Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
one week ago
1,164 posts

Strumelia, my wife is the queen of chicken soup and often makes a new batch every day.  You think I'm exaggerating, but I'm really not.  And not just in the winter, but even in the summer, which drives me crazy and leads to arguments about the cost of air conditioning.  Sometimes she makes what she calls vegetable soup, but she still uses a chicken broth.  For that reason, when I make soup I tend to use vegetable broth to get a break.

Yes, miso has no expiration date.  It's kind of scary how long it lasts in the refrigerator.

I've been told that honey is the only "food" that doesn't spoil.

I think I'll stay away from the frozen woolly mammoth meat, though.  That stuff might have been infected with diseases that have been extinct for 10,000 years.  No reason to bring it back. worried




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one week ago
1,715 posts

Dusty that soup sounds wonderful.  I make something a little like it, sort of with root veggies in the winter- golden beets is my fave to add in, and I make the base chicken brith.  But i do have miso in a jar in the fridge- and you've inspired me to pull it out and make some up soon!  I also made some udon noodles in chicken bouillion a few days ago- but I forgot I had the miso paste and will use that next time!  I read that miso paste is fermented and keeps well for years or indefinitely in the fridge if you don't introduce other stuff in the jar.  My refrigerated miso paste still looks, smells, and tastes great after 3 years now.  surprised    They actually found honey in 2,000 year old Egyptian tomb jars.. that was perfectly edible!  Also much older edible wooley mammoth meat in the frozen tundra.   !!




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
one week ago
1,164 posts

Well the cold (for California) weather has set in, and after all the buttery, gravy-laden Thanksgiving grub, I thought I needed a cleaning.  So last night I made a bit batch of one of my cold weather standards. I call it "hearty vegetable miso soup."  I start with vegetable broth and toss in whatever vegetables I'm in the mood for.  This time around I added onions, bell peppers, orange cauliflower, broccoli, and asparagus.  Seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, and whatever else I'm in the mood for. I even added a teaspoon of a pre-made barbecue sauce and a couple of shakes of hot sauce.  Get that up to a boil and then turn it down.  Then add a big tablespoon or two of miso paste, which doesn't like to boil but needs to be really hot to dissolve easily.  Once that's all mixed in I add some cubed tofu and top it off with a sliced green onion.  I made enough to last a few of days, but when I have some later today or tomorrow I might add some chicken or salmon or some other protein. It's remarkably tasty and filling while still being really low in carbs and fats.

In the past, less concerned with carbs, I used to toss in some udon noodles.  But that's how flexible this dish is. The soup is great for parties when different people have different dietary restrictions. You can make noodles, chicken, beef, pork, or seafood, and just have all that  available on the side for people to add into their soup, which starts out vegan and gluten-free.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 12/04/19 12:13:27PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,715 posts

Well, it's that time again...  doing the vegetable garden cleanup.  Piles and piles of pulled wilted dead plants, rotten tomatoes, weeds, etc.  Heaped on tarps and then we haul them into the woods to a big ditch across the road.  So much less fun than the beginning of the garden season.
Nice to get things cleaned up in the Fall though. Way worse if you wait til Spring, because then the ground's all muddy and half frozen when you're trying to pull out dead plants and clean things up for planting.  In the Fall the ground is still dry and fluffy- easier to pull out the plants!  Then I'll rake things up a bit and lay down thick straw over the beds for the winter.

Amazing, I still got a couple of nice big red peppers today... probably the last before the plants frost and die.

I've made two blueberry cobblers this week with blueberries I froze in July.  :D  I still have enough in the freezer for about 5 more cobblers... for special occasions I think.

The bees are slowing down. Time to put the mouse guards on the hive entrances and insulate the tops for the winter.




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,164 posts

Strumelia: When the snow flies outside, every time we open a jar it'll bring back the taste of Summer. 

Sounds delicious and comforting. Your words remind me of that Greg Brown tune "Canned Goods" .


Let the wild winter wind bellow and blow


I'm as warm as a July tomato.


There's peaches on the shelf, potatoes in the bin


Supper ready everybody come on in


Taste a little of the summer


Taste a little of the summer


Taste a little of the summer


Grandma put it all in jars.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 09/18/19 08:59:05PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,715 posts

I buckled down and made a BIG batch of green tomatillo sauce today, and canned it. Always a project to haul out the canning stuff.

I started with approx. 14 lbs of tomatillos (before husking), and finished up with about 16 nice looking pint jars.  It also included 4 onions, 13 cloves garlic, 2 fresh garden red peppers, an entire large bunch of fresh cilantro, 1.5 cups lime juice, and 2 T. ground cumin. About 1 tablespoon each of ground black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes.

My oh my but it tastes divine!

So satisfying to get the messy kitchen all cleaned up and hear the 'pinggg!' sound as each jar top dimple seals down while cooling. pimento    When the snow flies outside, every time we open a jar it'll bring back the taste of Summer.




