Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Urgent Care and Wed. Weigh In

Still sick. But hopefully not for long.

Last night, Jerry and I were lying down and watching a show before bed (okay, it was Hoarders--we like that show!) and when I stood back up, I couldn't breathe out of one nostril. So I was getting congested. I had to keep clearing my throat, too, because I could feel a post-nasal drip sensation in my throat.

This morning, I felt a lot of pressure in my head, and I can't taste anything. I took Airborne, I downed three cups of tea with honey, drank lots of water, and just didn't feel any better. I still haven't felt any symptoms in my chest, however, which is good! As long as the cold stays in my head, I can run on Sunday.

After lunch, I decided to go to Urgent Care to see if there was anything I could do. I thought it wouldn't hurt to check for strep throat. The wait at Urgent Care was long, and I was tempted to get up and leave, but I had already paid my co-pay.

I finally saw the doctor, and explained what was going on. I told him I'd never normally go to Urgent Care for a little cold like this, but I am supposed to run a marathon on Sunday. He checked me out thoroughly (including testing for strep, which was negative), and ended up giving me two injections--an antibiotic and a steroid. That combo worked wonders for me a couple of times in the past five years or so when I've had these symptoms. He was confident I'd be good to go by Sunday.


Today is Wednesday, which means it's my weigh-in day.

My weight was 141, so I lost 1.5 pounds this week.
Body fat was 24.2%, which is down 0.5%.
Waist was just shy of 27 inches--I really should just measure once a month, because the weekly changes are minute.

Overall, a great weigh in! I'm almost back in the 130's which I haven't seen in a long time. I think it was May? That's when my summer weight gain started.

For those of you that asked about my body fat monitor, it's by Omron, and I bought it on Amazon. There is a link to it on my "Favorite Things" page. This is the same one we used when I worked at Curves, and I found it to be pretty accurate. Here is a post I where I wrote a little more about it.

For next week's weigh in, I am only hoping to at least stay the same. Rik is going to be here from Friday until Monday. I still plan on counting my PointsPlus, but we are going to La Pita on Friday for dinner; Saturday, we're carb-loading with pasta; Sunday is the race, and then probably pizza and beer for dinner. My weight also goes a little out of whack when I do a really long run, and I think a marathon counts as a long run. I won't be upset if I don't lose weight next week, and I won't even be upset if I gain a little--key word being "little". But I am working out a plan so that I don't go overboard.

Sunday will mark six weeks of no peanut butter! I'm almost a little scared to eat it again, for fear of going overboard. But I will have to come up with a plan to work it back into my diet. I'm definitely going to have the peanut butter flavored GU at the marathon! :)

My brother Brian is in town until Friday (unless he decides to leave tomorrow). I hinted (not very subtly) that I'd love for him to come back to Detroit on Sunday for my race. He said he has to be at home on Saturday, but he may come in for my race. (That usually almost always means no). But if I happen to see him Sunday, I think it would put a little pep in my step!

Well, I must get my house cleaned up, so when Rik gets here, he doesn't think Jerry and I watch Hoarders for decorating tips ;)

41 comments:

  1. Wow! Great weigh-in!! And I'm glad to hear that you got an antibiotic and steriod shot! Feel better, Katie! Can't wait to hear about how the marathon went for you!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm feeling about 90% back to normal this morning... SO glad I went to Urgent Care. Feeling confident for Sunday :)

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  2. I'm starting to have a bit of a scratchy throat too and I'm freaking out about being a little sick for my half and even worse my Disney Cruise a week from tomorrow!

    I'll do a little prayer for both of us for good health.

    Good job on the PB and weigh in :-)

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    1. wow ~Disney Cruise!
      It will go to Florida?

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    2. I had no idea you were doing a Disney Cruise--how fun! Hope you get better soon.

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  3. I have a sore throat too. Its the weather.
    Im glad that you are almost in 130's. Way to go

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    1. It was awful timing, that's for sure! ;)

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  4. I have marathon running friends who are major granola bar people. (that means into natural health!!) When she feels sick she stays TOTALLY off any kind of sugar (including honey) cause she says sugar shuts down your immune system for a few hours after you eat it.

    I have no knowledge in this department but thought I'd pass it along in case it can help you get better before Sunday.

    very excited for you!! Wishing you the best on your marathon!!

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    1. I've heard that about sugar--I wish it were easy for me to cut it out completely, but I just don't think I could without going crazy! Thankfully, the trip to Urgent Care helped a LOT, so I'm hopeful that I'll be 100% back to normal by Sunday :)

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  5. Everyone at work is getting sick, which scares me since I have a big work week ahead of me, and I'll be visiting loved ones in the hospital, and I'd rather not get them sick! Get better :)

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    1. Definitely work on prevention--lots of vitamin C :) I wish I had started doing that when Jerry was sick, just to hopefully prevent me from getting it too!

