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Convincing my Doc Steps

Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 3:00 pm
by Lynx
WG I found a great weight loss site. (I think I said this before) It’s called Spark People. Well, bounce around the internet and yell a thanks to WG. I saw that and took a peek (don't need it personally, genetically thin). But then I thought there's got to be one of these for blood pressure (I'm on a mission to convince my physician that my bp is sub normal when she measures it) and found a site with natural remedies, and it mentioned Resperate. Basically bio-feedback with music. Get your exhales under 10 a minute, vessels dilate, bp drops, and this persists. Currently tracking on ebay and will keep you posted should/when I buy one and give it a try. My next goal is to trim 5 pts of both sides of my BP #s, then on down from there. I have a measured bp of 114/72 in my medical record. [The other side is I have to get up very slowly in the morning.] L

dropsies

Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 8:22 am
by Lynx
Greetings My next goal is to trim 5 pts of both sides of my BP #s, GOT EM DOWN. Listened to a grounding CD a friend made and felt very drowsy, so measured BP and past my goal! Celebrated! Reset goal and going further down ... Previous goals in the life of Lynx
    Clean my deck/lanai [on list for today, Thursday 5/29 as my foot feels healed enough) Organize my notes from my retreat. STARTED, CONTINUED Send Evaluations back to Client Continue edits on Final Papers -- wills, etc.[/list]
Plus, finish converting my pencil address book into a database and print it out. I'm keeping an "I'm on Vacation" feeling as well as I can. This mostly means going very slowly through my day, avoiding using timed brackets, stopping an activity when I lose interest or motivation. On the other hand I must keep key threads going (web site development, final papers, etc.) even when I don't much feel like it. With no clients and nothing super urgent I'll see how long I can coast like this. L

Re: 150 Steps in May

Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 10:57 am
by Jane B
Hello everybody! Today I'm taking a well deserved day off. I had been slaving for nearly a week over a translation project that is finally complete. Not only was the content very technical and challenging, but it was also in a format I had never used before, and I had to familiarize myself with the software as I went along. I sent it off to the client who was impressed and is going to pay me a very rewarding rate! I also have a bit of progress to report in the area of my heavy metal voice training. My band rehearses twice a week for several hours at a time. In the past, the day after a rehearsal, my voice would be raspy and worn out. In addition, there were some situations where I tended to "push" my voice. It is not infrequent, especially in a metal band, to be in a situation where the configuration and/or quality of the PA system used makes it difficult for the singer to hear themselves singing, which is frustrating. In such a situation, it can be tempting for the singer to force/push their voice so they can hear themselves, but not only does it sound bad, it's also damaging to the voice. In my case, the voice amps are behind the drummer and far from where I'm standing in our rehearsal space, so the drummer can always here me just fine, but sometimes I have trouble. Well, for the past few weeks, I have been doing warmups from the DVD I have called "The Zen of Screaming" before each rehearsal. In addition, I have also been resisting the urge to "push" my voice, even when I can't hear myself. Since doing these things, I have not lost my voice a single time. My voice is in perfect shape the day after a rehearsal. This week we scheduled our rehearsals on two consecutive nights. That would have been unthinkable for me to do a few weeks ago! I would have needed a day or two to get my voice back. Have a great day everyone!

Re: 150 Steps in May

Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 7:11 pm
by Mannix
Hi, everybody, Vacations and days off appear to be in the air. I'm taking some time off tomorrow - I'm going out to visit the baby Thoroughbreds at the horse rescue farm. (Will also groom some very unkempt donkeys. :) ) Then I'll motor off to my favorite little West Virginia shopping center for lunch. Yes, I know that may not sound like much of a trip, but the drive from the horse farm to the shopping center is so gorgeous! I call the shopping center my "oasis" because I only go there when I'm having a fun day. Unfortunately, haven't been too deserving of this reward lately. I haven't done much on the steps in my weekly goal calendar. I decided not to push myself. I will probably be home early enough to at least do a power hour tomorrow afternoon. And I should have some time on Saturday or Sunday morning. Lynx, congratulations on your blood pressure! Keeping that "vacation" frame of mind should help keep those numbers down. Jane, way to go with the vocal development. I'll bet it's empowering to have your voice fully intact the day after the rehearsal. And you'll have a much longer singing career. We're coming down to the wire for May and I guess I will be the steward of the June 150 Steps thread. I'll set that up tomorrow or Saturday. I can't believe how quickly this year is passing. Happy Friday, all! -- Mannix

