Monday, August 13, 2007

The Last Long Post

Well it has been a roller coaster ride lately, mainly going down but I am looking forward to the going up – I’m sure it will be coming around again soon.

Today’s news broadcasts and papers had items regarding the recalling of the painkiller “Prexige” due to a number of deaths, which may be attributed to its use. Guess what medication I was changed over to prior to my getting sick two weeks ago? It is going to be an interesting appointment with my rheumatologist tomorrow morning.
I guess I was lucky, I knew that something was seriously wrong with my body and after first thinking maybe it was just the flu, realised that it was probably the medication and changed back to my old medication. I’m still not good – bits of me are swollen but I am nowhere near as bad as I was two weeks ago.

I was part of the Field of Women at Telstra Stadium on Saturday night. I am now the very proud owner of a bright pink poncho. It was a moving, uplifting (so many emotions) experience. I was nervous because I suddenly realised that I was alone and everyone else was in groups but I found another women there by herself and we stayed together. Sometimes it is hard to step outside my comfort zone but when I do it is always rewarding. Our husbands were both there but in the stands and unfortunately on different sides of the field otherwise we could have directed them towards each other while we were on the field, waiting to get on the field etc etc. The singing of the rewritten song “Up there Cazaly” which Mike Brady had changed to “Up there Pink Lady” was a hoot.

The game was good. The first Swans game I have gone to but very interesting and despite the seemingly lack of rules very entertaining. The crowd was so vocal and passionate – makes a change from the rugby.

I have put on a kilo a week for the last six weeks. I start each Monday fully intending to control my eating but by late afternoon on sometimes day 1 or usually day 2 I have lost the plot again. I know I haven’t been well but this is not helping either. I don’t need the extra strain on my joints at the moment. When Catherine rang last week I had just finished eating this giant muffin I had bought for Mark for his morning tea, all the leftover baked potatoes, three-quarters a packet of rice crackers and it wasn’t even six p.m. and I had to go to yoga which is not good on a full stomach. How pathetic.

I haven’t been to the gym to exercise (cardio and/or weights) for nearly two weeks. I went on Saturday to do Pilates but got talked into a “pilates” fitball class because the pilates teacher was away sick. It really wasn’t pilates and I was pissed off by the end of it. If I wanted to do aerobics I would do aerobics. Anyway you live and learn and I will not fall for that one again.

Tai chi is good. We are learning “wind” (no jokes please) and Wednesday night yoga is still wonderful.

I have been walking with Lucy more and I have about 30 set walks that I have been doing for around 15 years (probably more). Don’t laugh but I keep records and what they show me is that I am slowing down. In 1994 I walked a lot quicker than I do now. Over the last couple of years I had settled into around 6 kmph but shock horror this is now dropping too. So, I am making a conscious effort to pick up my walking pace again.

I went into Borders and bought a DVD on Kundalini Yoga. Not that I know anything about this type of yoga but it has morning and evening yoga relaxation exercises. I couldn’t find the ones Mary mentions in her blog. I have finally got around to watching it today on my computer at work and I should be able to do them except maybe the very first morning one. It has modifications too for a lot of the stretches which is good. I will have to get up earlier, probably around 5 a.m. so that I can fit it in and I don’t think I will be able to do the waking routines as I think it involves too much moving around in bed and I can see myself getting evicted from the bedroom. I will try to get to bed earlier to compensate for the early rising time but I know I will find that hard too.

Rethinking exercise program as a result of all of the above. Have asked one of the personal trainers at the gym to help me which might happen within the next couple of weeks. Otherwise I will seriously rethink my gym membership. This is a major step for me as I have been going for 7 years and have made some great friends – the Saturday morning gym breakfasts are so much fun.

