Totally off the subject…

As many of you know, I am reporter for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, MN.

Because of this, I have been afforded many different opportunities…I have been skydiving; I have been a firefighter for a day; I have done ride-alongs with both our police department and our sheriff’s office; I rode in the MX-2 airplane, the world’s first and only airplane to use Ethanol fuel; and I have had the opportunity to meet some of the neatest people in and around my community.

Well, yesterday, I added one more thing to my list of firsts…I got to ride in a helicopter. Life Link III now has a base in Alexandria (read about it in next week’s paper) and I interviewed the crew, including the medic, the nurse and pilot. They took me up in the helicopter, which was way awesome! I even got to take a picture of my house from the sky! Seriously, it was the neatest experience. Helicopters are way cool.

Here’s a pic of me in the Life Link III chopper:

Thanks to Mike, the medic; Jamie the nurse; and Mike the pilot for an awesome adventure!

A morning at the doctor’s office…part 1

Well, I had my yearly check-up today. It went great…I think. 

My blood pressure was awesome, especially since I haven’t been taking my blood pressure pills in a very long time. I actually can’t remember when I went off of them, but I am guessing it was more than six months ago. It actually could have been a year ago. Regardless, I was thrilled when the nurse said the numbers out loud…108/70. What? Seriously? Yes!!!! I am back to having a normal blood pressure. That made my day.

And so did getting on the scale. Sort of. It just goes to show you that scales are different and it does make a difference on time and what you are wearing. This morning at home, at about 7:30-ish, my weight was 144. Even. 

At the doctor’s office, at about 10:30-ish, my weight was 146. Still happy about the number, but two pounds difference? Wow! Kind of weird. Kind of. But like the nurse said, after I told her that at home, three hours earlier, I was 144, I was wearing clothes and clothes makes a difference. Really? A two-pound difference? Whatever. I didn’t care. I was still happy with my number and the nurse actually gave me a hug after I told her I was excited to weigh myself and that I had just lost a bunch of weight.

The nurse is actually in the process of changing her lifestyle and has lost 20 pounds herself. That was so exciting to hear. She said she has been struggling though and that hearing my story was inspiring and gave her what she needed to get back on track. I wanted to jump up and give her a great, big, bear hug. But I didn’t. But I sure wanted to. I loved that I was inspiring to her. That makes me happy. I had her look back in my chart to see what my heaviest weight was and it was about 185, although there were three times that it said, "no weight listed." She said I must not have wanted to weigh myself those times. What? I didn’t think there was an option of not weighing yourself at the doctor. I always thought people HAD TO get weighed! Doesn’t matter. I was happy to step on the scale today. Very happy, indeed.

So, after visiting with my doctor (she’s a nurse practitioner, actually), whom I absolutely love, I was off on my merry way. My doc was very proud of me, too. It was kind of cool when she walked into the room and addressed me as Miss Skinny Minnie! That was kind of cool, really. It was nice to have a doctor tell me that I was doing the right thing and that she was proud of me. Maybe now I can finally, after 16 years, get out of my head what my doctor said to me when I was pregnant with my son.

He said, "You know that saying when you’re pregnant you eat for two?" I, of course, replied with a big grin on my face, "Yes!!!!???" And then he replied with, very dryly and somewhat stern, "You should really try eating for one."

I remember leaving his office, waddling to my car and bawling before I could get my key in the ignition. Then, I promptly went to the Dairy Queen and ordered a Peanut Buster Parfait. If my memory serves me correctly, that was the best darn Peanut Buster Parfait I ever ate!

Well, I should be getting my cholesterol results sometime this week. I promise to share those when I get them in the mail. I asked my doctor to please include what my numbers were last year at my visit. Should be interesting!

The scale

For the past week, I decided to weigh myself every day and see how much the scale actually changes. Not that it really matters, but I thought it would be kind of fun. The results weren’t that surprising, though. But it was still fun.

My scale is a digital scale that not only measures my weight, but it also measures percentage of body fat, bone density, percentage of water and my body mass index (BMI). 

Here are my measurements starting on Monday, April 19 and ending today, Sunday, April 25. I always weigh myself in the morning and with no clothes on, in case you wanted to know. And most of the time, it is after I have had my breakfast!

Monday – 4-19-10 at 8:10 a.m.
Weight: 145.2 pounds
Body fat: 26.1 percent
Bone density: 5.2
Water: 53.9 percent
BMI: 23.3

Tuesday – 4-20-10 at 5:45 a.m.
Weight: 145.4 pounds
Body fat: 26.8 percent
Bone density: 5.2
Water: 53.4 percent
BMI: 23.3

Wednesday – 4-21-10 at 5:55 a.m.
Weight: 145.4 pounds
Body fat: 26 percent
Bone density: 5.4
Water: 54 percent
BMI: 23.3

Thursday – 4-22-10 at 5:45 a.m.
Weight: 145.4 pounds
Body fat: 25.6 percent
Bone density: 5.4
Water: 54.3 percent
BMI: 23.3

Friday – 4-23-10 at 8:30 a.m.
Weight: 146 pounds
Body fat: 25.9 percent
Bone density: 5.4
Water: 54 percent
BMI: 23.4