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Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
3 months ago
160 posts

Thanks, Ken......that is a great reminder........your website is outstanding, in fact I have used some of those recipes in days gone by.  I looked for a food-coop sort of group out here but alas none. (You can find plenty of dope co-ops though.)  When I was able to deliver food to the pantries around here I could always manage to find some produce from time to time. Those sources have dried up for the most part. 

And you are so right about those megastore groceries, one day apples were $4.29 a pound.  (A young women ahead of me in the checkout line had a bag of apples for the two tykes she had with her, 6-7 apples rang up a bit over $11.00.)  Next year I will fence off an area and grow my own, or at least some off it.  I'll bet have the poor folk out here are sick with diabetes, bad teeth, and all sorts of other stuff, because they just cannot afford to eat healthy food. 

I'll hit your website today and come up with a list of things to buy when I head down to Ocala.  There is a Earthfare store there, pricey but the produce is pretty good.

I appreciate the reminder to visit your website and will make it so.

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
3 months ago
1,647 posts

Saltsprings!   Look around and see if there's a Produce Co-op in your area.  We get 98% of our veggies these days from the SWFL Produce Co-op.  Great quality veg and MUCH cheaper than Publix!  We're both Pescatarians (fish/seafood once/twice a week) and eat a LOT of veggies.  I spend $30-40 at the co-op for what would cost me twice that from Public or any of the megamarts.

Check out my weekly Fooding Around With The Kilted Cook food-blog.  I have hundreds...thousands of great, easy to prepare vegetarian and other recipes that I've posted over the past five years.  Just yesterday, among other things,  I posted a recipe for Mexican-flavored white bean burgers that are really simple to make and outstanding great flavor

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
3 months ago
160 posts

Nice.........my cooking is going down the drain.  In fact, it has become pathetic...However, this little note might just get me back on track.   The big issue right now is weening myself off some meds for that disastrous nerve issue in my kisser. Since the Doc's warned me that a 30-40 lb weight gain could be expected its off to the veggie stand again.  Big old tomato sandwiches sound really nice and are sure to beat Raisin Bran and peanut butter crackers.........

Your veggie concoctions are really outstanding, but believe it or not veggies out here in the woods and in Florida no less are priced way out of line............$2.00 for 1 tomato!  I planted some last year and the deer loved them and everything else they could swipe..........really kind of funny.....they were just waiting for them to ripen.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,715 posts

Tomatoes are gearing down.  We had big tomato & bacon sandwiches on sesame hamburger buns for dinner. I like mine with mayo spread on the buns, Brian likes with guacamole spread.  Won't be more than another week or two for those big slabs of red tomato slices.  dancetomato

Still getting lots of tomatillos though, so I'll have to make more green sauce this week.  I'll probably can some jars of it since there'll be too much for just keeping in the fridge.  Those plants get mighty big!  Next year I'll have to remember to give them more elbow room on all sides.

I also discovered that tomatillo branches are absolutely gorgeous when cut and arranged in a vase. The sun shines through the light green leaves, and the little tomatillos 'lanterns' hang from the stems, draping gracefully. Beautiful! and they last for almost 2 weeks in a vase looking nice.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
1,715 posts

I've been saving up ripe tomatillos from my garden for the past 10 days, and had a giant bowl of them ready for today.  I made my first green sauce!

After husking and washing the tomatillos, I cut them all in half, then quartered two onions and halved a large red italian pepper (also from my garden) and tossed all with a little olive oil and salt and black pepper.  (I can't eat too hot spicy so I didn't use jalapeno hot type peppers. Mild hot is ok for me though.)
I spread everything out on a big broiling pan in one layer and roasted it in a 425 oven about 20 minutes til everything was soft and a bit of charring of the tops. That was more than enough cooking. Removed some of the liquid with a turkey baster, because there was really way too much liquid. 

Spooned it all into the food processor and buzzed it just enough to to chop up the bigger onion/pepper pieces.  The resulting chunky sauce all filled a 2 quart pyrex pitcher.  I add a tablespoon or two of hot cilantro chutney, stirred that in, and then ladled into canning jars to keep in the refrigerator.  Recipes say it should be good for like 6 or 8 weeks... plenty of time for us to eat it all up!  It is reeeeally yummy!

There are way more green tomatillos still out there that are not ripe yet.  I think the next batch would be accumulated and ready in a couple weeks.  At that time I might make another batch but actually 'can' it with a hot water bath and seals so I can store it on a shelf for longer time, maybe give a few jars as Christmas presents.




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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hugssandi
@hugssandi
5 months ago
268 posts

If you want info on homeopathic treatments for tick bites, let me know!

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
5 months ago
1,715 posts

Terry, I'm very grateful for the blessings I have in life, at least at this point in time.   :)




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
5 months ago
272 posts
Lisa, a question begs to he answered. 'Tick bites a side, can a person have way, way, too much fun?"

