Archive for November, 2006

The 3 week challenge

So here it is…

With everything I know from years of personal training, nutritional counselling and weight management for others I am going to see just how much I can affect change in myself over the next 3 weeks. I will post my stats today and document every day how I am doing. Unfortunately I have to assume it will be an enormous flop and I will be exactly the same. But there is a glimmer of hope that I may just be able to treat myself as a stranger and get this done.


Blind Panic (at the disco)

We have booked our flight and this year we will be celebrating Swissmas !!!
We will be spending 19 days away from Canada’s frozen tundra. As an aside, while I was away I had ADT install an alarm system at home which apart from Nicole setting it off yesterday has been excellent and a great source of comfort to us while we are out coaching. So now I am in a blind panic to lose as much weight as I can before the holiday and in true self-sabotage style so far this week I have had 2 pieces of carrot cake (one without icing – not my choice) a christmas snowman cookie and a mini Crispy Crunch. Not to mention the extra large portion of breakfast cereal I had this morning (even if it was All Bran Guardian).
I also realised that I am once again behind in my blog, to the degree that when I searched for KLM to see what we thought of the flight last time (2 years ago) there was no entry found. So I am committing to blogging my vacation this year with photos and everything…

I took down my latest calendar today and replaced it with a new one. It is a printed calendar that allows me just to colour dot days to let me know when I should be doing things but also with just enough space for a couple of words in case something significant happens. This is what you have missed so far according to the wall:
June 4th went to street fair in Aurora
June 5th to the dentist (and I weighed 276)
June 13th back to dentist
June 15th went to see Cousin Davey and AFI at Guverment
June 20th last day of competitive coaching
June 22 were forced to clean our cubicles
June 24/25 wedding (I think Blair and KhYrrysTiTIIEs)
June 27 off sick
July 3 Weighed 272
July 14 Finished Wireless Criteria paper
July 24 Weighed 266 and the new Caf with Tims and Pizza Pizza opened. This was a big day since I had done all the work for the POS units and the cameras etc.
July 25 and 26 I went to Branson for link testing
July 30 to Alletas at noon
July 31 back at Branson
Aug 2 Layer 227 here to help with Branson link (contivities)
Aug 4 day off
Aug 7 day off
Aug 8 met with Peter (Giffels) and supposed to move Accelar
Aug 9 back at Branson
Aug 11 – 13 supposed to be at Penetang with nicole but stayed home and monitored Thunder and his poop to see if he relly had eaten more thread. Results inconclusive but Thunder now is very suspicious of me.
Aug 14 projected to have weighed 257. Actual 269
Aug 17 Coaches meeting
Aug 19 and 20 Buffalo and ring buying
August 25th Asked Nicole to marry me, she said yes!
August 27th 5k race we “ran”
Sep 2 to 5 Off
Sept 5 1st day of coaching
Sept 9th Another Wedding – Kim and Trevor
Sept 16th Cerner upgrade weekend – 6pm to 2am upgrading PC’s
Sept 23 supposed to be Pickering Aerials Party but we went to Scarborough Boston Pizza instead with the famous 5 gym girls and their other halves.
Sept 24 Went to see boats for the reception
Sept 25 – 28 Off Sick (Flu)
Nov 8th to 17th Off with back problems

Dr. day

I spoke to Dad this morning and apart from a shortness of breath which is to be expected after having one’s ribs broken he sounded like his old self. I told him we would be there for Christmas and he seemed happy that we would get to see him. I am hoping that we can get to be there the same time as Fiz and Gordon and upon our preliminary look, it seems that the prices won’t be so bad. I am currently waiting to go to see the doctor, I did another 10 minutes on the treadmill today and even though that seems like I would be recovering well, the amount of pain I am in seems disproportionately high. I have a tightness and pain across the top of my hips, and also a searing pain up the spinal column from my tailbone to my mid back. My right leg has stopped aching as it was yesterday however I think it may tighten up again now I have walked a little. I cannot stand upright with any haste and once on my feet I tend to wallk with a hunch for the first few minutes. Even after 10 mins on the treadmill the pain was such that I was not completely upright. The pain is very intense, and very direct and it comes on very quickly. It is located mostly across the lower back form hip bone to hip bone but is more intense on the right side. Mostly it prevents me standing upright and any attempt to arch it out proves futile. I am still a little off centre with my shoulders off to the left, however I can correct it with pressure on my right hip. This is not a solution since it does not last at all. I am currently icing my back again in an attempt to stop the pain. More to come…

I am back, having been to see the doctor and having him write me a referral to a pain management specialist that Alleta knows. He refilled my prescriptions and told me that if I am not better in the next 2 days that a cortisone injection may be the way to go. Unoftunately the drive there and back was not very pleasant and I am now in more pain that I was when I left. I got my return to work doc signed with a return date of next monday which gives me a max of 6 more days to recover fully.

Mixed News

Well this week has been a horrible time in my life. My back went out again last Tuesday, I am not even sure why but I think it is due to the chair at Branson that I sit in when working in the closet. So I have been off for a week now, however my back is not responding to the usual treatment and I am starting to get concerned. I have a doctors appt tomorrow as long as I am in shape to go. However this is not the worst news… Last wednesday dad went for his angiogram and apparently they found some blockages in two arteries of his heart and they rushed him to Lausanne ED to have double bypass surgery. Even writing that it doesn’t seem at all real to me. I am not sure if it is a mixed blessing that I am not trying to concentrate on work and worry about him and my mum. I have spoken to mum a couple of times and Fizzy once, in fact she was the one who called to give me the news. So unfortunately this week has, in a word, sucked. I am hoping that we will be able to go to Switzerland for Christmas and maybe even see Fiz and Gordon so that at the very least we will be able to give Dad some support. I will write more tomorrow after i have been to the Doctor and should know more about both my back and my dad. I am still in shock, I am sure, because no matter how many times I go over it in my mind it just doesn’t seem real.