Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at eclecticali.wordpress.com
Enjoy your favorite beverage and stay for a chat in the air conditioning; it still feels hot and sticky out there!
It has been another week on the job, and many evenings I came home with sore feet and legs. Gladly, I made it to yoga Wednesday night, which helped! I feel really busy now, as I am trying to creating challenging lessons and projects, and working on proofing the final chapters of the audiobook for Detours in Time.
Do any of you take statins? If you’re reading this and thinking, that’ll never be me, or that’s for old folks, overweight folks, yada yada yada, I once thought that too. I wouldn’t call myself overweight, though I am at my highest weight non-pregnancy. I am fine with the way my clothes fit, but a gain of a few pounds will send off an alarm for me. My mother and I might go on a diet together as she is not happy with her weight. She is retired and many social events for her center around going somewhere to eat ‘good’ food, and she really enjoys it. For me, I am going to try and add an extra night of 20 minute cardio. My default last year was to do 2 cardio nights/day and a one hour yoga session once a week.
So, my weight baffles me. I thought I was a healthy eater. Four years ago, I was 15 pounds less and I don’t think I exercised more or did much that was different. A year later, I had gained maybe 5 of those pounds, and was told, “Your cholesterol has continually gone up and now is at a level that requires you to take statins.” So, I did, but probably at half the recommended dose. This last year, I got really lax at that and would forget. Result? Cholesterol went up; the doc wanted me to double the dosage. I did it for a couple nights, but then added blueberries to my morning cereal and sometime, soy lecithin in liquid form. I decided to stick with one, as it seems I feel effects when I increase the dose. Effects such as hands that feel even stiffer than my arthritis causes in the morning, and feet that feel terribly swollen at end of day. Am I stupidly not following directions or rebelliously taken my health into my own hands? I am trying to eat healthier, and likely should work harder at that. 🙂
Along with all of this, I have been slightly cutting down on coffee consumption. I’m having half a cup today. My other doctor agrees this is a good move, as I tend to get benign cysts. I had read up on that elsewhere, too. Not to mention the sources I have read about decreasing coffee if you have arthritis. I actually hope it is the statins causing my soreness and not my arthritis getting worse. Come on, I have 11 years to go until retirement!
So, I am trying a few things. My one glimmer of hope, something I think I can actually do, is to add the cardio session and increase my exercise to four times a week. That doesn’t even factor all the walking I do around school. I bought a foam roller, but I left it on the floor and it got dog pee on one end. My little furbaby is getting older too; he is eight years old. I walk him at nine p.m. and I am in bed by 10, so it is hard to give him another outing. He seems unable to hold it until morning now. The foam roller should be good after the bleach dries. Ugh. The money I spend on exercise ‘equipment’ includes the super thick knee pad for yoga that I take to class with me. My consensus: worth it! Using bleach and cleaning up after the dog: worth it.
I hope you all have a great week, and I think you for listening to my obsessing over health! I hope you are well and have enjoy our coffee visit!