Me thinks you qualify. Life is good for you, and that's a wonderful & healthy life to live. "It's a wonderful life."
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
5 months ago
1,164 posts

Do you think the cobbler could survive being mailed to the west coast? I'll gladly take some off your hands. droool




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
5 months ago
1,715 posts

Still picking tons of blueberries.  I'm making a blueberry cobbler (8x8 glass pan) almost every day.  dancetomato The bushes look like maybe another two weeks to go. Somehow my husband and I are just managing to keep up with eating them without having to preserve any.  I guess we can get back to less fattening stuff after the blueberries finish.  That's when the tomatoes kick in.  :)  We feel like bears during berry season, gorging ourselves. 
I'm also having bowls of yogurt with our own blueberries and raspberries, topped with walnuts.  Eating extra yogurt to recover my gut from having taken doxycycline for 5 days after a tick bite.  Dang ticks ruin all the fun!  We never walk in the woods or fields anymore due to ticks, but sometimes they get us even in our small backyard, like when I work in the veggie garden or pick our raspberries, or work near the beehives.  wondering

I went to a Cajun 2-step dance party at a local pub, with pretty good cajun band.  A new experience for me, a little outside my comfort zone. I didn't expect to see more than 1 person I knew, but several people i know, and also a few contra dancers I know showed up.  I guess we were all there in order to get some dancing in.  They gave a modest lesson beforehand for a few minutes, and it was all real casual, so I didn't feel too embarrassed.  Everybody danced with everyone there...all nice folks.  It definitely wasn't as much movement as a zumba class (or as contra dancing either) but it was more fun than zumba for me, and my pedometer claimed i did about 6,000 steps during the dancing.
I'm going this Saturday to an all day outdoor festival that features a huge dance tent with contra dancing almost all day and night.  I'll get there before lunch and leave around 11pm or so like last year.  HUUUUUGE workout, which is why I'm trying to get a few zumba classes and other dancing under my belt  beforehand.




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
5 months ago
268 posts

@salt-springs , giggle2 Had to look that up, had to add it to my favorites...  So sad to learn he just passed away last month.

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
5 months ago
160 posts

"He'll to the Naw, Naw"............one of my all time favorite semi-gospel tunes by Bishop Bullwinkle on

YouTube..........seriously, that song will preach!


updated by @salt-springs: 07/19/19 01:10:26PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
5 months ago
1,715 posts

"...to the naw..."  Too funny!  bananadance




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
5 months ago
268 posts

Thank you, @Robin-Thompson!  That feeling is mutual, and I am grateful for you!

@Strumelia, OH friend!  HA HA HA!  Eric had been copying the original Zumba VHS to DVD for me when he came in and blurted, "WHAT is this you brought into my house?!!" and accused me of having porn.  I had never done the advanced ones, and apparently Beto is dancing behind two of the girls with his "eyes on their onions" as Eric says, licks on hand and slaps a bottom, licks the other hand and slaps the other in the same way.  He was horrified!  LOL...  But it gets even better:  Then there was a whole sting operation around a Zumba place in Florida that was actually a prostitution ring.  So when our community center started offering Zumba to the little, old ladies in the neighborhood, I said I was going.  His immediate response was, "Oh HELL to the naw!"  HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!  

You really have to hear him tell it~everyone splits a gut.  SO FUNNY!  And the Zumba class, of course, was great.  


updated by @hugssandi: 07/18/19 11:28:42PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
5 months ago
1,715 posts

Sandi, swimming is a good way to exercise/move without overheating during the Summer. It's been so hot around here lately! Even my honeybees are too hot to stay in their hive- at midday, there are great BEARDS of thousands of them hanging from the fronts of their hives, keeping cooler than going inside. I should take a photo, it would scare most folks to death to see but they are pretty peaceful, just 'hangin' and 'chillin'.  lolol   We are blessed to have air conditioning in our house- especially needed as we get older i think.

Sandi I reeeally want to hear the funny zumba story!  Are you willing to post it here or will you PM me?




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
5 months ago
996 posts

@hugssandi We're here on the planet to encourage one another-- and you've been an encouragement to me through the years we've known one another online.  We do go back a good ways.  <3




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
5 months ago
268 posts

I always love all of your sharings here!  Hope you are doing well with your journey and hospital issues, Andreas.  Hang in there Salt Springs!  Strumelia, I so love Zumba, but I've not done it in a few years.  Have a funny story as to why my husband didn't want me to ever start...  grin Robin, I am encouraged by your cleaning out!  I am in the same boat, and I guess I have been for a long while.  I never seem to finish, and it all seems to pile up again.  

I'm not doing so great in the health department.  I know that if I'm not loyal to just 15 minutes, 3X a week I struggle with swelling and knee pain.  So WHY am I not doing just that??!!!  UGH.  I know I've been battle a bit of depression over many different issues and wish I weren't built like tissue paper.  We just got back from an hour at the pool though, and that felt great.  Weird that I could feel the swelling in one ankle more in the water....

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
5 months ago
996 posts

Friends, your postings have encouraged me with going through old paperwork, papers much accumulated in my own home during the years I was caregiver at my folks' house.  And I wish to tackle more than papers, too, to lessen the things in the house.  It will take me many months but I'm further along than had I done nothing.  

Andreas, I wish all good things for your hospital stay! 

