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  1. Update: Mom is making a tremendous recovery. The nurses are amazed at how she has rebounded. Eating a little more. Thought I’d share the good news.
    22 points
  2. WoJSTL and I got hitched.
    20 points
  3. The thread about addiction, or alcohol or whatever got me thinking. I do not deal well with stress. I internalize too much and one of my biggest coping mechanisms is eating. I know all this, but I still do it. I believe this is what led me to be a type II diabetic, even when I was very active. I controlled it well for over a decade. If I am being honest, this place is also one of my escapes and coping mechanisms and I should probably think about that as well. Lately, my activity level has dropped and my stress level has gone up and with it, my weight and A1c. Last Dr. appt, my doc recommended I go on insulin. This was a huge wake up call. A1C was 8.9 . I immediately began some introspection and have almost entirely cut out snacking. No between meal snacking at work and almost none after dinner before bed. Weekends are hardest. Also, my insurance denied the fast acting insulin and the glucose monitor I was prescribed, and with just the dietary changes above and a slight increase in activity, but not much, I have lowered by readings from the low 200s to the mid 100s in just two weeks. For the last three days, I have been in the 140s. I did have a snack of air popped popcorn last night while watching the Mavs game, and got a reading of 150 this AM. My avg reading since I really started checking consistently on the 13th of this month has dropped from 200 to 174. Sorry for the rambling. Just needed to vent a bit. Still mad at myself for ignoring my own health and trying to comfort myself with things that harm me.
    19 points
  4. The wife and I are watching them while my daughter and her sister go on the hunt for formula.
    18 points
  5. Look what Mr Marriott left in my room.
    17 points
  6. Jsharr’s post prompted my thoughts. Next week, I am scheduled for brain, cervical spine and lumbar spine MRIs. Haven’t been in that machine since 2006. A little concerned that they won’t see any remnants of a brain.... 🧠 😉 On a positive note, I had both my Abdominal Aorta Duplex and my Carotid Artery Duplex ultrasounds, with decent results. My follow up with the cardiologist is in July, but he hasn’t called me with anything newly worrisome, so I’m happy. 😊 Had contact with the Scleroderma Rheumatologist @ Hopkins. I’ve shared all the past and recent testing info with her and linked my MyChart accounts so she can see all that is there. She’s very responsive and seems appreciative. A thought- for any and all who deal with lengthy, chronic or idiopathic life altering conditions, my hat’s off to you! Seriously. I read your individual stories here and often I’m amazed and humbled. Peace, this day.
    16 points
  7. Taken by the Yellowstone River near the mouth of the Powder River.
    15 points
  8. To do GOBA. Nancy is going to still be in Spain that week so why not? It’s been a long time since I did a seven day ride. I hope I can find healthy food along the way.
    13 points
  9. Covers are up and no one is barking. Huge busy arena.
    13 points
  10. You really should have let me in when you saw me on your fancy smart doorbell.
    13 points
  11. I was riding downhill on the paved bike trail just south of home. In fact, the trail is parallel to my street, and I pass my house heading west before turning around at the end of the block to pedal over to my street and uphill a bit back home again. But I digress. So, I’m coasting downhill kind of fast. Well, fast for me. Probably 20 mph, I can’t be certain, but 20 is a nice round number that sounds fast to me. Don’t get hung up on the actual speed. It was fast because I get nothing but spin even if I do turn the pedals. I think my big ring is 48, which is perfect for most rides, but spins out on any downhill. I’m ok with that, though, since coasting feels good, too. Anyway, I’m coasting down the path and looking to my right at an abandoned lot. The house that used to be there caught on fire, but instead of rebuilding and getting a lot of discretionary cash like Dr. Mickin, the owners razed the home and abandoned the lot. Vandals have knocked down the cinder block wall separating the property from the arroyo easement, and for good reason. Taking that wall down creates a direct route from the subsidized housing units to the east to the grocery store down the street. It probably saves folx ten minutes of walking around the neighborhood. So, I’m pondering an interesting use for this vacant lot, then wondering if I could drop-in at the steep sides of the concrete flood control channel (arroyo), realizing that even if I could drop-in without endoing I couldn’t pedal back out, and shucks…if I could that would save me five minutes of riding around the neighborhood. I didn’t realize the paved path takes a turn. I roll hard into cactus, tall weeds, gravel, concrete debris, dead leaves, heading straight for the edge of the arroyo. A moment of panic and then snap to! Take control of the handlebars, steer through the rough back toward the path, which was a little dicey because I had to avoid getting stuck in an erosion rut. My heart rate jumped into the 130’s. I was riding while fasted and the wash of adrenaline left me feeling a little shaky during the uphill bit back home. But I’m here to tell the story, God be praised! I’m glad I didn’t have to find out whether I could drop-in the arroyo. Not today.