Saturday – 4-24-10 at 8:25 a.m.
Weight: 143.4 pounds
Body fat: 24.5 percent
Bone density: 5.2
Water: 55.1 percent
BMI: 23

Sunday – 4-25-10 at 8:30 a.m.
Weight: 144.6 pounds
Body fat: 25.2 percent
Bone density: 5.4
Water: 54.6 percent
BMI: 23.2

Back in October and December of last year, I was weighed using a body composition analyzer at the tech school. It recorded a whole bunch of things, but the main things were weight, body fat and BMI. Here are those results:

October 28, 2009 at 9:16 a.m.
Weight: 145
Body fat: 28.5 percent
BMI: 23.4

December 12, 2009 at 12:28 p.m.
Weight: 148.6
Body fat: 29.1 percent
BMI: 24

My weight and my BMI hasn’t changed much, but my percentage of body fat has and that makes me happy!

Even though it kind of really doesn’t matter, I will continue to keep track, especially my body fat. I don’t necessarily want my weight to go down, but I would love to see the percentage of body fat keep going down. That would make me very happy.

Tomorrow, I have my yearly physical and I cannot wait! Sounds odd, I know, but I can’t wait to see my numbers…blood pressure, cholesterol and of course, weight. I plan on asking the doctor to look through my chart and see what my highest weight was. It should be interesting and of course, don’t worry, I will blog about all these numbers when I get the results back!

Bad day

This is going to be very short and well, not so sweet.

Today was a very crappy day. Work – at both of my jobs – was very stressful and busy. And, to top it all off, I had a very angry lady yell and then hang up on me because of a story I wrote in the newspaper. Yikes. I don’t know if I have ever had that happen to me. YIKES!

And so because of my crappy day, I ate half a brownie at lunch (it was a HUGE brownie!). Luckily, though, it was after the delicious salad I ate. Then, I ate two cupcakes at work. Another YIKES! Oh, I also ate more popcorn at work! AARGH!!!!!

I haven’t had a day like this for a very long time and I hope I don’t have another one again for a very long time. I can’t wait to go for my run tonight. It is going to feel sooooooooooo good!

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I’ve been lazy

It seems that I have been a bit lazy lately. At least when it comes to updating my blog. It’s not that stuff hasn’t been happening. It has, which is why I have been lazy…or maybe it’s just busy. Naw, it’s probably lazy. Or maybe it’s a combination of both. Who knows!

With the beautiful, gorgeous, wonderful weather we have been having, I have been spending some time outdoors. I so much enjoy being outside. Well, when it is not windy. I am so not a fan of Mr. Wind. But I am such a fan of Mr. Sunshine! I wish I could spend even more time in the big, bright, beautiful sun, but it also seems that with the nicer weather, there is more to do – not just with home stuff, but work, too.

And also, unfortunately, there has been more television to watch lately. Darn it.

I know, not good. My family is huge into American Idol, which takes up two days a week. Plus, my ultimate, favorite show just started…Glee! I love, love, love that show. And we just found out that one of our other favorite shows started, In Plain Sight. And then there is also a new show that recently started, Parenthood. That is a rocking show. Very real. Love it. Love watching it with my son. But, UGH, too much television! I really try not to let myself get sucked in, but sometimes, I just can’t help it. Dang it. Stupid shows.

And I am not sure if it’s all the exercising I have been doing lately, but man, have I been craving sugar AND salt. It’s been crazy. At times, uncontrollably crazy. 

At work, we have a popcorn machine that is used every day. I typically don’t ever eat popcorn. Ever. But for some reason, the last week and a half, I bet I have eaten popcorn every single day. And my gosh, it is SOOOOO good. Seriously. But I told myself that after this week, no more. Or at least not every day. I probably only eat two cups worth, but still, it’s really not that good for you. Although it doesn’t have butter on it (thank goodness), it is made with plenty of oil! And…..salt. But that’s the best part about it!

Also, once again, I can’t seem to satisfy this sweet tooth of mine. I haven’t gone all out crazy, but I have slipped….a little. Or maybe a little more than a little. So okay, in the last four days, I have eaten a small blizzard at DQ (Friday); my favorite treat at Cold Stone Creamery (Sunday); and a caramel pecan sundae at Culver’s (Monday). I kind of did it as an experiment – or at least that is what I am telling myself. As I wrote about last time, the blizzard wasn’t really "all that" or just not what it used to be, you know. So, I wanted to see if maybe I was losing my taste for ice cream, hence the treats at the other two places.

To my disappointed and pleasure, I am not losing my "need" or cravings for ice cream. The disappointing part was that I still LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the taste of ice cream from Cold Stone. The pleasurable part was that Cold Stone is an hour away from me so I can’t go there every day. As for DQ and Culver’s treats, I can take ’em or leave ’em. So, I guess that was a little exciting to know. Neither one of them, which are both located in Alexandria, really do anything for me anymore, which is good. I am so not complaining. 

The one good thing with all of this, however, is that I haven’t gained any weight….YET! Actually, I don’t think I will with all the exercising I have been doing. Thank goodness for that, I guess!

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