Thank you for the inspiration, folks!  




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
5 months ago
1,715 posts

Good luck with your hospital stuff, Andreas.  crossfingers

Our backyard blueberry bushes are in season now, so all self control is turned OFF.  My husband and I are plowing through an entire home made blueberry cobbler every day or two now, because fresh blueberries are way better than frozen.  Cobblers (and pies) are the only thing that enables us to eat up our blueberries as fast as I'm picking them. Each cobbler uses 3 or 4 cups of fresh berries. Yesterday I made two cobblers.  Picking about a quart of blueberries a day right now, and that will continue for a couple more weeks, then taper off.  And then there's our raspberry bushes... spaghettitongueout

 

Exercise-   During the Summer, half of the contra dances I usually go to are usually off for July and August due to the heat.  I don't want to just sit around eating ice cream and getting fat all Summer, so this week I forced myself to attend a Zumba class for the very first time.  I went to a "Zumba Gold" class which I guess is for more senior types, though some people there were under 60- zumba Gold is a little less intense and less complex steps than 'regular' zumba.  Yikes I felt like a total klutz, not knowing  any of the dance moves and I stumbled my way through the 50 minutes.  mrdance Good thing it was less complex!

Oh well, as the teacher said it's not a performance and doesn't matter as long as you're moving and having fun.  I don't know about the 'fun' part- it was Godawful HOT and sweaty and I felt soooo lame.  But because of my contra dancing at least i did not get out of breath...yay!   I did get a decent workout -the next day felt a little sore in places i didn't know I had...lol that's always a good test to see if a new exercise is 'doing anything'. 

Though it's not nearly as much fun for me as contra dancing and I'm not a big fan of the zumba music (hahah, I wore earplugs whistle ), i did find it way less boring than going to a gym, which i did years ago and couldn't bear.  So, I bought a 6 class card and will at least go to 5 more classes.  My pedometer said it used about 5,000 steps for the class (though many were probably more like little hops than 'steps').  I need to do something active once or twice twice a week when there are periods of time without contra dances.




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Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

Sometimes its just needed to eat something nice ;-)
Dont worry, weight goes up but it goes down again too and Apfelstrudel with Radler is a good choice for a cheatday ;-)

I had 2 cheatdays now, one full of everything i want and another one with eating but not eating to much ...
... and i am up to 130 kg, i gained 5kg in only 2 days ....anyway i dont worry because in a week or earlier it will be under 125 kg and than soon on 120 and lower, .... thats for sure

Today i got the date for a comming up Hospitalstay .... next week i will be "away" for 8 weeks.
I may be much less times online. Maybe not at all, ... and i will slow down my diet .... cant to this extreme one there, .... but i will ride my bike very often,.... when i am back ... i will be under 110 kg i hope, with that i would be happy, with less weight even happier ;-) I will report, see you than

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
160 posts

Great job................

I was doing pretty good cutting back on the carbs until this week.............then disaster..........."Apfelstrudel mit Radler"

Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

Today i was down to 125 kg :-)

So i allowed myself to have a cheatday and we had a barbecue with lots of grilled vegetables and at the end some grilled bananas with honey. Ok some meat we had too ;-)

Next goal is <-120 kg.

hugssandi
@hugssandi
6 months ago
268 posts

I have also heard of black cherry for gout.

Well, y'all are still killin' it!  YER AWESOME!  I missed last Friday due to a BIG splinter, did a seated workout on Monday that was harder than the standing ones~HA!, and I have a plan to get another HASfit in tonight and Saturday.  Still slowly progressing, knees doing well, low back pain is a bother at times.

Slate Creek Dulcimers
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
6 months ago
13 posts
Thanks everyone. I usually just increase as my legs and feet allow. Having a bit of paralysis in my legs sometimes I have to cut the day short, sometimes I surprise myself. But I'll take it slow and easy.
Mountains, mud and rocks here @robert-schuler .
When I was up to 10 miles a day I had a road bike rider go with me on a 7 mile ride. He ain't been back. Lol!
robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
6 months ago
249 posts

Slate Creek Dulcimers: Two miles on the fatbike today. Had to push about 1/4 mile of it. I'll gradually increase by about 1/2 mile per day until I get back to 8 to 10 miles.

I find if I ride often I can quickly build myself up to longer distances each time. Land here is flat so its easier for me... Robert.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,715 posts

Bobby, you might want to reduce your rate of increase a little- adding 1 mile per week, or 1.5 mi per week gives your body a chance to build the muscles and gain the aerobic strength it needs for the increases.    :) 




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Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

That sounds like a good plan, keep on riding

Slate Creek Dulcimers
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
6 months ago
13 posts
Two miles on the fatbike today. Had to push about 1/4 mile of it. I'll gradually increase by about 1/2 mile per day until I get back to 8 to 10 miles.
Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

Sounds logical but my Doc told me to drink less, because i was drinking up to 7 liters in a day.
I should drink not more than 3-4 liters each day.

