





Checkin' In with a Bullet List

  • I'm here... just insanely busy. Caught a Facebook virus from a stupid-ass app that I inadvertantly clicked, and just like that, I'm rebuilding my WORK laptop for 2.5 days. back to normal now.
  • Have some food porn... but the Gastric bypass FAIL kind -- for birthdays at work. I can smell, can't I?
  • Going to tackle making Gram's fruitcake. It's a freakin' old recipe. Makes 10 lbs. of batter-- if you're nice, you might get a brick 'o cheer.
  • Snow in Houston folks; it's true. I have pictures to prove it..
  • Working late tonight and tomorrow morning. :(
  • Getting hair done Saturday
  • Cassie has a birthday party Saturday
  • Darren and I get to go to my holiday dinner for work... kinda like a date. *gasp*
  • Should get bloodwork results next week!
  • Gotta get the goods to the Wonder Twins Mama!
  • Ordered my Mission Control Jersey, shorts and socks. I'm gonna be like one of the cool kids now. :)
  • It doesn't ease up next week either.... Dance school xmas party, North Pole Flyer trip to Austin, Mom coming in, blah, blah, blah

Talk about hustle and bustle. More later.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Santa vs. The Cassinator aka The Negotiator

"Hi, Santa. I'm Cassie... aren't I adoreable? "
"I've been a really good girl. CHEEEESE."

Let the negotiations begin...
"Now Santa, about that Barbie..."

"I'm so glad we see eye-to-eye"
Merry Christmas, Santa!











Thyroid Reference

The Board of Endocrinology changed the range of appropriate TSH levels in January of 2003. The appropriate range was .035-5.00 but is now .035-3.00. Anyone having a TSH over 3.00 is considered to have hypothyroidism and should be treated. Anyone between 2.00 and 3.00 with symptoms should be suspect and considered for treatment.

If you have symptoms of hypothyroidism such as the following, please inquire with your physician(s) and/or surgeon about your TSH level. Symptoms of hypothyroidism usually develop slowly over months or years. Symptoms and signs may include:

*Coarse and thinning hair.
*Dry skin.
*Brittle nails.
*A yellowish tint to the skin.*
*Slow body movements.*
*Cold skin. *Inability to tolerate cold.
*Feeling tired, sluggish, or weak.
*Memory problems, depression, or difficulty concentrating.
*Constipation.
*Heavy or irregular menstrual periods that may last longer than 5 to 7 days.
*Infertility (primary or secondary)

Other, less common symptoms may include:

*An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter).
*Modest weight gain, often 10 lb(4.5 kg) or less.
*Swelling of the arms, hands, legs, and feet, and facial puffiness, particularly around the eyes.
*Hoarseness.
*Muscle aches and cramps.
*Imbalance / *clutzy*

According to AACE Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice for Evaluation and Treatment of Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism, the sensitive TSH test has become the single best screening for thyroid dysfunction. To further evaluate the appropriateness of a patient’s TSH level, AACE recommends that a Free T4 test be conducted along with a TSH test. “It is very important for patients with thyroid hormone imbalance to know their TSH and Free T4 numbers. The optimal goal TSH level for patients on treatment ranges between 0.3 to 3.0 mIU/L. Patients should talk to their doctors about their Free T4 numbers, since reference ranges can vary somewhat between different laboratories,” stated Dr. Law."

http://www.aace.com/newsroom/press/2006/index.php?r=20060110

"Until November 2002, doctors had relied on a normal TSH level ranging from 0.5 to 5.0 to diagnose and treat patients with a thyroid disorder who tested outside the boundaries of that range5 . Now AACE encourages doctors to consider treatment for patients who test outside the boundaries of a narrower margin based on a target TSH level of 0.3 to 3.04. AACE believes the new range will result in proper diagnosis for millions of Americans who suffer from a mild thyroid disorder, but have gone untreated until now."

http://www.aace.com/newsroom/press/2003/index.php?r=20030118

Chistmas Meme

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Both

2. Real tree or Artificial?
Real

3. When do you put up the tree?
Usually the weekend after Turkey Day, but we'er behind this year. We do have the lights up though!.

4. When do you take the tree down?
The weekend after the New Year.

5. Do you like eggnog?
Effin' love it... but my lactose-intolerant self doesn't. Soy Nog is an alternative, but makes me swooshy in the head (without the alcohol!)

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I don't know, my Betty Crocker EZ Bake oven comes to mind first. Go figure.

7. Hardest person to buy for?
Every. Single. Person. I. Know.

8. Easiest person to buy for?
Cassie :)

9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes

10. Mail or e-mail Christmas Cards?
Snail Mail.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Cheesey Holy Family Snow globe. Seriously.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
A Christmas Story. "You shoot your eye out!"