    13 points
  12. Last night I get a call from my daughter, we need an Opa intervention!!! OK what’s up? CJ is being a grumpy Gus, we need Opa stat. OK on the way! We came to the door and before she could hand him to me CJ brightened up and was reaching for me. I took him outside, looked at the trees, flowers & cars passing by to give mom & dad a break. We then sat for a while watching our favorite videos on my phone. He was content the whole time and not fussy at all. After 1.5 hours my daughter took him back where he was fussy for a bit but eventually crashed out. Have I ever mentioned he’s “Opa’s boy”???
    12 points
  13. Thanks to the kind birthday wishes. Made the best of it. Dinner with Gina at the Northwoods Inn. Little lobster for Gina. It's my birthday but I knew she would enjoy it. Her favorite place. I took her there on our first date 36 years ago. That's when she decided she was my girlfriend. Enough to make me happy on my bday. Some memories. 😃 Lobster tail. Baked potato 🥔 with cheese butter, 2 kinds of salad.
    12 points
  14. Looking back through those difference in height photos has me all nostalgic. Mrs Z and I will celebrate our 36th anniversary next month. We’ve been together for 39 years. This, I believe, was our first official date at a church Valentine’s Day event: This was last year celebrating Valentines Day at a local Thai restaurant: 🥰
    12 points
  15. In July to see my son Daniel. It’s been years since I’ve seen him. He didn’t come up for his mom’s memorial service. Driving down with my son Benjamin who sings about Carolina.
    11 points
  16. Went to dinner last night to celebrate my FIL’s 80th birthday. Nice evening for it. Our view from the restaurant. Winds were from the East.
    11 points
  17. @smudge and HoSmudge 39 years.
    11 points
  18. Another thank you card from the boss. Really nice to be appreciated. 🙂
    11 points
  19. I wonder what the resume robot thought about his resume?
    11 points
  20. As part of a backyard renovation project, mostly caused by my dogs turning the yard to mud over the previous summer/fall/winter, I've setup this area for the dog house my friend made for us so that it is like a separate lot of it's own, with front and back yard. I put in a 15'x8' artificial turf front lawn, and a sand pit in the back. The dogs love both!
    10 points
  21. Off to an agility trial with the Aero Airedales. Lindy is way too hyped at the moment.
    10 points
  22. You are VERY wise to not admit something like that on a public forum!
    9 points
  23. It's funny how we treat our own bodies more poorly than we do our possessions. For instance, if I told you gas was really inexpensive at Mike's Cheap Gas down the street, but there have been reports that sometimes the gas might have water in it, you'd avoid it like the plague; however, we all know cookies have zero redeeming value, yet we eat them anyhow. It sounds like you've already taken the first step. recognizing and admitting you need to improve. Here is my recipe, it works to a certain degree for me. For stress, meditate, also talk to those you love. For exercise, I had a coach for a couple of years. This does not mean I intended to win an Ironman, I had simple goals I set for myself, he helped me work toward them. We used Training Peaks. It has a calendar. That calendar owned me, and I felt I could not let him down. Below is an example. Orange meant I exceeded what I was supposed to do (8 mile run scheduled, ran 13+), red means I missed the workout. 99% of my calendar was green. I have not had a coach in years, and have still stuck to a calendar, even if mental. I run and lift Mon, Wed, Fri, I ride Tue, Thu, and one day on the weekend. I usually take one weekend day off. Food is a lot harder for me, as it is for most people. What I find works best is to cut something out cold turkey. I gave up soda years ago. I used to have at least one a day, now I have less than one a month, usually a few a year. I've done this with a few things. It's the whole penny saved idea for me. I exercise a lot and if I eat junk, I feel a little bad about it. The hardest part for me has been believing I deserve to be happy and fit. All the therapy in the world did nothing to help with that. It took many years of self-reflection to learn I matter, and I'm valuable. That's why I've handled being fired so well. Of course it hurt, of course it was embarrassing. Only after a couple of months out of there did I realize what a toxic environment it was. You matter. I am always here for you. Feel free to call or text whenever you'd like. That's my unsolicited advice for today.