And it was hard for me to drink so little. I would love ro drink more again but i think this isnt the reason. Got to see my Doc next week anyway and i will ask about possible reasons for this unexpected attack.

Good luck its not a strong attack. I remember the first time when i wasnt able to walk at all anymore untill i did get the colchicine.

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
160 posts

Yes, Black Cherry can help..........I suspect you need to drink more water since your weight loss may be contributing to those crystals forming in your joints. 

Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

Thank you for the hint.
I take Medicine against Gout and if i dont drink to much alcohol, i have no Problems, normaly.
In case i do get a gout attack i take colchicin and it helps quickly.
Why i have 2 attacks in such a short time, i dont understand, ....

Anyway Black Cherry, i will check it out

Geckostar97
Geckostar97
@geckostar97
6 months ago
23 posts
Hi Andreas. Twelve years ago I battled Gout. Then a friend told me about black cherry concentrate capsules. I bought a bottle of 1,000 mg capsules, then started taking one in the morning and one at bedtime. I have not had a bout with Gout since that time. I hope this helps.
Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

Yesterday i could not ride my bike.
And today i cant because of the gout is back.

But i will start with HASFIT today.
I will do either bike or HASFIT every day or both, i will see how i feel each day and decide than.

UPDATE: My weight is now 128,9 Kg. Last time i wrote about it, it was still over 135 kg. Next goal ist comming under 125 kg. That will be soon ;-) I guess in a week. Than i allow myself to have a "cheatday"

hugssandi
@hugssandi
6 months ago
268 posts

This has been a busy thread, and I love it!  I so agree that it is INSPIRING!  Thank you all for sharing so much of yourselves.  

Today equals a month of working out with HASfit~just 15 mins., 3X a week, senior vids.  Yesterday the kids and I went to the park and walked some wooded trails.  My knees and balance would not have been able to handle the unevenness of the terrain just a few weeks ago, but I was able to hop over creeks even!  So big improvement over such a short time.  (I tell myself if I can't get 15 mins. in, I'm a scrub!  HA HA HA!)  I am looking forward to increasing when I'm ready.

@slate-creek-dulcimers, I miss your fat bike updates!

Slate Creek Dulcimers
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
6 months ago
13 posts
I'm going to have to get back to riding my fatbike. Been a while and I miss it.
Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

If one is not inspired by this thread, wich is full of good food, good excersises, good goals and success, ... well, than i guess no one can help that one

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
160 posts

Good words and well spoken too!  Wayne.............I've seen so many people over the years taken from us by those, "widow makers."  In many cases they had no warning as you said, and no health issues that they could discern either save for assuming they were invincible and living lives that were, "typical."    

I would add that folks should not assume that this sort of problem does not affect women.   Too often women ignore symptoms and unfortunately suffer serious or fatal consequences.  Widow maker heart attacks are equal opportunity destroyers as are a host of other diseases that can be avoided.

For the younger of our lot who might be reading these posts...........now is the time to make the changes you need to make to live a long healthy life.   For the rest of us let's see if we can abstain kicking over the bucket by watching where we are going and turning on the lights in our 'noggins.  

 

 

 

Rev. Wayne McAllister
Rev. Wayne McAllister
@rev-wayne-mcallister
6 months ago
17 posts

Back in April 2018 (April 5th to exact), I suffered a massive (Widow Maker) heart attack - NO WARNING WHAT-SO-EVER!!!. Two main arteries were blocked at 90% & 100%, I am truely blessed to be here today. The doctors didn't need to open my chest, stints were placed, I was kept on a ventilator for 3 1/2 days in order to heal/rest and spent 12 days in the hospital. After my discharge I had to wear a Zoll Life Vest (for those who are familiar with those) for 7 MONTHS!!!  The recovery/rehab was quite a journey but I was determined I was going to make it - which I have. Yes, I have heart disease and always will BUT the TOTAL LIFESTYLE CHANGE has been a literal God send. I'm now 60 pounds lighter (I wasn't even all that overweight anyway), I'm on a total heart healthy diet (Sharon as well), I work out at 5 days a week (treadmill, bike, weights), meds for life, and my entire outlook has changed. Ended up retiring last October at 64 so I have VERY LITTLE stress (I taught Middle School). Now i raise a good size garden, play my dulcimer (and Native American Flutes) and simply enjoy life. Thanks for letting me share part of my story. I would just add to all reading this post ..... PLEASE take care of yourself ..... eat healthy, get exercise, loose some weight AND eliminate as much stress from your life as you can. NEVER EVER SAY it can't happed to you! God Speed. Wayne

Cindy Stammich
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
6 months ago
60 posts
Well said Salt Springs!
Thank you for the inspiration as well as the laugh for the day! I will think of you now when I creak and crack!
My 86 year old sweet Mama still takes daily walks! I am joining her tomorrow before we tackle some gardening 💕
Cindy Stammich
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
6 months ago
60 posts
2 acres....
I don’t think I can get up - and I only read about the planting!!!!!
Robin I am with you! Pumpkin pie is my all-time favorite! Now I make it without the crust - much healthier and all that wonderful pumpkin taste!
robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
6 months ago
249 posts

Andreas Fischer:

Thats true.
And i am taking the chance to find the way between those extremes.