Re: 150 Steps in May

Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 9:59 pm
by velvet
Lynx, ok, I am thoroughly confused. you said you are trying to convince your dr that your blood pressure is subnormal, you have to get up very slowly, you are aiming to be quite drowsy by dropping your blood pressure... what is it you are trying to do? if you're just trying to get your dr to do something about your low blood pressure, drs dont generally care. I've got low blood pressure, I have blacked out when I stood up and when it's really bad, black outs are not just daily but several times a day, and drs say, "oh good, you dont have high blood pressure." it's not something they give a pill for, so to drs, it's not a problem. my successes: I sorted through my storage shelf/tiny attic and found some things to donate I organized my pantry and some kitchen cupboards I sorted through all my clothes in dresser and closet and donated those I dont wear I got two bags ready to go to the thrift shop tomorrow I got my rx refill I returned some items at a store and got a new carryon suitcase - yay! I got groceries I had a friend come over and help install my digital tv converter box so that I can actually watch dvds now (amazing, they want us to convert our old tvs but there werent any online directions for how to hook up a vcr/dvd player to your digital box and tv. I cant be the only one looking for that information. I went to the library and got the books I had ordered. :) also dropped off some cds. I filed my big pile of stuff that needed to be filed - yay! I straightened and cleaned a lot and played with my cats :)

about the doctor

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 12:29 am
by Lynx
Velvet "Lynx, ok, I am thoroughly confused. you said you are trying to convince your dr that your blood pressure is subnormal, you have to get up very slowly, you are aiming to be quite drowsy by dropping your blood pressure... what is it you are trying to do? if you're just trying to get your dr to do something about your low blood pressure, drs dont generally care. I've got low blood pressure, I have blacked out when I stood up and when it's really bad, black outs are not just daily but several times a day, and drs say, "oh good, you dont have high blood pressure." it's not something they give a pill for, so to drs, it's not a problem." I'm working at getting my blood pressure sub normal (Obama's is 90/60, and I was going for 112/70). Now it's too high, according to my doctor. I say that to keep my own body from feeling it owns those numbers. And it's something to prove to the doc so I disown the condition. Self-talk and mind games that work for me. Lynx

Re: 150 Steps in May

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 9:12 am
by Ann Marie
Ah, yes, I had goals, right? I had ideas and steps in mind.... ("Come back! Come back!" she calls to herself from the train...) 112 DHS (previously known as history prof) is in Greece until June 26, and the idea was to just email during the month. The emails were getting convoluted and I spent a lot of time yesterday thinking of how to respond to the latest. Instead, I throw my hands in the air and decide to start on a new track. This is very good. Phew. 113 Have been eating at home 85% of time, and when we don't it's planned. Problem is that, as emotions swing and sway, I can't focus on food, and so we end up eating not very inspiring food, which makes me generally want to skip meals rather than bother eating. Not good. So, kudos for eating at home, but refocus on eating decent food. 114 Have been riding my bike lots, practicing riding with no hands when I can, what a boost to the confidence. My AT teachers and I were talking about how riding with no hands gets you in your back, or your ass is grass. 115 I have been studying, and managed allright on Tuesday's history midterm. I've gotten over my resentment of the new prof I have and am enjoying his delivery. He's very enthusiastic about history, and that comes across. It's fun in a different way, now. 116 Have been working in garden almost every day. I'm not really keeping up with all of it, that's impossible on my schedule, but am managing to keep up with the plots I've planted with veggies and seeds. 117 Been sliding in the house tidy department, but have also re-instituted the 20 minute tidy exercise for each day. This gets me started and usually goes beyond the 20 minutes but doesn't feel overwhelming. 118 I'm posting today, and recommit to posting every day as a goal. 119 printed a letter this morning to my Grandpa and will add a bit and send in a card today. signed, sealed, delivered by end of today. JaneB, Zen of Screaming??? I've heard of Zen of a lot of things, but that's a new one! Tell a bit about it, if you would. Mannix, love up those hurtin' feet, they do so much work for us, don't they? I hope they are feeling better.

