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The News From Lake Weightbegone

Saturday January 25, 2020

Well, it’s been a quite week in Lake Weightbegone, my new hometown out here on the edge of good health.

It was not the best of weeks. The real problem continues to be the evenings. Every single weekday i did the same thing and couldn’t seem to break the habit. Each evening started well but ended badly. I got home and ate my vegetables right away. But then the night comes on and I stay up too late and I eat a lot of junk. I’ve got to reel this in or I will find myself not only stuck in my weight loss but I will begin to gain weight again.

I like what I’m doing with the vegetables. I want to give myself credit here. I am eating vegetables five times a week. I’m eating 2-3 servings five times a week. This is new ground for me. This is a huge change and it feels like a sustainable change too. I’m getting my fruit also but it’s the vegetable habit that I’m most pleased about.

Activity was up this week for one reason only. It was not because I was trying to up activity. It’s just that last week I lost two days at work due to a back injury. This week I was up and working again. So the points went up.

Still when I went to weight in, I was expecting a significant gain, maybe a pound or more. I was relieved to see only a slight increase.

Current weight: 208.0 lbs

Weight change since last weigh in: +0.2 lbs

And that the news from Lake Weightbegone

…where all the women are strong because they workout

…all the men are good looking because they watch their portion sizes

…and all the children are above average when it comes to their activity points.

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the story of the feet (oh, not that story)

Sunday January 19, 2020

I had been at Wright Business Graphics for about 13 months. I was working on the production floor. I was working in the digital print department. I was on my feet most of my shift and the majority of that was standing with limited walking. The floor of the plant is concrete.

Within the first four months of my employment I began to have significant pain in my knees, feet and mostly in my hips. Eventually I had to go to a doctor to be evaluated and treated. The first part of the treatment was getting shoes that would cushion me against the unforgiving concrete floor and letting the injuries heal. The second part was doing stretches and strengthening exercises for my hips and lower back and core.

The progress was slow and was interrupted by a new health concern that came on suddenly: diverticulitis. I was diagnosed after an ER visit. Recovering from that took priority over the lower body issues. The stretches and strengthening exercises went out the window. That delayed the healing process for my lower body by a couple of months. Over the next month or so the diverticulitis came under control and I returned to working on the lower body issues. The hip pain slowly resolved as did the knee pain.

I was beginning to see the end of this wilderness of pain when suddenly my foot pain increased. I was again forced to seek medical advice. This time I was referred to a podiatrist. On August 31st I had my first visit with Dr. Daniel Johnson, DPM. He diagnosed me with posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. He told me what the prognosis is for this and that we might have to try various solutions to see which would be most effective. He gave me a pad for the inside of my shoes.

I wore the shoe pads and for almost two weeks the pain decreased. But suddenly the pain increased again and I had to return to the doctor. I had to start wearing a brace but said this was no more than a stopgap measure. The best solution would be an orthotic insert. He was very blunt with me. He told me that eventually I would have to go to an orthotic insert or the tendon would rupture. If that happen then I’m looking at major surgery. However my insurance would not pay for these inserts. I would have to pay for them out of pocket and they are not cheap.

Finally a year after seeing Dr Johnson for the first time, I had to swallow hard and go get fitted for an orthotic insert. The man who got me set up was very knowledgeable. He had been doing orthotics for 40 years. He told all about how they work and what I could expect. Toward the end of my time with him, he took molds of both feet. I was surprised. I thought I only needed an insert for one foot. He said that the doctor had prescribed a pair because my left foot would soon have the problem that my right foot already had. Actually the cost was for two inserts not one. That made me feel better about paying out the money.

I can’t remember if it was September 7th or 14th but on one of those days I picked up my orthoditcs. He man who fitted me slid them into my shoes and made a couple of adjustments. He told me how to break them in and then I was off and running (so to speak).

I must say that the difference has been amazing. They changed my gait, changed my stance and changed my life. The foot pain is gone. I can be on my feet again. I’m walking 10000 plus steps a day. Work doesn’t kill my legs anymore. It has been wonderful. hats off to Dr Daniel Johnson! Hats off to Anderson’s Footwear and Custom Orthotics! My feet are eternally grateful.


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Wossamotta Wednesday

Wednesday January 15, 2020

I’m on the other side of the midpoint of my weight loss week. Time for the mid week check in. I am trying to do a check in on either Tuesday (hereafter called Turnaround Tuesday or Wednesday (afterwards known as Wossamotta Wednesday). For those wonder about the name of Wednesday, it is a contraction of the phrase “What’s the matter.” I admit that this is a blatant borrowing from a cartoon show that ran when I was a child: The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Wossamotta U was the name of the college that Bullwinkle attended.

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At any rate this morning is a good time to review how I’ve been doing weight-loss-wise and to ask, “What;s the matter?” It’s a chance to look and see what is going well and what needs to change as I go into the last part of the week.

Well, the WW tracker tells the story. I didn’t track on Saturday and Sunday. I’m not so worried about that because my current objective is to get hold of my weekday eating first and then expand to my weekend eating.

However on the weekend two significant things happened. First I went our to eat with the family on Saturday. I didn’t do badly. I ate three scrambled eggs, two sausage links and a biscuit. I didn’t eat the hash browns but now because I didn’t want to. They were burned so I found them inedible. I give myself a C as a grade for eating out on that meal.

The second thing that happened over the weekend was that I hurt my back on Sunday afternoon. That had repercussions for the first part of the work week. I was unable to go to work on Monday and Tuesday. That meant I was at home with nothing to do but eat. that was dangerous.

However I’m happy to report that I didn’t do too badly on Monday and Tuesday. I tracked on those days: Monday 31 points, Tuesday 33 points. Monday I had fruit but didn’t have vegetables. On Tuesday I had vegetables but no fruit. On both days I had way too much junk food.

Switching over the the activity side of things, all four days were fails.

Saturday: 5701 steps

Sunday: 5123 steps

Monday: 1915 steps

Tuesday: 2150 steps

I’m not gonna jump all over me because I has hurt. In order for my back to heal I had lay low physically. I’m back at work today but I still feel the pain. So I will need to be careful how I work today since my job involves a lot of standing, walking, bending, lifting, carrying, stooping, cart pushing and other stuff. Still I suspect I will be back at 10,000 plus steps today and for the rest of the work week.

My plans for eating are to get on track for fruits and vegetables.


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The News from Lake Weightbegone

Sunday December 8, 2019

Well, it’s been a quite week in Lake Weightbegone, my new hometown on here on the edge of good health.

Two months have gone by and I’ve said nothing about my health. Sadly my tracking has completely failed. I did no intentional exercise at all. My eating has not been out of control nor has it been under control. I’ve eaten whatever and whenever. And yet with all of this failure, I was pleased to see no weight gain for this period.

Current weight: 207.3 lbs

Weight change since last weigh in: 0.0 lbs

And that the news from Lake Weightbegone

…where all the women are strong because they workout

…all the men are good looking because they watch their portion sizes

…and all the children are above average when it comes to their activity points.

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Physical Status Report

Wednesday April 3, 2019

Woke up in pain today. I’m having abdominal pain in my lower left quadrant. I’m pretty sure it is another diverticulitis flare up.

These have been happening with startling regularity since my last hospitalization. I suspect that these will continue to happen until surgery puts an end to this in early May.

As is my practice when I’m having a flare up, I will go easy on the colon. I’ll go to a low fiber relatively bland diet. I’ll move slowly and limit any lifting. In the next day or so the pain should subside.