I remember how it was with 178 kg, just leaving the house made me be exhausted and completely out of air. I hade to wait before i was able to put on the safetybelts in the car. My heart did feel like it want to burst, i think i was close to get a heart attack or a stroke. I was so unfitt, taking a shower was nearly unpossible or just putting on socks was a terrible task and i had to take a breake between the socks.

Now i walk without pain and my lungs and heart feel ok.

And riding the bike will make me even fitter. And loosing more weight will make it much better. And i am looking forward, that feels good.

I could think about that i was down to 112 kg already and did gain weight up to 150 again, that was not good but thats past and soon i will be under 112 kg ;-)

I suffered from chronic knee pain for 30 years. Got a bicycle 15 years ago, a hybrid type not one of those road bikes. Riding solved my knee pain, never suffered again! No pills no elastic braces. I wish everyone would ride and play music, it would really make us all healthier... 

robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
6 months ago
249 posts

Robin Thompson:

@Robert-Shuler I hope you're moving today!  Are they pumpkins good for pies?  :) Pumpkin pie is my favorite.  

A lot of pumpkin pies for sure!. I promised to give myself a day off and recoup, maybe learn a new old fiddle tune. But I'm only 65, still a kid yet. I recoup fast... Robert

Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

Thats true.
And i am taking the chance to find the way between those extremes.

I remember how it was with 178 kg, just leaving the house made me be exhausted and completely out of air. I hade to wait before i was able to put on the safetybelts in the car. My heart did feel like it want to burst, i think i was close to get a heart attack or a stroke. I was so unfitt, taking a shower was nearly unpossible or just putting on socks was a terrible task and i had to take a breake between the socks.

Now i walk without pain and my lungs and heart feel ok.

And riding the bike will make me even fitter. And loosing more weight will make it much better. And i am looking forward, that feels good.

I could think about that i was down to 112 kg already and did gain weight up to 150 again, that was not good but thats past and soon i will be under 112 kg ;-)

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,164 posts

Good for you, Andreas.  I'm sure somewhere between being a sports junkie and not moving for 15 years there is a happy medium and a healthy lifestyle.




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Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

Update:
Today i rode the same tour as 2 day<s ago, but did add a little extra.
8,2 km in 45 min
That means 800 Meter more but 10 minutes less. Thats good i think i am very happy with it. And i am tired now.
I had no brakes, only the ones at traffic lights.
Tomorrow i will ride again if the wheater is good.

It feels good to moove so much. 15 Years ago i was a sport junkie and than i did no sports for 15 years at all. It feels good to have been started again.

I update my "diary" here and in a german bicycle forum and this helps also, ... i dont want to write one day that i didnt ride my bike for a whole week. ;-) So i keep going its a way to force myself.

 

 

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,715 posts

hugssandi:

I keep thinking about where I'd be now had I not quit so many times.   

But Sandi, think instead of where you'd be now if had not started so many times!

Salt Springs:

....as it is I sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies when I start moving in the morning......

SaltSprings, thanks for my laugh of the day. I can relate.  sigh




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Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
160 posts

robert schuler:

Just transplanted 2 acres of pumpkin plants by hand. Countless deep knee bends lots of fresh air and sunshine. I'll be lucky if I'll be able to move tomorrow!... Robert.

Yikes.............I can't imagine doing that.........as it is I sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies when I start moving in the morning......

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 months ago
996 posts

@Robert-Shuler I hope you're moving today!  Are they pumpkins good for pies?  :) Pumpkin pie is my favorite.  




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Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
160 posts

Hugssandi...........check out Lynda Randle singing, "One Day at a Time" on YouTube..............and learn the second verse........she's the real thing and her music always lifts the spirit..........

hugssandi
@hugssandi
6 months ago
268 posts

Thank you for keeping up the conversation, Andreas!!!  I love reading your updates and am inspired by them. 

Salt Springs, you are the perfect encouragement!  Thank you!  I keep thinking about where I'd be now had I not quit so many times.  I'm not seeing that as a downer, but as a DON'T DO IT AGAIN!  That every little bit adds up, so if nothing else keep at least doing the little bit!  

robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
6 months ago
249 posts

Just transplanted 2 acres of pumpkin plants by hand. Countless deep knee bends lots of fresh air and sunshine. I'll be lucky if I'll be able to move tomorrow!... Robert.

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
160 posts

Good job, Andreas!!!  Wow, Hugssandi!  You are both well on your way to reaching your goals.    Sometimes the going seems really difficult, but if we set our minds to the task we can do it.   I remember having to pass a fitness test when I was in the Navy.  The weather was so hot and I felt absolutely terrible.  but, I had to do it anyway, 30 push-ups, 100 sit-ups and a mile and a half run in a total of 25 minutes with no breaks...........the last 3/4 of a mile was so difficult and the time limit was running out.........I made it only because of will power, stubbornness and lots of bad language along the way. ( I found out later that morning that I had pneumonia at the time, just to add to the drama).  

