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Started 8/23/15 by ModDee; 2012671 views.

From: Jerthie123



Your work on the elliptical is applauded!  Weight training is really good for bone density so keep up with that too.  I am wondering if you use some of your time on the elliptical to do more weight training.... Full body... Upper and lower body, arms and core.  My oldest client was 91 years old.  He used to see me three times a week to use the treadmill and work with light dumbbells.  He used a walker but was always in good spirits!  Weight training is also good for heart health and burns more calories than cardio!  I used to be really into fitness.  I worked in the industry for most of my young adult life.  Do you follow a healthy diet as well?  One cup of coffee should be allowed and thoroughly enjoyed!  I drink sometimes two cups a day, on tough days, three.  Good day all!


From: Jerthie123



Those flossing picks are very helpful!  My mom prefers them over dental floss.  The warmer weather is still being anticipated here in southern Ontario.  We have a wet gloomy morning here, but sun is supposed to come out at 1 or 2 this afternoon.  Are you still jogging?  I do hiit workouts and I love going out for long walks, even during the cold winter!  It is the fresh air that keeps me motivated.  Have a good day all!


From: Susan1206


I will keep them in my prayers.

I just scheduled our third booster at the end of the month.  I will be traveling with daughter and family to Islamorada in the Keys and Jim to the state of Washington in May.  Wish they would resolve the mask issue!  I, for one, will wear mine on the plane.



From: Cocoa60


Good mornng Susan, Kitty, Jerthie, Paul, and all.  Supposed to be a beautiful weather day here.

I did get the chainsaw out and cut the broken branches away from the trees yesterday.  Don't

like using the saw up on the ladder but did it well.  I still have a little work to do out there but

got most done before it started raining. 

Our power came back on around 3 PM so hope that is over, our worst outage in the last 42 years

here.  Over 3 days think it was.  Nice to have the generator especially with our 2 new puppies.

Otherwise think it would be smarter to go stay somewhere else and save the $60 a day in gasoline.

I still need to drain the gas out of the generator and change it's engine oil. 

Jerthie, I started out on another journey over a year ago.  I was already exercising but slowed and

stopped the 3 meds I was on for Diabetes and stepped up my exercise and diet.  I keep my weight

down in the upper 140s and my Glucose down near 100 but not easy in dieting or exercise.  I got

discouraged this last blood test, thought I would be below 6% but hit 6.2%.  It still is in remission when

below 6.5%.  Makes it more difficult to get diet and exercise right when you don't meet your goals.  Also,

Brandy dog got a cancer tumor in her leg last April and had to die in July.  We were walking 8 to 10 miles

a day.  That's when I changed over to the elliptical.  When our two new puppies get older I will get out and

do some walking but will still be doing the elliptical and weights.  I also was doing sit ups but had to stop for

a while, the puppies would rip my mat to pieces if I put it out on the floor.  They will mature quickly and I

don't want to rush their puppy years, their lives go by so fast.  We took Brandy dog to Colonial Animal Hospital

in Ithaca, NY because Cornell couldn't see her for over 6 months and we didn't have that long.  This type tumor

couldn't be stopped by amputating her leg so she got pain infusions and pain pills for 8 weeks and the she was

gone.  I miss her so.  She was 8 1/2 years old so she would've still had some good years. 

I do 1.5 hours on the elliptical in the AM and again in the PM.  I get off the elliptical every 15 minutes and lift 15

pound weights from my ankles to my hips 60 repetitions  now, 30 if I'm doing sit ups.  I try to get a reduction in

fat around internal organs to help with Diabetes.  Everyone want to reduce fat in their mid sections but it's even

more important for Diabetics. 

A pain that it's my brother but he's also a Diabetic and didn't take care of the disease at all for a long time.  He was

skipping meds and drinking lots of Pepsi every day.  He still overeats and is 250 pounds.  Has to get shots in his eye

every month for blood behind the retina, a thing Diabetics get.  Also, his legs are damaged and he uses a cane to gt

around slowly and makes pain sounds constantly.  But it inspires me to try harder.  I know other Diabetics and don't

see any of them dieting and exercising.  Just usually take meds.  Diabetes is progressive so wherever you are in it, you

are going to get worse and it does irreversible damage.  My brother is at least using insulin now, it's to late for him to

take meds, when he took them. 

My brother destroyed his mobile home by having 85 cats living with him and got to weak to care for them properly.  Now

him and his wife live in my dad's old farm house with 16 cats.  It's still a mess because he won't attempt to maintain the

liter boxes.  I go down to take care of all the garbage and liter boxes every week or two.  It's 100 miles southwest of us in PA.

His wife is bedridden and older than him.  The house stinks and is unhealthy but I do what I can.  We are both ham radio

operators and I work to make my station better so we can talk on the air.  I work on antennas for him down there too.  I do

some work on his equipment and others in his ham radio club help him some.  There's always other projects that need done

down there.  Hot water, leaky faucets, grass mowing, equipment maintenance, goes on and on.  Right now I try to wait for a

good weather day to ride my motorcycle down so I'm not putting lots of miles on our 4 wheel vehicles, they cost more to maintain

except for tires, bike burns tires more quickly. 

After my one regular coffee first thing in the morning I only have decaf the rest of the day.  Caffeine blocks the insulin in my body

so not good for Diabetics.  