    9 points
  24. picks up weirdo on a bike I went oot for a ride hoping to beat the rain/storm but no dice Rode 23 miles, and returning home at mile 17 the downpour happened the kind where every drop feels like a needle. Then some thunder/lightning
    9 points
  25. I KNEW that you were gonna have 2 2day! And I was all happy with my 3! I guess my lack of checking and the repeated a did hurt me, dangit! BTW, nice starting word 2day, 2! But my old workhorse did pretty darn well 2.
    8 points
  26. Just surprised a couple minutes ago at home. AND yes, my name is Fred. 😄
    8 points
  27. Lettuce and spinach picked from the garden this morning.
    8 points
  28. Isn't the squirrel already cooked?
    8 points
  29. Two of us rode out the Gros Ventre rd and up Gunsight Pass today. 50 miles, lots of climbing. Gunsight Pass is 9400 ft. We saw the work of some beavers, lots of elk, and pronghorn. Temps were in the 30sF. It snowed for part of the day. It is a beautiful place to ride. The road is still gated so we only saw a few cars.
    8 points
  30. Ankle was bothering me yesterday, so I opted to go west and photograph some of the storm clouds rolling into town.
    8 points
  31. The viewing for my Uncle was yesterday evening, his service today. I went to the viewing which was in the same chapel my moms service was in. It was the first time I had been in there since her service 9 years ago. It didn’t really hit me until we left and I turned around to leave. Being the only one comfortable with public speaking in my family I was the MC of her service so the perspective was backwards during the viewing but it hit me when we left. I just stopped in the isle and took it in for a moment. Ugh, gonna be a tough day…
    8 points
  32. 8 points
  33. As long as the supply of vegans held up.
    8 points
  34. 8 points
  35. Watching some big trees out front get pushed around pretty good. It is just ever so slightly unnerving knowing that in about 5 hours I am gonna pull the camper up interstate 65 North for about 1.5 hours. Hope the wind dies down a little. It's really no big deal for me driving as long as I fix the wife a roadie before we leave. Funny how that seems to make my driving easier.
    8 points
  36. Also documented 3 more species that I had not previously known about. Springwood has at least 9 verities of firefly.
    8 points
  37. Happy Birthday! 🎂 Birdwatching Sat morning. My daughter is buying a house on an island in international waters, and I’ll head off the mainland onto her island and help her out.
    8 points
  38. THIS is why I'm purposefully under insured
    7 points
  39. So...called Johnson Fitness again I turn on the fan and the speed goes up and down...I told the guy I paid $1350 for this and you have been out 4 times and I have used vacation to be home for the 4 hour window. The Johnson fitness guy passed it on to either Horizon or corporate.. This woman called this afternoon and wanted me to disconnect the heartrate monitor...I said...that ain't happening, I paid for it to be assembled..I have no clue about taking it apart..she said we can send a tech...I said FINE..I dont get home til after 5pm and I have no one to cover for me until June 8...and I really don't want to use MY VACATION for a 5th service call..her response "well we have never had this problem before"...Gee..that's not what the tech's told me...She might replace the entire treadmill..and I said..who is to say the new treadmill won't have the same issues...then she asked if I spilt water on it . Petitepedal is not happy...don't mess with me.
    7 points
  40. BTW, the drop from readings around 200 to around 140 equates to an A1c of 8.9 to around 6.7.
    7 points
  41. When he talks to you later and tells you you can have it make him a lower offer. Two can play that game.
    7 points
  42. Wordle 337 3/6 ⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬜🟩🟩🟩⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    7 points
  43. 3/6 for me Stare Penny (Financial theme, but wasn’t thinking big enough) Money
    7 points
  44. How about some strawberry short cake?
    7 points
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