13 When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usually at the last minute, but this year I started in October.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Naaaah.... oh wait. I have! :( I re-gifted a basket of bath oils and such as a secret santa gift. I didn't want to smell like sugar cookies. heck, I'm sweet enough. *choke*

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Any one of Grandma's cookie recipes -- It's like a little taste of the past and reminds me of her.

16. Lights on the tree?
Absolutely... and TONS.

17. Favorite Christmas Song?
I love them all, but Nat King Cole's, "The Christmas Song". Again, it invokes memories of my G'ma.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Stay Home

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
I have a 4 year old... of course!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
People's piss-poor attitudes when they're hustling and bustling around. Just be nice!

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
G'mas antique Santa Head. I'm going to put it on the tree for the first time this year. Never did before -- was worried it would get broke.

24. Favorite for Christmas Dinner?
Prime Rib -- it's a family tradition.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Truly, I just want to be happy and enjoy the family time. Although a little sparkly-something is always welcome.

Consider yourself "tagged" if you're up for it -- let me know so I can stop by and check yours out!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Humpday Plan


A little later than usual today.
<--- There's the food plan for today. You know the drill: Click on it if you actually want to read it. :)
The workout plan for today is back and triceps:
- Lat pulldown
- Seated cable row
- One legged dumbbell cable rows
- Tricep Pushdowns with rope
- Overhead extension with dumbbell
- BB Skull Crushers
- Dead Lifts
- Assisted Chins

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I Made It: Eggplant & Italian Turkey Sausage Casserole

Eggplant & Italian Turkey Sausage Casserole

1 Box of Frozen, breaded eggplant cutlets
1.5 C. 2% Cottage Cheese
1 C. 2% Italian Blend Shredded Cheese
1 Package of Jennie-O Hot Italian Turkey Sausage
1 Lg. Can Hunts Traditional Tomato Sauce

Preheat oven to 425.

In a skillet, brown the turkey sausage then slice into bite-sized pieces.

In a covered casserole dish, cover the bottom with a thin layer of tomato sauce then set a layer of eggplant. Cover the eggplant with the Cottage Cheese and 1/2 C. of the Italian Blend Shredded Cheese and half of the sliced turkey sausage. Cover sausage with a light layer of sauce then the rest of the eggplant. Top casserole with remaining sauce, sausage and cheese.

Bake covered for 45 minutes.

About 325 Calories per serving; 26 grams of protein, 30 grams carbs.

Testosterone, Thyroids & Fistula! Oh my!!

Okay... first, I can't believe how totally anxious I was about going. I mean seriously, my heart was in my chest.

I weighed in at exactly the same weight I did last February. Uh, that's 10 months, a triathlon, the MS150 and Livestrong Challenge, ago.

We talked. He validated my frustration, for what that's worth (that's a lot to me right now). He knows I'm frustrated -- and to that end, I think he is too. We both want to get to the bottom of things; he wants me to achieve my more than reasonable goals.

He sent me for a shitload of bloodwork. Even the Phlubotomist blinked twice at the 3 pages of reqs. He said it would probably take up to 2 weeks to get anything back, but he said we should know something by Christmas but here's what we're looking at:

1) Thyroid Issues (never dectected before in the past, but possibly asymptomatic)

2) Insuilin Resistance - A state in which your cells are not responding to insulin appropriately, so the sugar in your blood cannot get into your cells. To compensate, your pancreas pumps out more insulin to try to get the sugar out of your blood and into your cells. The hyperinsulinimia (high blood insulin) that results is able to maintain normal blood sugar levels and delay the onset of diabetes.

3) Testosterone Levels

4) A Fistula -- more common in post-ops who smoke or are prone to ulcers, but a possibility still. Essentially sutures opened up and can create alternate paths for food where absorbtion can happen. Often it can go undetected and is found because weight loss has pre-maturely ceased, or significant weight-gain has occurred.

More to come :)

Tuesday


To do's:
  • ∙ Accept my body... lovingly.

  • ∙ Recognize where I was then and where I am today.
  • ∙ Eat consciously and be aware.
Today I am headed to doctor for my 2 year post-op check-up. I'm still not under 200 lbs. (As he insisted I should be by my next visit with him). I'd be lying if I said that isn't killing me inside -- as if I failed in some way.
It easily makes me feel like a failure if I let it.
It's hard -- it reminds me so much of when I was a kid and couldn't lose the weight under the threat of losing opportunities to do the things I loved.
Ugh... stupid baggage.


Monday, December 01, 2008

Monday Food Journal


<--- Click to see the plan for today. I'm a little short on protein overall -- but that's what I get for not planning ahead of time.
Today is my leg workout: Leg press, Barbell Squats, Leg Extensions, Seated Leg Curl and Traveling Lunges.
Not much else to report. We got home on Saturday and quickly played catch-up with the rest of our neighborhood. It already looks like Christmas... We did our normal, yearly decor, but we're pretty certain our neighbors have us beat wildly on watts used. :)
I'll have some pictures to post later... gotta get some work done.