Saturday, July 03, 2010

Still Dizzy

The fever came and went but the dizziness I was feeling going into the fever has stayed in place and I am still spending excessive amounts of time lying down and trying to read.

I must be improving, however, I can read up to four pages now before feeling it is too much.

I miss my daily routine.

Friday, July 02, 2010

DizzyFIX Takes Care of Vertigo at Home

DizzyFIX Takes Care of Vertigo at Home

This is very exciting news for those with vertigo, specifically BPPV. I know that some of the people who read my blog come across it because they have vertigo, whether Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. The devise only costs $150. Because you can use it at home, if you have a vertigo attack you can simply reach for the devise and use it right there and then. No need to wait until you can see your doctor or for a physical therapist to do the Epley maneuver to relieve the symptoms.

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Now if only the FDA would approve the BrainPort . . .

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Coming Up in 2011

In 2001 for whatever reason I decided to only read books written by women.  It was an interesting experiment and I have decided to repeat it this upcoming year, ten years after my first foray into narrowing down my literary choices.

I am also creating a list for future reference of authors I would like to read during 2011.  Here is the list to which I will be adding.  Feel free to throw out any suggestions for books and/or authors you may have.  I'll add them to the list.

Margaret Atwood
Jane Austen
Octavia Butler
Pema Chodron
Anchee Min
Lucy Maud Montgomery
J K Rowling
May Sarton
Anne Tyler
Alison Weir
Jeanette Winterson

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Clothesline Diet by Karen Gatt with Sue Smethurst


The Clothesline Diet:  The Incredible Story of How One Woman Went From Flab to Fab and How You Can Too! by Karen Gatt with Sue Smethurst is another in the seemingly endless supply of books on weight loss, lifestyle changes, with what I suppose is meant to be a smattering of inspiration thrown in.  If she can do it, so can you (as evident from the chapter ending examples of other people who did what Karen did and succeeded--woohoo!)

To be honest, this book has a very clear audience.  I am not the author’s audience.

If you are struggling with overeating to the point of using food in an addictive manner, this book will probably be a good choice.  I can see where Gatt’s story can be an inspiring one, stirring empathy and even motivating the reader.  However, for me I found the first part of the book to be tedious reading, often redundant, and simply dull. 

Like I said, this book has an audience and for anyone who has had a lifelong weight problem then there is probably something inspiring about her words.

If you are living a sedentary lifestyle, getting little to no exercise, the author’s experience will serve as a good foundation.  Reading about how she gradually worked her way up from five minutes of walking was interesting but there wasn’t much advice here for me.  I exercise between 1 and 3 hours daily and I would suspect that anyone else who is already living a relatively active lifestyle would find the exercise regimen a bit elementary. 

And I reiterate, someone who is not exercising should find the easy suggestion of gradually building up from where you are encouraging rather than banal.

If you do not know how to control your portions, prefer prepackaged to home cooked foods, and feel your eating is out of control, there may be something here for you.  I applaud Gatt for pointing out that her diet changes were not only good for her but good for her children and husband as well.  I’ve heard many people say they would eat healthier but their children shouldn’t have to suffer just because they need to lose weight.  When did eating a healthy, well-balanced diet become suffering? I must have missed that memo.

The thing is, I grew up in a household where fast-food was the exception and not the rule.  I think maybe once a month we grabbed some burgers and fries.  Otherwise, most of our meals were cooked from scratch.  We ate steamed meats and veggies, not fried.  Dessert was fruit, not cake and ice cream.  I’m not saying we didn’t have fried chicken or cheesecake occasionally but these were truly not a part of our day-to-day fare. 

In fact, I read one example aloud to my husband.  Gatt says that in her home a package of cookies would be eaten before six apples.  The expression on my husband’s face was incredulous.  In our home, six apples, six bananas, two pints of strawberries, and a bunch of grapes are gone before we even work through a box of graham crackers.

So here’s the thing—I did the seven day quick loss plan as prescribed in her book and I didn’t lose any weight.  I didn’t change my exercise routine.  I continued doing an hour of yoga, walking 2 miles, doing 44 miles on my bike, etc.  But no one diet works for everyone and the evidence that what she is doing works for herself and others is all over the pages of this book.  The seven day meal plan may be just the thing to keep the metabolism going (3 meals and 3 snacks a day will do that for you) and keep the body well hydrated (she wisely recommends drinking plenty of fluids).

I would say, if you meet the above criteria (have an eating disorder, do not exercise very little or not at all, and consume prepackaged foods in large portions) then this book may have some adequate if not mind-blowing suggestions for you.  If, however, you can honestly say that six apples would be eaten before a package of cookies then maybe find another inspirational book and diet plan because you may already be too far ahead of Gatt’s weight-loss game.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sick

Aha!

Last night I had a fever.  It's broken.  But that may explain the extreme dizziness.

That's also probably why my making blueberry cake and flan and Spanish rice and chicken fajitas may have been a bit too much for my dizzy self.

Oh and washing window blinds and windows.

And moving a tree.

Yeah.  I may have overdone it yesterday but hopefully the fever that broke out will break me through my relapse and I'll feel better sooner rather than later.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Relapse?

For a while, I blamed it all on the weather.  We had the usual-for-Georgia pop-up showers and typically they were right over us or near enough to us that I could say, "Oh.  This is why I feel poorly."  Day after day, and when they are clustered together like that I feel progressively worse.  So if on day one I stumble a bit, by week two or three I am driven to take naps, to sit down instead of stand, etc.

You know it is bad when I am too dizzy to read.

I've been too dizzy to read for a week now.  I still do it.  I still have a book close by and I read.  A couple of paragraphs.  Rest for an hour.  A page.  Rest for another hour.

I don't look around me at the housework I want and feel I need to do.  I try to forget about the responsibilities I have to everyone.  I lie around, curled up, trying not to make myself worse by forcing myself to pretend I'm better.

Which is why there was no Friday Randomness because, although I have blog entries which I've post-dated and "go live" days or even weeks after I have written them, there are some things that are more immediate which I typically write while surfing online.  Like the FR posts which I create one day and usually fill a bit at a time over the next few days.

The problem is . . . what do I blame now?  The pop-up showers have come and gone and I am still unable to cope.  Today I blame it on my cycle but eventually there will be no more external excuses to rationalize how poorly I feel and I will just have to face it--I'm relapsing, regressing, and no matter how much I do to improve my condition I will indeed have to live with it for the rest of my life.

Case closed.