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  6. I hope that antibiotic/steroid cocktail kicks the living snot out of your cold! Awesome weight loss :)

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    1. I've already noticed a huge difference! I'm so glad I went to Urgent Care when I did.

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  7. I love Emergen-C, it is great! Hope you feel better for your race, and great job on the weigh in!

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    1. You're probably the fifth person to tell me about that stuff--I'm definitely going to check that out next time I'm at the store. Must be good stuff!

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  8. Ever seen this stuff? http://www.waldenfarms.com/products/spread_peanut.html

    (Don't know if the code will link in a comment...)

    Anyhow, it's calorie free peanut butter spread. I haven't tried it yet, but thought I'd mention it because I thought you might like to try it. I've seen it in my local grocery store and even at walmart. Looks interesting.

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    1. I've seen it, and it almost sounds too good to be true... ;) I've tried a couple other products of theirs and didn't care for them, so I'm skeptical about the PB. If you try it, let me know what you think!

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    2. I'm afraid I agree. ZERO calories sounds too good to be true. Unfortunately it IS true, but is ISN'T good! None of their stuff is good, I have found. I tried the Walden Farms caramel dip for apples. Tasted like paste.

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  9. Take non-drowsy mucinex - and make sure it's the kind you have to ask the pharmacist for behind the counter. It won't make you better but it will make you feel so much better. It will make it possible for you to breathe and to sleep, both of which are really helpful for marathons!

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    1. I used to LOVE Mucinex, and I still love it for when my kids have a cough. However, I have a suspicion that it's what caused me to faint when I broke my jaw, so I'm scared to use it again. I'm probably just being paranoid, so maybe I'll get over it one day! ;)

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    2. Considering the damage you did to your jaw when you fainted, I don't think you're being paranoid at all. I'd avoid the stuff too!

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    3. I avoid it as well! I took it once, and it made me have an irregular heartbeat. Scared the crap out of me!

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  10. So amazed at your determination. The only reason I've been good about eating is because I'm out of the house now! Hey, whatever works. I really want to make sure not to gain weight this holiday season! We'll be on camera just days after!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Hi, I tend to lose my grip once out of home.Visiting my parents is actually a recipe for disaster:(

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    2. Linda, that's exactly why I've been so determined! When we run Ragnar, I want to weigh the same as I did (or less) when Jen and Angela interviewed me on camera! ;)

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    3. Hey, is that video posted on your blog?

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    4. No, it's for the From Fat to Finish Line documentary, which will hopefully be available next summer.

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  11. oops..I deleted my comment by mistake.Get well soon!

    :)

    Also : I will be happy if you can check out my blog once you are feeling better, and after the race!
    xo

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  12. You made me laugh this morning! I like Hoarders too. I think it makes me feel a little better about my own housekeeping. Although I watched a Hoarders type show on another channel, and it wasn't nearly as satisfying as the original, where they usually end up cleaning the whole place. This other show maybe cleaned one room. So I haven't been watching any of them this season. Maybe I'll start again though. SO MUCH CRAP TV---SO LITTLE TIME!!!

    I'm excited about your marathon. Sure hope those shots the doctor gave you will help you feel lots better by Sunday!!! I had a flu shot yesterday and today (last night too!) my arm is sore! When son went to Urgent Care for his sore throat, the doctor gave him some steroid pills. He said it wouldn't cure the sore throat (nothing would--it was a virus), but would help him feel better until the throat got better. Hope that works for you.

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    1. P.S. Nice going on the weight loss. I wish I was hooked on walking, like you seem to be with running. I just can't make myself get out and do it! I weighed 157 at the doctor's yesterday. I would KILL for 141. Well I guess I wouldn't KILL. I'm not even doing the things I KNOW I could do to get my weight down. So killing is probably out of the question.

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  13. I was sick all last week! It started with a sore throat then turned into a hacking cough. It knocked the energy right out of me! A lot of people I know swear by Cold FX, but that might be a Canadian product :)

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  14. Hoping you feel much better for your marathon. My body decided to shut down a week before my race too last year - swollen ankle. It made the experience less fun, but I still made it. Sending you healing vibes :)

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  16. Hope you're feeling better! I would just hate if you were sick for the weekend. :/

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  17. You are one strong girl. No way could I go 6 weeks without PB!! Good luck on Sunday!!

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  18. Sounds like you are getting better. I hope all goes well for your marathon on Sunday. I am still trying to get back on track from my weekend trip/ half marathon from Sunday.

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  19. Katie, So glad that you went to the urgent care to zap that bug. I can't wait to hear about the race on Sunday. Congratulations on your weigh in.

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  20. I like that show, Hoarders. Its a good thing I wasn't drinking anything when I read your last sentence, it would have came out of my nose! lol... too funny.
    Hope your feeling better!

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  21. I can't wait to hear about your race Sunday :) Glad you are feeling better!

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  22. I'm sending good thoughts your way! I cannot wait to read all about your experience with this race! Whoop whoop!

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