Sometimes we have to struggle and will ourselves to make it to the end of the race.  I've learned that struggle can become easier if we dare to think of ourselves as winners and never give up.  Press on and even if you feel like giving up resolve not to do so.  I know you can do it........we're all cheering for you and anyone else who dares to enter this race.

Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

Update:
I rode my bike today 7,5 km in 57 Minutes.
39min. riding, 18min. brakes.
The frist 5km i didnt need any brake than 4 or 5 brakes.
110 meter were uphill, thats whats hard for me but i am happy with 7,5km in one hour.

Tomorrow i will ride again, i think again 5-10 km, and i plan 3-4 tours like this the week. The Plan is to need less brakes from time to time and being faster. Longer tours i dont plan right now.

Anyway its fun. Only the Hill on wich i live at the end is terrible i have to push the bike but even much fitter people do that on this hill. Without that hill i would have made a second tour in the evening. ;-)

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
160 posts

Hang in there folks.......... it is now 10:46 PM and National Doughnut Day ends in 1 hour and 14 minutes on the East Coast.....other time zones...........be strong!


updated by @salt-springs: 06/07/19 10:55:18PM
Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

hugssandi:  OH keep talkin'!  grin

Ok, ... i realy wanted to ride my bike again today but i didnt  because of the gout.
But i did walk 2 hours through IKEA and a half hour in the supermarket. At least something. Every moovement helps. I like those shopping walks, its easy and fun and its mooving.

hugssandi:  BTW Friday = 3 weeks into my HASfit workouts.

I think i will check out those HASfit videos as well. Sound good. I can need more exercises.
Last week i had a cheat day and i gained 4 kg in only one day (surley only water) but it took me a weeek to loose it again. Now i am on 134 kg. The whole diet did slow down, maybe more moovemt helps me to loose weight faster again. Because eating less isnt possible i nearly dont eat at all ;-)
Anyway; Next goal is 125 kg than i allow myself to eat one day again and in 4 weeks from now i want to have 113 kg again. Setting goals helps me a lot when i think "i want to eat". Under 110 i will eat more and slow down becausde i know under 110 i feel good.

hugssandi:  I am amazed at the difference in my knees and how stairs don't hurt anymore!!!!!

I remember how it was after i had lost 67 kg, walking was easy again, stairs no problem, it feels sooo good to loose a lot of weight, and to remember this helps to continue the diet.

Keep doing your excercise.

 


updated by @andreas-fischer: 06/08/19 07:29:12AM
hugssandi
@hugssandi
6 months ago
268 posts

I am loving this discussion!  Years ago I used to ride 11.5 miles each way to work.  I loved it, because I beat the bus by 4 mins and didn't have to walk 30 mins at either end depending on the day and time.  That ride would kill me now, but I long to get back on my bike!  Y'all are encouraging me.  I will get there again, or I'll create a new love.  I really want a longboard skateboard to ride the neighborhood on...  Can you imagine?  OH keep talkin'!  grin

 

BTW Friday = 3 weeks into my HASfit workouts.  I am amazed at the difference in my knees and how stairs don't hurt anymore!!!!!

Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

That sounds like a good hint, thank you


updated by @andreas-fischer: 06/06/19 05:19:17PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,715 posts

Make sure you wear shoes that have semi-hard soles, so that all the pedal pressure does not concentrate just on the ball of your foot... that creates hotspots that might really hurt you if you have gout.  A hard sole will help distribute the pressure more evenly over the entire bottom of the foot.  bear




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Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

@dusty-turtle thanks, dont worry my next tour will be much less km, i guess 3-4 ist good for a start.
And than slowly more distance in a shorter time. Yesterday i HAD to go that far because my roof rack didnt work.

@strumelia dont worry, i did feel bad yesterday after the first 10 km, but today i am fine
Only thing i have a gout attack, probably it was to much moovement for my foot and it was occouring already befor my bicycletour

BTW when i was about 12 i did make a tour through Denmark, from the south up to the north and back. Took a whole week, that was my longest tour. But yesterday that was harder than all other biketours in my life.

Anyway if the gout is better tomorrow i will ride my bike again, slowly and just for fun ;-)


updated by @andreas-fischer: 06/06/19 03:25:09PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,715 posts

Andreas, I hope your derriere is not in terrible pain today.  Mine would be if I did what you did on a new bike.

About 10 yrs ago I did my longest bike ride ever... 70 miles round trip, and pretty hilly here in rural New York.  Thought I would die but I didn't.  That was when I was in top biking form though.  I think I'd have trouble with a ten mile ride today.

My husband and I have good bikes... he has 3 and I have two.  They are all steel bikes designed for touring.  I do way more dancing than biking these past few years though.  At least I;m moving around briskly for several hours once a week.  whistle




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,164 posts

Good for you, @Andreas-Fischer, for getting the new bike.  Don't overdo it too fast, though.  You might want to start out doing 3 km a day for a while, and then slowly increasing your distance.  I applaud your enthusiasm, but none of us would want to see you injure yourself.