Re: 150 Steps in May

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 12:19 pm
by Unity
ROUNDUP MAY STEPS GOAL No impulse actions Carry on achieving on my 3 seperate threads Find ways to make things easier ------------------------------------------ Impulse actions - even though I haven't actually followed through, I was thinking about some and started telling people what I was planning to do - THANK GOOD NESS i DIDN'T DO THEM as a few days later I knew I had made a mistake- MORE WORK NEEDED ON THIS 3 threads - ACHIEVED Way to make things easier - a lot of changes mostly in the last week because of an unexpected fiasco at home. So a lot of good came from something unwelcome. - ACHIEVED BUT MORE NEEDED Sorry I haven't contributed for some weeks but there has been too much going on (makes a change :D )

Welcome to the Blahs!

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 3:26 pm
by Mannix
Hello, everyone. Spent this morning at the horse farm. Visited with the new foals, helped wash out feed buckets, groomed 2 donkeys who are shedding their winter coats. Took that beautiful drive to my shopping center. Had lunch, picked up some things at the grocery store, took another scenic route home. Most of the day I felt ... blah. :bash: I guess it was one of those situations Barbara talks about, where you can be in a lousy mood but love your life. I really wish my mood could have been more in sync with the day. But I guess worrying about it only makes the situation worse. One thing I did learn today: When I go on these excursions, I need to start changing my "oasis" location every 2 or 3 trips. This is about the fourth time I've been to the same place, and the sense of discovery is gone. I also took more notice of the busy traffic, and the guy at the restaurant who argued with me over what I'd ordered (!). Yep, it's time for something new, and I need to be more open to new stuff anyway. Ann Marie, thanks for the concern for my feet. I'm taking them to the doctor on Monday morning, but I didn't have any trouble with them today. My personal trainer had some ideas as to what the cause might be. It doesn't sound like anything terribly serious. But I may have to start doing more stretches. :roll: I'm off to be a couch potato some more. Hope everyone is having a good day, -- Mannix

Re: 150 Steps in May

Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 7:29 am
by Ann Marie
Whoever posted the "steps in June" thread.... la la la la, I can't hear you! I've got one more day to finish off May and I'm using it. :D 120 wrote three essays out of four for sociology class. 121 worked in garden, so happy, so happy. 122 ate at home 123 got 70% caught up on journal of communication 124 did some tidying up 125 am posting 126 choreographed a new song 127 rode my bike to an appointment 128 got to experience the benefits of a strategic changing of the topic with DHS 129 had an amazing AT appointment. again. i love those guys. i love AT!!! 130 did mail letter to grampa yesterday 131 have thought of what i will have for breakfast this morning 132 got all the garbage out yesterday, and the recycling That's probably going to be it for me for May, and I'm so proud of how I've come through some of the challenges of the month. Immense gifts I've given myself this month, starting with courage and softening. Looking forward to getting to pick a new set of goals, even if it's this month's set reworded.

Re: 150 Steps in May

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:16 pm
by Mannix
Hi, everybody, Not sure if anyone's still peeking in on this thread. I got a little behind when we had internet connection issues! Biggest success at the end of the month: rediscovering flow charts and goal calendars. This structure is such a big help and it's easy to see what progress has been made. Biggest obstacle: Resistance jumping in! Appears either in the form of flat-out refusal to do anything, or as an overwhelming desire to change my goal. Or, even better, piling more and more goals on top of myself until there's no way I can complete them all in the allotted time. I think for now I'll focus mainly on goals I'm working on with teleconference buddy. And so we close the book on May (sniff ... sniff ...) On to June! -- Mannix

Re: 150 Steps in May

Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:58 am
by Unity
Hi Mannix, I always read but rarely post nowadays. Goals, I remember your lists from months back - very scary. Hope you can cut down and leave time to enjoy yourself.

Re: 150 Steps in May

Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:34 pm
by Shiral
Come to think of it, I wasn't that great a poster in May... Oh well, I got through it. I edited chapters 7 and 8 of my novel. I kept up my belly dance routine. I rode my bike more than in April, but need to use it even more. Yikes, Gas prices get worse every time I pass a gas station! I got way too sucked into the letters to the editor threads on Salon.com concerning the Demo primary battle and the whole compromise of the rules and by laws commission over the weekend. Much good commentary, and a couple of screaming flaming trolls. That's a time vampire, right there. Siphoned off some of the time I'd ordinarily spend here. Didn't get done in May: Cat vet visit. :? Car Oil change. :oops: Melissa