Friday, September 17, 2010

Where Has All the D Gone?

For weeks now, I have been dragging my flabby white butt around, wondering what 
the heck is the matter with me.  For the most part, I've been blaming my lack of energy on the
fact that I started working last month and am so very out of touch with the working schedule.

Only after having my first physical in years and having a full CBC (all those years of watching ER have paid off) blood work up,
did I find that I am terribly deficient in vitamin D.  Combine this with a lack luster thyroid and together you have one very exhausted mid 50 woman.  

Here's what I've learned about vitamin D.  

Vitamin is of utmost importance for your body because its role is to help your body use the calcium and phosphorus from your food. It also regulates normal cellular differentiation thus preventing cancer and helps insulin secretion. Deficiency of this vitamin is connected to rickets.   Yes, rickets!  Chronic fatigue, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and weight loss (not in my case...damn!) are just some of the side effects.


 Most women my age no longer drink the 
multiple glasses of milk each day (no, a dribble of coffee creamer does not help at all) and we tend
to forego the cheeses from our daily diet...at least I do.  So on a scale from 1 to 1,000,000, the total vitamin D in my system is around negative 543,908!  I could be exaggerating just a touch, mind you.

My new doc, Dr T, prescribed 50,000 units of vitamin every week.  Guess my 1,000 mg a day wasn't enough to jump start this old broad!  Currently, I am on the second month's regime and I was well aware that today... I finally felt a little better.  

Now I can move forward and target the slow, motion thyroid with a little help 
from modern medicine and better living through chemistry. 

Who knows, by October I may be ready to run a 5 K.

Who am I kidding!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Birthday, Baby Sister

My sister and I are almost 5 years apart.  She is everything that a sister should and can be.
Here she is at my daughter's wedding three and a half years ago.

Here she is adoring her husband, Steve.
Noticed that she lost mega weight.
Way to go, Geri!
I love you very much...
and oh, your card is in the mail!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fall....Ahhhhh

My favorite time of year is fast approaching. 
 Fall.  
Autumn. 
Why do I get goose bumps when I see the long shadows appear on the road I drive everyday?
Is it the crispness of the evening air that welcomes the arrival of my sweaters that have been packed away?
Or is it simply the end of summer and the expectation of opening windows to breathe the fresh air?
I don't know about you, but this is my favorite time of year.

I know that I have recycled this photo before but I promise to get my camera out again very soon, but it is one of my favorites.
Do you share my passion for this season?
What is your favorite time of the year?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I Guess You're A Redneck If...

... you love NASCAR and have a favorite driver...
...when it is announced...
Gentleman, start your engines...
and the noise knocks you on your butt...
..your driver comes in third, but you love it all the same!

This NASCAR obsession began in 2006 for no apparent reason.  
Honestly, I do not know where this inclination came from.  
Perhaps I am channeling another person from a parallel universe!
I guess you can say it is my guilty pleasure.  




Thursday, September 2, 2010

What Are Your Labor Day Plans?

Greetings from the South!  
Life among the working class is becoming easier and easier as each day passes.
Acknowledging that I must take a kinder and gentler approach to dealing with people,
I have seen a marked improvement.  Again, I think it is all me and not the poor folks who 
experience dispare.  
Labor day weekend approaches and the formal end to this hot summer will be behind us.  
My plans are to celebrate the official kick off of college football!  
Go Dawgs!  Don't tell anyone, but I am teaching Jack to say Go Dawgs instead of 
rooting for the Florida Gators!
Sunday we will be at our first NASCAR race right here at Atlanta Motor Speedway!
This may be my first and last race...no one can say, but I am excited about seeing this event first hand.

I will be rooting for the Number 48, Jimmie Johnson!  

Tell me, what are you doing this holiday weekend?