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Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

Salt Springs:

...   By the way, how close are you to Dusseldorf? ...

Düsseldorf is just some few km away. Thats where i bought my bike ;-) I can see it from my Balcony.

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
160 posts

Andreas..........good for you!  Keep up the good work, your an inspiration.    By the way, how close are you to Dusseldorf?  I have long lost cousins living there.

Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

I bought a bicycle. :-)

And yesterday i finaly got it. And i had to ride it home.
It was the first time in 30 Years that i did ride a bike.
It took me 3 hours for 15 km. I did ride 1 hour and did pause 2 hours all together.
Because of my poor fittness and my strong diet, it was very hard for me. But i made it. Took a long time but i made it.
I am very happy to have a bicycle now. A good reason to "moove more". It will help me loosing weight, it will help to get fitt again and it will be a lot of fun.

Only problem is i am living on a hill, and when i want to ride it here its very hard. But i bought a roof rack so i can transport the bike with the car to a nicer location.
And as soon as possible we will live somwhere else anyway.

I think it was a great decision to buy a bicycle. I am very happy with it and there is a song playing in my head.  ;-)

"Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like"

 

hugssandi: @Andreas-Fischer, YOU'RE AMAZING!!!

Thank you

Salt Springs: ...  I have seen and remember all sorts of ugliness and sorrow..........but, those issues are history and no longer exist unless I choose to bring them into being...........

Thank you for your encouraging post

I like what you said about the ugly past, ... and to think that it no longer exist


updated by @andreas-fischer: 06/06/19 08:05:51AM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,715 posts

Those fresh peas sound really good Dusty.  I've tried growing peas several times in my garden... to no avail.  Sometimes you just have to figure out what grows well for you..and grow lots of it.  I do that especially with tomatoes, which I seem to always have great luck with. dancetomato




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,164 posts

Those radishes look delicious, but I'd prefer the roots to the greens.

I don't grow them myself, but this time of year I eat a LOT of fresh English peas.  I think last year (and maybe the year before that) I posted a picture of a big pile of them.  One of the local supermarkets doesn't even put them out for the public.  They sell them only to a small handful of us who buy their whole stock. By mid-summer they won't be fresh anymore, so there is only about a month when I can indulge.

And I don't do anything with them. I used to make a pasta sauce with them, but they are just so delicious fresh and raw that now I just eat 'em.  Shell 'em and eat 'em like popcorn.  Mmm. 

And I don't think it's evil to add butter to the greens. I cook chard sometimes with apple cider and bacon.  Check out the work of Samin Nosrat (Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat).  She explains clearly how fat functions as a purveyor of flavor.  If you heat up some garlic in water, the water will smell mildly of garlic, but if you cook something in that water, it will not pick up much garlic flavor. However, if you cook that garlic in olive oil or butter, those fats become infused with garlic and will pass on that garlic to whatever you cook in the them.  




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,715 posts

I picked some French radishes from the garden this morning, got about 8 nice big ones.  Brian likes the radishes so much, but I also like to eat the tops, which are super nutritious!
The leaves are a bit prickly so not great for salads...better to cook a bit. After washing and cutting off the thicker stems, I like to make a cup of chicken bouillion (made with 1 cube) and simmer the greens in it for about 1.5 minutes.  This makes them soft like spinach, eliminates the prickles and easier to chew and digest.  My evil secret is to also add a half pat of butter. devil

I just had that for breakfast.. mmmm....it's something I can only have on rare occasions when I have radishes in the garden.  As soon as the weather warms, radishes won't grow well anymore for me- they seem to only like chilly Spring growing.
I do this same thing whenever I find young stinging nettle in the Spring.  These spring greens things are like a Spring tonic!

I don't eat super healthy all the time, but I do enjoy these rare fresh garden treats.

Here's a pic I took a few years ago of my garden radish greens in broth:

radishesgreentops1.jpg




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
6 months ago
268 posts

@salt-springs, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!  I really loved your sharing, and I've been wanting to tell you so!  It's just been crazy here.  I may send you a message with way TMI sometime....   

@Andreas-Fischer, YOU'RE AMAZING!!!

@Strumelia, I love the idea of your new gadget!  Please share how you like it over time.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
1,715 posts

@salt-springs, what an inspiring and upbeat post.  Good thoughts in there to live by no matter what your situation.  hi5

I haven't lost any more weight lately, but at least I've been dancing more often (my main exercise) so I feel ok for the most part.

Today I got inspired and bought one of those popular fitness trackers you wear on the wrist, on Amazon.  It's not a Fitbit brand which is beyond my budget, but a $35 one that does most of those things and is well rated by customer reviews. It's supposed to work ok with my Android v.5 phone... we'll see, I hope it works well enough to be useful.
I don't have any big goals in mind for using it, but I know it'll be fun to try out because I used to love playing around with my old style pedometers. In any case it will definitely make me more aware of how much i move (or don't move) each day.  Hopefully it will shame me out of my desk chair a little more often on days i don't go to a dance..which are most days.  gangnam1




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