Have a great day all.


Cocoa in the foreground used to jog 4.5 miles with me every day before work.  2007-2019

Brandy in the rear, wasn't long after she was jogging that I couldn't jog with arthritis in my feet, so we walked.  2012-2021

They were such great beings.


From: Susan1206


Dear Ernie,

Three total hours a day of exercise....oh my...I wish I had your heart and lungs.  Went to the gym and did 20 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the bike.  I have to be mindful of my respiration rate.......  Feel good.  I've been really watching my calorie intake and the pounds are slowly but surely coming off.  I'm convinced that the older you are, the more difficult to come off! 

Warm temperatures predicted for this week-end.  I need to wash the screens.  Does anyone still take their screens out in the winter?  I'm wondering...



From: Susan1206


Dear Paul,

Shall I "huff and puff" as an ex smoker and send some really WARM temperatures your way?  I shall.  It's supposed to be in the 70's this Saturday and Sunday.   I shall bask in the warmth of the sun.  Enjoy the week-end.  Susan


From: Susan1206


I promise, warm weather coming your way soon.   It's been a not-so-great April.  Here's hoping for sunshine and warmth in May.

((hugs)) Susan

Our Booster (second) is scheduled for the end of the month.


From: Jerthie123



Your brother is lucky to have you support him the way you do.  Good on you for taking such good care of yourself too with your diet and exercise.  I am sorry to hear about your dog, Brandy.  Although it does sound like you have your share of difficulties, you make your life still sound sweet and simple and happy!  Cheers to you and good night.


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan, Paul, Jerthie, Kitty, and all.  37 here at 5 AM, not great but we have nights coming next

week much colder with a chance of snow.  Near 60 today and 70s for Sunday.  I will probably travel down to

the farm Sunday on my bike.  My sister just visited there to help so cleaning all the liter boxes probably won't

be to hard.  Might work on the hydraulic drive on the Alis Chalmers tractor that needs finished up.  Had to order

a bunch of parts from Wisconsin last Summer and had it all finished except for the gear alignment between the

engine and the pump.  Hope to pack a radio on my bike for music and leave it there for a while.  Last Summer I

was using a little handheld ham radio I carry to listen to music on the broadcast stations, it's very small and not


My amplifier still has a problem, the burned resistor was just a symptom, not the problem.  There's a short somewhere,

have to disconnect sections and find where it is.  Very carefully because it's a 2000 volt supply. 

My exercise is the minimum I can do to keep my Glucose in line.  None of the other Diabetics I know do much to control

their Glucose outside the doctor's meds.  Feel I have to, if I want to continue to function in this life.  It helps if I'm active

besides the exercise also.  One Diabetic I know says he tries to keep active but he and I know it just helps, doesn't cure

the problem.  I'm certain he measures his Glucose above 150 and sometimes over 200.  I've been there. 

I did go across the top of the lawn and up the dirt ramp I built on the north side of the house.  Collected up all the branches.

The guy across the road said to bring them all over there, he will burn the larger ones for heat and put the smaller ones

through his chipper for garden mulch.  That's a break because it would have been a lot to put up in the brush near the woods.

Was great I could sneak through with the tractor.  Still pulled branches quite a ways but saved myself many hours of work.

Got the oil changed in the generator and the garden tractor.  Drained the excess gasoline out of the generator and put it

away.  I still have to grease the mower deck on the tractor and sharpen the blades.  Our grass is already grown in some spots,

won't be to long before needs mowed, next week I think. 

My brother and his Diabetes damage keeps me inspired to exercise and diet so in a way I owe him too.  He's only 3 years older

than me.  There was a brother between us in years, died from a burst Aortic Aneurysm.  He quit smoking for a time but started

up again.  Smoking helps put plaque on artery walls and that weakens the walls.  They say on our stop smoking sites that it takes

10 to 15 years to clean up the plaque on our artery walls but the vascular Surgeon told me the plaque is there forever.  At any rate,

this last ultrasound they told me it's extremely rare but my Aorta is back to it's pre-aneurysm size.  Which is 3/4 of an inch for males.

It's a very large artery.   I attribute it to diet, exercise, and not smoking. 

I have a tree to cut down at the end of our driveway, it's been dead for a couple years.  Should get it done today while the neighbor

wants the wood.  I plan on weighting it towards the driveway with the backhoe, a concrete block, and a rope.  It's about 50 feet high,

I think.  Will have to use the ladder to get the rope high enough. 

Have a great day all.


Brandy, rear, and Cocoa, kept me sane in the last years of my career.  Some of the best beings I've known.


From: JavaNY


Good morning, everyone,

Your wishes must have worked Susan, as it will get to 60 today and the next few days. That or 70 is good enough for me. Once it hits 80 I start feeling to warm. 

Yes, Jerthie, I am still jogging. The distance depends on the day.  The combined jogging/walking is generally about 7 miles daily. 

You are right Ernie to emphasize diet and exercise over medication. My triglycerides and LDL cholesterol are occasionally high and my doctor's first reaction is to recommend some pill. I'd rather avoid that as long as possible. My sister is a dietician and she believes diet and exercise and cure anything. Sometimes that is not possible and you cannot force someone else to do it, but always preferable.

I volunteer for the Red Cross occasionally. Headed there today.

Enjoy the day,