What a difference . . .

. . . 5-1/4 oz. makes, when you are talking lifting weights! The soup cans were a piece of cake but today I started using the 1 pounders. I printed a schedule off the internet for a weekly regimen, 4 basic exercises (on days 1,3,&5) which cover all the major upper body muscles in one week, and with days of R&R in between. I am relieved to have it over with for today and glad I can rest tomorrow. On Wednesday it will be 4 completely different exercises, and all are done with a lot more repetitions than I was doing with the soup cans. I hope I don’t get muscle bound! Next week I will up it to the 2 pounders, and we’ll see where I stand after that. Right now my arms are killing me.

I had a very good visit with the doctor this morning, and am so glad to have found her. She is having a re-test on the metabolic panel as she thought my potassium level was at the max last time. (I took in the results from my test, and she made a copy of them.) She called in the prescriptions I asked for, and wants me to schedule a mammogram and bone density scan, which is fine with me. I knew I was getting shorter – from 5’6-1/2″ a few years ago to 5’5″ today. My blood pressure was excellent and I tipped the scales at 121# with shoes on! I am healthy as a horse and can’t figure out why I don’t have more “get up and go”!

She also answered a concern I had with the large white patches on my shins. I was worried they might be vitiligo, which is a loss of pigment in the skin. It is more likely to be a result of the nasty fall I took last year, when Lady & Mandy both wrapped their leashes tightly around my ankles and made me nearly kill myself. One leg definitely took the hit but both were pretty bad, and the white patches are worse on the right side. I remember that day very well, and I would have gladly given both dogs to anyone who would have had them. They were all excited about two big aggressive dogs on leashes further up the lane.

This doctor is fine with me traveling, and told me that I can contact her via email if I am out of town and need to consult her, and that I can view most of my records online. She is with the UC Davis Medical Center, and I think I’m going to like them. When I left the receptionist handed me a printed copy of today’s visit summary, which is really handy. We didn’t discuss my short term memory, but this summary will enable me to go back and see exactly what was done today without straining any brain cells.

Some of the burn is abating from the exercising, but I think I still need to lie down on the couch for about an hour. I’m looking forward to supper tonight – on the way home I stopped at Whole Foods and bought a pound of sole filets. There are quick and easy to cook – nothing fancy – I just fry them quickly in olive oil & butter, and season with Lawry’s seasoned salt. That and some fresh veggies and I will probably overeat, which I rarely do.

Speaking of overeating, I brought home Jeannie & Donald’s bread maker, and am going to make a loaf as soon as I get the ingredients I’m lacking. If it is halfway decent I will probably eat most of it with butter, and that will be a meal for me. Maybe I can put a few pounds on.

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9 Responses to What a difference . . .

  1. I have been reading your blog for some time. I can't remember how I found it but it interested me because I would like to do some solo camping. Anyway, I was wondering if you had thought of a sleep study. I was suprised to find I had two sleep issues. You might look into it.

  2. Margie M. says:

    Gypsy, it seems you have found the perfect doctor for you. That is great and it sounds like she is willing to work right along with your travel schedules. You're really doing fantastic with those weight lifting exercises. I'm totally impressed! I have some dumbbells and they are sitting in the drawer right now, and have been for a couple of months. You shame me! Guess I'll have to dig them out and try again.Have a nice supper.

  3. Whenever I get the urge to exercise I lay down & wait for the urge to go away. Yer doin a lot better with all that than I would. A good Doctor is worth her/his weight in gold these days. They are a rare commodity. So are you Gypsy so take care of yourself:))

  4. Your dinner plans sound great – sole is one of my favourites. The new doctor you went to sounds really good and it's great to get a summary of the visit for your records too.

  5. Susan says:

    Hi Gypsy,I too have UC Davis and am very satisfied with the care I get. You can also have your records downloaded on a CD if you want to have them with you. As for the short term memory, flaxseed oil capsules work for me. I understand fish oil works too.

  6. Dizzy-Dick says:

    Why do you want to downsize the RV? I would like to upsize mine, but a little thing like money gets it the was. Only have a 30 foot class-C motorhome and it is very crowded with me, my wife, and our four dogs. Needless to say, we do not full time.

  7. Kudos to you on the new exercise regimen. As for the bread machine, that will be your downfall! We like using the Dakota Bread Mixes, they come in a round container similar to a frosting container. Makes a perfect loaf every time! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~Karen and Steve(Our Blog) RVing: Small House… BIG Backyard http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com/

  8. pidge says:

    Maybe you and Dizzy-Dick could trade units. Just sayin. Glad you found a Doctor you like. I have #5 weights that I never did get worked up too. Had trouble getting to the #2's , but that's me. You are always more determined than I am.

  9. Jim and Dee says:

    My Dr wants me to do exactly what you're doing with weights. You're way ahead of me, just haven't "got around to it." Good going. I'm with Pidge, maybe trade rigs with dizzy-dick, that one sounds perfect for you.

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