Gareth has moved into a flat near where he is working in London. The Club supplies him with three meals a day on the days that he works which must be a saving. He is planning on doing weekend trips to Ireland, Portugal, Poland and maybe Germany for Oktoberfest. One of his work mates just flew to Portugal for 2 p return (taxes included). His problem is that he doesn’t have computer access all the time so he can’t check out the cheap flight offers.

I bought a pair of gardening boots this week – Blundstones. They are great and I don’t have to wear my sneakers in the garden anymore. So impressed with them. I feel like I am a serious gardener now.

Have started a new folkart project. There will be a picture of the Christmas elf posted soon. I am so lazy about downloading pictures but I will get better at it I promise.

Spring is on the way and I am looking forward to it so much. A little bit of rain would be nice but I am not complaining. The warm days are a blessing and never fail to enthuse me into getting out into the garden on Sundays.

By the way, congratulations to Jodie on news of her pregnancy. A playmate for Zoe!

I will try to confine myself to short posts in the future as I know time is of an essence and if you have lasted to the end thanks for listening it has been strangely cleansing to put a lot (but not all) of thoughts in writing.


  1. I'm sorry, I couldn't help but laugh - 30 routes and records spanning 15 years?? That is a serious undertaking! Is it any surprise that you have slowed? Many people in your situation would throw up their hands and up stumps, take bat and ball and go home. Seriously, good on you.

    The medication issue is scary. Thankfully you listened to your body. The white coat syndrom is a bit scary and all too common. I think I drove my doctors batty with questions about my recent ailments, but I am glad I now know what I do.

  2. PS. Footy's good, huh?!!

    If you're ever in Melbourne during a season, go to a game at the G with two big Victorian teams playing. Roughly 40,000 supporters per team, in that stadium, priceless. (Actually, I think I reserved seat is about $40 ;oP )

  3. Oh - you are going through a real rough patch again. Hang in there Julie, have to admire how you bounce back and keep trying new things.

  4. Yikes, glad you were intuitive enough to go back to your old medication. Hope it all gets sorted out and that you're feeling better.

    How amazing are you for doing the Field for Women. I love the idea of these things but can't do crowds. It is for such a good cause.

    I've put on a kilo or two as well in the last 6 weeks and have the same kind of patterns. I start off each day with good intentions and then don't stick with it. At least Spring is coming so it'll help with the healthier food options. I'm going to do another detox next week, the one I paid for before. It's expencive but it really works for me.

    Glad the Tai Chi and Yoga is still going well for you. I've been finding it hard to fit in cardio at the moment as well but we'll see. LOL at your walking pace. I went for my first long walk in ages this morning as was a little "what the...". Makes me want to put more of an effort in again before I lose all my fitness.

    So how's the Kundalini DVD? One of my teachers is a big advocate of Kundalini but I do Vinyasa with her. I'd love to hear what you think about it. It's mroe focused on the chakras right and repetitive movements, with a strong breath? 5am is a killer, especially in winter. I keep re-setting my alarm for 5.20, then 5.30am. It'll get easier when it's lighter outside.

    Love gardening and enjoy your new boots! One day I hope to own a place where I can have a garden :-)

    Hope you have a nice end to your week!

  5. Thank goodness you stopped taking that medication!

    How special to be one of the pink poncho women. I saw it on TV and didn't realise you were there. I would have waved to you ;-)

  6. I love long posts - it helps to get up to date with everything you have been doing :-)

    I did think of you when I saw the pink lady on the field. I did wave and got all choked up. I think it was a fantastic effort and next year I will come on the field with you. City 2 Surf or not the next day !!!

    Good luck with your drs meeting and make sure you give them a piece of your mind for giving you dodgy meds... What a shocking thing..

    But all that aside, enjoy your dvd's and your wind (hee hee I did laugh!)..

  7. Scary on that new medication. I am also on meds for rheumatoid arthritis. Every now and again they try to interest me in new fangled injectible medicine. Hating needles as much as I do, I have resisted so far. But, getting old sucks! Keeping active is the best revenge---keep it up!